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As you may have read here, my husband has a hard time surprising me – I always manage to find out. But last night he did it! And the kids were in on it, too, making it that much more impressive that he pulled it off.

My early Christmas gift:

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An Eames Elephant! I have really wanted one of these – under the guise of it being for the kids – but who are we kidding? Originally designed of molded plywood (like the chairs shown here)  in 1945 by Charles and Ray Eames, it never went into production because it was too complex to fabricate. Now they are made of polypropylene in fabulous colors. And the box it comes in is almost as cool as the elephant itself! Trying to decide where in the house it should go – it looks fantastic everywhere! I’ll let you know where it ends up.

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