I have more than a few globes in my house (the best are the kind that light up) and I always have my eyes open for more. Today I present just a couple of the many options out there.

FF: The Desk Globe from Linley

Most of my globes come from flea markets and yard sales, but if I had my way I would have a high-end version, like the gorgeous Desk Globe I found from the fine folks LINLEY – which, ahem, goes for more than $4,000!

About the Desk Globe from Linley:

“The Desk Globe has been exclusively crafted for LINLEY by expert globe makers Bellerby & Co. Carefully hand-painted using Sennelier watercolours, the Desk Globe features a solid walnut round base. The globe itself spins on its axis on a sleek steel arm.”

Find the Desk Globe from Linley here.

See all the great designs from the world of David Linley here.

FF: The Replogle Globe from Staples

If the $4k+ price tag of the Desk Globe from Linley is a little too high for you, the fine folks at Staples offer a variety of options at all price points like the Replogle Globe Explorer Political Raised Relief Classroom Globe.

About the Replogle Globe Explorer Political Raised Relief Classroom Globe from Staples:

“12″ blue ocean explorer political raised relief classroom globe offers a vibrant contrast to a metal gold-colored base. Replogle Globe ‘Explorer Political Raised Relief’ Classroom globe with plastic gold colored base has blue color map and measures 16″ x 13″ x 12″. Globe includes more than 4000 place names and political distinctive boundary markings. Explorer contains more than 4000 place names and distinctive political boundary markings.”

Find the Replogle Globe from Staples here.

Many of you have been following my quest to find the perfect bar cart for my humble home on the Kansas prairie (just across the river from the great city of Kansas City, MO). I have found many contenders but just haven’t pulled the trigger on committing to one yet.

I think I may have been going about the search all wrong – it is a wall mounted bar I need not a rolling cart. Well, this is just because I have fallen in love with the Loll Wallbanger Bar I found from the fine folks at Horne.

About the Loll Wallbanger Bar from Horne: “All Loll Design products are made from 100% recycled high density polyethylene (plastic milk jugs). Since 2005, Loll Designs has kept over 18 million milk jugs out of landfills. The Harvey Wallbanger was invented in the 1950’s by world champion mixologist Duke Antone. This wall mounted bar is named appropriately after his famous mixed drink. Designed with Darin Montgomery of urbancase, the Loll Wallbanger is intended for outdoor cocktail parties. A hinged panel door doubles as a work surface and interior magnets hold it closed when not in use. Although you can cut right on the poly door we include an Epicurean Handy Bar Board for slicing limes or whatever. The interior will store bottles and a built in shelf will hold tools, glassware, and other bar tending equipment. Cheers!”

Find the Loll Wallbanger Bar from Horne here.

See all great ideas for your home from Horne here.

Like all great cities of the world, London has inspired artists for centuries. In his wonderfully curated book, London in the Company of Painters, Richard Blandford treats us to some amazing works of art that show how the city has changed, evolved and remained the same over the years.

About London in the Company of Painters by Richard Blandford:

“This sumptuous visual history explores London as depicted by artists over the last few hundred years. Although the first city of London was established in the Roman period, the story of London in art really begins in the 17th century, with the rise of the panoramic city view as a painting genre, and continues to this day. Organized around nine areas or districts, the chapters move roughly from west to east across London, as does the River Thames, which acts as the city’s spine. Within each area, works of art are grouped around specific locations or monuments, providing a glimpse of the city’s changing and unchanging topography through the ages. Despite London’s tumultuous history – the rise and fall of Empire, attacks from above in two world wars, relentless expansion into the surrounding villages and suburbs – it nevertheless becomes clear that many of the city’s landmarks remain surprisingly constant.”

Worthy of any coffee table, London in the Company of Painters would be particularly special to anyone who loves London and masterworks of art – like me.

London in the Company of Painters by Richard Blandford is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.


I was stunned by the pure quantity of pumpkins for sale outside of my local Hen House (my favorite grocery store chain in the Kansas City market) – there were so many lined up across the whole front of the store. I want to buy a few but was sure if I picked one up there would have been a pumpkin avalanche.

Ever since I purchased a sewing machine several months ago (no, I still have not used it) my eyes have been catching all sorts of great fabrics that could find their way into the various projects I have in mind. Great fabrics like those I found from the fine folks at Maresca Textiles.

