Two for Tuesday: Sand Timers

I know many of us turn to our iPhone, iWatchs, iEverything when we’re looking for the time, but there’s definitely something charming of the old-school (or old-old-old school) way of keeping track of time.

Here are two options from CB2 that can keep you on track for a 15-minute or 1-hour activity.

15-minute sand timer

white sand hour glass

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Hotel to Home: Santa Clara 1728, Lisbon

The Santa Clara 1728 in Lisbon, Portugal is a small hotel with plenty of style. The tiled bathrooms, wood plank flooring, and linens look to be of the highest quality. I grabbed a photo of a dining space for today’s hotel to home inspiration. It’s definitely an easy-to-recreate space.

via Santa Clara 1728

Here’s the look I created inspired by the Santa Clara:

tablecloth, chair, dish set, glasses, lavender centrepiece, cutlery set, napkins

Hotel to Home: Macalister Mansion in Malaysia

Let’s jet off to Malaysia today, shall we?

Today, I’m bringing you to the Macalister Mansion in Georgetown, Penang. Condé Nast put this hotel on its 2013 hot list, and it only takes a moment to discover why. This restored colonial mansion (built in the early 1900s) is luxurious and charming. The eight rooms are individually designed and feature beautiful furnishings and art.

Room 6 caught my attention because of the art above the bed. It is a commissioned piece by Indonesian artist Albert Yonathan called “Sailing the Celestial Sea”. Oooh…I love all the “s” sounds in that title! The porcelain ship pieces were hand cast, and the work was inspired by the sea voyages of Sir Norman Macalister who was one of the first British Governors of Penang from 1808-1810 (when Penang was known as Prince of Wales Island).

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Macalister Mansion

If I were to infuse the feeling of Room 6 into a new space, here’s what I might include:

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bed, nightstand, table, armchair, hangers, sheet set, art, rug, speaker, lamp

The Friday Five: Hearts, Hearts, Hearts

I can’t help it. I need to showcase more hearts. I thought I had corralled enough hearts for this Valentine’s Day gift guide, but I hadn’t. I have five more heart-filled items to share with you to end this week.

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love struck round floor bin, $19.97 (on sale), Land of Nod

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black sequin heart pillow cover, $19.97 (on sale), Land of Nod

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I Love You heart dishes, $19.95, Crate & Barrel

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For Heart’s Sake stationery, Minted

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heart tote bag, $22, Sweet Escape Creative

Have a lovely weekend, dear readers!

The Friday Five: Kitchen Essentials

I know many of us just finished a couple of weeks of holiday feasting, but I can’t help but continue to talk about food and entertaining. This year, I really want to try to declutter and get rid of items that I no longer regularly use. In so doing, I’m also going to be paying close attention to what I do use.

In the kitchen, for example, these five items get quite a bit of use at my house, and they’re here to stay.

I use my KitchenAid mixer on a weekly basis to make bread, pizza dough, pasta, or desserts. It was a great investment, and I keep it on my counter for easy access.

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I use cloth napkins at my place, and I’m always looking for new sets to replace old ones. Most of mine are colourful (big surprise), but I’ll be looking to add beautiful white sets this year. They’re just so crisp and lovely.

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I recently purchased pie beads (for Lucy Waverman’s saffron chocolate tart), and they definitely kept my tart crust in top form. I look forward to baking up some more tarts and pies this year.

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I use trays quite regularly to carry food from one room to another while I’m hosting, or simply to carry my tea and treats to the living room while I veg out. Trays come in very handy during the warmer months, too, when I’m bringing things to and from the barbeque.

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Finally, I have a stack of ramekins in my cupboard that I use for just about everything – from serving olives, nuts, or candy to making baked eggs.

every-3.5-ramekin-bowls-set-of-four  ramekins

What are your kitchen essentials?

Marketplace: Getting Fishy

When I was young, I had a pet fish named Hercules. He was the easiest pet. So, when I saw this fish bowl, I thought of Hercules…

fish-bowlunderwater landscape fish bowl, $97

And then I thought that I could dedicate a post to all things fish. So that’s what I’m doing.

MIN-01U-GFA-007_A_APZUnique Fishy by Oscar & Emma, Minted

MIN-TT1-NFC-001_B_PDMinnows fabric by Emma Jean Mueller, Minted

C33744202_010_bArchipelago fish pitcher, $78, Anthropologie

Toty-Dobner-fish-candlecosy candle goldfish, £82, Rory Dobner

fish-platterfish platter, $159, Arthur Court

maxresdefaultOne Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss, $10.43, Chapters Indigo

shore-calisto-3-part-fish-dish3-part fish dish, $12.97, Crate & Barrel (on sale)

cn9633404fish one-piece, $9.99, Gap

Design: Round Mirrors

Round mirrors are so versatile. They’re great above bathroom vanities, bedroom dressers, and foyer consoles. Perhaps these photos will inspire you to use one in your own home.

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img86cKensington pivot round mirror, $249-$299, Pottery Barn

img84oShagreen round wall mirror, $995, Williams-Sonoma

iipsrvreflection round mirror, $149.99, Urban Barn

songe-mirror__0107577_PE257249_S4Songe mirror, $49.99, Ikea

ninna-white-wall-mirrorNinna white round wall mirror, $199, Crate & Barrel

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