I feel in love with Diptyque’s Feu de Bois candle years ago – had a friend who burned them incessantly during the winter months. Her fireplace-free apartment smelled like it had a fireplace. A very chic, very expensive fireplace.
On Sunday night I popped into Story, a store on the corner of 19th/10th with themes that rotate every couple months. Long story short: I found out I am the last to know that Lafco makes a Feu de Bois candle and p-s the HUGE one is $55. The smaller one, packaged in a tin with a box of matches, is $20.
Story unfortunately doesn’t have e-commerce. Pop in there if you can (while you’re at it, check out the awesome Steven Alan store next door). If you can’t, you can buy them both on Lafco’s site. The big one is here and the smaller one is here.
I was prepared this time – batteries? Check. flashlights? 2 plus 2 headlamps. Food? Enough. Bar? Stocked. But it turns out the best thing I had was these — liquid paraffin fuel votives:
Bottom line: they burn for about 8 hours. I was shocked and thrilled. That’s a lot longer than the basic votive and without the (unfortunately) hideous floral smell of the only scented candle I had sitting around. AND they give off a lot more light than either.
You can buy some here.
I was recently at a friend’s house in Athens, Georgia. She was in full-on style-out-this-house mode, as a major interiors publication was coming in a couple weeks to shoot it. One of the things we both liked was this indoor/outdoor rug from Liora Manne. She got a big one, I got a smaller, more doormat sized one, both in that dark blue color. I am so not a girly girl or prone to surrounding myself with butterfly things but I gotta say, now that it’s here, this thing is very cool. See and buy the dark one here. There are other colors as well, shown below, and a few sizes:
…or so I was told at a meeting at the Laundress offices recently. They said you can steam every material, but you cannot safely iron every material. Which got me thinking — I could use a steamer, the last hand-held one I had didn’t work (Rowenta - big fail, big bummer). The Laundress ladies recommended this model by Jiffy. It’s not as cute as the Rowenta but it blows the competition out of the water when it comes to steaming. Heats up very quickly, gets the job done very well. Perfect for people in small apartments who don’t want to drag an ironing board out, or for over-packers like moi who need to get rid of wrinkles wherever they go. $75 here.
Dino Sanchez has put together do-it-yourself lighting kits — called DS Kits — that will be out around July 21 and retail for about $70.
From his email: DS Kits are do-it-yourself lamps that assemble in less than 10 minutes and require nothing more than a phillips screw driver. Kits come with all the components needed to create either a wall lamp (DS Kit 01) or table lamp (DS Kit 02.) Lamps come in natural oak, nickel plated steel and the choice of a white, black or blue fixture.
They look like this:
And from that you can make this:
One of my favorite stores ever. Here are some reasons why -
Owls with heads that spin -
Seems to suggest that you plant seeds and they sprout up looking just like the picture:
Fire starter in fishing rod motif:
Who needs Legos?
I happen to love homemade jerky (but have never tried making it):
Speaks for itself (this place is like Target for farmers. You can get pig harnesses, cow bells, and lots more):