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    Take a look at what's on our radar this week.

    Style Me Pretty Friendsgiving Thanksgiving | Remodelista

    • Above: To prep for our upcoming Holiday Table issue, we're taking inspiration from an outdoor Friendsgiving feast. Photograph by Jessica Weiser.
    • AirBnb alert: First the company launches Pineapple, a new print travel magazine, then they turn an airplane into an apartment. 
    • Aspiring mixologists, take a look at the tools of the trade

    Tour of Mjolk on DesignSponge | Remodelista

    • Above: Tour Mjölk, our favorite store in Toronto. Photograph courtesy of Design Milk. 
    • Proof that you can create a completely DIY Thanksgiving—without it looking DIY.
    • Before you hire a caterer for a holiday feast, read this.

    Lubna Studio Sale | Remodelista

    London Market The New Craftsmen

    • Above: Last Saturday we held our first overseas Remodelista Market in London. We're back at it in Los Angeles on December 6 and in San Francisco on December 13. Photograph by Rahel Weiss.
    • Christmas tree ornaments we can get behind. 
    • Ikea is gearing up to manufacture and sell products from its fifites and sixties catalogues. 

    Instagram and Pinterest Picks of the Week

    Remodelista Instagram Pick of the Week: @kristenperers

    • Above: This week we're ogling London photographer Kristen Perer's (@kristenperer) Instagram feed. 
    • If you have a penchant for minimal white spaces, you'll love fashion blogger Ivania Carpio's Interior board on Pinterest. 

    Go to All in the Family to catch up on our latest Remodelista posts, and take a look at Gardenista's week of The Family Farm

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    The Thanksgiving countdown is on, and we're taking the relaxed route. Turn to us this week for ways to make your life easier: nearly instant tabletop decor, inspired cookbooks, the perfect hostess gifts—and exactly what you need to clean up with style too.

    The Holiday Table Remodelista Issue

    Above: Photograph via Jersey Ice Cream Co.

    Monday

    Relae A Book of Ideas by Christian R Puglisi | Remodelista

    Above: In today's Gift Guide, Sarah presents our favorite cookbooks of the year. Sarah herself applies the same strict rule to cookbook and clothing purchases: "I only buy things I'm actually going to use and that I'll want to have around for a long time."

    Tuesday

      Pastry chef Amanda Cheng and chef Makoto Ono of Pidgin in Vancouver | Remodelista

    Above: Pidgin in Vancouver has an inviting East-meets-West menu and design. Its warm, clean-lined look is worth replicating at home—see Tuesday's Restaurant Visit

    Wednesday

    La Vie Rustic Apricot Sea Salt, Remodelista

    Above: On Wednesday, watch for Kitchen Accessories, including perfect hostess gifts for the Francophile. 

    Falcon Fabricware dish towels and oven mitts from the UK | Remodelista

    Above: You've likely admired Falcon's enamelware. Now the UK company is branching out with a new line of Kitchen Linens woven in a mill in Lancashire. 

    Thursday

    Fall Table Sunday Suppers | Remodelista

    Above: Vegetable centerpieces, falling leaf displays—turn to us on Thanksgiving for Tabletop ideas that make clever use of ingredients you already have on hand. 

    Friday

      Andre Jardin Broom and Dustpan Set from Mr. and Mrs. Clynk | Remodelista

    Above: Time for a clean sweep: In Friday's Domestic Science column, we're rounding up display-worthy brooms.

    Go to Gardenista for Garden-to-Table recipes—festive drinks included—DIY flower arrangements, and the best sources for ordering local bouquets around the country.

    More Stories from Remodelista


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    London chef, stylist, and vegetarian cookbook author Anna Jones wants to change the way we eat. And if my steak-loving teenage sons—who recently ate a week’s worth of her recipes without missing meat—are anything to go by, she's on a fast track to success. In her recently published first cookbook, A Modern Way to Eat, Jones, one of Jamie Oliver’s original apprentices at his restaurant Fifteen, offers nourishing, tasty, and quick recipes for people with busy lifestyles. “I believe that eating should be joyful, but as soon as rules, pressure, and diets are linked with eating, we lose track of that joy,” she says.

    We recently stopped by to visit Jones in the semi-detached Victorian that she shares with her boyfriend John Dale in East London. "Two Swedish friends used a lovely Swedish expression to describe my house," she says. "They translated it as having the feeling of clean air and freshness—like having all the windows open. If I can make people feel that way in my home and with my food, I'll be a very happy girl." Come take the tour.

    Photography by Jonathan Gooch for Remodelista.

    Portrait of Anna Jones cutting vegetables in her kitchen with wood countertops and plywood under the counter kitchen cabinets | Remodelista

    Above: Anna Jones in the spot where she spends most of her time. "A Modern Way to Eat was shot in my kitchen and all over the house," she says. "We chased the best light as it changed throughout the day; we even ended up shooting on the spare bed a couple of times."

    Bluebell Sofa and Chair from sofa.com layered with different colored cushions, antique etched mirror by Daniel Heath, shutters with brass piano hinges in Anna Jones London home | Remodelista

    Above: "I like to think that the way I work with flavor is reflected in how I put my house together," Jones says. "I begin with a calm canvas and then add layers of color and texture." In the front sitting room, Jones selected the Bluebell Sofa and Chair from Sofa.com for their deep seats and high backs—"I like a sofa that can be curled up on." The mirror on the wall by East End designer Daniel Heath is an antique piece that has been renewed with a hand-etched inscription and illustrations of birds.

    Bluebell Chair from sofa.com layered with vintage Welsh blanket, Ercol side table, shutters with brass piano hinges, snowflake pattern on glass, in Anna Jones London home | Remodelista

    Above: Jones layers the room with textiles and patterns. She purchased the vintage blanket from Welsh Blankets, a source she discovered at an antiques market. On the windows, she applied a frosted window sticker from Window Film. "This is an easy solution that lets the light come in while still giving us some privacy from the street," she says. "What I love the most about this particular design is how the light comes through in the morning, casting star patterns and shapes on the walls." For complete privacy, large panels of painted MDF with brass piano hinges can be pulled across the window like shutters. In Design Sleuth, Julie discusses the allure of the piano hinge.

    Wood stove and metal bucket, books arranged by color on Russel Bamber black bookshelf in Living Room of Anna Jones home in London | Remodelista

    Above: "In the winter we use our woodburning stove every day; it's one of my favorite things in the house," says Jones. "The steel bucket is full of wood and old newspapers for building fires, something my boyfriend takes very seriously."

    books arranged by color on Russel Bamber black bookshelf in Living Room of Anna Jones home in London | Remodelista

    Above: Artist/designer (and across-the-street neighbor) Russell Bamber built much of the cabinetry in Jones's house, including the interior shutters and the kitchen cabinets. In a niche in the living room, he devised a clever shelving system that is held in place by the force of gravity only. "No screws or fixings at all," Jones says, "they are completely adaptable and portable as we change and grow in our house."

    Yellow Crosley record player on yellow formica topped table in corner of Living Room of books arranged by color on Russel Bamber black bookshelf in Living Room of Anna Jones home in London | Remodelista

    Above: Jones's music corner is situated in what was formerly the rear sitting room. The wall between the front and rear sitting rooms was removed to create one large living room. "Music is really important to me," Jones says. "My brother Owen is an amazing guitar player and I love to hear him play when he comes to visit." The lace curtain shields a bathroom on the other side.

