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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)


Etage Legs and Tabletops

If you need an occasional table that knocks down for storage, take a look at the Etage Collection. Choose your table legs (12″ or 15″), then choose your tabletop. Also, at first glance, it may appear that you could use the legs with any surface, which you could, but it’s worth noting that the round bracket of the leg is inlaid with the accompanying top. A nice detail in an affordable occasional table, don’t you think?

Purchase Information:

Price: $118.00 - 190.00
Available from: Horne

Stelton Theo Coffee Set

A small coffee set may be just what you need at your desk, just so you can waft those delicious artisan aromas over to your coworkers to “encourage” them to do what you ask in a timely manner. Matte black stoneware with a bamboo lid keeps your coffee hot; the filter holder fits nicely on top. Add the accompanying milk jug to make sure you get your ratio just right every time.

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00 -75.00
Available from: Poketo

Perpetual Wall Calendar by Dan Reisinger

How about a Perpetual Wall Calendar to brighten up your days? Dan Reisinger’s calendar lets you combine different colors and compositions each day to switch up its graphic, day after day and year after year. Exercise a little creativity to match the day’s image with your mood (or the weather) by rearranging the six reversible bi-color cut-out sheets and cards. And, as a limited time offer, use TREATS30 to get 30% off.

Purchase Information:

Price: $78.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Papercraft Halloween Masks

If you still haven’t figured out your Halloween costume, you could always download one of these Papercraft Masks from Paperstatue. There’s quite a few to choose from, so you can go with a nonthreatening Red Panda Mask or with something more disturbing like the Rabbit or Ram Mask. Last minute procrastination won’t haunt you anymore, that’s for sure. Happy Halloween!

Purchase Information:

Price: $6.75
Available from: Paperstatue

Slim Bookends

Those books and papers of yours might like a pair of very Slim Bookends to keep them upright. Two basic shapes joined by one single screw is all it takes to create order out of the chaos scattered across your desk. Available in yellow, grey, and blue.

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Available from: Good Thing

Friday Links

– Hope for small apartments: At His 350-Square-Foot Apartment, Small Space Champion Graham Hill Practices What He Preaches

How To Successfully Respond To A Question You Really Don’t Want To Answer

– Too late for a pool float? Eh, no: Hot Bod Float

– Whaaat. Due to Apple price hikes in the U.K., it’s now cheaper for Brits to fly round-trip to the U.S. to buy a MacBook Pro

– Wireless charging over on Kickstarter: Power Q Case

Birds Appear in the Negative Space of Shattered Windowpanes

Triangle Tea Light Holder

– Sounds promising: Balmuda Toaster uses steam to make toast taste bakery fresh (via blessthisstuff)

Have a fun weekend!

Balmuda Toaster

Lucina Wearable Light

If you’re going to spend any time outside at night walking, running or biking, make sure you are visible to vehicles around you. Clip on the Lucina Wearable Light and you’ll do just that, with either a steady or flashing beam to alert others of your presence. The Lucina uses magnets, so it’s easy to fasten it to your shirt/coat, bag, or leggings. Just push a button to turn it on or off.

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.50
Available from: Canoe

Egg Press x Schoolhouse Big Picture Calendar

Okay, here’s your chance to get 2017 all planned out before it even begins. The Egg Press x Schoolhouse Big Picture Calendar shows you the entire year all in one manageable rectangle. Add those important annual dates and note possible vacation time (it’ll be fun to use different colors of ink for different occasions) just so it is entirely obvious that you are going to slam dunk your work/life balance in 2017.

Purchase Information:

Price: $34.00
Available from: Schoolhouse Electric

Free Standing Hanging Rack

Don’t freak out about the impending mess of coats that accompanies winter; get one of these hanging racks to siphon off the pressure. Put it in an unused corner or extra room for bulkier coats and clothes, knowing that the lower shelf will keep larger bags and shoes up and off the ground, thus giving you (and your guests) an impression of everything being in its right place. There’s also the Leaning Tower Rack ($110), shown below, that makes efficient use of extra wall space.

Purchase Information:

Price: $139.00
Available from: Brook Farm General Store

Cube Side Table

This Cube Side Table is a bajillion dollars… oh, wait, never mind, it’s less than $150. Good deal, eh? It’s got a black marble base with an oak veneer top, and with a 15.5″ diameter, it’ll probably fit into those tight spots and corners with room to spare. After all, with all of your upcoming holiday entertaining, you don’t want someone setting their champagne on the floor (gasp!), do you?

Purchase Information:

Price: $143.00
Available from: West Elm

Muuto Folded Shelves

Keep important papers and correspondence front and center with the Folded Shelves from Muuto. With a slanted divider and deep ledge, each steel shelf has plenty of room for all sorts of things (maybe even books?) while the two hooks give you some hanging space. Place one near your desk, in a hallway or kitchen, or maybe even near your bed to keep yourself organized. Available in three different sizes and four different colors.

Purchase Information:

Price: $109.00 -146.00
Available from: Northern Icon

Measurement Keyholder by IROSE

Thank goodness, now there’s no need to take a tape measure everywhere you go because you’ll have this handy Measurement Keyholder by IROSE. The snappable loop is ideal for attaching your keys to a bag’s strap or belt loop, in case you’ve your hands full or just to make them easier to find, but it also gives you a more precise measuring tool than your palm or smartphone.

Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00
Available from: Tortoise General Store

Emma Thermal Cup

It’s getting colder, so we’re going to prefer our tea and coffee very, very hot, thank you very much. But what about our poor little hands? Well, when you use the Emma Thermal Cup its outer layer will insulate the hand from heat and keep your beverage hot. Of course, when the weather turns warm again, just think how perfect a scoop or two of ice cream would be in one of these.

Purchase Information:

Price: $14.00 - 15.00
Available from: Luminaire

Building Block Leather Sleeves

I’ve got a nose like a bloodhound when it comes to minimal, expensive things, so it really shouldn’t surprise you that this leather 13″ MacBook sleeve is lodged firmly in the mid-$300 price range*. A smooth black exterior with a nude leather interior hits the right note of functional luxury without any extraneous details to get in the way of your daily work routine (or your excellent appearance). There’s the 11″ size as well as the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini Sleeve, so there’s something to suit each of your devices.

Purchase Information:

Price: $240.00 - 345.00
Available from: Building Block

Spring Scissors

Update your cutting tool options by adding the Spring Scissors to your desk drawer or toolbox. Made from a a single piece of metal, the flattened and sharpened blades hold tension purely from the bent spring of the handle. Oh, and need it be pointed out that these scissors are appropriate for both left and right hands?

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Wallpaper STORE