Things I bought, things I want, home edition

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I first saw this cute pillow from Lucky Fish at Lost & Found, a Santa Monica store I visit whenever I go to L.A. I didn’t buy it when I was there, but it stayed on my mind, and I just ordered it the other day. I love how graphic and Lichtenstein-esque it is.

Mostly I’ve been cooking for myself lately, but from time to time I crave sushi—which I dare not prepare on my own. I like the idea of serving it on this cool plate set.

This wall mirror looks like a brilliant flea market find.

I own enough quilts and don’t need more, but I do like the idea of this yellow one, which would look great in my primarily grey and white bedroom.

My newest coffee table book is Mag Men: Fifty Years of Making Magazines, and I recommend it highly to all of you print nostalgists out there. It’s by superstar graphic designers Walter Bernard and (the recently departed) Milton Glaser, and is such an inspiring look at the inner workings of early New York magazine, and other publications they worked on.

Because sleep problems continue to dog me, I’m thinking of going for this Diptique lavender candle to burn for a half-hour before bedtime. It’s the best lavender scent I’ve ever come across, and believe me, I’ve looked.

This cylinder planter would be a nice pop of midcentury design in any home.

How appealing is an old-school flip clock? I think it’d be aces on my nightstand.

My bath towels are looking a bit worse for wear, so I’m thinking of pulling the trigger on this leopard print specimen, which is kind of appealingly Mrs Robinson-ish.

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    EmilyTL
    17 Nov 2020
    2:23pm

    Was going to purchase that Sushi plate set instantly and it is unfortunately out of stock. I asked to be notified because I like it that much. Getting sushi delivered has been one of the quarantine treats I look forward to and those plates would elevate the experience. Great list!

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    Mamavalveeta03
    17 Nov 2020
    11:15pm

    I am really lovin’ the vibe of Schoolhouse products and their simple but chic styling. That quilt will be perfect in a palette of grey & white. I had the pleasure of taking a mini-vacation road trip (Using best practices for COVID avoidance!) with my husband last week and I casually mentioned that there was a shop I wanted to visit in Saugerties (site of Woodstock), so we stopped and had lunch, wandered a really cool bookstore and I finally got to visit Bosco’s Mercantile, which has a curated collection of home linens, clothing and accessories. My “souvenir” was this beautiful Hawkins NY Belgian Linen throw in navy: https://boscosmercantile.com/shop/hawkins-ny-simple-linen-throw

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    Peggy Orenstein
    17 Nov 2020
    5:26pm

    Love these–they will be on my list of gifts to give. Meanwhile, though ordering sushi is one of the treats of the Covid era, don’t fear making sushi yourself!!! I’m sure you have a market nearby with sushi grade fish–salmon at the very least. Slice it nicely and lay it out on that pretty plate up there with a bowl of rice (short grain, cooked with a skosh of rice vinegar) by its side and have lovely sashimi, or shape little rice balls with damp hands and plop the fish on top (with a nori wrapper if you’d like). It is SO EASY–I mean, seriously, NO COOKING!!!!

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    Candy
    17 Nov 2020
    9:51am

    Love the Anthro towel idea. Anthro also has a great animal print set called Lola Leopard in “ochre,” as they call it, or amber-ish, as I call it. Ordered two hand towels to perk up the guest bathroom for the decade when I actually have guests. In the meantime, they’ll make me smile.
    https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/lola-leopard-towel-collection?category=bathroom&color=074&type=STANDARD&quantity=1

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    Chris
    17 Nov 2020
    9:10am

    Not related to this at all, but does anyone have any suggestions for places to shop for “cool” engagement rings/ bands? Not looking for a super traditional ring and figured I’d ask you lovely ladies. I’ve checked ten thousand things, love adorned, and catbird so far.

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      Jax
      17 Nov 2020
      11:30pm

      I love Mociun, Seldom Seen, Claire Kinder. Also Catbird.

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        Jax
        21 Nov 2020
        2:34pm

        Adding Melanie Casey.

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      Kim France
      17 Nov 2020
      9:42am

      Try Esqueleto. They have tons of gorgeous vintage ones. https://www.shopesqueleto.com/

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        AKnyc
        17 Nov 2020
        9:21pm

        Ditto Esqueleto! I have often admired their stuff (in person & online). Very distinctive.

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        kimbersam
        17 Nov 2020
        1:17pm

        Oh, MY! The necklaces on this site. Glorious! I was going to treat myself to a Pamela Love piece for the holiday, but you may have changed my mind.

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        Chris
        17 Nov 2020
        10:47am

        Thank you!

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    Sam
    17 Nov 2020
    8:36am

    Caution with the old school flip clock. I have nightmares from high school when I had horrible insomnia and had one just like that. Each flip felt like a reminder of what a failure I was because I couldn’t sleep and the rest of the world around me was out. Might just be me but if you’re already having sleep issues it might be better to have it in the kitchen.

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    Eloise
    17 Nov 2020
    8:13am

    Sorry for the errant parenthesis – I overuse in general and don’t edit well on the phone.

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    Eloise
    17 Nov 2020
    8:10am

    That rare “just because “ gift you grab because it screams the name of someone you adore but don’t usually gift“ so loudly that you can’t ignore it – and can’t wait for an “occasion?” Mag Men!! Yay!! (And I’ll borrow it later.)

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