    Yellow Crosley record player on yellow formica topped table in corner of Living Room of books arranged by color on Russel Bamber black bookshelf in Living Room of Anna Jones home in London | Remodelista

    Above: A portable Crosley record player sits on a yellow Formica-topped desk from the Ardingly Antiques Fair, one of Jones's favorite places for sourcing props. "My dad recently gave me all of his old records—old soul and Motown, the O'Jays, Muddy Waters, and a lot of Beatles—that we've been playing and dancing to a lot," says Jones. "In the summer we often have dinners in the garden and we move the Crosley outside."

    Door between entry hall and living room replace with frosted glass in Anna Jones home in London | Remodelista

    Above: A panel of striped frosted glass replaced a door; it draws light from the hallway into the living room.

    Pegboard as radiator cover in entry hall of Anna Jones London home | Remodelista

    Above: In the entry hall, Jones created a pegboard radiator cover. Julia Child would approve.

    Plywood under the counter kitchen cabinets with cut out handles and wood countertop in kitchen of Anna Jones London home | Remodelista

    Above: Plywood cabinets by Russell Bamber lend the kitchen a casual and organic feel. "I love the cutout handles," Jones says. "They're such a simple and clean little design tweak." The vintage French glass pendant light is from Two Columbia Road.

    Wood countertop, wood cutting board with green vegetables, gooseneck faucet, knives on magnetic holder, mini beige subway tiles as backsplash in Anna Jones London home | Remodelista

    Above: A set of knives are stored on a magnetic rack next to the sink for easy access.

    Wood dining room table and teal curtain with white Eames molded plastic chairs in Anna Jones London home | Remodelista

    Above: The wood dining table can seat as many as 15; it came from the Ardingly Antiques Fair. The Circus Pendant from the Conran Shop provides a warm glow over the table.

    Wood dining room table with bowls of vegetable and fruit and open copy of A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones | Remodelista

    Above: "Most days, the table doubles as my desk while I try out new recipes," Jones says. A Modern Way to Eat, published by Fourth Estate and with photography by Brian Ferry, is shown here open to one of her favorite holiday recipes, Seeded Pistachio and Squash Galette. Now on its third print run since its launch in June, the book is available in the US through Amazon.com for $22.40 and in the UK through Amazon.co.uk for £17.

    Painted white brick bathroom with dark gray vintage lace curtains and mult-colored candles in Anna Jones London home | Remodelista

    Above: The ground floor bathroom's curtain is lace that Jones purchased from Chappelle Rouge and dyed herself.

    Bed with gray vintage French headboard with linen sheets, Wood shelves on wood brackets in bedroom niche, Anna Jones London home | Remodelista

    Above: In the bedroom, plywood shelves on wood brackets are built into a niche (note the Remodelista book on the second shelf).

    Bed with gray vintage French headboard with linen sheets, Noguchi paper pendant hanging from ceiling, in Anna Jones London home | Remodelista

    Above: The French bed frame was an end-of-the day bargain from the Ardingly Antiques Fair. "The romantic headboard works in contrast to the calm of our room," Jones says. A simple radiator cover provides bench seating in the bay window.

    Clothes arranged by color on open rail in white room with gray rug in Anna Jones London home | Remodelista

    Above: "I like keeping my clothes on show," Jones says. "I think in color, so seeing them lined up by shade makes it easier for me to put together an outfit."

    Vintage dresser witih botanical print and candles in concrete container in Anna Jones London home | Remodelista

    Above: "I am a big fan of mixing pre-loved furniture with new things," says Jones of her flea market dresser. "It's much more affordable too."

    Desk overlooking courtyard of Victorian school in office of Yellow Crosley record player on yellow formica topped table in corner of Living Room of books arranged by color on Russel Bamber black bookshelf in Living Room of Anna Jones home in London | Remo

    Above: In the office upstairs, Jones looks out onto the the courtyard of a converted Victorian school. "Our house was orginally the caretaker's house," she says.

    Semi-detached Victorian house in East End of London, Brick with painted white trim | Remodelista

    Above: Anna Jones's Victorian is similar to many of the houses in the East End of London.

    If you're planning a trip to London, be sure to consult our London City Guides. Remodelista friend Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks is a big fan of Anna Jones; check out Heidi Swanson's Travel Kit in our Style Council post.

    And on Gardenista, there's more innovative cooking in Required Reading: Green Kitchen Travels.

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    Ochre’s new Sable Chair is a crowd-pleaser. With its elegant proportions and slim metal frame clad head to toe in leather (the kind that gets better with age), this is the chair that will always let you squeeze in just one more with effortless style.

    Thin metal frame and leather wrapped chairs Sable chairs around wood and metal Whippet Table from Ochre | Remodelista

    Above: A group of Sable Chairs gathered around the Whippet Table. "An elegant dining table needs elegant chairs," says Harriet Maxwell Macdonald, a founding partner of Ochre, which has shops in London and New York City. "We wanted to create a discreet dining chair to match the delicately proportioned legs of our Whippet Table."

    Thin metal frame and leather wrapped Sable Chairs from Ochre against gray wall | Remodelista

    Above: The metal-frame chairs are wrapped in hand-dyed Italian saddle leather and have hand-sewn seams and scalloped corners.

    Thin metal frame and leather wrapped chairs in Chili Red from Ochre | Remodelista

    Above: The chairs are available in seven colors, which range, says Maxwell Macdonald, from "natural rich browns and distant gray to a glamorous chili red." Beet is shown here.

    Detail of Limed Oak Wood inset in metal leg of Whippet Table by Ochre | Remodelista

    Above: The corner detail of the Whippet Table shows how its fumed limed-oak top is inset into delicate metal legs. "The final result has a touch of ballet about it," says Maxwell Macdonald. Contact Ochre for pricing information on the Sable Chair and Whippet Table. 

    Group of Celestial Pendants hang over Whippet Table and Sable Chairs by Ochre | Remodelista

    The founders of Ochre excel in effortless, stylish living. See their own quarters in:
    And on Gardenista, have a look at The Last Outdoor Dinner of the Season.

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    I've come to treat cookbook purchases the way I approach shopping for clothes: I only buy what I know I'll put to use and want to have around for a long time. No impulse purchases. I feel the same way about giving books. I want them to be read and used. Here are five that will resonate with a variety of palates and cooks.

    Please note that we're fans of local bookstores, but for the sake of convenience, we've linked to Amazon here. 

    Sunday Suppers cookbook by Karen Mordechai | Remodelista

    Above: Back in 2009, Karen Mordechai was one of the first bloggers to start documenting her communal suppers in Brooklyn using food as a way to bring people together. Her cookbook Sunday Suppers: Recipes + Gatherings celebrates these get-togethers. Rather than being locked to a season or a style, the collection is categorized by time of day: morning, noon, afternoon, and evening. It's the sort of cookbook you can pick up and flip through until you find a recipe that resonates—perfect for days when you're short on culinary inspiration and looking for something easy and delicious to whip up. Sunday Suppers: Recipes + Gatherings is $23 from Amazon.

