Thursday 22nd June 2017
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Tuesday trifecta

The lowly doormat deserves to be a thing of beauty, no? I like that this one looks just like an eensy rug.

I own one made of the rope fishermen use to catch lobster; they’re very bright and happy, and come in all sorts of different color combinations, and you can buy them here.

This geometrical number is just so cool.

Posted on May 9th, 2017 5 Comments

Thursday trifecta

A few floor baskets, because they add a certain something to a room and are so damn handy. I have one for dog toys, and would love this raffia hamper for my laundry.

I like the interplay of the natural seagrass and the white here.

This one is just so bright and happy.

Posted on May 4th, 2017

GOACA home basics: trays

I don’t really have much use for trays, but I like them as decorative objects, and have elected to show you a bunch of very happy bright ones today. From Huset, a fantastic Scandinavian design boutique in LA, here’s one made from a popular print by Josef Frank.

Such a good poppy yellow.

I like the unlikely color combination on this choice from Marimekko.

OK, this Fornasetti tray costs a fortune, but it was too good not to include.

Red and white is always a winner.

Posted on April 28th, 2017 9 Comments

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