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A Hoerr Schaudt Holiday

Posted on by Becky Hoerr

This is my first holiday season as a member of the Hoerr Schaudt team. As excited as I was on my first day, I’ll never forget how intimidated I was to work with a group of designers. Spring, summer and autumn have passed and I can tell you that the folks in our office are as stylish, smart and cool as I thought they were going to be. (Not to mention incredibly kind, generous and outrageously fun!)

SO-since it is the season of giving– I thought I would share some of their coolness with all of you! Here is a list of our staff’s holiday wishes, favorites and down-right must-haves:

I’ll kick it off with one of my all time favorite things: GOLD sharpies. I wish I could write this whole post for you in one of them…They are perfect for addressing envelopes, decorating brown craft paper (my wrap of choice) and just about anything you can think of when it comes to adding holiday flare around the office or home.

Get ready, because they also come in silver and bronze…so if you are as pen-obsessed as I am, you’ve already made your way to the nearest Staples. (They were on sale this week for $2.00 a pack!)

I have always loved a statement necklace or five… and the one on the left from JCrew has been my go-to for many an occasion. But the baubles on the wish list this year come from my beloved Anthropologie—yes, that’s a B (ee) on the bottom—is it possible to overnight letters to the North Pole?











Now for the rest of our staff:

Eat, drink and relax…that’s what real holidays are made of. Nick Fobes insists that there is nothing better than a steak and a bottle of red. “They bring out the best in each other…my favorite pairing is a grilled New York Strip and a Cabernet.”  We’re not arguing.

This Pecan Planked New York Strip recipe could be a sure-fire way to impress your guests this holiday.

Need a spot for those holiday treats? Julie Sajtar has one of these beyond adorable cookie jars on her kitchen counter all year round.

Bunny Rabbit Cookie Jar by Momoy Torimitsu


And just to reiterate Julie’s level of coolness–she rides around on one of these beauties when the Chicago weather allows.

1965 Vespa Sprint-Julie’s is the navy!


The one and only Jeff Mis says:

From the vintage to the modern day  – I have ALWAYS wanted a Moog synthesizer . Being a HUGE fan of music in general, electronic more specifically, I would absolutely LOVE to have one of these in my home.  A glass of wine and the sounds of Depeche Mode or Kraftwerk always relax and inspire me – but I feel I am not truly living the moment or experiencing it to the max without the ability to emulate their artistry (even with no musical talent whatsoever!).  This  is on my fantasy list for sure – and just a downright cool piece to own.








Liz Barr and Mike Skowlund think a trip to REI would make their holidays very merry and, well, bright! On the right is Liz’s pick for her trip to Yosemite this summer–REI Quarter Dome T2 Tent.






Mike says the Petzl headlamp on the left is a keeper. He uses it every week for things like:

  • Grilling out when he get home late and its already dark
  • Ice fishing at night when the northern are hitting
  • Finding crap in the back of my dark condo storage locker
  • Fixing the fuse that blew on the Christmas tree lights cleverly buried amongst the boughs
  • Playing in the blanket fort with the kids

Victoria Mancini and Shuangshuang Wu have technology corner covered this year with their picks. 

Victoria says: “Here is something I would love to have. Actually, it’s something my roommate would probably love for me to have so maybe once we could get out of the door without me having to excavate the apartment to find my keys…and wallet…and purse.”


Shuang wants a 3-D printer–click on the photo to be completely wow-ed.


Jon Brooke suggests the following two items as some great artistic gifts:

“The beautiful abstractions of the landscape I grew up in by British Artist, Anna Dillon. This one is one of my favorite views in the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire.” High prints are available to order in various sizes.












“Oldies are goodies and one in particular Talk Talk’s 1988 landmark album, Spirit of Eden. Darkly reflective, but also uplifting, and to me really connected with nature and landscape. I recently rejuvenated my old turntable to listen to it on vinyl. The recent book The Spirit of Talk Talk  chronicles the history of the band, including the fascinating recording process of the album. It also includes tributes from other artists and heavily features the gorgeous nature-inspired paintings of James Marsh.”










You can take Jon’s suggestions and cozy up in Jesse Michael’s wish list item:

Who doesn’t recognize the Eames lounge chair and ottoman? The piece lives in museum, in stylish interiors around the world, and has been the subject of documentaries and books…Enough said. – Jesse M.

By this point you may be ready for a cocktail, and John Evans has the perfect accessory. He’s beyond excited about this Japanese Ice Mold—but the one in this video is listed for a pretty penny. I bet he could settle for the smaller size shown below from  Williams-Sonoma.














Finally, for the gift that keeps on giving: Jameson Skaife’s 2013 resolution is to create the best home brew EVER. First,  he’ll need need this starter kit.

Kit Includes: 6.5 Gallon “Ale Pail” Primary Fermenter with Grommeted Lid
6.5 Gallon “Ale Pail” Bottling Bucket with Spigot 5 Gallon Glass Carboy “Home Beermaking” Book Easy Clean No-Rinse Cleanser Twin Lever Capper Triple Scale Hydrometer Siphon Hose and Shut-Off Clamp Driilled Universal Carboy Bung Liquid Crystal Thermometer Lab Thermometer Brew Paddle Airlock Fermtech Auto Siphon Bottle Filler


That’s it! We’ve made our list and checked it twice–what would you add?

– A very happy holidays from all of us at Hoerr Schaudt.




















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