    I Know How to Cook by Ginette Mathiot Phaidon | Remodelista

    Above: I Know How to Cook by Ginette Mathiot is for someone looking to learn the basics of French cuisine from France's own Julia Child counterpart. (The original French title, Je Sais Cuisiner, sounds so much better; it was first published in 1932.) Mathiot wrote some 30 books in her lifetime—she died in 1998—and this one, now available for the first time in English, is her magnum opus. With over 1,400 recipes—most of them more about French home cooking than grand cuisine—it's a great resource. I Know How to Cook is $35 from Amazon.

    Honey & Co cookbook | Remodelista

    Above: I am an ardent fan of Yotam Ottolenghi, the London-based Israeli chef who has just published Plenty More, which is yet another book on my wish list. A related title to consider is Honey & Co: Food from the Middle East by Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich. The couple are both Ottolenghi alums and in the summer, we wrote about Honey & Co., their tiny restaurant, which is one of our favorite London hangouts. Their recipes are easy to make but exotic enough to require tracking down a spice or two. The book also includes the best pistachio cake recipe I've ever made—you know, the one everyone wants the recipe for once they try it. Honey & Co: Food from the Middle East is $26 from Amazon.

    Relae A Book of Ideas by Christian R Puglisi | Remodelista

    Above: Last year's cookbook du jour was the award-winning Noma restaurant chef's book, Rene Redzipi: A Work in Progress. This year another Copenhagen restaurant is stealing the limelight: Relae: A Book of Ideas by Christian F. Puglisi. Based in Denmark, the Italian chef aims to serve grand food without the accompanying stuffiness—at Relae, he focuses on accessibility and humility in the food he serves and the same can be said of his book. Half is devoted to Puglisi's ideas and theories and the rest to recipes. Typically, I avoid prose-packed cookbooks, but this one has drawn me in and I love the cross-referencing of ingredient descriptions with recipes. Better still, unlike most books of this genre, many of the recipes are not too complicated for me to try. This book will resonate with the foodie and/or design aesthete (because it looks good on display). Relae: A Book of Ideas is $35 from Amazon.

    Mimi-Thorisson-A-Kitchen-in-France-Remodelista

    Above: Anyone who follows Mimi Thorisson's blog, Manger, will no doubt have been seduced by her seemingly effortless French country life. In her farmhouse in the Medoc, children and dogs (in equal score) hover over tables abundant with fresh ingredients and just-baked tarts. In contrast to Ginette Mathiot's book (listed above), which presents classic French cuisine à la Julia, Thorisson's A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse is a slow seduction, equal parts rich lifestyle imagery and recipes. This one is definitely for the Francophile. A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse is $25 from Amazon.

    Looking to get a head start on present buying? Get ideas from our Gift Guides, including:

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    There's something reassuringly familiar about this Hamptons kitchen by New York firm Sawyer | Berson: the chalkboard message board, the schoolhouse clock, the beadboard paneling. Get the look with the following elements.

    Sawyer Berson Kitchen Remodel Remodelista

    Above: The palette is simple and bright (for ideas on paint colors, go to 10 Easy Pieces: Architects' White Paint Picks).

    Sawyer Berson East Hampton Kitchen Remodelista

    Above: A collection of jadeite and white ceramics is visible through the ribbed glass in the cabinets.

    The Essentials

    Akurum Kitchen Cabinet Ikea | Remodelista

    Above: Ikea's Akurum line of wall cabinets is available with glass doors; prices start at $115 for the 15-by-30-inch size.

    Romeo Moon Pendant Lamp | Remodelista

    Above: The 20-inch-diameter Romeo Moon Pendant Lamp, designed by Philippe Starck for Flos, is $875 from YLighting.

    Pure White Caesarstone Countertop | Remodelista

    Above: Caesarstone's Pure White Quartz countertop material is made of natural quartz bound with polyresin. (For more ideas, go to Remodeling 101: Engineered Quartz Countertops.)

    Aluminum Hook Strip | Remodelista

    Above: The solid aluminum Wall-Mounted Standard Coat Hook Strip is $52 from Glaro.

    Silver Tip Light Bulb | Remodelista

    Above: A silver-tipped 40 Watt Globe lightbulb is $3.82 at 1000 Bulbs.

    The Accessories

    Jadeite Green Bowls | Remodelista

    Above: A set of three Mosser Jadeite Bowls, made in Ohio, is $64.95 from Sur la Table.

    Schoolhouse Electric Clock | Remodelista

    Above: The Schoolhouse Electric Clock is hand-assembled in Portland, Oregon; $285.

    Hurd and Honey Chalkboard | Remodelista

    Above: The Kitchen Chalkboard, made from reclaimed wood, is $60 from Hurd & Honey on Etsy.

    The Hardware

    Chrome Knob from Whitechapel | Remodelista

    Above: The polished chrome Cabinet Knob is $16.63 from Whitechapel Hardware. 

    Whitechapel Hardware Bin Pull | Remodelista

    Above: The Pressed Brass Bin Pull, made in England, is $23.18 from Whitechapel Ltd.

    Working on your kitchen? Browse Kitchens in our photo gallery for inspiration, and steal these looks:

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    Life-enhancing Classic Suede Potholders, handmade in Upstate New York for Brooklyn-based online shop Dar Gitane. The only hitch? Deciding on a color.

    Leather Pot Holders Remodelista

    Above: The Classic Suede Potholder comes in eight colors; $26 each at Dar Gitane.

    Classic Suede Potholder Dar Gitane Remodelista

    Above: The pot holders feature a grommeted hanging loop.

    Dar Gitane Suede Potholder Remodelista

    Above: The potholders are double-stitched with a pocket interior; use double-layered for hotter pots and a single layer for other tasks.

    Take a look at all of our Kitchen Accessories posts, including:

    And on Gardenista:

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    The concept for new Vancouver restaurant Pidgin is East meets West. It's the latest from young star chef Makoto Ono, who was born to Japanese parents in Winnipeg (his father owned a celebrated sushi restaurant), and after winning the Canadian Culinary Championships in 2007, traveled the world with cooking knives in tow. 

    Pidgin is Ono's third restaurant—but his first in Canada. Ono trained in Vancouver before working with Jean-Georges Vongerichten, then opening his own establishments in Beijing and Hong Kong. His East/West concept is prominent in food and drink: Starters include potatoes with spicy cod roe and seaweed butter, and in addition to generous choices for tea and sake, there's both single malt and Japanese whisky.

    For the design, Ono teamed with Craig Stanghetta of Ste. Marie, who transformed disparate ingredients into a bright, minimal whole. To add spice to his signature white walls and subway tile, Stanghetta featured the work of Mexican-born Vancouver artist Ricky Alvarez, including a trio of taxidermy quails and a single goose wing jutting from one wall. It all adds up to a subtly edgy combination.

    Pidgin Restaurant in Vancouver, BC | Remodelista

    Above: Stanghetta combined two neighboring restaurant spaces into an 1,808-square-foot whole. 

    Pidgin's East/West theme extends to its Gastown locale: It sits across from its namesake, Pigeon Park, a gritty locale that connects the east and west sides of the city. The restaurant, which made its debut last winter, was greeted by enthusiastic reviews, but initial protests from locals who perceived it as gentrifying the neighborhood. 

    Pastry chef Amanda Cheng and chef Makoto Ono of Pidgin in Vancouver | Remodelista

    Above: Pidgin's chef Makoto Ono (right) with pastry chef Amanda Cheng.

