1. Divide and conquer with Art Van’s room divider. Nine openings allow for ample storage and display. And its style works in a contemporary or traditional interior. Available in black, brown, and yellow. Check artvan.com for current price.
2. Good ingredients from quality sources play a critical role in food prep. Harvest to Heat: Cooking with America’s Best Chefs, Farmers, and Artisans, by Darryl Estrine and Kelly Kochendorfer ($40, Taunton Press), follows food from field to table — as the beautiful photos illustrate. Michigan’s Seedling Farm is included.
3. Forget the Mouse King. The nutcracker takes on a different rodent in this whimsical turn from West Elm. The intricately detailed aluminum-cast squirrel won’t turn into a prince, but it is quite handsome. $24, at westelm.org.
4. Hands-on cooks don’t necessarily like messy fingers on kitchen equipment. Delta faucets with Touch2O technology bring new meaning to the word “tap.” Turn on the water with a nudge anywhere on the spout or handle. A second touch stops the flow. Hands-off also reduces the potential spread of germs and cross contamination. At area hardware retailers. deltafaucet.com.