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’tis the season

November 16, 2007

Yup, it’s that time again. Halloween masks had hardly come off when stores in my neighborhood started filling their windows with cotton balls, tinsel and snowmen. An avalanche of holiday catalogs have drifted through my mail slot, to say nothing of the myriad emails touting the latest decorations, gadgets and toys we all need to run out and buy – or sit on our asses and purchase online. Don’t get me wrong, I like to complain but I do love the holidays.

The following, however, are a couple things I question as being a necessary part of the upcoming festivities:

I got an email from the wonderful cooking supply store, Sur La Table thiscupcake.jpg

morning with one of the new “must haves” for the holiday season – a giant cupcake pan. Now maybe I’m crazy, but isn’t the whole point of a cupcake to be small in scale? If it’s giant, wouldn’t it then be a regular cake? Oh well, if it makes the kids happy, far be it from me to judge.

But then they also suggested this ceramic rooster as a gift: rooster.jpg

No, there’s nothing wrong with is per se, but does anyone really need more objects that simply take up room and have absolutely no function? More to the point, this one costs $250! I challenge anyone to convince me of the necessity of this over-priced tchotchke.

OK, that’s it for now but stay tuned for more outrageous holiday gifts and gadgets!


Let there be light

October 9, 2007


Though we’ve been experiencing a bit of Indian Summer here in NYC we’re definitely heading toward Fall. The sun is hanging out less so the days are shorter and that means darkness – specifically in my apartment. Thank god my Design Within Reach catalog came in the mail today and I’ve been able to find some stunning antidotes to the impending winter blahs.

tom-dixon-copper-pendant-light.jpgThese copper and mirrored ball lights from Tom Dixon are fabu! I’d love to have a cluster of them over the diningmirror-ball-lamps.jpg room table or hovering over an enormous, frothy bubble bath…


spun-t1-table-lamp.jpg I also adore this table lamp from Sebastian Wrong for Flos (also available in white). Not that I have the surface space for anything else in my life. So sad. What I do have is innumerable heirlooms that I suppose are special in terms of family history, but not exactly my taste – you agree? Yeah, believe me, I know. But fear not, that Holly Hobby relic is in the minority in terms of my furnishings and relegated to a hidden corner of my apartment.

Oh, by the way, that’s the Cellula chandelier at the top, by Nunzia Carbone & Tiziano Vudafieri – stunning!