    Pidgin Vancouver Restaurant | Remodelista

    Above: Three taxidermied California quails perch in alcoves above the chef's table.

    Pidgin Restaurant in Vancouver, BC | Remodelista

    Above: Stanghetta used simple panel moulding at counters and commissioned modern black lighting from Ste. Marie offshoot Good Animal Lamps. “I certainly like to evoke a sense of atmosphere," he told The Vancouver Sun of his approach to restaurants. "After that, I like the style to be able to drift in and out of schools of design thought.”

    Pidgin Restaurant in Vancouver, BC | Remodelista

    Above: Pidgin serves sake on tap; the curious ceramic handles with gilded claws are the work of local Espiritu Design Studio

    Pidgin Restaurant in Vancouver, BC | Remodelista

    Above: A goose wing extends from an orange block in a piece by artist Ricky Alvarez.

    Pidgin Restaurant in Vancouver, BC | Remodelista

    Above: The Japanese-inspired tables and bench seating are made with joinery. Like the look? See Built to Last: Joinery Kitchens by KitoBito of Japan.

    Pidgin Restaurant in Vancouver, BC | Remodelista

    Above: Good Animal Lamps created the custom copper-plated bubble lights. To see another Vancouver restaurant by Stanghetta, go to our post on Pizzeria Farina

    Below: Go to Pidgin for more details.

    Keep exploring Vancouver:

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    With Thanksgiving—and the whole holiday season—suddenly upon us, it's time to think about stocking up on party essentials. In the long run, if you entertain frequently, it's much more economical to buy than rent. We've sourced tabletop items that are versatile, durable, and readily available (in case you need overnight shipping).

    Glassware

    Set of 12 Party Goblets from Crate & Barrel | Remodelista

    Above: A set of 12 Party Goblets are $19.96, marked down from $24.95, at Crate & Barrel.

    Ikea Svalka White Wine Glasses | Remodelista

    Above: For large parties, Ikea's Svalka White Wine Glasses are good to have on hand in multiples; $4.79 for a set of six (marked down to $3.86 for six through November 25). N.B.: They are not the most durable, but for the price, they can't be beat.

    Ikea Ivrig Clear Stemless Glasses | Remodelista

    Above: If you prefer the stemless variety, consider Ikea's 365+ Ivrig Wine Glasses on sale through November 25 for $2.39 each (regularly $2.99). For more ideas on affordable glassware, see 10 Easy Pieces: Everyday Wine Glasses and 10 Easy Pieces: Basic Drinking Glasses.

    Dishware

    Crate & Barrel Set of Four Coupe Dinner Plates | Remodelista

    Above: A set of four Coupe Porcelain Dinner Plates is $10.36, marked down from $12.95, at Crate & Barrel.

    Pottery Barn Caterer's 12-Piece Dinnerware Set | Remodelista

    Above: The Caterer's 12-Piece Dinnerware Set includes a dozen dinner plates; $47 for a boxed set of 12 plates from Pottery Barn. A Caterer's Set of 12 Salad Plates and Caterer's Set of 12 Bowls are also available for $39 each.

    West Elm Essential White Dinnerware Set | Remodelista

    Above: West Elm's Essential White Dinnerware Set is made of white-glazed porcelain; $7.99, marked down from $16, for a set of four pieces. See 10 Easy Pieces: Basic White Dinnerware for more ideas.

    Flatware

    Flatware from Fishs Eddy, Sold by the Piece | Remodelista

    Above: Fishs Eddy sells Open Stock Flatware by the piece, starting at $1.99 for a salad fork.

    Antique Silver Flatware Bundles | Remodelista

    Above: Source vintage silver-plated flatware in mismatched sets from flea markets or on Etsy. Photograph via Bhldn.

    Set of Party Forks from CB2 | Remodelista

    Above: CB2 offers stainless steel Party Forks ($9.95), Party Knives ($14.95), and Party Spoons ($9.95) in sets of six. See more of our flatware favorites: 10 Easy Pieces: Everyday Stainless Steel Flatware.

    Table Linens

    White Hotel Dinner Napkins from Williams-Sonoma | Remodelista

    Above: A set of six cotton Hotel Dinner Napkins in white or ivory is $34.36, marked down from $42.95, at Williams-Sonoma.

    Williams-Sonoma Cocktail Napkins | Remodelista

    Above: Williams-Sonoma's Hotel Cocktail Napkins are $26.36, marked down from $32.95, for a set of six.

    Ikea Elly Dishtowel Set of Four | Remodelista

    Above: Ikea's Elly Dish Towels make affordable (and charmingly rustic) napkins; $3.99 for a set of four.

    Chilewich White Linen Napkin | Remodelista

    Above: Stock up on basic Chilewich 100 Percent Linen Napkins, $9 each at Sur la Table.

    For more holiday staples, see:

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on November 23, 2011, as part of our Thanksgiving Entertaining issue.

    Need a cutting board? See 10 Easy Pieces: Display-Worthy Wooden Cutting Boards.

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    We work hard to source our food locally, but what about the tools we use to prepare it? Here's our collection of all-American accessories that deserve a place in your kitchen. 

    Vermont Handled Rolling Pins, Remodelista

    Above: Despite all the advancements in kitchen equipment, the classic American-style wood rolling pin is still the baker's staple. We like hand-turned designs, such as the simple Shaker Rolling Pin (right), from Vermont Rolling Pins; $75 in maple. 

    Jacob Bromwell Flour Sifter, Remodelista

    Above: Another classic for bakers, the Jacob Bromwell All-American Flour Sifter offers tried-and-true sifting technology; $84.99. See more Pioneer Kitchenware from Jacob Bromwell—all made by hand in Indiana using old-fashioned metalworking techniques.

    Best Manufacturing Whisk, Remodelista  

    Above: If you inherited a whisk from your childhood kitchen, chances are that it came from Oregon's Best Manufacturing. Best Manufacturing's whips, as they call them, come with a lifetime warranty. They're made in an array of sizes and with wooden or stainless steel handles. The Best Manufacturing Professional 10-Inch Wood-Handled Balloon Whisk is $11.95 at Sur la Table. 

    Lodge Cast Iron Pan, Remodelista  

    Above: Our favorite purveyor of classic cast-iron pans is Lodge (it's the oldest family-run foundry in America), founded in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee by Joseph Lodge. Read Object Lessons: Lodge Cast Iron for the full story. Seasoned and ready to use, the Lodge Logic 10-Inch Skillet is $15.92 through Amazon.

    Rada Pizza Cutter, Remodelista  

    Above: Made in Iowa, the Rada Cutlery Stainless Steel Pizza Cutter has an aluminum handle (hand-wash only) and a super sharp and strong blade that cuts through the toughest of crusts (as well as pasta, cookies, and dough). It has a lifetime warranty; $10.95 from Kaufmann Mercantile.

    John Boos Cutting Board, Remodelista  

    Above: John Boos & Co. has been manufacturing high-quality wood cutting boards, butcher blocks, and countertops in Effingham, Illinois, since 1887. The John Boos 20-by-15-Inch Reversible Maple Cutting Board is a longtime best seller; $70.56 at Amazon. To extend the life of your board, give it a good oiling every three to four weeks with Food-Grade Mineral Oil from Brooklyn Slate Co.; $7.

