Tuesday 3rd May 2016
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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 2 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

Games, games, games

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Just the niftiest backgammon set maybe ever.

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Of course, this version for travel is pretty cool too.

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In addition to which: this.

Posted on April 8th, 2016 1 Comment

Print of the week

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Is it shallow to say that I might do more cooking if everything in my kitchen was as cute as this pot-holder?

Posted on March 25th, 2016 7 Comments


farmhouse pottery

My Schnoodle Sammy has a charming habit of letting me know he is hungry by knocking over his (not very sturdy) water bowl with his little paw. The other pooch, the new guy, has been, since his arrival in the household, eating out of a Heath Ceramics bowl that I am quite fond of, and would like to put back into human rotation. All around, the imperative for new canine servingware has felt pressing.  And so the other day, when I found myself (rather randomly) scrolling through the Orvis site and saw this stoneware dog bowl, I decided I had to spring for a few—one for each dog and one for water. Sammy will have a hard time capsizing one of these. And I am not lying when I say that they are better-looking than most of my dishes.

Posted on March 18th, 2016 16 Comments

Top 5 of the week

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I’m thinking it’s time to up my planter game, what with spring looking right around the corner all of a sudden. The streamlined combination of wood and ceramic here is midcentury without being bang-you-over-the-head-with-it midcentury, which is nice.

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This one comes with a self-watering apparatus of some sort, which is cool.

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OK, this one actually is kind of bang-you-over-the-head-with-it midcentury, but I like it.

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White on white and ever so slightly crafty.

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For your very wee-est of plants.

Posted on March 8th, 2016 6 Comments