About Maresca Textiles:

“Maresca Textiles are luxurious, hand printed fabrics designed by Kathryn Maresca, available to the interior design trade through the studio and showrooms nationwide. In addition to fabric by the yard, the studio offers a selection of pillows that are hand printed and/or embroidered and available exclusively through the Maresca webstore and select showrooms.”

Although Maresca Textiles deals mostly with the design trade, lucky for us they also offer a sampling of their great fabrics on their website – like the Charcoal version of their gorgeous Pisa design (above right): “Pisa is a modern interpretation of the ceiling of the cathedral in Pisa, Italy. The decorative ceiling is ornate yet geometric in its layout and planning, and has become rustic with age. The print mimics a block printed design, but is screen printed for consistency.”

See all of the great fabric designs from Maresca Textiles here.

Check out all the great textiles (and pillows) from Maresca Textiles here.

I am really digging the Laptop Messenger Bag I found from the fine folks at Leatherology – the perfect combination of form, function and quality construction. Now only if I convince myself that I can pull off carrying around cobalt blue leather bag.*

About the Laptop Messenger Bag from Leatherology:

“The Laptop Messenger Bag takes the ever popular messenger bag and upgrades it, giving it tons of functionality for anyone from a student to a busy professional. If a sleeve or regular computer bag just won’t cut it, this might be just what you’re looking for! Made from top quality leather, the centerpiece of our Laptop Messenger Bag is a padded sleeve that holds up to a 15″ laptop. We also include a zippered slip pocket at the back for placing bag over a trolley when traveling. There are even 3 pen loops inside, so you’ll never find yourself asking to borrow one again! To top it all off, we include an adjustable shoulder strap for easy carrying. Whether it’s for school or work, you can keep everything you need in our Laptop Messenger Bag!”

*If not I can settle for the more traditional chocolate brown version.

See all the fine leather products from Leatherology here.

Just in time to bake a lovely loaf of bread on a lazy autumn Sunday afternoon, I found the beautiful – yet functional – handmade clay loaf pot from the fine folks at Cook on Clay.

About the Loaf Pot from Cook on Clay:

“Craft a favorite family-size meatloaf, bake gorgeous crusty yeast breads. Roast an herb infused pork loin, bake savory and sweet batter breads. Built for durability and performance, designed for the art of cooking from the kitchen to the table. Bake, Roast, Braise, Oven Sear, Broil, Grill. Each pot is handmade and may vary slightly in surface and size.”

Ok, well, maybe not just in time for today – but I am sure you can order one in time for next Sunday.

Find the Loaf Pot from Cook on Clay here.

Learn more and see all the handmade ovenware from Cook on Clay here.

Protecting our environment is vital to ensure we keep our planet livable for future generations. Most of us talk about the importance of preserving nature, but the fine folks at The Nature Conservancy are doing something about it every day.

About The Nature Conservancy:

“The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. We address the most pressing conservation threats at the largest scale. Thanks to the support of our more than 1 million members, we’ve built a tremendous record of success since our founding in 1951.”

Learn more about The Nature Conservancy and how you may help here.

FF: The Bristol Bar Set from Irwin Ribera

I need to class up my bar and how I serve my bourbon these day. And the simplest way to do that is to add the very classy Bristol Bar Set I found from the fine folks at Irwin Ribera.

About the Bristol Bar Set from Irwin Ribera:

“If you like your Scotch served neat, the Bristol is for you. Its deep tobacco leather offers the ultimate in dignified drinking, a masculine touch for a stately environment.”

Find the Bristol Bar Set from Irwin Ribera here.

See all the fine accents for your home from Irwin Ribera here.

FF: The William Decanter from Canvas Home

Meanwhile, I am really digging the William Glass Decanter I found from the fine folks at Canvas Home.

About the William Glass Decanter from Canvas Home:

“Recycled Glass Decanter Our William Glass Collection is made from recycled glass. Each glass is unique; the variations in height, color, and bubbles reflecting the individual artisans that handmade each piece.”

Find the William Glass Decanter from Canvas Home here.

See all the great finds for your home from Canvas Home here.

I may have jumped the gun when I reported in my last update that I thought my 2017 container garden may not be producing as late in the season as my 2016 garden. This week I had a nice yield – surprisingly several new tomatoes and a few varieties of peppers are still popping out. Even more surprising, there are several new blooms on both tomato and pepper plants that mean if the frost holds off and the sun stays out we may have more to come.


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