    Microplane Zester Grater, Remodelista

    Above: A great culinary tool borrowed from the wood shop: the made-in-Arkansas Microplane Classic Zester Grater is as ideal for zesting a lemon as it is for grating Parmesan cheese. Mine is in use daily; $12.49 from Amazon.

    Chemex Coffee Maker, Remodelista

    Above: Invented in the US in 1941 by a German immigrant, the simple Chemex Coffeemaker is made from nonporous borosilicate glass and fastened with a wood collar and tie. It's beloved by purists because it brews coffee without imparting any flavors of its own; $48 for the eight-cup model (the Chemex One-Cup Coffeemaker is $42) at Schoolhouse Electric. 

    Jacob Bromwell Colander, Remodelista  

    Above: Jacob Bromwell (makers of the sifter shown above) has been manufacturing kitchenware since this country was a mere 22 states, it's the 34th-oldest owned-and-operated company in US. Pricey but meticulously made, the stainless steel Jacob Bromwell Legendary Colander costs $199.99.

    Zim-Ade-O-Matic baster made in Chicago | Remodelista

    Above: The stainless steel Zim-Ade-O-Matic Two-Purpose Baster, a Thanksgiving essential with its own cleaning brush and injector attachment, is made in Chicago. It's $18.50 on Amazon.

    Zeroll Ice Cream Scoop, Remodelista

    Above: An American ice cream parlor fixture since its creation in the mid-1930s, the ingenious Zeroll Ice Cream Scoop is made in Ohio of corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy, which draws on the natural warmth of the hand to ease the scooping; $19.95 at Williams-Sonoma.

    Fuller Dish Brush, Remodelista

    Above: Synonymous with door-to-door sales, the Fuller Brush Company is still around (but no longer knocking). They've released a new collection of vintage-style brushes, including the Fuller Dish Brush with a wooden handle and stiff memory bristles; $14 at Restoration Hardware.

    Best Can Opener, Remodelista

    Above: A never-fail classic, the manual EZ Duz-It Can Opener of heavy-gauge chromed steel with carbon steel cutting blades is $9.95 at Williams-Sonoma.

    Eena Work Apron, Remodelista

    Above: Singled out in the Remodelista 100, the Eena Work Apron by Beckel Canvas Products of Portland, Oregon, is a hardworking basic that hides stains; $38 at Canoe.

    Kitchen Aid Artisan 5 Quart Mixer | Remodelista

    Above: An American kitchen-counter icon, the Kitchen-Aid Artisan Series Five-Quart Mixer is made in Greenville, Ohio; $324 from Amazon.

    Ready to complete your all-American kitchen? We've rounded up 13 US-Made Appliances, from Ranges to Refrigerators and 7 Sources for American-Made Hardware.

    What kitchen tools can you not live without? See 10 Easy Pieces: Editors' Essential Kitchen Tools for our list. 

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    For those with nostalgic leanings—and this time of year who doesn't have them?—Falcon, UK purveyor of enamelware since 1920, has branched out into Fabricware, a line of kitchen linens designed to look right at home with the company's classics.

    Falcon Fabricware Tea Towels, Core colors of blue, red and white with blue stripe | Remodelista

    Above: Falcon's Fabricware collection—tea towels (shown here), aprons, and oven mitts—are produced by a small weaving mill in Lancashire, in the north of England. All are made of cotton and linen and are available in colors that match Falcon's enamelware: Pigeon Blue, Pillar Box Red, and white with blue trim.

    Falcon Fabricware Tea Towels, Core colors of blue, red and white with blue stripe | Remodelista

    Above: The Falcon Fabricware Tea Towels are £15.99 ($25) each. The cotton-linen mix is highly absorbent and all products are machine washable.

    Falcon Fabricware Aprons, Core colors of blue, red and white with blue stripe | Remodelista

    Above: The Falcon Fabricware Apron is £36.99 ($58).

    Falcon Fabricware Oven Gloves, Core colors of blue, red and white with blue stripe | Remodelista

    Above: A pair of Falcon Fabricware Oven Gloves is £24.99 ($40).

    Falcon Fabricware Tea Towels, White with blue stripe | Remodelista

    Above: White with blue trim is a classic Falcon color combination. 

    We're longstanding fans of Falcon's enamelware. See Tabletop: Falcon Enamelware in the UK and Classic Enamelware for Outdoor Dining. And for a nutshell history of enamelware, plus some good sources, see Megan Wilson's Object Lesson: The Pastel Enamel Pot.

    Gardenista's Recipes for Thanksgiving Cranberries would be perfect presented in some Falcon enamelware.

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    Photographer Julia Spiess of the blog Dinners with Friends is German and, like me—a Northern California Brit—is not fully vested in the whole tradition of Thanksgiving. We make good guests and bring great side dishes, but the idea of cooking a turkey in November just seems wrong (to me, that's strictly a Christmas day affair). Looking for inspiration for a more laid-back approach to the day, we turned to Brit expat Maxine Gilbert, owner with her surfer/chef husband, John Gilbert, of the Parkside Cafe at Stinson Beach, half an hour north of SF (and accessed via a somewhat death-defying, winding panoramic road). The Parkside Cafe sits a stone's throw from the beach and includes a bakery, cafe, and snack bar, which John and Maxine have been running for the past 18 years. The restaurant is open on Thanksgiving, but the couple also manage to stage their own celebration. It's all about family, friends, and good food, just a little more casual than most.

    So if you're looking for a change of pace, here are tips for a nontraditional celebration, courtesy of Maxine and John.

    Photography by Julia Spiess for Dinners with Friends.

    Parkside holiday table by Julia Spiess Dinners with Friends | Remodelista

    Above: An Italian wood-burning stove anchors the dining room at the Parkside Cafe. It was installed by a couple of builders from nearby Bolinas. In lieu of traditional tiles, Maxine opted for a clean cement finish.

    1. Entice the senses. John notes that the cafe, with its wood-burning stove, becomes all about “hearing, seeing, and smelling what’s going on in the hearth.” Even without a wood-burning stove, some sort of fire adds atmosphere to a room.

      Parkside holiday table photography by Julia Spiess Dinners with Friends | Remodelista

    2. Keep the backdrop simple. Maxine explains, “Everything is either black or white, even the pots are all black. I wanted no artwork or color, just the food and bread to be the art.” The table is made from a slab of sycamore and positioned at the center of the room. The couple sourced the wood from Arborica, in West Marin; Maxine likes the dark streaks that run through it.

    Use regular tumblers for both wine and water. The tumblers mean a smaller quantity of wine (good if you are looking to drink less) and they are not as obtrusive as traditional stemware.

    Above: Maxine carries appetlizers—Dungeness crab on flatbread with fresh persimmon, celery, and shallot vinaigrette, and a tray of Point Reyes oysters.

    3. Work with whatever is available. The couple are lucky to have great pickings in their area: "We get fish from a couple of guys in Bolinas before they head into the city to sell their catch. The greens are from Star Route or Gospel Flat, and we serve wine from Bolinas-based Sean Thackery

    Parkside Holiday Table photography by Julia-Spiess | Remodelista

    4. Consider two napkins. Layered napkins provide good contrast on the table, and if you're eating multiple courses, it's a nice luxury to have more than one. The Gilberts' napkins are shown here with Provençal flatware by David Mellor. 

