In the days after our move to Harlem, friends came to help with the massive amount of unpacking, disposing of paper and boxes, and figuring out how to make the unfinished space as livable and pleasant as possible. As is typical with well-layed plans, ours did not go altogether smoothly. We discovered that the lacquered metal Helmer drawer cabinets from Ikea ($39) that we find so useful, stylish and well-made would not fit into an essential closet; the metal handles stuck out too far to close the door.
Nancy Raimundo who had come armed with a kit including blue tape and scissors, happened to have a spool of bright red jute twine. We love the low-profile handles she improvised by replacing the Helmer’s metal handles with her hand-tied ones.
Her wondrous twine also make a charming make-shift handle for the 8-foot bathroom door we had unable to find a great doorknob for. She saw us prying the door open from the bottom every time we wanted to enter the room, so she fashioned a pull that looks curiously great in our modern hallway.
…and had the effect of making a couple more things run smoothly and look GREAT.
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