Guest Groups: Catch Spring Fever from the Kitchen and on the Table

I realize that almost all of the nation remains combating snow flurries and wading through the roads within their Wellies, but I have springtime about the noggin — and in feverish proportions! It has been so sunny around these parts that I’ve forgotten we’re only just a few months into the year. (I’m not trying to rub in my perfect weather, guarantee.)

Spring cleaning, redecorating projects and potting fresh crops have been consuming my free time, and I’ve bookmarked several items for my kitchen and tabletop that sing the spring seem louder than a newly hatched chick. Let’s bud a fresh life in our spaces with new spring-inspired design! — Kristin from The Cuisinerd

Burke Decor

Repair Herb Pot – $44.95

Sagaform may do no wrong. I love every cooperation and each product they put on the market. This indoor herb system is completely gorgeous. A tip of my hat to you!


Santa Fe Table Runner by Avril Loreti – $55

Even the tiniest update to your own table can actually transform your entire dining experience. This runner is a party waiting to happen, and I think there’s no signs of it stopping any time soon. Olé!


Object & Totem Tumbler Cup, Patina – $32

Turquoise. You had me turquoise.


Mineral Magnet Set – $36

I’m a magpie at heart. Shiny items, glitter and diamonds are my collectible weaknesses, and these stone magnets are so bright and fun that they have to be put on my refrigerator immediately. Talk about the must-have appliance accessory.

West Elm

Garden Mister – $14

I recently stumbled upon this mighty wonder, and boy gets my green thumb enhanced. Since bringing it home, my terrariums and Tillandsias have sprung back to life, and I will no longer be responsible for drowning the houseplants to departure. Hooray!

Old Faithful Shop

Dodecahedron Terrarium – $160

Speaking of terrariums. One-in-every-room kind of obsessed. I love the geometric structure of the container, and it’s making me think that I might just need one more for my collection.


Happy Peas & Grumpy Carrot Tea Towel – GBP 10

Tea towels have always been my method of incorporating “artwork” to my kitchen. I have a collection of geometric patterns, colorful splashes and, uh, funny threads. Oh cranky carrot, how you make me giggle.


Salt Bird – GBP 18

I’ve resisted including a salt cellar to my kitchen for a little while now. I attempt to make the majority of the little counter area that I have. This little fella is making that fact cave faster than the usual BOGO sale at whosey-whats-its, and I think I’ll be clearing up some space for him today.


French Carafe + Stacking Glasses – $36

Does this decanter and glass place not scream “meet me on the patio for iced tea and magazines”? This really is a lazy Sunday that I need in my life, stat.

Milk Farm Road

Giant Dipped Jar – $25

I have a issue with the paint-dipped trend — as in, I really want it anywhere in my life, and I’ve got to hold myself back a little here. If I could select one thing to showcase this fashion, it’d be, hands down, this glass vase. I’ve obtained some budding tree branches which would love to make a little house in there.


Kitchen Towel with Stripes – $19

Nothing says spring like new starts. I’m adding new linens to that list as well. Hello, lovelies!


Flamingo & Anniversary Rose Side Plate – $49.82

I would love to start an assortment of plates which will leave guests surprised after they’ve finished their salads. This one is going on top of the wish list.


Animal Farm Chip Clips – $8.50

Because my purse of bulgur requires an animal clip in its life. No, seriously.

Jonathan Adler

Futura Seder Plate – $150

This plate transfers me to Palm Springs, a swimming pool and a need for appetizers under an umbrella.


Imperial Cheese Knives – $198

Simply put in a blanket, a grassy area plus also a bottle of rosé — oh, and cheese, definitely several kinds of cheese.

Fishs Eddy

Floral Italian Wineglasses – $36

Oh hello, deco floral glass collection! It’s so smart and so cheap that you may as well go and order two sets.

Contemporary Outdoor Lounge Chairs – $359.95

I can see many weekends spent moving from this swanky outdoor seat. Set me up with a little shade and a lemonade, and you will have one happy little lady.


February Teapot by Yellena James – $200

My morning tea ritual won’t be ending once the chill of winter dissipates. How can it when served in this type of fanciful teapot? This is the steeping stunner.

Burke Decor

Geometric Napkins – $70

Get these skewers on the grill and put some ice in the sangria. These retro napkins are all set to find the day shakin’!


Citrus Juicer – $3.95

The oranges are nearly ready to pick, and this handsome devil will juice them up in fashion. This is formally going to become my main squeeze.

