steal this idea! shell showerhead

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I know it’s not the season to be thinking about sea-themed decor, but I wanted to share this one clever idea I spotted during our stay in Tulum, Mexico last week. We were staying at the lovely Ana y Jose resort, a laid back yet well-appointed nook on a long beach of thatched-roofed getaways. Our room featured a great walk-in shower stall that had a sea shell as the shower head. It looked simple enough, like they just drilled in a bunch of holes and stuck it up on the pipe. If you don’t live near a beach where you can comb through the sand for your own, there’s plenty to be found online at sites like this. It’d be great for an outdoor shower at a weekend house, don’t you think? — Angela M.

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tulum dreams: off to the mayan riviera

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Ah, doesn’t that oceanfront room look inviting? I hope it is as lovely in person as it is online, because Chad & I are heading that way today! We’re off on our honeymoon, which will be a brief, but hopefully blissful, five nights in Tulum, Mexico. We’ll be back next week, and between now then posting will be a light. But don’t worry, we still have a few treats coming your way thanks to our contributors! I’m sure I’ll have some fun folk art finds or culinary treats to share with you next week. Till then! — Angela M.

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check out world’s coolest stores: any missing?

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Our MacDonald’s post is stirring our wanderlust. Even though we’re stuck at our desks today, we can still soak in some international design thanks to Concierge.com’s Coolest Store gallery. You’ll find the chicest, must uber-designed boutiques in there — from Milan to Toyoko. Our favorite though, is sort of in our backyard. It’s the Comme des Garcon store in Chelsea, whose womb like enterance really puts you in the mood to buy one of Rei Kawabuko’s amazing designs (or at least a lovely scented candle). What’s your favorite store, design-wise?

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check out world's coolest stores: any missing?

shelter_commesdesnyc.jpg

Our MacDonald’s post is stirring our wanderlust. Even though we’re stuck at our desks today, we can still soak in some international design thanks to Concierge.com’s Coolest Store gallery. You’ll find the chicest, must uber-designed boutiques in there — from Milan to Toyoko. Our favorite though, is sort of in our backyard. It’s the Comme des Garcon store in Chelsea, whose womb like enterance really puts you in the mood to buy one of Rei Kawabuko’s amazing designs (or at least a lovely scented candle). What’s your favorite store, design-wise?

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eating your big mac with arne jacobsen

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The Mid-Century Modernist asks, “Why are Europeans so much classier than Americans?” Can’t say I would agree across the board, but also can’t say I’ve ever been in a McDonald’s quite this awesome in any country. You’ll find it on Edgware Rd in London and it features the designs of the amazing Arne Jacobson. It seems to be a trend; his Series 7 and Swan chairs are spreading to more of the food chain’s locations throughout Europe. It does remind me of being in Paris quite a few years ago and insisting that we eat at the (no longer in business, apparently — at least I couldn’t find it online) French version of McDonald’s, Quikburger, where the promotional items weren’t cheap plastic movie tie-ins but drinking glasses made of actual glass and printed with glossy illustrations by Keith Haring. Sigh. – Mary T.

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