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notNeutral goodies

Time for a stake out! I spotted these cuties at notNeutral today, which are simply adorable for your indoor or outdoor Spring garden. Bright candy-colored blossoms, ducks, butterflies, and ants makes these garden stakes a little whimsy and a whole lotta mod! Perfect amount of fun for your garden without being pink flamingo cheesy. Mini stakes also available if you’d like something fresh for your indoor plants, too! Enjoy!

(photos from notNeutral)


Posted in uncategorized on March 13, 2006

Measuring Cups That Pop!

Great new design to assist the cook and those in need of space! These collapsible measuring cups are perfect for urban dwellers with little drawer space in the kitchen. Traditional measuring cups hog space, but with these modern collapsible cups, space is a non-issue. Just pop ’em to expand or flatten again to store. Available in red, blue, avocado green and tangerine (my favorite). Each set includes four cups: 1, ?, 1/3 and ?, made by Chef’n Sleekstor for only $19.95 and available online at Sur La Table.

(photos from sur la table)


Posted in uncategorized on March 13, 2006


Fresh finds from Alessi for Spring! You can never have too many cute clocks…

“Time is the most undefinable yet paradoxical of things; the past is gone, the future is not come, and the present becomes the past even while we attempt to define it, and, like the flash of lightning, at once exists and expires.” ~Charles Caleb Colton

alessi sole clock super stelle
alessi sole clock in sunny yellow
alessi sole clock in heavenly harlequin
super cute!
alessi sole clock in perfect proust

(photos from alessi)

Posted in uncategorized on March 13, 2006

A Rustic Garden

While out and about on Saturday, I discovered the perfect ladder for my bathroom at Cross Road (no website, sorry) in Peterborough, New Hampshire, storefront photo above. The moment you walk into Cross Road, you’re transported into a lush garden filled with flowers, art and accessories for the home and garden. Jars of yummy soap imported from France, moss filled planters with fresh daffodils, wrought iron birds displayed with precious linens from Provence. The store is set on a sparkling narrow river with waters rushing over smooth stones from Mt. Monadnack. As you shop, the gentle waters calm you and the soothing sounds of Sarah Brightman lull you into a total shopping coma. You’ll also hear Sarah Andersen, the owner, chatting away with her loyal customers, addressing everyone by first name, inquiring about their new puppy or answering questions pertaining to bulbs and gardening.

While at Cross Road, I found a lovely 5 rung ladder that I immediately scooped up because I’ve been wanting one for my bathroom. I also love that the bottom of the ladder is wider than the top, a small detail that I was looking for in a ladder.

Have you ever visited an apple orchard with those gorgeous handmade wooden ladders leaning against the apple trees? Or, perhaps in country homes you’ve seen people using ladders as an accessory, often to display quilts. My ladder is not for apple picking or quilt display, but towels instead. I had the idea of using a ladder in my bathroom to lean against the wall as a display piece for towels vs. the typical way, a mounted towel rack. I want to bring a bit of nature to my home, and with my bathroom being robins egg blue, beige, and cream, it adds the perfect touch. If you’d like a rustic ladder, or anything else charming from the countryside for indoor or garden use, and you’re not in New Hampshire anytime soon to visit Cross Road, then hop over to a rustic garden, an online store carrying everything from barn stars to wrought iron ornate shutters, vintage corbels (love!), and of course, antique wooden ladders.

(photo credits: top photo contributed by my husband thanks honey!, bottom photo from rustic garden website)

Posted in uncategorized on March 13, 2006


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