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    Cookbooks make great gifts; more personal but just as useful as a bottle of wine. Here are 12 new cookbooks sure to be well-worn this time next year, with splattered pages and folded corners.

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

    Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel | Remodelista

    Above: In Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel Heidi Swanson explores vegetarian cooking from the pages of her travel journals; from Morocco, Japan, Italy, France, and India. Each chapter begins with a list of ingredients to build out your pantry accordingly. Find more on Heidi's own pantry in Secrets from the Swanson Kitchen, SF Edition.

    Benu by Chef Corey Lee | Remodelista

    Above: From Korean-American chef Corey Lee comes Benu, a cookbook named after his Michelin three-starred restaurant in San Francisco. In the book, Corey structures a 32-course tasting menu of poetic recipes in the realm of modern Asian cooking; $35.97 on Amazon. A signed copy is available for $60 at The Line, who also did a story on the restaurant: An American Restaurant: Inside Benu with Chef Corey Lee.

    The Nordic Cookbook by Magnus Nilsson | Remodelista

    Above: In The Nordic Cook Book, chef and founder of Swedish restaurant Faviken Magnus Nilsson presents 700 recipes of new Nordic cooking inspired by his travels through Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Recipes are accompanied with bits of culinary history and information on traditional technique and ingredients. For the chef who likes to try new recipes, such as rose-hip soup and juniper beer; $31.97 on Amazon.

    The Nomad Cookbook | Remodelista

    Above: A cookbook from chef Daniel Humm and business partner Will Guidara co-owners of restaurant The NoMad, part of the glamour-saturated NoMad Hotel in New York City. The duo also owns Eleven Madison Park and wrote its cookbook and I Love New YorkThe Nomad Cookbook translates the restaurant's recipes in traditional cookbook fashion and includes a stealth cocktail recipe book set into the back page of the book; $62.50 at Amazon.

    Hartwood: Bright, Wild Flavors from the Edge of the Yucatan | Remodelista

    Above: From chefs Eric Werner and Mya Henry, a couple who left their restaurant jobs in New York to start Hartwood on a powerless road in Tulum, Mexico. Dishes are cooked with local ingredients over an open flame (the interior of the restaurant is powered internally with solar energy). With contributions from editors Christine Muhlke and Oliver Strand, recipes are translated from the Yucatán to the everyday kitchen with a base of honey, salt, herbs, chilies, onions, and garlic. Hartwood: Bright, Wild Flavors from the Edge of the Yucatán is $26.49 on Amazon.

    Mexico from the Inside Out | Remodelista

    Above: Mexico from the Inside Out is a new cookbook from chef Enrique Olvera, a pioneer of modern, authentic Mexican food from his restaurant Pujol of experimental cooking—the Noma of Mexico City. The cookbook includes over 65 accessible but creative Mexican dishes to cook at home; $35.97 at Amazon.

    Gjelina: Cooking from Venice, California | Remodelista

    Above: For a California take on Mediterranean cooking and rustic pizzas, Gjelina: Cooking from Venice, California includes 125 recipes from the locally favored restaurant with international acclaim. It's $19.25 at Amazon. Photograph from Chronicle Books.

    My Pantry by Alice Waters Cookbook | Remodelista

    Above: A peak inside chef Alice Waters's home pantry through a compilation of essays and recipes on the building blocks of everyday cooking, My Pantry: Homemade Ingredients that Make Simple Meals Your Own, out this past September, is $14.99 on Amazon.

    Atelier Crenn Cookbook | Remodelista

    Above: Atelier Crenn: Metamorphosis of Taste is the debut cookbook from French chef Dominique Crenn, the first female in America to earn two Michelin stars for her San Francisco restaurant Atelier Crenn. Crenn builds up surrealist dishes of "poetic culinaria" as she calls it, presenting challenging but inspirational dishes and a unique plating technique. It's $31.30 at Amazon.

    This is Camino Cookbook | Remodelista

    Above: A cookbook out this past October from one of our favorite Bay Area restaurants, Camino, This Is Camino from chefs Russell Moore and Allison Hopelain details 100 recipes from the Oakland kitchen, a pared down approach to new California cooking; $25.23 at Amazon.

    Nopi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi | Remodelista

    Above: The highly anticipated Nopi: The Cookbook from Yotam Ottolenghi is a collection of 120 new recipes pulled from Ottolenghi's London restaurant, cowritten with head chef Ramael Scully; $25.37 on Amazon. Photograph from Here Design.

    For more ideas, see all our guides to date at Gift Guides 2015 and see last year's post Gift Guide: Cookbooks that Make Perfect Presents.

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    This week we're heading to the UK to explore the design scene; join us for a tour of what's new and noteworthy. 

    Anglophilia Table of Contents Image | Remodelista

    Above: Photograph from A Visit with Marianna Kennedy, London's Sorceress of Color.

    Monday

    Ilse Crawford London Apartment | Remodelista

    Above: One of our all-time favorite London flats hits the market; we take a look in today's Architecture & Interiors post.

    Tuesday

    31 Chapel Lane Donegal Tweed Houndstooth Cushion | Remodelista

    Above: Is tweed making a comeback? We look at the new mania for menswear fabric in Tuesday's Trend Alert.

    Wednesday

    Chay Shop in Los Angeles Dining Table | Remodelista

    Above: We'll be rounding up our favorite folding dining tables in this week's 10 Easy Pieces

    Thursday

    Dulwich Kitchen in London | Remodelista

    Above: In Thursday's Kitchen of the Week, Margot drops in on a just-completed East Dulwich kitchen overhaul.

    Friday

    Hotel Providence in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: In Friday's Design Travel, we visit a just-opened hotel outfitted head-to-toe with madcap English textiles. 

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    We're longtime admirers of Ilse Crawford's London flat, situated in the heart of Borough, which she designed in collaboration with Vincent Van Duysen and 6a Architects. Now it's for sale, and we're taking another look around (she's lived in the space for 15 years and it has evolved considerably over the years) and filing away ideas for the future. The pale gray/emerald green palette still looks fresh and there's an emphasis on comfort; a deep and engulfing sofa, a suite of mohair-upholstered Breuer dining chairs, and more clutter (in a good way) than you might expect. 

    Photography via The Modern House.

    Ilse Crawford Apartment in London | Remodelista

    Above: Large original sash windows run along the south side of the building. Floor-to-ceiling bookcases run the length of the room. A pair of green Vico Magistretti Gaudi Chairs for Artemide adds a dash of vibrant color.

    Ilse Crawford London Flat | Remodelista

    Above: The living area is anchored by the Ilse Sofa—made by British company George Smith and upholstered in Maharam Extreme Mohair—and designed to feel like "a room within a room." 

    Ilse Crawford Apartment in London | Remodelista

    Above: The ceiling is painted in dramatic high-gloss paint to create a sense of maximal reflectiveness.

    Ilse Crawford London Apartment | Remodelista

    Above: A tonal emerald green deep-pile Moroccan rug from Larusi in London anchors the living area.

    Ilse Crawford Apartment in London | Remodelista

    Above: The central island is clad in Moroccan zellige tiles. The white Parsons dining table is surrounded by mohair-upholstered Marcel Breuer Cesca chairs.

    Ilse Crawford London Apartment | Remodelista

    Above: Van Duysen installed rows of light bulbs with dimmers to create zones of illumination. "We don't have walls," Crawford told the New York Times. "So we make spaces through the use of light."

    Ilse Crawford London Flat | Remodelista

    Above: Crawford has described the kitchen as a library with a cooking area.

    Ilse Crawford Kitchen in London | Remodelista

    Above: The Gaggenau cooktop and oven are set into large recessed area that can be concealed behind cabinet doors when not in use.

    Ilse Crawford Apartment in London | Remodelista

    Above: The bedroom is separated from the main living space by a large bookcase that also functions as a headboard.

    Ilse Crawford Apartment in London | Remodelista

    Above: An ornate mirror adds a decorative note to the bedroom area.

    Ilse Crawford London Flat | Remodelista

    Above: A wall of closets separates the bathroom from the bedroom.

    Ilse Crawford Apartment in London | Remodelista

    Above: The en suite bathroom has his and her basins, a freestanding bath, and a shower/steam room.

    Ilse Crawford Apartment in London | Remodelista

    Above: The bathroom sinks are tiled in the same zellige tiles as the kitchen island.

    Ilse Crawford Bath in London | Remodelista

    Above: A full tub is slotted against one wall of the narrow bathroom.

    Are we obsessed with the work of Ilse Crawford? Take a look at our past posts: Mastering Warm Minimalism: Ilse Crawford in Copenhagen, Currently Coveting: Ilse Crawford's New Collection for Ikea, and Steal This Look: Glamorous Hong Kong Flat by Studio Ilse.

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    Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales are exhausting to navigate and in most cases leave a shopping cart (actual or virtual) full of needless goods you might not buy otherwise. This is why we've rounded up the best sales in home decor and furniture, custom fit for the Remodelista reader (from stores we shop from year-round). Here's a look at the 10 sales to take advantage of.

    Restoration Hardware Cyber Monday Sale | Remodelista

    Above: The more substantial the price tag the better with Restoration Hardware's promo to save $100 on every $500 spent with code SAVE100 through tomorrow, December 1, 2015. Shown here is the Cloud Track Arm Sofa in white.

    Matteo Home Linens for Cyber Monday | Remodelista

    Above: Stock up on linens at 50 percent off from Matteo in Los Angeles. Show here are Riviera Bath Towels for $35 each (down from $70) and Hand Towels for $19 each (down from $38).

    All Clad Slow Cooker at Williams-Sonoma | Remodelista

    Above: Williams-Sonoma is offering 50 percent off all All-Clad Slow Cookers and 60 percent off all Wüsthof Cutlery. Shown here is the All-Clad 4-Quart Slow Cooker with Ceramic Insert featured in our post 10 Easy Pieces: Slow Cookers.

    Coffee Pourer from Anzu New York | Remodelista

    Above: Anzu New York, a Remodelista Market alum, is offering $10 off purchases of $100 or more with code ANZUTHANKS. Shown here is Anzu's Japanese Coffee Pouring Pot for $144.

    Rebecca Atwood Studio Pillows for Cyber Monday | Remodelista

    Above: A special Cyber Monday offer from textile designer Rebecca Atwood: 20 percent off with code RADCYBER20.

    Irving Place Sofa from ABC Home & Carpet | Remodelista

    Above: Take 20 percent off rugs, carpets, furniture, mirrors, and lighting at ABC Carpet & Home with code GRATEFUL. Shown is the Irving Place Bedford Bench for $3,995.

    Parachute Linens Cyber Monday | Remodelista

    Above: Parachute is offering 15 percent off site-wide with code CYBERMONDAY15. Shown here is the Venice Percale Set starting at $199 and a Linen Pillowcase Set for $60.

    Jax White Sconce from West Elm | Remodelista

    Above: Take 15 percent off full-price purchases and get free shipping with code SAVE15 at Crate & Barrel. Shown is the Jax White Sconce for $99.95.

    Wool Afghan Blanket at Brookfarm General Store | Remodelista

    Above: Brookfarm General Store is offering 20 percent off orders of $200 or more until December 1 at midnight with code GOBBLEGOBBLE. Shown here is a Wool Afghan Blanket from Finland for $145.

    Hand-Loomed Rug in White from West Elm | Remodelista

    Above: West Elm is offering 10 percent off purchases of $100 or more, 15 percent off $250 or more, 20 percent off $500 or more, and 25 percent off $1,000 or more with code MOREISMORE. Shown is the Hand-Loomed Shine Rug in Ivory, starting at $199.

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    We're admiring the current crop of menorahs that are not only modern in form, but add a note of glamour, too. In time for the first day of Hanukkah next week, here are five favorites:

    March Brass Menorah | Remodelista

    Above: From San Francisco kitchen emporium March, the March Brass Menorah consists of nine individual candle holders and a matching tray made from silver plated polished brass, $2,500. The design is also available in Patinated Steel for $2,000 and Silver $3,200.

    Paula Grief Ceramic Menorah | Remodelista

    Above: From Brooklyn and Hudson-based ceramicist Paula Greif, the Ceramic Menorah is hand built and is available for $425 at The Jewish Museum. For more on Paula see our post The Handmade Kitchen: Paula Greif in Brooklyn.

    Marmol Radziner Menorah in Wood | Remodelista

    Above: The Menorah from architects Marmol Radziner is handmade in Los Angeles from walnut and bronze; $140.

    Ascalon Carrera Marble Menorah by Brad Ascalon for Design Within Reach | Remodelista

    Above: The Ascalon Menorah with Candles is made from solid Carrara marble and has eight candleholders to correspond with the eight days of Hanukkah and one shamash (the candle used to light the others) on a different level. Left and right diagonals in the design create an 18-degree angle, which designer Brad Ascalon points out references the fact that in Judaism, the number 18 symbolizes chai or life. Available from Design Within Reach, it's $275 and includes 45 hand-dipped, 6-inch white candles.

    Nick and the Candlestick by Lindsey Adelman | Remodelista

    Above: The Nick and the Candlestick by Lindsey Adelman was inspired by antique brass weights and named after a Sylvia Plath poem. It has nine brass holders at varying heights that rest on a walnut tray; candles are inserted onto spikes, so they appear to float. The design is available from Matter for $1,905.

    For a more traditional looking menorah, check out a perennial favorite: Josh Owen's Menorah for Areaware.

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    Now through midnight Pacific time, shop midcentury-inspired pieces from Modernica with 10 percent off using code TGIBF at checkout.

    Below, we've rounded up a few items on our shopping lists:  

    Above: Modernica's Case Study Fiberglass Demi Table is made in Los Angeles of laminated hardwood and fiberglass, available in more than 30 colors. The table comes with free standard shipping within the contiguous US; $189. 

    Above: The perfect office gift: Modernica's Case Study Desktop Cylinder comes in four matte colors—orange, charcoal, pebble, and white, in a stand of Brazilian walnut; $89 with free shipping in the contiguous US. 

