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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)

 
 

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

Alter Ego Frio

Clean water can be hard to come by in many parts of the world and, unfortunately, also in some places here in the United States. The Alter Ego Frio has filtration technology that provides the greatest reduction per contaminant. What does that mean? Well, it removes everything that’s harmful in your H2O so you only taste clean, contaminant-free water. That could be especially handy on camping trips, and maybe even on your daily commute.
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Price: $58.50
Available from: Aquaovo

Fredericks And Mae Kites

Kites! by Fredericks And Mae! Sold on Areaware! Gah! Excuse the excitement, but what better thing to do on a windy day than fly a kite? There’s two different triangular kites and three different windsocks, so pick the one that makes you happiest. There’s a Beach Bundle (includes 2 Kites and 3 Windsocks) for maximum fun.
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Price: $36.00 -172.00
Available from: Areaware

Saboten Gardening Tools

Still looking for decent gardening tools? This three-piece set is hard to beat. It’s made by Saboten, a Japanese company that has been manufacturing the designs for over 60 years. Each piece is one-piece-stamped from steel, and then hand-dipped in bright orange-red so you can find them easily in the garden.
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Price: $35.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Weaver Tea Jar and Infuser set

A good tea canister and infuser can make all the difference in making a cup of tea. Hot water and tea may be the ingredients, but the whole process is enjoyed all the more with elegant tools. This copper Weaver Tea Jar by Toast Living will hold your leaves in pride of place while the small infuser will make brewing a special event with a stainless steel basket and a terra-cotta lid. Note: It looks like the Tea Jar is out of stock, but the little infuser is available.
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Price: $33.95
Available from: Amazon

Caroline Z. Hurley Throws

Nice! This linen throw is by Caroline Z. Hurley, and can be used as a sofa throw, beach towel, table cloth, or wrap dress. Talk about versatile, eh? Each throw individually block printed by hand with non-toxic acrylic ink. With plenty of designs available directly from Hurley’s shop, you’re sure to find one that suits your style. There’s also a fair bit of pillows, table textiles, and rugs to peruse as well.
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Price: $140.00
Available from: Prism Seattle