Much like shoes and handbags, you can never have too many placemats — or any table linens, for that matter. They're simply an effortless accessory that dresses your dining room up or down. Inviting the parents over? Go classic with simple white, perhaps a monogram. Having a casual brunch with friends? Try the Elsewares French Floral Placemats ($19.99, reduced from $26). Their bold poppy print will bring personal style to your table, while their dishwasher-safe polypropylene material makes them durable enough for everyday use. Available in burgundy, red, or black and white, you can buy all three and mix it up, depending on how rouge or noir you might be feeling each day.
I'm not quite sure if I'm sick of the cuckoo clock trend or not, but I must admit I like the Klaus Rosburg Cuckoo Clock ($95).
While there's been a proliferation of die-cut mirrors, something about the mirrored silhouette shape of a cuckoo clock against this exposed brick wall caught my eye. The ornate, three-dimensional design of traditional cuckoo clocks gives them a lively, kitschy feel, but seeing one in silhouette form made me appreciate them in a whole new way. This clock may not have a (sometimes obnoxious) bird popping out of its façade on the hour, but its interesting curves and
shapes are enough to make me chirp. What do you think? Are you a fan?
When I lived on the East Coast, I always felt like "West Coasters" were the people who felt obliged to let their coastal origins be known. But, I suppose that's not entirely true; these Recycled Rubber Coasters ($38) were made in Maine. I still don't support this East/West superiority complex that some people have. But you know I always love a good pun, so these coasters get by in my book. What do you think?
I like cards that are to the point, whether it's for a baby shower or actually welcoming a wee one. I have a hard time handing over an embossed card written in verse about bouncing bundles of baby joy and the woes and wonderment of parenthood — especially when the recipient is a sleep-deprived new mom who has spit-up stains on her shirt.
The SUCK UK Moon Jar ($40), a luna-like light that comes equipped with a solar-powered cell and rechargeable battery that soaks up sunlight, is new at Elsewares these days. If it looks familiar, it is: it's the dimmer sister of the Sun Jar, which we've raved about before. Still packaged in that traditional mason jar, it automatically flicks on for five hours when it gets dark, or can be turned off with a switch inside. It's also a glowing holiday gift for anyone on your list!
If your gift recipient is anti cutesy hearts and flowers for Valentine's Day, then these heavy-duty 10" Lovesick Plates are going to be up their alley. Although they do have flowers in the background, they're way too interesting to be considered cutesy. They'd make a great gift to use on the dinner table, but they'd look even more divine hanging on a wall. Set of four for $40.00.
If hearts are more their style, these elegant and unique cups with matching heart-shaped saucers will definitely make them smile. They'll be able to host classy, yet fun, tea parties all year round. Set of six cups and saucers for $42.
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