Chocolate's hot

  • Updated: February 3, 2009 - 3:45 PM

Bodacious chocolate browns and their heavenly cohorts -- from caramel to bittersweet to shades in between -- can satisfy your cravings for delicious decor. And unlike the stuff inside those heart-shaped boxes proliferating on shelves this month, they're 100 percent calorie-free.

Styling by KIM YEAGER kyeager@startribune.com • Photos by JOEL KOYAMAjkoyama@startribune.com

FLIGHT OF FANCY

Artist Bob Sorg's "Crow Teapot" adds style to the nest while it warms your restorative brew. Made of porcelain slip with high-fire glaze, $150. (Other colors available and by order; 10 percent off the first Thursday of every month.) 212 Pottery & Gifts, 212 13th Av. NE., Minneapolis, 612-331-1556; www.two12pottery.com.

TABLE AND CONTENTS

Fourteen inches high, the Medina entertaining stand has wooden legs the color of espresso, topped with a removable, 24-inch round tray of taffy-colored woven wicker, pictured, or hammered silvertone. $139; stand only, $99. West Elm, Shops at Centennial Lakes, 3879 Gallagher Dr., Edina; 952-835-8332.

STRING QUARTET

Four colors of metal ovals dangle from the 72-inch "Orbital" hanging strand, $19. Designed to be grouped as a divider, or used singly as an accent. West Elm, Shops at Centennial Lakes, 3879 Gallagher Dr., Edina; 952-835-8332.

GLOSSY COAT

Caramel colors coat the Kawaii "Marioka" recycled glass mosaic tile, made from 70 percent post-industrial recycled glass. Available in 1-inch squares and 1- by 2-inch tiles, $25 per square foot. www.anchorbaytile.com; 888-260-7371.

NATURE-INSPIRED

"Ostrich Pearl" commercial-grade vinyl -- read: ultra-durable -- in hazelnut, bottom, topped with "St. Tropez" graphic indoor/outdoor fabric, center, and "Samburu" leopard print chenille, both in java. Vinyl by Celerie Kemble for Valtekz, starting at $65 per 54-inch yard, Left of Center Style, 509 1/2 1st Av. NE., Minneapolis; 612-788-1333. Other fabrics 54-inch and 55-inch yards, respectively; Schumacher showroom at International Market Square. To the trade, but available to the public through the IMS Design Connection, 612-330-9448.

STORE YOUR AMOUR

Artists Gerri Summerville and Mark Laub call their creation "casseta per i leteri d'amore," a box for love letters. Handmade of bubinga wood with a birdseye maple cover and a "French bee" design inlayed with white and yellow mother of pearl and fine silver. Compartments hold 10 Italian-made cards and deckle-edged envelopes, a dipping pen and ink, a handmade wood ink blotter, stamps, wax seals and potpourri. Several styles and inlays starting at $200 empty and ranging to $350 stocked. Left of Center Style, 509 1/2 1st Av. NE., Minneapolis; 612-788-1333.

LAYERED LOOK

Chocolate layers alternate with pastels that summon an echo of Necco candies on this Dash & Albert throw rug, $28. Two by 3 feet, 100 percent cotton; several sizes and colors as well as custom orders. Nola Home, 404 Penn Av. S., Minneapolis; 612-374-4066.

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