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Guest Picks: Stock a Playroom With Stylish Toys

With so many beautiful, well-designed toys and amusements out there, it is difficult to justify Tickle Me Elmo. After all, even if you’re going to have lively objects strewn about, why not make them attractive? Here are 20 picks for a stylish playroom that you and your children will enjoy. — Stephanie from Stephmodo

Brinca Dada

Kaleidos – $55

If there were an award for prettiest toy, then it would go to this one. It is such a wonderful way to flaunt a passion for color and color theory at home. Designed with a renowned performer and education pro, this colorful set is an excellent addition to the Brinca Dada collection.


Duktig Mini-Kitchen | IKEA – $99.99

May I introduce you to my beloved contemporary, well-priced play kitchen? Plus it comes for under $100! The cooker even lights up with the inclusion of a few batteries. It is a true keeper.

Uncle Goose

French ABC Blocks – $39

Alphabet blocks are the timeless toy which no playroom can do without. If a second language is spoken in your home, these would be the perfect blocks to use for learning words and letters. I was amazed at how many languages can be found: Arabic, Polish, German, Danish, Cherokee, Greek, Maori, Korean, etc..


Colorful and eclectic, this whimsical playroom is filled with classic and vintage-inspired toys. The retro wooden kitchen is a favorite of mine.

Brinca Dada

Parachutists – $29

Good clean fun is in store for your children (most likely boys), especially in the event that you’ve got a second story landing that is just begging to be utilised in a suitable way.


Ekorre Toddle Wagon/Walker, Light Blue – $19.99

Your toddler will feel like a big kid pushing about that wooden walker. It is such a fine find, and the price line is exceptional.

Brinca Dada

Zoe House – $169

Who needs a Barbie house when this stunning dollhouse is out there? In reality, all the dollhouses by this brand are perfect for the design enthusiast.

Produits France

Wooden Fox out of France – GBP 12.41

This is the sweetest pull toy around. Oh my goodness, my kids and I can’t get enough of those French toys.

Hella Slingshots

Neon Yellow & Natural Slingshot – $30

This is absolutely an outdoor toy, but consider storing it indoors, propped up against other toys on a contemporary shelf or hung on the wall. It is just so damn attractive — which neon! It’d be a pity to tuck those slingshots away.

Brinca Dada

Blocks, Walnut – $89

Some toys, such as these stunning walnut blocks by Brinca Dada, just aren’t meant to be pieced together perfectly. Certain children (and adults), will love a more spontaneous building session — one which looks different every single time. I also just think that they are downright gorgeous.


Manhattan Toy Beads Wood Rattle, Classic – $11.50

All these are so pretty that you won’t mind when they’re left out. In reality, you may even encourage it.


Playsam Dollhouse – EUR 95

My heart went pitter-patter once I spotted this sweet but contemporary dollhouse. It’s a delightful addition to any little girl’s world. When unused, only store the furniture and dolls inside the house, and then turn it around so that only the blank side is observable.

Plain Mary

Pinkberry Mini Suitcases Nested Set – $24.99

Use suitcases for storage or to get dress-up. Either way, it is a fantastic move, as these are not only beautifully made, but inexpensive too.


I love the fun mix of colour and timeless toys (such as the wooden horse and Pinocchio) in this playroom. Colorful baskets and suitcases function as storage for toys that are smaller.


Wooden Toy Skittles Bowling Game by Little Alouette – $25

I’m always on the hunt for intelligent, classic toys which may keep the kids amused for extended periods of time (especially in the winter months when the park isn’t a choice). This wooden bowling match stole my and my kids’ hearts quickly. You will be amazed at just how inexpensive it’s too. In reality, everything over at Little Alouette is top notch.


Måla Easel – $14.99

This timeless easel is a really wonderful addition to a contemporary playroom. It is nice to have a variety of toys, and this one adds height and vertical interest.


This is a fun way to organize toys in order that seeing guests and small children (who cannot read) know where to put everything.


Balancing Blocks – $48

Produce your own Stonehenge with all these hand-painted sculptural balancing cubes from Areaware.


Navy and White Horizontal Stripe Tent and Mat by The Teepee Guy – $180

When you wear stripes almost daily, it appears only natural to consider a striped tepee for your playroom. Joyful and vivid, this implies immediate happiness for everybody within its walls.

Kinetic Creatures

Geno that the Giraffe – $49.95

It is surely a toy (and I expect your children use it as such), but this giraffe will look awfully sculptural on the shelf too. I strongly recommend keeping this one in full view at all times, as it provides a fun look to some drama space.

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