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Be it Maytag Blue or English Stilton, identifying the savory fromage served at your next gathering will be a snap for guests with a few smartly placed CheeseTiles. These stylish, erasable ceramic accent labels are perfect for cheese or dessert trays. Simply write the name or flavor of each cheese or dessert on the CheeseTile.
Styles include Fleur-di-Lis, Shell, Vine and more ($29.95 for a set of 4; placetile.com). Or, contact Pryde’s Old Westport (115 Westport Road, 816-531-5588, prydeskitchen.com) about other “cheese flags” in stock.
Birds of a Feather
Renowned designer Todd Oldham harbors a love for the artwork of Charley Harper, the Modernist artist known for his whimsical wildlife prints. So much so, in fact, that he brings new life to the late artist’s original works through projects like the line of tableware he designed for New York-based dish and glassware shop Fishs Eddy. The pops of color and stylized shapes are perfect for a springtime tablescape.
Another company inspired by Harper’s work brought his bird prints to life in three-dimensional wooden and felt sculptures (wooden birds, $70; felt birds, $45), a fun addition to seasonal décor with a nod to American history. Find the tableware and 3-D sculptures at The General Store & Co. (7922 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park). —Kaitlin Motley
Swept Under the Rug
Rugs are a quick, easy and inexpensive way to add color to a room without spending a ton of money or days with a can of paint and brush. Brighten up even the most blah space with the new Laguna Stripe Woven Cotton Rug (from $30 to $414). The rug, by Dash & Albert Rug Company, is available in sizes ranging from 2×3 feet to 9×12 feet to fit any space. This multicolored striped rug is the perfect way to liven up a living room or bring boldness to a bathroom. Available at Dash & Albert’s partner store STUFF (316 W. 63rd St.). —Lindsey Howard
For campus-bound high school graduates, transportation is usually limited to two feet or two wheels. If your graduate likes to get around on a bicycle, gift them the Rickshaw Medium Zero messenger bag (starts at $89). Designed to be consistent with Rickshaw’s three F’s—form, function and footprint—each bag is recyclable and holds up to a 13-inch laptop.
Colors are customizable on the Rickshaw website (rickshawbags.com). We like this bright green with peach trim. Pair it with a set of wheels from Volker Bicycles (1717 W. 39th St.) or The Wheel Cyclery (6403 N. Prospect Ave., Gladstone). —Kaitlin Motley