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Katie

About Katie: Katie has been a product and textile designer, an art restoration specialist, and an interior designer/merchandiser. Her interests are focused on finding well designed items that improve daily life as well as reading fiction and making stuff. (View Profile)

 
 

Space Pod Playhouse

If any of your kiddos are even slightly interested in space, you’re kind of obligated to get this Space Pod Playhouse. It’s a kit, so it’ll take a tiny bit of elbow grease to construct the “four-foot cosmic cruiser” (75 plastic fasteners and tools are included). Who knows, you may encourage a career in astronomy or engineering. 55 cardboard panels printed with all sorts of details help encourage playtime.
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Price: $75.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Magnetic Mirror Shelf

Who needs a small-ish magnetic mirror with a shelf? Because this one is the bee’s knees, as the saying goes. Set your phone, sunglasses and keys on the shelf in an entryway or office for safekeeping, or even hang it in the bathroom to have a handy spot for toiletries. The magnetic backing (plus two included magnets) offers you all the more storage- be sure to utilize that feature by posting reminders, notes, or special keepsake photos out where you’ll see them everyday. Now on sale (reg. $110)
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Price: $79.95
Available from: MoMA Store

Kaenjusai Watering Can

Will a pretty watering can make your houseplants happy? Probably, but it will be because you’re happy watering them with the Kaenjusai Watering Can by designer Keita Suzuki. See the matching angle of the handle and spout? That will give you a precise “point-and-pour control” to ensure less spillage. A walnut handle compliments the copper body.
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Price: $250.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Triangle Stacking Tables

How about a stack of side tables for your favorite room? These Triangle Stacking Tables are small enough (16″ x 14″ x 15″) that they can sit quietly together beside a sofa or chair. When you have friends and family over, simply unstack them for three handy spots to hold drinks and plates. Choose between Birch, Slate, or Marble tops. And, if you’re allergic to triangles, there’s the Rectangle Nesting Tables as well.
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Price: $265.00 - 395.00
Available from: NewMadeLA

Picnic Tote Blanket

If you like picnics and have an extra $250 lying around, have I got the tote for you. Menu’s Picnic Tote Blanket starts off as a tote bag for your wine and snacks, but with a little unfolding, it becomes a soft blanket with a water-repellent layer underneath. Handy, huh? Take it to the park or beach this summer and relax in comfort.
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Price: $250.00
Available from: Gessato

Tea Kettle By NORM Architects

This tea kettle/pot by NORM Architects has a built in steeper that is secured to the top lid when brewing is finished, making the process tidy and efficient. Plus, as the teapot is glass, you can see the brewing process and stop it once the shade is exactly to your liking- especially useful for those of us that are particular about tea. Pair it with the tealight heater to keep the tea warm.
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Price: $59.95
Available from: Gessato

Cactus Vases

Okay, ‘love’ would be an appropriate word to describe my feelings towards these Cactus Vases by Serax. Texture! Color! Shape! And, of course, they look like cacti. Get a bunch of them, please, and arrange them on shelves or tables until you are completely content. No need to fill them with flowers, but, if you want, get a bunch of pretty stems every once in a while just to remind yourself that they are, in fact, vases.
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Price: $28.00 - 84.00
Available from: Nannie Inez

Mirrors by Alex Drew & No One

Mirror, mirror, on the wall… you’re different enough to hang in my home. The Hex Mirror by by Alex Drew & No One features a contrasting inside edge just to make it more special. They also offer the Simplex Mirror, which has a triangular mirror inside a rectangular frame, with a few lines thrown in to accentuate the point. The Simplex Hydrangea, perhaps my favorite, has the same design but with an antiqued, color-washed mirror. Oh, and to make things even better, you can work with the designer to change up the colors to suit your specific taste. Fun.
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Price: $550.00+
Available from: Work Of

GrowOya Watering Vessel

Did you know that surface watering is inefficient? Plants do best when they get water right at their roots. That’s just where the GrowOya aims, as it’s a terracotta vessel that’s buried mostly underground. Fill it every few days and water will naturally seep into the soil so roots can take just the right amount. You’ll be saving water and time- score!
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Price: $24.95 - 39.95
Available from: GrowOya

Sitting Pretty Case

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a hard time finding a jewelry case for traveling. They’re either too bulky or lack the organization to keep earrings, rings, and necklaces secure. This case offers a slim size- it measures in at 6″ x 6″ x 1.5″- and has quite a few snaps, loops, and pockets that hold everything in place. No tangles and no scratches? Yes, please.
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Price: $175.00
Available from: thisisground

SO/HO Stool

This particular step stool doesn’t look like it belongs in warehouse, thank goodness. Rather, it looks like it belongs in a home- it’s the solid oak that makes it friendly. Keep it in your kitchen to reach those upper cabinets, or place it beside your bed or favorite chair to hold books. It folds away neatly when not in use.
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Price: $315.00 - 338.00
Available from: LEIBAL

Holo Tape Dispenser

Is there anything wrong with your tape dispenser? Because if there is, you have an excellent reason to try out this circular approach by the Japanese brand METAPHYS. Not only does the case allow you to hold the dispenser firmly in your hand, but it also lends itself to easily hang on a hook. Less desktop clutter? Yes, please.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Leibal Store

Friday Links

Trust Me, 2011 by Moyra Davey. “16 photographs taken by Davey – showing details of interior spaces, dust, spiders, tiles, a stuffed animal, a tree – have been folded, addressed, and mailed to the writer Lynne Tillman…” (via Augenweide*)

A view from the bottom of the watering hole

How to photograph the night sky on a phone

– And all this time I thought it best to opt out: Robocalls Flooding Your Cellphone? Here’s How to Stop Them

– Just a reminder: women who draw, an open directory of female* illustrators

– Download A:LOG’s drawings (.dwg,.3dm,.ai)

Redefining Women’s Underwear – SilverTech

How “Chameleons” change color

– Remember, Sunday is Mother’s Day.

Mothers and daughters, Bobby Neel Adams
Mothers and daughters, Bobby Neel Adams

Have a great weekend.

‘Wood’ mug

Remember Richard Woods’ Tree Trunk Vase from Hay? Now there’s a smaller, handheld version just right for your morning cup of coffee (or tea). That’s right, you can now sip from your own cartoonish-wood-grain cup, which will make everything taste better…I’m sure of it.
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Price: $16.00
Available from: WallpaperSTORE*

Kartio Glassware

Glassware may not be the most exciting thing to you, but, hey, you use it every single day for your juice/water/spirits. Why not upgrade to something more visually appealing than the mix-matched set you’ve had since college? You can’t go wrong with Iittala’s Kartio Collection, as the series dates back to 1958, when Kaj Franck first created their simple, balanced design. There’s quite a few subtle colors (you’re sure to find something to suit your preferences) and they’re durable enough for everyday use.
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Price: $22.00 - 28.00
Available from: TRNK