From one of my favorite local artists, Diana Fayte and One Blackbird. 2-3/4" x 2-3/4" salt and pepper cellars made from white porcelain with
hand painted (in a few different color choices) and glazed interiors; impressed with vintage
Made from non-toxic materials and are food safe. $32.
These cute, handmade items by Erin Lang Norris and her shop Yellow Canoe are created right at her home. Her main focus is on jewelry and key holders, along with wall art and
journals. Soon there will be block printed pillows, placemats and more.
OK, I rarely get all spazzy and excited about salty snacks (I'm a sweet-tooth girl), but these are AMAZING. Seriously, I thought my husband was going to divorce me and marry this tin of chips. We got these as a holiday gift and they changed our life. I will never look Ruffles in the face again. Route 11 Chips come in many variations...lightly salted, sweet potato, Chesapeake crab, garlic + herb, you name it. Delicious!
This delightful store features handmade toys, clothing and accessories that are, "A breath of fresh air in a gadget-filled world." Fair Trade, Un-Leaded, and Safe.
Brooklyn Artist Sarah Cihat scours thrift stores and garage sales for
unfortunate looking dishware and breathes new life into them by
reglazing and refiring them in her studio. Each piece is completely unique and overprinted with silhouettes of everything
ranging from pinup girls to arachnids. The end result is a collection
of beautiful service pieces that also
serve as an exercise in sustainability.
Terrariums are a fun solution for bringing the outdoors inside during the cold months. They are extremely low maintenance, with certain enclosed styles
requiring only monthly maintenance. Green thumbs not required - a common piece of advice given to first time terrarium owners is
Terrariums can be made from an assortment of sizes and styles and can be set on top of tables, hung from ceilings or wall mounted.
This elegant and simple fruit bowl-plate is wood and silver - a more formal look than the traditional fruit basket. Available at Espasso.
Some more photos from the San Francisco 2007 Sunset Idea House. Photos from their blog, Home by Sunset.
Super-thin walnut veneer is used to create these note cards, all
featuring a white foil-stamped illustration by designer Meg Mateo
Ilasco. Each is unique, as the woodgrain of walnut can vary, and
high-quality white paper lines the interior. $5 each or $14 for a set. Available at www.mateoilasco.com.
Simple and beautiful. From the Dovetail website:
"Dovetail Shop & StudIo is the collaboration of Margaret & Josh Smith. Located in Boulder, CO, Dovetail Studio is dedicated to making hand-made,high quality goods that have good design as a top priority. Everything is original and made by our four hands--from the screen prints to the hand built ceramics to the labels on the boxes that are shipped to you from our local post office. As we grow and seasons change, our shop will reflect it."
Remodelista offers up 10 "mid-range" European ranges on the market. Very pretty. Start saving.
DeLonghi 36-inch Double-Oven Gas Range:$3,299; Bertazzoni six-burner gas range from Italy, available in several colors: $3,875; DCS (Dynamic Cooking Systems by Fisher & Paykel) Professional Dual-Fuel Range: from $5,719 to $6,352
For older kids, this would be a great hands-on learning experience
about sustainable energy. The kit comes with everything to construct a
house with solar panels, wind turbine, greenhouse, and desalination
system, and also includes parts for building other systems, such as an
electric train, windmill, solar cooker, solar hot water tank, electric
motor, and sail car. Sold
by Gaiam for $175.
Brooklyn artist Lorena Barrezueta makes these interesting pieces based on disposable take-out containers. Her glazes are beautiful and come in three different lines...classic, lush, and fresh. Proceeds from sales of this "Gourmet Collection" go to Disabled American Veterans.
I was extremely skeptical of this. Pancake batter in a can? Like spray cheese? Seriously? But it's all organic, all natural ingredients and Whole Foods sells it. Even the container is 100% recyclable. You just shake it up, spray it onto your griddle or waffle iron and there ya go. "Homemade" pancakes or waffles. Their website is cute and has a funny demonstration video at the bottom (TV icon) which gave us a chuckle.
I am in love with these coloring books. I have to force myself not to wrestle them from my child and color them myself. This is no ordinary coloring book! With playful drawings, funny scenarios and fun-to-follow instructions, this book is not just for coloring, but for doodling, drawing, imagining and thinking. Meant for kids (but adults love it too). Taro Gomi is a great artist and a resident of Tokyo, Japan. She has illustrated more than 100 books for children (including my favorite:"My Friends" - I highly recommend it). The coloring books are $19 and available lots of places including Amazon.com.
The perfect poster for the holidays. I know many people who could appreciate this one right now. Available through ReForm School for $22.
If you have a fan of Legos living in your house - these are for you! Available here for $7.00. Makes 10 bricks and is dishwasher safe.
Got these photos from my sister via her cool friend Marnie. They are entries in a Hirshhorn Modern Art Museum contest. The rule? Only one piece of paper. These are amazing!
You have to love Dutch design.
