KAUFMANN MERCANTILE

posted by on 2014.04.02, under Shopping Guide, Store Profiles
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One needn’t spend very long on the Kaufmann Mercantile site to see that they’re serious about their product assortment. Everything is high quality, aesthetically pleasing and has a story—one that typically involves handcrafting or generational know-how. No made in China here.

 

Kaufmann

 

Not only are the product summaries exceptionally thoughtful and informative, but the site’s Field Notes library is a treasure trove of succinct articles on everything from designer Arne Jacobsen to copper care to the history of salt. There’s even a fascinating look into the world of giant pumpkins! Yes, I’m a fan.

Here are some of my favorite KM items of the moment:

This collapsible cot is perfect for overnight guests. Line it with a few sheepskins, throw a sleeping bag over and voile—a cozy guest bed that can go anywhere you have an extra 28” x 77” worth of floor space.

Canvas & Aluminum Collapsible Cot

Canvas & Aluminum Collapsible Cot, $159

 

Made in Italy, this Green Giant of staplers would command serious respect at the office.

Metal Plier Office Stapler

Metal Plier Office Stapler, $34.90

 

These 3-piece nesting bowl sets are made right in Ohio. Their milky green shade is so much more alluring than clear glass or steel, as far as mixing bowls go.

Set of Hand-Pressed Glass Bowls (Jadeite)

Set of Hand-Pressed Glass Bowls (Jadeite), $64.90

 

Handcrafted in Japan, this crackle finish teapot is an amazing steal at just $34.95. A great gift idea for Mother’s Day or your next housewarming party invite.

Japanese Ceramic Crackle Glaze Teapot

Japanese Ceramic Crackle Glaze Teapot, $34.90

 

Wooden bath mats are an easy way to add spa charm to your bath—especially when made of fragrant cyprus wood like this one. Also made in Japan.

Japanese Cypress Wood Bath Mat

Japanese Cypress Wood Bath Mat, $29

 

Long before humorous tote bags were a thing, French net bags were the ultimate reusable market bag.  Keep simple tradition alive, in classic natural or sleek black.

French Cotton Net Bag (Black)

French Cotton Net Bag (Black), $10.95

THE DOUBLE DUTY HOLIDAY DECOR GUIDE

posted by on 2013.12.26, under Shopping Guide
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Every year the holidays seem to come earlier and earlier, but if you’re planning on hosting any holiday parties or having friends and family crash at your digs, it’s best to start getting things together so you can actually enjoy yourself when the time comes. So to help you out, I’ve put together a list of double duty holiday decor: beautiful things that make the holidays a little bit sweeter, but aren’t holiday-specific. These goodies will last you through the Winter season and then some. Think of them as gifts to yourself that keep on giving.

I’m a huge fan of the bar cart. Full disclosure: I have yet to own one myself. However, I’m five minutes away from getting the Threshold Wood and Brass Finish Bar Cart from Target. This thing is versatile enough to be used as a kitchen cart or a bookshelf when the party’s over.

Threshold Wood and Brass Finish Bar Cart , $130

Threshold Wood and Brass Finish Bar Cart , $130

 

My aunt had the cutest napkins with turkeys on them when she hosted Thanksgiving this year and it made me smile, so to pay it forward, I found these. The Marimekko trees are a non-committal holiday napkin print that work for any Winter celebration.

Marimekko Kuusikossa  Napkins, $6.95

Marimekko Kuusikossa Napkins, $6.95

 

Tired of everyone having to throw their jackets on some bed? Anthropologie’s Antler Wall Hook adds an instant ski lodge look while keeping everything organized.

 Antler Wall Hook, $79

Antler Wall Hook, $79

 

If you own an air mattress, please do all of us guests a favor and throw it away already! Unless space is an issue, we would like something that doesn’t feel like sleeping on…air. The Austin White Bean Bag Chair looks like something I could sleep late on, and look fashionable while doing it. Its modern white quilty look makes this a year-round chair that doesn’t need to be stuffed in a closet when guests go away.

Austin White Bean Bag Chair Bed, $175

Austin White Bean Bag Chair Bed, $175

 

This King Cube Ice Tray may look unassuming, but it makes everything better. When I first discovered this gadget, I ended up getting several for myself and a few lucky people as a “just ’cause” gift, and they love me forever because of it. It produces extra large ice cubes that melt at a glacial pace (sans global warming). Also, these are the kind of ice cubes served with an overpriced drink at a gorgeous bar – throw these in an ice bucket at your next party and your guests will definitely notice.

 Red King Cube Ice Tray, $8.95

Red King Cube Ice Tray, $8.95

 

Music seems to be an afterthought at many a family holiday gathering. But the right music can really set the mood, especially when you (or other guests who like to DJ) can easily stick an iPod or iPhone into this fun color changing speaker.

iHome Color Changing iPod/iPhone Speaker Dock, $65

iHome Color Changing iPod/iPhone Speaker Dock, $65

 

Christmas lights are not just for the tree anymore, like these Starry String Lights from Restoration Hardware that I’ve been drooling over forever. I want to cover everything I own in this stuff. Take that, Australian family whose Christmas light display can be seen from space.

