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Monday February 17th, 2014

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15 Modern Trivets

I feel very lucky to share my personal life with someone who loves food as much as I do. Not fancy food, complicated food or food that’s been fussed with – just simple, comforting, good food. For me, that’s usually something that involves a pot on the stove that’s bubbly and warm. From warm winter…

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Monday December 16th, 2013

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Tuesday November 19th, 2013

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15 Beautiful Serving Utensils

Serving pieces seem unnecessary until you really need one -like a bigger spoon for the mashed potatoes or something other than cooking tongs for the salad. In the spirit of Thanksgiving (next week!), I’ve rounded up some of my favorite serving pieces that not only make it easier to get that stuffing on your plate,…

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Friday November 8th, 2013

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Rebecca Wilson Ceramics

Rebecca Wilson‘s latest porcelain designs are that perfect combination of whimsical and functional. Using bone china, oxidized silver and found objects, she’s created sugar tongs and a powder puff that look like tiny doll hands and legs. When I was little I would always have my dolls double as jewelry storage (I loved putting play…

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Thursday October 31st, 2013

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New: Xenia Taler

I’m a big fan of Xenia Taler‘s painting style, so it’s been lovely to see new work pop up on her website on a regular basis. These new geometric trivets in gold and blue are definitely going on my holiday wishlist ($46-$50 each) and her colorful floral cards are a nice way to translate her…

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Wednesday October 30th, 2013

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10 Coasters that Do More than Protect Your Table

We have a simple coaster DIY project coming up later this afternoon so we’re starting off the morning with some coaster favorites that add a little style while they protect your furniture. Coasters used to be something that I associated with fussiness so I love this casual fun ones. I’m curious. Do you use coasters…

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Tuesday October 22nd, 2013

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Mociun Trays

Caitlin Mociun’s shop is my version of a candy store. (Albeit, a candy store where I could easily part with a month’s rent, if I wasn’t careful.) I happened to pop into the store a few weeks ago and immediately gravitated toward these trays. They were inspired by a full-length triangle shaped mirror (Yes, please!)…

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Monday October 14th, 2013

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Hand-Painted Table Runners from Heather Chontos

This weekend we got to throw our first big dinner party in the new apartment. After lucking out and discovering that Julia’s antique 12-foot farm table fit perfectly in our narrow dining room, we filled it with food, flowers and friends to celebrate Amy’s birthday. I spent a few days trying to find a pre-made…

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Thursday October 10th, 2013

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Paola Navone for Crate and Barrel

Every morning after I take Hope to the park for her off-leash hour, I start my work morning with the same routine. I pull my laptop onto the couch, ready my coffee by my side and start deleting spam emails from my work account and weeding through the pages of press newsletters that all bloggers…

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Tuesday October 8th, 2013

Monday October 7th, 2013

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Monohara Ceramic Collection by House Industries

After the success of their Hasami Morning Collection, House Industries was invited by Hasami’s Kyohei Baba to create a new collection of ceramics. Debuting this December (this is a pre-sale sneak peek), House Industries’ Monohara Ceramic collection is beautiful 29-piece series that includes five plate options, six bowl sizes, teacups, teapots, a compra bottle and…

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Placemats + Napkins by Fort Makers

Since it’s debut, Of a Kind has been producing some of the most interesting limited edition collaborations in the world of accessories and fashion. I’ve really enjoyed seeing them branch into the world of home goods over the past few months and their latest collection from Fort Makers is really beautiful. Using raw canvas, the…

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Monday September 30th, 2013

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Geometric Runners + Tea Towels

This weekend, while Amy and I were out shopping in the city, we stumbled into a bodega that happened to be selling the new quarterly issue of Domino magazine. Not the old recycled content issues, but the brand new issue with new stories (it’s also being revived as an e-shop that goes live this Thursday)….

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Thursday September 26th, 2013

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Modern Stump Black Walnut Cutting Boards

Now that my little rental kitchen makeover is pretty much complete (I always drag my feet on one last thing- this time it’s re-painting the ceiling) I’m ready to start stocking up on serving pieces. While I’ve been incredibly loyal to my Ariele Alasko cutting board (and always will be), I’m ready to add a…

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Friday September 20th, 2013

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Gem Punch Bowl + 10 Great Cocktail Recipes

After ten years in Brooklyn, I finally got lucky and found an apartment with a proper dining room. Though it served primarily as storage for the first few months, the dining room has now been transformed into a grown-up room complete with a DIY fauxdenza (made with salvaged wood and filled with glassware and serving…

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Friday September 13th, 2013

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Watercolors

The other day I was listening to the song ‘Watercolors‘ by Mal Blum and stumbled onto these beautiful pieces at Koromiko at the exact same time. It felt like the perfect melding of music and art and I immediately added both pieces to my wishlist. The top piece, a stoneware serving plate with blue watercolor…

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Thursday August 15th, 2013

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Fossik

I think the life of a professional prop stylist must be the greatest job in the world. Not that I’m not completely grateful and happy to have the job I do, but if I had the skills (I don’t) and could run away to do an even dreamier dream job it would involve shopping all…

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