In honor of the approaching holiday, I set out to find clover themed decorative objects that can be enjoyed far beyond St. Patrick's Day. With a modern approach, even more literal interpretations of this leaf can be subtle enough for every day design. Whether it's in the form of a gilded paperweight, a chic quatrefoil pattern, or a colorful photograph, these lucky clovers will tempt you to embrace this iconic shape.
. . . would you buy this 1950s Jacques Adnet Clover Lamp ($6,500)? While I can't picture myself spending over even a grand on a floor lamp, I think this enameled wrought iron piece, with its stitched leather handle and adorable clover-shape base, is as good a splurge as any. It's stunning and completely unique. Have you ever seen a shade like that?
Domino market editor Jennifer Condon has a fun slideshow of products with a quatrefoil motif, an ornamental design of four lobes or leaves resembling a flower or four-leaf clover, which you know from Van Cleef & Arpels's "Alhambra" jewelry pieces (and Heidi Klum's knock-offs). Her slideshow was inspired by this image in a 1971 House & Garden story showing readers how to create a Moroccan mood with quatrefoil stencils.
I've been seeing this growing trend of quatrefoil design in the home in plenty of other places. So, I figured I'd show you where it's taking shape. To see my finds, read more
Starbucks has been keeping itself busy. Not only has it developed a whole new line of food items, but the company has been working on a bigger product launch: its Clover Small Batch Coffee, a new offering that highlights high-end coffees. The new coffee program has two important elements: high-quality beans from varying origins, and specific coffee equipment known as Clover machines to brew the beans. The idea is to encourage customers to taste coffee like they would wine. Because like wine, coffee's origins, soil, and climate are reflected in its taste. At $11,000 each, Clover coffee makers aren't cheap, but they employ a vacuum-press process, turning out individually brewed, made-to-order cups that highlight coffee's true flavors.
This morning, Starbucks launched its Clover Small Batch Coffee Program in San Francisco (it has already been released in Boston, Seattle, and Portland). From a choice of five coffees, I selected the Ethiopia Nardos brew. The coffee was floral, and its notes of sweet brown sugar were enhanced when I took a bite of my croissant. At $2.75 for a tall, it was a treat well worth it.
Have you tasted Clover coffee yet? What did you think? To see if there is a Clover program location near you, read more
On the latest episode of Project Runway, Heidi Klum looked exceptionally beautiful in her Michael Kors one-shoulder dress. But what really took my breath away were her gorgeous chandelier Heidi Klum Jewelry Collection Clover Earrings ($125). She's one smart cookie because the more she plugs her bling on national television, the more she makes it irresistible. If these particular earrings don't suit you, check out the other jewelry Heidi wears on the show. They're the easiest and most affordable way to look as Fab as Heidi.