Friday, September 12, 2014

If I can only have a set of flatware for the rest of my life, I would get this set

Whenever I entertain guests in my home, I always take into consideration which flatware set I will use.  Sometimes I use my Puiforcat ones.  Sometimes I use my vintage American 1960s Reed & Barton set.  But my favorite set is, no doubt, Town & Country from Allan Adler.  This Californian silversmith hand made all his flatware which is rarely seen in this much automation world.  I love the fact that each piece essentially is unique.  The design is classic, streamlined, and restrained. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Welcome to your indoor herb garden

For any city dwellers who likes to cook, it's always wasteful to buy a whole packet of herbs and only ended up using few sprigs.  Aerogarden from Miracle-Gro came up with a compact garden that can go into any kitchen.  Some of them are even equipped with LED lights so that you can grow your herbs indoor while not using a lot of energy.  How cool is that?  Now get your aprons on!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Perfect chandelier for your teenage girl room

A bedroom has two main focal points: one is bed, and the other is chandelier.  Recess lighting is always good to have but to have a nice chandelier hanging from ceiling, is even better.  A girly chandelier like this one from Circa Lighting is a perfect backdrop for any teenage girl's room.  Designed by Aerin Lauder, grand daughter of Estee Lauder, she is also the style and image director for the Estée Lauder Companies. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Lamp that will pop in a room

If you are look for a streamlined colorful lamp that would pop in any room, look no further than Jan Showers' Venetian lamp series No.4 in turquoise.  I love the simple silhouette which actually reminds me a lot of 18th century Peking glass that were produced in China.  The vibrant turquoise color is perfect for a Hollywood Regency style interior or a sleek modernist home.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Men's Trend for Fall 2014

I am looking forward to this fall/ winter 2014 men's collection.  I always find winter/fall clothes more interesting than spring/ summer ones... perhaps it is because of my penchant of buying jackets!  LOL.  As usual,  black, gray, and camel tones dominate runway.  But this year, a mark difference is that both coats and jackets are oversized.  So if you lost weight for this summer, you will not need to buy a jacket/ coat to keep up with the fashion.  Double breast sports coats are inching their way back into modern men's vocabulary.  I'm still resisting that trend... so far....  Skinny pants are still in.  We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief.  No need to run out and get wide pants.  Chunky knits are in... so again, if you lost weight for the summer, you are in luck as long as you keep the weight off.  Check patterns are in which I absolutely love!  But of course for my Japanese readers, they probably thought check patterns have always been in for decades!  Pictures above are some of my favs from this season: Fendi trench coat, Valentino hoodie, and lanvin flannel toecap shoes.     

Monday, August 25, 2014

The last hurrah before summer ends!

Everyone knows that to make a great summer drink, you must have the right tools!  Luckily for us, Two Tone Studios have came up with some fun color cups and pitchers to enhance festivity!  Each pitcher has an optically interesting ball on the side to support your hand when pouring.  Comes in gold, olive, ruby, purple and gray jewel tones, with stir sticks.  

Friday, August 22, 2014

Looking to trick someone?

Not very often does one do a double take when looking at a piece of furniture.  But this bench certainly fits the bill!  Designed by 22 22 Edition Design, the Illusion bench definitely lives up to its namesake.  I think it is a perfect seating for one's entry area.  The color combination reminds me of lacquer work done by Art Deco French masters.  This series also come with three other color combinations.