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E-Cloths

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Martha came up to my apartment the other day and commented on how incredibly clean it is. Now, I have tried out many cleaning products, in search of the perfect item and I have come quite close. What's my secret weapon? The E-cloth. It's kind of amazing. It cleans everything from glass and stainless steel to wood and tile without any product (sometimes I use a little bit of water, but that's it).

I especially love it for use on my dining table - I completely trust it on this precious surface. And, another version cleans my cell phone and TV screen. Not sure how it works but it combines two fibers that pick up dust, dirt and even creams (if I touch a surface after moisturizing, it wipes the lotion right off).

So, I am hooked and now you know my secret. Ecloth.com.

Tools For Living

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I have a thing for Japanese tapes.  The colors and patterns are amazing.

1 I have a thing for Japanese tapes. The colors and patterns are amazing.

I love this clip.  It will look great holding all of my inspiration tears on my desk.

2 I love this clip. It will look great holding all of my inspiration tears on my desk.

These bring me back to my childhood, when I would get a complete set of pencils and crayons each year.

3 These bring me back to my childhood, when I would get a complete set of pencils and crayons each year.

Great housewarming gift.

4 Great housewarming gift.

Remember my clock idea in the last post... here are the numbers.

5 Remember my clock idea in the last post... here are the numbers.

I bought a set of each size pizza dish - one for me and one for Alexis.

6 I bought a set of each size pizza dish - one for me and one for Alexis.

Love the size and shape of these metal bowls.  They are mammoth.

7 Love the size and shape of these metal bowls. They are mammoth.

This musical toy was beautiful.  Just look at its shape and colors.  Plus, the sound it makes is lovely.

8 This musical toy was beautiful. Just look at its shape and colors. Plus, the sound it makes is lovely.

I was completely transfixed by these two wooden toys.  One was a hedgehog and one was an elephant - and both came home with me.

9 I was completely transfixed by these two wooden toys. One was a hedgehog and one was an elephant - and both came home with me.

The store has a lot of objects to catch your eye.

10 The store has a lot of objects to catch your eye.

I plan on doing much of my holiday shopping at just a few places this year to minimize stress and one place on my list is Design Within Reach's Tools For Living shop in Soho.

So, when I went over the other day, it was no surprise that I got a lot accomplished--and spent some money on myself and my apartment. Each product is a work of art.

The Entryway

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Growing up, the first thing you encountered in my house when you walked in the front door was a giant, elegant grandfather clock. The nostalgic memory brings me a sense of comfort. So, when thinking about what visitors will first see when they walk through my front door, it’s no surprise that I would love a more updated, modern version of the grandfather clock.

My first inclination was to look at the September 2008 decorating issue of MSL, and in particular the stenciling story. Modeled after the face of an 18th-century case clock, the oversized wall decoration was easily stenciled in an entryway. But, this idea was not quite modern enough for my glass box.

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Then, I remembered seeing a wall clock in the Kaufman house, in Palm Springs, when Martha and I visited the historic Neutra space. The clock was on the kitchen wall and is a collection of simple dots.

Finally, on a trip to Design Within Reach, I thought about creating one of my own with house numbers and maybe powder coating them a great color.

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All seem like great ideas and I know that when the time is right, I will choose the design that fits my needs today with a nod to my past.