Grand and Petit Trianon Lamps

These aren’t new, but they are affordable and pretty lovely for the price- definitely worth keeping in mind if you need something eye catching that doesn’t break the bank. Designed by Paula Arntzen and named after the palace of King Louis XIV. Post-consumer coated Tyvek makes for a lightweight material and allows a soft glow through the folded slits.


Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00 - 150.00
Available from: YLiving

Hot Pot BBQ

Summer sales are happening now, and this little grill is currently priced at $79.95 (reg $124) at the MoMA Store. It’s a grill AND a planter, which is nothing short of fantastic for small porches and patios. Just how smart is it to hide a grill (when not in use) under the guise of a real planter? Pretty smart, I’d say, and especially handy should you choose to plant herbs and such in said planter.

Purchase Information:

Price: $79.95
Available from: MoMA Store

Little Corkie Picture Rail

Smart. This picture rail is made of cork so you can pin small items and papers to it, which makes it an even better spot for all your favorite things. Artwork and photos fit nicely into the top aluminium channel picture rail.

Purchase Information:

Price: £20.00
Available from: What’s Mine is Yours

Cardboard Birdhouse

Everyone can afford to provide shelter for the birds at this price. This birdhouse ships flat, and after a few simple steps you’ll have a pop up (weather-resistant) cardboard birdhouse fit for your feathered friends. Could be fun to decorate as well, if you prefer. Measures 10″ tall; wood dowel for perch included.

Purchase Information:

Price: $6.00
Available from: Paper Trail

ET HOP Hors D’Oeuvre Tray

While this might be a little above your budget, it does look entirely handy for hors d’oeuvres for a small get together or party. A wood carrying rack allows for 5 bowls of different heights to be carried together, and when you place the bowls and rack down, the bowls sit on the table and reveal their topography. See video below.


Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00
Available from: Fitzsu

Proud to Lick and Kitchen is for Dancing Tea Towels

Nothing wrong with either sentiment, and, come to think of it, it’d be nice to have a kitchen motto. Which one would be yours? Both tea towels are printed in the UK on 100% Unbleached Eco Cotton.

Purchase Information:

Price: £10.95
Available from: Howkapow

Roman Numeral Dice

Stay familiar with Roman numerals by using this set of dice. You might even rattle your opponents as not everyone can easily add up numerals, especially compared to the dots found on usual dice. History moment: according to Wikipedia, “the oldest known dice were excavated as part of a 5000-year-old backgammon set at the Burnt City (Shahr-e Sūkhté), an archeological site in south-eastern Iran.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $4.95
Available from: Spoon Sisters

Hose Jockey Wall Mount

If a messy hose situation is ruining the appeal of your outdoor area, you’d best get things sorted with an appropriate storage solution. There’s many storage options around for much less than this one, but most are slightly depressing in that they’re made of plastic or have unnecessary/disappointing decorative accents. Ten10 Design’s Hose Jockey, on the other hand, keeps hoses tidy without offending your design sensibilities, and is made of industrial-grade, powder-coated steel.

Purchase Information:

Price: $119.00
Available from: Modernica

50/50 Color Pencil Set

Instead of carrying around (or stashing away) 24 color pencils, how about just 12 two tone pencils? This tin of double-ended full size colored pencils will keep all your favorite colors on hand without taking up too much space in your pencil case or desk drawer.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.50
Available from: Spoon Sisters

Little Thank You Notes

This is such a nice way to express your appreciation. This set of 25 individual thank you notes are small enough to carry around and leave about wherever you want. Maybe your server or salesperson was prompt and courteous, or maybe your coworker did something that made your day easier; it’d be easy to leave a note and let them know you noticed. It’s not specified what all the cards say, but two photos show two cards with ‘Thank you for your lovely hospitality’ and ‘Thank you for the superb service.’


Purchase Information:

Price: $14.00
Available from: Fifiduvie

Marble Mortar and Pestle

Most cooks leave mortar and pestles out on the countertop to avoid lugging them in and out of cabinets, and seeing as they’re out for everyone to see, they might as well be nice to look at. Marble, as some of you might know, is an excellent material for a mortar and pestle as it does not absorb odors from foods and provides a perfect grinding surface. Each varies slightly.


Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00 - 80.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Design Shop

Happy Fourth of July

Here’s hoping you enjoy Independence Day. Have fun and don’t forget the sunblock!

Shown above:
Chef’n Barbeque Sauce Mop, $12.80
Chef’n Barbeque Turner, $14.16
Chef’n Barbeque Tongs, $15.18
Chef’n Barbeque Branch Skewer, $16.89

Purchase Information:

Price: $46.99
Available from: Gilt

Scanwood Bread Board

Remember us mentioning the Scanwood office supplies? Scanwood does quite a few wood tabletop and kitchen accessories as well, thankfully with the same pared down aesthetic. A good deal of their collection is available from AllModern, but for now we’ll just admire this bread board with offset slats to channel crumbs.

Designed by: Knud Holscher
Material: Beech wood and marble
Hand crafted
Easy to maintain
Dishwasher safe
Dimensions: 1″ H x 10.2″ W x 15.4″ D

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.99
Available from: AllModern

Hang On Easy Diffuser

You’ve no excuse for bare bulbs, especially after being reminded that Droog has this shade. In a few seconds, cover your bare bulb with the Hang On Easy Diffuser and then step back and bask in the soft glow of your lovely new light source. This was one of the earlier posts (c. 2006?) here on BLTD, and it’s nice to see that it remains such an easy and elegant solution.

Purchase Information:

Price: $134.00
Available from: Emmo Home

Doodle Tablecloth

Don’t go thinking this tablecloth is just for kids- it would be just as fun at a dinner party or outdoor cookout. After you scribble and scrawl your masterpiece or menu and your guests/family have had their fill of fabric markers, throw the tablecloth into the washer and you’ll soon have a blank canvas for your next event.

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods