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The Smock Chair Says "Convivio" To All Who Enter

"Smock" is an old fashioned word for this sleek ultra-modern chair, designed by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso, the famed Italian upholstered furniture house. But take a closer look and you will see where Ms. Urquiola got her inspiration....

A Baby Monitor That Lets You Rest Easy

First time parents worry about everything, especially if their baby is safe at night. Rookie moms and dads often find themselves restless and sleep-deprived, as they indulge their compulsion to continuously check on their child until morning.

Bring Home Harmony With a Weekend Zen Garden

Got a yen for Zen? We're talking about the garden-variety type here; a little piece of heaven just steps from your back door. Though the art of Japanese gardening is many centuries old, in just one weekend you can create a reasonable facsimile of a classic temple garden in a secluded corner of your yard. It requires a minimum of materials, not much money and best of all, needs very little maintenance.

For Chocoholics Only: Diva Chocolate Grilling Rubs

When I go out with a female friend for a long lunch, a leisurely drink, or a hike across a nearby lake, I can expect to come back with a new scheme. A business venture, a new product, a book, a campaign for a cause, or something will come out of it. It may not stick; it usually doesn't. But let two women dish for awhile and they're going to get into trouble. So it must have been when Heather and Julie went on a camping trip together and cooked up Diva Chocolate Grilling Rubs.

Otohime Saves Face by Sounding Like a Flush

Toilet noises can be embarrassing, but what's a shy girl to do besides repeatedly flushing in situ? Japan's answer is the Otohime - an electronic "flush" that saves face as well as water.

Looking Ahead: Flatware That Stands Up!

Did you ever wonder why flatware always lies on the table or in a coffin-like holder in the drawer? I never gave it a thought until I saw this photo of the Sunny Side Up cutlery, I not only started to wonder, but am still wondering why it took so long and whether stand-up flatware will be the wave of the future?

Let Loopa Lower Leaks And Spills

Young children love to explore, and sometimes that involves taking a mid morning snack “to go.” If you are tired of trailing behind your toddler with a mop or broom, the Loopa Bowl may be ideal for your household.


What A Gift! Towel Cakes Are Sooo Tempting!

More tempting than a funnel cake... More luscious than a tunnel cake... the Towel Cake has arrived! And what a great gift it makes for Father's Day, wedding showers, baby showers, birthdays....just about any occasion for a sweets-lover! The Towel Cake, by Le Patissier, will make your recipients drool!

The Double Life Of A Grill Boy

I love surprise gadgets and the Grill Boy is one. It's a stylish stainless steel magnet shaped like a broad, flat stick figure, with grooves for hands and feet. But the grooves are all different sizes, so don't try to fit your Grill Boy with pairs of mittens and socks...

Japan to Ban Spam E-mail. Seriously

Spam - junk e-mail, not the canned mystery meat - has been effectively banned by the government of Japan. Wishful thinking, or a positive step in the elimination of one of life's greatest annoyances?