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Home Design Gift Guide

2013-11-19T10:47:00Z Home Design Gift GuideCarolyn Purnell
November 19, 2013 10:47 am  • 

1. Penguin Drop Caps Hardcover Book Series, $22 each

Each cover of the Drop Caps series features a single letter of the alphabet, designed by type designer Jessica Hische, making these rainbow-hued classics just as beautiful to look at as they are to read. Masterpieces by authors like Jane Austen, James Joyce, and Charles Dickens have never looked so good.

Available from Penguin Books or on

2. Olivewood Cutting Board, $39.99

This beautiful marbled cutting board, made of European olivewood, would add a bit of organic elegance to any kitchen. Perfect as a serving platter for a wine-and-cheese gathering, an everyday cutting board, or even a display tray for trinkets and jewelry, this is a versatile and durable piece that will last for years to come.

Available at World Market.

3. “Softest Throw” in Ombré, $49

Not only are these throws cozy, they are also perfectly on-trend with their ombré shading. (Ombré, which is French for “shade,” means to have a design in which the color is graduated from light to dark.) When the winter rolls around, these soft blankets are ideal for keeping toasty.

Available at West Elm.

4. Reversible Canvas Bins, $34.99

These organic cotton bins are perfect for corralling craft supplies, toys, magazines, pet supplies, and other odds-and-ends. Not only are they sturdy, machine-washable, reversible, and height-adjustable, they are also attractive enough to leave out in the open, so all your necessary items can be close at hand.

Available at the Container Store.

5. Dansk Kobenstyle White 6-Quart Casserole, $129.95

Kobenstyle, iconic lightweight enameled cookware designed by Jens Quistgaard in 1956, has a timeless design that fits any kitchen style. This highly functional piece is perfect for roasted meats, soups, and stews, and to make the oven-to-table transition even easier, the lid doubles as a trivet.

Available at Crate and Barrel.

6. Brass swing arm wall lamp, $145

Brass furnishings fell of out favor for a while, but they are back with a vengeance, and these individually handcrafted buffed brass lamps are a perfect example of the delicate beauty that is characterizing a great deal of modern lighting. An exposed bulb keeps the look simple, and it ensures a direct light that is great for reading.

Available from onefortythree.

7. “Ink 12” Giclee Print by Tracy Hiner, $39.99-179.99

Watercolor wallpapers have taken the interior design world by storm this year, but they can be quite an investment, both in terms of visual space and cost. This Tracy Hiner piece, composed with vibrant, earthy tones, will give you a taste of that ethereal, dreamy look at a reasonable price.

Available from

8. Que White 20” Pillow, $39.95

Every room needs some textural elements to give it a sense of depth, and there’s no easier way to achieve a rich, layered look than by adding textured accent pillows. Sheepskin and fur pillows are popular options, but this cotton loop pillow is an unexpected, modern twist.

Available at CB2.

9. Solstice Mirror, $150

Sunburst mirrors are a tried-and-true way to add visual interest and light to a room, and they work well both in gallery wall arrangements and on their own. This particular mirror, with its spines of equal lengths and a concentric circle pattern, is an updated version of a design classic, and it would work equally well with traditional or modern décor.

Available from Lulu and Georgia.

10. Nate Berkus Woven Rattan Table Lamp Base, $54.99

Nate Berkus is a critically acclaimed interior designer who has a great eye for combining trendy and traditional elements. This rattan lamp joins texture, natural materials, and a classic shape, which makes it an easy way to add interest and style to any room.

Available at Target.

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