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The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker

8 Favorite Candlesticks

A candlestick is a functional sculpture. Its color, shape and form can all add to a space dramatically, even though the item might seem slight. Cast a glow on your room with these eight wonders of Prometheus.

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Clockwise, from the top, black candlestick:  Areaware Resin and Marble Distortion Candlestick – $24.00 //  Nickel Circus Animal Candlestick – $272.56 // Evoca Gold Plated Pair of Candlesticks, L’Objet – £375.00 // Sliver Plated Arborescence Candlestick – $870.00 // Nappula Candlestick in Sea Blue, Iittala – $39.00 // Kelly Wearstler, “Memphis” Marble Candlesticks – $735.00 // Cosmos Neon Pink Candlestick, SuperLiving – £21.00 // Moorcroft, The Dames’ Pansy Candlestick – £435.00.

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day Weekend signals the beginning of summer, sand, sun and surf. It is also a day to remember all of those who have fallen while serving in the United States Armed Forces. My Uncle Milt and Grandfather were members of the U.S. military, and my father served for his home country, as well. It is no small task to risk one’s life for the liberty and lifestyle of others – the sacrifice is almost unfathomable to me. I commend and appreciate our troops. Thank you.

Memorial Day tends to also bring along with it other connotations – giant sales – and for me, the start of Oyster Happy Hour season.

Tiny Fork Oyster Happy Hour
Throughout NYC many restaurants clear their sidewalks, put up umbrellas and open their windows to celebrate the art of the raw bar by offering $1, $1.50 and $2 oysters.

Reveling in today’s 79°F sunlight, I partook in Wellfleet (Northeastern region of Cape Cod Bay, MA, Atlantic Ocean) and Kusshi (Pacific Northwest, Vancouver, BC) varietals, tastes spanning from coast to coast.

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My favorite oyster bars in New York City are scattered throughout the West Village, at The Mermaid Inn or at Hotel Delmano in Williasburg. However, today found me on the Lower East Side and I meandered into Tiny Fork. The oysters were briny, some had shell remnants but overall, they were fine and shucked well. I tend to like my oysters with some pomp and circumstance – tell me about the size of the shell or the waters of origin. An OK slurp.

Tiny Fork Oyster Happy Hour

More than the food, I enjoyed the French cafe meets Nantucket schoolhouse interior design. Marble counter tops, classic barstools, black-and-white ceramic tiles (checkerboard pattern) and mercury mirrors.

The Walkup / TheLoveShopWhat better way to remind one’s self of the endless possibilities of summer and the glories of being alive? Hang a The World Is Your Oyster print in your living room via Etsy’s, The Love Shop.
Vintage French Oyster Baskets
These Vintage French Oyster Baskets are from the ’30s or ’40s and add a subtle splash of color, and maritime history, to home storage via Napa Style.
Oyster DishesThe oyster shell stamp on the small dishes are a washed cocoa and cream glaze or a watery green. The teensy oysters are pressed into delicate porcelain via Etsy’s Edith Momplaisir. 

“O Oysters,” said the Carpenter,
“You’ve had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?’
But answer came there none–
And this was scarcely odd, because
They’d eaten every one.

–  The Walrus and The Carpenter by Lewis Carroll (from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)

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DVF x ROXY Beach Coverup

COVERUP: Diane von Furstenberg‘s bold prints meet Roxy’s signature swim silhouettes in a collection that is both playful and empowering. The graphic hexagon print of this dress, with its bold use of shadows, recalls some of DVF’s first designs. It doubles as a swim coverup so you can look stylish poolside.

ROOM: A pure, white and kelly green living room with a contemporary sofa paired with palm leaf pillows flanked by  sleek, midcentury modern end tables with triple gourd table lamps. The square abstract canvas, bird decor item, and Warhol coffee-table book bring this space into 2013 via Morrison Fairfax Interiors.

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'Vintage Surf' One Piece Swimsuit

ROOM: Inspired by The Endless Summer? A surf board can be a sculptural element when bared with likeminded bohemian items. Surf shack chic is embodied by relaxed and mismatched pieces. A slightly eroded wooden floor helps, too.  Photograph via Coastal Living.

ONE PIECE BATHING SUIT: W Swimwear’s ‘Vintage Surf’ One Piece Swimsuit features an array of classic boards—long and short— which transport a plunging one-piece swimsuit back in surf history. Purchase via Nordstrom.

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Tukie Flower High Waist Bikini

BIKINI: The Tukie Flower High Waist Bikini channels your inner Gidget meets Brigitte Bardot at a Nantucket yacht party via Free People.

ROOM: A contemporary yet classic marine living room in Sao Paolo, Brazil ala Marcelo Brito & Pedro Potaris architectural interiors. The navy and white stripes pair nicely with paisley.

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“Hark, now hear the sailors cry, Smell the sea and feel the sky, Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic…” – Van Morrison, Lyrics from Into the Mystic