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October 08, 2013

Comptoir des Cotonniers

Last month, my sister and I took our annual trip to NYC. Among our favorite stores is Comptoir des Cotonniers. To our delight, the shopgirls mentioned that the French brand is planning to expand — to Chicago and San Francisco. It's probably not happening too soon, but still! I'm looking forward to the simple yet chic line being much more accessible.

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P.S. Another one of our must-visits in NYC is ABC Carpet & Home (no surprise there). We ate at ABC Cocina for the first time during this recent trip and everything we ordered was amazing.

July 14, 2011

In the Bag

A couple of years ago, Jon bought his mom one of the small Longchamp Le Pliage tote bags for her golf outings. I was rather impressed that he picked out such a simple yet stylish design all by himself! A few months ago, when I was thinking about what to bring on our trip to Bali and Singapore, I kept coming back to that same tote. I ended up getting the large size in curry:

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It worked out great, especially since I could fit a big stack of magazines in it. (I bought so many foreign magazines during our trip!) The style works for carrying around town or down to the beach. It also has a small pocket for your lip balm, cell phone, hotel key, etc. My only complaint is that I wish the pocket had a closing mechanism. (I ended up attaching some adhesive-backed velcro squares as a temporary fix.)

May 24, 2011

City Slicker

BTW, in anticipation of last week's showers in NYC and Philadelphia, I packed this rain jacket from Anthropologie:

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I love it. And I don't know why there aren't more attractive, rain-proof jackets on the market! Trenches don't count—for me, a rain jacket needs to have a hood! (Bonus: This one also has good-sized pockets with snap closures, so I didn't have to worry about my phone or wallet falling out.)

April 12, 2011

Loop Chair

A couple of years ago, Anthropologie was selling the Hire-Wire Act chairs for about $250 each:

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Cute, right?

Now take a look at PBTeen's new Loop chair — which looks very similar, but for a hundred bucks less:

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Jon's taking my Aeron chair into work, and I think I may have found my new office chair. Note: I don't spend a ton of time sitting at the desk in my office, so it doesn't have to be an ergonomic chair. Though I think I'd like a cushion for comfort; probably a custom one.

P.S. Yes, both of the above designs appear to be heavily inspired by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola’s Re-trouvé collection for Emu.

April 04, 2011

Jill Bliss Fabric

Ever since I realized last month that Jill now sells fabric with her designs on them, I've been trying to figure out how to incorporate them in my house. And also figure out which one(s) to buy!

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Aren't they awesome? There are seven patterns to choose from.

December 06, 2010

Hot Stuff: Anthology Magazine

I've been freelancing for the SF Chronicle for a few years now, so I've gotten used to seeing my byline in the newspaper. But reading a story about me and something I'm doing? Well, that's pretty cool on another level: Yesterday's Home&Garden section featured Anthology in the Hot Stuff column. I grew up reading The Chron every morning at the breakfast table, over a bowl of cereal. So this bit of press is really special. Other recent coverage that's been awesome: Cool Hunting, GQ's Gift Guide.

(I know, I know, a lot of my posts lately have revolved around the magazine. But the reality is, I spend a ton of my time working on it, so it's natural that it's written about quite a bit on this blog.)

In non-Anthology news:

  • Jon and I spent Thanksgiving in Southern California, where I introduced him and his parents to the deliciousness that is 3 Square's pretzel croissant.
  • Earlier in November, we went to Napa for a weekend and had such an amazing meal at Morimoto. If you go, save room for the donuts!
  • We went to Carmel yesterday and if you're ever down there, do yourself a favor and be sure to stop in at the Cottage of Sweets.
  • Did you know that a bunch of websites — including one of my favorites, Hive Modern — have temporarily marked down all Herman Miller designs? You've got another week to save 15% off.
  • HD Buttercup is opening in San Francisco! I'm seriously considering buying a new dining table from there.
  • Speaking of dining tables, my current one has been doubling as a place for me to stack my files. So I made a life-changing purchase this weekend: a new file cabinet from West Elm. I haven't been this excited about a purchase in a long time.

March 31, 2010

Jonathan Adler Paper Lanterns

I want a dozen of these lanterns in the chevron pattern:

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Available at Jonathan Adler.

March 18, 2010

Untitled by Mike Monteiro

This makes me laugh:

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So of course I had to have it. Available at the superb website 20x200.

February 26, 2010

Getting the Boot

I am obsessed with these adorable boot holders sold in cupcakebomb's Etsy shop.

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Despite having multiple closets, I have had trouble figuring out how to best organize my boots. I keep some in boxes from the Container Store, and the ones I wear more regularly (at least during the fall/winter) have just been lying around. Now, with my growing collection of these boot holders, I can stand them up in the closet — all in a nice, neat row. No more slouching boots!

February 24, 2010

Shadowy Chair

Wow. I love this chair, available at Anthropologie.

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It's designed by Tord Boonje and designed for outdoor use. Too bad it comes with a $3,000 price tag.

February 22, 2010

City Slickers

The forecast calls for more rain this week in the Bay Area. Which I am actually looking forward to now that I've got my new Dace raincoat:

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I have been searching for the perfect raincoat for quite some time, and I think this is it. I love the look of a trench — I've got a few in my closet — but they usually don't have a hood. And I need a hood because I don't like to carry an umbrella.

So this? This may be the Holy Grail of raincoats for me.

February 01, 2010

A Good Fynde

Are you familiar with Fyndes? It's an online marketplace for dealers, artists and designers. I browse the site regularly, but have yet to make a purchase. I wish I had a place for this chrome lattice headboard:

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It looks like the same one in interior designer Jay Jeffers' San Francisco home:

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January 29, 2010

Postcards from Penguin

I just pre-ordered this collection of 100 postcards featuring Penguin book covers. It's not scheduled for release until October, but now it's one less thing for me to remember to do!

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I think I'm going to frame a group of them somewhere in our house. I've got nine months to figure out exactly where ...

Some Kind of Wonderful

I was so tempted to buy one of these limited-edition laser-cut pieces by Rob Ryan ...

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But, although they were just released for pre-order, they are already sold out! (I may have to pick up a roll of the charm bracelet tape, available in his Etsy shop.)

January 15, 2010

Circa Lighting

When we were in Savannah last month — it's about an hour from where Jon's parents live — we visited the Circa Lighting showroom. I've been obsessed with this store for a while now and have been wanting to check it out for myself. It's not a large place, but boy is it packed with gorgeous lighting of all sorts.

I'm looking to replace the sconces in our master bathroom and the ceiling fixtures in our closet. For the latter, I'm leaning toward one of these:

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Circa has so many options, it was hard to narrow it down to just these two!

January 13, 2010

No Place Like Homme

Yesterday, after a delicious lunch at Boulette's Larder, Grant introduced me to two neighboring Russian Hill spots: Loving Cup Cafe (which serves yummy rice pudding) and Homme (which, coincidentally, was written up in Daily Candy yesterday).

The latter was actually closed when we arrived, but as we were about to leave, owner Michelle Homme pulled up in a U-Haul. She had just come back from a buying trip in Southern California. Although the goods that were in the truck aren't on her 1st Dibs site yet, I already know I'm going to love them if her current inventory is any indication. Look at these arrow side tables!

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January 04, 2010

West Elm Parsons Desk

I am revisiting the desk in the guest bedroom. I'm just not sure I'm loving the CB2 Peekaboo console in there, so I've been scouring the Internet for other options. One design that I keep coming back to is the Parsons from West Elm. It's definitely the right size (the mini version is just 30" wide) and price ($250).

I love the way interior designer Martha Angus incorporated the Parsons desk in two showcase spaces last year:

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Metropolitan Home - Modern by Design - Boy's Room
{ Photo by Matthew Millman }

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Millenium Tower - Icons of Design - Guest Bedroom
{ Photo by Peter Medilek, via SFLuxe }

December 22, 2009

Lewis & Sheron Textile Co.

L&S is officially my new favorite fabric store. They have a great selection, the prices are excellent for home decor textiles, and the customer service is stellar.

Madina Aryeh — who I also cannot say enough great things about — sewed these cushions for the bench in my entry. I went back and forth on the fabric and thought I had finally settled on Brunschwig & Fil's Dzhambul, but there was a problem getting a sample. Then I came across a post on Elements of Style about a pattern that is very similar, available at L&S. Since it was a lot easier and cheaper to order the L&S version, I went with that one. And I'm super-pleased with the end result:

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When I posted about the bench earlier this year, it was suggested that I keep the seat bare. But I wanted to add some sort of pattern to the entry area and decided that a couple of cushions would do the trick. As you can see, they don't cover the entire length of the bench, so some of the wood is still exposed (which I love).

December 21, 2009

Leftovers

Last week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kelly Hensley over a delicious lunch at Modern Thai. Kelly is the owner of Leftovers, a pair of consigment shops in San Francisco. Soon after opening the first location on the corner of Polk and Bush, she realized that she needed more space. So a few months later, she signed the lease on a larger storefront around the corner on Sutter.

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After lunch, Kelly was sweet enough to show me her nearby home as well. Given her impeccable taste, it's no surprise that it was absolutely beautiful.

The next time I'm in need of furniture or accessories, I'm definitely hitting up Leftovers. In fact, I'm stil thinking about a pair of lamps that were for sale last week. I might have to make a return trip to see if they're still there.

December 14, 2009

Fill-in-the-Blank Gift Coupons

Yes, I know that there are folks out there who possess the creativity and skills to create their own gift coupons. But I'm not one of them. So I'm grateful for chickabug's Etsy shop, which carries these in packs of five ($3) or ten ($5.50):

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For Christmas this year, we're giving my nieces and nephews coupons for an activity/outing. For example, an evening of bocce and dinner (here). We've got to spend time with them before they get too cool to hang out with their aunt and uncle.

December 09, 2009

West Elm Sneak Preview

I just got a peek of the West Elm spring collection, which is launching at the end of the month. There are some really great pieces. (I'm already trying to figure out where I might need some of them in my house.)

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The "martini" side table in the second image (maybe for the home office?) and the set of lacquered boxes in the fourth image are at the top of my wishlist right now.

December 07, 2009

Hot Chocolate

One of the best Christmas presents I have ever received is this Bialetti Hot Chocolate Maker. My in-laws gave it to me last year and apparently Williams-Sonoma only carries it around the holidays. (The same is true of their delicious hot chocolate shavings. I went last week to stock up for the coming year.)

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We just started using the machine again this weekend and I had forgotten just how fantastic it is. It seriously makes the perfect cup of hot chocolate.

December 02, 2009

Simple Song Designs

I ordered a few goodies from Simple Song Design's Etsy shop last week and they just arrived. They are even lovelier in person! Now I'm tempted to buy the following, too:

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Since we don't have kids, we don't have any kids' teachers to give this card to.
Otherwise, I'd be all over these.

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These boxes make me want to bake up some holiday gifts this year.
(But I probably won't.)

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So clever.

Another Reason to Love Target

Earlier this week, it was announced that Zac Posen will be designing a Go International collection that will be available in April. And now there's good news about another future collaboration: Target is teaming up with Liberty of London for a line of clothing for men, women and children, as well as housewares. It's scheduled to launch March 14. Mark your calendars!

November 09, 2009

SF Designer Furniture Sample Sale

Wow. Some of my favorite local designers — including Kendall Wilkinson and Martha Angus — are getting together this weekend to put on a huge sample sale. Head to the SF Design Center on Saturday or Sunday to score fantastic deals (10am-5pm).

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In addition to the sample sale, 15 designer showrooms at the Design Center will be offering savings of up to 70%. (Admission to the sale is free. Admission to the Design Center showroom event is $10, and the proceeds benefit the design program at SF State University.)

November 03, 2009

Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar

I bought Helsinki-based designer Noa Bembibre's calendars in 2008 and 2009, and just placed my order for the 2010 version.

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I decided to buy the larger anniversary edition because I like to re-use the pages to wrap birthday gifts. (For example, if the recipient's birthday is in July, I'll use the July sheet from the previous year.)

September 24, 2009

More Wall Decor

OK, I know a lot of people out there think that wall stickers are a trend that should go away. But as someone who has incorporated them into my own home, I disagree. It's all about the design and placement. Greener Grass Design just added a bunch of new vinyls and this is my favorite:

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"I Love You More Than Sleep" is by Rob Ryan, papercut artist extraordinaire.

September 04, 2009

The Designer's Attic

Pink Wallpaper is one of my must-reads. And now Shannon — the interior designer behind the blog — has started a new website. The Designer's Attic offers up fantastic products at deep discounts; perfectly good things that she just doesn't have room for anymore.

