Wednesday 26th April 2017
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GOACA home basics: Storage jars and canisters

I never cook. It’s not that I’m bad at it—I’m actually quite decent—but it’s a bore to cook for one. The only meal I prepare for myself—daily and without fail—is my morning blueberries, granola, and yogurt, which doesn’t require much in the skill department. So it is kind of a joke that I’m doing a post on the kind of items one associates with a person who’s industrious in the kitchen. But I like the look of the following containers, and I figure many if not all of of you cook, so maybe you’ll find the following helpful, or at least cute to look at. I do love everything Le Crueset, and this storage canister is just adorable.

As is this trio of canisters, which seem perfect for pasta and rice and whatnot.

I think this glass container is rather graceful, and I like the leather handle.

And the vivid blue here is just lovely.

And finally: a simple porcelain jar that couldn’t be prettier.



Posted on April 14th, 2017 2 Comments

Zero+Maria Cornejo has a candle

Zero+Maria Cornejo candle—Zero+Maria Cornejo has a candle

And it is, of course, just so good. Very woodsy, with notes of burning embers, suede, thyme, cedar leaf, wild grass, incense, and more.  I’d imagine it took Cornejo this long to come out with a candle because she was waiting until she got it exactly right, because she just so totally has. And it’s a joy to look at too, natch.

Posted on April 11th, 2017 2 Comments

Some very modern-looking ceramics

Helen Levi vase—Some very modern-looking ceramics

On my last trip to LA, I noticed ceramics in all the cute little home boutiques—and not the funky-60s-style stuff I typically think of when I think of ceramics, but really cool, contemporary pieces that would not look out of place in the most modern of abodes. I’ve been mildly obsessed ever since with finding an item or two that might work for my place, and at the tippy-top of the list is this gorgeous vase from Brooklyn-based ceramicist Helen Levi.

Pax Ceramics mug—Some very modern-looking ceramics

I actually went ahead and ordered this endlessly chic mug from Pax Ceramics in duplicate just this morning.

Natan Moss bud vase—Some very modern-looking ceramics

I like the geometric pattern on this bud vase from Natan Moss.

Natan Moss mug—Some very modern-looking ceramics

And this coffee mug, also by Natan Moss, is appealingly crafty-looking, but still somehow modern.

BTW Ceramics planter—Some very modern-looking ceramics

This little mini-planter, by BTW Ceramics, would be perfect for one of my succulents, just as shown here.

Kat & Roger cups—Some very modern-looking ceramics

And I have wanted the whole set of these cups, by Kat & Roger, for ages.

Posted on April 7th, 2017 3 Comments

Obsessing over quilts, again


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.





Posted on March 24th, 2017 10 Comments

GOACA home basics: Serving bowls

Kiri porcelain bowl—GOACA home basics: Serving bowls

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.

Orla Kiely bowl—GOACA home basics: Serving bowls

The pop of yellow on this salad bowl is really quite delightful.

Food 52 cherrywood bowl—GOACA home basics: Serving bowls

And I think this dipped cherrywood bowl is rather elegant.

Bunzlau castle bowl—GOACA home basics: Serving bowls

The hearts here are on the twee side, but I can’t help but really love this.

Hawkins New York copper bowl—GOACA home basics: Serving bowls

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.

Yelloware mixing bowl—GOACA home basics:Serving bowls

Technically, this is a mixing bowl, but I love how old-school it is and would totally serve from it.

Staub bowl—GOACA Home basics: Serving bowls

Just a cheery, sturdy, happy option.

Food 52 porcelain salad bowl—GOACA home basics: serving bowls

The lines of this salad bowl are nicely graceful.

Posted on March 17th, 2017 5 Comments

We now turn our attention to jewelry storage

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.

Posted on March 8th, 2017 24 Comments