Gosh, these little guys are great! Each one is about eleven inches high, require a little bit of water and some sunlight--they are, afterall, alive. What a neat idea! I've never had much luck with cacti, but these almost make me want to try my hand at them again.
"fits" really isn't a shortened version of "outfit"
if you're willing to deal with something, please don't think "except" is the right version of "accept"
What is with all the "ruined underwear?" I can't think of any time that I've ruined underwear in anticipation of sex to come. Are these ladies leaking acid? Maybe they should get that looked at.
I don't know what mad, creative genius drew/made this--I found it online & think it's absolutely fantastic. So if the owner stumbles across this one day, please know I'm not trying to steal your funny, creativity--it just tickled me so much, I had to share it--and have it here to look at.
There are many things that I enjoyed about this episode, (Season 1, episode 9: Cheaters Never Prosper) not of least of which was this great shot:
What is not to like? Great layout: the folders scattered across the coffee table, the crewel pillows, Sharon's great black & white outfit--her excellent hair! Working hard at home, after office hours. Great scene.
But naturally what caught my eye was what Sharon was writing with! Why...what's that near her yellow legal pad?
Why...it's a brushed steel Zebra pen, G-301.
These are such great pens--they write great, they're inexpensive and nearly indestructible.
Easy to find at just about every office supply store, lots of Big Box stores too. Here's a little prop you can, and may already, own!
Lord have mercy. So I recognize most everything here, and figured I'd post an image for reference:
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Thank god Sharon shops at Crate & Barrel. For the most part. Also, and this is VERY important, why does that woman have so many salt/pepper mills? What is going on with this? Granted, I have been gifted a salt/pepper mill combo that is in addition to enormous pepper mill I've had forever & my old salt pig. I use them because they're a)convenient and pleasant and b)a gift. But seriously, this lady has two on the stove, and at least two on the counter--and I believe a second, smaller metal set (a pair) which potentially makes 4 (!) separate pepper mills. I hope each one has different pepper or salt in them. Mine do.
So...from Crate & Barrel, Sharon's salt & pepper stove set:
"Biscayne" salt and pepper mills.
Also from the stove, Le Creuset tea kettle. Sharon's isn't this beautiful flame color--(I'm assuming it's either Cassis or black) but it's the same size/style. Le Creuset tea kettles come in two sizes and a plethora of colors, so pick your poison:
Last stove item, another Le Creuset piece, this time a lovely French Oven:
Moving away from the stove...
The plain, wooden mill, near the tall metal one, has a lighter counterpart (available at Crate and Barrel), but the dark version is available from Cole & Mason. Windsor mills from (respectively) Crate & Barrel and Cole & Mason, sit on Sharon's kitchen counter (I've seen the C&M mills recently at TJ Maxx, in the foodie/kitchen section, BTW):
Tall metal spice mills, the ones Rusty moves from table to countertop:
Seems like a William Bounds Ltd spice mill:
One can find tall Imperial/King mills just about everywhere--and most places carry metal as well as wood. The one I have owned for years isn't a William Bounds, but it is metal. Anecdotally I've heard that the WBs are plastic--with a brushed finish. No idea if this is true or not.
Another Crate & Barrel item--a set of stainless steel clip canisters:
These stainless steel clip canisters have gotten pretty mixed reviews--they look good, but I speak from experience when I say that many currently produced "clip" style canisters--regardless of who has made them--are at worst ornamental and prone to falling apart, and at best, clip down so firmly as to be painfully difficult to flip open. There are several see-through canisters out there, but this style is the one on set.
Finally, Sharon's utensil crock is by Le Creuset, the colorway is Cassis:
The Cassis is a beautiful blackcurrant color. But for traditionalists, only the Volcanique will do:
Utensils and other misc items I'll do another time. I figure all the machinery is obvious. I'd love one of these large-size utensil crocks. I always lean toward Volcanique, or "flame"--because I grew up surrounded by Volcanique-colored cookery. But in my kitchen, white would make more sense--or brushed stainless. But I do love both those colors above. Cassis is so smoky and mysterious. And flame is, well, flame!
