I promise we won’t be writing about the Sandy the Superstorm forever, but I can’t I’m not done yet! Last week, during our five powerless days, we literally burned through dozens of tea lights. I thought we had enough to last us for a year and poof, they’re all gone! We even pulled out our half-burned squirrel candle from last year. As we start preparing for the next natural disaster (it’s only a matter of time, right?), I’m going to order a couple of these lightbulb candles from Branch.com. They’re on sale marked down from $32 to $25. Not only would they light up a table, but they’re sure to provide a smile. Now, if only this wax transistor radio could give us a weather report, too….
If Salvador Dali took a guest designer post at Jonathan Adler, the Distortion Candlestick would be his first pitch. The objet d’art is actually the brainchild of designer Paul Loebach. According to Areaware’s site, “A traditional candlestick is distorted through a 3D rendering program, rapid prototyped, then cast.” The process makes for some seriously trippy footage and the gorgeous resin and marble piece. The Distortion Candlestick ($24) can be purchased in white, gray, black, slate green, clay, gold, silver, blue, or red. I’m picturing a dinner party table setting dotted with these candlesticks, Fornasetti plates, a bright table cloth, and loads of black cats. Guests should provide their own mustaches.
Is there anything more creepy than a box of old, beaten up, forgotten dolls you discover at a yard sale? Only perhaps, dismembered dolls, whose heads and limbs have gone astray. Perhaps they have wondered over to your house and ended up in your soap dish? That’s what’s your guests might think when they spot these chubby nubs in your bathroom. Real soap made from vegan glycerin, these baby doll arms will sud up your hands and send a chill down your spine. Baby powder scented, of course. Set of two is $6 at perpetualkid.com.
Hosting a Halloween party? Why not give your guests something to snicker about after they slip away to the water closet? Jack the Ripper Lavatory Mist will keep your ladies-and-gents rooms smelling refreshingly clean. Despite the yellowed label, the content is really a delightful concoction of sage and green apple. One bottle will give keep visitors smiling for about 500 applications of two sprays each. No blood curdling screams necessary. $12 at neatoshop.com. (Three other tongue-in-cheek flavors also available.)
I just finished Anthony Bourdain’s A Cook’s Tour in which he travels the world in search of the perfect meal. I loved it. While Chef Tony can be sort of abrasively arrogant on “No Reservations,” in his writing, his passion is infectious and his arrogance dulled to a swaggering, appealing bad boy disposition. Every chapter was a new adventure (Vietnam, Russia, France, Japan) and (almost) every meal described in all it’s mouthwatering glory. It was a great read. More importantly though, A Cook’s Tour also introduced me to a literary genre I hadn’t ever read before: food writing. Now that’s I’ve delved into the genre, I’m hungry for more (sorry, couldn’t resist). So how about it, Shelterrific bookworms: what’s your favorite food writing book?