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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

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Trendy tabletop

We’ve found your new local go-to source for unique tabletop items: full-service design firm Vanillawood stocks contemporary pieces with an organic feel. Leave a polished chrome Tic Tac Toe game ($124) on your coffee table for guests, or stick a single bloom in the bubbly Dew Vase ($60) for a pop of color. The Portland husband-wife duo also carries modern classics, like the King Candleholders ($38), inspired by stately chess pieces. E.H.

1238 NW Glisan St., Portland;


Locavores handbook

Lavender honey crème brulee, hazelnut-crusted salmon with brown butter and balsamic vinegar: They only sound complicated. These are easy-to-create recipes from Dishing Up Oregon, 145 Recipes That Celebrate Farm-to-Table Flavors, the new cookbook by Ashley Gartland. Tucked in among the recipes showcasing local ingredients from lauded Oregon chefs are short bios and beautiful photos of farmers, artisan cheese producers and more. Are you drooling yet? E.H.

$19.95 at Powell’s Books in Portland;

Mamas and papas

If you know anyone welcoming a little bundle of joy into the world this spring, Portland design duo Aaron Piland and Ayumi Kajikawa Piland of APAK have the perfect congratulatory cards to mark the occasion. Their Motherhood and Fatherhood note cards depict either a happy mama or papa with their babies. The mom is helping her tiny bambino feed their backyard chickens, while the dad is hiking with his little one. Ayumi created the original works in gouache and cut paper; around the same time she found out she was pregnant. “I’m not sure if I predicted the near future or my baby sent the inspiration to make them, but I was happy to share the excitement of being parents with others through my cards,” she says. E.H.

$5 for two cards;