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Current Obsessions: Holiday Prep


Current Obsessions: Holiday Prep

November 23, 2019
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Above: We were inspired to revisit our post DIY: A Thanksgiving Centerpiece (for Under $10) after reading the NY Times report on the history of celery, the “unsung hero of Thanksgiving.” During the Edwardian era, according to the Times, “raw stalks were arranged in crystal vases created specifically for the purpose of showing off the era’s ‘It’ ingredient.”
  • Fancy a holiday in Lake Tahoe? Heath Ceramics owners Cathy Bailey and Robin Petravic are offering a three-night stay at their artfully remodeled Alpine Meadows cabin; for details, go to Enter to Win a Weekend Stay at a Mountainside Cabin in Tahoe.
  • NYers: Make sure to visit our friends Byron and Dexter Peart’s Goodee pop-up at the Whitney; for info, go to Goodee.
  • Famed SF art dealer Edith Caldwell has opened a new gallery, Edith Caldwell Abode, in downtown Santa Barbara, offering contemporary art as well as antique and vintage furniture and home accessories.
  • Happening (and worth a visit) in Berkeley, CA: the Jim Zivic Art Show/Holiday Market, 2728 Martin Luther King Jr. Way (by appointment; call 510-900-6127).
  • Marie Kondo, organizer extraordinaire, has launched an online shop; peruse the offerings at Marie Kondo. And read Penelope Green’s on-point analysis at the NY Times (“On Twitter, some users were in baffled awe of the downsizing expert’s pivot to consumption”).
  • On Sunday, November 24, from noon to 5 pm, Kristen Lombardi (the “hands” behind High Hand Mending Company), will be in residence at Pod in Boston offering custom hand-embroidery; 35 Sacramento Street, Cambridge, MA.
  • Francis Mallmann, rugged individualist, chef, and creative advisor to Best Made Co., has designed a capsule collection for the holidays (available online and at Best Made NY and LA stores). Well worth a look.
  • Just opened: the Stratford Hotel in East London, designed by Space Copenhagen and inspired by the vibe of the Chelsea Hotel in NYC.
  • Londoners take note: Howe is hosting a Christmas shopping event on December 6th and 7th. “We’ll have a big area for gifts under £550 (and a small area for gifts under £250), we’ll also have music, mince pies, and a wrapping station. Come one, come all.” For info, go to Howe.
  • Open until December 31st in NYC: Marfakind, a pop-up shop from stylist and art director Kieley Kimmel. On offer: objects, sculpture, vintage textiles, and clothing and jewelry.
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