I hate buying stuff that is practical but ugly. In fact, I don't buy these things - Lee does. Some examples include, a black paper shredder, humidifier, and my 2008 Christmas gift - a rumba (I love vacuuming, but that thing had to go.) These objects are totally necessary and practical, but they do nothing for enhancing the aesthetics of your space. I guess someone else felt the same way, because they have invented a paper shredding coffee table. How clever!
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