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Friday, March 5, 2010

20 Things Under $25 I Love...Part 4 (Stuff that Would Not Fit In A Category)

This is the 4th in a series of posts of "20 Things Under $25 I Love." Part 1 focused on 5 Favorite Foods... Part 2 on Beauty Items... and Part 3 on Fashion

Thomas Paul at ShopStyle

The designer, Thomas Paul, got his start working as an intern for DKNY. He moved from designing neckties for Calvin Klein and Bill Blass to designing his own neckwear line. Then he launched into the home accessories business with his lovely modern pillows. Don't you love his big bold patterns. You can drool over his trays.
14" Thomas Paul Hong Kong Tray  $12 (top, clockwise)
I featured a Floral Tray of his that made me go "wow!" See "Pamper Yourself in 2010: A Cup of Tea, a Book and a Smile."

Wallpaper City Guide Florence 
Wallpaper City Guide Rome 
Wallpaper City Guides are beautiful little paperbacks chock full of photographs and insider information on every page. From landmarks to shopping, escapes, urban life, hotels and much more. Phaidon offers over 80 city guides from Amsterdam to Zurich.

If I can’t go to Italy tomorrow, I can always dream today.

Wallpaper City Guide Florence: $9.95
Wallpaper City Guide Rome: $9.95

Orla Kiely Scribble Spot Flower  a6 Notebook
I received this Orla Kiely notebook from a dear friend. I am a big admirer of the Orla Kiely brand. Kiely’s purses, clothes and home accessories always look fresh and modern. 
The notebook is great for jotting down ideas for projects or lists of things...I’m always making lists and now I can keep them in one place. 

You can tell I love it. It has gotten a lot of use. 

You, however, can pick up an un-used one for $13.00.

To purchase: Orla Kiely Scribble Spot Flower a6 Notebook

20 x 200

Art for $20? Yes!

Jen Bekman, the curator of 20 x 200, had an idea to make art available for everyone. The gallery offers two new pieces a week: one photo and one work on paper. There are a number of sizes and price ranges. I bought an 8 x 10 photo by Dan Broadman. I am so happy with it. (of course, I am not a photographer. The photo looks so much nicer in person.)

The Beach

Okay, technically the beach is not really a thing. But I'm a real water junkie and I can't help but include it.

Fire Island, NY has one of my favorite beaches (see above photo).  A 31-mile narrow strip of clean, white sand off of  the south shore of Long Island, it includes a national park, a state park and a federal wilderness area. Fire Island also has approximately 17 communities, which do not allow cars. It is a unique place.

When the weather gets nice, enjoy a day trip to the barrier island. You can pay a nominal fee per car and take the 8.1 causeway over to the Robert Moses State Park

Photo credit: Fire Island beach: 

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