AUDIBLE – Paradise Overdose

November 7, 2009

Sometimes you just KNOW you can rely on things to consistently deliver the goods… Arno Elias debut solo work has delivered the goods, Again! It all feels deliciously familiar. the dubby vocals, blazes of asian sound and everything that is exotic, that is quintessentially Elias! The chilled asian sounds and lounge beats inspire the mind […]

Gilt Turkeys

January 3, 2015

Flour Sack Towels – January

December 30, 2009

What a great way to ‘wring’ in the new year than with this flour sack towel bearing all of the festivities this Holiday brings with it! These make a great housewarming or holiday gift. Perfect to add some fun to your kitchen and the best kind of towel to dry dishes – minus the lint. […]

Favorite Things – Miele Mangle Iron

April 2, 2013

  If you own table linens like I do, then the Miele Mangle Iron is a must-have. Ironing tablecloths, runners and napkins becomes an effortless task with this machine. How can you complain when you get to sit down, feed the linens and it automatically irons it for you. I sit down and watch CNN while […]

OLFACTORY – Comme des Garçons – Odeur 71, the anti-fragrance

March 25, 2010

Do you ever find yourself not wanting to smell like cologne or perfume? While I am a self-professed cologne hoarder, this is one fragrance that I would never live without. I am going to start covering my favorite fragrances to inspire you to try something new. This invention by Comme des Garçons is suprisingly not […]

Washing Shoes 101

April 29, 2013

Washing your shoes can be a scary task. I recall many horrified looks on my face after retrieving my own shoes while trying to accomplish this in the past. I believe to have come up with a simple way to make your shoes look almost brand new again without ruining your shoes. Remove the laces […]

AUDIBLE – Merry Mixmas

November 28, 2009

I would play Christmas music year-round if I could get away with it, but I can understand how that might be slightly annoying to others. So I wait until after Thanksgiving to click my Christmas playlist on my iPod and hit shuffle. I have days worth of Christmas music, but I somehow seem to love […]

The Best Flour Sack Towels – Not embroidered

May 29, 2009

Next time you need to stock up on pricey microfiber rags or disposable electrostatic dust cloths, opt for flour sack towels instead. Flour sack towels outperform microfiber and disposable dust cloths for cleaning and dusting all areas of your home. They’re large, absorbent, durable, and (perhaps most importantly) cheap. What in the World are Flour […]

Pasta Pentola Storage

November 25, 2014

I rarely use my pasta pentola pot, and it’s hard to find the right vessel to hold all my rolling pins, spiders and strainers. Not only are they tall, yet heavy – so why not reinvent my pasta pot as a storage vessel to hold all of these items. I’m so happy with how this […]

VISUAL – Roy Fairchild-Woodard

May 14, 2009

I have heard people say you should only buy art as an investment or it should match the kon-tents of your room. I say forget about all of that and throw it out the window. Art should be purchased because it imbues a sense or feeling when you look at it. I do not care […]

Collecting – Federal Mirrors

November 17, 2008

I have always had a fond affection for anything gilt. I once had someone tell me that my motto must be ‘when in doubt, guild.’ I do not think I would go as far as that, but I do somehow always find myself attracted to shiny object: gold, crystal, glitter, etc. I at times chalk […]

Favorite Things – Duckie Uglings

January 6, 2009

 Several months ago I was introduced to these great animals. My friend Becca makes these by hand, each on is completely individual and a work of art. She handcrafts them by recycling old sweaters and notions. My daughter Hadass had to have the monkey, crafted out of argyle of course. We at kon-tent may have […]

AUDIBLE – Renee Olstead, Skylark

August 29, 2009

Next time Saturday morning comes when you can have some YOU time, cue up this album and relax to some music for the soul. Renee Olsteadserves up somes beautiful notes while you have a sip of your latte and a yummy pastry. Great for a solo morning, and yet subtle enough to have on while […]

The Best Flour Sack Towels – Kitchen Gadgets

May 31, 2010

Kitchen Gadgets dancing around that have been hand-embroidered on durable flour-sack towels to help you do your cleaning. Set of seven for $49 –

