And the winner is.....

 Congrats, Helen Lam!  Helen was selected as the winner of DesignElixir's $50 AllModern giveaway!  Helen chose the Alessi Te O Tea Strainer.  (see image left, provided by by Stefano Pirovano.
A big thanks to everyone who entered the AllModern giveaway!  I enjoyed seeing everyone's selections- my readers have impeccable taste!

$50 All Modern Giveaway!

'Tis the season to give. And All Modern , a CSN store, wants to kick of the holiday season by sponsoring a $50 shopping spree for Design Elixir readers!  Get something for yourself or give it as a gift.  All Modern is a great web store stocked with some of my favorite furniture and accessory lines: Alessi, Knoll, Vitra, Lois Poulsen, Dwell Studio and many, many more.   (This cute Alessi Christmas Cowboy is one of the seasonal items featured on All Modern.)

How to Enter:
  1. Select one or two items you would like to win from All Modern, All Modern Baby, or All Modern Pet
  2. Share the link to those items in a comment on this giveaway post. 
  3. Remember to sign up as an Elixir Addict (a Follower) or include a contact email, so you can be notified if you are the winner.  
The nitty gritty:
Contest is only open to US readers due to shipping costs. Total cost of selected items is $50, including tax and shipping- please keep this in mind when selecting your giveaway booty.  Comments must be received before midnight on Saturday (12/12).  The winner will be contacted via email and the name of the randomly selected winner will be posted Monday (12/14).  Items will ship standard, therefore DesignElixir & AllModern can not guarantee Christmas delivery.

While we are in the Christmas spirit, here are 10 gift ideas, all $50 or less & from All Modern

For the young at heart.   Have you ever wondered what you would look like with an eye patch and a parrot on your shoulder?  Buy this playful Pirate Self Portrait Mirror by Areaware and wonder no more.  The Self Portrait Mirror collection also include Song Bird, Skull, Pearl Necklace, and Antlers.  $35.00
For the well read co-worker. This set of bookends by Kikkerland would look great on any bookworm's desk or shelf.  This quirky set is available in 4 different styles: Leaning Men, Leaning Ladies, Pushing Men, and Rosie. (You know, Rosie the Riveter, the "You can do it!" Army poster girl from WWII)  $37.50

For the chef.  Who doesn't like fresh squeezed orange juice?  Alessi's Mandarin Citrus Squeezer makes the tiresome task a colorful experience. Flip the hat over and it becomes a juicer. Take the hat off and you have a goblet.  This little gadget is cute enough to leave on the counter. $40.00

For the Eco-activist.    Areaware's Fauna Pico Zebra Pillow is not only great to look at, it's great for the environment.  Made with water based inks on 100% organic cotton and natural cotton filling. It's also a multi-tasker, one second it's a toy, the next it's a chic throw pillow.  $24.00

For the blogger.   A grouping of these glowing, shapely Menu Pernille Vea Standing Magma Stones would be a great accent to any outdoor patio. Anyone who writes a blog called Design Elixir would love to receive five of these.  (Just checking to see if your paying attention!) $29.90

For your boss.  An elegant way to brown nose.  I love the sculptural grace of this porcelain and glass vase.  The bud vase appears to be precariously balanced over a champagne flute.  Designfenzider's Vase Maker only looks like it cost a fortune. $33.90

For the man-child.  If your man-child is like mine, he has all sorts of childhood toys you wish he would box up and donate.  Indulge his extended childhood with this grown up version of a GI Joe.  Let the Kikkerland Toy Solider Candle Holder be the only "toy" he is allowed to display outside of his man cave.  $36.25

For the architect in training. I wish I had this 16 piece set when I was a kid instead of rinky dinky Leggos. Offi YooDoo Large Scale Construction Toy is made of ultra heavy weight cardboard and is 100% recyclable.  Inspire the next generation of architects and engineers! Buy a two sets at this price!  $19.00

For the ladies man.  We all know at least one.  He will proudly display Cake's Profile Votive Candle on the mantle over his fireplace.  Let this clever take on the notorious trucker flap girl serve as a reminder that somewhere there is a lady holding a torch for him. $25.00

For Fido.  Don't forget man's best friend this Christmas.  Get your pooch this adorable dog toy by design superstar Karim Rashid and do some good. A donation is made to animal welfare groups for each For The Dogs Dxg Bxone sold. Available in Blueberry, Lime and Pink.  $9.99

All images courtesy of All Modern.

Feather Your Nest

As I mentioned in a previous post, the BF and I are searching for a Mid-Century Modern home.  I believe list making and house hunting go hand in hand.  You make a list for traits your ideal home will have.  You rattle off a list of pros and cons for a home you just viewed. list all the things you will need to change or things you like in the house you just saw.  You begin to list the things you don't have but will need once you own a home. You know, the practical stuff you never needed before because you rent: rakes, shovels (snow and dirt), a lawnmower, an assortment of tools, etc.

Then there is the list of things you want.  A new TV, a surround sound system, etc.  For some reason most the things I want fall into the seating category - sofas and dining room furniture.  Here is my abbreviated wish list for feathering our future nest:

1. A Modern Sectional Sofa in a Neutral Grey.  We currently have a sectional and love it.  The BF and I are both tall and space is lacking in the living room.  The combined chaise/ love seat allows us both to sit on the couch with our legs up with out irritating the heck out of each other.

Image: Courtesy CSN Stores

2. New Chairs for the Dining Room.  If Emeco Aluminum & Eames Plywood chairs had a baby, it would look like this. The mid-century modern shape of this chair has a contemporary twist:  the legs, seat and back are aluminum, the reverse back can be oak or wenge stained oak.

Image: Courtesy CSN Stores

3.  Stackable Plastic Patio Chairs.  Available in an eight mid-century-ish colors, these chairs are 100% recyclable, cold, heat, chemical and UV resistant and suitable for both indoor or outdoor use.  And they're cantilevered!  You know how much I love that!

Image: Courtesy CSN Stores

4. A glam chair for my vanity.  Do I have a vanity? No.  But in my dream home I do!  Although this chair is available in other colors (glossy black, glossy white, transparent orange, and transparent green) the transparent fuchsia version is a sophisticated version of Barbie Pink- perfect for a make-up chair.

Image: Courtesy CSN Stores