Saturday 16th December 2017
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Top 5 of the week: Some very pretty candles

I have no idea what the scent of any of these is like; I chose them on the basis of aesthetics alone. And I just think this is sweet.

This is from Astier de Villatte, and boy is it not cheap, but it is too gorgeous.

A dramatic and at the same time quite subdued choice.


This comes in a variety of colors, but the poppy red really appeals.

A subtly elegant option.


Posted on December 14th, 2017 8 Comments

More cool stuff for the kitchen

This is pretty much a guest post, in that all of the items you see before you were chosen by my dear friend and neighbor Michelle, when she was hanging out with me the other morning while the cleaning lady worked on her apartment downstairs. And she did such a good job selecting pieces—everything here feels like the most stylish possible version of what it is—that I would outsource all of my home/design posts to her were she not otherwise engaged as an attorney. I like how this bread board is designed to catch the crumbs. And the ridges create such a cool pattern.


This is a bread bin, and the lid can double as a bread board in a pinch.

How chic is this gravy boat? And just in time for Thanksgiving, people.

I also quite like the looks of this black and silver kettle.

This is maybe the most stylish trivet ever.

A splurgy-but-so-fantastic Fornasetti tray.

Were I the type of person who had things like cheese domes in her life, I’d choose this cheese dome.

A set of mixing bowls is a good thing to have on hand even if you almost never cook—they just come in so damn handy—and I think the muted blue of these is quite pretty.

I like how the red contrasts with the wood on this dustpan and brush set.

Posted on November 10th, 2017 6 Comments

It’s the little things

Is it wrong that suddenly I can’t imagine how I’ll go on living without this bronze foot  in my life?




Posted on October 26th, 2017 7 Comments

Cute items for the bathroom

This storage unit from Kartell is so classic, but fun and updated and poppy in the red.

A handy shelf for all of your whatnots.

This would be perfection for your Q-Tips.

And how cute would this be as a cotton ball holder?

I only have lidded trash cans, as the dogs like to get into them, so this is right up my alley, and so cute in the pink.

A fun print on a laundry basket.

And finally: I really want this zebra bathmat.

Posted on October 20th, 2017 13 Comments

Taking requests: Not-unattractive items for the kitchen

This challenge comes from my sister-in-law Shirim, who is redoing her kitchen and wonders why most standard items for that room are so ugly. She is not wrong; this was a challenging post to put together. But because I love Shirim, I forged ahead, and bring you, for starters, this very chic bread bin.

I like this utensil holder so much I might have to order it.

Nothing like a classic Wesco trash can.

Shirim specifically asked for me to find a good-looking toaster oven, but I am not convinced such a thing exists. Also, toaster ovens never toast to my satisfaction, so I’m going old school on this one.

I mostly like this paper towel holder because it pretty much disappears.

Shirim is having a vexing time finding a dish rack that isn’t too awful to look at, and I have to say, this was the single toughest item to find. This one from Williams-Sonoma wins, mostly because it is less ugly than most, and is compact, which is good for your average New York apartment.

It wasn’t that easy to find a good-looking coffee maker either, but I did like the look of this one.

Shirim wanted an automatic coffee maker, but my choice for most stylish coffee maker of all time is this timeless drip version from Chemex.


Posted on September 29th, 2017 38 Comments

A cavalcade of bath towels with cool prints

I like that the print  here is sort of organized between stripes.

This is a hamman towel, so it’s super-thin. I really like the geometric print and the color combo too.

Hot pink and red are so good together on this Marimekko option.

I like the simplicity of this black and white Missoni (and while you’re at it, check out this resource for discounted towels by them that I happened upon).

I’d buy a set of  these in all different colorways.

Such an excellent lemon yellow.

These remind me of the Mediterranean.

And these are just really fun.

This looks like a rug, which is cool.

A subdued choice, but the dots keep things interesting.

Yes, I am on the verge of ordering a couple of these.

I adore the fiery tones on this Ikat towel.

And finally, from Pendelton’s National Park series: Yellowstone.

Posted on September 15th, 2017 7 Comments