The Best Bet
Nobody thinks about a lightbulb until it needs to be changed, which usually happens every four to eight months. The new Enlux LED floodlight, however, keeps burning for about seventeen years because it uses the same technology as traffic signals and auto taillights. Available in three white and four color tones, it can replace 45- or 60-watt incandescent and halogen bulbs—which, in most homes, means track, pendant, and outdoor lighting ($89.95 to $94.95 at enluxled.com).
(1) Unlike rattan bowls, Vanida Jirakaweekul’s colorful baskets won’t disintegrate when exposed to the elements—they’re made of polypropylene rope ($22 or $45 for three, at MoMA Design Store; 212-767-1050 or 646-613-1367).
(2) Using olives grown and pressed on the Tuscany estate, Capezzana’s oil is incredibly light, smooth, and fruity, with a bold, peppery finish ($30 for a 16.9-ounce bottle at Bellavitae; 212-473-5121).
(3) MarieMarie makes the most well-thought-out, dressy tops at this price ($170 to $220), for one simple reason: There are two layers of material (like jersey, chiffon, or charmeuse) in almost every design. The first acts as a light girdle over any midsection flaws; the second drapes perfectly over the first (Saks Fifth Avenue; 212-753-4000).
(4) Squire has made these solid brass locks for more than 200 years. Not only do they stand out among all the others at the gym, they’re also designed for harsh outdoor environments—including underwater ($18.60 to $27.30, at Garrett Wade; 212-807-1155 or garrettwade.com).
(5) Kate Larsen’s wallpaper collection for Graham & Brown has vibrant but modern patterns that appeal to children and adults alike ($20.99 for a double roll at Janovic Plaza; 212-772-1400 or 212-595-2500).