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I do love me some melamine


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Do you ever find yourself obsessed with acquiring certain items for no real reason that you can think of? And if the answer is yes, will you please share in the comments so I can feel like less of a freak? I’m talking here about items you own enough of, but for some reason keep wanting to collect more of—which is how I feel about rolling suitcases (weirdly) and melamine dinnerware, and who even knows why. My favorite melamine plates ever are from the Liberty of London/Target collaboration from way back (I found a few on Etsy just now) and we use them for everything out in Sag Harbor —melamine is so handy  for outdoor dining, which we like to do there. Melamine’s unbreakability is part of the allure, as I am a big fat klutz who breaks dishes endlessly, but they also often come with some standout prints, like this gorgeous floral.


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The concentric circles here are pretty trippy-cool.

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From John Derian: a really elegant tray with a vintage rope print.

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I dig the Shibori pattern on this salad plate.

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And the Suzani print here is so bold and statement-y.

mela plate

This splatter print looks so one-of-a-kind.

mesa plate

There are a few colorways available for this one, but I find the pink and blue particularly appealing.

cereal bowls

A set of cereal bowls that are delightfully matchy-clashy.

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No print here, but I included this plate because it looks so much like a Heath Ceramics plate I own.

Posted on June 29th, 2018 34 Comments

All of these things are blue


worlds biggest cat

Just because I’m in the mood. How hilarious is this beach towel?


And this bookend is pretty clever too.


I actually think this step ladder is pretty gorgeous.

wood mug

A witty little mug in the ever-winning palette of blue and black.


This saucepan is so chic—if one can describe a saucepan as chic.

side table

A perfect side table for adding a little hit of color to a room.

blue vase

A really gorgeous, graceful vase.

blue plate

I like the idea of a blue dinner plate.

utensil pot

And I love the leather handle on this utensil pot.

tea kettle

I need a new tea kettle, and this one is pretty excellent.

blue tumbler

A fun tumbler for serving cocktails.

blue pitcher

Such an unexpected shape for a pitcher.

Posted on June 1st, 2018 6 Comments

Taking requests: nightstands

midcentury nightstand

My friend Lori mentioned that she might find a post on nightstands useful, and I realized I’ve been sort-of-but-not-really in the market for just this item since I moved into my current place a few years ago. My old apartment’s bedroom was huge, but my current one is small, and I’m stuck with these two unwieldy nightstands that only fit when I turn them sideways, which makes opening the drawers challenging. I like this midcentury-style option because I am always a sucker for wood contrasted with white.

astor nightstand

This is very Country Farmhouse, which isn’t so much my style, but I find myself drawn to it nevertheless.

modernist nightstand

The brass feet and drawer pulls here are a nice touch.

rattan nightstand

This rattan number is rather trippy in a way I can really get behind.


This one looks like it would just sort of disappear.

modern nightstand

Again with the white and wood.

raina nightstand

A pop of red is kind of a fun idea for a bedroom.

harlow nightstand

This is narrow enough to fit in a snug bedroom, and under $100 too.


Posted on May 18th, 2018 2 Comments

13 black and white pieces you might enjoy

fornasetti box

I don’t have the discipline required to decorate a monochromatic room, but I’ve always wanted one. So I throw a couple of black and white items into the mix and call it good enough. I’m crazy for this op art-ish Fornasetti box.

adler vase

White flowers would look really elegant in this vase.

mari plate

This concentric dots print is one of my favorite Marimekko patterns, and it looks especially right on this plate.

adler box

Another box, this one not quite as pricey as the one above, while still managing to be not exactly cheap.

baking dish

Such a cute little baking dish, and it’s cheap, cheap.


This placemat almost looks like it has a quilt pattern.

floor mat

This vinyl floor mat cleverly mimics a Moroccan rug.

seagrass basket

A good sturdy basket for your whatnots.

duvet cover

The half-moon print on this duvet cover would look good with matchy-clashy pillows.

missoni towel

A couple of Missoni hand towels would spiff up any bathroom.


A nice, clean-lined canister, the likes of which I keep meaning to buy.

jensen clock

I like the idea of a kitchen clock, and this one from Georg Jensen is so appealingly spare.

mari mug

And finally: a cute little cheerful mug.


Posted on May 11th, 2018 4 Comments

Some pink items, just for kicks

pink speaker

This speaker is just too damn cute.

heath pink

A gorgeous vase from Heath Ceramics.

pink sugar

A nice, sturdy sugar bowl.

pink charger

This charger is something I desperately need, and is kind of a perfect gift for those hard-to-buy-for types.

pink headphones

These headphones are actually really chic.

pink tray

I’d use this tray for entertaining (if I ever entertained) or for catching stray scraps of paper on my desk/kitchen table.

pink table

Such an elegant side table for placing next to a sofa or even your bed.

rice cooker

And finally: why not a pink rice cooker?


Posted on April 27th, 2018 5 Comments

Decorating with stripes

striped throw

This throw reminds me of a classic Breton shirt.

striped basket

A handy basket for laundry or dog toys or whatnot.

striped quilt

I’d put this quilt on my bed with matchy-clashy pillowcases and sheets.

fornasetti plate

How could I not include this excellent Fornasetti plate?

cornhole set

This Cornhole set is genius.

striped platter

I feel like a platter like this would make itself very useful.

chevron throw

Technically this is a chevron stripe, but I liked it so much I included it anyway.

striped pouf

A pouf that looks very Missoni-esque but costs a lot less.

striped bowl

I like how minimal the stripes are on this bowl.

striped duvet

The embroidery on this duvet cover is so pretty, and not overwhelming.

striped mug

Something about this mug strikes me as very French.

striped planter

Just a gorgeous planter that would make a fantastic gift if you put a succulent or something in it.



Posted on March 16th, 2018 15 Comments