Monday 27th June 2016
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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

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