1. I love the exciting things happening with digital printing on textiles. The technology has opened up the fabric world to all sorts of new styles and designs, especially watery or watercolor patterns. New York–based Fret's viscose-linen blend, Ziggety Zag, in Blue.
2. Los Angeles–based Ferrick Mason's Albert in Purple; 100 percent linen and printed from a watercolor design.
3. Serena & Lily have fantastic new holiday decorations, including a range of bells. The small Sleigh Bell Garland, $28, is the perfect touch for a classic Christmas tree.
4. My personal fragrance: Noir Epices by Frederic Malle is a fantastic Oriental scent without the typical vanilla base. Developed by "nose" Michel Roudnitska, it's a luxurious combination of spices, sandalwood, patchouli, orange, and geranium. What I love most is that it doesn't overwhelm me, or a room. In fact, only people who get close enough notice it…and then they always ask, "What is it?"
5. And I'm just as particular (read: picky) about how rooms smell. In Los Angeles, I discovered an alluring, mysterious room fragrance in a fashion store called RTH off of Melrose Avenue. It's a room spray made with palo santo essential oil. Palo santo is a tree native to Central and South America and belongs to the same family as frankincense and myrrh. In Spanish, its name translates to holy wood, and the fragrance is hard to describe: sweet, clean, and a bit turpentine-y. It's very distinctive and leaves the air in a room feeling fresh with just a hint of an after-scent.
6. Kudos to the United States Postal Service. Their commemorative stamp program keeps me using snail mail. I particularly applaud how adventuresome they've gotten: Designs range from iconic American landscape painters to American pop original Janis Joplin. Buy more stamps!
7. I'm always attracted to the ephemera in antique or thrift shops. This little book caught my eye with its deep red color and wonderful title: "Don't Worry Because the Tide Is Going Out—It Always Comes Back." And it's going to make the perfect house gift for a friend in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
8. Last but not least, our associate market editor Lora Yoon recently married Jonathan Huh. My lavender sprigs, tagged with my table number for the luncheon reception, have lost their blossoms, but it was a beautiful ceremony and the bride looked gorgeous!