Flou's new Soho store is filled with beautiful minimalist beds equipped with ingenious storage solutions (lift up the mattress, store things underneath). No room for a bed? What about a cuddly fleece blanket for those cold January nights? These are fluffy, fringed, and fabulous. In fifteen colors ($152).
42 Greene Street, 212-941-9101
This Crunch hamper from Umbra may not exactly change your life, but it will free up a lot of space and make your bathroom much more pleasant. The crisp canvas plastic-lined bag and its hanger fit on a standard door (20 inches by 24 inches; $20).
202 East 29th Street, 212-545-1447
194 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-788-4213
Buy it online at www.umbra.com.
Served on the Rocks
For kids, finding cool rocks is practically a competitive sport. And geodesÂ—ugly on the outside, glistening on the insideÂ—are the ultimate find. The grown-up version? These cool coasters, made of Brazilian agate, which look most amazing when lit from beneath. In green, blue, purple, and natural ($45).
68 Gansevoort Street, 212-645-2216
Rubber the Right Way
Frolicking in the snow in a chunky sweater is greatÂ—in a catalogue, that is. ThereÂ’s nothing fun about wearing wet wool. A compromise: C.P. Company's rubberized sweater, a boiled-wool zip-front cardigan with a very light rubber coating that makes it water-resistant ($475).
C.P. Company and Stone Island
106 Wooster Street, 212-965-5330
Keep Them Hanging
Chandelier earrings are undoubtedly sexy, but they can also be heavy and hard to wear. Thaya and Binny's light, festive, handmade earrings offer maximum effect with minimal discomfort. Styles, sizes, and colors vary ($20 to $40).
250 Elizabeth Street, 212-925-4772
Who says scarves need to be flat and rectangular? This grandma-goes-space-age number is like jewelry for the neck. It's wool (but not itchy), warm, and handmade in Nepal, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting a local childrenÂ’s fund. Also in blue and lilac ($125).
117 Perry Street, 212-647-0149