    Above: And for the home, the Case Study Ceramic Cylinder echoes a classic 1950s design and is available in white, charcoal, and pebble; $149 for small and $189 for large with free shipping in the contiguous US.  

    Shop Modernica's collection of Seating, Lighting, and Storage Units, all at 10 percent off with code TGIBF

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    Julie and I have been obsessing (again) over the Durslade Farmhouse, the home and arts center of Iwan Wirth and Manuela Hauser, the couple behind Hauser & Wirth, in Somerset, England. This bedroom in particular has us both reassessing our opinions on floral needlepoint. Here we've detailed the key elements required to re-create the eclectic look—pairing antiques with clean linens and tea rose with navy.

    N.B.: For a Steal This Look on a bathroom in another guest bedroom at Durslade, see Steal This Look: A Color-Drenched Bath in Somerset.

    Bedroom at the Dursalde Farmhouse in Somerset | Remodelista

    Above: The bedrooms at the farmhouse are hung with artworks from the couple's collection.

    Bedroom at the Dursalde Farmhouse in Somerset | Remodelista

    Above: A palette of mint green, tea rose, and navy.

    Bedroom at the Dursalde Farmhouse in Somerset | Remodelista

    Above: An antique needlepoint settee and a stack of art books. 

    Paint

    Farrow & Ball Chappell Green | Remodelista

    Above: The ceiling and trim in the bedroom are painted a soft mint green similar to Farrow & Ball's Chappell Green in Estate Emulsion for $97 per gallon.

    Farrow & Ball Eating Room Red | Remodelista

    Above: The door to the bedroom is a deep burgundy color in a high-gloss finish. Farrow & Ball's Eating Room Red in Full Gloss is $97 a gallon.

    Furniture

    Antique Jules Leleu Art Deco Furniture | Remodelista

    Above: A French Setee by Jules Leleu is available as a set at Gary Rubenstein Antiques on 1st Dibs; price upon request. Another option is the Anglais Sofa from Du Long et Du Lé in Belgium.

    John Derian Fritillaria Chair | Remodelista

    Above: The Fritillaria Chair by John Derian for Cisco Brothers is available in an orange-rose upholstery.

    Antique English Mahogany Side Table | Remodelista

    Above: A 19th-Century English Mahogany Side Table is $1,295 from Black Sheep Antiques on 1st Dibs.

    George III Mahogany Drunkard's Chair from Christopher Howe | Remodelista

    Above: The Georges III Drunkard's Chair from 1760 has a needlework seat cover restored by Christopher Howe.

    Textiles

    Restoration Hardware Washed Belgian Linen Drapery | Remodelista

    Above: The Washed Belgian Linen Drapery from Restoration Hardware in indigo is $199 per 84-by-50-inch panel.

    e15 Kavir Carpet by Philipp Mainzer + Farah Ebrahimi | Remodelista

    Above: The Kavir Carpet by Philipp Mainzer and Farah Ebrahimi for e15 has a contrast trim; prices start at £3,335 ($5,026) at Via Duct.

    Treasure Tree Cushion by Cameron Short | Remodelista

    Above: The Treasure Tree Cushion is hand block printed in Dorset by Cameron Short; £140 ($211) at the New Craftsman.

    Garment-Dyed Percale Sheeting | Remodelista

    Above: Garment-Dyed Percale Sheeting from Restoration Hardware is priced as follows: $65 for a fitted sheet, $65 for a flat sheet, and $59 for a pair of pillowcases.

    Design Within Reach Twill Wool Blanket | Remodelista

    Above: The Twill Wool Blanket in cream is $134.50 for the queen size at Design Within Reach.

    Floral Needlepoint Pillow | Remodelista

    Above: A vintage Floral Needlepoint Pillow is $125 from Fitted Fab on Etsy.

    Accessories

    Classic Pipe Pendant 1928 | Remodelista

    Above: A Classic Pipe Pendant from 1928 is restored by Rejuvenation and available for $250.

    John Lewis Maison Oval Mirror | Remodelista

    Above: The John Lewis Maison Oval Mirror is small, 10 inches wide, for £10 ($15) at John Lewis.

    Wire Wastepaper Bin from Brookfarm General Store | Remodelista

    Above: The Wire Wastepaper Bin is 14.5 inches tall; $45 at Brookfarm General Store.

    Book/Shop SSB-1 Bookshelf in Birch Ply | Remodelista

    Above: The SSB-1 Bookshelf in birch ply is $199 at Book/Shop in Oakland, California.

    Rita Ackermann Book | Remodelista

    Above: Rita Ackermann published by Rizzoli in 2011 is $46.98 on Amazon.

    For more bedrooms to steal, see our posts:

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    Colin Patrick Dinley had a very specific image in mind when he designed the Battersea lighting series for Italian company Toscot: the electrical insulators found at the Battersea Power Station in London. The lights, made of glazed terracotta, can be mixed and matched and used indoors and outdoors. See the full line at Toscot.

      Battersea Lighting by Toscot | Remodelista

    Above: Colin's glazed terracotta Battersea series for Toscot was inspired by the thermo-electric built in 1933 in Battersea and recalls the old electrical installations made between the 19th and 20th centuries. 

    Toscot Lampada | Remodelista

    Above: A grouping of the pendant lights.

    Battersea Light String | Remodelista

    Above: A Toscot Battersea Light String.

    Battersea Chandelier | Remodelista

    Above: The Toscot Battersea Billiards Two Dual Spotlight is €309 ($328) from Viadurini.

    Toscot Faro Light Fixture | Remodelista

    Above: The Toscot Battersea Recessed Lighting Fixture is €63 ($67) from Viadurini.

    Toscot Lampada | Remodelista

    Above: The Toscot Lamp Suspension Spring Battersea is €195 ($207) from Viadurini.

    Battersea Ceramic Lighting | Remodelista

    Above: A detail of the ceiling-mounted mechanics.

    See more nostalgic lighting at Zangra's Belgian Basics Arrive Stateside.

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    One more reason to come to our markets this month in Los Angeles and San Francisco: For the first time, longstanding children's wear favorite Flora and Henri will be joining us. Known for their exquisitely detailed newborn to preteen designs—read about the company in our House Call with founder Jane Hedreen—the Seattle company has branched out. It has become a go-to online source for women's as well as kid's clothes, and is now offering an inspired capsule collection of artisan-made housewares. 

    Flora and Henri will be among the 30-plus vendors at both the LA and SF Remodelista markets. Here are the details and a small sampling of the offerings.

    • Los Angeles—Saturday and Sunday, December 5-6: The Remodelista Market will be in residence at Big Daddy's Antiques at 3334 La Cienega Place near Culver City from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
    • San Francisco—Saturday and Sunday, December 12-13: The Remodelista Market will be in the factory space at Heath Ceramics at 2900 18th St. in the Mission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

    For Kids

    Flora Henri PInk Silk Dress | Remodelista

    Above: The Flora and Henri Silk Satin Fairy Floss Dress with made-in-Italy Gold Shimmer Frances Flats

    With a mission to operate production facilities that directly benefit women and children, Flora and Henri is currently working in Madagascar, Nepal, and Bolivia. And to help revive the garment industry on the homefront, its Essentials line is made in Seattle. 

    Hans Turkish toy goats from Flora and Henri | Remodelista

    Above: Plush Hansa Turkish White Goats have hand-trimmed coats of faux fur.

    Flora and Henri Toys | Remodelista

    Above L: For outdoor play and indoor display, the Flying Dutchman Ship Kite is crafted in Bali. Above R: Moon Dominos are the work of Brooklyn studio Fredericks & Mae.

    For Women

    Flora and Henri women's featherweight cashmere sweater | Remodelista

    Above: Flora and Henri's Women's Cashmere Featherweight Sweater comes in buff (shown) and dove gray, and is 100 percent cashmere with gold lurex stitching on the collar. 

    For the Home

    Hedgehouse throw beds from Flora and Henri | Remodelista

    Above: Designed as a portable mattress for daybeds and hammocks, and for rolling out on the floor during sleepovers, Hedgehouse's down- and fiber-filled Mini Throwbeds come in a range of stripes.

    Ted Muehling egg vases from Flora and Henri | Remodelista

    Above: Ted Muehling's now classic porcelain Egg Vases are made by Nymphenburg of Germany. See them on Flora and Henri creator Jane Hedreen's own mantel in our Housecall post An Impossibly Grand Home in Seattle—and tour her garden, A Grand Classic from an Earlier Century, on Gardenista.

    For more previews from our December Remodelista Holiday Markets in LA and SF, check out:

    See you at the markets!

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    Expecting more company than usual? We can relate. During the winter holidays (and every summer, too), we find ourselves in need of folding tables. Here are the top designs on our wish list. Keep a few of these on standby and let the impromptu celebrations begin.

    Christina Kim and Lindon Schultz Custom Tables at Chay in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: Chay Wilke, owner of Chay in Los Angeles, collaborated with architect Lindon Schultz on a version of a folding table that was first designed for Dosa 818. The Live/Work Table is made from coffee- and tea-stained sugar pine and finished with a food-safe wax. It's available in two sizes—72 inches long and 92 inches long; for pricing, contact Chay directly.

    Elefant Rectangular Beer Garden Table | Remodelista

    Above: The Elefant Rectangular Beer Garden is made of galvanized steel and Robinia wood; €419 ($444) from Manufactum.

    Ikea PS 2014 White Folding Table | Remodelista

    Above: Made of powder-coated steel, birch plywood, and white laminate, Ikea's PS 2014 White Folding Table is designed for both indoor and outdoor use; $129.

    Beer Garden Folding Table with Black Legs | Remodelista

    Above: The long and narrow Biergarten Folding Wood Table has black metal legs and comes with benches; $429 at Beer Garden Furniture.

    Scout Regalia Folding Tables | Remodelista

    Above: Scout Regalia's SR Folding Table has removable folding legs and hangs on the wall (it can also function as a magnetic dry erase board). It's 36-inch-long table—consider grouping several together for a party—is made of powder-coated steel. Available in Fern Green and Salmon Pink (shown here), as well as Mint Green and Charcoal; $325. 

    Kartell Spoon Folding Dining Table | Remodelista

    Above: The Kartell Spoon Table by Antonio Citterio has a thin top made of honeycomb aluminum and thermoplastic legs. It's shown in orange and white, and also comes in all black and all white; $2,200 at Hive Modern.

    Robinia Wood Table and Bench from Manufactum | Remodelista

    Above: The sturdy Robinia Wood Beer Garden Table seats six and is held together by galvanized steel clasps that enable it to fold flat; €348 ($369) from Manufactum.

    Eames Case Study Folding Table | Remodelista

    Above: The Eames Rectangular Case Study Folding Table has chrome legs and a tabletop made of maple (shown), walnut, or laminate; $795 at Y Living.

    Ikea Malaro White Folding Table | Remodelista

    Above: Ikea's folding Mälarö Table is powder-coated steel with a white-painted acacia wood top. It's only 31 1/2 inches by 24 3/8 inches, but two or more can be used in tandem; $59.99.

    Snow Peak Single Action Large Table | Remodelista

    Above: From Snow Peak, the Single Action Large Table is made of aluminum and bamboo, and fits up to six people; $385.95.

    Arc en Ciel Folding Outdoor Table | Remodelista

    Above: Small but functional for two, the Arc en Ciel Folding Table is $195 at Design Within Reach.

    Chairs to pair with your table? See 10 Easy Pieces: Folding Dining Chairs and Gardenista's 10 Easy Pieces: Outdoor Folding Chairs. Then source your favorite Tablecloth from the selection in our Shop section.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on July 2, 2014, as part of our Block Party issue.

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    London-based interior designer Mark Lewis was given free rein to update a run-down Victorian terraced house in Stoke Newington—a house that hadn’t been touched since the 1950s. Rather than perform an overhaul gut renovation, Lewis’s surgery was of a gentle and less invasive nature. “Our solution was to carefully renovate by exposing and embracing any interesting architectural details while adding sympathetic and soulful elements such as textured joinery or interesting wall finishes,” he says. “We did not want to do anything that would particularly raise any eyebrows.” Come take the tour.

    Photography by Rory Gardiner.

    Red carpet stair runner,  Mark Lewis Interior Design, Rory Gardiner photos | Remodelista

    Above: Lewis wanted the stair runner to tie in with the color of the  front door (Atomic Red by Little Greene), which was inspired by London post boxes. Extra storage for books is neatly tucked in above the door opening.

    Black and white checkerboard tiled kitchen floor, Mark Lewis Interior Design, Rory Gardiner photos | Remodelista

    Above: Hardwearing black and white Mono Tiles from Fired Earth create a classic checkerboard floor in the kitchen.

    White Tiled Kitchen with black and white checkerboard tiled floor, Mark Lewis Interior Design, Rory Gardiner photos | Remodelista

    Above: A gathering space for the entire family, the kitchen has a mix of finishes for a feeling of warmth. 

    White tiled kitchen wall, Mark Lewis Interior Design, Rory Gardiner photos | Remodelista

    Above: The kitchen cabinets are custom made and the counter top is fashioned from a mahogany laboratory top salvaged from an old school. The square handmade Mexican tiles laid out in a subway pattern are from Milagros. The brass cup drawer pulls are original cast hardware by Mark Lewis Interior Design. See White Tile Pattern Glossary for additional ways to use white tile.

    Welsh Dresser, Mark Lewis Interior Design, Rory Gardiner photos | Remodelista

    Above: A Welsh dresser provides open storage for easy access to daily items.

    Exposed brick detail, Mark Lewis Interior Design, Rory Gardiner photos | Remodelista

    Above: During the renovation of the 1950s-era kitchen, a plaster and brick wall was uncovered and left intact as a reminder of the layers of history that predate this renovation. The vintage coat hook is from the Sunbury Antiques Market in Kempton.

    Painted picture rail,  Mark Lewis Interior Design, Rory Gardiner photos | Remodelista

    Above: "We selected the paint colors throughout the house with the client," Lewis says. "They were chosen for their sympathetic feel." In the living rooms the walls have been painted in a variety of whites. The walls are White by Earthborn Clay Paint, the picture rail is Hardwicke White by Farrow and Ball and ceiling is Supermatt White by Dulux.