She recently sold a pair of hand-rubbed antique brass Thomas O'Brien "Vendome" sconces for just $90 for the pair. They normally retail for $189 *each*. (I want this sconce for my master bath, but I think I need to buy mine in polished nickel, like the one in the photo below.)

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I also love that Shannon includes decorating ideas for the items she's selling. If you haven't already, definitely check out The Designer's Attic!

August 27, 2009

So Vera Nice

I recently purchased a set of four vintage Vera napkins from High Street Market, which is one of my favorite Etsy retailers.

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Maybe this will prompt me to invite a couple of people over for dinner, so I can put the napkins to use!

P.S. Anthropologie recently started carrying some products featuring Vera designs.

August 26, 2009

Confessions of an Online Shopaholic

I do a fair amount of my shopping online — for clothing, home goods, books, pretty much anything. A few months ago, I started looking at a source that I had never previously considered: HSN. That's right. The Home Shopping Network's online store. (I think all of those TV skits and "The Soup" jokes left me with a bad impression of shopping channels.)

I bought a bunch of John Robshaw bedding that was significantly discounted (and is still full price on his site!). And now, I see they have this Nate Berkus hexagon cocktail ottoman.

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As cute as it is, I've got no need or place for it. (Plus, I've got a million other decorating projects to spend my time and money on.) But see? HSN can be cool!

August 11, 2009

Two Things

Kate Spade launched its debut clothing collection today. I want so many pieces. (See below)

Loeffler Randall's online shop is now up and running! I love their boots (so comfy) and coats (great fit, beautiful details).

I'll have to browse the sites more later. Right now, I need to get ready for a busy busy day; I'm touring four houses for a future article.

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August 04, 2009

Madeline Weinrib at Auto

I love Madeline Weinrib's rugs, but it's always frustrated me you could really only find her collection at ABC Carpet & Home. But now, Auto is selling some of her pieces online!

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I just happen to need new rugs in the entry, kitchen and master closet.

July 28, 2009

Coat Check

I want this J.Crew ruffle-front coat.

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In camel, please.

July 23, 2009

Painting Le Tour

In our house, July means that the DVR is full of Tour de France recordings. Jon is more of a cycling fan than I am, but since meeting Levi Leipheimer and his lovely wife a couple of years ago — and writing about their Santa Rosa home for the Chronicle — I've been following the race more. I love that artist Rob Ijbema is not only watching the Tour, but creating paintings based on each day's stage.

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Check them out at Painting Le Tour. Sadly, the Astana team time trial painting is already sold. I think Jon would have really liked that one.

July 14, 2009

Desk Job

I'm in the process of revamping our guest bedroom. It's a slow process, as I can't quite find the right desk to place on the left side of the bed. Ideally, it would also serve as a bedside table. The latest contender is the new Flip desk from West Elm:

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A potential problem with this option: where to place the bedside lamp. If I leave the desk closed and just let guests open it as they need it, they'd have to keep moving the lamp to open it. If I leave the desk open, there doesn't really seem to be a good spot for the lamp. (I already have a pair of lamps that I'd like to keep in this room.) Maybe I can put a small stool between the desk and the bed just for the lamp. Hmmm ...

July 07, 2009

JHill Design Personalized Prints

I love this idea! I've been a fan of Jennifer Hill's "Places I Have Never Been" series for a long time. And she now offers customized versions of her prints.

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You decide the text that goes with Jennifer's lovely design. Awesome!

June 29, 2009

Hang In There

I think I need one (or two) of these Design House Stockholm hooks in the laundry room:

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Available in four colors at Huset Shop. Hmmm ... green or white ...

June 26, 2009

Anna Sui for Target

Did you hear that Anna Sui has a collection launching at Target this fall? AND it's inspired by Gossip Girl?!? You can see a slideshow of the 19 looks and get more details at The Cut (New York magazine's fashion blog).

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No surprise: The "Blair" looks (like the one above, left) are my favorite. The "Serena" outfits don't really remind me of the character, but I still like a couple of them (above, right).

June 19, 2009

Bacon Love

I am so tempted to buy one of these prints, signed by the artist Mike Geno.

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Available at Art Star.

June 18, 2009

Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc at Home

A couple of years ago, we spent our anniversary in Napa and dined at Ad Hoc, Thomas Keller's casual eatery in Yountville. The experience was a bit mixed. For example, Jon wanted a vegetarian meal and the server basically harassed him with enough questions that he finally gave up and agreed to that evening's poultry entree. And we waited a ridiculous amount of time for our food — which didn't seem to make sense since the restaurant prepares the same meal for everyone.

Anyway! Despite that not-so-stellar experience, I've been wanting to go back for the fried chicken. Now, we may not have to: Williams-Sonoma carries an Ad Hoc Fried Chicken Kit! And a selection of dressings as well.

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The Chronicle food staff tested the Ad Hoc products; you can read their review here. Even though I've been freelancing for the paper for a few years now, I've actually only visited the office twice. But I would have loved to have been there the day they were trying out the fried chicken mix!

June 17, 2009

Imperial Trellis Knock-Off

Ever since I posted about a year and a half ago about the fabric I found that resembles Kelly Wearstler's "Imperial Trellis," I've received so many emails asking about it. I picked it up for $18.99/yard at Britex Fabrics — second floor, home décor section. It's called "Tango."

Earlier today, I stopped by Britex to look for some fabric for our entry table and came across the trellis knock-off in two different colorways. The citrine/ivory combination is no longer available, but these are:

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The seafoam is so pretty, but I couldn't think of a place to use it in our house. I bought a few yards of the brown/ivory and I'm sure I'll come up with a project for it. Someday.

June 15, 2009

Vena Cava for the Gap

I couldn't resist buying both of these Vena Cava dresses — part of the limited-edition collection at the Gap that's designed by finalists of the 2008 CDFA/Vogue Fashion Fund.

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I have no idea how they'll fit, but figured I'd order them while they're still available. (The collection just hit the online shop tonight.)

June 08, 2009

One King's Lane

I only found out about this site a few days ago, even though it was mentioned in the NY Times last month. One King's Lane offers online sample sales for housewares and furnishings; you can save up to 70 percent off the retail price. The site constantly lists new sales, with each lasting just 72 hours. This morning, the Dransfield & Ross sale launched, and past events have included merchandise from John Robshaw, Dwell Studio and Serena & Lily.

If you haven't already, I highly recommend signing up for a free membership so you can receive emails about their sales.

June 04, 2009

Secondhand Sunset

After Jess Chamberlain over at Sunset emailed me this morning, I was a little torn about whether or not to share this. Because I think the "Secondhand Sunset" booth at the upcoming Celebration Weekend is already going to be a crazy scene. And I don't need or want the extra competition.

But here goes: If you are in the Peninsula on Saturday or Sunday, this is not to be missed. Check out some of the cool stuff you can buy (including projects left over from the magazine) for ridiculously cheap (all proceeds will be donated to The Reuse People):

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Candlesticks - $2 each

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Chair - $15

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Messageboard - $10

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Table - $15

Nothing will be priced over $20. I'd better drive the big car to the Celebration.

June 02, 2009

Want.

This desk (or writing chest) is EXACTLY what I want in our guest bedroom. Sadly, I can only find it at UK store Graham and Green.

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Before you suggest I contact them about shipping to the US, I should note the other problem here: It is £1,795. That's almost $3,000 — way more than I want to spend in there.

UPDATE: It turns out, Conran carries it ... but it is $2,895. *sigh*

May 13, 2009

Alphabet City

In my previous post, I referenced an article in Charlotte magazine's quarterly Home & Garden publication. The story mentions Etsy retailer bibbity, who sells these adorable alphabet cards:

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Available in English, French or Spanish, they're $58 each. I want (but have no place/need for) these.

May 11, 2009

Swing Time

I am in love with this indoor swing from one of Jay Jeffers' recent projects:

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It has me daydreaming about Pottery Barn's Chesapeake Hanging Lounger — which I could totally picture on our lower deck. (This warm weather has me thinking about all the cool outdoor furniture that's out there now.)

May 10, 2009

Paper Boat Serving Set

Love this set, available at A+R:

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I think I need the large serving dish with the teak oars/servers. (The buoys are salt and pepper shakers.)

May 08, 2009

Poppies Blooming

In our neighborhood, there are poppies blooming everywhere. And I love it! I want to gather them up and bring them inside my house, but that would be illegal; poppies are the state flower and therefore protected.

So I'm hoping for the next best thing: one of Diana Fayt's latest pieces.

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Want want want.

Photo from Diana's Flickr photostream.

April 29, 2009

The 3/50 Project

Leah posted today about the 3/50 Project, which is a grassroots effort to help local, independent brick-and-mortar businesses. The idea is that you pick 3 stores to spend $50 at (each total, on a monthly basis) and support your local economy. These are just 3 of the stores near me that I'm especially committed to:

Emily Joubert (such a cute home/garden shop)
Roberts Market (I don't know how I'd get by without their prepared dishes)
Romi (which also has a boutique in SF)

April 10, 2009

Herb Stand or Pencil Cup?

I know it's designed to be an herb stand, but I would like to use this Normann Copenhagen product as a pencil cup (or cups) in the craft room.

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I feel like I saw it used as such in a magazine recently, but can't remember which one and when.

April 07, 2009

So Shady

I want! Love the appliquéd zinnias on Anthropologie's Quiet Mist Shade.

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March 11, 2009

Word Play

Four words-based prints by Mike Monteiro are now available at 20x200. I want this one:

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February 17, 2009

Say Cheese

tinycheese.jpgTiny Showcase is doing things a little differently this week: Instead of limited-edition prints, they're offering one-of-a-kind wire sculptures by C.W. Roelle — based on cheeses. Yes, cheeses!

You don't get to choose your cheese. The sculptures — 200 in all — will be randomly sent out. If you order before Saturday, you'll also receive a signed poster featuring a sample of cheeses.

All of this cheese talk is making me hungry ...

Keep Calm and Ride On

I love this little print — just 6"x9" — by Jen Renninger, available at Little Paper Planes.

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Aimée Wilder Wallpaper

I posted about Aimée Wilder a while back, but just learned via Swiss Miss that her wallpaper patterns are now available for purchase.

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And next month, Vans is releasing shoes and apparel featuring her designs.

Eddie Ross on Etsy

Did you see/hear that Eddie Ross now has an Etsy shop?

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It's perfect for those of us who want to do some vintage shopping from our cubicles. Or just look at the pretty things that he has collected over the years.

February 10, 2009

Orla Kiely at Target Online

The Target near my work sucks. I know quite a few stores have already started stocking Orla Kiely goods, but not the one I can see from my office. However, it looks like products are starting to hit the Target online store and can now be ordered and will ship in the coming weeks. I can't decide whether to just order online or keep stalking the local Target. I kind of want the instant gratification of finding things in the store, rather than waiting up to six weeks for them to arrive.

January 30, 2009

One Thing

Years ago, during the dot-com bust, we had a friend who got laid off. (Okay, we had many friends who got laid off, but this post is about just one in particular.) When asked how she was spending her days, she said that she basically tried to accomplish one thing a day. And now look what is available for purchase!

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I think I need one of these Pretty Bitter notepads when I'm done with my current job. (I'm going to be working part-time after this, so could put the pad to use my two days off per week.)

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Upward Mobility

I almost bought this Petit Pan mobile yesterday:

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Crafted in Paris, it's made of hand-painted silk and bamboo. And it's currently 30% off — as is everything else in the store through this weekend. I just couldn't think of a place to hang it in our kitchen. (This whale is pretty cool, too, but I think it's sold out.)

January 29, 2009

"You & Me" Valentines

I don't really celebrate Valentine's Day, but think Portland artist Bishop Lennon's "You & Me" valentines series is very cool.

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Too bad the Macaroni and Cheese already sold! Also worth checking out: Bishop's candy alphabet series. I couldn't resist the "r is for ring pop" painting.

January 28, 2009

Amish Horses

I love today's 20x200 release, "Amish Horses" by Colleen Plumb. I can't decide whether to buy a small or medium print.

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January 08, 2009

When It Rains

Hayden-Harnett makes my favorite handbags. And although I'm not really an umbrella person, I couldn't resist the one they designed for their collection with Target:

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(I initially spotted the umbrella on Mighty Goods.)

December 05, 2008

If You Could Print Series, 2008

I have been admiring the If You Could posters for months and months, but with the currency conversion rates what they were earlier this year, I was hesitant to buy. Plus, I wasn't sure where I would hang them. Now, there is a solution to both problems: an affordable book that includes all 24 prints that were created in 2008. It's just $15 and will take up just a small amount of real estate on my coffee table.

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(Every month, If You Could asked two artists to create a print answering the question, "If you could do anything tomorrow, what would it be?")

