gifts for your rooms: library

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Ok, all you procrastinators, not done with your holiday shopping yet? Our favorite last minute, fail-safe gifts are always books. Here’s our picks for this season, any one of which we would be thrilled to receive!

Marcel Dzama, the Course of Human History, $70 at Curiosity Shoppe. From one of our favorite artists, includes a nearly 6-ft long reproduction of one of his paintings.

Jamie’s Italy, $23. We are already addicted to Jamie’s Dinners, so we can’t wait to get this one!

Southern Cookbook: Stories and Recipes for Southerners and Would-Be Southerners, $23 by the Lee Brothers. We always rip-and-save their stories from The New York Times, MSL and other mags.

The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton, $17. A romantic look at buildings and architecture, soon to be a PBS series.

Joy of Cooking, 75th Anniversary Edition, $18. No household should be without, and this new edition makes it hard to resist.

Stuff on my Cat Daily calendar, $10. A chuckle a day, provided by the popular blog.

Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century $25 by Alex Steffan, Al Gore and Bruce Sterling. Beautiful, informative and inspiring!

Antiques of the Future by Lisa S. Roberts & Michael Graves, $21. How many of these collectibles do you own already?

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pretty crafty: mary's can-dles

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When I found some fun vintage tin cans at an estate sale, I got inspired to make candles for the first time in my life. I’m thrilled with my freshman effort, especially a vanilla candle that’s just SWEL. Click here to see more photos at Flickr and read on for tips on candling up some cans of your own.

the how-to
1. Measure your containers’ circumference—this determines what size wick you’ll use. Also, do the math on how much wax it will hold. I skipped that step, bought two pounds of wax, and needed an additional four.

2. Read the wax instructions before you buy. I had to open the package in the store to check the instructions, but good thing I did—I learned that soy candles wouldn’t burn correctly with the wire wicks I had in my cart.

3. My wax had microwave instructions, but I used a double boiler with a candy thermometer. I’m a lot more comfortable when I know exactly when something flammable should be removed from heat.

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pretty crafty: mary’s can-dles

marycandles.jpg

When I found some fun vintage tin cans at an estate sale, I got inspired to make candles for the first time in my life. I’m thrilled with my freshman effort, especially a vanilla candle that’s just SWEL. Click here to see more photos at Flickr and read on for tips on candling up some cans of your own.

the how-to
1. Measure your containers’ circumference—this determines what size wick you’ll use. Also, do the math on how much wax it will hold. I skipped that step, bought two pounds of wax, and needed an additional four.

2. Read the wax instructions before you buy. I had to open the package in the store to check the instructions, but good thing I did—I learned that soy candles wouldn’t burn correctly with the wire wicks I had in my cart.

3. My wax had microwave instructions, but I used a double boiler with a candy thermometer. I’m a lot more comfortable when I know exactly when something flammable should be removed from heat.

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gifts for your rooms: kids

(You didn’t think we’d forget the little ones, did you?)

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Hand Crocheted Fire Engine, $80 from This is Auto. Rev ’em up while they’re in the crib. Comes with removable fireman finger puppets.

Mini Dolimen Radio, $48 at MoMA Store. Made of rubber-finished ABS plastic, it’s the perfect first tech gadget.

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My Sweet Dog, $95 at Kid-O NYC. Adorable pull toy by Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara.

Play garden, $75 at Uncommon Goods. A magnetic window sill with flowers, veggies and bugs. Turns into its own carrying case.

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Toy Trailer, $185 at Rose and Radish. From German company Sirch.

Knit penguins, $18 + at Branch Home. The artic birds are all the rage this year. Give your munchkins a handmade, natural wool yarn version, knitted in Kenya.

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Big Loves Small clock, $39 from Zebra Hall. A fun way to learn to tell time.

Soft toys from Lotta Jansdotter, $16 at Greener Grass Design. You don’t need to be a kiddie to drool over these cute plushies.

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