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Betting on the wild card

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This Waylande Gregory half tiger plate isn’t especially my kind of thing, but that’s part of the appeal: those little design touches that don’t quite align with our overall aesthetic are the ones that make our houses look like homes, don’t you think?

Posted on November 6th, 2013 3 Comments

Need least, want most of the week

diptique electric diffuser

What you see before you is likely most the most glamorous iteration of the Glade Plug-In our world will ever see, courtesy of those geniuses of fragrance over at Diptique. The elegant white ceramic cover encloses a quite beautiful—even sculptural—metal base, into which you insert a cartridge filled with your choice of one of the brand’s five most popular scents. Just switch it on, and you’re good for an hour. I don’t even know how I’m supposed to think straight, knowing this is in the universe.

Posted on October 7th, 2013 5 Comments

Shopping for pretend: Ferm Living

quilt in a pillow

Ferm Living is a design firm out of Denmark, and they’re geometric print heaven. Doesn’t this look kind of like a quilt, but in pillow form?

ferm living espresso cup set

This mismatched espresso cup set is awfully clever.

ferm living pot holder

I don’t know that I’ve ever gotten excited about a  pot holder before this very moment.

ferm living tea pot

Likewise, I am totally not a teapot person, but this is charming in a very early 1970s Better Homes and Gardens kind of way.

Posted on August 19th, 2013 1 Comment

Cheap and chic of the week

white ceramic planter

This old school-style glazed stoneware crock looks like it came from one of the many excellent-but-pricey home shops I visit on the Eastern shore of Long Island every summer. But it is in fact from Ace Hardware! And can be yours for a mere $26.99!

Posted on June 6th, 2013 2 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week: melamine plates

kissing rabits

For years I coveted this fun Hermes china with an animals of the jungle pattern, because it seemed like an ultimate indulgence to acquire such playful china from such a serious luxury house. But only the sturdiest dinnerware survives my cloddish grasp, and I always knew better to indulge (even during the pixie-dusted couple of years when a benevolent publicist extended me a  30% discount at Hermes—a time during which many friends received excellent gifts in little orange boxes). Still, my affection for dishes with just a little bit to say endures, which is probably why I’ve developed an outsize affection for melamine plates. They wouldn’t break if you threw them against a wall, and there are so many cute ones. Plus, they’re cheap enough that you can buy a ton and not worry if you use them only some of the time. Because these kissing rabbits might be fun for dining on  burgers and cole slaw at a Memorial Day picnic, but possibly not so much come January and brisket time.


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Who else wants to turn the entire backyard into a Moroccan-themed wonderland to match this rather fabulous purple plate?

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The Mad Platters shop on Etsy is melamine plate central, and if I were hard up for hostess gifts this season, it’s exactly where I’d go. This bird looks so stern that he cracks me up a little.

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There is something quite pink lemonade and birthday cale about this option, from West Elm.


Posted on May 24th, 2013 11 Comments

Night of the living sleepless

Apologies for the radio silence, ladies. I’ve been plagued by a powerful case of insomnia and well, let’s just say that I now acutely understand why sleep deprivation is often employed on prisoners of war as a form of psychological torture. This Hello Kitty Zombie  is available as a T-shirt, by the way.

Insomnia is one of the best recipes for ugly ever—no amount of makeup can cover it up. And it’s a one-way ticket to Stupidville too. When you can’t follow the plot twists in a phone conversation with your ten year-old nephew, for instance, it might just be time to wrap yourself up in a nice big old blankie and gently weep.

Ambien doesn’t work—it gets me to sleep but does not keep me there. Warm milk can do the trick, but then one runs the risk of having to get up in four hours to pee, and the journey begins again.

Last night was all right, but my under eye circles would still scare small children if I wasn’t taking care to wear Olsen-size sunglasses every time I hit the street. I need solutions, people. Care to share?



Posted on December 6th, 2012 52 Comments