Little Boxes

Victoria's post this morning about Daly City's Westlake district brought to mind: 1) many childhood memories because I grew up in the area; and 2) one of my favorite coffee table books, Little Boxes: The Architecture of a Classic Midcentury Suburb.

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As a kid, I didn't care much for the brightly painted, quirky homes. But I have forever held a soft spot for the architecture of my elementary school, which looks like this:

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If you're looking for a good holiday gift for a midcentury architecture fan, I highly recommend Little Boxes by Rob Keil. You can find out more about his book and Westlake on his website.

December 02, 2008

Home Sweet Home

Something's Hiding In Here is one of my favorite Etsy shops. I love the recently added "Home Sweet Home" poplar pieces, which are printed with a Gocco.

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Join the Club

I decided to buy myself a holiday gift this year: a subscription to Jordan's Pretty Little Things Club.

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You can, too. Just head over to her Etsy shop.

November 24, 2008

Kate Sutton Bandages

Oooh, these have "stocking stuffer" written all over them.

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I may need to get a couple boxes of these Kate Sutton-designed bandages for myself, too.

Stitchable Map Postcards

What a cool idea! This would be a neat gift for someone who has done a cross-country USA trip or backpacked around Europe. (Also: If you're giving the gift of travel to someone, I could see this as a neat way to convey future plans.)

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These map postcards come with a needle and red thread so you can stitch the travel route on them. The Curiosity Shoppe carries three versions: USA, Europe and world map.

Daydream Believer

I have loved this Julia Rothman wallpaper ever since I saw the red and yellow version in Christiana's home earlier this year.

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Now that "Daydream" is available in yellow and gray, I think I may need to install this pattern in the guest bedroom closet. Yes, the closet. Wouldn't that be a nice surprise when you pull back the closet doors? Now I just need to get Jon on board with this idea.

November 19, 2008

Sukie Iron-Ons

British design firm Sukie is coming out with a booklet of iron-ons — 30 pages full of them, to be exact. Even though the release date is listed as December 24, I'm hoping that they'll be available a little early. Because I was thinking that this would make an excellent stocking stuffer ...

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... Or, you could get the booklet and put the iron-ons on t-shirts, tote bags, pillows, canvas shoes, lampshades, etc., and give those away as unique gifts.

UPDATE: The booklets will be available in stores in early December. (Thanks, Christina!)

November 18, 2008

Deck the Halls

I love these Martha Stewart Crafts goods — all of which are on sale now:

The favor boxes totally remind me of the Dutch gin houses that KLM gives away.

Calendar Girl

As soon as I saw Holly's post about Port2Port today, I immediately went over and picked up the 2009 Port2Port calendar. I was planning to buy it anyway, but the 20% discount (enter code "decor8") and possibility of the calendar selling out motivated me to act quickly.

I currently have the 2008 version on display in my entry (I also saved the 2007 calendar):

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I love that the 2009 calendar features photos and letterpressed illustrations:

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Sadly, this is the final year that Port2Port will be offering the calendar.

November 06, 2008

Lucky Breaks

I just opened the December issue of Lucky and flipped straight to the back — where the Lucky Breaks discounts are featured. Now through January 4, 2009, you can save 25% on *everything* at sites like:

Let the early holiday shopping begin!

October 20, 2008

Liberty of London Online

Wow. Liberty has really expanded its online store since I last checked! Awesome.

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Delivery isn't cheap, but much less than airfare to London.

October 13, 2008

Anthropologie Fabric by the Yard

While we were in Carmel this weekend, I popped into Anthropologie and inquired about this rumor that they are going to sell fabric by the yard. Well, it's not only true, but it's already a reality. The stores don't appear to publicize this option, but if you ask, they should be able to help you out. The sales associate seemed surprised that the fabrics aren't up on the website yet; they were definitely in her little product binder.

Quite a few of the fabrics are available, with the linens priced at $88/yard, and the patterns — like the two shown below — retailing at $58/yard. (I think I'm remembering those numbers correctly.)

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(There was one design that costs several hundred dollars per yard. I'm pretty sure it was the Passiflora.)

October 08, 2008

Just Let It Go

I am debating whether or not this print will work on the wall space above the bathtub:

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by Kotama Bouabane, available at 20x200

Buttered Up

I want this whale butter dish by Jonathan Adler.

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It is going on the holiday wishlist. (Yes, I'm already starting to think about the holidays.)

October 07, 2008

Miss Print Wallpaper Patterns

Love these new arrivals at Rare Device, available in several color combinations:

If only I had a spot in the house for them!

September 16, 2008

Splurge vs. Steal

Okay, I now have a new mirror obsession. I am looking for something for the entry area. I love love love the BDDW Captain's Mirror, but it is $1200-1600 (depending on whether you buy the 20"or 28" version).

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New York designer Lucia Nenickova makes a similar mirror for $650-1200 (14" or 24").

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And then we have Modern Dose, which sells a 17" look-alike for just under $350.

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I am going to NYC next month, so may stop into the BDDW and Lucia Nenickova shops. But the Modern Dose mirror is so much easier on the wallet, that I'm leaning that way. Plus, the diameter may be just right for the entry.

September 15, 2008

Hable Construction Discount

Pssst ... Now through October 1, you can save 20% off anything in the "Decorate" section of the Hable website. Just enter the code "FALL" during check-out.

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The Mirror

So I did it. I bought THE MIRROR. The one I posted about here and then again here. But, after my second post, Leah (of More Ways to Waste Time) emailed to let me know that there was an eBay seller offering up the same mirror for much less money. So, thanks to Leah, the mirror is now hanging in my living room:

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The original plan was to place it in the dining room, but the size just overwhelmed the credenza over there. So we moved the mirror to the living room, where there was a vacant spot because the painting that hung above the fireplace in the old house seemed too small for the new space. (The painting is now on the wall leading from the entry to the living room.)

P.S. I still do not love the paint treatment in the living/dining room. We have polled every single person who visits the house and, for some inexplicably reason, most have sided with Jon and think we should keep the walls as-is. Huh???

September 03, 2008

Magnetter

I was just going through and cleaning out some old unpublished posts when I came across one about this great product:

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The Magnetter holds your mail and the magnetic front keeps your keys handy. Just $14. (I'm glad I saved this post — from June! — but I'm not sure why I didn't run it sooner.)

August 26, 2008

Alphabet City

The Chronicle Books website is one of my regular online stops. I usually like to peruse the "Upcoming Releases" section, which right now includes a couple of cute alphabet-related products:

Both will be available in September. (It's hard to believe September is just a week away!)

August 20, 2008

Dwell Fall 2008 Collection at Target

I'm not sure when these pieces will be available at Target, but I like 'em.

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Lara Cameron's Rainy Day Pattern

I know I posted about this fabric before, but now I've discovered that it's available in a new colorway! "Ice Cream" — which features chocolate, raspberry and dusty pink drops on a cream background — can only be found at Australia-based Kelani Fabric Obsession.

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Thankfully, Kelani ships to the U.S. (Psst ... They carry a few other exclusive Lara Cameron fabrics as well!)

August 14, 2008

Branching Out

I came across this photo on the Ferm Living blog and immediately went over to their online shop to order the "Branch" wall sticker for our bedroom:

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See, we live right along the San Andreas Fault, so hanging anything above our headboard makes me nervous. This is the perfect solution for adding a little visual interest, without the risk of anything falling on top of us if there's an earthquake.

Also found on the Ferm blog: A sneek peek at a couple of new (not yet available) designs!

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August 13, 2008

Amenity Fabric by the Yard

Grace posted today about Amenity's fantastic new holiday collection. While it's a bit early for me to start thinking about stockings and ornaments, I was delighted to find that their online shop now offers fabric by the yard.

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July 25, 2008

Spool Stands

Did I mention that I'm going to have a gift-wrap/craft room in the new house? Indeed I am! So I couldn't resist when I spotted these spool stands on Mighty Haus. I immediately picked up a set at KarenElizabeth's Etsy shop to store my ribbons:

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Yay for cute organizational goodies!

July 23, 2008

Aya Brackett

I seriously want one of Berkeley photographer Aya Brackett's chromogenic prints for our dining room or kitchen:

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Sita's Tea

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Saigon Cafe

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Problem Solving

You can see more of her work at The Beholder. I love the travel photos on Aya's website, too.

July 22, 2008

New JHill Design Destinations

It looks like JHill Design has released even more cities in the "Places I Have Never Been" series, including:

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Traverse City, Michigan, might be my favorite of this bunch.

July 21, 2008

Wii Room

So I have this idea for our new house: a Wii Room! Jon's not fully on board yet though ... And that could be because we don't yet have: 1) any furniture for that room (including a TV), or 2) a Wii. But here's just what we need to get motivated to start putting together our Wii Room:

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Nintendo wall stickers by Blik! (via Apartment Therapy)

July 17, 2008

Dream Laundry Room

Ever since Sasha at BellJar sent over this photo of her shop (for an Apartment Therapy post), I have not been able to stop obsessing over the wallpaper.

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My dream: To line one wall of the laundry room with this pattern. And, on the opposite wall, hang a few of these little guys:

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And, um, no. I still haven't really given the washer and dryer much thought. I'm too busy figuring out how to make that room pretty!

July 16, 2008

What Wood You Do?

Remember when I said that I must have this teak mirror for the dining room?

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Well, the problem is that it's $725 at Neiman Marcus. I was starting to calculate how long I'd have to save up for it when I saw that Pottery Barn came out with this one, for about $200:

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I thought maybe, if I stained the wood on the PB one, it might come closer to the look of the pricier one. I finally resolved that I shouldn't settle if what I really want is the teak version. BUT. Look what I spotted on the Brown Design blog:

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The shape looks a lot like the PB one, but the color of the wood is similar to the Neiman Marcus mirror. So now I'm reconsidering the cheaper option, with a nice, rich stain. Hmmm ...

July 14, 2008

Stick It

Got ugly tiles? Swedish company Allrum's tile stickers might be the solution to the problem:

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July 10, 2008

New Arrivals at Soma Gallery

I love this UK store. There's even more good stuff in the shop now, such as:

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Camila Prada's cup/saucer set and egg cup

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Anthony Burrill's "Work Hard & Be Nice to People" letterpress poster

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Rob Ryan's silkscreened prints, "Bird Lady" and "I Can't Forget"

July 09, 2008

AT:SF Scavenger

Wow. I totally want both of these items — featured in this morning's AT:SF Scavenger post:

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Green vintage steel cabinet

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Vintage warehouse dolly (would make a great coffee table!)

But I don't *need* either of them. And I'm pretty sure Jon will stop talking to me if I bring any new/unnecessary furniture into the house while he's working hard to plan our move.

July 07, 2008

Mirror Mirror

I must have this mirror:

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I hope it'll work above the dining room credenza. Fingers crossed ...

Photos from Angie Hranowsky's portfolio, via Orange Beautiful.

July 02, 2008

Pretty Parasols

Gorgeous!

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Vera Wang laser-cut notecards, $38 for a set of 10.

July 01, 2008

Wishlist

All available at Huset.

I would love to line the back of my shoe storage area with this Lisa Bengtsson wallpaper:

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Nanni Holén's "Nero" shelf is a contender for a wall in the new house:

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If only these weren't $80 each! I would love to line up half of dozen of these porcelain birds (which also come in black and white) near the entry:

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Lost Birds by James Fish

Cute! There's a bunch of these Lost Birds available in the Reform School art department:

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SHiH Goodies

Just in time for the summer getaways! I ordered a set of these little bags from Philadelphia-based Something's Hiding in Here:

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And now I see they've added these cute report card pennants — very good, pass, fail, incomplete — to their Etsy shop:

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Steeping Beauty

I don't drink much hot tea during the summertime, but I'm thinking I should pick up one of these Paige Russell teapots for future use:

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I love that repurposed and felted striped cozy.

June 25, 2008

Kenzo Maison

Back in April, when we were in Paris, I spent a few hours wandering around the housewares department at Printemps. I couldn't stop looking at the Kenzo home collection. I didn't buy anything — in part because I sometimes couldn't tell if I was picking up a tablecloth or a bed sheet — but, thankfully, Unica Home carries some Kenzo Maison pieces.

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Lovely stuff.

June 11, 2008

Joyce Lee

Perhaps in part because of the gorgeous weather, I find myself unable to stop looking at these Joyce Lee chromogenic prints:

Both are available at The Beholder, which is a fantastic online art gallery.

Dwell Studio Window Treatments

Thanks to Laure, I now know that you can get all sorts of window treatments in Dwell patterns at The Shade Store. Awesome.

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Pssst ... The Shade Store also carries a Chilewich collection.

June 10, 2008

Round Nesting Boxes

I must have these:

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From West Elm.

