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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)


Labor Day

Enjoy your Labor Day! We’ll return with the normal post schedule tomorrow.

Friday Links

Here’s How You Can Help People Affected By Harvey

– Donations: Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

An Online Guide to 350 International Art Styles & Movements

– Kickstarter’s Projects of Earth: 5000 Years of Human History Poster

Check if you have an account that has been compromised in a data breach

– Ridiculous, but fun: Sequin Pineapple Throw Pillow. Also, cute: Furry Sloth Pillow

Rebecca Solnit: if I were a man

Juvet Landscape Hotel – Second phase (via)

Have a good weekend.

Juvet Landscape Hotel - Second phase

Umbra Shift Triplet Shelf

Okay, wait, a three-tiered shelf of whitewashed wood and powder coated steel for $300, and shipping is included? Is that right? Sure looks like it. Snap one up if you need a little more storage space for your books and such.

Purchase Information:

Price: $300.00
Available from: Poketo

Wall Willy Hook

As another option of body-parts-as-hooks (see Female Support System Brass Hooks and the Boob Hook), Eric Trine offers up the Wall Willy Hook. I know what you’re thinking- which body part do my clothes like best? Don’t let your hats/jackets/scarves be discriminatory, get both the Wall Willy and the Boob Hook! Best to put them in different areas (entryway, bathroom, or dressing area), so they each get a chance to shine.

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Need Supply

5 Sconces under $150

Not everyone can afford super expensive lighting, especially when that lighting might be going in, say, a kid’s bedroom or guest room. They should just be happy they’ve got a light to read by, right? So, here’s a break for you: five sconces under $150. Yep, you read that right, no zeros are missing. Now, I can’t vouch for the quality, so keep that in mind… though, usually you get what you pay for, in my experience.

Purchase Information:

Price: $79.00 - 149.00
Available from: Spring

Painted Oak Stools

Maybe you can go chop down a tree, take off all the bark, then paint it and add a sturdy woven cotton handle, but some of us have other things to do. Plus, when these stools are less than $100 and made from sustainably harvested oak, it’s awfully hard to resist such affordable seats.

Purchase Information:

Price: $85.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Female Support System Brass Hooks

Okay, so, back to work*. How fun are these Female Support System brass wall hooks by Kaye Blegvad? They’re laser cut from solid brass and work best in pairs (two facing each other, of course). Best for jewelry, towels, and other lightweight clothing. Pretty fun.

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Forage Modern Workshop

Anker 15W Dual USB Solar Charger

With all the news coverage of the flooding in Houston, it’d be silly not to assess your disaster preparedness plan. Do you have one? Do you have the necessary food, water, and gear, just in case your city is hit with a natural (or man-made) disaster? And, considering most of us rely on our mobile phones, do you have a solar and/or hand crank charger? If not, now’s the time to get one, so you can at least be certain you can power up your device if the electrical grid fails you.

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.99
Available from: Amazon

Houston Flood

No posts today, as it seems in bad taste to talk about stuff to admire and/or buy when Houston is flooding. Sorry. If you’re in Houston, stay safe. If you’re not in Houston, maybe take a moment to be thankful you’re not dealing with flooded roads/businesses/homes, power outages, and possible drinking water shortages. Where to Donate to Harvey Victims (and How to Avoid Scams).

Friday Links

Fernando Abellanas hangs secret studio under a bridge in Valencia


– More cards: “You are better than unicorns and sparkles combined” Card Set, assorted and The SUBtext Collection Mixed Set

Pocket Synthesizer Factory

Pocket Synthesizer Factory

Louie is a glass baseball bat, “a contemporary take on a weapon for self defense.”

– Oooo, I want: Meet Singularity Black, the Blackest Paint on the Market. And you can buy it from NanoLab: Singularity Black Paint

World Traveler’s Cork Globe

The SHED Project offers micro-homes inside vacant London properties

Have fun this weekend.

The SHED Project micro homes

Tier Side Table

Take a look at the legs of this table; see how they are on the sides rather than the corners? This cantilevered effect appears to give you a little more available surface area, or at least a more interesting appearance. There’s a matching Coffee Table too, but it deserves its own post next week.

Purchase Information:

Price: $350.00
Available from: Umbra Shift

Rhodes Desk Organizer

How about a heavy, expensive bar of brass to organize your pens, pencils, and paperwork? A wide slot accommodates a mobile phone while the narrower channels will fit all sorts of notes, cards and lists. Use it as a storage spot for just the essentials or stuff it full with all the papers floating around your desk. You’ll at least look a little organized.

Purchase Information:

Price: $198.00
Available from: Jayson Home

Arch Table Lamp

How pretty is this Arch Table Lamp? A tripartite, powder-coated steel base is paired with circular panels of glass to create an elegant form that displays a subtle light. Touches of brass joinery and a dimmer switch make the lamp suitable for more polished, elevated interiors.

Purchase Information:

Price: $~806.00
Available from: Douglas and Bec

Bend’s Modular Art Piece

Here’s another fun art option that leans a little more towards sculpture. Made with Bend’s signature metal wire, the pieces are modular to allow for customization. Sold in sets of 2, in either curved or straight pieces, you’re able to arrange the pieces however you wish, in whatever size you’d like. Make the most impact by choosing several straight and curved sets in your favorite color, then have fun figuring out the best look for your wall.

Purchase Information:

Price: $70.00
Available from: Bend Goods

Moss Sanctuary

Sure, Botanica offers smaller Moss Sanctuaries, but it’s the medium size that may fit your favorite plant best. With a marble base and polycarbonate top, it’s a nicer planter than you’ll find at any garden supply shop (correct me if I’m wrong). Their Sanctuary-S “mini-mossarium” is worth a look, as it easily fit on a desk and features a teardrop top to direct water back onto the foliage.

Purchase Information:

Price: AUD35.50 - 129.00
Available from: The Minimalist