White bowls are like that little black dress – they go with absolutely everything. The purpose of white in the foodie world is really as a stage, to show off the food. But these gorgeous porcelain bowls from Gompf and Kehrer are refined enough to stand on their own. Made in Germany (isn’t the best porcelain always?) – the indented design gives depth to the pieces. But being white, nothing is busy enough to distract from the glory of the food. See how fantastic the berries look … (read more)
The organic and minimalist aesthetic of the LAX collection really appeals to us. The lines have purposely been kept so simple to contrast the hustle and bustle of everyday life, to provide a calming effect when you come home and close out the rest of the world. And indeed, it was conceived in the largest city in the United States, and brought to life in the second largest, Los Angeles. And thus the LAX moniker, after the Los Angeles airport. We’ve covered this line of English Walnut furniture … (read more)
Both Wodtke New Look stoves, the FS12 and F9 has over 80% efficiency rate, and are made from a special, high-density fire clay. The stove heat storing modules absorb heat quickly and store it for hours, releasing it gradually. Wodtke New Look stoves also feature 3 windows, affording you with the view of the fires from virtually any spot in your room.
In addition, both FS12 and F9 stoves feature handles with embedded Swarovski crystals. Key technical attributes are Wodtke HiClean filter, 6.0 kW heat output, top quality, double walled steel design and self-locking … (read more)
We love the deliberate dimples of the aptly named Dent Chair by Bla Station, which made its debut at the 2013 Stockholm Furniture Fair. Although these contemporary crumpled chairs look beaten up, they have a cool aesthetic that comes in a rainbow of hot hues. If they don’t grab your attention with their trendy colors, they will definitely wow you with their most interesting look and feel. The shell shape is surprisingly comfortable, designed to cup your curves as you settle in for a seat. These stackable … (read more)
While you’re away, give your home that lived in look
Before you pack your bags for that holiday visit or end-of-year vacation, take a safety survey to make sure your empty house isn’t putting out the welcome mat for burglars. Walk around the perimeter to observe whether your shrubbery is obscuring your windows and, if so, cut it back. And a lock that’s strong and sturdy can thwart crimes of opportunity. Only one of the dead-bolts tested by Consumer Reports resisted typical break-in techniques.
Here are some other suggestions … (read more)