Current Obsessions: Beyond Black Friday by

Issue 47 · Dining and Entertaining · November 24, 2012

Current Obsessions: Beyond Black Friday

Issue 47 · Dining and Entertaining · November 24, 2012

Here's a roundup of what's piquing our interest this week:

Above: The ultimate hearth? We think so: Orchard House in Sebastopol, California. Photo by David Lauridsen for Dwell.

• The countdown begins; a DIY advent calendar from A Merry Mishap.

• Christine is looking here for gift inspiration for the eco warriors in her life.

• We approve: celebrities who garden.

Above: A row of vintage chopping blocks as decor at Restaurant Höst; why didn't we think of this first?

• A prefab, flood-resistant home in Austria from Studio Wolfgang Tschapeller.

• Inspired by this trio of garage makeovers.

• Julie pinned this sheepskin bed cover. Furriness.

• Alexa's been admiring the latest collection from Arts & Science.

Above: In London, Amanda Cox of Nonesuch Things and Christina Wilson are hosting a gathering of Lovely Merchants upstairs at the Victoria Pub on Sunday from noon to 5:30 pm.

• We can't help it: we're scrutinizing Madonna's $23.5 million NYC listing on the Upper West Side.

Above: Christine was there: annual Thanksgiving service at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

• Sarah's been perusing Wilder Quarterly's Fall Issue.

Above: Kendra's been catching up with News from Nowhere and admiring the Colt's Foot in the Hedgerows.

Have an opinion? Care to comment? We'd love to hear what you have to say.