    Parkside holiday table photography by Julia Spiess Dinners with Friends | Remodelista

    Above: Maxine and John set their table with black ceramics from Heath's Coupe line and inexpensive Duralex tumblers, a longstanding bistro favorite.

    5. Use black dinnerware. Food shows really well on dark plates.

    6. Pour wine and water into glass tumblers. The Gilberts stick with classic Duralex bistroware from France. In addition to being nearly unbreakable and well-priced, these glasses are not as obtrusive on the table as traditional stemware (and their size keeps quantities sensible). For sources, see Object Lessons: Iconic Cafeware from Duralex.

    Parkside Holiday Table photography by Julia-Spiess | Remodelista

    Above: Levain fresh from the Parkside bakery.

    7. Serve bread on a tea towel. John explains. "Linen is good for wrapping bread and keeping it warm and absorbing the heat moisture. Plus, it holds all the crumbs and looks so nice."

    Parkside holiday table by Julia Spiess Dinners with Friends | Remodelista

    Above: Food is set out on the counter beside the oven.

    8. Serve food buffet style. It's communal, celebratory, and familial.

    9. Clink a glass between courses. Taking a pause to toast and chat about the food creates a sense of occasion.

    Parkside Holiday Table photography by Julia-Spiess | Remodelista

    Above: Chestnuts and one of Louesa Roebuck's signature foraged arrangements.

    10. Roast chestnuts. The crackle in the fire adds to the atmosphere. John uses an old recipe that calls for the chestnuts to be scored with an X at the top. He then boils them in salted water for 6 to 10 minutes until there's foam on top. He lets the chestnuts cool down, adds oil, salt, and pepper, and then puts them on the fire using a roaster with side air vents. 

    Parkside holiday table by Julia Spiess Dinners with Friends | Remodelista

    Above: In the oven, a pot of red curry squash puree sits ready to be served. The squash is from Gospel Flat Farm, in Bolinas.

    Parkside holiday table photography by Julia Spiess Dinners with Friends | Remodelista

    Above L: The accompaniment to the soup: seeded levain Gruèyere toast. Above R: Another staple of the Gilberts' dinners: olives warmed in the oven, served with unsalted butter sprinkled with a pinch of Maldon salt. Maxine concedes, "I know it's not local, but it really is the best salt."

    Parkside holiday table by Julia Spiess Dinners with Friends | Remodelista

    Above: Maxine enlisted Stinson local Louesa Roebuck to create the floral elements. Everything was foraged up the coast in West Marin; as Louesa explains, "The persimmon were the most glorious thing happening now and they provided the bone structure. I mixed autumnal hydrangea with pale, delicate lavender hydrangea, then added some clematis gone to seed that introduced a theatrical, fluffy, sensual note."

    For more tips on holiday entertaining, see these posts: 

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    For cooks, avid eaters, and design purists, here's our list of gift-giving ingredients to please Francophiles of all stripes. 

    La Vie Rustic Apricot Sea Salt, Remodelista

    Above: To aficionados, nothing compares to sea salt hand-harvested from the northern French coastal area of Guérande in Brittany. La Vie Rustic adds a twist with fruit-infused Guérande salts in two varieties: Sel d'Abricot (shown) is made with dried Blenheim apricots from California, while Sel de Figues features sweet Sultan de Marabout figs; $10 each.

    French Ceramic Butter Keeper, Remodelista

    Above: The French secret to soft, spreadable butter? A French Ceramic Butter Keeper. This covered example is made in California of dishwasher-safe, wheel-thrown stoneware; $30 at Provisions by Food52.

    Peugeot Pepper Mill, Remodelista

    Above: The ultimate of its kind, the Peugeot Chocolate Paris Peppermill stands 18 inches tall and has been made in France since 1855 (the mill's double spiral of teeth was the inspiration for the Peugeot lion that went on to be the logo on the company's cars); $185 at March, in San Francisco. 

    Jordon Tomnuk French Rolling Pin, Remodelista  

    Above: Favored by pasty chefs for their precise control, French rolling pins have no handles and are tapered on the ends, allowing them to be easily pivoted to create a nearly perfect round shape. Designed and crafted by Jordon Tomnuk out of his Edmonton, Alberta, shop, the Tomnuk French Rolling Pin is available in FSC-certified walnut or maple and has a brass tube insert for hanging; $85 CAD ($75.29 USD). For more options, see 6 Favorites: Display-Worthy French Rolling Pins

    Preserved Clementines by Daniel Boulud, Remodelista

    Above: These intensely flavorful Preserved Corsican Clementines are gently poached in their own syrup—perfect spread on buttery toast or paired with sharp blue cheese; $22 at Daniel Boulud.

    For more ideas, see 12 Made-in-France Kitchen Essentials for Francophiles Everywhere and 10 Garden Ideas to Steal from France.
    Find presents for everyone on your list in our Gift Guides.

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    Easy, economical holiday table decor ideas from the produce aisle (and your yard).

    DIY Vegetable Bouquet | Remodelista

    Above: Vegetables as decor; see DIY: A Thanksgiving Centerpiece (for Under $10).

    Sunday Suppers Fall Table | Remodelista

    Above: Karen Mordechai of Sunday Suppers suspended fall leaves from clear fishing line for a dinner celebrating the launch of The Kinfolk Table cookbook.

    Artichoke Platter as Decor | Remodelista

    Above: A tray of artichokes can function as a centerpiece. Photograph via Fang Kuang.

    Local Milk Ivy Table Decor | Remodelista

    Above: Gardenista invited Local Milk to come up with a low-cost decor strategy for the holidays: See Thanksgiving on a Budget: 7 Tips for Tabletop Decor from Stylist Beth Kirby.

    Leaf Bouquet by Justine Hand for Remodelista

    Above: Remodelista contributor Justine Hand is a master when it comes to simple DIY arrangements; follow her lead with Foraged Foliage Decor.

    Leaf Table Setting | Remodelista

    Above: Leaves as a plate embellishment at a Portland, OR, Kinfolk dinner.

    Herbs as Tabletop Decor | Remodelista

    Above: Jars of herbs can fill in for flowers. Photograph by Linh Nguyen.

    For more fast inspiration, take a look at Gardenista's Bouquets of the Week and our greenery post Single-Ingredient Holiday Decor, 10 Ideas

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    In my house, the broom serves a dual-purpose: a standard sweeping assistant and a noise-canceling device (used to bang on the ceiling during our neighbors' wild parties). For the latter purpose, a wood handle is important to get the right resonance, but the real issue for me is: In a small, urban apartment where can I hide said broom? For those of us lacking a proper broom closet, utilitarian goods end up front and center. Often they're in the kitchen or hanging on a wall hook, so they'd better look good. Here, five well-made brooms that you won't be ashamed to display.

    Andre Jardin Broom and Dustpan Set from Mr. and Mrs. Clynk | Remodelista

    Above: From Andrée Jardin, one of our favorite broom-making studios, the Full Shovel + Brush is designed by French bloggers Mr. & Mrs. Clynk. The set is available in Fig, Mustard, Fake Black, or Light Gray and comes with the warning, "Caution! This object can quickly become essential"; €79 ($98.20) from Andrée Jardin.

