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Tuesday October 1st, 2013

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(mini) Animal Love: Badger

It’s been a little while since the last Animal Love . Not that the world is starved for animal-themed product posts but when I stumbled across a badger rug, it gave me a bit of a pause. The badger had never made it to any of my animal lists. For some reason, this little guy…

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Tuesday April 30th, 2013

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Animal Love: Peacock

Today’s Animal Love is all about the peacock. And I can’t think of a better transition out of gardening/green month and into color month. Is there anything more colorful than a peacock display? The peacock feature is a popular design motif. Historically the feather was a symbol of royalty, Marie Antoinette wore peacock feathers and…

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Thursday April 18th, 2013

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Animal Love: Hedgehog

Until relatively recently, my knowledge of hedgehogs was confined to Beatrix Potter. But then, I stumbled upon this video. Hedgehogs can be pets?!?! I did a little Internet research to try to suss out how humane was hedgehog pet keeping. (The jury is still out for me on that one but there’s some great information…

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Wednesday April 3rd, 2013

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Animal Love: Robins

Since we’re focusing on nature and the outdoors this month, it only seemed right to start off the week with a little ode to spring birds. A few weeks ago I started to notice the sound of birds chirping (over the noise of bus wheels screeching and my neighbors yelling at each other from across…

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Monday March 25th, 2013

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Animal Love: Rabbits

Normally Animal Love columns are Amy’s domain, but this week she kindly let me take this chance to celebrate my love of all things fuzzy bunny. From ceramic candlesticks and bunny-pattern bags to temporary tattoos, cell phone covers and platters, this roundup has over 45 great options to keep you well-stocked in rabbit designs. And…

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Friday March 8th, 2013

Monday February 11th, 2013

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Animal Love: Snake

According to the Chinese calendar, we have officially entered the Year of the Snake. There are 12 animals in rotation in the Chinese zodiac and five snakes within that grouping. The last Year of the Snake was in 2001, but this year is technically The Year of the Water Snake, which we haven’t had since 1953….

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Tuesday January 15th, 2013

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Animal Love: Penguin

The penguin has to be the most uplifting winter animal. All dressed up in that cute winter tux and ready for comedy (just not with Jim Carrey, please!), I’ve had a soft spot for penguins since I read Mr. Popper’s Penguins as a child, and the 2005 film March of the Penguins just fueled my…

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Wednesday January 2nd, 2013

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Animal Love: Raccoon

Is there anything cuter than a raccoon, with those little dexterous paws and that bandit face mask? I suppose if those dexterous paws were getting into your garbage at night, they might not seem quite so cute. But since raccoons have yet to conquer my Brooklyn garbage, I’m an admirer. — Amy Azzarito Image above: 1….

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Thursday November 15th, 2012

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Animal Love: Zebras!

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When Max, Amy and I sat down last week to brainstorm animals we’d like to dedicate product roundups to, I immediately knew which animal I hoped to snag: zebras. Why? Because I’ll take any excuse I can get to post that gorgeous Zebra Scalamandre wallpaper. It’s such an iconic design and a great example of embracing…

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Wednesday November 14th, 2012

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Animal Love: Cats

I must have been living under a rock because I only just discovered My Cat from Hell on Animal Planet. I know that every episode is pretty much the same — play with your cats, people! But I got utterly addicted. Both Grace and I have been trying to find ways to make our homes…

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Thursday November 8th, 2012

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Animal Love: Lions


Ever since Amy started her new Animal Love column, I’ve been jealously eying each post, wanting to jump in and do my own. So last week I emailed her to see which members of the animal kingdom hadn’t been covered yet. So far, she’s covered bees, bunnies, foxes, swans and elephants, with cats on the way…

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Monday October 29th, 2012

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Animal Love: Bee

When I set out to do another Animal Love, I thought it was time to broaden our love to include an insect. Plus, who doesn’t love a bee? And not just for the honey; the life cycle of a bee — the way each member of the hive has a job — is pretty cool….

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Wednesday October 24th, 2012

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Animal Love: Elephant

Ask and you shall receive. I got so many great suggestions for animal roundups after Animal Love: Fox that I’m a bit worried you’ll be sick of these by the time I’m happily searching for hedgehogs while watching Downton Abbey on repeat (that may have happened already). I have to admit that I’m loving the hunt…

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Thursday October 18th, 2012

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Animal Love: Fox

I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen a fox in real life. So until the day, I actually see a real fox, I’m going to console myself with fox-related products. (I think the fox bracelet above would go a long way toward making me feel better.) For some reason, this roundup skewed a little more…

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Monday October 8th, 2012

Friday September 14th, 2012

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animal love: swan

We ended last year with a peek of a California home that included a giant pool swan. All through the dark days of winter, thoughts of that pool swan stayed with me. This summer, I bought my own (and discovered a whole new world of inflatable animals), and it was even better than I had…

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