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 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:
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:
Whenever you work on a gift guide there are many things left over that didn’t find a space. And while the NYT home section did take a stance against birds in decor – a stance I would generally support in an “I’m over it” way – for some reason I thought these items, by Whitney Smith, were worth considering. Cute things, cute pricing.
A cupcake stand, $34,
and this bird vase, $40
There are few things that depress me as much as all the Christmas trees, kicked to the curb, once their days of glory are done. Just get one of these instead – the The Needle Free Christmas Tree. You can leave it as it is, or you can decorate it — designer Helen Ige suggests “using water based or glitter paints, a BeDazzler can be dazzling too!” Missing that evergreen tree scent? Buy a candle.
It’s called the Soundlink. Works with your phone, i-whatever, laptop, etc. Amazing sound, size of a book, totally portable, great for apartments (or the beach, etc.). Cover comes in a variety of colors. Starts at around $300. Check it out here.