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Year / 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

What’re You Doing New Year’s ...

... , Neeew Yeeear's Eeeeeve?  {cue the timeless tune...}

On such a cold, rainy day, our thoughts are turning to the sparkly fun of New Year's Eve, less than a week away. Are you doing something fabulous at a fancy hotel? Staying in, watching the ball drop in front of the fire place? Making your resolutions in the company of friends at your favorite watering hole? Throwing a party? Whatever your plans, a certain amount of pizazz is in order.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Gift Guide: The Hit List

Have you finished your holiday shopping? Have a gander at this season's most popular gifts, and pop in for last-minute goodies! AND, you can still order online through Friday for Christmas Eve delivery--just email us ( for shipping cost quotes.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Gift Guide: Foodies

Today's gift guide is for foodies, and it comes via one of our favorite blogs, EatMore DrinkMore. Here's what those fun foodies chose for the Washington Post's Fashion Washington Holiday Gift Guide.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Wintery Wonderland

With little extra space to display cheer in the Proper Topper homestead, we decided to go upward: suspended from the ceiling, we have an evolving wonderland --

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Bookish Monday: Duct Tape

Popular Mechanics brings the perfect gift for your Mr. or Ms. Fix-It. Learn quick tricks to drain a flooded basement, fend off an ant invasion, extract a broken key from a lock, and many more. It's all you'll need to keep your home running smoothly (for the short-term, at least!).

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Gift Guide: The Uncle Who Has Everything

In today's Staff Picks Gift Guide, Chris has compiled a list of gifts for his uncle: he's hip, he's sophisticated, he's fun, and he has everything. Luckily, our collections come to the rescue!


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Friday, November 30, 2012

Santa’s on his/her way!

Dear Readers, does hunting for the right gifts make you pout ... maybe even cry? Guess what: we love, love finding the perfect gifts. (This probably doesn't surprise you -- just look at our gift guides!!) So, here's what you need to do: send us your list. The whole thing. Your sweetie. Your grandpa. Uncle Steve, the kiddos' teachers, the UPS guy, your manicurist. We'll find something for everyone ...

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Gift Guide: Pour ma Cousine

Assistant manager Sara has gathered favorites for her francophile cousin in today's edition of our Staff Picks Gift Guide. And if you like what you're seeing in these posts, why not give our Santa Services a spin? Simply email us ( with your list, and we'll give you our expert advice!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holiday Card Round-Up

We love, love, love written correspondence, and what better time to get in touch with friends and family than the holidays? Herewith, a few of our very favorite cards, begging you to turn off the smartphone and put pen to paper.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Gift Guide: The Urban Homesteader

Today's Staff Picks Gift Guide is curated by Katherine (our own urban farmer!), with the Urban Homesteader in mind:

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Bookish Monday: Cheese, glorious cheese

Ideal for your own upcoming entertaining, and the perfect gift for anyone who loves cheese. And, as mongers from way back, we do love a good monger reference.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Gift Guide: Teachers’ Gifts

We herewith launch our series of Staff Picks Gift Guides with The Teachers' Edition: Jaclyn (as a recipient of such gifts herself ...) has handpicked a fun collection to show your appreciation to those who are patiently molding your young ones' minds:

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Bookish Monday: Roots

Yummmm. Savory, rooty deliciousness for the Thanksgiving table. 225 recipes, accompanied by photos ..

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Thanksgiving Gifting

Thanksgiving is less than a week away. Be prepared.

What to bring:

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Bookish Monday: Around the World in Three Days.

Our new favorite that we can barely keep in stock:

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Craftin’: Fun with Leaves.

Courtesy of Amy: a fall-themed window full of gorgeous goodies and leafy creations.

Her process: Acquire vintage glasine envelopes ...

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

People’s Parties.

There's a change in the air (although you wouldn't know it on this warm, warm day), which has us looking to the holidays (gasp!). And the holidays have us looking forward to fabulous parties and new arrivals in the shop/on our website. For instance: the golden crown place card holders pictured above, looking festive even as we unpack them! Wouldn't you just love to have these regal baubles adorn your table at your next dinner party?

And speaking of tables, have you seen our Pinterest board, Wondrous Tables? Send us photos of your own festive tables ...

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Bear with us, and thanks for your input


We told you how excited we were about our new website. We even made a play list about it. Then we sounded the trumpets and announced the big launch. Now we come to you, hat in hand, to ask you to be patient and stick with us as we work out the kinks and get the ordering process worked out. We appreciate every one of you who has taken the time to offer input or ...

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Let the joyous news be spread…

Let the joyous news be spread...

We did it! If you're reading this, you probably already noticed - the new site is up and running. It works more like a decorative sundial than a swiss watch at this point, but it's steadily getting better with each passing hour ...

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Once More, With Gusto…

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