With Jonas Samson's light emitting wallpaper... "you can use a two-dimentional flat surface as a light source instead
of a 3D object. As long as the wallpaper is turned ‘off’, it is
indistinguishable as a source of light. Instead, it is just what it
appears to be: wallpaper." Visit Jonas’ website for more information and more designs.
Cute, clever, graphic Ts are so adorable on a kid (adults over the age of 20 really can't pull it off as well). I thought these were really fun. By Busted Tees for $17.99.
So many great charities are out there and need help at holiday time. Here are a few of my favorites - The Nature Conservancy, 826 Valencia, Habitat for Humanity and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
This is a really neat way to give to a charity at Christmas. Kids (or adults) will love the Adopt-A-Reef or Adopt-An-Acre. The Nature Conservancy's mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
Since its founding in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International has built and rehabilitated more than 150,000 houses with families in need, becoming a true world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 after a little boy named Chris Greicius realized his heartfelt wish to become a police officer. Since its humble beginnings, the organization has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 144,000 children around the world.
This party dress tree carpet from FLOR is so cool, and better yet - made from 80% post-consumer recycled polyester with a stain resistant finish. I love the green one. Designed by Laura Guido-Clark, L G-C Design for $59.99.
Sure, you're used to seeing all these neato mosquito items. Here is a new post: worst gifts for children and/or families EVER. I found some of these on a fun parenting blog a little while ago. I got a huge chuckle out of them.
"Deep Thoughts" Burpie Cloths
People...this is for spit-up. We don't need to get embroidered and fancy while congratulating our husbands for actually looking after their own child. I'm just sayin....
You thought I made that name up, didn't you? NO...this is a company that sells "Baby Bling" for the (and I"m not making this up)..."have and have mores". At the risk of sounding preachy...I think you are setting your child up for a Paris Hilton existence if you start with a be-dazzled $300 pacifier.
The Perfect Gift for the Cup-less Person in Your Life
You can't just use a cup or a pitcher? You need to actually purchase a $9 special container for your little angel because she needs a specially molded cut-out for her forehead?
A Hat Guaranteed to Send Your Offspring Into Therapy
Are you sitting down? Good. Thudguard is a lightweight, soft helmet meant to protect your kid from bumps to their soft skulls. I mean, I know some kids have to medically, legitimately wear these things. This company IS NOT for those kids. I was pretty overprotective (all my relatives are nodding their heads and snickering right now), but something like the Thudguard never crossed my mind. Kids bump their head sometimes. If you want them to hit their noggins and look bizarre at the same time, here ya go.
Del Boca Vista
When I saw this, I thought of Seinfeld's mom at her retirement community. I know animal prints can be cute in moderation, but I think I would call child services if someone I knew put their child into this velor tracksuit. Did I mention it was $160?
This doll freaks me out. I was so traumatized, I felt the need to book a massage and a facial after seeing it.
I have been a negligent mommy. We have not made holiday cookies yet. I am being reminded of this on an hourly basis. The Washington Post has a Holiday Guide with beautiful photos and recipes for cookies. One of my favorite cookie sources is Eleni's in NYC. She makes gorgeous cookies for just about every occasion (her designs are featured at the bottom of the post). Here are just a few photos of gorgeous cookies...sigh. Mine will be much uglier.
TasteSpotting delivers the creme de la creme of delectable food and drink from the community of foodies. Drool over photos, click and be delivered right to the recipe. Beware: You will be starving after visiting this site! The photography (as you can see) is amazing.
This unusual shop has some great, affordable prints. I got two of these for my future kitchen. Their store name is quite strange, so here is their profile:
Who are Wolfie and the Sneak?
"We are two crazy kids in love, who also love to make things.
Renee went to art school to become artsier and fartsier, while Charlie was professionally trained in photography.
They met on a blind date at a little country flea market, and though it was no affair of love at first site, Charlie proposed then and there with a plastic ring from a vending machine.
Love did come later. And eventually so did marriage.
In the meantime, they grew into quite a family of furry little creatures: Wolfgang (the brown dog), Murray (fully named Bill Murray, the black dog), The Sneak (an obviously mischievous white kitty), and Huggie Bear (the black cat with a affection for 1-900 numbers)."
The mushroom print would absolutely torture my best friend Nomers. She hates all things fungi. Anywho - here are a few of their prints:
Our household is in a serious Rudolph phase right now. Here are some cute reindeer-themed gift items all from Chasing Fireflies. Shown are Rudolph Soft Shoes ($32), Personalized Reindeer Stocking ($78), Holiday Pop-Up books ($27), Rudolph Limited Edition Ornament($115), and "Rudolph Rocks" long sleeved T $26).
Via Sprout, some natural, lovely ways to enjoy candlelight...love the simple white. Between $10 and $20, so very affordable, too!
