Sunday 24th July 2016
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Too cool

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I have two huge walls of windows in my living room, which is so fantastic in lots of ways, but not so great when summertime heat turns intense—as it has at the moment—and my apartment starts to feel like the inside of a terrarium. All the A/C in the world wouldn’t help, and, sadly, the standard-issue A/C units in my building are woefully sub-par. So I lean on artfully arranged fans—small table fans, larger floor fans—to make it through the day. They’re all Vornados, which work as well as anything I’ve tried, even if they are on the ugly side. But now this little beauty, which I just acquired! Its design is based on Vornado’s  first fan, made in 1945, but it’s fully modern in function, which is a pretty spiff combination.

Posted on July 8th, 2016 7 Comments

Thursday trifecta

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I bring you coasters, mostly because I’ve been looking for a new set, and—as I have related in the past—news is what happens to editors. First up: I am so in love with the improbable color combination here that I wish it were a dress.

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This braided version is like a cute little mini-rug.

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These are so fun and bright, but still also sophisticated enough not to look silly.



Posted on May 26th, 2016 8 Comments

The dog ate my linens

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The new dog likes to chew things: rubber bones, magazines, and— most vexingly—bedding: on one memorable recent occasion, he ripped an entire set, duvet cover included, to shreds.  These were not-inexpensive sheets, and I am in no hurry to replace them with another pricey set. My friend Stephen suggested I check out Brooklinen, a newish site that offers quality bedding at astonishingly good prices. And I’m really quite happy with my purchase: grey (good for camouflaging paw prints)  in nice, crisp percale.

Posted on May 19th, 2016 19 Comments

Bright spots

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As of today, I’ve written 1,951 posts for this blog, and not one of them has been on floral housewares, and suddenly that feels quite criminal. Because what other item adds such a quick and easy dose of pop to its surroundings? I desperately want every one of the following items, starting with this (Missoni so of course it isn’t cheap) insanely cute bath mat.

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I’m not usually a fan of Orla Kiely’s brand of twee, but this pillow is so fun and graphic.

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The red, blue, and yellow color combo on this Marimekko plate is just a delight.

liberty stickers

I want to festoon the world with these Liberty of London stickers .

floral candle

This candle takes the theme in a nicely sophisticated direction.


Posted on May 13th, 2016 16 Comments

Tuesday trifecta

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Just a few octopus-themed items, for no particular reason at all. First up: this gold-embossed notecard is equal parts clever and elegant.

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And this tea towel is just adorable.

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I just really like the red and gold color combo on this tray.

Posted on May 3rd, 2016 5 Comments

Things I bought, things I want

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I can’t stop with the Fornasetti candles, because their “Otto” scent is so good, and because after the candles melt down, I reuse them as planters—which goes at least a little way toward justifying the expense.

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This tray makes me want to have a dinner party so I can serve fancy hors d’ouvres on it.

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And I just feel I need to own this.


Posted on April 18th, 2016 1 Comment