Here are two lovelies I really liked from this issue:
Wooden toothbrushes ($12.50/set plus shipping), each with three months on them, so you're reminded to change them:
You may remember that we ended up going with this double washstand for our master bath? We bought it without the marble countertop; Pam's guys can get us the equivalent for half the price, it looks like.
Probably with some closed wooden boxes underneath (The Container Store had some nice bamboo ones a few years ago, hope they still do), because I'm pretty sure we're going to need more closed storage than they picture above. But I would love to find some apothecary jars to sit on top, filled with soaps and q-tips. Ideally for fifty cents in an antiques store...
The plan would be that the wood toothbrushes would sit on the washstand in these mugs from Anthro (the first ($6) with a K for Kev, and the second ($3.95) with an M for Mary Anne). I don't like regular toothbrush stands -- they tend to get obviously gunky very fast, and often have padded or stuff on them that's hard to clean well. I think mugs may actually do a better job of being clean-able.
Any ideas for non-ugly toothpaste? That is still effective and not too expensive? (I know about Marvis, but haven't tried it. The $10 price tag is scaring me.)
I didn't actually buy this Martha pick, but I would love it for my front foyer -- a pierced porcelain umbrella stand. I have an openwork wood Indian bench there, and I think we're going to use a pierced metal pendant lamp. Maybe it would be too much to have the umbrella stand too, but I think all the piercing might marry the disparate materials nicely. Maybe.
I admit, I bought the toothbrushes -- a small luxury, and now my master bathroom-to-come feels more complete. The umbrella stand went on my wish list for a possible future day. So pretty!