June 04, 2008

Aida Dirse Bowls

How great is this shot of Aida Dirse's new bowls at Rare Device?

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I already have one of her lovely creations sitting on a dresser in my bedroom, but now I'm thinking it's a little lonely and needs some company.

Rubie Green

I am in love with these two Rubie Green patterns and think they would work well together for a pair of cushions on a couch:

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Alas, I have been instructed that NO MORE PILLOWS are allowed in our home. Jon has declared a ban on new pillows. When we were in Europe in April, he would shake his head every time I picked up a pillow. When he sees a post about pillows on this site, he lets me know that it is absolutely not okay to buy any more pillows. When he hears me say that there are pillows stored somewhere, he immediately assumes that I've gone against his wishes and brought yet another pillow into our lives.

But fabric to MAKE pillows is different, right?

P.S. If you enter the promo code "dominodeals" on the Rubie Green site, each yard of fabric is $50 instead of the usual $90. Thank you, Domino!

May 30, 2008

Zigzag Pillows

I love these:

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Too bad the navy is sold out. But the khaki may be perfect for the daybed in the office.

May 29, 2008

Looking Sharp

The cutest pencil sharpener ever!

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The "Pencilvilla" is available at Rare Device for $13.

Bottna Mug

I work in a beige cubicle. In a generic office building. On a suburban street corner surrounded by strip malls. Not that I'm complaining ... but, visually, there's little to get excited about around here. Which is why even the tiniest of design details — like this pretty little mug featuring the Bottna pattern — can make my 9-5 a little brighter:

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The fact that it's usually brimming with coffee also helps.

May 28, 2008

Animal Alphabet Poster

Lorena of Petit Collage just released this new poster:

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If we had a kid (and a kid's room), I'd be all over this.

P.S. In case you missed it, I did a house tour of Lorena's place for Apartment Therapy last year. It's definitely worth sitting through the wonky AT slideshow system to see her lovely home.

May 27, 2008

Another Fabric Source

Serena & Lily is a baby- and kid-centric design company based in the Bay Area. In addition to bedding, furniture and other cute goods, they sell their fabrics by the yard.

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May 21, 2008

In the Bag

One of many souvenirs I picked up at ICFF's designboom Mart:

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This lovely handbag is by Elvira Vroomen, who also makes some fantastic felt bags. Since I'm allergic to wool, I opted for the embossed leather version. I was won over by the clever design, but knew I had to have it when I saw that it has two zippered compartments inside.

May 20, 2008

100 Wishes

I couldn't resist picking up a roll of wish tickets at Cursive (inside ABC Carpet & Home) last week:

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The little tag says: "If I had a hundred wishes, I would give them all to you." The blue and pink versions are available online right here.

May 08, 2008

Good Timing

I just received my delivery of Lara Cameron's "Rainy Day" fabric and Amy Butler's laptop cover pattern.

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April 29, 2008

Average Day Mouse Pad

New at the MoMA store: "Average Day at the Museum is a schematic illustration from 1940 depicting the everyday activity within The Museum of Modern Art's newly opened building on Fifty-third Street."

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I think the packing tape is cute, too, but don't have much use for it.

April 28, 2008

Arm Candy

I convinced myself that I need a green handbag and picked up this Gryson for Target tote this weekend:

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You can view the entire collection right here.

April 25, 2008

Whim by Cynthia Rowley

Have you heard of this new line at Target? It's already available online and is supposed to hit stores this weekend. (Just search for "Whim" on the website.)

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April 24, 2008

Squirrel Ring Box

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April 22, 2008

RE-Found Objects

Um. How is it that I've never heard of this site until today? (via Nestled In) RE-Found Objects is amazing! I'm not sure how much it cost to ship to the U.S., but I'm happy just browsing.

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April 18, 2008

Carry On

I love (LOVE!) my new Orla Kiely bag, picked up at the flagship store in Covent Garden last week:

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It is the perfect size for magazines and notebooks. Plus, it has a good number of compartments, which are a requirement for me. It also has a removable shoulder strap — ideal for when I get tired of holding on to the bag.

April 16, 2008

It's All in the Wrist

I love this little crochet bracelet, available in Kalla's Etsy shop.

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April 15, 2008

Table Matters

While we were traveling, I was on the hunt for a few specific items — including a tea cosy and a table runner. I didn't have any luck with the latter. But then yesterday, I made a quick stop at Ikea on the way home and came across the Petronella fabric series. They are just 18" wide and already hemmed on the sides. Which makes them perfect for table runners.

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April 03, 2008

Maine Cottage Fabrics

I just realized that furniture company Maine Cottage also carries fabric by the yard. Here are some of my favorites:

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(l-r) Cobblestones (sprout), Just Dandy (porch/white), Leaflette (zinnia/pear)

Oh, and check this out: Is it just me, or does Hotty Dotty look a lot like Hable Construction's bead and checkered patterns? And two of the Maine Cottage versions, in shrimp/teaberry and moss/white, are on sale right now for only $15/yard!

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April 02, 2008

Trash Talk

Although these are actually wastebaskets, I think they're attractive enough to use for general storage of knitting supplies, kids' toys, etc.

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$18 each.

March 26, 2008

Grobal

I totally need one of these ... okay, maybe three of them: Grobal is a cool plant container (designed by Karim Rashid) that has a self-watering system. It's available in lots of colors and in two sizes.

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March 25, 2008

Nelson Cigar Lamps on Sale

Pssst ... Gump's has marked down the small and medium ceiling lamps. Although their original price is higher than what Room and Board sells them for, now that they're on sale, they're a better deal at Gump's.

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March 24, 2008

Make Your Own Path

While I like the slogan on these posters, my favorite thing about them is that they're hand-letterpressed on to antique maps. No two are alike!

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Moorish Tile Rug

This rug is now at the top of my must-buy list for our house:

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March 19, 2008

More Lotta News

Two posts in a row about one of my favorite designers! Lotta just added FABRICS to her online shop!!! And there are just too many that I want!

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Lotta Prints

Arriving soon at a bookstore near you: designer Lotta Jansdotter's latest guide. This one is called Lotta Prints: How to Print with Anything, from Potatoes to Linoleum.

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I hope the instructions in Lotta's new book are as easy to follow as the ones in her sewing book.

LBD Love

I am trying to resist buying this dress, by Madison Marcus:

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But the scallops! The adorable racerback! I'm not sure I can deny my closet this much cuteness.

March 18, 2008

Knitted Coffee Sleeves

There's a local Venezuelan cafe that has a spicy hot chocolate that I am addicted to. But most of the time, when I'm handed my beverage, it is WAY hot. So hot, the barista usually puts the cup inside a second cup to avoid burns. Now, I think I've found a better solution: one of these cool knitted sleeves, available at the Curiosity Shoppe.

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March 14, 2008

Etsy Textile Finds

Original, hand-screenprinted pillows:

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"Mari" in green by Kalla

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Part of the "Borneo" collection by Tiger Fish Design

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Love the song lyrics on this design by Golcar House

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"Cutlery" in black by Tim Buckley

Missoni Spring 2008

I am loving Missoni's latest bedding collection, now available at Auto.

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March 13, 2008

Kiosk Launches Hong Kong

I love love love this store. Because every few months, they stock new goods from a different part of the world. Today, Hong Kong products hit the Kiosk webshop. I think I need these pinwheels (eight are strung together):

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And these Bank of Hell stock certificates are pretty funny.

March 11, 2008

Scarf Storage

Just to the right of our front door, we have a slim bench and a wall-mounted coat rack — an area that has become overrun with scarves. I think placing a small receptacle like the bucket below is a good solution for organizing them:

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February 28, 2008

Jonathan Adler Wallpaper

That's right. Jonathan Adler just released a collection of wallpaper.

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In addition to the ready-to-go patterns and colors, you can actually have any of the designs done up in a custom color. Nice!

Aunty Cookie Fabrics

I have a real problem. I can't stop buying fabric! I have stacks and stacks of great textiles that will not be put to use any time soon. Still, I keep picking up more! But can you blame me when there are so many wonderful artists selling hand-screenprinted fabrics on Etsy? Like Melbourne-based Aunty Cookie:

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I think the "Home Sweet Home" design (top image; also available in black) would be perfect for a pillow in the living room. But who knows when I'll actually get around to sewing that pillow ...

February 27, 2008

It's Pop It's Art

We are running out of empty wall space in our house, which may be a good thing. Because otherwise, I would be tempted to purchase some of the silkscreened posters in UK-based Soma Gallery's "It's Pop It's Art" collection. With the dollar falling, these are about USD300 each.

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Spring has Sprung at Henry Road

Wow. I have been a fan of Paula's work for some time. And I am really, really loving her new products for spring.

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Pillows shown above: Blossom, Patch and Fleur.

I may need to treat myself to one of her Panama shopper handbags ...

February 22, 2008

Built by Wendy - Spring 2008

The latest collection by this New York label is just starting to show up online. I like. Especially the dresses.

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Pssst ... The arrival of the spring line means that the Fall 2007 goods are deeply discounted now!

February 21, 2008

DwellStudio at Target ... Beyond Baby Stuff!

The DwellStudio line at Target that is geared more towards adults is supposed to officially hit the stores this weekend, but some of the bedding and table linens have already arrived online.

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Supermarket

Another day ... Another cool, new-to-me online shop!

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Suzyjack's "Good Fortune" clips

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Heather Knight's set of three urchin bowls

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Lamps made with old umbrella handles and Ikea ceramic planters (clever!)

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Valérydesignwrks' "Un thé" print

P.S. I thought it was a little odd that the product categories ("wear + carry" "space + place" "paper + prints") were identical to those on Elsewares, but it looks like some of the same folks are involved with both sites.

February 20, 2008

Sadie Olive

I stumbled upon this great online shop today and there are so many things I want to buy. Sadie Olive has been around for about a year now, selling lots of French-inspired wares.

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All images from Sadie Olive.

February 19, 2008

Grove Lamps by Roost

Love these. But I have no place for them!

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February 15, 2008

Xenia Taler Tile Boxes

I am a big fan of Xenia Taler's tiles. But what I love even more? Her new tile boxes:

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And did you know she also designs installation tiles? If only I had a surface that needed retiling ...

February 11, 2008

Map Quest

While we were in Hayes Valley this weekend, we popped into Flight 001 (a store I love) and loaded up on Streetwise maps. These are my absolutely favorite. I also like the Moleskine City notebooks, which I carried with me in Prague and London last summer because they were small enough to fit into my pockets.

I'm excited about going to London again this year, but not excited about paying 30 USD for fish'n'chips. Stupid exchange rate.

February 08, 2008

Charme Chair

I really really really want one of these somewhere in my house:

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Jon has pretty much nixed this design for the dining room, but it's so slim (16"w), maybe I can squeeze it in elsewhere.

February 07, 2008

Blanket Statement

If I wasn't allergic to wool, I would be all over this blanket at Barney's:

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Let's Dish

Cute. The Happy Porcelain collection by Tina Roeder:

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The strawberry and croissant are both on sale at Lekker.

February 06, 2008

Camilla Meijer

I am still searching for just the right wallpaper for our entry. Today, I found another contender: Camilla Meijer's patterns. The UK-based designer makes wallpaper, lampshades and cushions.

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(You can also find some of her work in Soma Gallery's online shop.)

The Little Box of I Love You

Jon and I don't exchange Valentine's Day gifts anymore. But if we did, I would be tempted to buy The Little Box of I Love You — which includes 40 postcards expressing adoration. Like these:

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Even better? Make your own set of postcards to give to a loved one.

February 04, 2008

Monsoon Wallpaper

I really like Monsoon's collection of wallpaper for Graham & Brown, especially the Chrysanthemum pattern.

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(You can order samples of any of the G&B wallpapers ... which I just did.)

Rob Ryan Book

Sixty-four pages of Rob Ryan's lovely cut-outs. Excellent.

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February 01, 2008

Roll With It

I think I need this:

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"Roller Stop" is a new piece in Harry Allen's "Reality" collection. How perfect for our new shelving unit! (Available in April.)

January 30, 2008

Converse + Target

These days, more often than not, I've got a pair of Converse on my feet. Which is why I'm intrigued by the collection of apparel and footwear that the company is launching next month exclusively at Target.

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You can view the entire image album right here.

Sonrisa

After yesterday's post about the vintage typewriter at Three Potato Four (a site I love, by the way), I did some digging around and found Sonrisa. It's a shop in Los Angeles that carries new and vintage industrial-y stuff (mainly for the office).

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Like this Metallurgy desk:

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And this retro portable clock radio:

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And these porcelain pendant lamps:

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January 29, 2008

Old School

I want this:

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But it's about $500. Waaa.