    Mirrored glass tiles, Mark Lewis Interior Design, Rory Gardiner photos | Remodelista

    Above L and R: Deco Glass Mirror Tiles from Fired Earth shimmer and reflect light in a recessed corner of the living room.

    Dark wood bookcase, Mark Lewis Interior Design, Rory Gardiner photos | Remodelista

    Above L: A sea of books in custom wood bookshelves in the living room provide a surround of camouflage for the television. The roof board wood has been sealed with clear wax. Above R: The brass cup drawer pulls are by Mark Lewis Interior Design and are the same ones that were used in the kitchen.

    Bedroom, Mark Lewis Interior Design, Rory Gardiner photos | Remodelista

    Above: In the bedroom, Lewis highlights the architectural moulding with a contrasting paint color to the wall. A door of a different color—Oval Room Blue by Farrow and Ball—adds a modern touch.

    Wythe Toile Wallpaper, by Dan Funderburgh,  Mark Lewis Interior Design, Rory Gardiner photos | Remodelista

    Above: Wythe Toile wallpaper by Dan Funderburgh sets the scene for an assortment of vintage finds from London sources such as Golborne Road and Sunbury Antiques Market in Kempton.

    Bedroom, Mark Lewis Interior Design, Rory Gardiner photos | Remodelista

    Above: Lewis rests a large mirror found at Sunbury Antiques Market in Kempton against the bedroom wall.

    Bathroom, Mark Lewis Interior Design, Rory Gardiner photos | Remodelista

    Above: The color play continues into the bathroom with a green painted window frame. The subway tiles lend an Old World feel, which is enhanced by the Art Deco mirror from Retrouvius and vintage cabinets from Sunbury Antiques Market in Kempton.

    Bathroom, Mark Lewis Interior Design, Rory Gardiner photos | Remodelista

    Above L and R: The atmosphere of a bathroom from a previous era is complete with a cast iron bathtub on feet from Aston Matthews.

    See more Victorian renovations:

    Christine is also the writer of the new lifestyle and wellness blog My Contents Have Shifted—A Fabster's Musings on Being 50 and Beyond.

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    After surviving a life-threatening illness, former Reebok designer Todd Saggese quit his day job, and along with lifelong friend T.J. Ennion, launched a lifestyle brand founded on two principles: that it is our job to live each day to the fullest, while at the same time helping others to do the same. Thus Nine Five Ltd. (Ltd. stands for "Live This Day") was born. As part of its mission, the company partners with dozens of charities to "Put a Lid" on issues from addiction to climate change to poverty and everything in between. Buyers choose the cause, and the company donates 20 percent of the proceeds.

    After meeting Todd at our recent New England market, we asked him to help curate this year's list of gifts that give back.

    Sackcloth and Ashes

    In 2013, the issue of homeless became personal to Bob Dalton, when his single mother found herself living on the streets. Hoping to make a difference in the lives of the homeless population, he called shelters and asked what they needed most. They all requested blankets. And thus Sackcloth and Ashes was born. For every blanket you purchase, the company donates another to the homeless.

    Sackcloth and Ashes in Tribal Burgundy Print | Remodelista

    Above: Sackcloth and Ashes Tribal Blanket in Burgundy is made from a medium-weight wool blend; on sale for $79.

    Feed

    Founded by Lauren Bush Lauren, Feed makes products that seek to break the cycle of poverty and malnutrition in developing nations. Made by local artisans in the communities that the company supports, each Feed bag is marked with a number, signifying the number of school lunches your purchase provided.

    Feed Canvas Tote Bags | Remodelista

    Above: A Feed Voyager Carryall, available with a Charcoal Gray, Vintage Blue, or Farmhouse Red base, provides 25 meals for children overseas; $50.

    Bangs Shoes

    Founded by Hannah Davis, Bangs, from the Chinese character for "help," supports local communities and economies in the United States and around the world by investing 20 percent of net profits in small businesses.

    Bangs Sneaker Shoes | Remodelista

    Above: "Helping people help themselves," Bangs Shoes, shown in London Fog, supports entrepreneurs throughout the world; $60.

    One Hope Winery

    Located in Napa Valley, One Hope Winery creates award-winning wines that give back. From social, health, and environmental causes, each variety is paired with a specific charity, so you can tailor your selection not only to your taste but also to the cause closest to your heart.

    One Hope Wine from California | Remodelista

    Above: One Hope Wine Best of California Mixed Pack; $89.

    Local and Liejos

    Traditional crafts at affordable prices: Local and Liejos supports local artisans from around the world by paying fair wages and helping members of the community to develop sustainable skills.

    Local Lejos Tazon Ceramic Bowl | Remodelista

    Above: Made by women in Oaxaca, Mexico, each Local and Liejos Tazon Bowl sold provides food for a week for the artisan's family; $28.

    Sprout

    In response to what they saw as a throw-away culture, three MIT students founded a company "rooted in sustainability." The company's Sprout pencils, their first product, are made with sustainably harvested wood with clay/graphite "leads." But the best past is the end, which contains non-GMO, pesticide-free seeds. So when your pencil is used up, simply plant it! Colored and regular Sprout pencils comes in a variety of flowers, herbs and veggies.

    Sprout Colored Pencils | Remodelista

    Above: Don't forget the stocking stuffers. Once you're done using your Colored Pencils from Sprout, simply plant them and grow your own fresh herbs and flowers; $18.95.

    Warby Parker

    Ever lost an expensive pair of glasses? For one group of friends, the experience of having to go without while they saved up for another pair caused them to start a company with a simple mission: socially conscious, designer eyewear (including sunglasses and optical lenses) at affordable prices. By working with nonprofits such as VisionSpring, Warby Parker ensures that for every pair of glasses sold, another gets donated to the more than 15 billion worldwide who lack proper eyewear.

    Warby Parker Sunglasses | Remodelista

    Above: Warby Parker Sunglasses in Barkley; from $95.

    Nine Five LTD

    Caps for a Cause: Nine Five LTD's hats help put a lid on problems from poverty, to social justice, to climate change. You choose the hat and the charitable cause, and Nine to Five donates 20 percent of the proceeds.

    Nine Five Watch Cap | Remodelista

    Above: The Mystic in black or gray is $25. 

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    Founded by global travelers and media veterans Dara and Dan Brewster, DARA Artisans is an online shop offering exquisitely handmade and socially conscious goods that the pair find on their travels around the globe. Textiles, ceramics, tableware, jewelry, and accessories are chosen for beauty, craftsmanship, and according to DARA's broader goal of sustaining local artistic traditions and expanding economic opportunities for craftspeople around the world. 

    DARA Artisans is giving Remodelista readers the chance to win a $1,000 gift card to shop the global collection. To enter, sign up for emails from DARA Artisans and Remodelista by entering your email address in the box at the bottom of this post by Wednesday, December 9. The winner will be chosen at random and notified by email. See Official Rules for details. 

    For more, follow DARA Artisans on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. For more on founders Dara and Dan, see The Brewsters at Home in Little Compton, RI.

