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."
It's the season for candles, and I was taken by a beautiful article in this month's Martha Stewart about Knorr Beeswax, in Del Mar, San Diego. Makers of beeswax candles for more than 75 years, they have an incredible selection of colors in their signature beeswax. This kit is a lovely way to get started with 20 sheets of beeswax or simply order them already made. Here's a great slide show of Knorr from the local paper.
I received one of these faux fur throws (in Wolf) a few years ago and it has become a much loved part of our living room. While I NEVER thought I would ever be a faux fur OR fur fan, I am. Soft, heavy and rich in color, these throw blankets are made out of modacrylic, acrylic and polyester, but they just feel like fur and are super snuggly.
This is my current favorite scented candle, and let me say that until a few years ago I stayed FAR AWAY from scented candles. The difference I've learned between the good and the bad is the quality of the ingredients and the true nature of the scent. This one, Figue or Fig, is made by Fabrice Penot, the founder of Le Labo, a boutique perfumerie with stores in NY, Tokyo, London and LA. With the highest quality, this one is "not a straight figue but a figue/black currant blend that makes you want to eat the wax." I'm not sure I would eat it, but I've bought six of these already!
100% soy wax, pure cotton wicks, hand poured, highly dosed with perfume, and weight 245 grs.
If you have to cut your budget but still want a solid, great stove, this is my recommendation. My friend Brett, who is an architect for a real estate firm here in NYC, buys lots of appliances for the buildings he renovates and tipped me off to the Premier Pro Series. I have lived with two in the past two years and been totally impressed. A no-frills stove with a good bit of heft, clean stainless steel, solid grates and great gas burners, this is the best of the low end. Triple this price, and you'll start to get something better.
A friend gave me one of these, and I love it. I use it every day to light candles around my house. Made of heavy cast iron, the surface treatment is a traditional Japanese lacquer treatment known as urushi which prevents rust.
I had the pleasure of visiting Bellocq's tea shop a week ago (during a driving snow) and, escaping from the cold, tucked into a few tea tastings, a stunning interior and this crazy, had-to-have-it tea accessory: a fur tea cozy. Made of rabbit fur from Spain where the rabbits are eaten and the fur is a byproduct (better than not eaten and just hunted for fur), it is lined inside with lovely fabric, has two buttons on either side to help it close up more snugly, and couldn't keep your tea warmer. It's like having your tea pot run wild on the counter.
This is not available in Bellocq's online store yet, so I may be causing problems, but these are so useful, beautiful and cool I couldn't resist. Email them and please forgive me. xo M
Not just for Halloween, but this is a good week to bring it up, tall black tapers are a very stylish alternative to the usual white and red that you see indoors during the holidays. Down at High Point Market last week, I saw a number of tall black candles with wax running down their sides and it was lovely.
I rarely read a book cover to cover these days, but I just finished this lovely little book about starting a wine shop by Marco Pasanella. It's about wine, mid-life crisis, starting a business and growing his own family while losing his parents. Quirky and real, it's the perfect read for anyone who ever wanted to start their own shop, but was afraid to.
Saw this and snapped this pic over the weekend at Fall Market in High Point, NC. This little brass "tea light house" (as I call it) is adorable and casts a stunning light through the perforations. I bought two for the holidays just last night. :)
If you're looking for luxuriously soft sheets in bright poppy colors, Ralph Lauren just introduced this new line of Signature Classics with the Palmer and RL 464 names. This is also his most affordable bedding yet. With a range of 12 colors in 464 thread count percale (solids and banded borders), these are building blocks you can mix and match to your heart's delight from brights like Slicker Yellow to darks like Modern Charcoal. Instead of going all flowery fashion, Ralph here is giving us something to play with and make your own statement.