Globe-trotting goods — Japanese futons, Indian rugs — can give your pad a well-traveled vibe. But for accents that are more hip than hippie, try Web boutique Serena & Lily’s (Serenaandlily.com) new spring collection. Pieces inspired by other cultures include origami paper pendant lights (shown, $68 each), Mexican-style storage baskets woven of bright plastic and bamboo ($48 for two) and a rustic rattan stool ($195) inspired by the site owner’s African adventures.
Local Fashion blogger Caitlin Moran of Stylewithinreach.net and her sister Emma have a lot to celebrate — and plenty of glassware to do it with. The duo recently launched Cin Cin Vintage (Cincinvintage.com),
a nicely curated online shop overflowing with old-school bar ware and hostess accessories. Highlights include tinsel-topped swizzle sticks (shown, $5 for six), gold dot “Cheers!” note cards ($15 for eight) and a frequently updated stock of 20th-century champagne coupes, crystal ice buckets and ornate decanters. It might inspire you to dust off that ginger syrup recipe and stir up some dark and stormies.
A Kate Read
kate spade Inc. has been turning out preppy-gone-pretty bags, pearl-trimmed shoes and peppy accessories for 20 years. The company marks its two-decade history with the coffee-table book “Kate Spade New York: Things We Love” ($24, Abrams). Like a well-thought-out Pinterest board, the tome bursts with quotes from designers and artists, historic fashion photos and shots of the company’s colorful designs. Still, why no shout-out to founding designer Kate Spade here?
Dazzle for a Day
Red-carpet-traipsing celebs borrow zillions of dollars worth of jewelry for events. Now, those who may never thank the Academy for anything can test out bling before buying it thanks to Rocksbox (Rocksbox
.com), a subscription jewelry-rental service. For $19 a month, RB ships out three designer pieces (e.g. Margaret Elizabeth’s gemstone bracelets, pictured; Brianna Fano’s Lucite necklaces). You flash them for as long as you like, then either send them back or purchase them.
President Barack Obama may be tempted to change his slogan to “Yes We Candy!” if he gets a taste of the inaugural-themed shortbread currently up in the polls at Uncle Chip’s (1514 N. Capitol St. NW, 202-999-4990; Unclechips.com). The limited-edition treats are iced with white chocolate and topped with sugar/soy ink likenesses of the commander in chief
($4-$7 each, depending on size). And, no, biting into one isn’t treason.