January 24, 2008

Loeffler Randall Spring 2008

Look what recently arrived at the Saks online shop! New Loeffler Randall goodies!

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Actually, they're only available for pre-order, but they'll probably be snapped up quickly (especially the shoes). As someone who wears jeans, sneakers and t-shirts to work most days, I have no business buying any of this — well, maybe the boots? — but they sure are pretty to look at.

January 23, 2008

Something's Hiding in Here

This Philly-based firm makes the cutest stuff. Over the past few months, I've picked up SHiH goods from their Etsy store as well as The Curiosity Shoppe in SF. So I'm thrilled that they are having an opening at Rare Device next Friday, February 1.

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January 22, 2008

William Good

I heard a story on NPR this morning about Goodwill's collaboration with designer Nick Graham (of Joe Boxer fame): William Good is a line of repurposed clothing, made from items donated to Goodwill. How cool is that?

January 17, 2008

Dwell at Target

Today's NY Times has images of several pillows that will be included in Dwell's collection at Target:

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The baby line will be in stores at the end of January, while grown-ups have to wait another month for non-nursery goods. (The official press release is right here.)

January 16, 2008

Mixed Tape Dispenser

I am sort of loving this mixed tape dispenser over at Uncommon Goods:

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Reminds me of my youth ... And the 200 or so cassette tapes that are currently sitting in my living room that need to be removed.

January 15, 2008

Chair Search

When we moved into our house about three years ago, we picked up a dining table from our favorite vintage shop in the Mission District. And then we bought eight really affordable chairs from a local eBay seller. While the chairs have served us well, they aren't in the greatest shape. Never were. But we considered them our trial-run chairs. Because prior to this house, Jon and I usually found ourselves eating our meals on the couch.

Now that we've been elevated to grown-up status (i.e., paying our mortgage on time, eating in the dining room), I've been scouting new chairs. I'm not sure when we'll actually make a purchase, but I like the idea of getting a pair of these Chip side chairs:

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I'd like them in white. And maybe the other six dining chairs should consist of a simpler, less ornate design.

January 14, 2008

Coming Soon: New Amy Butler Fabrics

Wow. Amy Butler is coming out with a new fabric collection ("Midwest Modern") this Spring. You can check out the bold colors and funky patterns on her site, and below are just a few of the designs:

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Also, I just received a few new AB patterns in the mail. And I cannot wait to make the "Anna" tunic.

January 11, 2008

Ambatalia Fabrics

I first heard about Ambatalia when Elizabeth wrote about the Mill Valley fabric store for Aparrtment Therapy. I was checking on their site today, in hopes of planning a weekend visit. But then I noticed that they have an Etsy shop.

Not that I need any more fabric ...

January 03, 2008

Trellis Fabric

For a while now, I've been keeping my eye out for a fabric that's similar to Kelly Wearstler's "Imperial Trellis":

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And today, I did it. I found it. For less than $20/yard. The color is even very close to the Wearstler citrine/ivory:

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YAY! The fabric I purchased is reversible, and I haven't decided yet which side to use. But I'm 90 percent certain that I'll be making curtains for the office/craft room.

January 02, 2008

Julia Rothman Pillows

At Urban Outfitters of all places! And priced at just $24! I especially like the Mountain Goat and Rabbit patterns.

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(You can see more of Julia's work here.)

December 20, 2007

Last-Minute Gift Guide

Oh yeah ... I'm the guest-blogger over at Design*Sponge this week and all of the posts are about last-minute gifts. One of which I couldn't resist picking up for myself: the 2008 Colour Calendar. Unfortunately, by the time I tried to buy it, Unica Home had sold out of it (based on several experiences with them, they seem to have a really bad inventory management system).

Luckily, the Wexner Center's shop still has it in stock! The spiral-bound calendar is described as being "a bit like a Pantone book with a Pantone code for each day (365 colors) and blank pages for memos."

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December 17, 2007

Smooth Sailing

True story: Jon once graced the cover of SAIL magazine. He grew up sailing and, until a year or two ago, still competed in a regatta every now and then. So when the very talented Lorena (of Petit Collage) and I started discussing ideas for a custom piece, I knew it should include a sailboat. Aside from that, she could pretty much do whatever she wanted because I had faith she would create something special. And she did not disappoint:

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I love the various scraps of paper she chose for the water. And those seagulls and the "JH" on the boat are such a sweet touch. Now we just have to find the perfect spot in the house to hang it up.

(BTW, the photo doesn't do the piece justice. I've said it before, and I'll say it many more times I'm sure: I'm not a very good photographer!)

December 12, 2007

Robert Hanson Art Print

I totally blew it. I missed out on yesterday's Robert Hanson print over at Tiny Showcase. But luckily, through his website, I discovered his work is being sold in the second series of screen prints offered by Early Griffin.

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I think this will fit perfectly in one of those Ribba frames from Ikea.

December 06, 2007

Third Drawer Down Tea Towels

2Jane carries several Third Drawer Down designs, each is $38. These are so lovely — to perk up a kitchen or to frame on a wall:

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November 28, 2007

Angela Adams Bed + Bath

Until yesterday, I had no idea that Angela Adams' collection includes bath products!

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Jen Corace Print

You know I'm a HUGE Jen Corace fan, right? So I'm thrilled that Tiny Showcase is offering another one of her prints this week. It's non-editioned and available until Friday, so you've got time to snap one up for yourself.

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November 27, 2007

A Chandelier ... Finally!

I have wanted a chandelier for a long time. And I was so pleased when Elizabeth — who is guiding me through some redecorating around the house — agreed that the guest bedroom is the perfect place to install a chandelier. Grace's post yesterday served as a reminder for me to go ahead and purchase one already. So, on my way home from work today, I did. This one:

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It's the Gracie, in glossy white, from Crate&Barrel. Next decision: Shades or no shades? And if yes on the chandelier shades, then what color/style?

November 19, 2007

Henry Road Holiday Specials

Awesome! Paula over at Henry Road just launched a holiday promo: Now through December 20, her totes are priced at just $24.50. Select zipper bags have also been reduced to $12.50.

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I guess my holiday shopping officially starts right now ...

November 15, 2007

Heath Ceramics Open Studio + Annual Sale

Shooot. I wish we didn't already have plans this weekend, because this is an event I'm sad to miss out on! Heath Ceramics is holding an Open Studio and Annual Sale, Saturday and Sunday (11/17-18). There will be discounts, a tile-glazing activity, factory tours (which I highly recommend) and CREPES. Heath merch *and* yummy crepes? So worth the $5 bridge toll. Oh, and there will also be some vintage Heath goods!

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November 14, 2007

Sneak Peek: New Jansdotter Goods

Sweet. Lotta Jansdotter has got a couple of new designs coming out soon — Tycke and Redig:

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(I also like the fabric calendar that she's releasing later this month.)

November 13, 2007

Rose and Radish: FOLK

One of the things I learned while working on my most recent article for the SF Chronicle is the theme of the next Rose and Radish show: FOLK. And it's now officially launched on the website and in the store!

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I especially love these wood carved gems, this little needle case and these adorable mushrooms. Oh, and this vase — if only it was in the budget!

November 08, 2007

Leaf Umbrella

Although it's not quite raining here — just drizzly — it's still a good time to start thinking about umbrellas. Like this leaf one available at Dutch by Design:

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I'm at home sick *again* today. I'm hoping to get some work done because I'm already so bored with the daytime TV programs. But my big accomplishment so far this morning was stealing lemons from the neighbor's tree (that hangs over into our yard). I gotta have my green tea + honey + lemon!

November 05, 2007

New Egg Press Stitch Kits

I adore these. Egg Press has just released several new critters in their Let's Stitch collection, including a raccoon, snail and — my favorite — monkey. (Older designs: two types of dogs and an owl.)

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I am seriously going to go broke buying up these kits.

October 27, 2007

Curiosity + Rare Finds

New additions in our home!

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From The Curiosity Shoppe: Patterned vase/pencil holder/drinking vessel (I haven't decided yet what purpose it will serve), comes in blue and brown as well (only $6!). Walnut rocking bird (no two are the same), also available in wenge wood. Card holder has two sections — perfect for business cards for my day job and my freelance work. Bag o' wishbones, comes with three in blue, orange and white. I think these would look sweet in a shadowbox.

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From Rare Device: Ceramic bowl by Aida Dirse, a Lithuanian artist. Small little hand (not sure what metal this is) made of cast pewter in Brooklyn (thanks for the info, Rena!). Box of 25 "Stop Talking" cards by Set Editions. Oh, and check out how cool the boxes are at RD!

October 26, 2007

Customized Pillows and Plates

You know those cute little businesses where you can go in and make your own purse? You choose the shape, the handle, the fabric and a few weeks later you've got a custom piece. Well, Freddy & Ma is one such business. But the great news is, they've expanded into home accessories! So now you can customize your own pillows in various shapes, sizes and textiles. Oh! And you can also design your own melamine plates. I just know I'm going to have a lot of fun with this new feature this weekend.

New Postage Stamps

Is it weird that I'm excited about the stamps that the post office just released? There's the holiday knits design:

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And the Yoda!

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October 25, 2007

Jonathan Adler "Helix" Collection

Not that I need more decorative items in my house ... But I love the new Helix (l-r) tiny vase, vase and jug:

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October 23, 2007

Wanting

New things at Velocity Art & Design that I really want, but have no need for:

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Swallow Cup — described as "an interpretation of a classic mint julep cup"

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Surya's Trays — several patterns, colors and sizes available (rectangles or circles)

October 18, 2007

Posters for Kids

Bluelines recently mentioned Robin Rosenthal's posters for kids:

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And I dig them! Even though I have no kids.

October 12, 2007

Brocade Home Accessories

Brocade recently launched a gifts collection which includes all sorts of accessories. Like:

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Patterned garden tool set (includes fork and trowel)

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Retro foulard laptop case

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Glossy money box

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Patterned office set (includes tape measure, 3-hole punch and scissors)

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Patterned tool set (includes hammer, screwdriver and wrench)

I *really* like this laser-cut holiday tree, but at $499, it's not destined for my house.

October 11, 2007

Retail Therapy

I can't explain it. Yesterday, I just felt the urge to buy something new for the house. So after work, I stopped in at Emily Joubert and picked up a few items. Including this oversized knight/horse chess piece that I don't know where I'm going to put:

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I like having non-office-y things on the desk — like the glass vessels below. And the hourglass is to help me avoid sitting at the laptop for more than an hour without a break:

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Zoo Sculpture Calendar

I've already purchased a 2008 calendar for work (JHill's "Places I've Never Been") and I think these zoo sculptures would be perfect for my desk at home:

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October 10, 2007

Twelve Days of ...

Yes, Christmas. This one has to be posted early, because it will probably sell out again like it did last year. Rosanna's "12 Days of Christmas" plates are back!

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I also really like the Beach Bottles, Victoriana and American Bungalow collections.

September 30, 2007

Salvor Kiosk: Finland

Yay! Salvor Kiosk's online shop has been updated with new products from Finland. Must go buy things. Now.

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September 27, 2007

Orla Kiely Lamp Shades

Back in July, when I visited the Orla Kiely flagship store in London, I couldn't help but inquire about these lighting fixtures.

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Apparently, I wasn't the only one interested in them. The sales associates told me that the lamps would soon be available for purchase. And — hooray! — that day has finally come. Check 'em out in the homeware section of the Orla website.

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September 26, 2007

Wallpaper Letters

I was flipping through the Land of Nod catalog this afternoon, and these wallpaper letters (for boys and girls) caught my eye:

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Since there are no kiddies in our house, I was thinking of picking up mine and Jon's initials and framing them up as wall art.

Hable Holiday Gift Wrap

Yes, I'm one of those people who likes to get all of my holiday shopping done before Thanksgiving. So in my book, it's not too early to start thinking about gifts and gift wrap. Hable Construction's gift wrap collection is so nice, I may have to come up with ways to decorate with it during the holidays.

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September 25, 2007

Type City

I initially clicked over to the Veer website to check out this cool Helvetica mug that Swiss Miss blogged about:

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But then I saw these Type City Prints! The illustrations are comprised of letterpressed letters:

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OXO

This is one of my FAVORITE companies out there. Why? Because they make cool products that are nice to look at AND super-functional. Not too long ago, OXO purchased the Candela line from Vessel and it looks like there are new variations coming out:

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The Flare and Demiglow will be available in November and October, respectively, but you can pre-order now. I like that they resemble tealight candles, without any fire hazards. (In our house, we use the Candelas like a flashlight. They're especially handy when we have overnight guests.)

September 24, 2007

Coco Dot Critters

Cute! PBTeen just came out with these adorable softies:

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Corduroy, stripes and dots — what's not to love?

