The Best Bet
The autumnal equinox takes place on September 23, which means by the end of next month the warm, rosy-toned sunlight now bathing New York will take on that crisp, pitiless blue quality—and your dinged-up walls will strike you as particularly drab. Instead of slapping on yet another coat of decorator’s white (eggshell), call Carla Weisberg. She’s primarily known for her surface designs for interiors—fabrics, wallpapers, rugs, and architectural elements—but she’s also got a burgeoning color-consulting business. First, she interviews to determine likes and dislikes, how and when various rooms are used, and what kind of light (natural and unnatural) illuminates the home. Then she creates color cards—sometimes one for each room, or a palette with accents for different areas—that are tested and revised. It’s up to the client to hire a painter, but for an additional fee, Weisberg will consult during that process as well. Start now and you’ll have flawless walls for the holidays ($2,000 minimum fee for apartments under 2,500 square feet; 212-620-5276).
Keep the Kid’s Projectile Eating to a Minimum
This ingenious bowl by Stixx has a base that suctions to the table, locking it firmly in place, so it can’t be sent flying across the kitchen ($22.99 for the set, which includes a fork and spoon, at Zabar’s, 2245 Broadway, at 80th St.; 212-787-2000).
The Next Best Thing to Sleeping Naked
This breezy cotton slip from Fleur’t guarantees a comfortable night’s sleep, even in torrid temperatures ($80 at Hable Construction, 117 Perry St., nr. Greenwich St.; 212-989-2375).
One for Every Workday
The demure headband offers a soft counterpoint to fall’s edgier fashion. Colette Malouf’s has a comfortable strap, so temples don’t pound prematurely ($70 at Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave., nr. 58th St.; 212-753-7300).
Transition Your Living Room
A natural linen pillow with velvet appliqués bridges the summer-to-autumn décor gap beautifully ($170 at Global Table, 107-109 Sullivan St., nr. Prince St.; 212-431-5839).
The Toy That’s the Wave of the Future
This miniature hydrogen-powered car, with its own clean-fueling station, is just as much fun for kids as it is for green-oriented parents ($125 at Yoyamart, 15 Gansevoort St., nr. Hudson St.; 212-242-5511).