Starry String Lights - Diamond Lights on Silver Wire, $15-99

Starry String Lights – Diamond Lights on Silver Wire, $15-99

Happy holidays, and don’t forget to treat yourself!

originally posted on ibby.com

 

KIOSK: CHRISTMAS EDITION

posted by on 2013.12.24, under Holidays, Shopping Guide, Store Profiles
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Our love of Kiosk is already well-documented here at FM, a love which glows even brighter during the holidays: This treasure-trove is a one-stop shop to find something perfect for half your gift list. Procrastinators who missed the online order cutoff needn’t fret—you can stop by the Soho shop up until Christmas Day (assuming you’re in NYC). Here are some of our recent favorites, all highly giftable:

 

At $38, these fleece-lined deerskin mittens are a true steal. They’re made in Vermont and perfect for the urban lumberjack in your life.

Deerskin Mittens

Deerskin Mittens

 

Buy a bottle of awesomely packaged Klosterfrau elixir for a nerve-wracked in-law. I used to use it when I lived in Germany and it is oddly calming (albeit medicinal tasting). I’d dump a spoonful in my tea, drink it while taking a bath and then mentally peace out. $18.

Nun Calms

Nun Calms

 

 

Travel thread makes a thoughtful gift for a globetrotting acquaintance.  The bracelet-like kit packs away flat and lets you pull out individual strands when needed. $11.

Travel Thread Kit

Travel Thread Kit

 

I love Wooly Willy. Always have, always will. Know who else loves Wooly Willy? Kids. Perfect for your little niece or nephew. $8.00.

Wooly Willy

Wooly Willy

 

The Citra Sipper turns oranges into juice boxes—a thoroughly unique stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift. $6 each.

Citra Sipper

Citra Sipper

 

Who wouldn’t want a historical nail sample set made by America’s oldest nail manufacturer? $30.

Tremont Nail Sample Set

Tremont Nail Sample Set

FOOL PROOF CHANDELIERS

posted by on 2013.12.11, under Shopping Guide
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It may be common knowledge that the right lighting can transform a room. For instant drab-to-fab, a chandelier is an excellent choice, but they can get so elaborate that choosing the right one is tricky. Luckily, some chandelier designs have evolved from the typical crystal overload into gender-neutral, classier styles.

West Elm is chock full of gorgeous lighting right now, like this Eclipse Chandelier. The grandeur is somehow perfectly minimized by its industrial looks.

Eclipse Chandelier, $199

Eclipse Chandelier, $199

 

It’s a thin line between classy and overdone if you’re going for the Hollywood Regency look The black and gold color on the Meridian Pendant from ZGallerie puts a masculine twist to an otherwise fancy schmancy style.

Meridian Pendant, $349

Meridian Pendant, $349

 

For a safe bet that pairs well with just about anything, try a George Nelson Saucer Lamp from Modernica. This midcentury original looks like a classic, well-tailored suit.

George Nelson Saucer Lamp, $269

George Nelson Saucer Lamp, $269

 

Craving something trendy but worried you’ll eventually hate looking at it? The Regina Andrew Isosceles Chandelier at Zinc Door makes that rare kind of bold statement that you’re guaranteed to love for years to come.

Regina Andrew Isosceles Chandelier, $573

Regina Andrew Isosceles Chandelier, $573

 

Finally! The Rae 6-light Chandelier from Overstock showcases the popular edison bulbs you’ve been dying to buy but had no good use for.

Rae 6-light Chandelier, $218

Rae 6-light Chandelier, $218

Happy lighting!

originally posted on ibby.com

 

READY, AIM, FIRE: BULLET-THEMED DECOR

posted by on 2013.06.11, under Shopping Guide
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Perhaps the ongoing national gun control debate is to blame, but I’m really into bullets at the moment. Not the kind I’d actually want to shoot from a gun, mind you, but of the more decorative variety. And wouldn’t you know, there’s a surprising amount of ammo décor floating around out there.

 

bullets

 

With a brass casing and foldable stainless-steel blade, this Magnum Bullet would make a killer cheese knife. $5.88 from Amazon.

Magnum Bullet Knife

Magnum Bullet Knife

 

Just in time for Father’s Day, this 5.25” long bottle opener is made from a demilitarized .50 caliber bullet casing. $16 from Cool Material.

 

50 Caliber Bullet Bottle Opener

50 Caliber Bullet Bottle Opener

 

Bite the bullet and write a loved one a real paper letter with this brass pen. It fits inside a .375 H&H Magnum shell that also functions as a stand. $21.25 from Uncommon Good.

BULLET PEN AND REFILL

BULLET PEN AND REFILL

 

Though decorative ice cube trays rarely produce any truly discernible shapes, you probably know someone really into making “killer” cocktails who would get a kick out of owning an ice cube bullet tray. $5.65 on Ebay.

Ice Cube Bullets

Ice Cube Bullets

 

Toughen up your bulletin board with a set of nickel bullet pushpins. $6.95 from Artfire.

Auto Nickel Bullet Push Pins

Auto Nickel Bullet Push Pins

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