September 19, 2007

Veneer File Folders

If I had these, I might actually enjoy filing. Maybe just a little bit.

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Butterfly Coat Redux

Remember the Loeffler Randall Butterfly Coat that I was obsessed with? Well, in case anyone else is interested, it's now available for purchase online at Active Endeavors. But the (disappointing) thing is: It doesn't look so hot on the model — which does not bode well for how it will fit my five-foot frame. (I think it might overwhelm me and result in that drowning effect.)

It's probably better that I pass on the coat ... Since I have to save all of my pennies for my weekend visit to the newly opened Barneys in San Francisco.

P.S. Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

September 18, 2007

Today's Tiny Showcase

Yay! Tiny Showcase seems to have experienced some technical difficulties today, but I'm pleased to say that I did manage to score one of Julie Morstad's "Gluttony" prints:

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I seriously need to figure out what to do with the dozen or so prints I've purchased over the years from Tiny Showcase.

September 14, 2007

More Stuff to Admire

It's pay day. And I really shouldn't look at the Anthropologie website on pay day, because I'll be tempted to spend my entire check on things like ...

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l-r: Dardanelles Dinnerware (mugs and plates are sold separately, available in four colors); Pinwheel Trivets; Archibald Leather Chair (I don't usually like leather furniture — this is an exception)

September 11, 2007

SCADs of Stuff

I was just thinking the other day that I need to check out what's new at the SCAD online store. But with so much going on the past couple of days (like launching the Fall Cure), I totally spaced. And then Grace posted this morning about a SCAD student, which reminded me to pop over to the shop. I'm so glad I did! Things I found that I am really liking:

I think I'm going to hold off on any purchases and wait until I can visit the shop in Savannah again later this year. (Psst ... Did you know SCAD also has a store in Atlanta?)

September 10, 2007

Simply Vera

We don't have a Kohl's close to our house, so I've never shopped there. But I gotta say: Their new Vera Wang line has me thinking I need to make a trip there! I don't think the individual product photos do the outfits justice.

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September 05, 2007

Blu Dot Desk

I love this desk! It's one of the brand-new items now available on the Blu Dot site. But I don't really *need* a new desk. Maybe you do?

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September 03, 2007

Loeffler Randall

After it made the cover of Domino a while back, I was smitten by Jessie Randall's NYC apartment. So it should be no surprise that, now that she's launched a clothing line, I'm coveting one of her inaugural pieces: the Butterfly Coat (seen in this month's Blueprint).

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Oh, and did you know she's designing a collection for Target? Awesome. (Psst ... The Elle fashion blog has images of some of the goods. I'm mixed on the handbags, but do like the shoes.)

August 20, 2007

J & A

I think I need to get one of these Adler "Collage" pillows — simply for the fact that it has a J(on) and an A(nh-Minh) silkscreened on it.

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August 19, 2007

Modern Pinwheels

As a kid, my sisters and I forced my parents to buy and incorporate those cheapie, plastic multi-colored pinwheels all over the front and back yards. Now, I can bring the fun of pinwheels into my own yard — but in a more streamlined/modern way:

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These simple, stainless steel pinwheels are $11-17, depending on size, at Sprout Home.

August 14, 2007

Binth Newbies

Wow.

When did Binth start carrying pillows?

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And this cool matching game?

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And a numbers poster? (The alphabet poster is sweet, too.)

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Note: The pillows and games can be pre-ordered now, but won't ship until October.

August 01, 2007

Best Wine Bottle Bags

These bags are so much better than the ones at the local BevMo! I NEED THESE. Perfect for all those times when you show up at a party with a wine bottle in hand.

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Fun(ctional) Dishes for the Kids

I love these Uni Jr. bowl/plate/chopstick sets. I may have to pick up a couple of sets for when the nephews come over. (Uni also makes a grown-up version.)

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July 30, 2007

Nigella Shop

nigella1.jpgI'm not sure how I missed this, but luckily, Natalie blogged about it earlier this month: Nigella Lawson has launched her own online shop.

While I'm not crazy about her Graphic or Licorice collections, I continue to be a fan of her Classic line.

July 17, 2007

Getting Lit

One of the design decisions I've been struggling with in our house is lighting. There are several ceiling fixtures that need to be replaced! There are table lamps that I'm tired of looking at! There are corners that are dark and scary! I've been waiting for Perch to make their new designs available online, and today I noticed that they are.

I especially like that — since it's made to order — the Zooey mini chandelier can be purchased at any length. (We don't have high ceilings, so most chandeliers are out of the question for us.)

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I also have one of Perch's early bird pendants, but haven't figured out where to place it yet. I picked it up at last year's Mod Economy sale — which, by the way, is happening again later this month and is not to be missed!

Going to Germany?

Then you may want to check out the Kiosk Book on Germany. The folks at Kiosk — which is a site/shop that I love — have put together 120 pages of resources for fellow travelers.

In case you're not familiar with Kiosk: Every few months, they launch a new collection that is based on their finds in a specific country. First there was Japan, then Sweden, then Mexico, and now Germany. (I think Finland is next!) More books will follow, which is great because I'm always struggling to find a good, comprehensive guide to the cities that I visit. I usually end up putting together info that I gather from magazines, guidebooks, the Internet, friends, etc.

If I ever open up a boutique, I may have to borrow from Kiosk's model. What an awesome excuse to travel AND shop! Oh, and then write a little book, too? Those are almost all of my favorite hobbies combined!

June 14, 2007

Fabric Remnants

Psst ... Did you know that you can buy remnants of Henry Road's fabrics? Sweet.

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May 31, 2007

Destination: Berlin

First, there was Argentina. Now, the MoMAstore has released another collection of limited-edition goods — Destination: Berlin.

How cute is this Microfireplace votive holder?

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And this Cap'n Hook mirror?

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I also like this Clote velcro key holder ... But at $70, I'm thinking there might be a way to DIY this?

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May 24, 2007

Shoplifter

The other morning, after checking out ICFF, I met up with my sister at Henri Bendel. I was sporting a bright yellow tote that I had received at an ICFF booth. Apparently, the sales associate ringing up my sister disapproved of my newly acquired accessory (he asked if I wanted a better/Bendel bag). I wonder if he would have approved of this tote:

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May 16, 2007

Flip-Flop Socks

During my visit to Tokyo about a year and a half ago, I came across flip-flop socks and — for some reason — got ridiculously excited about them. I don't know why! I don't even believe in wearing socks with sandals of any sort. And pantyhose with open-toe shoes? Don't EVEN get me started.

Anyway. I picked up several of the socks to show folks back home just how kooky even the hosiery in Japan is. And now I see that Uncommon Goods is carrying them. Choose from animals or a flowery pattern. I think I actually have the latter design, in orange. And I have yet to wear them.

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May 13, 2007

New Adler for the Outdoors

I am loving the blue/green and blue/orange combinations in Jonathan Adler's Peacock and Origami melamine collections:

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May 07, 2007

Lucky Stack Cards

Love the Tim Biskup deck of playing cards that are now available at Rare Device:

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May 04, 2007

For the Birds

The new issue of Domino has me thinking a lot about the backyard. And then this morning, I saw these at The Curiosity Shoppe:

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I want! I want! The birdhouse comes in orange or green, and is priced at $30.

May 01, 2007

Now Open: Shim + Sons Shop

Yay! The Shim + Sons Etsy shop is now open fo business! I have been following Sally's blog for months now and could spend hours (okay, I probably have) just looking at all of her crafty projects.

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April 25, 2007

Tord Boontje Book

tordTord Boontje — the book — is now available in stores!

Description:
Lavishly illustrated with over 300 sketches, concept renderings, and photographs, the book is a comprehensive visual document of the designer's work and an art object in itself, featuring a number of custom printing effects-stencils, perforated and die-cut pages, and textured and woven details-that capture the intricacy of Boontje's approach to pattern-making.

April 18, 2007

Inside Out

It looks like West Elm has taken its insanely popular overlapping squares chair and created an outdoor version. Looks the same, but made of metal. A dining table and coffee table are also available for your balcony or backyard.

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April 17, 2007

Peep Show

There are a lot of wallpapers out there that I really love, but worry they're a bit too funky — and maybe I'll get sick of them down the road. But Droog's Wallpaper Peep Show may be able to help, as it can tone down an otherwise over-the-top pattern.

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April 13, 2007

Bread Winner

The Bay Area has so many bakeries offering fantastic loaves — Tartine, Noe Valley Bakery and Acme come to mind — that they deserve a proper breadboard, right? I'm thinking of getting one of these, available at A+R in Los Angeles:

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April 12, 2007

Xenia Taler Tiles

I've gotta get me some of these tiles by Xenia Taler! (at Rare Device)

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April 11, 2007

Thomas Paul in the Office

This week's paycheck is clearly going to See Jane Work. Check out their new Thomas Paul collection:

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top row, l-r: mailing labels, desk tray, stationery set
botton row, l-r: notebook trio, pencil cup, mousepad/notepad

April 09, 2007

Just In at Jonathan Adler

I really like his new lighting! Left to right: capri bottle pendant, capri teadrop table lamp and capri genie pendant.

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Oh, and how cute is this turtle box? And does this mean that turtles are going to follow birds, owls and deer as the new "It Animal"?

April 05, 2007

Rain Bird

I need this:

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According to the NY Times, the Rain Bird is made of a gel that is 98 percent water and 2 percent cellulose. You place it near a plant's roots and — depending on whether you get the 30- or 90-day tube — it gradually releases the water.

Oh, also in today's Times is this very good question: How high over my dining table should I hang the light fixture?

March 30, 2007

Flat-Out Comfort

Help! I can't stop buying ballet flats! My latest acquisition:

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March 29, 2007

Simrin "Surya" Collection

I love this pattern — which is available for napkins, placemats, tablecloths, runners and dish towels:

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Velocity Art & Design also carries two other Simrin patterns (spiro and nature).

March 27, 2007

Think Pink

Cute! Pink vinyl tablecloths:

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The material and color are probably a little much for my dining room table, but I would totally throw this on the outdoor table for a backyard party. (I wish the dimensions were listed in the product info!)

The doilies are sweet, too.

March 26, 2007

Little Flower Designs

I have a growing collection of teacups, and among my favorites is the "Just Friends" set by Little Flower Designs. I was just checking Linda Johnson's web site, and it looks like she's got several new pieces for spring — including:

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I love that she's making plates now, and that "Soaring Swallow Polka Dot" motif is too cute.

March 22, 2007

The Curiosity Shoppe

More new stuff in another Bay Area-based shop!

The Curiosity Shoppe now has a few Lisa Solomon originals in stock. For example:

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(Also in the store: These sea urchin boxes are cool.)

Rose & Radish

I love these limited-edition prints by SF artist Kate Durkin:

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They are the first in a series of "Sixty Forty" prints released by Rose & Radish in conjuction with their latest theme: Urban. Other neat products that are part of the new exhibit include the Polaroid pocket mirror and the gun ruler, both by Atypyk.

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March 20, 2007

Give a Hoot

We don't usually assign seats when we invite people over for dinner, but we might have to start. Because I really like these wooden owl placecard holders at West Elm:

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BTW, West Elm just added a slew of new products to their site!

Gnome Vases

What do you get when you combine a love of crocheting + gnomes + recycling? These cool vases! I think #8 — the reading gnome — might be my fave.

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March 18, 2007

Paper, Please

These paper table settings are fantastic! According to the Velocity Art & Design site:

Placemats are waterproof, tear proof, and made from tree-free paper. We love the smooth matte finish of the mats, but we especially appreciate that they are 100% recyclable. To preserve the life of your mats, clean them with warm soapy water and a nonabrasive sponge.

Napkins are made with water-based inks, no chlorine and are completely biodegradable.

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Oh! Speaking of paper! There's a new Paper Source opening in Santana Row. Yay!

March 14, 2007

Pear Pincushions

I must have a thing for pincushions that look like food? Because now I find myself wanting one of these pear pincushions made by Katye:

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She also has some pretty cute cards for sale in her Etsy shop ... and a great blog (Love Forever).

Butter Me Up

Over at Shelterrific, they tried out a new product: the butter cutter. I'm no Paula Deen, but I do love me some butter. (Jon uses that faux butter spreadable stuff. Blech.)

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I might have to pick one up. ASAP.

(Photo from Shelterrific)

March 13, 2007

Skinny Desk

For those who want a desk with a very small footprint, this seems ideal:

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The desk has several cubbies and drawers; two letter-size filing cabinets; and flips down for easy laptop usage. Although I'm not sure what percentage of Gump's shoppers are this pressed for space ...

