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A Ring for All Moods

Do you remember when the mood ring novelty hit the streets? I recall making an emergency stop at Claire’s jewelry boutique to snag one for myself – being a trendsetter even as a girl, I had to be one of the first to flaunt it. This Montana Agate ring conjures […]

A Rock and Roll Key Keeper

I never lose my keys, but my best friend does and I think I’m going to get her this. (Another friend of mine uses a yellow rubber ducky – large, yes – but chic? Not so much. I’ve also seen flashlights, rabbit feet, coin purses and those mini scannable super-saver […]

Pooka Dots Its Clothing With Kid Art

My girls sketch every place they can, from Japanese Manga characters on their art pads to elaborate marker tatoos on their old Converse high tops and up and down their arms. Too bad I don’t have the wherewithall to spin those masterpieces into an eco-wear biz, like graphic designer Andrea Guevara […]

Going for the Metal

If there could be an Olympics for innovating green furniture, Joe Dillon might get the gold for his steel creations that fall into the category of industrial green chic. Scrap has always been useful to Americans (it fed many families during the Depression) and now Dillon shows how to cash […]

Deal of the Week: Asymetrical Ostrich Eggshell Necklace

This uniquely beautiful necklace made of ostrich shells and silver discs by Paula White is now half off. Still a hefty price tag, but if you’re looking for an original piece that supports traditional craft-making techniques and natural materials, now’s the time to buy this sparkler. Paula has lived in […]

I'll Have a Vintage Christmas

No matter what holiday you celebrate, gift giving is the universal spirit of the season. The phones start ringing and everyone wants to know what you want. And suddenly, your mind is a blank slate. It seems the most daunting of tasks to conjure up that one thing you’ve been […]

Encircled in Autumn Color

We go to my brother’s Hidden Hills, Calif. manse for almost all holidays, mostly because he has a large, comfortable spread which he embellishes from one end to the other with ghosts and gobblins, Easter bunnies or prancing reindeer. But I put my moccasin-covered foot down when it comes to […]

Pillow Talk Too

I can’t help myself. Have you ever seen a sexier pillow? Yes, we’ve talked about pillows before, but this pillow is hot. A pillow like this could take a sofa or a bed or a room and push it into another dimension. I can see your questioning glance, your raised […]

Flocked and Bothered

Guilty as charged: I confess to being a hoarder. I used to save anything and everything until my living spaces got smaller and smaller and I had to downsize. I successfully converted my home into organized minimalism, but now all that extra “stuff” seems to have spilled over into my […]

Over-the-Door Mat

Meet the rubber beach slip-on that became an urban fashion staple: The Flip Flop. So popular are these rubber thongs, you’ll find barrels full at your favorite boutiques in mod patterns, as well as more sensible Eco versions for the camping set.  College kids (male and female) ride bikes to […]

A Very Versatile Vase

The busy gossip of birds, the surprising fragrance of new flowers and the sensation of a friendly breeze are all signs that spring is in full swing, and, if you are tempted to pluck a stem from its blossoming splendor every time you’re outside, then these Crackled Glass balls will […]

Fish Lips Wrapping Paper

My friend, Tia, is a thoughtful and creative gift giver but it is the beautiful wrapping paper she uses that I secretly anticipate. I gingerly unwrap her presents on my birthday in order to save as much of the paper as possible so (shhh!) I can re-use it on another […]

A Beadiful World

Beadiful Boston artist Catherine Howe started making her own jewelry five years ago when she had trouble finding looks that fit her style. Not only has Catherine created one-of-a-kind memorable jewelry, but she also gives back as one of the featured artists for Nest. The Build a Nest program helps […]

Pooka Dots Its Clothing With Kid Art

My girls sketch every place they can, from Japanese Manga characters on their art pads to elaborate marker tatoos on their old Converse high tops and up and down their arms. Too bad I don’t have the wherewithall to spin those masterpieces into an eco-wear biz, like graphic designer Andrea Guevara […]

The Key to My Eco-Heart

Last Sunday after brunch, my friend and I hit Melrose for window shopping, and there it was: a white porcelain key hanging from the neck of a very hip woman. There it swung, elegantly and simply by a thin, black leather cord. Now, I’ve done my eco-homework. Porcelain falls into […]

The Artisan Bookshelf: Kim Parker Home

Remember when everyone was clamoring to be the new Martha? Instead of just one uber-maven of the domestic and decorative arts, we’ve seen a whole plethora of talented designers, chefs, sustainable lifestyle guides, and experts come to the fore with aesthetic gifts and business smarts. In the design realm, Kim […]

The Eco-Friendly Ghost

Some of the pieces are hauntingly beautiful. Some a bit otherworldly. Either way, the green concept of Britain’s Ghost Furniture is one I feel that more retailers should possess: Help Europe’s sweet vintage furniture come out of hiding. After 30 years in the ad biz, Di Overton and Harvey Roll […]

Top Drawer Sachets for Scent and Shooing Moths

Sometimes my daughter Syd’s drawers smell a bit gamey, like her soccer uniform after a match of  living up to her title as “the finisher”. She’s a darling girl, don’t get me wrong. But she has a frightful habit of  tossing items into her drawers to avoid that exhausting chore […]

Cabin Fever

Do you love the rugged décor commonly seen in cabins but think that hanging a real moose head from your wall might be taking this affinity a bit too far? If so (I hope so), the Cast Bronze antler and Marble spheres objet set is the middle ground you’ve been […]

Splurge on the Urge to Adorn

Urge to Adorn creates exclusive, retro motif, themed belt-buckles. The handmade, antique-finish buckles pop with vintage illustrations inspired by nature, mythology, western motifs and Asian art. The buckles are crafted of 100% lead-free pewter and covered in 10 layers of toxin-free coating to create a distinctive “weathered” veneer. Collect a […]

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Take Back The Filter

Having happily sworn off bottled water in favor of refillable pitcher filters (like Brita or Pur), many of us save countless plastic bottles from the landfill. But now we have bulky plastic filters to throw out every couple of months. Sure, it’s less trash than bottles, but still, what gives? […]

Brush Up on Your Tools

Bamboo cosmetic brushes are the fashion buzz, being touted in the December issue of InStyle as one of many new little ways to go green. As the magazine observes, “they’re making floors out of this prolific woody plant, so why not hair rollers and makeup brushes?” The ECOtools, which we […]

Top Drawer Sachets for Scent and Shooing Moths

Sometimes my daughter Syd’s drawers smell a bit gamey, like her soccer uniform after a match of  living up to her title as “the finisher”. She’s a darling girl, don’t get me wrong. But she has a frightful habit of  tossing items into her drawers to avoid that exhausting chore […]

Evergreen Seasonal Symbols

My husband has promised the girls they can have a “yule tree” this year as a non-religious way for half-Jewish kids to bring the splendor of winter indoors. The idea of a yule tree dates back to the folk traditions of the Celtic Druids and Saxons, who collected trees from […]

Found Creative Genius

A move from Berlin to San Diego 10 years ago sparked the creative fire in Micha Kuchenhoff’s mind. The young designer developed a knack for sewing and began to create designs from found objects. Turning vintage materials into one-of-a-kind masterpieces, a loyal following of friends and fans quickly grew. Always […]

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