Your Prints Have Come: Dwell Studioâ€™s patterned fabrics â€” orange peacocks strutting in teal trees; ikats in snazzy gray and mustard; Moroccan tile-inspired geometrics, shown â€” have put the Hollywood Regency-ish company on the hipster decor map. Now, itâ€™s launched an equally groovy furniture line, serving up fresh-yet-glam pieces such as the Mallory Chair ($864), hexagonal end tables ($720-$840) and customizable upholstered headboards.
Crust Issues: There is no way to reinvent the frozen pizza. It is for children, overworked adults or hungover college students who would eat leaves to fill their stomachs. Yet Dr. Oetker Ristorante pizza ($4.49-$5.99, Giant) isnâ€™t the soggy, chewy mess youâ€™re used to heating up. In varieties such as spinaci, mozzarella or four-cheese quattro formaggi, the pie stays crispy and thin after a trip to your oven. It ainâ€™t Napoli, but thatâ€™d take longer than 30 minutes to get to.
Art of the Rub: Donâ€™t worry if youâ€™ve never heard of Jeff Koons, the contemporary artist who makes giant balloon objects out of steel, selling them for millions of dollars. (We know. Lifeâ€™s unfair.) You can still afford to indulge in one of his works, in the form of Kiehlâ€™s Jeff Koonsâ€™ Limited Edition Creme de Corps ($47) with its Balloon Flower topper ($50, 3110 M St., NW; 202-333-5101). Itâ€™s literally a modern twist on skin care.
La Dolce Vitae: In Italy, where the sidewalks are even bumpier than Georgetownâ€™s, women somehow manage to look sexy and to not fall into la strada. That might explain why Gidigo, a D.C.-based, Italian-made line of shoes for her blend comfort (sensible-yet-sultry heels, padded foot beds) with Euro-cool good looks (toes as curvy as Sophia Lorenâ€™s tush, soft-as-ravioli leather). Styles, including a tall boot (shown, $374) and a mossy green slip-on (shown, $250), just marched into Betsy Fisher (1224 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-785-1975).
Makerâ€™s Mark: Everyoneâ€™s a crafter these days, including your Mom (quilts with Jon Stewartâ€™s face stitched on them) and your cubicle mate (carved fruit statues he sells on Etsy). But â€śWeekend Handmadeâ€ť ($28, Stewart, Tabori & Chang) presents simple projects for the glue-gun and table saw-impaired, such as wall art made of stitched-together vintage photos, and coasters cut from bingo cards.
By Katherine Boyle and Jennifer Barger