Two for Tuesday: Marble Kitchen Tool

Marble…one of my favourite stones! It’s hard to resist it no matter what form it comes in. Who agrees with me?

Today, I’m sharing two beautifully formed marble mortar and pestle sets at high/low price points.

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marble mortar and pestle, $14, West Elm

marble-mortar-pestleNordstjerne marble mortar and pestle, $107, Amara

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.

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What are your kitchen essentials?

The Friday Five: Outdoor Seating

I’m thinking about interesting pieces for the patio today. Care to join me in my day dreaming?

This egg hub would be an awesome poolside addition:

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This bench with canopy would be great on my deck:

HSLN21659_largeMimi cuddle chair canopy by Hauser

This fun folding director’s chair is super for small spaces:

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This chaise (with added cushion) would be great for naps:

XVladimir Kagan “Capricorn” chaise lounge, 1st Dibs

And this peacock chair is perfect for when you really want to feel fancy:

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So, tell me, what’s your perch of choice in the summertime?

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Marketplace: Moroccan Wedding Blankets

I first posted about Moroccan wedding blankets back in 2010¬†(here)¬†and¬†then again here. They continue¬†to hold a¬†prominent place in people’s homes and in the design community. ¬†At one time, they were nearly impossible to find, but now¬†they’re available in blanket and other forms in mainstream stores like West Elm and Anthropologie, and there’s an incredible number of items available on Etsy.

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via Bohemian Life

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via Krystin Lee

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Moroccan wedding blanket, $1349.07

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Moroccan wedding pouf, $298, Anthropologie

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Moroccan wedding basket, $79, West Elm

img3oMoroccan wedding hamper, $149, West Elm

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Moroccan wedding blanket pillow, $165.82

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Moroccan wedding blanket, $1004.02