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Pick Picks February 23, 2008

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Boring toothpicks are so passe. They’re just very pedestrian (isn’t that such a delightfully snobby way of saying it?).  I just think plain toothpicks look very “Fellowship Hall Banquet,” whereas something reusable is not only good for the environment but it also elevates presentation.  You can still make swedish meatballs, but think of how elegant they’d look presented individually stabbed with one of these picks rather than in a vat of sauce in a floral crockpot.

1.  Sleek and modern at cb2.com; 6 for $5.95 here.

2.  While disposable, these are made from bamboo, a sustainable resource.  And they’re cheap and look like you spent two hours tying little bamboo knots at the ends!

3.  Talisman offers all kinds of different beaded tops on their picks here.

4. MOMA has sets of four of these for $15

5. If I don’t buy these first, you should check out these vintage picks.  The packaging says it all- “gracious entertaining” Please excuse the crappy picture here.  The website does it more justice.

6.  And as always, check out Etsy for cute original  ideas and inspiration to make your own!

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Transitional Pieces January 24, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — shindigshoppe @ 10:44 pm

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The Louis Ghost Chair by Philip Starck is used by designers all over as a “transitional piece.” A piece that helps bridge the gap between modern furniture and more ornate antique pieces. Another classic in this genre is the Kartell Bourgie Lamp (see Desire to Inspire’s lovely ode to the lamp here). Because mixing styles is all the rage these days, I thought it would be fun to come up with a list of similar transitional pieces that blend antique sensibilities with modern punches for entertaining.

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1. This candelabra mimics the lucite-meets-classic styling of the Ghost Chair and the Bourgie lamp- at a fraction of the cost! Available here.


2. This candlestick holder has rococco detailing with plump bottoms and a glossy monochromatic glaze. Available in gold and white too! Here.

3. I don’t normally endorse plastic utensils, but you could/should reuse these.

4. I wish these came in more colors, but the bright pink makes these vintage-style pedestals instantly modern. How cute would mini cupcakes look on these?

5. I think these plates are a great bridge between classic designs, yet the lines are a bit cleaner and the colors so vibrant and fresh:

6. A very modern doily– this one is lazer cut from felt. It’s also available in other colors and shapes.

7. And this teapot is so traditional in nature- it’s Waterford… and it’s a teapot. But in clear glass and simple lines, it’s instantly updated.

Do you have any other pieces you think are perfect in transitioning two genres of design?