Home Is Where The Heart Is Edition

By Griffin Miller

When it comes to the first month of the New Year, lavishing some love on your inner sanctum isn’t so much a splurge as it is sealing the deal on a fresh start. And because adding something new/unique/amazing to your home signals optimism, January gets my vote as the perfect time to defy whatever irrational weather lurks outside with a few astute interior perks

Post-holidays and the word on the street is “storage.” And why settle for bulky bins and shape-shifting garbage bags when you can stash and carry? SCOUT’s versatile 4 Boys Bag Extra-Large Tote redefines super-sized (24”Wx19”Hx12”D) and heavy-duty, including sturdy 9” shoulder straps for conveying stuff galore to wherever. So cool looking, you might not want to hide it away between tote-a-thons. Info:

When the frigid factor dips below bearable, wrapping oneself in a cocoon of snug ranks high when it comes to contending with the cold. To help us hibernate in toasty, upscale bliss, New Hampshire-based American Blossom Linens recently introduced Wool Throw Blankets in a classic chevron pattern. Crafted of soft, richly-hued yarns, these beautiful heirloom throws come in three discreet colors, poised to spread warmth in any décor. Info:

Ever since I determined hand-ground pepper and spices mandatory vs. optional, I’ve been seeking grinders that are not only up to the task but add some much-needed panache to my kitchen counter and table. Finally! The Scandinavian design brand MENU read into my culinary soul with the Norm ‘Bottle Grinder’. The unique shape and heft of these elegant ceramic grinders is equally matched by their (very!) impressive performance.

If you’re ready to upgrade your devil-may-care mismatched glasses, you need to check out Riedel’s magnificent seven—aka their Drink Specific Glassware. Designed in collaboration with mixologist Zane Harris, the collection nuances size, shape, and details so that the highball, rocks, double rocks, fizz, neat, sour, and Nick & Nora (the latter seen in the vintage flick The Thin Man), add up to a bartender—or home host’s—dream team.

My erratic downstairs neighbor has been known to slam doors in the middle of the night. Car alarms go off at 1 am. Dogs bark. It’s New York, I get it. But I do need sleep. And suddenly, there’s Soli Pillow, liberating me from external noise through wrap-around memory foam and cushioned speakers. Contoured to support my head and neck as Adele or a soothing waterfall lulls me into a Midwinter Night’s Dream, Soli is the whole slumber package. Info:

Conceptually, WineHive is a distinctive way to store wine bottles utilizing modular, interlocking units patterned after honeycombs. Innovatively, it’s a game changer. Designed to expand and contract according to an individual’s needs and whims, WineHive can morph from simple bottle-embellished sculpture on a countertop or sideboard to an expansive wall display, essentially turning your vino collection into a striking showpiece.

For those of us whose homes and handbags are ready for a healthy restock, I suggest starting with evolvetogether. From packaging to product range (personal care, masks, biodegradable bags, and more) sustainability and the planet are key. I’m smitten with their calming hydration set of body cream, hand cream, and lip balm. The modern lavender scent has universal appeal, while the moisturizing results are seriously awesome.

My addiction to PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery! challenged my java-phile status. In every show there’s tea brewing, pouring, serving, and/or sipping, and clearly, I was missing out. The Mark T. Wendell Tea Company—purveyor of distinctive teas & accessories—offered me hope with their For Life Curve Teapot. Plump and porcelain with an extra-fine tea infuser, this little pot steeped its way into my heart and to the joys of a “smashing cuppa.” Info: