Check mate! A tense game of chess can challenge even the most patient player. However in the game of chess Stools by Italian designer Giorgio Bonaguro their gigantic size and exquisite craftsmanship hush all intimidation. They continue to play their role as Bishop, Queen and Pawn in their characteristic shapes, although also multitasking as seat, end table or magazine holder. Made of solid Cedar wood for Icons Furniture.

Photographs courtesy of Giorgio Bonaguro © Andrea Basile Studio

Allison

Allison Parker is a proud stay at home mom maintaining a full schedule kissing boo boos and passing out hugs just because. Her days many times are spent between the garden and the kitchen. From a journey of learning whole food eating habits, she's taken on the challenges of baking bread, muffins and cakes from scratch and filling the cellar shelves with scores of her own canned goods each year. Writing is one of those things she does because its part of who she is. That and it's a nice break from the never ending work that comes with raising a family.