Favorite Things – Oxo Lettuce Knife

April 16, 2010

I love this Oxo knife and what simplicity it brings to my kitchen.  Developed to cut lettuce since when you cut lettuce with a metal knife it has a tendency to brown the lettuce, this eliminates that completely.  Making chopped or layered salads for later is a breeze now because my lettuce is no longer […]

Outdoor Furniture – Meadowcraft

May 22, 2009

It has been over a decade since I invested in an outdoor furniture collection and I am still 100% satisfied with my decision as the day I did it. What is even more amazing, is that it still looks today, like it did back in June of 1998 when it rolled off the truck and […]

Slow Juicing

January 3, 2015

Bedding Terms – Weave

September 17, 2009

Weave is also important, whether you choose a classic linen weave, silky sateen or crispy percale (pictured above). Since feeling the sheet is the best way to decide what you like best, you should do some in-person shopping (or touching) even if you plan to buy online. The best way to care for your sheets […]

AUDIBLE – Ultra Lounge, Wild, Cool & Swingin’

March 26, 2010

Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 5: Wild Cool & Swingin is chock full of great songs performed by some of the greatest talents of the 20th century. There is a total of eighteen tracks on the first edition and twenty-one (yes, twenty-one) tracks on Wild, Cool & Swingin’ Too!the second CD making it both a lot of fun and a […]

Linens – Yarn Size

August 20, 2009

In continuation of our series demystifying bed linens and what to look for the next time you purchase we cover yarn size. The fineness of each yarn is what the term yarn size refers to – the higher the yarn size, the finer the yarn. Alternatively this is also how you can determine the gauge […]

The Best Flour Sack Towels – Primitive

April 7, 2010

Like old, vintage-antique country, farm and ranch primitives, these towels imbue the feel of yesterday and the values of traditions past embroidered onto wonderful 36″ square flour sack towels. This set of four is $36.

Favorite Things – Breka Nutcracker

December 1, 2010

Anyone who knows me knews that I am a fan of the process.  Be it the grinding and tamping the beans for an espresso, whipping up eggwhites to a voluminous peak with a copper-handled whisk or the twisting of the handle on this Breka nutcracker.  I always get a smile when I pull this out […]

AUDIBLE – Paris Lounge

July 25, 2009

I became an instant fan of Paris Lounge years ago when my partner at the time was playing this in the background. He had purchased it while he was in Paris a few months prior and the first track ‘Hum Hum’ starting off with this telephone conversation between this man and woman. The vocals sound […]

Shamrock Plant

January 4, 2015

Linens – Fiber Quality

August 17, 2009

So you are out looking for new sheets for your bed and I would venture to guess that one of the first things you thought about was the thread count. Sure thread count matters, but there are several things aside from thread count to consider when you are buying linens for your home. I am […]

AUDIBLE – Mezzanine de l’Alcazar

May 26, 2010

Everyone has experienced the situation when planning their ultimate dinner party – what music should you play? Every aspect of the guests experience has been catered for, the menu, the drinks, the table settings and the lighting. The only thing that remains is to set the mood with the music. Mezzanine De L’Alcazar sets this […]

AUDIBLE – Hôtel Costes

April 27, 2009

Growing up, my mother had the radio on 24 hours a day. With that in mind, quiet is foreign to me. I have never been able to sleep without some form of music playing, but during the day I also enjoy the sounds of music to inspire me. They say music makes you smarter. Most […]

Comitti Balloon Clock

March 15, 2009

Ever since I was a kid, I have been fascinated by key-wound clocks. I love the chiming and the beautiful woodwork. Each piece is a work of art and back 15 years ago, I purchased a balloon clock made by Comitti of London – are still in business today. A balloon clock is a […]

Favorite Things – Nintendo DSi XL

June 4, 2010

Is it a gaming system, is it a computer, is it a camera?  Actually it is all three and more!

AUDIBLE – David Guetta, Nothing But The Beat

September 23, 2011

I know that whenever I recommend music, it is usually in the vein of European Lounge, Buddha Bar-esque or low, jazzy vibes which needless to say are what I mostly listen to since my mind is busy creating.  I have to admit it helps sooth, bringing peace and calm.  BUT….. there is another side to […]