Triple Ask Design Mom: Recycling Containers, Swimsuits, Rocking Chairs

April 23, 2007

Recently, my wonderful Guest Moms have been answering Ask-Design-Mom Questions without knowing it.

For example, I received this question:
Hello Design Mom. Do you have any ideas for some non-ugly recycling containers for the kitchen? My waste management company now picks up food waste along with regular recycling and garbage. I don’t want three garbage cans in my kitchen. Thanks, Catherine

And Guest Mom Nie Nie showcased an excellent solution here. Her solution is perfect for a garage — and I have big plans to implement it this spring. But if you’re looking for something to use in the kitchen, Williams-Sonoma carries two very sleek (and pricey) options here and here.

Then, I received another good question:
Hey Design Mom, I remember last year you had a post about swimsuits with better than average coverage. Did you find out about anymore brands? Please let me know. — Ashlynn

And Guest Mom Sara wrote this perfect response. In the comments, readers mentioned additional sources like Modbe and one especially great suit at Urban Outfitters. Also worth a peek:
Layers Clothing, DownEast Basics, and Hapari Swimsuits (try to ignore the odd Hapari photo shoot).

Then, just last week, I received this lovely question:
Dear Design Mom, I am pregnant with my first child, and am excitedly looking into baby furniture and other fun baby things. I am having a particular dilemma with rocking chairs however. Is it important to have a glider rocker? Because I’m not a fan of how they look. I’m looking for a classic rocking chair and I am also on a budget — Dad would be happier with the least amount spent as possible. Any help is greatly appreciated! — Heather

And voilá! Sara writes another perfect response — without even knowing the question had been sent in. DM Readers gave lots of additional great ideas in the comments and I only have one thing to add. Check out the enormous selection of antique rockers from ebay.

Find one example here. I heart the simple side profile of this one. This primitive one is also amazing. If you don’t like them as is, an additional scuffing, or a quick white-wash is all these rockers need to fit in traditional or eclectic decor.

If antiques/beat-up furniture don’t fit well in your home, you can make pretty much anything feel super-modern and up-to-date with a thick coat of super-high-gloss paint. Find your perfect ebay rocker and then take it to your local auto-body shop and have them soup it up with an almost reflective coat of white, lime green, turquoise or orange. It’ll fit right into any modern decor and be one-of-a-kind at the same time.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Carrie, The Modern Housewife April 23, 2007 at 1:17 pm

1 comment about rockers/gliders…If you are nursing & DO have a boppy – No arms are better. If you DON’T use a boppy, go for one with arms. I had difficulty fitting a boppy in my lap when in my glider.


2 Christine April 23, 2007 at 1:39 pm

Check out the great swimsuits at They are stylish and have great coverage! That’s where I got my last swimsuit that I love.


3 Rizley Family April 23, 2007 at 2:00 pm

I am trying to order a swimsuit online at Modbe — is it possible to order online? I am having trouble seeing how to do it.


4 ashlynn April 23, 2007 at 10:31 pm

That is the problem with some of those sites – you cannot order online. You can email a salesperson & they can order one for you though.

The Hapari snow shoot is very odd, but cute suits.


5 KimiK August 23, 2007 at 1:21 pm

I found your site off and thought I would insert a comment concerning Hapari swimwear. I am currently working for this company and would like you to know that their website has been updated so that there is no more snow in the photos! They have so many more cute fabrics and are expecting more soon. And they aren’t a seasonal store, if you need a suit in December, we’ve got one for you. Hapari has opened a store in American Fork, UT and will be adding to their locations in St. George, UT, and San Diego, CA soon. You can also reach them by calling 1-866-525-SWIM. They really are the best suits I have found, which is why I work for them now. If anyone would like to sell them in your state, give them a call and talk to Karen. We would love to expand into more parts of the country.


6 Alicia April 28, 2008 at 3:18 am

You can order a swimsuit from Modbe Clothing online at


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