    DARA Artisans Table Setting | Remodelista

    Above: Mud Australia porcelain ceramics are made in Sydney and evoke natural forms. Shop the Porcelain Tear Vase ($49) and Four-Cup Porcelain Teapot; currently on sale for $159 (down from $220).

    DARA Artisans Table Setting | Remodelista

    Above: San Francisco designer Tina Frey casts translucent resin in handmade molds to create food-safe, shatterproof tableware and accessories. We like the white resin Champagne Bucket with hand-knotted leather handles; $190.  

    DARA Artisans Knives | Remodelista

    Above: NHB Knife Works was started by a former chef who found himself constantly tweaking his commercial knives to improve their performance. Each stainless steel knife has a wood handle with a unique blue-green pattern, available as a nine-inch Chef Knife ($379), a six-inch Utility Knife ($279), and a three-inch Paring Knife ($179). 

    DARA Artisans Lao Textiles | Remodelista

    Above: DARA Artisans helps sustain traditional weaving techniques in Laos through a line of scarves, textiles, and wall hangings such as the Sam Tai Design Textile, made of naturally dyed Lao silk; $1,440. 

    DARA Artisans Seed Pots | Remodelista

    Above: Artist Rachel Concho is a member of the Roadrunner clan of the Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico; her ceramics are inspired by ancient pot shards found on the land. Concho is known for her one-of-a-kind seed pots, such as the Fine Line Geometric Seed Jar; $255. 

    DARA Artisans Pillows and Textiles | Remodelista

    Above: These brilliant blue and white textiles are by master indigo dyer Aboubakar Fofana, who lives in Paris but was born in Mali and carries on the traditional indigo- and vegetable-dyeing techniques of his homeland. Among the offerings: the Guinea Hen Dots 20-Inch Pillow ($450), Arrow Stripe Lumbar Pillow ($410), and Baga Die Linen Throw (currently on sale for $399, down from $750). 

    DARA Artisans Ceramic Bowls | Remodelista

    Above: Lifestyle photographer Jim Franco became a ceramicist later in life and now divides his time between the two arts. He makes each ceramic bowl by hand in his New York studio, including the 3.5-inch Bowl 4 ($85) and six-inch Bowl 36 ($105), both in a matte white glaze. 

    Don't forget to enter for a chance to win $1,000 to shop at DARA Artisans; just enter your email address in the form below by Wednesday, December 9. 

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    Created for a design-conscious family in London's East Dulwich, the latest kitchen from deVol caters to a lot of tastes: Darkly elegant thanks to a palette of charcoal, black, and white, it's also designed for ease of use, classically homey (grab a seat at the breakfast counter), and seamlessly linked to an outdoor terrace and garden. Come take a look.

      Modern Shaker-style kitchen: the East Dulwich Kitchen by UK bespoke kitchen specialists deVol | Remodelista

    Above: Located in an extension of a newly remodeled Victorian, the kitchen pairs deVol's Real Shaker cabinets with counters of Carrara marble and Iroko wood and a subway-tiled backsplash. Casually displayed art adds an injection of life—go to our recent post New Gallery to see more art in the kitchen.

    New Shaker kitchen: The East Dulwich Kitchen in London by DeVol, UK bespoke kitchen specialists | Remodelista

    Above: The room opens to a dining area—the space is approximately 320 square feet in total—and has a cooly modern polished concrete floor. Like the cabinets, the partially painted dining table is a deVol original. The wall sconces are from Denmark interior design firm House Doctor. 

    New Shaker-style kitchen, the East Dulwich kitchen in London by bespoke kitchen company deVol | Remodelista

    Above: Sink and cooking counters run parallel to one another and each is anchored by cabinetry that conceals the fridge and range. DeVol's Shaker cabinets are made of water-resistant birch ply and have tulipwood doors. The pendant light is the Factory design in matte black from Dutch company HK Living.

    New Shaker kitchen: The East Dulwich Kitchen in London by DeVol, UK bespoke kitchen specialists | Remodelista

    Above: The owners' quandary: whether to go with deVol's Lead (a soft gray) or the much darker Pantry Blue paint on the cabinets? For contrast, they opted for the latter, fitted with deVol's Bella brass knobs and pulls (deVol sells its cabinets in modular units, but offers its paints and hardware only as part of complete kitchen designs). 

    New Shaker-style kitchen, the East Dulwich kitchen in London by bespoke kitchen company deVol | Remodelista

    Above: A Smeg five-burner gas cooktop is paired with an elegantly concealed Elica Elibloc extractor vent. For similar styles, see our Remodeling 101 post on Recessed Kitchen Vents

    New Shaker-style kitchen, the East Dulwich kitchen in London by bespoke kitchen company deVol | Remodelista

    Above: The bridge faucet is a deVol design made by Perrin & Rowe; for details see Found: The Perfectly Aged Brass Kitchen Faucet.

    Breakfast counter in a new Shaker-style kitchen, the East Dulwich kitchen in London by bespoke kitchen company deVol | Remodelista

    Above: The Iroko-topped island extends out as a breakfast counter. The subway tiles were sourced from Tons of Tiles in the UK and are in an offset brick pattern. Find more ways to use subway tiles in our Tile Pattern Glossary. Note the smart choice of dark grout and black switch plate covers. Read about where to locate kitchen electrical outlets here.

      New Shaker-style kitchen, the East Dulwich kitchen in London by bespoke kitchen company deVol | Remodelista

    Above: The polished concrete floor continues out to the garden. DeVol's Shaker kitchens generally range in price from £8,000 to £25,000 (roughly $12,000 to $37,000). Cabinets, furniture, and accessories are also sold separately: Go to deVol's catalog to see some of the options.

    We're longtime deVol addicts. Take a look at the company's New Showroom in London as well as:

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    In anticipation of this weekend's Remodelista Holiday Market in LA, today we're spotlighting new vendor Beth Katz of Mt. Washington Pottery, best known for her handmade bells and talismans. 

    Detect a hippie vibe? Born into a creative family, Beth grew up in Topanga Canyon, Southern Cal's bohemian central, where from an early age she learned to make things from clay. While working for years as an in-demand LA makeup artist and magazine creative director, she kept up her pottery practice. A stint studying spiritual psychology in New Mexico pointed her in a new direction, and in 2014 she set up a professional studio and decided to devote herself to ceramics full time. Beth says a longstanding love of Japanese art, Scandi simplicity, and shades of white inform her work. And though she now lives in LA's Mt. Washington neighborhood, she's still clearly a Topanga artist at heart.

    Los Angeles readers: Come see Beth's work firsthand at the Remodelista LA Holiday Market this Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6, at Big Daddy's Antiques at 3334 La Cienega Place, near Culver City. Market hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

      Beth Katz of Mt Washington Pottery in LA, photo  by Ted Cantanzaro | Remodelista

    Above: Beth Katz in her studio, 10 minutes from her house in a burgeoning area known as Frogtown. She says she often works with a combination of stoneware and porcelain, and both hand-builds and uses a wheel to make her pieces, including her signature bells. Photograph by Ted Catanzaro.

