blogwatch: where we’ve been clicking this week


We are going bananas over these salt and pepper shakers spotted over at Whorange. They are very appealing, yes?

The right basket could make or break an entry way or bathroom. CasaSugar helps narrow it down with this wire basket roundup so we can get to the organizing already.

Speaking of baskets, if green is more your shade of style, how about a basket fashioned from an up-cycled garden hose? Via Re-nest.

BLDGBLOG has a fascinating post about the concept of cryptoforests, and how feral landscapes are reclaiming ground in the urban sphere.

Brita, meet your better-designed sister: the Mavea pitcher, at NOTCOT.

DIY beach glass in four hours, for mosaics, paving, or just for fun. Awesome — thanks, Evil Mad Scientist!

Healthy, spicy, and satisfying : sounds like the perfect moderate winter meal! These cold noodles with peanut sauce from David Lebovitz are definitely on the menu this weekend.

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blossoms in winter: scoops of flower measuring spoons

Scoops of Flower Measuring Spoons

I don’t know about you guys, but I am over this whole winter thing. After the holidays, the long stretch of frigid, snowy weeks until spring seems endless (especially with no presents or crazy parties to look forward to). In Chicago in particular, things get as gray as Dorothy Gale’s pre-Oz life. I just spotted this set of measuring spoons guaranteed to add a little color to my kitchen and cheer me up! The Scoops of Flower Measuring Spoons from ModCloth ($25) double as a ceramic mini garden to adorn your counter top. Though they do look delicate and I wouldn’t dub them ‘kid friendly’ by any means, the majority of reviews online confirmed that they arrived intact and were absolutely functional (in addition to being super cute). –Katie D.

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simply floored: new designs from flor



I’m constantly on the quest for the perfect rug: something stylish, affordable, and durable enough to standup to the abuse from two less-than-tidy adults and two poorly-behaved felines. An option I’ve been considering is FLOR, since it’s totally customizable, affordable, and easy to repair when damaged. I must say, after receiving their most recent catalog, I’m even more intrigued. They’ve got a bunch of new designs that would work well in our space, such as the Missoni-esque Mag-neat-o-radiant, $24.99/tile. Even more appealing is the Sophistikat, a modern, chevron ikat pattern priced at a much more moderate $12.99/tile. But apparently, everyone’s digging the Sophistikat — it’s currently backordered (cue sad trombone). I better find the right choice soon, because between now and Feb. 2, FLOR is offering free shipping on first orders with code CBLM5RA7. –Megan B.

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site we’re psyched about: sippity sup


SippitySup came across our radar via this article in Food and Wine Magazine about the gorgeous kitchens of food bloggers. SippitySup is the food and wine blog-brainchild of Grant (Sip) and Greg (Sup), two gourmands extraordinaires who decided to join forces and dedicate themselves to, in their words, “serious fun food”. The cache of recent recipes includes a gorgeous shaved brussels sprouts salad, Julia Child’s braised endive, and a drool-inducing lobster mac and cheese. But they are much more than your average blog, hosting a well-curated kitchen shop filled with must-haves, like these brightly colored Melaboo mixing bowls, the uber-covetable mypressi twist espresso maker, and this space-aged magnetic spice rack. There’s enough culinary wonder and delight to keep you occupied for hours. Enjoy!

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