Category Archives: Interesting brands

Modernizing And “Eclecticizing” A Pottery Barn Living Room


I just might be making slow progress in the world of interiors. I bought an end table that didn’t match my Pottery Barn sofa. How did it happen? We – happily – needed enough space in the living room for 4 adults to sit comfortably. A while back, I ordered a matching Pottery Barn loveseat. […]

A Fairly Thoughtful And Just-In-Time Valentine’s Day Gift Guide


We give traditional presents on Valentine’s Day not because we lack imagination, but because our forebears were rolling in smarts. February and love call in fact for the shiny, the cuddly, the floral, and the significant. Needless to say, tradition can be upheld in intelligent, modern, and ethical ways. For The Women In Our Lives, […]

Only One Thing To Sale About Cyber Monday: La Garçonne Has 15% Off


La Garçonne,  maîtresse of the Polished Tomboy guild, is having a Cyber Monday sale. 15% off with code CM15REG. Oh, and they have cool stuff for men too. Their goods are expensive, but so elegantly chosen and displayed, I can browse their site without heartache at what I can no longer afford.  And what wonderful, […]

Why Does My Mattress Cost More Than Everything Else In My Bedroom Put Together?


Somewhere on the way to refurbishing a master bedroom, you might find you need a new mattress. Round here, I’m still sleeping on the full-size bed I bought for the apartment of my post-divorce years. It’s neither cozy nor romantic. It’s small. So we’ve been looking at king-sized options. Unfortunately, enter the Princess and her […]

Introducing Uncommon Goods, And A Few Beautiful Objects


Uncommon Goods has sponsored this post. However, I am honor-bound to give you my true opinion, otherwise my dad might speak to me strictly in his study. I am a big fan of capitalism, when tempered with kindness. As it happens, I’m the only person “in trade” left in my family, everybody else is devoted […]

The One Piece Of Clothing I Might Buy This Fall, OK Maybe Two Or Three


Around the world, seasons are changing. Australia welcomes Spring, the East Coast of the United States prepares for Autumn, we here in Northern California await, well, black denim. It’s a myth that California has no seasons. At least in the North. We’ve got them, of a subtle and simple variety. Above all, we live by […]

All The Beds Of My Life, And Now For A Good One


Have we agreed yet that decorating a house is harder than decorating one’s corpus? “Corpus,” used in the sense of the original Latin here to mean physical body, the word more often refers to one’s literary body of work. But I digress. Nothing like word geekery to reestablish one’s sense of competence. So I ordered […]

Introducing Abe’s Market – Living Lightly On The Earth


If we’re talking values and virtue, as occasionally we seem to do, I have to talk about living lightly on the planet. In my house we compost, we recycle. That’s easy, our county offers the services and we comply. I also try to buy green. That can be trickier. The commercial world took a turn […]

In Imaginary Texas, We Wear Tony Lama And Chanel


Are you familiar with Tony Lama? Founded by an Italian American immigrant in 1911, now making boots in America, Mexico, the world? When Lama’s rep asked if I’d like to review a pair, I was excited but hesitant. They’re an iconic brand, one to spark the imagination, but not to wear in Silicon Valley. So […]

Accessorizing A Little Black Printed Dress


  Splurging on a pricey black dress can make you feel slightly wanton. “I will wear this so rarely! Be sensible, Oh Woman, refrain” But I have found there are ways to make your LBD more flexible. And flexibility builds value. A lesson for life, really, but we’ll move on. It helps if your LBD […]