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Betting on the wild card

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This Waylande Gregory half tiger plate isn’t especially my kind of thing, but that’s part of the appeal: those little design touches that don’t quite align with our overall aesthetic are the ones that make our houses look like homes, don’t you think?

Posted on November 6th, 2013 3 Comments

Need least, want most of the week

diptique electric diffuser

What you see before you is likely most the most glamorous iteration of the Glade Plug-In our world will ever see, courtesy of those geniuses of fragrance over at Diptique. The elegant white ceramic cover encloses a quite beautiful—even sculptural—metal base, into which you insert a cartridge filled with your choice of one of the brand’s five most popular scents. Just switch it on, and you’re good for an hour. I don’t even know how I’m supposed to think straight, knowing this is in the universe.

Posted on October 7th, 2013 5 Comments

Shopping for pretend: Ferm Living

quilt in a pillow

Ferm Living is a design firm out of Denmark, and they’re geometric print heaven. Doesn’t this look kind of like a quilt, but in pillow form?

ferm living espresso cup set

This mismatched espresso cup set is awfully clever.

ferm living pot holder

I don’t know that I’ve ever gotten excited about a  pot holder before this very moment.

ferm living tea pot

Likewise, I am totally not a teapot person, but this is charming in a very early 1970s Better Homes and Gardens kind of way.

Posted on August 19th, 2013 1 Comment

Cheap and chic of the week

white ceramic planter

This old school-style glazed stoneware crock looks like it came from one of the many excellent-but-pricey home shops I visit on the Eastern shore of Long Island every summer. But it is in fact from Ace Hardware! And can be yours for a mere $26.99!

Posted on June 6th, 2013 2 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week: melamine plates

kissing rabits

For years I coveted this fun Hermes china with an animals of the jungle pattern, because it seemed like an ultimate indulgence to acquire such playful china from such a serious luxury house. But only the sturdiest dinnerware survives my cloddish grasp, and I always knew better to indulge (even during the pixie-dusted couple of years when a benevolent publicist extended me a  30% discount at Hermes—a time during which many friends received excellent gifts in little orange boxes). Still, my affection for dishes with just a little bit to say endures, which is probably why I’ve developed an outsize affection for melamine plates. They wouldn’t break if you threw them against a wall, and there are so many cute ones. Plus, they’re cheap enough that you can buy a ton and not worry if you use them only some of the time. Because these kissing rabbits might be fun for dining on  burgers and cole slaw at a Memorial Day picnic, but possibly not so much come January and brisket time.


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Who else wants to turn the entire backyard into a Moroccan-themed wonderland to match this rather fabulous purple plate?

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The Mad Platters shop on Etsy is melamine plate central, and if I were hard up for hostess gifts this season, it’s exactly where I’d go. This bird looks so stern that he cracks me up a little.

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There is something quite pink lemonade and birthday cale about this option, from West Elm.


Posted on May 24th, 2013 11 Comments

Night of the living sleepless

Apologies for the radio silence, ladies. I’ve been plagued by a powerful case of insomnia and well, let’s just say that I now acutely understand why sleep deprivation is often employed on prisoners of war as a form of psychological torture. This Hello Kitty Zombie  is available as a T-shirt, by the way.

Insomnia is one of the best recipes for ugly ever—no amount of makeup can cover it up. And it’s a one-way ticket to Stupidville too. When you can’t follow the plot twists in a phone conversation with your ten year-old nephew, for instance, it might just be time to wrap yourself up in a nice big old blankie and gently weep.

Ambien doesn’t work—it gets me to sleep but does not keep me there. Warm milk can do the trick, but then one runs the risk of having to get up in four hours to pee, and the journey begins again.

Last night was all right, but my under eye circles would still scare small children if I wasn’t taking care to wear Olsen-size sunglasses every time I hit the street. I need solutions, people. Care to share?



Posted on December 6th, 2012 52 Comments

Such a good excuse to buy something pretty for your wall

I’m a big old fan of art-for-the-people site 20×200. Their prints are super well-priced, and they make the browsing process both fun and unintimidating. You can search by color, theme, and price range—something that would surely be viewed as pedestrian at similar venues. And every print is available in a nice selection of sizes. Right now I’m liking them especially much, as they are donating proceeds from each piece in their New York Collection toCitymeals on Wheels.

Posted on November 6th, 2012

And now for something completely tasteful

Just as life is full of choices, it is full of surprises. And yesterday, after swerving off Perry Street and on to Bank Street to avoid a former coworker (one of those people in her 20s by whom this speech was inspired) I ran into my old pal Malcolm. Malcolm is one of those people who it’s really fun to get a laugh out of, so I told him all about the catalogue challenge, and he was in fact duly amused. As a little something to cleanse my palate, he suggested I check out Manufactum,  a beautifully edited European site featuring items for the home and garden, as well as clothing, accessories, beauty products, office supplies and more. Sort of like the most highly evolved iteration of the SkyMall catalogue imaginable.

Is this not one of the most beautiful satchel bags in the history of ever? It comes from Provence, is handmade, and was apparently originally used to transport food on hikes in the countryside. I want and I want.

The notion of drinking coffee out of a bowl always seems so impossibly twee. But this particular bowl also makes it seem impossibly appealing.

Everything on Manufactum is so attractive that you find yourself thinking: I could probably really use a good stainless steel bucket.

Apparently, you put this stuff in the wash with your whites and it makes them whiter. Mostly I just  like the super-old school packaging.

Similarly, I’m not certain I care if what of these soaps smell like, so pretty are they to look at.

How have any of us managed to live this long without an Italian naval blanket?

This is a  cardboard suitcase with wood strips, made by a Czechoslovakian company and said to be quite sturdy. Checking it through baggage might be too dodgy a proposition to consider. But how great would this be for storage?

Posted on June 13th, 2012 9 Comments