Falling into Marimekko

Marimekko’s fall 2012 line has started to trickle in at FinnStyle, as have copies of the company’s Autumn Issue. This little free newspaper did its job in getting me excited about what’s to come. In a year in which I’ve been determined to buy less (and better) stuff, Marimekko has been a brand I’ve gravitated […]

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A more Perfect Union: Bikes + Food

Poketo Bike Bells, as seen on Rena Tom. The Poketo blog has a fair amount about bikes + biking. I’m adding it to my Reader… now!

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I was on the fence with what to order from (a new web shop for designy temporary tattoos) after the beta launch two weeks ago, but after today’s release of four new designs including kitchen utensils… I got out my credit card. As they say at “Wear them as a set or cut them into individual utensils. […]

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Breakfast in Bed

Le Petit Dej Breakfast Tray by Peter White, $92 at A+R Store image: A+R Store

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picnic grilling for small spaces

What’s small, bright, and makes all of our picnic dreams come true? Indeed, a tiny grill from Bodum. We’ve been hunting a round, portable, lidded grill for a while now and this just might be the one. Tom and I have narrowed it down to yellow, but the FYRKAT Picnic Charcoal Grill also comes in green, […]


Swedish Fish

With a couple of days off ahead of me, I’m getting ready to paint the bathroom (again). Our building manager has kindly repaired the walls, too, and will be priming today so I have high hopes for the finished look, especially considering the challenge of painting over orange without priming… which I had planned to […]


Getting Organized with MIO

Ever since, oh, January 2nd I’ve been on an organization and cleaning binge. Perhaps the rest of you find yourself in this new-year-cleaning mode as well? If you don’t have the itch to clean, don’t feel bad–I don’t mean to say our place is in perfect order. Given the de-decoration that occurred on January 6 […]

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Made in Minneapolis :: 2010 Calendars

Seven local designers, two great calendars. See below for details on how to get yours. happify For the fourth year running, happify brings a 2010 calendar in the form of 12 postcards, offset printed in a rich chocolate brown on an extra-thick (110#) recycled cream 5″x7″ cardstock. On the reverse side there’s space for writing […]


Number Placemats

I just found out about via a post on Shelterrific, a blog I read pretty regularly. What caught my eye on their site were these number placemats. Order soon if you like the look, with shipping from Hong Kong orders should have been in by the 5th to arrive by the 25th. I may […]

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Tomato Bowls on Sale at Crate&Barrel

Having waited all summer for a sale on this set of bowls, I scooped them up on Tuesday night at the Edina store. They’re graphic, bold, red, and have lids… there’s the lot to like here.You can buy one, two, or all three in a set. At $3.95 to $6.95 and $15.85 for the set, […]

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