On-line window-shopping often satisfies my need for beauty without actually buying. But here are a few items I saw this past month that I'd make room for in my 1,435-square-foot condo.
Post a picture in the comments with a purchase link, or just tell us about it. Did you take the plunge or go the "hint-hint-honey" route?
Flower & Bird School...
Sydney Mugs, set of 6: Hand-painted with bright botanicals, butterflies and birds, these mugs remind me of Chinese paintings with the colors pumped up a notch. They have contrast rims and curvy, heart-shaped handles. With a bird and a botanical in each luscious color, they might be just the trick to wake me up faster! Each holds 10 ounces and is dishwasher safe. Available here.
...Fiji Appetizer/Dessert Plates, set of 4: Bright and whimsical earthenware plates feature tropical frog and dragonfly designs framed by scalloped borders. Dishwasher-safe, 8.5 inches in diameter. Since I plan to use these as part of a wall collage, I passed on the sweet matching bowls and teacups, but don't let that stop you from having it all. More information here.
Soft to the touch...
Boho Tassel Pillow: Multicolored retro-chic tassels surround a version of traditional Khadi fabric from India, woven with a distinctive wale, then finished to create a super-soft, inviting texture, front and back. Hidden zipper with polyester insert, 18-by-18 inches. Two please! One for each of the mid-century provincial-styled chairs in my bedroom. Available here.
Kingdom Faux-Zebra Shag Rug: I can picture this tucked under the foot of my bed and accenting the seating area in my bedroom. And I can imagine how great its plush, 1.5-inch-thick pile will feel against my toes. Playful and chic, this 5-by-7.5-foot rug is hand-tufted in India from 100% polyester. Available in ivory with either brown, charcoal, silver, taupe or turquoise alternating stripes. Turquoise for me, of course. Get yours here.
Hold that thought...
Quatrefoil Tray: A centuries-old design gets a modern makeover in this mango-wood tray. Hand-carved with whitewash detailing, it makes a sophisticated statement whether serving drinks or adding organization to a coffee table. The quatrefoil is one of my favorite shapes--very Marrakech don't you think?--and an enduringly practical piece I'd like to see on my own coffee table. 23.5-by-20-by-2 inches. Order here.
...Menagerie Cat Decorative Plate by Imm Living: I'm always a sucker for anything cat, and this wild puss with the crazy triangular spots, poking his head out of a white plate, charmed me from the get-go. At 7.5 inches in diameter by 5.75 inches high, it would make a great trinket tray for the desk or dressing table. Found here.
...Small Fish-Scale Box: Something in me always loves a small box. Is it the mystery of what's inside? No mystery why I love this ceramic what-not box with its vibrant green motif inspired by fish scales and metal findings. It will mix swimmingly with my Chinoiserie porcelains. Just 5.3 inches in diameter by 3.3 inches high. Purchase here.