Happy Holidays! I had the treat of reading a book as a special guest with my 8-year-old’s 3rd-grade class this week. We read The Story of Hanukkah together, and asked and answered questions — about stories, truth, perspective, and beliefs — and miracles. And now I’m still thinking about stories, beliefs, and miracles.
Weekly Favorite Finds In Home Decor: Extra Virgin & Post-Holiday Sales
It’s not by chance then that on my own wish list for #2021 is to make my way to a restaurant I just learned of, on this weekend of Christmas miracles, which happens to be named Extra Virgin. It’s my Black-owned business spotlight this week. It’s name is feeding the joy that comes from fun word plays and connection this morning, and I can’t wait for my belly to also be fed by her deliciousness this coming year. Having that opportunity, will also feel like a small miracle given our fresh perspective as we leave this past year behind. I also have the fox, the hound, and some plaid on my mind this Merry Christmas. If I dig deep, I can make sense of that jumble too — also not a coincidence.
Weekly Favorite Finds, a little Extra Virgin, some fun things on sale, and wishes for many miracles in the year to come…
These lovely mango wood candle holders come in three sizes, and are very reasonably priced. There’s something soothing about candles always, and I also love the natural wood and turns of these, especially in a grouping. Candle light is one of my very favorite small, peaceful, easily ignited miracles.
The Dinero Tree has become my favorite bloom. I love bringing live green indoors through winter; it’s a healthy reminder of life. I particularly love both this plant and the silly little joke of him. Who doesn’t need a money tree #2021? What a fun thing to send a friend with wishes for a happy and prosperous new year! He’s a little miracle himself, him and his gift of larger ones.
We gifted the lower bowl-shape, with turkish towels rolled, to a friend for a beach house warming last summer. These baskets are heavy in a good way, and large enough to have presence and hold a decent volume. They are also even prettier in real life.
The one pictured sold out, but the link will take you to something similar and quite popular, well-reviewed and at a great price point — that also comes in a great variety of colors. This sweater is too tiny for the dog my children received from their father this week; the one who in less than 48 hours, promptly ate the 8-year-old’s art project before she could show her 3-weeks-of-cardboard-sculpting art work to her class on Zoom and submit a photo of it for a grade. Friends, the dog literally ate her homework. You just can not make this stuff up.
I remember tubes similar to these, just not quite so cute! They are so fun the way they bounce through the snow, and I love the red plaid design of this one…it just kinda screams let’s go play in the snow! I’m wishing for plenty of snow this year, and all the joy and fun of playing in it endlessly!
I love these blankets and totes: wool on one side, waterproof on the other, perfect for year-round. We’ve been finding them particularly great for our back patio, on the sofa, to help keep our tushes dry and warm — in the little bit of snow we’ve already seen that feels like a miracle, given that it’s been some time since we’ve had proper snow. I’m loving the plaid best — maybe as a metaphor…it’s simply complicated — not unlike life.
He’s adorable, this fox footstool, and comes in other animals; this just happens to be the one on my mind. He’s a great addition to a nursery, kids’ room or playroom, as a seat, for play, and as a footstool! This is an easy fox to love.
These Pendleton dog beds are beautiful and come in multiples sizes, shapes and colors. The black is going fast, but this grey/green is similar and on sale! And so are many other shapes cuts and sizes, all of which look to me like somewhere a human might enjoy a nap just as well as a pup.
This was my rec to a friend recently who was looking for a magazine basket for a toilet room, and to another friend hoping to get her hub’s New Yorkers under control in their living room — wouldn’t that be a miracle?, she asked. This is so much more elegant than a basket, for this purpose, and holds books and magazines beautifully. It’s also hand crafted in California from sustainably sourced wood. It’s simple, but so elegant, and comes in four finishes.
This is a modern classic in design and comfort, with an associated price tag. Yes, there are reproductions, and yes some of them are good reproductions, but this is the original, and it’s produced by Knoll. I love these chairs, in all their fabrics and colors, and I find them to be super-comfortable. They’re a beautiful way to add an artful element to a large open space. While normally I prefer to have fun with them, and choose bright colors in boucle, this easy-on-the-eyes grey is appealing to my need for winter calm right now. It might also not be by chance that with the Virgin Mother and the miracle of Christmas on my mind, I’m fixated on the Womb Chair.
These are made of acrylic, by machine, they are not real hide. Sexy right? Not so much to many, but to our vegan friends, yes, and to anyone who lives with little people and might need something that is lovely, but also holds up and scrubs well…this works. Comes in a few sizes and colorways, I love tan + gold best, and it’s on sale this weekend!
These are a team favorite — in an entry or hall, over a mantel, over a vanity — pretty much everywhere! This is the largest size, it comes in 4 finishes, and it’s currently on sale! These are the perfect solution for so many spaces, and in this size, they also do wonderful things for reflecting light — and we all need a little more light in our lives right now! That light, even in reflection, genuinely is a miracle.
This NYC, West Village, gem-of-a-neighborhood spot, was a rec from a friend and is top of my #2021goals list! I can’t wait to taste all the deliciousness Michele and her partner Joey create, and to experience the joy and love that is restaurant dining, in a city near to my heart and not so far, yet a seeming world away from my own home. I’m not sure exactly when this dining out adventure will happen, but I have hope for this year…good things are coming, and I’m going to start with this one…and the miracle of Mediterranean food one day — not soon enough!
Shop Home Decor: Post-Holiday Sales
Happy Holidays, friends! Cheers to all miracles and everything extra!!!
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