I’ve been wanting a quilt in the worst way for the longest time now, and I’m not entirely sure what it’s about: they’re cozy and home-y, but traditional in a way that I’m not. So it’s unsurprising that the ones I’m drawn to are on the modern side mostly, and it turns out that Etsy is crawling with shops selling really cool contemporary specimens. I like this red-on-white number because it’s actually not too too far from traditional, but would not be out of place in my home, which is anything but.
I just really like the color palette here.
This would look so cool in my bedroom, which is all shades of black, white, and grey, that I might just have to pull the trigger. I love the subtle shards of color throughout.
And this is actually a baby quilt, and a rather pricey one at that, but boy is it gorgeous.
Another one I could easily imagine living with.
I like the idea of doing some entertaining, but I lack some of the necessary tools, like for instance the kind of serveware you could display to anybody outside of family and your closest friends. So I’ve been doing some looking, and came up with the following specimens. First up: I don’t know how great actual food would look in it, but I love the trippy star print here.
The pop of yellow on this salad bowl is really quite delightful.
And I think this dipped cherrywood bowl is rather elegant.
The hearts here are on the twee side, but I can’t help but really love this.
I’ve been wanting one of these copper and enamel bowls for a while now, and might just have to finally give in go for it.
Technically, this is a mixing bowl, but I love how old-school it is and would totally serve from it.
Just a cheery, sturdy, happy option.
The lines of this salad bowl are nicely graceful.
It’s a problem as old as time: how to store your jewelry so that it all doesn’t end up one tangled and confused mess. I’ve always thought a box would be nice, and you couldn’t beat this hot pink number.
I also like this less pricey mirrored option from Crate & Barrel.
I currently organize my jewelry on a cluster of John Derian plates on top of my dresser.
And I like this sweet little ring dish.
This is the most stylish jewelry tree I’ve ever seen.
And this just looks like it would blend into the surroundings nicely. Plus, it’s super-cheap.
I’m still dining off the plates I got as part of my wedding registry over a decade and a half ago, and occasionally it bothers me that these relics of a failed marriage are part of my everyday life, and I’ll think about replacing the whole set. So far, I’ve had a hard time justifying the expense—they’re perfectly lovely plates, and their provenance is hardly their fault. Still, I’d love some of these bright, sturdy specimens from Le Creuset, just for starters.
Or I could go super-cheap and buy this set of cool rimmed plates from CB2—just under $50 for eight of them.
Conversely I could go all-out splurgy and buy just a couple of plates in this rather gorgeous pattern.
Another splurgetastic option, this one from Missoni.
I actually do own a couple of these, from Heath Ceramics—they’re super-solid and really big.
Such a nice grey, and really inexpensive.
This is just quite graphically appealing.
I like the detailing here, and it’s another great buy.
These Day of the Dead correspondence cards from Smythson are simultaneously badass and elegant.
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.