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Friday June 14th, 2013

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10+ Sweet Cake Servers

There are so many great wedding traditions, but there’s just something so sweet about the cutting of the cake (and it’s not all that sugar). After our wedding topper DIY earlier this week, I thought it was only fitting to round-up our favorite cake servers. The nice thing about this purchase is that it will…

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Wednesday October 31st, 2012

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Shino Takeda Ceramics

After days of gray weather, the blue in the bowl above just hits the spot. Today, Shino Takeda lives and works in New York City, but she grew up on Kyushu Island in southern Japan, which has a rich tradition of ceramics that dates back to the early 17th century. At an early age, Shino was…

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Friday September 28th, 2012

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constellation mugs by jake vinson

It’s finally beginning to cool down a bit, and even though I stubbornly drink hot tea throughout the summer (sitting near the air conditioner), I enjoy it so much more when there’s actually a chill in the air. These mugs are getting me excited for serious tea-drinking weather. I have a very soft spot for…

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Thursday June 28th, 2012

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striped teacups

I recently (as in yesterday) made the switch from coffee to green tea. I get migraines, and I know tea is better for me, but I do love coffee so I’m not sure how long this will last. For now, I’m trying to hold strong. I spotted these beautiful teacups and thought they might make…

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Tuesday June 12th, 2012

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Blue Eagle Pottery

I’m a sucker for a huge mug. I like to wrap all four fingers around the handle, and the mug itself should be big enough for a vast quantity of coffee. So when I popped into the new Williamsburg shop Mociun, my gaze flew right past the beautiful jewelry (and there was lovely jewelry) and pillows…

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Thursday June 7th, 2012

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herriott grace documentary

Herriott Grace Trailer from John Cullen on Vimeo. If you haven’t heard of Herriott Grace, you’re in for a treat. When Nikole Herriott moved 2,100 miles away from home in Victoria, British Columbia, to Toronto (you can see a sneak peek of Nikole’s Toronto home here), her dad, Lance, a woodworker, began to send packages…

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Wednesday January 25th, 2012

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decanters

I may not know as much about wine as I would like. In fact, I usually prefer to pass the wine list to someone else. (I’ve been trying to rectify my wine-list phobia with Drink This: Wine Made Simple.) But there’s one thing I know for sure: When at home, always decant the red wine….

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Wednesday April 20th, 2011

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ary trays (hello, summer)

Though the weather doesn’t seem to be topping the low 50s lately, I’ve got summer on the brain. Primarily because I’m hopping on a plane to Minneapolis today, and I’m refusing to admit that snow is in the forecast. I’ve put away my heavy coats and boots for the season, and I can’t bear to…

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Tuesday March 29th, 2011

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plume textiles

As much as I love stripes and dots, lately I’ve found myself drawn to more subdued patterns. I typically go for the boldest print I can find, but after falling head over heels for Diva’s delicately dotted napkins, I’ve been gravitating toward prints and patterns with subtle applications and softer color palettes. These napkins and pillows…

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Monday March 14th, 2011

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chop chop

This weekend AC and I stopped by our new apartment to pick up our keys and poke around again one more time before our move tomorrow. When I walked in I was immediately drawn to the kitchen, where I have a feeling I’ll be spending a lot of time. Not because I’m an amazing cook…

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Friday March 11th, 2011

Tuesday February 15th, 2011

Friday February 11th, 2011

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morihata international

There are no words for how awesome the Morihata booth at the Gift Fair was. It was jam-packed with the sort of simple-but-beautiful things that I love so much but that my camera can never seem to do justice. Every piece I picked up seemed to serve such a simple but useful function and do…

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Wednesday January 26th, 2011

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sara lee parker textiles

When I see an email that contains the phrase, “I’m writing to you from rural Georgia,” a special part of my heart opens up and I immediately want to know more. I’ve always had a soft spot for Southern artists because of my heritage, and Georgia has felt like a second home ever since our…

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Friday January 21st, 2011

Tuesday January 18th, 2011

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happy birthday, ac!

Before we get started today, I wanted to take a second to send a very happy birthday to my husband, business partner and all-around best friend, AC. He turns 34 today, and I’m so excited to share his Paul Pierce birthday with him. Happy Bday, AC! xo, grace *This tea towel ($10) seemed to fit…

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Wednesday January 12th, 2011

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new from happy sthlm

It’s hard for me to turn away a good tabletop design. Tiny bowls, plates and cups are always my thing, mainly because they’re like tiny sculptures that allow you to play with color, pattern and texture without totally breaking the bank. Happy Sthlm just released a beautiful new series of tableware and textiles for 2011…

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Monday January 10th, 2011

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new: linea carta linens

Good morning, guys! Last night as I was going through submissions for today’s morning posts I was struck by the fact that everything I had pulled for today was textile-related. I’ve always been a fabric hoarder, but as I get older I’ve noticed that I find myself gravitating towards textiles more and more. Whether it’s…

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Thursday January 6th, 2011

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clive coffee drip stand

Coffee has never been my drink of choice. Growing up it took me ages to even get used to hot tea. For some reason hot drinks in the morning always seemed so heavy and nice cold orange juice was always more my speed. But over the past year or so I’ve learned to truly appreciate…

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Friday December 17th, 2010

books, ceramics, cookbooks, entertaining, fleamarkets, gift, guides, holidays, kristina gill, product, products, tabletop by 7

2010 gift guides: for the kitchen

2010 gift guides: for the kitchen

Nothing makes me happier than giving a unique gift, or one that has taken significant personal investment.  I have divided my guide into two parts.  The first part are all samples of work that some of my favorite artisans make.  The images you see are just representative of their work.  I have worked with almost…

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