Archive for the ‘Home/Design’ Category
I do consider vases to be an important home basic because I think it’s so nice to have fresh-cut flowers in your home as often as possible, and desperately wish I practiced what I preached. Occasionally, I’ll make it over to a neighborhood florist that sells the cutest mini-arrangements to go, or to the deli for some cheap tulips, but not nearly often enough. I’ve got plants, and they’re nice, but there’s something special about anyhing that’s in bloom—especially this time of year—so this post serves as a reminder to me to get cracking. I’m quite tempted by this bud vase set from Heath Ceramics—one vase is matte, the other glossy, which is such a nice touch.
Here’s the one to reach for when a guest brings over flowers—it’s a perfect size, and pretty much everything looks good in it.
I like the slick orange interior of this pick from Orla Keily.
A really nice blue, and super-cheap.
I just think this is rather clever.
And on the ultra-splurgy side of things: this beauty from Fornasetti.
Here one that’s very large and very well-priced.
I believe in filling life with nice little design moments, and that extends to my choice in mugs: I own a motley assortment—no more than two match, but they are rich in color and pattern, and lately I’ve been looking to expand my collection. First up: I own several bowls by Tokyo Design Studio, and quite like their bright take on cups as well.
The blue-on-blue is cool, and I like the slightly midcentury feel here.
A very excellent—and quite splurgy—option from Missoni.
Love these squished-together dots from Marimekko.
Just a really good red, and an interestingly sculptural handle.
And finally, who can resist this little bit of cuteness from Le Creuset?
Hick from the Styx asks, “How do you dress your dogs for insanely inclement weather?” When it gets rainy and snowy or the weather dips below 25 degrees, I outfit the big guy, Mister, in a Barbour coat, and the little guy, Sammy, in a down puffer (his little body’s a weird fit for the Barbours) and off we go.
When it snows in the city, everybody sprinkles the sidewalks with salt, which is murder on their paws. I used to put booties on Sammy, but Mister wouldn’t go for it, so now I just use a thick coat of Musher’s secret—seriously thick—and they’re good to go.
And Allison wants to know, “How do you keep your house clean/pet proof/smelling good with two dogs?” First of all, I have a cleaning lady, who comes once a week. Second, I invested in this thing—an air filter—and I’m convinced it has kept my place from acquiring that multiple-animals-live-here-funk.
And I have this basket, which is where all the dog toys live.
Also: I have discovered the stickiest lint roller of all time. It truly gets off every last bit of fur.
And Janie Lynn writes, “I would definitely like to see something on your dogs, whether or not it’s shopping-related. As long as [there are] some cute pics of the pooches, I’ll be happy.” Here’s a picture for you, Janie Lynn.
And here’s another, where you get a slightly better sense of Sammy.
Today, I thought I’d share my favorite woodsy-scented candles with you, as it has just occurred to me that I like an awful lot of them. Right now, in lieu of having an actual Christmas tree (which, given my faith, would be a bit off-brand) I am burning Soap & Paper Factory’s Roland Pine, which smells uncannily like the real thing.
Red Flower’s Wanderlust is similarly woodsy, with just a hint of something else—citrus?—thrown in for a nice kick. I love it.
A pick from Fornasetti will set you back a bit, it’s true, but when the candle’s all melted down you’re left with a cool little objet. I like their Otto scent best—it’s a lovely, earthy mix of thyme, lavender and cedarwood.
Diptique’s Feu de Bois smells like entering a room in which the fireplace has been going for hours.
This Tom Dixon stone candle is the only one of the bunch I haven’t actually tried, but is it not fantastic-looking?
Just a few cool notebooks—maybe if you’re still searching for stocking stuffers?—starting with this jazzy geometric print from Delfonics.
Such pretty hand-dyed shibori paper on this choice from Postalco.
Purple and black look so great together on this Diptique number.
I can’t think of one thing I could actually do with these Indian pom pom garlands (home/design mavens: hints?) but their presence in the universe delights me.