UPDATE: July 2013
I nearly got the two-tone stainless crock, but went with the lovely marble one instead. Just yum:
Felt that as much as I liked the stainless, marble would always be warmer. Either would have been good choices but I'm happy I chose marble. This is a crock I will live with for the rest of my cooking life.
...and some random thoughts, because I love to be in the kitchen and I can't stay on topic.
When I'm looking to freshen up old kitchen utensils or linens, I do really enjoy Crate & Barrel. They always have a nice selection of good-looking, affordable, durable goodies.
Pier 1, has over the last decade really had some off seasons/years. But I still check them out for textiles: pillows, table-runners--small details. I used to love them for plain white serving pieces, sake bottles and cups--but that was the 80s/90s--and their focus has changed a lot since then.
Occasionally, Pier 1 has good accent furniture: nothing very durable--but for the price I don't expect forever--I just expect to live around it a little more carefully than something solid and oak! I've gotten a slender Étagère from them--perfectly fit an odd wall space, and two wrought iron café chairs. Some of the textiles on their fun, chunky square chairs have been tempting.
But, onward to the point of the post: IDing the crap out of Sharon's kitchen/dining area.
From Pier 1(2012):
Medallion sunburst table runner:
From Crate & Barrel (2012):
Acacia 10" salad bowl:
That's a tall bowl--and several folk have said it's a real space-saver on small tables--lots of depth to fill, but not too wide. Unfortunately for me, I grew up with this style:
and I find anything not that, to be hard to adjust to. Mostly for salad, I just use my old "Margrethe" Rosti bowls. The bright orange-red makes me happy and it makes the greens of any salad pop:
I can't tell if it's my perception or not, but I feel my vintage Rosti bowls are a better true orange-red than the new ones?
The black and white salad-servers: bit more elusive. I've seen several variations on the theme: black and white handles paired with wooden servers. Many stores carry these--inset bone or enamel, depending--I *think* the set ones are olivewood with dyed bone handles. I find them unappealing and can't bring myself to narrow down a search. Suffice to say: not hard to find if the style suits you.
Personally, I love these: "Alster" Walnut servers from (brrrr) Ikea:
I think they'd look great with the Acacia bowl.
Also an enormous fan of anythingDanish Modern:
I think in a past life I may have been any of a number of Danish/Scandinavian Modern salad tongs.
But these are the ones that I fancy, as they are so easy to use for those of us with Bad Hand Days & are that insane green plastic that I love so much:
"Dexas" salad hands.
I'm not saying I wouldn't kill for those gorgeous black, chrome and wood Danish ones, though...
That blurry paper towel holder can be found at so many stores and online kitchen venues. It's a teardrop style, freestanding brushed stainless dispenser:
(and hello, cameo shot of the famous Raydor Glasses--also identifed and ProDesign, you're welcome)
Crate & Barrel has these--but I've seen them at Linens n' Things, the Container Store--you don't have to look far to find this style. Personally, I still prefer the old under-counter hanging style--frees up real estate and gives me more space to cook. Plus, I just can tear off sheets as well from the free-standing versions. Oh well--they're popular enough that you may already have this "prop" in your house. At least this one is elegant in its simplicity.
Update: July 2013:
Adding a few more items that I id'd recently. Cookbook holder and cookbook, full post is here:
Sango Nova sugar and creamer set, for full post go here:
Sharon and Rusty use Ikea DATA flatware at home. Full post with pics is here:
And for Part II of Sharon's kitchen items, go here:
So we've got a couple rectangular, semi-iridescent shell lamps as well as a couple oval mother-of-pearl lamps. Both styles (as well as some other really pretty ones) can be found at Horchow's website. As of October 2012, Pier 1 also has these, if not incredibly similar, lamps on sale. If anyone's interested--they can do additional leg work. The Horchow lamps (and Pier 1):