Gift The New Home Owner




I bought my little row home in South Philadelphia this past January, and getting it together is both a hobby and a slog. There are days when I just feel like I’ll never develop a sense of home. I know I need a new roof, but I just get the Wants so badly. I present to you the things I deeply covet:




I hate to admit that I need help with anything, but when it comes to making the most of small spaces, especially as a person with too much stuff, I really do. Apartment Therapy’s Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces has smashing interiors that have motivated me to improve my own small space.


Apartment Therapy Book

$23 at Amazon.com



I’ve been collecting Susie Gharemeni goods (www.boygirlparty.com) for a few years now, and I’m still in love with her colorful, breezy animal illustrations. I’ve always had a fridge covered with mementos and these darling magnets dress up the house while working hard and only taking up the most miniscule amount of space.


$12 at boygirlparty.com



The $400 KitchenAid mixer has been a staple of cooks and bakers for generations, and I’m no rebel when it comes to that tradition. I would bake the hell out of some cookies with a KitchenAid Artisan Designer Series mixer. I’d play hooky from my awesome job just to hang out with this lady.

Kitchen Aid Mixer

Finally, I want a gift that no one but Daddy Warbucks would ever give me (I know you’re out there. Please call, Dad War.) and for which I really don’t even have space. However, the Arco Floor Lamp, a classic of modern design since 1962, is my ultimate dream furnishing.

Arco Floor Lamp

$2,950 at Design Within Reach

Since not every dream can be reality, the Crate & Barrel Meryl Floor Lamp is an acceptable substitute:

Crate and Barrel Lamp

$329 at Crate and Barrel







About emja

Emja* was born in Björk’s house in Iceland and grew up on Easter Island, where her parents were giant stone heads. She has the ability to fire beams of tacos out of her hands and she can turn her legs into tigers. On Sundays, Emja enjoys reading Family Circus and traveling through time. Her favorite color is greenish-transparent and her favorite movie is the one you just watched. Emja is in charge of uploading the staff bios to the website, and no one has checked over her work. *name has been changed