More top cool things to buy in Japan 2014 edition

cool things to buy in japan

I spent another month in Japan this year and discovered more cool things to buy in that wonderful country. Two developments make shopping this year better than last year: (1) The yen has dropped in value against the US dollar (in October 2013 it was around 95 yen to the US dollar; in October 2014, […]

Perfect winter candle from Diptyque: Sapin Dore

diptyque candle

Now that the weather has turned colder and we are spending more time indoors (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere), why not make our homes cozy and inviting? One of the ways to cheer ourselves up during these dark wintry days is by using scented candles. With the Christmas holidays coming, I suggest a […]

A warm cozy winter with Toast


I have been a fan of Toast, a UK online retailer of men’s and women’s clothing, as well as home accessories. Toast began as a catalog company, but has since opened stores in London, Bath, Guildford and other cities. They have the best catalog with photo shoots in the dreamiest locations. The clothes are wearable, […]

Diptyque limited edition festive holiday candles: pine, spicy orange and oliban

feu de bois diptyque

The holidays are upon us again and if you want to add an extra festive atmosphere to your home, consider Diptyque’s wonderful candles, which you can buy at the online Diptyque store or at a Diptyque boutique near you. In the past I have used Diptyque’s Feu de Bois (“wood fire”), a sophisticated combination of […]

Favorite online shop: Toast

toast shirt and trousers

I have been a fan of Toast for many years. Toast is a UK-based shopping catalog which has both a beautiful paper catalog and an online shop. Not only are the photo shoots so mysterious and atmospheric, the merchandise is unique and gorgeous. Since it’s getting colder, you’ll find Toast’s cozy throws and blankets, sweaters […]

Profile: Fabric Designer Philippe David


The designer spotlight this week focuses on Philippe David, an artist and textile designer from France. Philippe designed fabrics for 6 Mandel, an elegant chambre d’hôte not far from the Eiffel Tower in the chic 16th arrondissement in Paris. Born in 1961, Philippe received his diploma from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Appliqués et des Metiers d’Arts […]

Piegato book case by Matthias Ries: simple lines, easy assembly


I found this beautiful hanging book shelf system from a French online design shop called Design De Collection. It is a bookshelf called Piegato by German designer, Matthias Ries. It is a “laser cut and powder coated sheet steel delivered almost completely plain, which results in a simple and cost effective transportation. The customer then […]

Merci: new quirky concept store opens in Paris

If you’ve been to Colette, you’ll love Merci, a new design concept store which opened this week in the 11th arrondissement, close to the Marais. Started by Bernard and Marie-France Cohen, founders of Bonpoint (probably the most chic line of children’s clothes in the world), Merci carries a quirky mix of high fashion (YSL, Stella […]