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No more boring white ceramic mugs for tea or coffee. These Art Table Glasses designed by Fratelli Guzzini add an extra zing to caffeine lovers. But these Italian made cups and saucers are so adorable, it might be hard to give them away. The Art Table Glasses set is priced at $129.
Cantoni, 4800 Alpha Road.
NO BREAKING THIS BANK
Piggies aren’t the only animals that can carry all that change around. This vintage cast-iron horse can store those nickels and dimes while adding a touch of sophisticated flair to the décor. The bank is priced at $45.
Bryan Street Traders, 4217 Bryan St.
Foodies and top chefs will likely grin over these Bialetti pasta pots. The 5-quart pots feature an innovative lock-on lid with built-in strainer. That means no more colanders. The pots come in three colors (purple, blue and orange) and will light up any kitchen with their utility and cheery looks. They are priced at $34.95.
Available through Amazon.com.
SPEND TIME AT HOME
The new mPulse Sauna Series by Sunlighten brings the sauna into the house. The stylish high-tech design of the Aspire model includes Blaupunkt stereo system and cd/dvd player, and it comes in cedar, basswood or teak. The entertainment distracts as the infrared sauna therapy works its magic, helping with weight loss, heart health and detoxification. And for their size, these saunas plug into any household outlet and run on less electricity than a hairdryer. The Aspire model
starts at $5,798.
CUT TO THE QUICK
Perfect for the trendy cook, these knives will add a punch of color to any kitchen. The Hampton Forge Tomodachi 10-piece knife block is vibrant in appearance and comfortable in grip. And each knife is color coordinated to its specific use, such as yellow for paring, purple for cutting bread and red for slicing tomatoes. Easy as pie. The set is priced at $59.99.
Available at Target stores and Target.com.
We’re gonna rock it tonight!
As all good theater queens know, Stephen Sondheim is the greatest Broadway composer and lyricist of all time, and one of his monster hits is West Side Story. The historic film adaptation (one of the biggest Oscar- winning films of all time) is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a spectacular DVD and Blu-Ray collectors’ editions, new this week. The set gloriously restores the original to its vivid, exciting best. Extras include song-specific commentary by Sondheim himself, a storyboard comparison, selection of theatrical trailers and much more.
Available at Barnes and Noble stores and BarnesandNoble.com.
INTO THE GROOVE
Music lovers may shed a tear over Nina Simone – The Complete RCA Albums Collection. The extensive collection contains nine CDs from Simone’s catalog along with 35 bonus tracks and deep cuts. From blues to African to jazz, Simone’s moving voice is displayed in all forms with signature hits like “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” and “I Loves You Porgy.” Original cover-art reproductions are included as well as her songs covered by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, The Beatles and more. The collection is priced at $71.99.
Available through PopMarket.com.
SWEET AND STYLISH
Flowers may end up playing second fiddle to these licorice vases designed by Ligne Roset. Each vase is made of blown glass and is hand cut, making for a unique piece. The blue and grape coloring may make them look like candy, but the design is pure sophistication. The vases start at $109.
Ligne Roset, 4516 McKinney Ave. 214-526-2220.
For those who keep to the written word, Papyrus has launched the Natalizia Collection of Italian leather bound journals. The refillable notebooks are sophisticated and elegant and ideal for sketchers and writers. The Natalizia notebooks come in brown and camel, and start at $70.
Available at Papyrus locations and PapyrusOnline.com.