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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)

 
 

Eric Trine + Dusen Dusen Outdoor Collection

Whaat? Eric Trine and Ellen Van Dusen paired up to make an outdoor collection and no one told me about it!? Well, at least we’re finding out just in time. The light jade metal with cushions in Dusen’s squiggly Dash print may be just what your patio needs to freshen up for the summer. Maybe add a lounge chair or sofa to your outdoor area for extra seating? While you’re at it, add a coffee or side table to make it a set.
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Price: $83.00 - 664.00
Available from: West Elm

Plant Walls by Ferm Living

What are these strange wire rectangles and circles? They’re plant walls, and they’ll help your plants grow up and outwards without disturbing your oh-so-perfectly designed interior (or exterior). Made of iron wire with a protective powder coating, each wall is designed in a simple diagonal pattern with subtle pastel shades to compliment your plant collection.
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Price: $54.00
Available from: Clever Spaces

Falling Line Rug

Another exciting (if you think rugs are exciting) product from good thing is the Falling Line Rug by Sam Anderson. How so? Well, the hand-woven rugs strike the right balance of color and pattern without overwhelming the senses. There’s a little of a digital/pixel feel that keeps it modern while the mostly neutral hues will work well with your existing pieces.
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Price: $340.00 - 950.00
Available from: good thing

Picture Ledge

One might argue that ‘clever’ may not be the best description of Raumgestalt’s Picture Ledge, as it is, in fact, two pieces of wood held together by an elastic band. The more craftier among us may be able to replicate the design with just a little elbow grease (to cut the wood) and determination (to search for the right sort of rubber band). However, if you refuse to pick up a hand saw and really, really need a place to display some extra pictures, notes or photos, maybe you’ll decide to buy a few of the ledges and call it a day*.
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Price: $20.00 - 26.00
Available from: Luminaire

Friday Links

Muji to sell tiny blackened-timber prefab huts for £21,000

Why Don’t People Return Their Shopping Carts? (via FC)

– Just in case you need the advice: How to Make the Best Protest Sign

This idea could restore ice in the Arctic Ocean

Brilliant Hack Lets You Wrap A Band-Aid Neatly And Securely Around Your Finger (just cut two little slits at both ends of the band-aid)

Have a great weekend.

Vinyl Record Frames

If you’ve got a vinyl collection, you must show off some of your favorites- it’s a law, I think. If you’re still searching for the right thing, consider these Vinyl Record Frames. They make it easy to slip a record in and out so you can play or display your LPs whenever you want. They’re easy to install too- drywall screws are included but you can use indoor mounting tape or nails if you’re feeling extra lazy.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: The Ghostly Store

The Lucky Gardener DIY Kit

This DIY Terrarium Kit is meant for the untalented gardener, thank goodness. Hardy terrarium plant seeds are included along with a proprietary soil mix and a terrarium vessel, all designed to work together to make sure you get your plants thriving in no time.
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Price: $85.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Power Planters by Chen Chen & Kai Williams

Do you love these Power Planters by Chen Chen & Kai Williams because their own saucers are integrated into the design or because they remind you of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man’s legs? In either case, they’re excellent options for holding your green, leafy friends, as they’ll catch extra water and dirt without being completely (and often horribly) obvious like the alternatives.
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Price: $60.00 - 80.00
Available from: Chen Chen & Kai Williams

Chamber Light

If you’re particularly attuned to any and all forms of lighting ambience, chances are likely that you’ll not settle for any ol’ hurricane lantern for all the summer evenings ahead. So, feast your eyes upon the Chamber light, which is appropriate for tealights or oil. A small handle incorporated into the base makes it quite portable, while the glass shade is just.. well, pretty.
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Price: $84.95
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

6063 Stool

Need an extra seat? The 6063 Stool is made from pure aluminum alloy, hence the ‘6063‘ name, and has a contemporary shape with echoes of mid-century American manufacturing. Three darker-hued color options keep it quiet; it will fit right in amongst your other furniture without stealing the show.
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Price: $240.00
Available from: good thing

Mirtoon Automatic Hose Reel

Have you seen any decent garden hose storage options? If you have, please don’t keep it to yourself. If you haven’t, I may need to bite the bullet and buy the Mirtoon Automatic Hose Reel, as it doesn’t offend my very finicky design sensibilities. It’s wall mounted, can pivot 180 degrees, and automatically stops and retracts with a little tug. The spray gun has 5 settings and an adjustable nozzle. Sure, it could be a tiny bit more streamlined, but that’s being extremely picky considering the alternatives.
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Price: $240.00 - 471.00
Available from: Luminaire

Mother’s Day 2017

When is Mother’s Day? Next weekend, if you can believe it. If you’re not sure what you’re going to buy as a gift, here are a few ideas that may be appropriate for your favorite matriarch.
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Àplat Culinary Totes

What you don’t know you need are some of these washable culinary totes by Àplat. Don’t roll your eyes, because you know that plastic bags are a no-no, and you also know that regular totes don’t always fit your purchases.
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Price: $37.00 - 160.00
Available from: Àplat

KOMOLAB Wall Racks

If your entry area needs a little more organization, take a look at KOMOLAB’s offerings. Their smaller Wall Rack (10″w) has a mail slot, one coat hook, tack-board for pinning notes, and a magnetic keys-holder. Need more room? Get the Entryway Wall Rack (30″l) with plenty of space for the same handy functions.
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Price: $90.00-190.00
Available from: KOMOLAB

Super Joy, Splash, Sprinkles Notebook Sets

Every now and then a jolt of color and/or pattern will do you some good, so prescribe yourself a Super Joy, Sprinkles, Splash, or Confetti Notebook Set. Or, go crazy and get them all; I’m sure you’ll fill them up fast with all your great ideas. Don’t they cheer you up, just by looking at them?
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Price: $9.95 ea.
Available from: MoMA Store