It’s that time of the year where we look back at the past few weeks and smile at how we’ve eaten like royalty, unwrapped thoughtful gifts from loved ones and shared our hopes and wishes while toasting to the new year. But 00:00 12/31/21 has passed and it’s time to jump into 2022. The holidays often come and go so quickly and include so much preparation and celebration that we can feel a bit drained once they’ve passed. There’s nothing better than refreshing your interior space to start the new year on the right foot, and we’ve got just the thing(s) to spruce up your home and head into 2022 feeling renewed and excited.
Breville, The Barista Express Espresso Machine
Breville’s The Barista Express Espresso Machine is a sleek, functional and compact coffee machine. It comes with a built-in grinder that grinds your coffee beans while retaining their essential oils, ensuring the freshest morning pick-me-up you could dream of. Not in the mood for an espresso? Not a problem. The powerful steam wand will conjure the creamiest of froths to make a café-worthy latte or cappuccino. All you need for the perfect first sip is a stylish cup and its matching saucer. Plus, this machine comes with several useful accessories such as a milk jug, a coffee scoop, cleaning tablets, a cleaning brush a water filter and much more. Breville really does do it best.
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Smeg, 2-slice Toaster
Give your kitchen countertop a retro look with Smeg’s iconic 1950’s-style 2-slice toaster. Available in a large color palette of pastel, metallic and neutral tones (plus a bold Union Jack print), every single Smeg will be sure to turn heads. The Italian homeware brand is revered for its unique aesthetic and intuitive, easy-to-use settings, and this toaster is no exception: Insert 2 slices of your favorite bread, choose your toasting setting, press down on the small stainless steel handle, and voilà, your perfectly crisp tartine awaits. Pair it with a matching 1950’s-style kettle to complete your kitchen’s vintage cookware look.
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Alessi, Il Conico Kettle
Have you ever seen such an eye-catching kettle? Created by Aldo Rossi, one of Italy’s most famous architects and designers in 1985, this kettle is still it. The sharp triangular silhouette and sleek and smooth design will contrast starkly with any induction stovetop. Its stainless steel interior and exterior are a great choice of material for a kettle because of its non-oxidative nature which means your water’s composition will always remain intact. Its cone shape will help water heat up incredibly fast thanks to its large surface in direct contact with heat. You’ll never feel as sophisticated boiling water for your tea than with this silver futuristic pyramid-slash-circus-tent. All you need is an eye-catching teapot like this one by Vista Alegre.
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Le Creuset, Braiser - 3.5 L
Le Creuset’s 4.7 L Braiser is the crème de la crème of enameled cast iron cookware. It’ll even serve as a colorful centerpiece when placed on a trivet at the dinner table. This braiser functions both as a Dutch oven and as a skillet: It’s the perfect tool to sear your meat before cooking it in vegetable stock or any sort of liquid. You’ll be reaching for it to make roasted chicken, red wine braised beef and Sunday morning shakshuka. Available in a wide variety of colours, from its original Flame to a bright Blueberry or bold Cerise, this braiser will meet all of your cooking needs while giving your stovetop a classic French country look. It pairs beautifully with its matching butter dish.
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L’Objet, Kelly Behun Lazy Suzan - Brown & Gold
A Lazy Suzan isn’t the most common decorative accent, however it’s an incredibly versatile and useful one. You’ve probably seen many acrylic or wooden models grace countertops or the inside of kitchen cabinets to organize oils, vinegars or spices. Thanks to a simple pivoting circular tray, every ingredient becomes accessible from every angle. This walnut and birch wood model by L’Objet was created in collaboration with Kelly Behun, the renown interior designer. An elegant Lazy Suzan, such as one adorned with fine golden lines, is meant to be displayed. Placed at the center of your dining room table, it will keep any toppings or dish within arm’s reach (“Can you pass the gravy?” will become “Can you spin the Suzan?”), but it can also occupy a coffee table to keep all of your remotes, magazines, candles and coasters neat and tidy.
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Dutch Deluxes, Bread Board XL Stripe - Walnut
’Tis the season of cozy refreshments and savory snacks for cocktail hour with your family, partner and friends at home (in person, on Zoom, FaceTime…it’s a new cocktail hour-world out there). What better than an elegant charcuterie board to accompany your glass of Sauvignon Blanc, full-bodied Merlot or classic Negroni? Dutch Deluxe’s XL boards are unique because of their elongated shape and will enhance your display of crunchy pickles, soft cheeses, crostini, fig jam, fresh strawberries, green olives and peppered crackers. It can also be used to display a variety of tapas if you’re more of a patatas bravas and croquetas kind of person.
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Legnoart, Grand Cheese Place Cheese Plate
… and the season of cheese plates. Cheese-only or embellished with a few pieces of charcuterie, that is completely up to you. The perfect cheese board should include a mix of hard, soft and creamy cheeses: think an assortment of brie, goat, Camembert, Gouda and some Comté. Take your cheeseboard to the next level by decorating it with some colouful green grapes and blackberries and drizzling some hot chili or truffle oil here and there. Don’t forget to add some cheese knives to your savory appetizer for sharp and clean slices. Bon appétit, les Liparis chéris.
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Missoni Home, Rufus Hooded Bathrobe
Take out that Korean sheet mask, make some cucumber water and light your favorite candle: it’s time to slip into a fluffy robe and relax. Channel your inner Marylin Monroe from The Seven Year Itch or Lorelai and Emily Gilmore from Gilmore Girls and get ready to indulge in a spa-like experience right at home. Made out of absorbent cotton, this Missoni robe will keep you dry as you step out of a bubble bath or shower and brave your bathroom tile’s chill. The iconic chevron brown, purple and green pattern will add a splash of color to your morning and night routine as you slip in or out of bed and in or out of your robe. There’s something simply luxurious about matching home linen, and thankfully this plush robe comes with a matching bath towel for a moment of opulence.
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Baobab Collection, Les Prestigieuses Cuir de Russie Scented Candle
There’s nothing like the soft light of a flickering flame emitting from an accent or coffee table to set a serene, cozy mood. Baobab Collection’s Les Prestigieuses series of candles is the perfect choice for anybody seeking a touch of comfort while the winter temperatures keep dropping. Composed of distinct, glamorous scents that come in vessels of solid colours, this collection celebrates three refined materials: moonstone from Sri Lanka and India, India ink from China and Russian leather, which is coated in birch oil, from the land of Doïstoievski and blinis. The latter will fill your home with a mix of vetiver, moss and musk that evokes the smell of a warm, wood fire. Time to snuggle up with the book you didn’t get around to reading during the holidays.
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Assouline, Cocktail Chameleon
If you’re more in the mood to read to hone your kitchen skills - or rather bar cart skills, that is, than cross the Atlantic Ocean, why not practice becoming an at-home mixologist? Assouline’s Cocktail Chameleon book will add a splash of salamander orange to your book shelf while elevating your go-to drink to accompany a tasteful cheese board or favorite 2000s comedy. Learn how to make a triple sec-based Love Byte, a classic Margarita, or a Green Bloody Mary with tomatillos (who knew?). Each cocktail includes a list of ingredients, clear directions and garnish recommendations that will have you making (and drinking) any cocktail as confidently as Don Draper makes an Old Fashioned in no time.
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