    Mt Washington Pottery still life, photo by Nicole LaMotte | Remodelista

    Above: Studio still life: To keep track of current work, Beth pins drawings of orders in progress. Photograph by Nicole LaMotte.

    Handmade Column mugs from Mt Washington Pottery in LA | Remodelista

    Above: Hand-formed Column Mugs come in two sizes and a range of glazes, including Cloud shown here. Photograph by Diana Koenigsberg

    Mt Washington Pottery talisman, photo by Nicole LaMotte | Remodelista

    Above: Inspired by good-luck strings of chiles and lemons Beth saw hanging on doors in India, she started making her own porcelain and stoneware versions that she calls Talismans. For display on a wall or door, they're intended to "keep homes and businesses safe from all evil spirits and promote happiness and prosperity."

    Mt Washington Pottery plates, photo by Nicole LaMotte | Remodelista

    Above: Wabi-sabi stoneware plates. Similiar designs will be at the Remodelista Market. Photograph by Nicole LaMotte.

    Mt Washington Pottery ceramic bells | Remodelista

    Above: Tiny Simple White Bells and fluted Peace Bells hang from the rafters in Beth's Mt. Washington home in front of a wall of family portraits painted by her uncle David Rosen. Photograph by Nicole LaMotte.

    Ceramic canister for sugar and coffee by Mt Washington Pottery in LA | Remodelista

    Above: Beth is currently busy making canisters especially for the Remodelista Market. Sized for holding sugar and coffee, they come with a wooden scoop carved by an architect friend. See more at Mt. Washington Pottery.

    California is calling: Take a look at an inspired Topanga Canyon Surf Shack on Gardenista.

    For more previews of our Remodelista Holiday Markets in LA and SF check out:

    Go to the Remodelista Los Angeles Market and the Remodelista San Francisco Market for the full details.

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    Take note: Menswear fabrics in the form of woolen check, Harris tweed, and houndstooth more are making their way from London's Savile Row into the modern home. From the newly opened Rivertown Lodge in Hudson to the home of Margaret Howell (who made Irish tweed cool again), here are three examples of menswear as home fabrics and several ways to get the look at home.

    Padbury Court House | Remodelista

    Above: A quick way to upholstery: furniture covered in wool blankets and topped with tweed pillows from House Call: An Artist's Home in Shoreditch.

    Rivertown Lodge in Hudson Valley | Remodelista

    Above: A vintage chair sourced on eBay is reupholstered in yellow wool and black-and-white check fabric from A Hotel with a Sense of Place: Rivertown Lodge in Hudson, NY.

    Margaret Howell House in Suffolk from Margaret Howell Houses | Remodelista

    Above: A chair upholstered in rust-colored herringbone wool at Margaret Howell's house on the Suffolk coast from the Japanese book Margaret Howell Houses, available through eBay.

    Get the Look

    Schoolhouse Electric Jack Loveseat | Remodelista

    Above: The Jack Loveseat in Nubby Tweed is custom made in Los Angeles; $1,950 from Schoolhouse Electric.

    31 Chapel Lane Donegal Tweed Cushions | Remodelista

    Above: The Donegal Tweed Houndstooth Cushions from 31 Chapel Lane are made of handwoven Irish tweed; €80 ($86.41 USD).

    Robin Day Reclining Chair | Remodelista

    Above: The Robin Day Reclining Chair is upholstered in collaboration with Margaret Howell and Mourne Textiles; £2,120 ($3,191 USD) at TwentyOneTwentyOne.

    Otley Sofa by Matthew Hilton for De La Espada | Remodelista

    Above: The Otley Sofa designed by Matthew Hilton for De La Espada has a name after a town in West Yorkshire with a legacy of Modernist art. The sofa in an oak or walnut frame with tweed fabric is $14,545 at The Future Perfect or through De La Espada.

    Mourne Textiles Tweed Cushions at Margaret Howell | Remodelista

    Above: Discovered through Margaret Howell, Mourne Textiles is a family-run business pairing traditional tweed with modern design since 1954 from the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland. Shown here are three ready-to-order cushions: the Mourne Check Cushion in Cloud, the Mourne Stripe Cushion, and the Mourne Check Cushion in Granite, £125 each.

    Mid-Century Button-Tufted Bed in Tweed from West Elm | Remodelista

    Above: A Mid-Century Button Tufted Bed is upholstered with a black and white tweed fabric; $1,099 at West Elm.

    Victoria Chair in Herringbone Tweed | Remodelista

    Above: Tetrad's Victoria Chair is made with Loden Herringbone upholstery and tan leather piping. The chair is available in a range of fabrics which include more herringbone patterns, wool check, and Harris tweed fabric. Contact Tetrad for pricing and availability.

    Above: The Urban 2-Piece Chaise Sectional can be customized with one of 23 different tweed fabrics; prices start at $2,298 at West Elm.

    For a history on tweed see our post Harris Tweed: A Landscape Translated into Fabric. For more trends to watch visit:

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    Without careful thought, pets, like kids, can come with a kit of ugly things. But it doesn't have to be this way. Help convince your crazy cat friends with one of these six gift picks. 

    Above: This Cat Tea Towel Bundle from Fancy Huli features black-and-white renderings of a Siamese cat, Persian cat, and black cat in eco-friendly ink. The 100 percent cotton towels are made in the US and ship free within the contiguous United States; $50 for a set of three. 

    Above: These jingle-bell Cat Toy Balls are made of marbled, hand-felted alpaca wool sourced from a farm local to the designer in Ontario, Canada; $3.85 each from House of Cat on Etsy. 

    Above: A blowout gift for a much-loved cat and owner: the Cat Basket from Zangra, made of a circular ash wood frame, stainless steel feet, and an ivory faux-fur cushion; €169 (about $180).   

    Above: The "it" cat book of the moment, if there is such a thing, is All Black Cats Are Not Alike by Amy Goldwasser and Peter Arkle. (Browse a preview in the New Yorker.) A copy from the limited-edition run of 1,000 is $43 (including US shipping). 

    Above: Black Velvet in Estonia makes a Design Cat Toy of fallen branches, leather, wooden beads, and feathers for an all-natural version of a classic cat toy; $10.85 on Etsy.

    Above: To make Tux & Tabby's Bonito Flakes, the fish is steamed, air-dried, aged, then shaved into paper-thin flakes for a high-protein kitty treat; £4 (about $6) for seven grams (about a quarter ounce).

    Browse more 2015 gift guides: 

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    We've doubled our hours: This year's LA holiday market at Big Daddy's Antiques is taking place this Saturday and Sunday. And more than 30 of our favorite California maker-designers and store creators are joining us, so it will be a one-stop shop for all the gifts on your list. Hope to see you there! 

    Here are the details and a preview of some of the highlights.

    Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6 The Remodelista Market will be in residence at Big Daddy's Antiques at 3334 La Cienega Place near Culver City from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

      A preview of the Remodelista Holiday Market 2015 in LA

    Above: More than 30 local artisans will be showcasing their wares at Big Daddy's, including (clockwise from top left):

    The MiA Project: A fashion and housewares shop and creative consultancy in LA devoted to celebrating the best of 100-percent made-in-America design—hence "MiA."