    Horsehair Wood Handled Broom from The Laundress | Remodelista

    Above: The Laundress's attractive and easily accessible Horsehair Broom is made in Germany and sells for $60.

    Minim Dip-Dyed Indigo Brooms | Remodelista

    Above: From dip-dye specialists Lostine in Pennsylvania (remember their color-block cutting boards?) come these all-purpose household Barn Brooms available in black, "tipped," or natural; $60 each.

    Minim Dip-Dyed Indigo Brooms | Remodelista

    Above: A closer look at the trio and its variations. Go to Object Lessons: The Autumnal Broom to learn about the history of the straw broom and source more examples.

    Bright Orange Broom by Mr. and Mrs. Clynk for Andree Jardin | Remodelista

    Above: Another model from Andrée Jardin, the Broom Design by Mr. & Mrs. Clynk comes in two 1970s-inspired colors, hot orange or teal blue; €41 ($50.96) at Andrée Jardin. The Dustpan and Brush are sold separately for €24 ($29.83) each. 

    Swedish Broom from Objects of Use in the UK | Remodelista

    Above: From Swedish company Iris Hantwerk, which employs visually impaired craftspeople, the Swedish Broom has a birch handle and palmyra fiber brush; £18.50 ($23) at Objects of Use.

    Read more about my noise-canceling techniques in Seeking Silence: 10 Low-Tech Strategies for Coping with Urban Noise. For more display-worthy household goods, see our roundups of wooden spoons, cutting boards, and rolling pins.

    This post is an update; the original ran in February 2014 as part of our Small Space Living issue.

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    Our favorite way to cap off the holiday week? We're laying low, eating leftovers, and getting lost on Gardenista.

    Day-after Thanksgiving sandwiches | Gardenista

    Above: Go to Laura's Garden-to-Table Recipes for the most tempting day-after-Thanksgiving sandwiches.

    The Vegetarian house remodled by Cousins and Cousins | Gardenista

    Above: This London Victorian is called the Vegetarian House because the Vegetarian Society was founded here. In Architect Visit take a look at its new two-floor addition, designed to erase the barriers between inside and out.

    Xmas tree Alberta Spruce | Gardenista

    Above: Cue the piney perfume. In Plants & Seeds, Amanda fills us in on the world's most perfect Christmas tree.

    Bunny Mellon's desk from Sotheby's auction catalogue | Gardenista

    Above: "No one had more influence on American ideas of garden design in the 20th century than Bunny Mellon," writes Michelle. "In the early 1960s, she designed the White House Rose Garden for Jacqueline Kennedy and then chose the funeral flowers for President John Kennedy." In this week's Garden Visit, take a look at the self-taught horticulturalist's very private, 2,000-acre Virginia estate, the contents of which were just auctioned by Sotheby's.

    Hazel wood hurdle fence from Hardscaping 101: Fences | Gardenista

    Above: Mark your boundaries with ease—and style. For pre-assembled options, see 10 Easy Pieces: Instant Fences.

    Keep reading; catch up on Gardenista's back issues here

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    Spotted (and admired) lately: kitchens with wall-mounted dish racks; especially useful for the holiday season.

    Kitchen with Subway Tiles and Plate Rack | Remodelista

    Above: A utilitarian kitchen with wall-mounted plate, via Fleaing France.

    Double Plate Rack | Remodelista

    Above L: In the kitchen of London jewelry designer Emma Cassi, an aluminum dish rack from Tse Tse holds dishes and other kitchen essentials. Above R: London designer Charlotte Crosland's own kitchen includes a plate rack over the sink.

    Kitchen with Wall-Mounted Plate Rack | Remodelista

    Above: A custom shelf by Peter Henderson Furniture features slots for storing plates. Go to Peter Henderson for more information.

    Martin Moore Kitchen in England | Remodelista

    Above: A bespoke kitchen by UK kitchen design firm Martin Moore & Co

    Mark Lewis Primrose Hill Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: A wall-mounted vintage plate rack in a Primrose Hill kitchen by Mark Lewis Interior Design in London.

    Katrin Arens Plate Rack | Remodelista

    Above: Katrin Arens makes custom Pallet Plate Racks; go to Katrin Arens for ordering information.

    British Standard Shepherd's Hut | Remodelista

    Above: A single strip of wood functions as a plate rack in the British Standard Shepherd's Hut kitchen (being featured later today). Contact British Standard for information.

    Mark Lewis Tufnel Park Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: A kitchen by Mark Lewis Interior Design in London (see more at Steal This Look: A Classic English Kitchen for an Oscar-Winning Costume Designer).

    Garden Trading Wall-Mounted Plate Rack | Remodelista

    Above: Above: The Raw Oak Wall-Mounted Plate Rack holds 10 plates and is £225 from Garden Trading.

    Smallbone Brasserie Sink | Remodelista

    Above: The Brasserie Kitchen from Smallbone of Devizes includes a freestanding sink with plate rack.

    Black Plate Rack | Remodelista

    Above: The kitchen of Lynda Reeves, via Canadian House & Home. Photo by Michael Graydon.

    For sourcing ideas, go to 10 Easy Pieces: Wall-Mounted Plate Racks.

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    Here are a few things we're obsessing over.

    Mohawk General Store in LA | Remodelista

    Dansk Kobenstyle Mug at Anthropologie | Remodelista

    • Above: We have our eye on Anthropologie's Kobenstyle Dansk Mug for hot chocolate. 
    • With the entertaining season upon us, we're looking at the right way to clean up those messes
    • Ladders: Use them as bookshelves and pot racks. 

    Higashi House in Sendai Japan via Arch Daily | Remodelista

    • Above: What's not to love about a family house in Sendai, Japan, with high ceilings, concrete counters, and a freestanding woodstove? Photograph by Yasuhiro Takagi. 
    • On our wish list: a Copper Bar for displaying photos.
    • We're taking a note or two from Scandinavian Christmas decor

    Chunky Knit Throw DIY on Lonny Mag | Remodelista

    • Above: For the DIY gift giver: Make your own chunky throw. Photograph by Catharine Dash. 
    • Cyber Monday sneak peak: Soma Water will be releasing a limited-edition black water filter, mystery gift with purchase included. 
    • Tom Cruise's 300-acre Telluride, Colorado retreat is on the market, 2,000-square-foot guest house included. 

    Instagram and Pinterest Picks of the Week

    Remodelista Instagram Pick of the Week: @kccousa

    • Above: We're loving the clean-lined, well-made leather goods by Dominic Scalise of Kansas City's KC Co. (kccousa on Instagram).
    • Even after a day of doing dishes, we're fixed on designer Casey Keasler's Kitchen Confidential board. 
    • Our friends at Terrain are bringing something brand-new to the Remodelista Holiday Markets in LA (December 6) and SF (December 13): Join us for two 45-minute workshops where we'll learn how to make string garden ornaments. Spots are limited; sign up today. 

    For more from this week on Remodelista, take a look at our Holiday Table issue, and don't miss Gardenista's week Pre- and Post- Thanksgiving ideas. 

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    After a day spent obsessing about color, texture, and ornament, what would you want to come home to? For fashion designer Michael Kors, the answer is an apartment that's "clean, spare, and simple, but the pieces have presence and quality, which is the same approach I take to designing clothes."

