The Best! June 2007

Our favorite summertime fans, chairs, and blenders.

multi-colored fans
Photo by Philip Friedman/Studio D
Our favorite summertime fans, chairs, and blenders.
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multi-colored fans
Photo by Philip Friedman/Studio D
Best Fans
This retro-style fan, in blood orange or Caribbean blue, is handsome enough for any room, and so quiet it won't disturb an afternoon snooze. Cool Breeze fan, 11 inches tall, $75. VIVRE: 800-411-6515.
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deck chair
Photo by Philip Friedman/Studio D
Best Deck Chair
The French contribution to summer includes aperitifs, bikinis, and these chic Riviera-ready deck chairs, adjustable to four positions. Choose from 12 vibrant stripes in 100% cotton, removable for washing. $125. QUEL OBJET: 877-762-4499;
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handles
Photo by Philip Friedman/Studio D
Best Handles
The surprise of these Acrylic Door Levers is the fabric inside. Pick one of the standard patterns for $450 a pair, or take the toile off your walls and have them customized. TURNSTYLE DESIGNS: .
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book
Photo by Philip Friedman/Studio D
Best Book
A painting or two per page, plus insightful commentary, 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die, by Stephen Farthing (Universe, 2007) adds up to a rich, browsable read or an ambitious vacation guide. $35. RIZZOLI: 800-733-3000; .
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jam
Photo by Philip Friedman/Studio D
Best Jam
Imagine a blackberry, but deeper and more intense, which is why marionberry jam, a Northwest delicacy, has developed a cult following. $6 for a 10-ounce jar, handmade with local marionberries. CEDAR SPRING FARM: 877-485-1640; .
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blender
Photo by Philip Friedman/Studio D
Best Blender
Great news for soda fountain junkies! The commercial-grade Eclectrics Double Spindle Drink Mixer can churn out chocolate milkshakes for the kids, or keep the margaritas flowing. $170. HAMILTON BEACH: 800-851-8900; .
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lamp
Photo by Philip Friedman/Studio D
Best Lamp
We're seeing a lot of this big, round shape, and the thumbprint pattern on the ceramic base evokes a hand-touched charm that will tweak a traditional or modern space. Amazon lamp, 261/2 inches tall, $129. CRESSWELL LIGHTING: 800-688-2579.
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candles
Photo by Philip Friedman/Studio D
Best Candles
Almost a foot high and just in time for the 4th of July, these firecracker-red candles will keep the bugs at bay. Citronella Torch Set, complete with a bucket and a bag of sand, $16.50. HARRY SLATKIN FOR BATH & BODY WORKS, AT SELECT STORES: 800-756-5005.
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vases
Photo by Philip Friedman/Studio D
Best Vases
So tiny — less than five inches tall — but these milky porcelain vases have real presence. Exquisitely hand-painted to capture every vein in the dragonfly's wing. The Scholar series, $30 each. MIDDLE KINGDOM: 800-560-2146.
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table
Photo by Philip Friedman/Studio D
Best Table
Collapsible and indispensableespecially when the party expands. Just pull out this 20-inch Chinatown papier-mâché tray, $125, with its faux-bamboo stand, $75. HOME, JAMES!: 631-329-8878; .
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footstool
Photo by Philip Friedman/Studio D
Best: Footstool
This could work at the foot of a traditional wing-back chair or as an impromptu side table by an outdoor chaise longue. Great texture and that distinctive decorator's touch for only $74. Seagrass cube, 17 by 17 by 13 inches. HOMENATURE: 631-287-6277.
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