I’m in a dangerous mood today, ready to swap out all the tasteful Rosenthal china I received as a gift for entering into my misbegotten marriage for some of this spectacular—and rather spectacularly loud—dinnerware from Tokyo Design Studio. Could there be a more joyous dinner plate than this?
I actually did go right ahead and order a couple of these—perfect for takeout Pho.
This dessert plate is seriously perfect for sweets.
If I had room in my cupboard for even one more mug, I’d go for this in a second.
Summer is all but entirely out the door—true and sad. But you can make it stick around pretty much forever by acquiring something sunny/beachy to hang on your walls, sourced from one of the following excellent online purveyors of affordable art. First up, from 20×200: the cheekily titled My Butt, by Helena Wurzel.
I found this old Braniff travel poster at Print Collection, which is an excellent—and seriously cheap—resource for all manner of cool and interesting prints, among them those awesome intergalactic space travel posters from NASA that I posted about a while back.
Three super-graphic mugs, to punch up your morning just a bit. First up: the the dots on this Marimekko cup are all irregular in shape and squished close together, which makes for a great pattern.
This absolute delight is based on a famous Roy Lichtenstein lithograph.
I am of course completely obsessed with this splurgetastic choice from Missoni.
I don’t quite know that I have any business buying a toolbag, but this one is so great-looking I’m certain there must be some use I could put it to. Dog toy receptacle, perhaps?
Sure, there are still shipping fees to contend with, but the pound-to-dollar exchange rate is so stupendously in our favor at the moment that it feels positively irresponsible of me not point out a few quite likable items you can pick up at Liberty of London. I mean, can you even with this cute little portable radio?
In the old days, my coffee table was always piled high with magazines—dozens of them, of every kind—and all anyone did when they came over to visit was read. Nowadays I’ve got adult coloring books strewn about—laugh if you like, I care not—and all anyone wants to do is draw. I have written before about how coloring books have helped me build a mindfulness practice, but they’re just good fun, too. Can’t quite believe this one hasn’t made it into my household yet.
Liberty’s Art Nouveau Ianthe print is a such a favorite that I have tried—alas, to no avail—to create a tattoo based on it. A pillow seems like a decent substitute.
I am a woman of many talents—some more useful than others. Like for instance: I’ve got an uncanny ability to drop and break dishes; particularly, for some reason, bowls. Because of this, I have very few of them, and none match. So I recently ordered a full set of these sturdy little numbers from Heath Ceramics—I’m always extra-happy to have an excuse to buy something from Heath Ceramics—and they’re just the prettiest blue.
It has taken me a while to realize that the trick to keeping dish towels looking fresh is to avoid white ones altogether, as they get super-dingy really fast. Since this minor epiphany, I’ve been tossing the really ratty-looking ones, but have not yet replaced them, which isn’t especially good thinking. So I might go ahead and give myself permission to buy these: they’re part of Pendelton’s classic national parks series, of which I am a great fan.
Because a girl can aspire one day not to do all of her work at the kitchen table; and because an extra bedroom deserves to be an office and not just a junk repository; and also because I do have my midcentury moments: this desk.