Tuesday, January 11, 2011


If it’s 1/11/11, it must be your lucky day, my dear blog readers! Allmodern.com, a division of csnstores.com, has gifted me with a $25 coupon code in appreciation of yesterday’s link. To show my appreciation for you, I’m passing this on in my first S.L.B. Giveaway.

This is super-exciting to me for several reasons:
  • I’m a young blogger (not even 3 weeks old), and it’s nice to feel like I’m getting off the ground.
  • It’s a great chance to reward the people who’ve encouraged me on this venture.
  • I am a total interior design freak.
Though I may not show it here, I harbor a secret dream of someday doing work in interior design. (This goes hand in hand with becoming a pastry chef, naturally.) I read design blogs, have an inspiration folder of 1500+ photos, and can watch HGTV all day. (That my apartment-mates don’t want to pay for the cable package that includes Candice Olsen, Genevieve Gorder, and David Bromstad has probably increased my productivity by 200% or more.)

All Modern carries some pretty expensive things, but I’ve done some price-point scouting in the oeuvre of one of my favorites: Thomas Paul. Because it’s for this blog, I’ve tied them into literature. My humble suggestions:
  • For lovers of Moby Dick who love to entertain, you can try this whale tray on for size.
  • Fans of the Iliad and the Odyssey should have a look at these dessert plates or this tray.
  • Though a giant squid is featured in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, the book also alludes to “The Toilers of the Sea” by Victor Hugo. In that poem, the monster attacking the ship is a giant octopus, though this octopus dish towel is more sweet than savage.
  • These two leafy items (here and here) remind me of that fantastic pear tree scene in Their Eyes Were Watching God. (Plus it was just Zora Neale Hurston's birthday.)
Of course, these are only suggestions. Get whatever you want! (Just tell me about it later. I’m curious!) The coupon code is valid at any CSN Store (like www.cookware.com and www.shoesgotsole.com).

Since a chair started it all, to enter the drawing, tell me about your favorite reading spot in the comments. (This is a great way for any lurkers to introduce themselves!) I will be accepting entries until 11:11PM EST on Wednesday, January 12, after which I'll use a random number generator to select the winning post. Good luck!

PS. I guess today is my lucky day too. Kickass Cupcakes is offering my favorite flavor (Cookie Dough Cupcakes) for a dollar. Boston readers, get thee to Davis Square!


  1. Ah, 1-11-11. The last binary date before October and November come along. In binary code, 11111 equals 31. (lol. Computer nerd.)

    Wow, that is so nice of Allmodern, giving you gift money just because you linked to them! Totally awesome!

    I'm not really interested in the prize (not a big online shopper), but I would like to participate in this contest, since it only runs for one day. ^_^ (In future though, perhaps have the contest open for a number of days, like a week.)

    My favorite reading spot... it used to be my bed. I'd curl up under the covers, prop my big fluffy pillow up against my back and read with my little overhead light. But some time ago, the light stopped working. !,! So until I replace the bulb, I don't like reading there anymore.

    Really, I like reading anywhere, but I think it's a plus if I happen to be surrounded by lots of other books. In a comfy chair at my library, or against a shelf at Borders, it doesn't matter to me. ^_^

    btw, I am also holding a contest of my own. ^_~ See it here:

  2. You're such a "real" blogger! Giveaways! I'm so proud.

    I often find myself reading in unconventional places. For instance, in my car waiting to pick the kids up from school. Or hunched over, elbows on the counter waiting for something to finish baking.

    Now that there is tons of snow and its freezing, I guess my favorite place to read is inside, with a blanket, preferably by the fire. With tea.

  3. I love that you managed to connect small interior design object to literature. I sense a future Lit/Design consulting job here...

  4. My fav reading spot is in our sitting room, where I can cozy up on the antique coach and look out the bay windows at the open fields of the neighboring farm. So peaceful.

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  5. Oh Amy, this is my first time reading your blog, and it all looks great! So happy for you, dear! :)

    My favorite place to read, currently, is on my commute, both in the morning and in the evening, when I can turn that mindless hour-plus-long schlep (each way) into a time to learn, challenge myself, and delight in the word. My current read is Zadie Smith's _White Teeth_.

    P.S. I'm sure you've seen this, but in case you haven't, this is right up your alley: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/06/garden/06books.html?scp=1&sq=book%20cover&st=cse

  6. P.S. Is it bad that I really want that coupon now after seeing these? http://www.allmodern.com/Thomas-Paul-TP20-TMP1315.html.