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Every collection has to start somewhere, and for Lisa Congdon, it began with a dish. Nearly ten years ago, the San Francisco–based artist (and co-owner of local design shop Rare Device) picked up a piece of Cathrineholm enamelware at a flea market, drawn to its bold hue and simple pattern. After researching the piece’s provenance, she began scouting garage and rummage sales for similar items. “I try not to buy on eBay, because I like the challenge of finding each piece and the story that goes along with it,” she explains.
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Oftentimes, a cardboard box of baking soda in the refrigerator just doesn’t seem to be doing enough to eliminate smells. Cue in this neat little guy. The Kuro Cube is a combination of oak and organically produced powdered white charcoal, both crafted in Korea. It efficiently gets rid of pesky odors that linger in your fridge, but can also be used as a purifier for other closed-off spaces, such as closets and drawers. And it gets better—Kuro can be used as a fertilizer once its first life is through.
- A good blender can turn almost any mischievous mixture into a delicious treat. We put four to the test in search of the best.
- Kathleen Walsh is the founder and head designer of the Los Angeles–based design firm Walteria Living, which was established in 2004.
There are few things worse than super-specified, superfluous kitchen utensils. (Surely we can all slice an avocado without an avocado slicer.) This combo digital scale and measuring cup, exclusive to Williams-Sonoma, offers two useful tools without adding clutter to your kitchen.
A seated 12-course dinner may still exist in some corner of the universe, but our favorite kind of to-do is the one that keeps a host out of the kitchen. These gadgets take the work out of food prep, leaving more time to party.
- By taking advantage of economies of scale, a Houston native and a pair of mod-minded developers team up to create nine affordable row houses in the Houston Heights.
This apron is so damn cute it just might convince us to start making brownies, or meatloaf, or scrambled eggs, or absolutely anything to give us an excuse to put it on and prance around the kitchen. We're just now being introduced to the wonder that is Zakka Nouveau but are beyond taken with the textiles on offer—coasters, tea towels, brilliant bento bags, and more—and would highly recommend a click through if you're still on the search for holiday gifties.
- There is no shortage of incredible kitchen systems to ogle—and if you're lucky, incorporate into your home.