funny face

plates-stackA funny little collaboration between Case Studio and artist Jean Jullian. An assortment of porcelain plates equally suited for eating as objects of decor. Six different sizes and assorted retro colors in each set. Certain to make you smile!

plates-asstdAvailable here in limited edition only.  Apprx US $260

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soup’s on

2-piece-soup-and-sandwich-setIt’s cold and rainy here in California and freezing in just about every other part of the country so soup seems the perfect meal for everyone about now. Love these soup and sandwich mug/plate combos designed by Barbara Eigen for Crate & Barrel. The mug is ample sized and can also be used for cereal, ice cream, fruit salad or just about anything destined for a bowl. $12.95 set. Matching soup tureen sold separately.

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holy menorasaurs!

minorasaursI can’t imagine a family who celebrates Hanuakah with kids that wouldn’t appreciate one of these fantastical dinosaur menorahs. A sure way to make the holiday fun for all. $85 each from The Vanilla Studio.

dear sir madam

sir-madam-a sir-madam-bRarely do I come across a single homewares company from which I could purchase so much and simply love everything. But walking by the Sir|Madam booth at this Fall’s NYC Gift Show, I was smitten. First by a simple baby swaddle blanket that can be customized with birth stats and then slowly but surely, one by one, nearly everything in their booth. Pitchers that recall Morandi, tote bags that turn into picnic blankets, French cafe bowls, love letter napkins, the most amazing collection of wooden spoons, old world sheers and candlesticks . . . the list goes on.

For a simple gift this holiday season, check out their grand cups ($20 ea). Pair a “Hero” cup with a small tin of organic tea (find my favorites here) and you have the perfect teacher gift. But I dare you to not buy more goodies for your favorite cook, your best friend, your resident Francophile, a hopeless romantic or just for yourself . . .

 

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another new beauty

hellodysonDyson has introduced their answer to the hairdryer and it is a looker!  Always on the cutting edge of technology and design, Dyson is great at making great looking things. I’m not a fan of their vacuums (because I prefer a bag to bagless) but this little beauty might be worth a shot.

dysondyson-attachmentsWith two colorways and three magnetic attachments, it looks like a hand held version of their room fans. Reviews are thus far positive owing to the balance that shifts the weight to the handle, those easy to use magnetic attachments, quietness and descent amount of power. At $400 it is priced like a professional model so before you jump, maybe see if the pros adopt it as a tool of choice.

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have you seen this?

juicero-cold-press-juicer-1This sleek wi-fi enabled contraption is the latest invention in the cold pressed juice craze. No longer do you need to lug umpteen heavy bottles of juice home from the store — and when you’re juicing that’s 6 bottles a day mind you. Or ship a maximum 3 day supply from a cross-country juicery. No more nasty cleaning of a traditional juicer that removes all the good stuff anyway. This handy dandy machine is a sleek, clean, easy to use counter top version of a high pressure juice pressery, previously only available for commercial use.

OK, it’s expensive at $700. But it’s brand new, heavily VC funded and will come down in price eventually (she says hopefully). Just buy the machine, download the app, order juice packs that range from $5-7 each and come in 8 juice combinations, use the app to verify the freshness of the pack via QR code (the machine won’t juice if the pack is out of date), insert the pack and within 2 minutes you have fresh cold pressed juice. Simply throw the pack away (or rinse and return for recycling), no need for clean up.

I’m thinking it’s actually not all that bad a deal.  if you juice regularly and spend $200 plus $25 shipping for 3 days of juice, the machine will pay for itself eventually. OK better if it were $400 then it’s in the range of your stand mixer price, that you maybe use once in a blue moon while this beauty would get used every day — and look great on your counter top too!

The Juicero, currently only available in California but expanding to a state near you one day soon.

gold accents

Ropers Musings GOld Accents1. This golden Swell water bottle is one I wouldn’t mind carrying around with me all day. 17 oz. $42 from Anthropologie  |  2. I covet this little purse by A-esque. It works as a clutch but also has an ingenious hidden strap that turns it into a cross body with nearly no effort. It is honestly the perfect bag for daytime or evening. Apprx US$ 300 with free shipping  |  Because everyday items should be beautiful. Brass scissors by Hay available at The Line. $16  |  4. A little flirty fun for the upcoming summer months. Fringe sandal by JCrew  $118

the big one

Moving has come with all kinds of unexpected and high costs. Furniture purchases top the list. Then there are all those small items that sure add up — storage containers, light fixtures, a new shower head,  a full length mirror, newly colored towels, garbage cans, paint, extension cords, artwork, handy man services . . . the list goes on and on. That’s why I never expected to make a big ticket purchase like this: MieleThe Miele C3 Marin Vacuum Cleaner.  I liken the sticker shock to that of a luxury car — with both you are paying for impeccable German engineering. I didn’t go for top of the line but was sure to meet all my wants & needs:  canister style, power brush head, retractable cord, adjustable speeds (this one automatically adjusts to the surface you’re vacuuming — a cool feature I paid an extra $200 for), multiple cleaning attachments that hide away, great filtration, bags and easy to use.

I have had my eye on a Miele for a good 20 years. In the interim I have purchased many a vacuum, never being fully satisfied — a cheap but cute orange plastic little number that lasted about 2 years before breaking down but was perfect for my then tiny wood floor studio apartment; a Dyson upright — I sold it to a co-worker a few months later and vowed never to go bagless or upright ever again. Then I bought a pretty good workhorse in a Kenmore canister vac that I’ve had for probably 10 years now — a worthwhile $500+ investment at the time.

But then came the moth infestation. A nightmare I hope nobody ever experiences. I lost a very expensive wool rug (the source), many wool sweaters, coats, blankets & more, spent hundreds on dry-cleaning and plastic storage boxes. Sold most of my upholstered furniture. Then I moved. And then, I came across 3 tiny moths in my new place 3 months after move in. Ugh!

Out with the last of the items I could conceive of that might be hosting these little critters. Two sheepskins gone. One remaining blanket dry cleaned again. And the vacuum. All of which mind you, had been thoroughly cleaned and inspected before moving.

I’m hoping it’s just a fluke but I’m not taking any chances. My wool clothes remain sealed in airtight plastic bags & boxes, my rugs are now cotton, and I now have the vacuum of my dreams . . . for life.

 

cool cords

cloth extension cord block extension cord When the extension cord simply must show, make it look fantastic with one of these two stunning designs.

Above — this vintage inspired cloth wrapped extension cord recently found it’s way into my living room. Found on Etsy. $18.95

Below — three outlets building block style, also with a cloth wrapped cord looks simply adorable and sophisticated all at once. Oon power outlet from OKUM $79