the well-appointed mantel.

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even these magazines look great stacked amongst personal treasures, via hello sukio. as we head into spring, these may be the last lingering weeks we’ve got to cozy up with a good book by the fireplace. but lit or not, fireplaces and the pretty mantels that frame them are still often the focal point of a room and proper care should be taken to treat them with the well-decorated... 
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japanese design.

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Japanese Exhibition Poster by Masaaki Hiromura, via gura fika. i love all things japanese — from sushi to vintage kimonos, and especially graphic design and packaging. i used to spend hours at Kinokuniya bookstore in san francisco’s japantown (i just found out there’s an L.A. location, too!). and i can’t read a word of them — all written in japanese,... 
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simple matters.

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as erin boyle’s blog title might suggest, Reading My Tea Leaves is a lovely lifestyle blog celebrating a practical and purposeful approach to a simple, sustainable life. and now erin has written her first book, Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More — a beautiful and thoughtful message of simplicity, paring down, and living with what you love.... 
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connections.

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Alexandra Bruel’s Shoot To Thrill For Vogue UK. i don’t know about you, but i’ve been seeing an awful lot of bananas around the internet these days. could bananas be the new pineapple? and not just bananas, but banana leaves, too. once again some random, somewhat mundane object in our lives gets trendy, for reasons i can’t really begin to imagine. but the... 
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zine-mania!

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last weekend i had a few girls over for an al fresco evening of fish tacos (say that three times fast!) and the lovely jen gotch asked what she could bring. since i told her i had it covered, she ever-so-kindly brought me this fabulous hostess gift. before coming over she’d been at Printed Matter’s Los Angeles Art Book Fair and upon seeing this very cool box of... 
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