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Oh, it may just look like fancy Astroturf, but think again and then think a little harder. This 1x 1 daisy-clover mat has more uses than you can dream up. Use a bunch as placemats for fanciful summer dining. Put one under your pets bowl to give Fluffy a grassy knoll to graze on. Hook multiple mats together (yes, they connect!) and you can even wallpaper or carpet a room with them! Breathe life into an urban foyer with a wall-to-wall pasture or pad a kids room to create a fairytale land. At $30 for a pack of six, you can have a field day (literally) with this Kikkerland design. How would you use them? Post your thoughts!

Daisy and Clover Mats by Kikkerland, $25 for box of six 10×10 mats; available at: FredFlare.com.

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By the looks of Thomas Pauls designs, youd think the man never had a bad day in his life. They are always bright and cheery, and his new pillow collection is no exception. The punchy patterns are printed on 100% linen and finished with simple piping. Fresh and fun, they are hard to get sick ofespecially when the colors are reversed on the back of the pillow.

Clockwise from yellow pillow: Blossom, Dervish, Kabuki, and Seed

22 x 22 linen pillows by Thomas Paul, $96 each; pillowsandthrows.com

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Adler-TableI was browsing Jonathan Adler’s website the other day and decided to read his manifesto and man, hes got chutzpah. You have to admire a designer who promises that his lamps will make you look thinner and encourages collecting tchotchkes for life enhancement. I cant say I agree with all his declarations, but I couldn’t agree more with his overarching principle your home should make you happy. This new Lantern Side Table is a subdued piece for Adler (punchy patterns and bright colors is his usual signature) but this design is just enough to make you smile. The high gloss, the full curves, the pure white—it makes you want to run your hands over it. And once you start groping the furniture, you might just have to buy it.

Lantern Table, $395; order by phone 877-287-1910; JonathanAdler.com.

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Woman quits job to pursue her passion–I love that story in every possible version. Jaime Hoemann wasn’t going to let 20-year advertising career get between her and her French linens. When her friend, Brooke Crew, asked Jaime to join her on a trip to France to re-stock her antique store, she said yes to a life-changing trip. Instead of bringing back antiques, they returned with reams of French linens and a great business plan. They’re now the Two Girls in Avignon and they cut vintage French linens into towels adorned with antique trimmings like ribbons, hand tied fringe, or patterned fabrics. I love this Louis XV Bergere chair they sewed! Buying their towels offers that fabulous French essence without the big price tag. Okay, so maybe $48 is no drop in the bucket, but a lot less expensive than a trip France.

Two Girls in Avignon guest towels, $48 at Dovecote-Westport.com

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