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A Book, a Magazine Box and a Blanket | Fall Essentials

Pia Wallén crux blanket :: felt box with handles :: the lost symbol by dan brown

Once the cold has arrived, I like to read a good book, browse my favorite magazines or explore the Web on the couch with a blanket on my legs. My everyday dark charcoal blanket from Caban is getting old. Therefore, I started to look for a replacement.

The black and off white Crux blanket by Pia Wallén is gorgeous. It is hand woven in Sweden and made of 100% wool.  If you are looking for more color options, head to Pia Wallén’s Web site. You will find there the Crux blanket in 4 colors: Redorange/offwhite, black/offwhite, potato/offwhite and green/offwhite. Sadly, this museum piece is over my budget for a blanket that I used while reading on the couch.

WHERE TO BUY:
+ Pia Wallén Crux Wool Blanket £379 at Cloudberry Living
+ Pia Wallén Crux Wool Blanket 4400 SEK (this is price shown on the cart)
+ Box in felt with handles 1250 SEK
+ The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown $16.17 USD

FOOD + DRINK TABLEWARE

Four remarkable cake pedestals

stylish cake pedestal standsStylish entertaining calls for dramatic effects. To quickly add a touch of sophistication nothing beats elegant cake pedestals.

For tea party treats, pastries, sweet delights and cupcakes go with a three tier model. Since they stack together, you can only use one or two if that is what you need. Not just for desserts, stands can be used to serve canapés and tapas.

My favorites from the selection at Neiman Marcus (and Horchow) are definitely the floral black and ivory Covered Cake Plate, the Lavender Glass Cake Stands series and the Cupcake Stand series.

I saw the black Scalloped Cake Stands at Ballard Designs. If you make a long dessert table, black scalloped cake stands match well with flocked black and ivory cake plate.

If you are looking for a Moorish motif dinnerware set, the Morena 16-Piece Dinnerware Set is an affordable option. You can see the salad plate beside the black stands.

SOURCING:
+ Covered Cake Plate at Neiman Marcus – price: $180 USD
+ Lavender Cake Stands at Neiman Marcus – on sale: $179.90 for the three tier set, pieces also sold separately
+ Cupcake Stands at Neiman Marcus — on sale: $99.90 for the three tier set, pieces also sold separately
+ Scalloped Cake Stands at Ballard Designs – price from $39.50 to $49.50 USD
+ Morena 16-Piece Dinnerware Set at Ballard Designs – price:$99.50 USD