Much like J. Crew, which car­ries (and col­lab­o­rates with) older brands (Bar­bour) as well as, in their words, “leg­ends in the mak­ing” (Lulu Frost), Heath Ceram­ics can do no wrong when it comes to choos­ing associates.

Tile made in con­junc­tion with Dwell, tea tow­els designed by Skinny Lam­inx: it’s all thought­fully designed and true to the spirit of Heath. So I wasn’t too sur­prised to hear of their lat­est friend: House Indus­tries. Yes, the mak­ers of awe­some type (and the Girard nativ­ity set men­tioned earlier).

Another thing to add to my never-ending “some­day house list”: House-designed Heath tile numbers.

Image of tile with house numbers on it

Buy­ing house num­bers when you don’t own your house is crazy, right?

To fur­ther tempt me, and dur­ing my self-declared birth­day week, no less, there’s a shindig Sat­ur­day (Decem­ber 11) to cel­e­brate. Heath’s newslet­ter says, “Two leg­endary design houses are geek­ing out and hav­ing a really sweet hol­i­day party.” Um, I’m so there.

While we’re on the topic of two great tastes, I was remiss in sum­ma­riz­ing last week’s recipes from Ye Olde Recipe Exchange. I sug­gest pulling on some elas­tic waist pants before con­tin­u­ing read­ing. In no par­tic­u­lar order: sweet and sour chicken from Big Moon Sky; choco­late peanut but­ter buck­eyes from Advice Gals; can­died hazel­nut brit­tle from Bull in a China Shop; hol­i­day red and white fudge from Shades of Sun­shine; and choco­late cran­berry pecan tart from Domes­tic Dish. Now I am going to go stare into the depths of my fridge and will one (or all) of these to appear.