I've loved scented candles since I first smelled the Rigaud Cypres Green candle in my one of my super-rich classmate's homes as a kid. Today, I use them to help eradicate the dull background smell that is typical of pre-war Manhattan co-ops. Mostly, I choose them for their scents, but they're also a decor object, and the candles from Crash incorporate clean modern designs that are screened permanently on the glass. The candles themselves are hand-poured, natural soy wax. Regularly $25, they're $12.50 through September 20th at Enviius.
A cloth napkin beats paper any day of the week. But washing them after every meal can quickly become a chore. The solution: Personalized napkin rings makes it easy to re-use your own napkin multiple times between washings. I searched for something like these for a long time. You get to choose your own clever or literal personalization. Artist Rae Dunn sells them on Etsy in sets of 2 or more for about $12 each.
I wrote about these a couple years ago, but with a number of arrangements at 50% off currently at Horchow.com, it seemed like a good day to revisit them. I have the peony arrangement (not on sale) in my dark NYC apartment, that never fails to fool. Even a savvy decorator and a celebrity florist thought they were real. Impressive. There are ten different varieties in Horchow's 50% Spring Values sale (umm, note to Horchow: "Spring" ended May 31 in this hemisphere); more varieties at smaller savings in the decor section of their site.
Among our social circle, my BFF Sam has always been known for his highly developed sense of style, and his home is filled with a carefully edited assortment of subtle yet distinctive and intriguing objects, some of which he has made himself in his time off from the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. This week, he launched a line of T-shirts and home products featuring decidedly American graphics heavily influenced by tatoo and rock n roll culture, including exclusive designs by East Side Ink's Patrick Conlon. Each original design is hand-screened and meticulously packaged in New York, and can be purchased exclusively online. Shop the collection at conjobfranky.com.
We're in the middle of an LED lighting technology revolution. Light Emitting Diodes were first used as little red electronic indicator lights. Today, they illuminate TV screens and lightbulbs. LEDs are extremely efficient, using very little power and producing a bright light. Relatively expensive, their application for residential lighting has also been diminished by the unflattering harsh white light they emit. But they're ideal for task lighting, especially in places where you don't have convenient electrical outlet access: their low power consumption makes them ideal for battery-powered applications. Hallways, stairwells, closets and other dark areas are no longer a problem with these inexpensive utility fixtures from Sylvania. Many also offer with photo-sensors, for use as nightlights, rechargeable batteries for power-failure use, and motion detector switching, which turns the lights on automatically when you enter an area and turns them when you leave, or when you wave your hand over them (for under-counter lighting!). Buy them with free shipping from Smarthome.com
when you use coupon code "ESYLVANIA2."
A BKB reader who just moved to Palm Springs made a product request for a pillow that stays cool. I actually have this Outlast Cooling Pillow out at the beach. It definitely stays cooler than other pillows. It's a little firmer and flatter than my favorite pillow (and flatter than the picture). Buy it for $29.99 at Avon.com.
Rigaud, the original scented candle, was invented in 1950. It featured a soft wax that perfectly transmitted the natural fragrances with which it was imbued. It also liquefied and re-solidified quickly, so that the candles didn't tunnel or leave a waxy deposit on the glass. By 1970, the Rigaud candle was a sensation among consumers of haute decor world-wide. Today, luxury scented candles are everywhere, but the technology hadn't improved much, until recently. The DayNa Decker Chandel, (coined from the French word “Chandelle” meaning candle) is
an evolution from ancient candle technology to modern functionality. These candles have a proprietary organic and naturally processed EcoWood Wick®. It burns cleaner than an
ordinary cotton wick with an intriguing “teardrop”
shaped flame and a soothing crackling sound. The scents are sophisticated, come in three different versions: Botanika, which come in hand-blown translucent glass containers with clear wax, Flora, in opaque white glass with floral and wood scents, and Couture, in luminous black glass with fragrances designed by renowned perfumers. Find them at a store near you, or buy them online through Amazon.com Marketplace.
Once upon a time, I ordered my blinds from Smith+Noble: they have a beautiful printed catalog, wide selection and easy ordering procedures. Then I discovered JustBlinds.com. They don't have a beautiful printed catalog. But they do have a wide selection, easy ordering procedures, and significantly better prices. And right now, new customers can get their first blind free! There's no minimum order, the free blind is processed as a rebate, and the offer expires March 13, 2009. Click here for more details, and be sure to follow the directions, including entering the coupon code "GET1FREE" at checkout.
My towel obsession started about age 10, when i purloined an entire set of towels from the Château Frontenac hotel in Québec. And I'm not proud to say they would not be the last set of hotel towels that found their way home to my bathroom without compensation. I did once buy a shower curtain from the Park Hyatt hotel in San Francisco, though I'm not sure I can chalk that up to an act of conscience as much as a failure to figure out how to inconspicuously remove it. When it comes to towels, I really like a heavy, small-loop cotton towel that's thick but not too soft. Restoration Hardware has an ideal incarnation of this towel, in 56 colors, no less. What's even better, they're 20% off through February 3rd.
I love the 34"x88" stainless steel Infinity Mirror from Room & Board (left), reasonably priced
at $899. But I when I saw the 30 3/4" x 77 1/8" Hovet Mirror at Ikea for just $99.99 (right), I thought about all the other things I could do (buy) with the $800 price difference and decided "close enough." I love my Hovet mirror. But if I win the lottery, I'm trading up.