West Elm recently started outfitting hipsters’ kitchens with its new Market line. Now aspiring Top Chefs can fill the store’s enamel stock pots or birch-topped honey pots with a variety of gourmet, locavore food products. We’re talking — and scarfing down — Just Cook’s meat rubs (shown, $8) in such flavors as Close to Curry and Herbed Coffee; Domata’s gluten-free pizza-crust mix ($7); and D.C.’s own Gordy’s Pickles. The buffet is served online (Westelm.com) and in the Georgetown (3333 M St. NW; 202-333-2928) and Tysons Corner Center (1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, Va.; 571-633-0227) locations.
Consider the goody Quikstyle Brush ($11.30, Target.com and drugstores) an energy-saving version of round-brushing your hair while you blow it dry. This Frankenstein of a tress gadget intersperses familiar plastic bristles with short, fluffy towel tentacles that are meant to absorb the water from your mane as you brush it. It does indeed dry your tresses quicker; plus it leaves your locks pleasingly smooth and shiny, so you look less like a hobo while your hair dries than you normally do. And by you, we mean us.
IKEA furniture tends to be sturdy, but assembling a LACK shelf won’t make you feel like the second coming of Thomas Chippendale. Though Louis Schultz’s cardboard table ($70, Uncommongoods.com) also comes packed flat, putting it together is a cinch, and its graceful silhouette smacks of uptown elegance, not downtown Dumpster. Just don’t use it as a perch for votive candles or a heavy lamp, either of which could result in disaster.
Step one: Order Holly Becker’s (of Decor8blog fame) new interior-design book, “Decorate Workshop” ($27.50, Chronicle). Step Two: Pore over sharp images, including mantels festooned with art and vintage pots; novel paint pairings (cobalt and charcoal); and inspiring kids’ rooms. Step Three: Implement your own House Beautiful via Becker’s easy-to-follow eight-step process that assures your vision, whether it’s funky and folkloric or mid-century mod.
Whether you root for the Miami ’Canes or Notre Dame, you can show college-football pride with D.C.-based Lilly U’s new striped ballet flats ($58, Lillybee.com/lilly-u). On nongame days, the vaguely nautical beauties pair just as well with jeans or casual dresses as they do with oversize team jerseys. Still, we hope they come out with a burgundy and gold pair — call it a (Low) Heel for the Redskins? — soon.