    Kors and husband, Lance LePere, collaborated on their 2,200-square-foot New York City penthouse with interior designer Glenn Gissler, a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory. "Michael is very specific; he likes things to be understated and very edited, using a limited number of materials and colors," says Gissler.

    Gissler describes the look as "classic modern seen through a 21st-century filter," by which he means iconic furniture by Florence Knoll, Mies van der Rohe, and George Nelson set in a chic, custom-tailored shell. Anyone who follows Kors's designs knows that updated American sportswear is his bread and butter, but he's equally inclined to take on glamour and whimsy. To that end, the apartment's decor gives a nod to the seventies, when, according to Kors, "New York was really fun!”

    Gissler and Kors's friendship goes back nearly that far: "Michael used to get his hair cut by my first wife in our loft in Soho," says Gissler. That's when Kors took note of Gissler's talent: "Little has changed from our conversations 27 years ago," says Gissler. "This is a full reflection of Michael’s dream apartment."

    Michael Kors penthouse designed by Glenn Gissler | Remodelista

    Above: Throughout the apartment, Gissler zeroed in on a palette of black and white, set off by wood and metal accents. "I often hear about incredibly long days of back-to-back design meetings," says Gissler. "At home, Michael and Lance are seeking visual calm."

    Michael Kors penthouse designed by Glenn Gissler | Remodelista

    Above: Lance, a creative director at Michael Kors (the two met at the office), already owned the Florence Knoll sofa and side tables, as well as several stone-based lamps, and Gissler helped fill in the blanks. In the living area, Kors's favorite reading material lines the bookcases: "I love books on photography and design, and I love biographies, whether historical or of the trashy celebrity variety."

    Michael Kors penthouse designed by Glenn Gissler | Remodelista

    Above: A view of the airy living and dining areas. Kors, who is known for going sockless, prefers rug-free living in the main rooms.

    The penthouse has two bathrooms, but no office. Says Gissler, "Michael and Lance have a team of people who provide backup for anything and everything to help manage their overscheduled lives."

    Michael Kors penthouse designed by Glenn Gissler | Remodelista

    Above: A Barcelona chair and stool by Mies van der Rohe. 

    Asked about his favorite part of the design, Gissler responded: "The most important piece of the equation for me is that Michael has someone to share his life with; this apartment was a joint effort and designed with and for both of them. They make a great couple, and that is the thing I like most."

    Michael Kors penthouse designed by Glenn Gissler | Remodelista

    Above: The sectional sofa and large black coffee table are Gissler designs inspired by the Kors aesthetic: "tailored, classic, understated, and chic."

    Michael Kors penthouse designed by Glen Gissler | Remodelista

    Above: A Barcelona daybed by Mies van der Rohe. Of Kors's approach to room design and fashion, Gissler said: "Edit, edit, edit. Only the essential elements remain."

    Michael Kors penthouse designed by Glenn Gissler | Remodelista

    Above: The kitchen's custom cabinets are made of white Corian, with counters and backsplash of honed absolute black granite. "Both materials are simple, monolithic, and easy to maintain," says Gissler. 

    Above: A George Nelson pendant hovers over a custom table. Though the dining room is perfect for parties, Kors and LePere rarely entertain. "They both work incredibly hard and travel so much that their home is a quiet escape," says Gissler.

    Michael Kors penthouse designed by Glenn Gissler | Remodelista

    Above: In the serene bedroom, Pyrex industrial glass lamps designed in 1971 by John Saladino stand on custom bedside cabinets. White canvas curtain panels cover the windows and a Florence Knoll bench sits at end of bed.

    Michael Kors penthouse designed by Glenn Gissler | Remodelista

    Above: A pair of fur throw pillows on the bedroom lounge chairs is reminiscent of Kors's designs. Says Gissler, "It seems to me that Michael's fundamental design credo hasn't really changed in the nearly three decades that I have known him. He is very consistent."

    Michael Kors penthouse designed by Glenn Gissler | Remodelista

    Above: The master bath is clad in Calacatta Vision Marble from Stone Source, in New York, and has stainless steel Timpani Vessel sinks by Kohler. "Michael specifically requested an all-white bath," says Gissler. "He spends so much time in hotels around the world, he wanted to create his version of the ultimate luxury bath—simplicity, space, and piles of thick white towels."

    Read more about the lives of the fashionable: 

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    With the help of some of our favorite online shops, we've curated a Cyber Monday sale designed for the Remodelista readers. Read on for special deals and act fast; most offers begin on Monday morning, December 1, and, unless otherwise noted, end at midnight.

    French Work Jacket from Guideboat | Remodelista

    Above: Guideboat in Mill Valley is offering 20 percent off their new Guideboat Gift Cards (we especially like the Natural Wool French Work Jacket made from wool shorn of Quessant Island sheep found in Northwest France).

    Tom Dixon Form Tea Set | Remodelista

    Above: Horne is offering 15 percent off the entire site for one day only; use the code MONDAY.

    Saskia Diez Paillettes Ring Anaise | Remodelista

    Above: Fashion and design shop Anaïse is offering 25 percent off all products; use the code Remodelista.

    Canvas Gold-Dipped Ceramics | Remodelista

    Above: Canvas is offering 10 percent off if you spend more than $50 (code: BUYMORE1), 15 percent off if you spend more than $500 (code: SAVEMORE1), and 20 percent off if you spend more than $1,000 (use the code GETMORE1).

      Rebecca Atwood Cedar Wood Candle | Remodelista

    Above: Textile designer Rebecca Atwood is offering 25 percent off on all products; use the code 2014CYBERMONDAY25.

    Claska Tea Pot | Remodelista

    Above: Alder & Co. of Portland, Oregon, is offering 15 percent off all products; use the code LETSPLAY15.

    Spartan Leather Goods | Remodelista

    Above: Spartan in Austin, TX, is offering 15 percent off on orders over $50; use the code Remodelista.

    Faye Toogood Indigo Storm Ceramics | Remodelista

    Above: Tiina the Store is offering free shipping in the US on orders over $150; shown above, Indigo Storm ceramics by UK design phenom Faye Toogood.

    Frezada Pillows L'Aviva Home | Remodelista

    Above: L'Aviva Home is offering Remodelista readers 10 percent off all products; use the code Remodelista,

    Studio Patro Apron Set | Remodelista

    Above: Studio Patro is offering 20 percent off all products; use the code shopsmall.

    Peg and Awl Camp Stool | Remodelista

    Above: Peg and Awl is offering 25 percent off their entire collection (no code required).

    Beam and Anchor Beer Growlers | Remodelista

    Above: Beam & Anchor is offering 10 percent off all products (and 15 percent off on orders over $50), use the code Remodelista.

      Remodelista Book from Brook Farm General Store

    Above: Brook Farm General Store is offering 20 percent off on orders over $100; use the code THANKSGIVING (N.B.: signed copies of the Remodelista book in stock).

    Array Bend Pendant Light from Nani Inez | Remodelista

    Above: Austin-based Nannie Inez is offering 25 percent off on all Bend designs, including the pendant light and circular table shown here (no code required).

    Provisions Brass Hurricane Lamp | Remodelista

    Above: Food52 Provisions is offering $20 off on orders of $125, $50 off on orders of $250, $100 off on orders of $500, and $250 off on orders of $1,000. Plus free shipping.

      Animal Print Shop Nursery | Remodelista

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