red letter plates

red letter plates

These gorgeous John Derian plates are handmade in New York by Derian, with assistance from a small group of artisans.  Derian uses decoupage, the art of cutting and gluing paper to surfaces, to create designs of antique images and letters. Single plates can be given as a great collectible or sets of plates can be given as highly functional dinnerware. The $44-$48 cost is quite reasonable for their artisan quality and unique designs. The Red Letter Plates are 5-3/4" and…

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red letter plates

red letter plates

These gorgeous John Derian plates are handmade in New York by Derian, with assistance from a small group of artisans.  Derian uses decoupage, the art of cutting and gluing paper to surfaces, to create designs of antique images and letters. Single plates can be given as a great collectible or sets of plates can be given as highly functional dinnerware. The $44-$48 cost is quite reasonable for their artisan quality and unique designs. The Red Letter Plates are 5-3/4" and…

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0Yes, the Airstream…

0Yes, the Airstream…

I tell ya. This is what happens when you turn 40! You want to trade in your Porsche Boxter for an Airstream. (I’m still shaking my head in self-disappointment.) Why do I want one, you ask? Well, I enjoy camping, without the camping tent. I know, I know. How urban of me. Maybe we should call my outdoorsy adventures “camp-outs” instead. I love the fact that Airstreams are now so hip to own, they’re actually available at Design Within Reach…

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converse design your own

converse design your own

I love the fact they make shoeless slip-on Converses (my skateboarder lifestyle resurfaced recently). I love it more they allow you to design your own. Below is the design of my shoes, which I received promptly after two weeks (in very impressive packaging with fancy shoe bag and all).  Yes, they make off-the-shelf red Converses. But not with that cool little orange stripe on the back. Ah-hah! DesignYour Own at Converse.com, $60 Note: Sizing is unisex so it can be…

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I Wasn’t Kidding…

I Wasn’t Kidding…

The Porsche Boxster S is a sweet little toy to have, but I find it impossible to justify guilt-free ownership, especially when I am already guilty of owning a SUV. Wait, before making judgment…. I do have to transport two gigantic dogs (125 lbs each). They’re Giant Schnauzers, as a matter of fact. They’re huge puppies requiring large cargo space. Let me put it this way, my friends think I’ve mistakenly bought two ponies instead of dogs. The Boxster sits…

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charlie brown’s pathetic christmas tree

charlie brown’s pathetic christmas tree

Does this hit you at the heart or what? One of my all-time favorite childhood memories – watching A Charlie Brown Christmas. You, too, can have your own pathetic tree, with one single red ornament included, for $24 at Urban Outfitters. (I highly recommend buying early. Last year they sold out by the end of November.)     Other notable Charlie Brown gifts…                         A Charlie Brown Christmas        A Charlie Brown Christmas            Charlie…

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indoor firepit

indoor firepit

I never did get over my pyromaniac years. Something about fire that gets me giddy. I suppose it is also one of the most romantic settings imaginable. Beautifully designed, this modern piece is made of glass and lacquered wood over a steel base. Inside the glass hurricane are stone lava rocks, which surrounds the flame. Uses bio-ethanol fuel that is safe for indoors. How to keep my giant dogs from crashing into it is another matter. Available at Chiasso for…

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sail bags

sail bags

Made from reclaimed sails, these messenger-styled bags are the eco-friendly alternative to the urban street bags. These bags are hip without being ‘hipster’ (hope that makes sense). Great, safe gift for the active individual. Sail bags are $98.

solar-powered rainbow maker

solar-powered rainbow maker

A modern version of a sun catcher, this rainbow maker attaches to your window and uses the sun to deflect light through a Swarovski crystal pendant, casting rainbow color into your home. The solar panel energizes the spinning mechanism, which creates color flow. Fun stocking stuffer for moms and kids. $20