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If like me you are still dragging out the same tired horn o' plenty and dour looking resin Pilgrim couple up from the basement for Thanksgiving, you might like to give some handsome Thanksgiving items from The Well Appointed House a whirl. They're 25 percent off the prices listed below through Sunday, November 20, and can be shipped quickly. Thanksgiving Wreath with Dried Magnolia... More
That headline caught your attention, didn't it? Me, too. It's also the clever title of a witty and useful new book by designer Jim Swan, who promises readers he'll take them on a room to room tour to transform their homes from faux pas to fabulous. He delivers. Between the comatose houseplants, the blinding entryway light  meant to discourage bad guys from wandering up to my... More
If, like me, you are drawn to flea markets where you can find nostalgic oddments such as old coins, old stamps, vintage card games, and handwritten recipes, I think you will like Monica Burke's Table Lamps as much as I do. Working at a vintage lighting studio inspired Monica to rewire old lamps and remake them using found objects and nostalgic images from old postcards and maps. Sometimes she... More
Bluestem is a restaurant in Kansas City, much-praised for creating dishes that are imaginative but that ordinary people might actually want to eat: Smoked Salmon Panna Cotta, Rack of Venison with Pickled Lady Apples, Stone Fruit Cobbler, Oatmeal-Ale Cake. It's run by passionate foodies and husband-and-wife chefs Colby and Megan Garrelts. Bluestem is also the name of their new cookbook, which... More
I sometimes toss press releases touting garden accents and statuary because it seems to me you can't improve on nature, and isn't that what gardening is all about? Nonetheless I hung on to a flier I got from a place called Fish in the Garden in Falmouth, Maine. There artist Tyson Weiss creates schools of fish out of colorful high-fired glazed ceramics or shiny brushed stainless steel... More
Audubon Ballroom, the site of Malcolm X's assassination Salvage hunters alert. Chunks of architectural history will be offered for sale in Manhattan (One Centre Street/18th floor) October 24 in a scarcely publicized city auction.  The city's Landmarks Preservation Commissionis offering facade fragments and ornaments from demolished landmarks and other buildings including terra-... More
Actor and musician Richard Gere playing guitar Actor Richard Gere is selling off his vintage guitar collection for charity. Rock on, Richard. Guitars once owned by blues legend Albert King, Jamaican reggae musician Peter Tosh and American guitar maker James D'Aquisto all hit the auction block at Christie's October 11. "I've had a love affair with guitars since I was a kid,... More
Has cooler weather put you in the mood to make soup? A fun thing about editing our Cooking School feature is that I occasionally get to go down to our shiny  Test Kitchen and try the recipes we're including in our stories. Here are a couple of  recipes for soup that I especially liked. Sweet Potato and Green Apple Soup Slicing the sweet potatoes into “planks” allows... More
An old house just cries out for old-timey flowers: brilliant upright hyacinths, peonies heavy with blossoms, buttery Wordsworthian daffodils. A great source for the heirloom bulbs that produce such nostalgic pretties is Old House Gardens (, which bills its wares as "unique, endangered, and amazing." For an introduction to antique bulbs, it has a dandy offer of $35... More
The scene: the Brimfield antique show. The set-up: Collect business cards from among the many designers and bloggers who were enjoying both the antique show and the Brimfield Tweet-Up. (What? You don’t know what a tweet-up is??) The fun: Draw three cards and give each “winner” $200 to spend 5 hours shopping the fields for treasure, with the request they report back to us with... More