Feeling an inkling of the spring need to organize, I ponder the basket.
A basket, in my opinion, should be large. Small ones are just clutter. They should have a nice texture, as used by Jessica Buckley, Mark Sikes and Jenny Keenan.
In a pinch, a market tote will do. Mark Sikes scatters them all around.
(Either that or he's carrying the same basket from room to room.)
A small space does best with a tall narrow round basket - maximum storage on minimum floor space.
The ones above are Wistera ($69), Crate and Barrel ($69.99) and West Elm ($129). Similar are available at Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware in the $200 range.
The best bargain baskets are the three for $99 at Z Gallerie (go thirdsies with two friends) or West Elm's large curved basket for $54.
Or, cheaper yet, consider Z Gallerie's sea grass market tote for $24.95.
Have you found any great baskets?