Based in Litchfield, Connecticut, Emma Gardner Designs creates some beautiful rugs, throws, and pillows. Their mill for hand-knotted rugs in Nepal never employs kids and is known for its progressive employment practices. The items are really well-made and guaranteed for life. I would really love to own one of her rugs one day - definitely on the dream wish list. Her hand-knotted silk 6' x 9' rugs will run you about $8100; a 12' x 18' a cool $32,000. So...maybe we just admire these beauties from afar.
Shown below are some very stylish, 'green' items for your kids...
Onesies by Baby Greens Organics. Cute graphics and organic cotton; Recycled cashmere baby blankets by SunMoonLake. Barneys sells them, or you can get them through her Etsy shop; Kalon Studios bamboo baby furniture - 100% sustainable materials; Binth recycled paper matching game with updated, unique graphics and available at Rare Device; Salvor's super soft, organic cotton baby onesies with animal prints - available through Spunky Sprout.
We don't have a real need for radiators here, but sisters Tootie and Hoboe do. By the way, those are code names...my parents weren't on crack or anything. Here are a few unusual radiators I thought were interesting...
This first one is so pretty it looks like art. The Heatwave radiator from Jaga is very detailed and actually works very well. From the Netherlands, the modular heating system of this radiator can be further personalized to fit into your home: the pieces click together, and can even fit around corners. Made with a durable concrete shell and $11,119 (whoa!) at Generate.
This one is the epitome of simplicity, the new Square contemporary radiator by Tubes. Tubes, an Italian company, produces the Square radiators in vertical or horizontal models. A matching, heated contemporary towel bar is also available. These come in a variety of finishes and colors.
The crazy Supratherm bathroom glass radiator by Sprinz brings "a dash of contemporary warmth into your bathroom". This
modern glass radiator is made out of safety glass and utilizes the
latest in heating technology to provide the same amount of heating as
standard radiators - but takes up less space. The thin glass panel can be customized with a print of your favorite
photo, pattern or almost any image you want. These free-standing radiators come in a variety of shapes and sizes,
and a wall-mount design is also available. Available here.
The screen radiator by Sciroccoh is a free-standing work of art. The floral ornamentation featured on the radiator
is placed on a background of intersecting lines. Made of brushed stainless steel and available through Sciroccoh. This company has a huge selection of both radiators and towel warmers.
Now THIS is a gingerbread house! Available for $78-$88 from Red Envelope:
"Every bit as edible as the original, this isn't your grandma's gingerbread house. We gave the classic holiday treat a mid-century makeover, complete with garage and rock garden. An unique gift and sure-fire conversation piece, it comes assembled and ready to enjoy. Once unwrapped, it should be eaten within 30 days. Left as decoration, it will keep for up to 12 months."
The ingenious little ride-on suitcases by Trunki are so neat. Available in green, blue or pink here.
Check out this Paper Chair. "The Chair is made with drawing paper, as the paper is being “drawn upon”, the size of the front cylinder increases and thus follows the child’s growth!- age 2-7 Years. Clean paper is transferred from the back cylinder to the front simply by rolling the front cylinder backwards. The amount of paper is approx. 500 meters, which means that the paper can be changed twice a week for 5 years." Created by Charlotte Friis Design as a 'statement' about the amount of paper we go through. Found on Cool Hunter.
Cute online store Orange Button has lots of unique items. Clothing, stationary, jewelry, toys, prints, etc. Very fun stuff.
I thought this was a great idea. A perfect solution to bow fatigue and you don't need to worry about it getting squished when you mail it...Available at Atypyk for $12.60.
I thought this was so neat...$48 from Chasing Fireflies.
"For children who've been very, very good...a special treasure from Santa himself! A tiny bell from his sleigh has been magically placed inside this antique glass bottle, which dates from 1880 to 1930. Has a handwritten and hand torn label, too. Imagine discovering this after Santa's visit! 7" high."
Here are some cute toys for the holidays. This first one is one of our favorites...Bonz by Curious Toys. Available at The Construction Site for prices ranging from $18 - $40 (or more for larger sets).
It's drizzling here today, so I'm in the mood for rain gear. Check out these fun rain boots ($60) from Piperlime! I love them.
These handmade decorative ceramic tiles by artist Xenia Taler can be used as trivets or hung on the wall. Would make a nice coaster, too! Available in the $32 - $45 range from Rare Device .
These 100% vegetable-based soaps, designed by Gianna Rose Atelier, have a signature scent and are triple-milled = GOOD. These would make an excellent hostess gift or stocking stuffer. Available in three different designs from Red Envelope.
Be sure to check out the new photo albums on the left hand side. Tons of inspiration photos and ideas! I'll be adding lots more, so check back.
If you like your cards snarky, these are for you! Check out these hysterical holiday cards from Carol Lee Designs...
These mirrors are really fun and would be very cute in an older kid's room. Available in antler ears, mustache, skull and birds. Makes your self-portrait a little more interesting! You can purchase these at Velocity for $55.