after the jump: a conversation about stuff with Grace Bonney

In case you missed it, I had the opportunity to sit down with Grace from Design*Sponge and talk about our relationship with stuff on her radio show, After the Jump. One of the biggest challenges for me in this whole process of exploring our relationship with stuff is that it’s a little fuzzy to nail […]

a spoon is more than a spoon

a spoon is more than a spoon

When we were in graduate school, if my studiomate Corey was having an off day, she would go into the hammer room and forge a spoon. Translation: She would disappear with a length of silver stock and reappear a while later with a spoon perfectly capable of stirring hot cocoa or eating soup. Eventually, Corey […]

props for the good life

props for the good life

This past weekend, I was in Arizona, and had the opportunity to tour Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert winter camp. Never before was I so cognizant of Frank Lloyd Wright’s ability to pair an understanding of the way objects and space influence the way we relate to each other with a sensitivity to our […]

why stuff, why now?

I’ve cared about stuff pretty much my whole life, but I was compelled to start this site – this movement – because lately I’ve found myself increasingly angry. I get angry when I hear minimalists say that stuff doesn’t matter. I get mad when I read Pinterest dismissed as trivial. I get frustrated when I […]

stuff matters, whether you need a little or a lot

stuff matters, whether you need a little or a lot

Yesterday, I caught this brief interaction on Twitter: What gets to me is if stuff truly didn’t matter, even the minimalists would be able to get rid of all of it. But most of them talk about the value they still place on a few things. Leo loves his laptop. This woman hasn’t taken off […]

minimalism isn’t for everyone

The more I seem to talk, read, and write about stuff, the more I seem to position myself against minimalism. So I want to make something clear. I’m not opposed to minimalism. I’m opposed to minimalism being presented as the ONLY solution for consumption, consumerism, and waste. I’m opposed to minimalism because it makes people […]

towards a healthier relationship with stuff

I started this website with the mission of creating a healthier relationship towards stuff. But the truth is, I don’t know exactly what that relationship looks likeā€¦ yet. However, thanks to lots of reading and reflecting, I do have a number of theories. These are some of the ideas I’ve been working with that I’m […]