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Friday April 13th, 2012

Thursday April 12th, 2012

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pink mercury glass

When I think of mercury glass, I see the dark gray vases and bottles that seem to line every flea market tabletop these days. I’ve got nothing against that glassy gray, but this pink mercury glass certainly takes the cake. I’ve never seen pink mercury glass, so these pieces are a major treat for me….

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ceramic woven trays

One of the first things I covered on D*S was a Williamsburg design show where ceramic “disposables” were just starting to appear. It seemed like everyone was casting throwaway objects (takeout containers, coffee cups, etc.) in porcelain and selling them in stores. While I’ve mostly grown tired of the look since 2004, every now and…

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Wednesday April 11th, 2012

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chalk tablets

Whenever I think of chalkboards, I can’t help but think (and laugh) about this post that pretty much nailed the hipster design community perfectly. In addition to the spot-on observation that this community “would be wondering around in a leather apron if it could,” blogger Russell Davies added, “And blackboards. Everywhere there’s blackboards.” Oh, Russell….

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dotted drinks

Whenever I see dots related to food, I’m immediately transported back to my suburban mall’s Dippin’ Dots kiosk. Those are my preferred method of dot consumption, but if those aren’t an option (are there Dippin’ Dots in NYC? Please say there are), these polka-dotted straws are a pretty good alternative. Well, not for eating but…

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Tuesday April 10th, 2012

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coupes

I’ve never been a big drinker. And by “not big” I mean not at all. For some reason, I don’t enjoy drinking as much as eating. If I’m going to let myself go and have fun, I’d rather it be for a chocolate high. That said, when I do drink, it tends to be something…

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Friday March 23rd, 2012

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weekly wrap up + rewoven mats

Last week I was walking home from brunch in the city and decided to swing by my favorite Anthropologie store on 5th Avenue. They were having a great sale on tabletop goods, and I ended up leaving with some random odds and ends to spruce up our office desk, which also serves as a dining…

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Wednesday March 21st, 2012

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green

Okay, that last purple post already has me craving a different color. Sorry, purple. You’re just never my favorite. Now that it seems to be 70 degrees here every day, I’m ready for spring colors (summer, really, at this rate), and green always hits the spot. The candleholder below (those tonal green/yellow candles are so…

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purple

I don’t think I’ve written a purple post in at least four years. Which is precisely how often I feel drawn to that color. Purple and I have a very touch-and-go relationship, primarily because it reminds me of my elementary school bedroom, which had a grape vine theme (I know). But every now and then…

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Friday March 16th, 2012

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fox tray

Speaking of foxes, this pink and red tray from Lush Designs and Ary Trays is pretty fantastic. The color palette is exactly what I’m craving these days and the sweet fox artwork is cute and quirky enough to work as artwork if you wanted to hang this when it wasn’t in use. Click here to…

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florilegium series

With next week’s weather forecast looking like more of the same (70 degrees again? Yes, please.), it seems like a good time to share these pretty new botanical plates and coasters from Thomas Paul. Thomas’ new collection is called Florilegium and focuses on exactly what the name implies: botanical drawings. The coasters (below) are my…

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ana candles

Stripes feel like a childhood best friend — familiar, trusted and something you can always turn to. While I’ve pared down my stripe collection (I now only own four striped shirts, down from eight.), I don’t think I’ll ever lose that knee-jerk reaction I have to seeing stripes in home goods. These Ana candles at…

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Wednesday March 14th, 2012

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small spells

I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time looking at ceramics lately. I’m not sure why, but the more they resemble something organic, rough and handmade, the better. These pieces from Rachel Howe at Small Spells (I love that name) are right up my alley because they have that sort of clean and simple feel. Based…

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Tuesday March 13th, 2012

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cake stands

As far as I’m concerned, a cute cake stand is reason enough to eat cake. Whether you pick up a cute one on the way home or bake something in your kitchen, it’s always the right time for good old yellow cake with chocolate icing (the best combo in my book). These colorful cake stands…

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Friday March 9th, 2012

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torafu architects

At this point in my life, I should probably be investing in simple, classic, ageless furniture. But lately I find myself gravitating toward objects that forego practicality and versatility, and are instead thought provoking, whimsical and a bit bizarre. A wise decorator would probably limit the number of these items in a home, but I…

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Wednesday March 7th, 2012

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falcon enamelware

People keep telling me not to cook with (or invest in) enamel dishes and baking ware because they chip easily. But I can’t help myself. Though I haven’t purchased any yet, I’m tempted by their sweet simplicity. No super heavy pots and pans, just simple white pieces with a little lip of red or blue….

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Monday February 20th, 2012

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cuteness by ladies & gentlemen

I love it when companies are devoted to producing designs that are equal parts functional and whimsical. Just about everything that Ladies & Gentlemen produces is painfully adorable but has a clear purpose. I rarely endorse the use of a “z” in place of a plural “-es,” but in the case of their cat-inspired Pawz…

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Friday February 17th, 2012

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ham

Yesterday we were sitting around the office (our new office rugs came!), and Kate said to me, “Grace, I have a submission I think you’re going to love.” The next words that came out of her mouth pretty much sealed the deal: “There’s a bunny jumping on a trampoline!” That was all I needed to…

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Tuesday February 14th, 2012

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heart part utensil set

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without some heart-related product, right? To celebrate the holiday, I’m sharing these cute little plastic utensil sets from designer Fatima Fazal. Each set contains 10 biodegradable polystyrene hearts that break into 20 utensil pieces. Part fork, part spoon and part knife, this handy tool would be fun to pack for…

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