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Museum Shop Standout: Aita Design Woven Wire Baskets

I can learn a lot from Friday night dates with my husband. For starters, I learned I can convince him to change out of his crumpled work clothes into something chic if I smile real big and hand him a martini when he comes through the door. Once the babysitter arrives […]

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 […]

Spring Thaw

Can spring come soon enough? I’ve noticed this week that every day brings a little more light, making it a good time to celebrate with a handcrafted bauble like this Spring Melt necklace. It’s a lovely reminder that in a healthy ecosystem, melting ice is a sign of balance and […]

Don’t Throw the Bamboo out with the Bathwater

You remember it: the commercial of the frazzled woman with hands flailing in the air and a helpless look on her face because her husband and job and kids and pets all need her at the same time. She cries, “Calgon, take me away!” and is instantly transported to a […]

Undercover

You don’t have to live in Seattle to know that a good umbrella is hard to find. In fact, of the more than 33 million sold in the U.S. every year, hundreds of thousands end up broken, abandoned and in a landfill somewhere. I’ve often wondered, as my own ragged […]

Music in the Air

It’s easy to see why Eastern-inspired décor has become so popular in Western countries like our own. With its striking Zen appeal, this artisan-made unique piece infuses your home with a thoughtfully crafted sense of harmony. In addition to adding a visual touch of this rich culture to your patio, […]

Tea for Two Lives

Tea accoutrements have been my life ever since my husband recovered from the flu and gave up coffee for good. He began collecting everything from brews to pots and cozies and I’ve had my eye out for the fun and unusual to add to his tea toys. I’ve never seen […]

Music in the Air

It’s easy to see why Eastern-inspired décor has become so popular in Western countries like our own. With its striking Zen appeal, this artisan-made unique piece infuses your home with a thoughtfully crafted sense of harmony. In addition to adding a visual touch of this rich culture to your patio, […]

Who Is the Greenest of Them All?

Mirror, mirror, on the wall… Woodland chic gets a fresh white polish with the Vine mirror, a striking piece that will satisfy both your inner tree nymph and discerning sense of style. This elegant mirror’s round frame softens the appearance of its sharp, twisted vines, and its dazzling off-white tone […]

Rock On with Eco-Friendly iPod Speakers

Where do you park your iPod? Is it thrown on the bed, like my 9-year-old daughter’s? Or, perhaps you prop your Nano in a toxic, laminated modern box that looks cool but isn’t exactly healthy for your environment. Well, turn off the tunes and listen up. Here’s the first hand-crafted, real wood […]

5 Easy Steps to Artisan Style for Your Home

It seems the whole world is trading in industrial, factory-made conformity for artisan style. “Many of the pieces at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair . . .felt more artisanal than manufactured,” wrote the New York Times on May 22. So, how do you get the look without breaking the […]

Tuberose Lavender Tote Is Eco *and* Vegan

An oversized tote with plenty of wiggle room is just what summer ordered. Make it with eco-ultrasuede instead of leather and you get this feminine Tuberose Lavender Vegan Tote by AmyKathryn. It’s large enough to support your busiest schedule at 18″w x 14″h x 3″d, and totally cruelty-free. Often, vegan […]

Message in a Bottle

The Rust Belt company makes jewelry sourced from 100% reclaimed materials. The jewelry comes packaged in reclaimed glass bottles – but probably won’t be spending too much time inside them. The designers know how to grace your neck and ear with delicate, fluid designs. The Alluvial jewelry collection features re-purposed […]

It's Curtains for Vinyl

We probably could smell our way to becoming better green citizens, especially when it comes to conventional shower curtains and other vinyl products that off-gas toxic odors. If they reek, they’re probably bad for us and the planet. But will cotton coverage keep you dry? Not as much as the […]

Chinese Take Out or In: Garden Stools Make a Comeback!

It’s our good fortune that those barrel-shaped, ceramic Chinese garden seats are making a big comeback, surfacing in upscale catalogs and favorite decor haunts. My mom, an L.A. designer, gave me a reproduction French blue cloisonne stool in the 80s, a highly decorative piece peopled with 18th-century characters and rural […]

Unraveling the Waste: A Peek Inside Etsy

Even old sweaters deserve a second chance. That’s the thinking behind the community of knitters that forms a part of the oh-so-addictive Etsy, which sells accessories made from the reclaimed yarn of old garments. In knitwear, you’ll find that many of the headbands, bags, gloves and baby wear are all […]

Pure Green Plaid

There’s nothing more fetching than a ruggedly handsome man in a little tartan kilt. The original 007, Sean Connery, is a grand example. Great Scot! May I fasten that giant safety pin for you, Mr. Bond? I’m personally mad about plaid, probably because I wore so many wool jumpers as […]

Merchants of Venice Tormented by Thrifty Tourists

Legend has it there was a time when you could move through the fashion boutiques, Murano shops and cafes of San Marcos Square without battling monstrous crowds. Friends of mine even speak of walking right into the Duomo, right on in. No sweating a one-hour line. But these days, the […]

Tiki Modern: Carrying a Torch for Polynesian Panache

Okay, Listen up Daddy-O’s. Raise your coconut shells if you’ve grooved on the following: The Tonga Room at the San Francisco Fairmont and its sporadic fake rainshowers; The Audio-Aniamatronic Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland; And any of the surviving Trader Vic’s Restaurant (Beverly Hills, Vegas, Emeryville). If your hand is […]

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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 […]

Hand-Me-Downs Come Out of the Closet

A friend of mine wants to keep it hush-hush when her daughter is gifted a hand-me-down dress, as if wearing used garb signifies poverty or shame that might not fly in her affluent social circle. My friend is a European whose family often struggled to make ends meet. And although […]

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 […]

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