Friday 27th November 2015
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The ones that got away


The coolest store in Cartagena is called St. Dom: it specializes in Colombian designers and carries clothing, accessories, home items and books, very concept store-like. They also have an extremely well-edited selection of sophisticated takes on indigenous crafts, and I went particularly crazy for these very graphic poufs. Only problem was, they were obviously too big for my carry-on—really, most everything was too big for the carry-on, and I brought home a serious case of shopper’s regret over all the  good items I left behind. And yet! I found the poufs here, and even though I really don’t need a pouf (has anyone in the history of ever needed one?) I’m considering it.

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Also super-easily available here: La Chamba pottery, which is so pretty you won’t want to cook with it, but you totally can. I’m particularly enamored of this stew pot.


Posted on November 17th, 2015 7 Comments

Warding off evil, stylishly

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It never occurred to me to consider the evil eye (which, depending on which culture’s interpretation you’re going with, actually protects you from the evil eye) as a home design element. But then I discovered this amazing heart-shaped plate by Mquan, and was inspired to go looking for more.


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Is this embroidered tea towel by Coral & Tusk not completely charming? It’d make a nifty hostess gift.

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This pillow is simultaneously graphic and subdued, which I find rather appealing.

Posted on November 4th, 2015 6 Comments

Print of the week

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It’s a Liberty of London sewing machine, people.

Posted on November 2nd, 2015 4 Comments

I am obsessed with quilts lately

sybil quilt

And I’m a little afraid to say that, as “obsessed with” topped the list of words and phrases you’d like to ban, but really there is no other word for it. People are doing some quite cool things with quilts these days, and I want in, bad. This one, from LA-based design house Wolfum, is such an unlikely mix of colors, but it totally works.


Meg Callahan’s quilts are stupendous; this is my favorite because it looks traditional and modern at the same time.


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The slow fade here is just so pretty.

anthro quilt

Here’s a well-priced option from Anthro.

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And here’s the feel-good-about-yourself-while-you-shop option: all profits from the sale of this one—which I found on the excellent site Indego Africa—goes to educational training for the women who made it.

Posted on October 23rd, 2015 19 Comments

I get really specific sometimes

mexico 68

I’m feeling very inspired by this poster for the 1968 Olympics in Mexico; it just popped into my head yesterday for no good reason, and now I am—predictably—fixated on getting my hands on one. Alas, all web searches come up empty, and possibly  its extreme Op-Artiness would make it hell to live with anyway, so I went searching for pieces that might scratch the same itch: intensely graphic items in an orangey-red color palette.

painted rock

This rainbow-painted rock does not—on any level—need to exist, but I’m so glad it does.


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A sweet little vase from Toast Ceramics, one of my favorite Etsy destinations. The fact that the lines aren’t precise adds kind of a fun, cartoony touch.

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Pendelton makes so many good dog beds that I’m having an impossible time choosing a favorite, but this one fits with today’s color palette, so there you have it.


heart throw pillow


This embroidered concentric hearts throw pillow is especially tempting, as Jonathan Adler is having a Friends and Family event and everything on the site is 20% off.


Posted on October 9th, 2015 11 Comments

Thursday trifecta

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Bugs on mugs, starting out with this splurgetastic but glorious specimen.

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The symmetry here delights.

queen bee

A nice daily reminder that you are the queen bee  of your life.


Posted on October 1st, 2015 8 Comments

All these things have snakes on them

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snake letter opener is so Lady Badass.

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Really excellently graphic  in the orange and gold.

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Lady Badass part II.



Posted on September 3rd, 2015 2 Comments

Packing light

mini steamer

I’m taking a trip to Central America in September, and am resolved to fit everything for two whole weeks into one standard-size carry-on. This means being at peace with the notion that I will wear the same few things over and over. Which is fine: as I’ve stated in the past, I always wear the same things over and over anyway. Given the climate, I’ll be bringing along the kind of superlight cottony clothes that are inevitably all wrinkled by the time I reach my destination and unpack. So I’m bringing along my new Jo Mangiano Go Mini steamer, which is truly quite mini, works just as well as its larger counterpart, and rings in at just under $15, which is hard to beat.

Posted on August 21st, 2015 24 Comments

Print of the week

leopard print napkin

We’ve got a tie this week, because it is impossible to declare one of these items cuter than the other. (Also, I like how they look together.) First up: leopard print cloth napkins  sound like a perfectly awful idea, but these are so dreamy all faded and watercolory.

star confetti

Sure I never cook, but this star-studded cutting board is so far up my alley that it might just inspire me to start.

Posted on August 5th, 2015 3 Comments

Thursday trifecta

travel journal

Generally speaking I can’t bear anything that’s too twee, but then I’ll visit the Coral & Tusk website and get sucked right into the vortex. This leather embroidered travel journal, for instance, feels like it needs to be mine.

bugs napkim

I only use cloth napkins—it impresses guests, and always makes my takeout feel that much more civilized. And my collection is impressive, but none are quite so perfect as these.


This sachet has Hostess Gift written all over it.


Posted on July 22nd, 2015 4 Comments