A well contained prefab home that would elevate my life; a robin’s egg blue clutch; a pair of ethical Frye boots to kick up my heels around town. Yes, I’m jonesing for these pretty and practical pleasures as I venture outdoors after a long winter’s rest from buying.
I’m in Lust with these 10 finds:
Prefab Envy/Adam Kalkin’s Maine Container House
This inventive and affordable prefab space ($125 a square foot) is a house to flip over, and I would happily trade my 1920 mold-charmed and energy sucking craftsman cottage for Kalkin’s reclaimed shipping container dwelling in Brooklyn, Maine. He assembled it in 2003 with a dozen orange shipping containers stacked in a T-shape and replaced steel panels with picture windows overlooking the peninsula and Blue Hill Bay.
CB2 Sawyer Green Adirondack
They’ll set me back $250 each, but would nicely complement my prefab house. Also, I desperately need new outdoor furniture because the chewed wicker settee and rocker are no longer charming, but sad. The new green outdoor chairs from CB2 have that rugged and iconic upstate New York allure reworked in certified eucalyptus and finished in a cool gray wash.
Cat on a Hot Tan Pouf
It’s probably the best $50 I will ever spend as Audrey desperately seeks warmth in our tundra home. They say cats never exit the Thermo Kitty Heated Crinkle Sack, except for meal and litter box duty. The energy efficient four watt heater is a year-round cat magnet for hanging. My 16-year-old Audrey deserves one and I’m a bad mommy if I don’t get it soon. Her kidney disease is slowing her down.
Crib for my California King
I’ve been on the hunt for an upholstered bed that could be placed against my bay window for a better feng shui flow in my room. The tufted Rowan bed from Cisco Brothers boasts eco construction (elusive as heck in a fabric bed ) with legs of reclaimed wood, hemp webbing, jute and burlap frame finishing, and sustainable chemical-free fabrics. It even comes in my size. I love the soothing gray shade.
Hang Ten, Seat Six
Is it my awe for Shaun White, my childhood in Malibu or simply the sexy walnut veneer that has me hankering for this Stax Chair from Skate Study House? It’s molded from three skate decks and bonded plywood and boasts a hot mid-century low-rise aesthetic, great for seating extra guests.
A lot of Crock
It ain’t a fancy feast, but easy slow meals are all the rage and I need a crock to be in. I like the designer Series Smart Pot because it defies the old jalopy style of the kitchen staple and is programmable, automatically shifting to warm when the cooking is done. It is made of stainless steel and costs $50. In answer to your next question, YES! I’m registered at Crock-Pot.com.
Wind Up Revolution Media player
If I’m gonna break down and join my other family members by splurging on a player, I’m wildly attracted to the idea of one minute of winding for 40 minutes of play. I waste enough batteries on my digital camera. Newer Revolution models by Trevor Baylis are available for £129.95 at It Must be Green, and can be shipped from the UK.
What do Project Runway winners do with the money? Some sneak into oblivion while visionary Leeanne Marshall went green with a new Spring/Summer 2010 eco collection “Basic Math” with halter and strapless origami-inspired garments of organic cotton, silk and hemp. Ecouterre tells us four of five designs will be produced as ready-to-wear in April, while the other pretty pieces seen here can be custom ordered from Marshall’s Etsy store, Leanimal, from $140 to $525.
The classic harness clunkers we wore with thrift drop dresses in the Eighties are back – way back! I’m lusting after a new pair of harness ankle boots, but a new pair from Zappos is $210. I’ll go vintage at eBay if I can find a size 9.
In pink or blue, I need this clutch for Spring and love the Asian-inspired bird on a limb design printed from the art of Karin Grow on cotton and silk with reclaimed bottles for batting. $80 at Etsy’s Brina Edelman Designs.