March 12, 2007

Hayden-Harnett ... Apparel!

I've got a couple of Hayden-Harnett handbags that I love — they're just the right size, there's plenty of little pockets, the leather is buttery-soft — and now they've gone and created an apparel line as well. I love the mini-dresses. They're especially appealing now that the temperatures are in the 70s and 80s around here.

Payday is this week, right?

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March 09, 2007

Simple Sewing

lottaI was bummed to get a notice from Amazon that Lotta Jansdotter's "Simple Sewing" isn't available to ship for a few more weeks. The estimate was something like mid- to late-April. But then I did a quick search on Overstock, and it looks like they have the book in stock. And slightly cheaper than Amazon.

The site says that shipping takes "2 days to 3 weeks from the time the item leaves our warehouse." I think Overstock will still beat Amazon's delivery estimate, even if they're on the longer end of that shipping window. So if you're as impatient as me, head over to Overstock! (Or I guess I could've checked my local bookstore, too — for possible instant gratification — but I love my Internet shopping too much.)

I'm really looking forward to sewing up some potholders, oven mitts, aprons ... Okay, I guess pretty much everything in the book. I've been saving up my Superbuzzy fabrics so I can use them for Lotta projects.

March 08, 2007

Tater Pots

Get it? Tater. Pots. Cute name for a cute product:

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Since Jon and I are not so great at keeping plants alive, I would probably store my pens in one of these ceramic containers.

Oooh, also adorable is this mini piggy vacuum — perfect for cleaning up little messes at the desk:

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Build Your Own Ivy

It's a good thing I don't live in Brooklyn. Because if I did, I'm pretty sure my salary would be going directly to Rare Device. Rena always stocks the coolest stuff. For example:

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Ivy is described as "a Y shape and four unique connector types" that allow you to build whatever kind of wall installation you choose. I love the idea of making it functional as a coat hook.

March 07, 2007

Gutes Material*

It's March — which means Salvor Kiosk has launched their German products. (They were previously selling goods from Japan, Sweden and Mexico.) Items I might just have to buy: bubble pipe, cherry lollis, chocolate cigarettes packaged with different city names, and a German birdhouse.

And, of course, you can pick up some lederhosen!

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* That's German for "good stuff"! (I think)

March 06, 2007

Tools of the Trade

Now that I'm doing more freelance writing, I'm struggling with how to stay organized while juggling half a dozen stories at the same time. So I decided to treat myself to the Audrey tote:

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And I'm thinking about ordering one of these notebooks with a built-in pen(cil) spot:

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Currently, I've got about four notebooks scattered throughout the house, filled with notes from various interviews. It would probably be a good idea to have just one go-to journal!

March 02, 2007

Bicycle Basket

Fact: I don't know how to ride a bike.

Seriously.

When Jon and I got engaged, I had this brilliant idea that — sort of as a wedding gift, since he loves biking so much — I would learn how to ride a bike.

Never happened. Even though we were engaged for nearly two years, and have been married now for over two more years ... Which means, I had the idea about four years ago and never executed on it. Because I'm lazy like that.

Maybe this lovely bicycle basket is just the thing to motivate me to finally learn? (If not for my husband, then for the sake of consumerism!)

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After showing up in Dwell magazine, the basket made the design blog rounds. But I couldn't track down a retailer ... Until today! It's available for forty bucks at CB2.

Graham & Brown Wallpaper

There's one wall in our garage that is lined with cabinets. They were there when we moved in, and as ugly as they are to look at, they serve their purpose well. I decided a while back that, rather than simply paint them white, we should wallpaper them! Have some fun with them!

I really like Graham & Brown's patterns — and prices — and have been pleasantly surprised by all of their new-ish offerings. For example: The Julian MacDonald line. (Please ignore the fact that the photo on the site shows him with Paris Hilton.)

Right now, I'm leaning towards the "Frames" pattern because I think it would be fun to fill in the frames with all sorts of random scribbles, notes, magazine clippings, photos ... the possibilities are endless!

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March 01, 2007

Not Just for Tapas

Although this acacia wood and ceramic dish set is meant for serving tapas, I could see putting the smaller of the two sizes to use on a desk top for random supplies (paperclips, rubberbands).

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February 28, 2007

All Dahl-ed Up

Remember Alison Kelly from "Project Runway"? If you loved her designs, you're in luck: Her clothing line, Dahl, is now available for purchase at shopbop.

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February 23, 2007

Recycled Leather Critters

A few weeks ago, I bought one of these kangaroos at the MoMA: Destination Buenos Aires online store. But now I see that Unica Home has a stork and a dog available! In red, light green or orange. May be too cute to pass up.

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February 17, 2007

How Much is That Doggy ...

What a fantastic idea: Check out the Wurst Gallery's Wurstminster Dog Show this month! Dozens of artists were asked to pick a breed and create a one-of-a-kind piece.

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February 15, 2007

Thorsten van Elten

There are just too many good things on the Thorsten van Elten site to write about! Check out all of the new stuff for yourself. I love the "Taz Ah" mug — which features a dog, pig or rabbit illustration on the bottom:

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Side note: Jon and I are planning a trip to London later this year, and the Thorsten van Elten shop is so going on my list of places to try to visit!

Cut + Paste

It's been a while since I've checked in with the Cut + Paste blog ... I had no idea Jenny had moved to Turkey! Take a peek at her great (i.e., quick, easy, lovely) cabinet rehab:

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I love the finished product. And, after browsing the Cut + Paste shop, I couldn't resist picking up one of these adorable coffee pincushions made of recycled wool sweaters. (Cupcake pincushions are also available.)

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February 12, 2007

Pretty Patterns at Anthropologie

Anthropologie is releasing a special little catalog, entitled "Print," and in it is the Orla Kiely wallpaper that I mentioned way back when. Rejoice. For now you can buy the wallpaper at Anthropologie, instead of via Orla Kiely's UK-based site. (The shipping has got to be cheaper coming from Anthro, right?)

The wallpapers are shown on pages 16-17 of the catalog. You can purchase them here: stem amd blossom.

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There are also a couple of new chairs upholstered with Josef Frank textiles!

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February 09, 2007

GPS Shoes

gpshoeI happen to think GPS sneakers are a great idea. Read more about them here. Order them here.

Unfortunately, 6 is the smallest size the women's shoes come in. But kids' shoes are coming out this summer.

Repurposed Placemats

A couple of days ago, Apartment Therapy: Los Angeles linked to the Living, Etc. gallery (awesome, by the way). I remember seeing this photo in the actual magazine last year:

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At the time, I couldn't find a U.S. shop that carried these laser-cut placemats that were brilliantly put to use as a window treatment. But upon seeing the photo again in the gallery, I realized that A+R carries them ... and I even blogged about them in December. The placemats are simply tied together with cord and hung.

I've got to find a window in my house to try this out on!

Hygge Housewares

Love, love, love these goods from London-based Hygge:

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dish towels

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traditional Finnish drinking cups

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laser-cut birch birds

February 07, 2007

Lap Desk

Since Jon has pretty much taken over the office/craft room, most of my laptop action takes place in the living room. I bought myself one of those lap desks at Target because the heat from the laptop was unbearable on top of the summer heat a few months back.

I store my lap desk underneath an ottoman when not in use. But if I had one of these from The Container Store, I might not bother hiding it!

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Gotta love anything with a built-in cupholder!

February 06, 2007

Kathleen Hills

Wow. I have become an instant fan of Kathleen Hills' work:

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You can buy some of her designs at Soma Gallery. And view even more of it on her own site. (Psst ... While you're at the Soma Gallery site, check out Camila Prada's adorable ceramic pieces, too!)

Elseware

I want Mr. Rooster for my backyard:

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These gnome votives aren't just cute, they're practical:

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I spied these dart coat hooks somewhere a while back ... But now they're easily available for purchase in the U.S.:

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February 05, 2007

Stylish Storage

I'm always on the lookout for attractive storage products, so this box at Urban Outfitter caught my eye:

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In addition to the birdcage print, a line flower pattern is available. $18/each.

February 02, 2007

This Is ...

In case anyone else out there is also collecting the Miroslav Sasek "This Is ..." series of books: Rome and Hong Kong are coming out later this month.

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February 01, 2007

New at MoMA

Have you heard about the MoMA store's "Destination: Buenos Aires" collection? For a limited time, they're offering fantastic products from Argentina. For example:

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Lola Goldstein hand-glazed pieces

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Amigo leather office accessories

I think I know where my latest paycheck is going ...

January 30, 2007

Target Finds

Last night, I made the trip to Target to see if the new Proenza Schouler "Go International" collection had made its way into the stores yet. Although the signs all said the line wouldn't arrive until Thursday, I did manage to find a few pieces — including a lightweight plaid jacket that was too cute to pass up (just $35!).

reeses-snackstersBut possibly an even more exciting find were these Reese's Snacksters! Junk Food Blog posted about them back in June. They include cereal puffs, cereal squares, Reese's pieces and peanut butter chips. I already ate two bags last night.

We don't usually do our grocery-shopping at Target, but we might have to start now! The Snacksters also come in a chocolate version, but in our house, peanut butter rules.

Image from Junk Food Blog.

January 29, 2007

Art Star

This Philadelphia boutique is one of my favorite resources for affordable artwork. Right now, I'm digging:

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Tory Franklin's "Shoes"

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Amy Sol's "Sweet"

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Julie West's "Float"

January 25, 2007

New at Pottery Barn

Look what Apartment Therapy: Los Angeles found ... Sentiment Chopsticks!

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To go with the Asian theme, Pottery Barn has also added a "Take Out" collection that includes stoneware boxes, noodle bowls, a sake set and a condiment set.

And PB has this carved wood textile hanger that I was thinking might work for hanging several small framed art prints in a row:

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Another new product that caught my eye: film reel canisters for storage. (Although I'm guessing that if you can find them in an antique store or flea market, you'll probably get a better deal than $29/each?)

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January 23, 2007

Flat-Panel Storage Solution

While the color/size of this flat-panel storage unit wouldn't work in our house, I do like this idea (especially in a room that kids spend time in):

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January 19, 2007

Hang On There

We don't need any coat hooks in our house, but I thought I'd share this in case anyone else is in the market:

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Available at Lekker.

Let There Be Light

Before we bought our house, it was rented by a couple for 15-20 years. (A couple who now rent a house two doors down from us.) It definitely needed a lot of TLC, even though the sellers made some minor improvements — such as updating all of the ceiling light fixtures to whatever was on special at Home Depot at the time. In other words, they aren't offensive, but they have no style whatsoever.

We immediately swapped out the dining room chandelier with a LeKlint. And our first summer in the house — which has no A/C — we changed our bedroom fixture to a ceiling fan.

Now, I'm on a mission to replace the entry, hallway, guest bedroom and office/craft room lights. Oh, and our living room needs a new table lamp. For the hallway, I'm leaning towards a Galbraith & Paul pendant:

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Their shades are all hand block-printed on fabrics such as silk, linen and velvet. Pretty, pretty.

January 18, 2007

Sew Good

I am definitely pre-ordering this book!

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Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing: Patterns and How-To for 24 Fresh and Easy Projects is scheduled for release on March 1. (And, no, that title couldn't possibly be any longer.)

By the way, have you seen Lotta's blog?

Candela Covers

We've been using the Candelas in our house for a while now. I initially picked up a set of four that, due to a poor battery set-up, went kaput after a few months (I can't remember exactly how long). So last Christmas, Jon bought me a two-pack of the new and improved Candelas. But just the other night, we realized that they had also stopped working. Luckily, this time, we can buy a couple of new batteries* and the problem will be solved.

In my Candela-related shopping research, I came across the colored covers that allow you to change the appearance of the plain ol' white ones. Festive!

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* I think the 2007 version of the Candelas have rechargable batteries. But they also have more of a yellowish glow, rather than white. So even though I'll probably have to buy new batteries every year, I'll stick with the old design.

(Image from Unica, which also carries the covers.)

January 17, 2007

Scarf It Up

I was browsing Alyson Fox's web site tonight and was equally blown away by her fashion designs as I was by her artwork. You can check out her scarves, cuffs and belts right here. (I love the navigation for her fashion site!)

I am especially fond of her scarves — which, unfortunately for me, are made of wool. Those of you who are not allergic to wool can purchase them at Greener Grass Design.

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January 09, 2007

Orla Kiely Newbies

I just popped over to the Orla Kiely web site because I heard there was a big sale happening on autumn/winter '06 merchandise. Perhaps even more interesting than the markdowns: The "homeware" section now carries wallpaper and cushions — in addition to the mugs that were added last year. Sweet!

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January 08, 2007

Sum Kind of Wonderful

Yay! Susie Mendive has launched the online shop for SUM Design. No binders available on the site (yet), but plenty of other good office stuff.

