Top 5 of the week: things in my home that please me

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Michele Quan is J. Crew model-turned-ceramicist (she also used to be one half of the twosome responsible for jewelry brand Me & Ro) who turns out some of the most gorgeous pieces I’ve seen (check it out here). I obsessed over this rainbow rock for ages before finally pulling the trigger, because it’s not cheap and it performs no function except to look cool, so I couldn’t apply the cost-per-wear/use model in order to justify the purchase. But I’m so glad I went for it, because it is such a pop of happiness on my coffee table.

This almost-too-excellent paper geramium plant was a gift from me to me after recovering from pneumonia last winter (I had wanted it, too, for ages).

This vase has the magical ability to compliment any flower I put in it.

I actually have this fun, sculptural pepper grinder in red, but that color appears to be discontinued so I bring you the black version, which is also quite good.

Vornado makes the best fans, but they’re so ugly; this one is modeled on one of their vintage designs, and I find it infinitely more appealing.

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    c.w.
    2 Nov 2018
    8:48am

    Like wall art there are objects that give us pleasure so I totally get your need for that rock. I have a Vornado fan and they are worth every penny. A friend has a Vornado cooling fan/heating fan and it is also worth every penny.

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    elise
    2 Nov 2018
    10:21am

    What a fun post!

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    Annie
    2 Nov 2018
    10:55am

    Something that makes you happy every day is excellent cost-per-use!

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    suz
    2 Nov 2018
    11:35am

    Oh my goodness I want quite a lot of Michele Quan’s work.

    Something that brings joy is so needed, so I think you can still do cost per view 🙂

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    Deborah
    2 Nov 2018
    11:42am

    Those paper geraniums! Is the color in the photo hot pink or blush, do you think? It’s perfect.

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      Kim France
      2 Nov 2018
      12:09pm

      It’s more of a blush, Deborah.

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    HickfromStyx
    2 Nov 2018
    12:15pm

    I saw that pepper grinder while travelling in Scandinavia, and regretted not buying it.

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    Kimberly
    2 Nov 2018
    2:44pm

    Food52.com has a lot of beautifully designed things for the kitchen & home. I love well designed utilitarian items

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    Jen
    2 Nov 2018
    4:00pm

    I have this Thrown Bell from Michelle Quan, and boy do I love it. I believe that beautiful objects can bring happiness, and not just for a short time – some things endure. It was stupidly expensive, but it’s something my kids will have someday. https://www.mquan.com/collections/thrown-bells/products/thrown-bell-tall-firefly

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    Laurel
    2 Nov 2018
    5:40pm

    re: the ceramics, you might also like Jen Kuroki! https://www.instagram.com/jeneok/?hl=en

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      Kim France
      3 Nov 2018
      10:25am

      Her stuff is fantastic, Laurel. I ordered a vase! Thanks for sharing.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    5 Nov 2018
    1:27am

    Michele also was 1/2 of the team that created the adorable and wildly popular (in the 90’s???) jewelry line “Me+Ro.” She had a residency at The Art Barge this summer, I believe. Great stuff!

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      Kim France
      5 Nov 2018
      10:12am

      Is that the barge in Amagansett, Val? My mom took a collage class there this summer, I believe.

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