Friday Finds

November 16th, 2012

Hello everyone and welcome to the weekend!  Drizzle and rain are in the forecast for the next few days here in the Bay Area so we’ll be doing some indoor sprucing, making homemade soup, getting cozy by the fire, those kinds of things.  Here’s the list of Friday finds for the week!

There’s an interesting and detailed discussion about the interiors featured in some of the November shelter mags over at La Dolce Vita.  BTW, I absolutely love  this room by Nate Berkus.

nate berkus architectural digest



Custom repeat wallpaper made from tiny stickers by Flat Vernacular.  Amazing!

sticker wallpaper flat vernacular


I’ve read Smitten Kitchen for years and blogger Deb has a new cookbook which is on my Christmas list – all of the shots for the book and Deb’s blog came from this small kitchen!  Here’s the tour.

smitten kitchen tour


Thanksgiving is all about family and friends together and I adore this shot by Iowa Girl Eats, those grandma hands holding this sweet baby?  Picture = 1,000 words. 

old hands young baby iowagirleats


The recycled and mundane reinvented as porcelain cans and crinkle vases.  Impressive!

    recycled cans and cup vases


I stumbled across Harabu House this week and fell in love their fresh finds, and they offer several products by by Ferm Living.   Robot pillows + chic canvas buckets, heart! 

harabou products 


Other articles I enjoyed this week:

Holly of Decor8 reminds us to never give up on our dreams.

Find yourself and find your niche.

Helpful pie making tips.

Favorite cooks and chefs talk Thanksgiving this Sunday on the Food Network.

50 celebrity chef Thanksgiving recipes.

Waterfalls frozen in mid fall.

The 50 most stylish male musicians.

(I can think of many others but I do love the Ray Charles quote). 

Wow!  Penelope rocks it in red

Christmas sweaters are now both chic and crazy expensive.  Huh


Our life on Instagram:  this weekend we will be making progress on the hall bathroom remodel now that the vessel sink arrived, and I’ll be decorating a colorful tree for the kids’ room as part of the Michaels Dream Tree Challenge…

vessel and tree


See you all on Monday for a short blog week and then the much anticipated feast!

kate signature image



Under $30: Holiday Host & Hostess Gifts

November 15th, 2012

I’m a lover of entertaining during the holiday season, decorating the house with fresh evergreens, adding some sparkle, and filling it with the scents of the season – we love inviting friends in from the cold to enjoy a cup of cheer at this time of year.  

Every year I do a roundup of favorite gifts ideas for a host or hostess and I keep it under $30. If you’re invited to a get together this holiday season, here are my 2012 picks for the cooks, foodies, wine enthusiasts, coffee or tea lovers, gardeners, and hip hosts or hostesses you know! 

for the cook


Striped Apron, Dean & Deluca, $30; Le Creuset Butter Crock, Pot & Pantry, $30; Spotless Juicer, Anthropologie, $30;  Red Zig Zag Apron, Sur la Table, $20; Equal Tea Towel, Studio Patro, $24; Marble Mortar and Pestle, Overstock, $29.99;  Letter Pressed Cookie Set, World Market, $17.99 

for the foodie gifts


Fig Jam Assortment, the girl and the fig, $28; Vanilla Infused Maple Syrup, Dean & Deluca, $22;  Demi glace (several flavors), Williams-Sonoma, $29.95; Gray Salt Trio, Napa Style, $29;  7” Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, The Cheesecake Factory, $25.95; Royal Riviera Pears, Harry & David, 29.95. 

for the wine enthusiast


8 Cork candles, Napa Style, $22;  Red Pedrini Bottle Opener, Target, $19.99; Decanter with Oak Stopper, Wine Enthusiast, $29.99; Wine Purse, Bed Bath & Beyond, $29.99;  Gold Honeycomb white wine glasses, set of four, West Elm, $25

coffee or tea lover gifts


Loose Tea Storage Tins, Teavana, $10.95;  Glass teapot, CB2, $17.95; Graphic Espresso Serving Set; Crate + Barrel, $19.95; Tea for One, Poketo, $29; King & Queen Mugs, Jonathan Adler, $26; Aerolatte Frother, Crate + Barrel, $19.95


for the gardener


Herb Keeper, Amazon, $19.95; Floral Garden Shears, Hayneedle, $24.95; Compost Container, Gardener’s Supply, $29.95; Rosemary Mini Tree; Burpee, $29.95;  Copper Garden Labels, Terrain, $18

for the hip host or hostess


Thomas Paul coasters, Orange & Pear, $18; Hobnail Candle, Altogether Home, $28;  Mustache Tray, Z Gallerie, $24.95; Wood Bowl, Wayfair, $24.95; Agate trivet, Leif, $20; Enamel Servers, Macys, $24.99; Maple stick candles, Shop Terrain, $30;  Cheese Knife Set, Crate + Barrel, $24.95

I hope you like the 2012 picks as much as I do.  Perhaps one of them is the perfect gift for someone you know … or for you?! 

Coming up next, the Friday Finds of the week.  :)