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Gift Guides, HomeHoliday Gift Guide ’11: Decorista

ONE. Jonathan Adler Smartphone Dock — With all the different technology we carry around with us every day, we’re constantly charging all their gadgets. This Jonathan Adler Smartphone Dock is an adorable gift for anyone with a smartphone (which is pretty much everyone we know!). The old time phone design would look so much better sitting on a desk or dresser than just another plain old cord and it’s a fun conversation piece. So cute! READ MORE

Home, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: Tocca Deluxe Venice Candle in Bellini

Accessories, Bath & Body, Home3 Scents to De-Dogify An Apartment

About four months ago, I had the honor of dogsitting an adorable white English bulldog. Life changes when you have a dog (even temporarily)—you start to plan your lunch breaks and work quitting times around the dog’s schedule.  You can be persuaded to be dragged out of bed at 6 am when you hear puppy whining and scratching at the door. But apart from the adorableness, the other part of your life that changes is the smell of your apartment.

Puppies emit a kind of wet smell and I noticed it permeating throughout my small 3 bedroom after a few days. It’s not exactly a horrible scent, but you never want someone entering to think your apartment reeks of eau de animal. To combat the smell, I tried a few things: Febreeze, perfume, opening windows but nothing seemed to work, except for certain diffusers and candles. This worked out well since one of my roommates is a secret pyro anyway. My favorite 3 scents to de-dogify my apartment:

1.  Thymes Candles are some of my favorite because the scents are beautiful, without being too strong or cloying. I have a sensitive sense of smell, so even sitting next to an overly arduous cologne sprayer on the 6 train can make me nauseous.  Thymes’s newest scent, Bergamot Vert, was my favorite combatant to doggy smell. As you can tell from the name, Bergamot Vert is a citrus-based scent with lingering scents of jasmine, red currant, and white musk.  It’s zesty and fresh–like inhaling a bowl of fresh lemons. I imagine George Clooney’s villa in Capri smells much like this candle. Bergamot Vert also is available as a body wash, bar soap, hand lotion, and bubble bath. READ MORE

Eco & Organic, Fragrance, HomePillars of Joy: Skeem Candles


In the ongoing process that is decorating my humble new abode (aka circa 1950s apartment), one of the most delightful additions has been Skeem Candles, in particular the Night Jasmine Pillar. I have it burning in my bathroom right now and the calming woodsy jasmine, orange and incense notes have wafted at least 15 feet over to where I’m sitting. Mmmmm.
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HomeVase Not with Recycled Glass

Decorate beautifully while loving the earth! These repurposed, imported wine bottles from West Elm make for a generous hostess gift for a summer shore or cottage visit. Understated yet chic, they create an artful display with tall taper candles or flowers and greenery, especially when displayed en masse as pictured. Available for $12 each, coordinating with West Elm’s Recycled-Glass Collection.

Home, Los Angeles, ShoppingDREAM DEKOR


So, I’ve spent the past month moving apartments and trying to clear my mind of all the clutter that I’ve amassed over the last decade. While that means I’ve (shockingly) been spending less time obsessing over clothes and beauty products, it also means that I’ve had plenty of time to obsess about furniture and textiles. Which brings me to my latest fascination: Dekor, yet another reason to avoid IKEA. READ MORE

Home, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: Diane von Furstenberg Powerstone Round Tray

Accessories, Home, Lust List, ShoesLust List: March 2011

Eco & Organic, Fragrance, Home, Los AngelesA Fete with the Baroness

fete candle

I have been craving — yes, craving! — that Anthropologie-esque smell (attributed to Capri Blue Jar Candles) in my apartment. But I was so busy last week, I didn’t get myself over to the store to buy one (and I wasn’t completely sure which candle to get, so I didn’t want to order them online just yet). Luckily, I received samples of luxury candles just in time from lifestyle & home décor expert Baroness Monica von Neumann (wife of the late Austrian Baron John von Neumann), and I really like them!

My favorite in the collection of four soy-based candles (Atlas, Savon, Fete and Modena) is Fete, which combines navel orange, Seychelles Cinnamon, Zanzibar Clove, Norwegian Pine, Indonesian Patchouli and exotic Amberwood to create just the type of sweet yet spicy, tangy scent I wanted. READ MORE

Beauty, Fragrance, HomeObsession of the Moment: Alora Ambiance Agrume Triple Milled Soap

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