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    October 2, 2009
    It’s Back

    The Manzanita Candelabra was one of my favorite modern holiday decor items last year. I posted about it then, but it had already sold out. Luckily, West Elm is smart enough to know a good thing when the see it and have brought it back for an encore. Get them while you can.


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    October 1, 2009
    In the Clear

    In one of Domino’s final issues, they featured a room with a large, cylindrical glass magazine holder. It was really more like a big vase that sat on the floor near a nice reading nook. I searched and searched for something similar as I hoard my decorating a cooking magazines for years. Eight months later, I’ve found an acceptable substitute. CB2 has this Format floor magazine holder. It’s a lucite square basket, not a cylinder, but the aesthetic is just about the same.


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    September 30, 2009
    Spicy

    When I saw this on the Ikea site, I thought it was a Moroccan-style candlestick. It’s actually a spice mill. I didn’t know what the difference was between a spice mill and a pepper mill, but apparently a harder grinding surface is required for spices. This mill has a grinder made of porcelain.


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    September 29, 2009
    No Basket Required

    Now that fall is on it’s way, picnics are few and far between. Gone are the gingham blankets and breezy, sunny days. But these plaid dishes can brighten any table – even on a dreary day. The pattern, called Grandma, makes me think of lemonade and finger sandwiches.

    Via Desire to Inspire


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    September 28, 2009
    Cleaned Up

    The shower is where we go to get clean. But, if you have an older bathroom, your shower is unlikely to offer many options for organizing all the soaps, shampoos, etc. you need to accomplish your goal. You can get a shower caddy, but they tend to look as messy as leaving everything out on the bathtub floor. But this little gadget is actually quite stylish. It holds your small, oddly shaped necessities with ease and keeps water from collecting around them. Genius.


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    September 25, 2009
    Cut and Paste

    What an elegant solution to an everyday problem. The Cut and Paste chopping board is designed to catch stray carrot slices as well as act as a transfer dish from board to pan.


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    September 24, 2009
    Identity Crisis

    I can’t imagine this shower caddy from Urban Outfitters as an actual shower caddy. It just seems totally out of place when I think of it being blasted with water. And how am I supposed to hang it on my tile anyways? I saw this caddy and instantly thought of the kitchen. It would be perfect for storing your most-used spices, olive oils or even jars of kitchen utensils.


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    September 23, 2009
    Eco Warrior

    Finally, a green shopping bag with a sense of humor.


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    September 22, 2009
    A Round of Applause

    A pair of these would be the perfect combination of the elements. A cool, metalic lamp on one side. And a warm, wood lamp on the other.

    Sphere Table Lamps, $99 each


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    September 21, 2009
    Penny for your Thoughts

    Anthropologie has a fantastic new collection of room accessories inspired by vintage scientific tools like flasks and beakers. While this is technically a Penny Candy Jar, it’s metal stand has that same vintage-lab appeal. Unfortunately, this penny jar will cost you a pretty penny or two.  9800 pennies, to be exact.


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