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December 28, 2006

Tiny Bobbles

Rose and Radish's own description sums up this product nicely: "Borderline creepy and darling." These bobbleheads are available in the form of an owl or bear. Just 4" tall and $8.50 each.

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December 22, 2006

Daiso Redux

Did I say I was going to Daiso this weekend? Well, I couldn't wait and went this afternoon. While it's not as easy to navigate as the four-story Daiso I visited in Tokyo's Harajuku district, the Daly City outpost was still jam-packed with cute, affordable stuff.

It's quite the variety store, with items for every room in your house. But I was most impressed with the ceramics. Everything we bought was only $1.50, but apparently, there are some things that cost a bit more. Here are a few photos from today's visit:

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I love the cherry blossom graphics on the storefront

Continue reading "Daiso Redux" »

Daiso in Daly City

Last night, we were driving home from dinner in San Francisco. As we approached Daly City, along 280, I completely flipped out. There, at Serramonte Shopping Center, glowing in the fog, was the word "Daiso." Big and red, on the side of a building that I believe used to be a Good Guys.

Daiso is a Japanese dollar-store that opened its first U.S. shop in the Seattle area about a year ago. And I cannot even contain my excitement that they've now set up shop in the Bay Area. And in Daly City! My hometown! (Maybe I never should have left?)

According to this article, most of the goods in the 12,000-square feet store will be priced at about $1.50. (Stocking-stuffer heaven!) Daiso just opened last weekend ... and I think we all know where I'll be this weekend.

December 21, 2006

Excess Baggage

So the other day, I was searching for a clutch that I purchased in Chicago back in July, but had never used. I was rummaging through all sorts of luggage (I have a small collection of carry-on bags) and came across some dirty t-shirts. Still in my bag. Left over from our trip to Boston. Which was in August. FOUR months ago. Rather than being disgusted by my total inability to unpack/clean up/launder my clothes after a vacation, I thought to myself: "Wow. It's been far too long since I've used this bag/gone on a trip!" I think Jon would like to implement some kind of rule where you can't go on a new trip until you've unpacked from the previous one. Too bad our house is a democracy and I would veto such a legislation, for sure.

Oh! And not that I need any more luggage ... But how cool is this Ro trolley? The leaf design comes in several bag styles and two colors. And AT:NY has a special 40% discount code, good for the entire Ro site.

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SCADs of Stuff

I was just thinking this morning that it's been a while since I browsed the SCAD online shop. Some goodies that caught my attention:

  • Maura McDonnell's "Sweet Home Sleeping Bag" - Super-pricey at $1000, but if I had this, maybe I'd be more inclined to go camping!
  • Working Class Studio's "Pet Pillows" - On sale! I don't have a pet, but was thinking these could be used as regular ol' floor pillows, too.
  • Maura McDonnell's "Hanky Party Hats" - How neat is this: They're made from handkerchiefs found in the artist's grandmother's attic.
  • Michael Mack's "Pod Armour" - Only $10! And yes, I'm finally thinking about getting one of those iPod thingies.
  • Lacey Bronson's "Grizzly Bear T-shirt" - Other animals are also available.
  • Jessica Knapp's "Plushkill Forest Lucky Pony" - A twist on the deer-mounted-to-your-wall lodge look. (Smaller magnet versions are in the shop as well.)

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December 20, 2006

Towel Off

Cute, cute, cute! Love these Tikoli kitchen towels:

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December 19, 2006

Just Add Water

I'm not really an umbrella person. But if I was, I would be all over Tray 6's designs at Wishingfish. For example:

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Also ... A while back, I wrote about Helene Ige and Susie Mendive for the SF Chronicle. And now I noticed that both have products available for easy online purchase at Wishingfish. Sweet.

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Helene's "Birds of a Feather" Mobile

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Susie's "Girl Silhouette" Tray

Collegiate Crocs

crocsJust in time for all of the December and January college bowl games, Crocs has come out with a collegiate line. Although they aren't available on the Crocs site yet, Zappos currently carries some of the schools.

Jon saw Stanford ones — which don't appear on either of the above sites — at the bookstore on campus. And if you can't wait to show your support for the Golden Bears, you can buy the Cal Crocs here ... at a store that knows how to spell Berkeley. (Someone at Crocs needs to check their spelling on the Cal product page.)

Warm It Up

Too bad my nieces and nephews are too big for this! It has been so chilly here lately, if I had a kid, s/he would definitely be rolling in one of these:

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December 13, 2006

One-Stop Shopping

When online holiday-shopping, I like to buy as many things from one store as possible — especially if there's some kind of shipping deal to be had. Here are products from A+R that caught my eye this morning:

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wood veneer napkin rings ($22 for a set of 6)

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laser-cut wood placemat ($25)

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interlocking garden tools ($38)

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terry cloth elephant ($60)

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flat-pack cardboard coffee table ($65)

There's a lot of other cool stuff at A+R. And the Los Angeles store is offering free shipping for all orders over $100.

December 11, 2006

'Tis the Shopping Season

If you haven't stopped by the decor8 site lately, you really should. Holly has arranged for amazing discounts with all sorts of online retailers. But I need to stop shopping for myself!

This just arrived in today's mail: My new very-blue handbag (available at Rare Device). I love it. Rena was so right when she described the color as "outstanding."

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November 30, 2006

Foot Notes

The cold, cold weather has not prevented me from buying shoes that are more appropriate for, say, 60-degree weather:

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I picked up both pairs at Nordstrom — in the Children's Department. Sometimes, having small feet ain't so bad.

November 29, 2006

Knock on Wood

I just clicked over to blissen and was blown away by Jill's latest creations: hand-drawn works of art mounted to plywood. So fantastic. (As a UCSC alum, I may have to pick up one of the banana slug pieces!)

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November 28, 2006

The Latest Dish(es)

Velocity Art & Design is carrying all sorts of new Pop Ink melamine plates:

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I recently finished up an article about holiday entertaining and, while the experts agreed that paper plates are a no-no, melamine ones were given the thumbs-up.

We have Thomas Paul plates that we usually bring out when the nieces and nephews are over. And if you're in the market for some TP designs, Bluefly currently has several for sale.

November 16, 2006

Bread Bag

A few weekends ago, when we brunched at Elite Cafe, we couldn't walk out of the restaurant without a box of their frozen biscuits. (Psst ... They're the same biscuits that were served at the now-defunct Meetinghouse.) They are the best biscuits. Ever. We baked a few the other day to see if the frozen ones are just as good as the ones in the restaurant. Indeed they were. So now we've decided to serve them at our holiday get-together in December. And, of course, I had to buy a proper vessel to present them in:

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Available through Lekker Home, the bags can be unfolded/stand upright to accommodate baguettes; folded down for muffins and biscuits; and sealed shut (with a magnetic closure) to keep your bread goods warm.

Note: The biscuits are so delicious, Jon argued that we didn't need to buy a special bread bag for them — they would be eaten up so quickly. And he's probably right. But I think this is such a cool design, I couldn't resist.

Shoe Wheel

Look! How fantastic is this?!? (via the NY Times)

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According to Rakku, the manufacturer, this is how the Shoe Wheel works:
Shoes are inserted into the pockets through elastic bands, which secure them snugly into place. The pockets are easily adjustable to fit a variety of shoes — sneakers, high heels and flats. Just rotate the Shoe Wheel to make a selection.
So this is what I'm envisioning: You get up in the morning, spin the wheel o' shoes, wear whichever pair it stops on top, and then work the rest of your outfit around it. It holds up to 30 pairs of shoes (depending on what kind) and can be tucked into your closet and wheeled out as needed. Brilliant.

November 15, 2006

Wishingfish Finds

The holiday shopping has begun! Things that I came across this morning while browsing Wishingfish ...


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November 14, 2006

Log Pile

Last Christmas, I put Andrew Coate's "Log Pile" — die-cut cork in the shape of logs (clever!) — on my wishlist and did not receive it. Then, post-holidays, when I went to buy it for myself, the item was no longer availabe at Greener Grass Design. I looked all over for another retail outlet and, just the other day, finally came upon them at Conduit. Yay!

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November 10, 2006

Tord at Target, Take Two

(Yes, I love the alliterations.)

So after visits to two Targets in the past two days, I think I have seen pretty much the entire Tord Boontje collection now. There are 35 products total. What's not pictured online that I came across at my local stores: window clings, metallic garlands, a tablecloth, tea tins, coffee canisters, advent calendar, big and small LED lights ... and I think that's it?

(Tip: If you're in the Bay Area, the Redwood City Target — as of yesterday — still had a good selection of merchandise. Some are in the holiday decorations area, some are in the dishes section.)

Looks like our house this year is going to be a mix of Target's (new) Tord Boontje + Hold Everything's (old) Jonathan Adler goodies.

November 09, 2006

Wrappers Delight

Years ago, Jon crafted a very special ring for me. It was made of the green Doublemint Gum sleeves. One night I walked into my silversmith class wearing this ring and the instructor commented on how much she liked it. Since she is a very talented artist who makes amazing jewelry and other small accessories, I was so flattered! (I later asked Jon to make her a ring as well, as a thank-you for her teaching efforts.)

These days, the only rings I wear were also given to me by Jon, but they're made of a different (shinier) material. So I'm thinking that, getting back to our roots, maybe I should pick up one of these adorable purses — made with candy wrappers!

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November 07, 2006

Pretty Paper Plates

You may have heard by now that Tord Boontje designed a special tableware collection for Target this holiday season. Since Jon and I are planning to host a little holiday gathering, I picked up the large rectangular melamine platter the other day. And I've been debating whether or not to also buy the matching bundle of paper dinnerware:

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But then I came across these beauties — Marimekko's Samovaari patterned plates at Crate&Barrel:

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I hope people don't think it's tacky if we do decide to go with paper plates. These designs are just too pretty to pass up!

November 05, 2006

Targeted Holiday Shopping

This year, Jon and I have decided to make holiday-shopping for a each other just a bit more challenging: Gifts can only be purchased at Target, with a specific spending cap that we have agreed upon. Yes, receipts must be presented and numbers will be tallied.

Since I am a big fan of Target, I thought this would be a cinch. But it's actually a tough task! Because usually when we shop at Target, it's for things for the home that we can both use. And now we've got to buy things that are only for the other person. It's too bad he already replaced his squash racket, which he managed to mangle yesterday:

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November 01, 2006

Stuffed

Since I had some leftover fabric from my banner project, I decided to stitch together a little chicken:

chicken

But when sewing a stuffed animal from scratch just ain't happening, Egg Press comes to the rescue. They're now offering two new stuffed animals kits, Scoots and Hoots. These critters join Frank in Egg Press' growing DIY kit collection.

scoots   hoots

Knit Coasters

Yay! I just got my latest Rare Device shipment, which includes Alyssa Ettinger's knit coasters. They are the perfect new fall/winter accessory for the home.

knitcoasters

October 30, 2006

You Had Me at Free Shipping

When shopping online, I hate paying shipping AND sales tax. Which is probably what prevents me from shopping more at West Elm. They have a store in Marin, but that's $5 in bridge toll right there. And factor in gas, and I might as well just give the money to UPS and have them deliver to my door.

This unwritten shopping rule I have was really bumming me out because I love West Elm's new ornaments. I am always looking for non-glass ones (less breakage potential), and they have a good selection of them. BUT! Now that West Elm is offering free shipping on holiday decor, I can put these at the top of my list:

we_tokyo we_resin we_chinese

October 26, 2006

New Target Designer in November

Behnaz Sarafpour is following Paul&Joe in Target's "Go International" line-up. Check out the press images, so you can plot which outfits to purchase when the collection is released next week!

b_Look_11b_Look_17

October 24, 2006

Coming Home to Roost

I've got my eye on some new products by local company Roost.

  • Log vases available at Velocity Art and Design:

roost_logs

  • Bowls and trays made with stitched/knotted buttons (!) available at Greener Grass Design:

buttonbowls

October 23, 2006

More Method to My Cleaning Madness

methord_sticks_croppedOne of the best things about freelancing for the SF Chronicle is having the opportunity to chat with companies and designers that I really like and respect. Example: Method Home. I just got word today that they are releasing new products and scents for the holiday season. I'm most interested in the aroma sticks — which will be available in Peppermint Vanilla, Frosted Cranberry and Spiced Pear. A bonus feature of this product: The simple ceramic vases are reusable.*

BTW, did you know that Method maintains a blog?

* Speaking of ceramics ... I dropped by the art studio a couple of weeks ago to pick up my finished pieces from the summer class. But they were nowhere to be found! Stolen! (Well, maybe — I don't know why anyone else would want them.)