Square or Round: My mother has had a set of these square wood plates in her cupboard for years, but I only just noticed how unusual and lovely they are... especially as they age. A welcome respite from your regular china, these plates add a warm rustic touch to the tabletop and work perfectly as serving and cheese plates as well.
We bought these year to decorate our apartment for a video shoot and they are awesome. Long strings of tiny, bright single LED bulbs, they have a much, much more beautiful and more twinkly light than typical Christmas tree lights, come in four colors (I like Amber), and are cool to the touch. You can drape them, wrap objects or run them in a lines across doorways and windows.
For the day after Thanksgiving, I thought I'd give you something cool to distract you. I just bought one of these to test it out, but I trust it already. Kohler does good work and bluetooth is very reliable. Want some fun in the shower? Here you go! :)
Designed and made by this young Portland, OR company, The Aurora Lamp is a lovely new design that looks old. They call it "a beautifully handcrafted lighting solution for people with limited space." Comes in a tabletop as well as a hardwired version.
This is a fun ultimate find. My absolute favorite pillows in the world are from Savoir and were given to me by a friend, but I didn't know who made them until I recently peeled back the pillow cover and checked the fine print on the label: "The Pillow Bar" it said. This company makes totally luxurious pillows out of 650 fill European White Goose Down and 300-thread-count, double-stitched, 100% cotton sateen zippered pillow protectors with a lavender sachet buried deep inside.
At first I thought that this new fanged shape for a wine glass was odd, but now - after looking at wine glasses for years - I find it refreshingly distinctive. For the modern table, this is one of the best (only) choices out there.
Winner of the iF (International Forum Design) award as well as the Les Découvertes award, the Essence collection is made by Iittala of Sweden.
I'm just going to quote Faith on this one: "Janel and I had dinner with Maxwell a couple weeks ago, and at the end of the meal he broke out a bottle of startlingly good chocolate sauce. Until that moment, I thought chocolate sauce came in two varieties - milk, and dark. Silly me. These sauces are wickedly good, with notes of spice and alcohol, and just as good whisked into a boozy drink as drizzled over ice cream."
Brand spanking new, the Fjallberget is a really nice combo of materials (beech, birch, wool and steel) that shows IKEA doing more premium work. Great for a swank budget office or even for a modern dining table, the chair swivels and adjusts up and down.
In over seven years of combing curly hair, this is the first product that works and gets out all the knots and kinks so you can brush it all out nicely after washing. It's amazing. You can get the details here.
This eye catching new product found its way into our offices last month along with one of the inventors, Nikhil Arora, and I loved the story. Inspired by hydroponics and the way plants clean nutrient rich water, the Aqua Farm is a fish tank that grows food at the same time, using the fish waste to feed the plants. It's a lovely biology lesson and a novel household item in one. Check it out.
Just tried this at a friends. Loved the dessert and the idea. Take your frozen bananas, put them through the shoot and make delicious, pure banana ice cream in minutes. Yonanas also works with other frozen fruit as well as nuts and chocolate. Nice.
Saw this rug in Vivi & Brigitte's Home Away From Home and ran right to the source list to find out where it came from and how much it cost. The good news is that it's from a cool new rug shop from the Bay Area called Pattern Society and is really well priced. The bad news is that they're sold out, but you can pre-order and get it early in the new year. The other good news is that their other pattern ARE in stock, and they're great too.
Want one. From one of the oldest makers in Germany, and they ship worldwide.
"The cuckoo calls every half hour and 1 time every hour on the hour each hour. The clock is supplied in a so-called "brown oak" and is hand made of 100% in Germany. A hand-painted blacksmith with his rescue Bernadiner decorate the Cuckoo's house. The pendulum and the weights are gerfertigt of high quality and with high precision."