    Brenden Ravenhill: Modern classics from an LA lighting and furniture designer who is a longstanding Remodelista favorite.

    Wax Poster: Images by leading photographers printed in California on archival paper with fade-resistant ink.

    Rule of Three: LA designer Paige Cleveland's hand-dyed textiles, including pillows and totes of marbled silk.

    Baum-kuchen: An international couple's collection of Bauhaus meets wabi-sabi goods for the desktop and beyond.

    Chapparal Studio: Crystals and minerals (fluorite mini pyramids shown here), terrariums, and full-moon-inspired jewelry from an LA design studio.

    WelcomeCompanions: Miranda July– and Lena Dunham–endorsed surrealist leather bags by an upstart LA architect. The design here is the Bandage-Pill Cross Body, and we love the house-shaped carryall.

    Ihako: Blue-accented everyday tableware made in Arita, Japan, by Yuta Miyazaki, a graphic designer who now works in porcelain. 

    The Citizenry: Thoughtfully designed fair-trade furniture and accessories from around the world, copper-framed Argentinian leather butterfly chair included.

    Olmay Home: From a Norwegian designer based in LA, a collection of pared-down household goods made of natural materials.

    Martha Davis: Leather shoes, bags, and wearables by an "it" SF designer.

    Otaat: Minimalist men's and women's accessories, from wallets to party hats (metallic leather version shown here).

    For more previews of our Remodelista Holiday Markets—this weekend (Dec. 5 and 6) in LA and next weekend in SF (Dec. 12-13)—check out:

    Go to the Remodelista Los Angeles Market and the Remodelista San Francisco Market for the full details.

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    I can appreciate a good gadget every once and a while. And this year there seem to be some extra-interesting devices to get stoked on. Do I have to go sit on Santa's lap to ask him for these, or would that be weird?

    Sonos Plays speaker | Remodelista

    Above: Here's one I went ahead and bought for myself recently. Sonos is an incredible home audio system that you can piece together depending on how much sound you need in your space. My wife and I? We're both DJs and we need a lot: In our small apartment, we have five Sonos pieces—three small speakers (in our son's bedroom, our bedroom, and the kitchen), plus a sound bar that sits under the TV and a sub, both in the living room.

    They look nice enough (and other than the giant sub are fairly compact) and can be controlled by an app on your phone and computer. You can use your own music library, SoundCloud, Mixcloud, Amazon, Pandora, etc., and the system could not be more simple to operate. You can set it so all speakers are playing the same music or you can assign music (or TV sound) to specific speakers simply by checking a box on the app. Oh, and yes, the sound quality is impressive. A Sonos Two-Room Starter Set is $349.

    Amazon Fire TV | Remodelista

    Above: Has the time finally come to eliminate cable bills? Through Amazon Fire TV, you have access to tons of channels for free, as well as the ability to pay for some premium channels. The only reason I still have cable is to watch the Knicks lose. With Amazon Fire TV, I can get Netflix, Amazon, HBO GO, and more, and also watch and record live TV. And I'll only have to pay for channels I actually want. So I can still catch NBA games and the news, and hate-watch House Hunters on HGTV. A cool feature: You can also search using your voice, so you can say things such as "that movie with Bill Murray."

    There are quite a few systems on the market right now, but this one makes the most sense for me and my family. If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, you can access tons of movies, music, TV, and games for free. The Amazon Fire TV device also supports 4K Ultra HD for an extra-crispy picture (unlike its competitor Apple TV) and, at $99.99, it comes in at 50 percent less than Apple TV. 

    Ikea kitchen table with built-in smart phone charger | Remodelista

    Above: Ikea has recently come up with a line of furniture and accessories with built-in phone chargers, including Riggad, a $79.99 desk lamp that I have my eye on: See it at Power to the People. Nice for either the desk or a bedside table, it has an adjustable head and arm, and can charge two devices since there's also a USB port.

    Also on the horizon: In a workshop at Ikea's new Space10 ideas lab in Copenhagen, two grad student designers came up with Heat Harvest, a table (shown) that captures wasted heat from nearby object, such as coffeemakers and laptops, and converts it into reusable electricity. Soon we'll all be charging our phones wirelessly at our kitchen tables.

    Revols custom fit wireless earphones | Remodelista

    Above: I usually dislike earbuds because they never fit quite right; they fall out and don't seem to offer sound quality that compares with over-the-ear headphones. But I'm really interested in giving Revols Custom-Fit Wireless Earphones a try for $199. Funded via Kickstarter, they reached their initial goal in seven hours, so I'm clearly not the only one in line for these. Revols created an app that you use to get the gel to mold to your ear. The kit comes with two sets of buds just in case you share them with someone else. The app also gives you the ability to control outside noise similar to a musician's set of earplugs.

    Stay-put charging cable from Native Union | Remodelista

    Above: This is just a great simple idea: Native Union's Night Cable, $39.99, is a 10-foot-long, cloth-covered charging cord with a decorative knot that has a little weight to it, allowing you to put the cable down and have it stay in place. I look at my phone a ton while I lie in bed and this would be a great accessory—if only it could also prevent me from dropping my phone on my face while I'm reading.  

    Lucy, a robotic light that reflects natural sunlight | Remodelista

    Above: Another design still in the preorder phase: Lucy is a lamp powered by solar energy that distributes natural light into your space. All you do is set her down in a naturally bright area during the day, and as the sun moves she follows while distributing sunny rays where you want them. I've lived in so many dark apartments where Lucy would be a godsend. She's also wind- and waterproof—and wire free—so she can be used outside.  

    For more ideas from Myles, take a look at his Dream SofasDJ-Approved Home Stereo Equipment, and DIY: $65 Laundry Closet. And check out his design blog Myles Henry

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    The Gardenista team takes a tour of English gardens, lists the best gardening gifts to shop, and tells us where we can make our own wreath with the help of expert florists.

    Tibetan Cherry Tree at Anglesey Abbey | Remodelista

    Above: Our resident British gardener Kendra Wilson shares her must-see gardens in Garden Travel: An Insider's 9 Favorite English Gardens to Visit.

    Dandelion Paperweight | Remodelista

    Above: Tiny plants, garden-scented candles, dandelion desk accessories, and more in Gift Guide 2015: Stocking Stuffers for Garden Lovers.

    Wreath Making Workshops Around the World | Remodelista

    Above: We like the idea of making our own holiday wreath, but those of us who aren't exactly green thumbs need a little guidance. Thanks to a thorough list of holiday decor workshops in London, San Francisco, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago, we can. See Wreath Party: 12 Favorite Florists' Holiday Decor Workshops.

    Tom Stuart Smith Gardening Ideas | Remodelista

    Above: Big wig British landscape designer Tom Stuart-Smith has a host of gardening secrets to read up on; see 9 Garden Ideas to Steal from England's Tom Stuart-Smith.

    Oudolf Hummelo Gardening Book | Remodelista

    Above: A set of inspirational (and useful) gardening books in time for holiday gifting in Meredith's roundup Gift Guide: Books for the Garden Lover.

    Visit Gardenista for more ideas and inspiration this holiday season and beyond.

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