Woodland creatures look cute in nature, but does anyone want a squirrel cozying up to their dinner plate? Maybe if it’s one of the forest beasts starring in Tag’s new line of table accessories, just in at Hill’s Kitchen (713 D St. NW; 202-543-1997). Among the wildlife: raccoon and fox salt-and-pepper shakers (shown, $9), chipmunk mugs ($10) and dish towels ($11) festooned with a menagerie.
Coco Chanel once quipped, “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” Just to make sure your prospects remain bright, we recommend salon stylist Serge Normant’s new eau de parfum for hair ($60, Sergenormant.com). The formula is developed to nourish strands with jojoba, vitamin E and aloe while adding pleasant-smelling bursts of ylang ylang, jasmine and amber.
Ban.do, the charming L.A.-based hair accessory company, recently released a new line of Black Label pieces (Shopbando.com). The floral-heavy collection is drenched in pastels and sparkly embellishments such as sequins and rhinestones. Our favorites include the overgrown Florabunda clip (shown, $325), the tres chic Zou Bisou headpiece with its oversized satin bow and retro netting, and the demure Crystal Punch satin headband that could serve as a more casual alternative to a traditional wedding veil.
In the week we left “Mac & Cheese” ($20, Running Press) on our desk, every person who wandered into our office admired the tome lovingly. Gooey-looking photos and recipes for pasta-and-queso combos such as Chesapeake Crab Mac and Cheese and Mac Quack (with duck) make it amount to cookbook porn. But, still, we’re not so sweet on a strange selection of desserts, including pecan caramel noodles.
Your Couch is the linchpin around which your living room revolves and the spot where you spend the most time. You want it to be both easy on the eyes and the bod, which is where Designer’s Guild’s new pillows come in. Sewn using rich satins, linens and velvets in match-everything hues, they’ll feel right at home on your sofa ($130-$140, Urban Country, 7117 Arlington Blvd., Bethesda; 301-654-0500).