04/17/2012 09:26 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Gretel Home: 11 Gifts That Will Make Any Hostess Happy (PHOTOS)

Remember that line in the second "Sex And The City" movie where Carrie explains to a salesgirl that she's been "cheating on fashion with furniture"? I think many of us know the feeling. We've noticed that, somewhere along the way, as we've entered the nesting phase of life, we've added home items to our shopping lists alongside shoes and handbags. Whether it was that couch you'd been eyeing at Restoration Hardware, or a beautiful light fixture (sayonara, halogen lamps), at some point our homes became an extension of our personal style. It makes sense: as we grow up, we spend more time in our homes, and they should be as warm, welcoming and stylish as we are.

Thankfully, Gretel Home came into our lives at just the right time. Based in Miami, the site focuses on modern design accessories, but with a wink. Founder Abby Kellett is a Brit with a sense for uncluttered sophistication: think trays adorned with tea-taking cats and retro teapots that you'd find in your Swedish grandmother's kitchen. With a charming selection of items under $100, there's something for every hostess out there.


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