I was skeptical at first of this new bluetooth enabled audio "pillar", but was quickly won over as I carried it outside for drinks and dinner last weekend by the sea. With a deep bass and a great high range, the Stellé paired immediately with my iPhone and supplied dreamy music all evening to the delight and surprise of my guests, who thought it was a bottle of scotch in a round box. This is a great new, high quality party accessory.
The Stellé runs on a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 15 hours and includes proprietary (1.5”) acoustic drivers (stereo pair) and a 3" subwoofer, built-in microphone for Speakerphone capabilities and a Bluetooth wireless range of up to 50 feet.
Canadian designer, Dana Cannam, showed this fabulous simple design privately a few years back and then he found a great partner in Pablo to help him manufacture and distribute widely. Made of three white oak or walnut components, warm LED diffusion light and a bright red cord, it is an instant classic in my book.
From this great Belgian linen manufacturer comes an American inspired collection AND a new e-commerce website to get right at it. This is perfect for the summer and I totally want to be camping in those vans. :)
Spotted this sofa earlier this week and smiled. A great retro design with contemporary good looks and my favorite color, this is from a new player in the furniture biz - LA based Thrive. Available in 20 different fabrics and two wood stains.
I've been looking for a cute little side table that would have some heft and not take up too much of a footprint. This is my pick. Based on Blu Dot's popular Sprout Dining table, it's made of lacquer on engineered wood substrate with satin finish and a brushed stainless steel base.
A favorite with our readers for years, this is a beautifully made, very minimal, hard working sleeper sofa with a $$ price, but years of lasting value. Oh, and it's French!Here's a great in person review from one of our editors and this is from our reader redesign: "We have a 13yrs old Nomad Express it is wonderful! So wonderful in fact, I slept on it while pregnant! It has moved 7 times and still looks great. The mechanism is not silent but it is so easy to use. I will recover rather than replace. We love it!"
I've just switched to using this lately on my butcher block surfaces and bowls. In the past, I've used mineral oil at times and beeswax at other times. This puts them together to give you the best of both worlds right out of the bottle.
I got one of these last month and have been testing it with pleasure. The first thing you think of when you see this very light, "stick" vacuum is that it doesn't look like it will do much of anything and certainly isn't a reason to replace your bigger, corded vacuum. But when you turn it on, two things become very apparent right away:
1. The lithium-ion battery really kicks butt and the brush and suck power of this thing is surprising and impressive. Chalk this up to the fact that lithium-ion technology has really improved in the past few years (note Tesla) and is not what you remember when it sorta worked for ten minutes before starting to fade. This thing will motor for up to an hour on a charge.
2. Not having a cord really IS nice. While I love my bigger canister vacuum, I am constantly pulling the plug out of the wall as I venture too far and I winding the cord up afterwards always makes me strangely pissy and on edge (Someone please research this. Is is a man thing?). Being able to run all over the house or office with the RAM is very gratifying, and it made me think that cords would soon go the way of the dinosaur across the whole vacuum landscape.
Finally, will the RAM replace your corded, canister or upright vacuum? Probably not. Would the RAM make a very welcome addition to your cleaning arsenal and perfect for a lot of every day and spot cleaning? Yes, definitely. While I'll be keeping my beloved Dyson for bi-weekly vacuuming and handling all the stuff I use if for like deep rugs, walls and furniture, etc (especially pets), the RAM is great in our office to quickly do all the hard floors and is perfect at home to quickly clean up the dining room floor after Ursula has eaten and dropped most of her dinner or run around with her friends and left small debris across the apartment.
My Daily Find from this morning was suddenly sold out, so I went over to Julian Merrow-Smith's remarkable website and found his latest work for you. Every day he paints and releases an oil painting from his studio in France, and this one is absolutely lovely. Available by auction, click through to place your bid or wait and see what he has done tomorrow.
Walking by MUD's new Soho store this week, I saw that they had beautiful, flat, WHITE porcelain plates in addition to all the colors that are usually up front. This is my new style. Thin and slablike with slight variation and made of strong porcelain, this would be a stunning way to makeover your tabletop. MUD's Soho shop can sell to you, but you can also find a whole bunch of online retailers here.
I love wall clocks, but so many of them are cheesy. I saw this new (old) design at the Gift Fair last month and it popped out from all the rest. Clean, with a vintage authenticity, this oversized station clock is clearly a hybrid of a Swiss station design with a slight British influence. You can also find this clock in silver and red.
This is what I love about what we are able to do with our readers. Surfing our house tours yesterday, I dug Ali and Dustin's Shop Tour and learned the term "hairpin legs" from them for the first time. Then I found this great source for hairpin legs that I didn't know existed. Build your own table with these elegant, light metal legs in either two lines or three lines for extra strength. Here's a great post on how to do it.
Photographed here in Ursula's room (just before her bed came this week), is her new bedding, which we both chose and she loves. The duvet and pillow are Garland, while the red sheets and other pillow are Matchstick Blossom. If it's not on the site, it's just out of stock for a minute!
There's a lot of other stuff in this picture and I'll list that soon when I document the finished room.
Just found at Jaime and Priya's home here in Park Slope, these dishes are as cool as Anthropologie, but FAR less expensive. They have a wide collection of these blue and white bowls, but not all are equal. You have to sift through. Pear River is a great resource if you edit properly.
Trolling around last night I ran across this very nice discount on some very beautiful, but pricey chairs and table. Wegner's Wishbone chairs in the new colors are stunning and if you're feeling aspirational for your dining room right now, this offer and free shipping is about as good as it gets. Check out the 20 natural woods finishes and the 25 colors.