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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)


Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 11th*. If you have a mother, and you’d like to show her some appreciation, you better put some thought into it and pick out something special. Visit our Gifts tab to view gift-ish posts by price, and if you happen to find something with a weird/broken retail link, just shoot us an email or tweet (@bltd) and we’ll fix it.

Above, left to right, top to bottom:

Mezzo Radio, $75.00
Marmol Radziner Ring, ~$75.00
earHero Worlds Safest Earphone Kit, $149.00
Misfit Shine activity monitor, $120.00
Hasami Porcelain Teapot, $55.00
Eva Zeisel Pillow Vase Stack, $340.00
Spin Table Candelabra, $675.00
‘MOTHER’ Keytag, $15.00
Geo Top Ring Holder, $10.00

*Mother’s Day in the UK was back in March, so, yes, you’ve seen this post before.

Hay Ash Wood Wall Hook

As you might have guessed, this Ash Wood Wall Hook is made from a steamed strip of solid ash wood. The two upward ends provide a resting place for all manner of accessories while the curved bow allows for a gentle hold of sweaters and coats without the bothersome indentation you’d get from other small hooks. It’s a smart choice for an entryway or bedroom, or wherever else you need a tiny bit of extra clothes storage.

Purchase Information:

Price: $105.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Clara von Zweigbergk Mirrors

Geometric mirrors that have a friendly price tag? Yes, please. Clara von Zweigbergk has designed a few perspex mirrors for Domestic, and the result is your face reflected on an affordable, decorative frame. Each mirror is around 18″ wide/diameter, and with the $100 price tag, I dare say you’ll be able to find one or two a spot in your home.

Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00
Available from: GreenerGrassDesign

Bacsac Composter Bag

Composting isn’t the sexiest subject, but you might find yourself excited about this bag from French company Bacsac. At-home composting is easier now with the Composter Bag (available with 5.2 gallon or 10.5 gallon capacity) made from Bacsac’s signature geotextile fabric. Add all your vegetable and fruit peelings, dead leaves and flowers to the bag, zip it up and leave it alone. Use the handles on either side to flip the bag for mixing every couple of weeks, and once composting is complete, you’ll have fertilizer for your plants. Easier (and better looking) than a composting bin, isn’t it?

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00 - 95.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Apple Magnetic Wood Mail Organizer

Get that random paperwork organized with this Magnetic Mail Organizer from OTTOwoodwork. Put it above a desk, in a hallway, or in the kitchen to catch all sorts of mail, notes, invites, and drawings. Thanks to some hidden magnets, it will also keep your keys in sight and allow you to post extra papers front and center.

Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: OTTOwoodwork's Etsy Shop

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    Apparatus Lighting

    Holy smokes. Apparatus is hitting exactly the right note with their modern-yet-timeworn lighting collection, and if you have a healthy budget, you’ll definitely want to consider one of their chandelier/pendants for one heck of a statement. Using a vintage sensibility, designer Gabriel Hendifar and partner Jeremy Anderson create fixtures using aged brass, hand-etched glass, leather, and porcelain to create these eclectic fixtures. A few pieces are below, but do check out their website for the full collection and variations on each design: Apparatus.

    More information:

    View Apparatus Lighting here

    Ichiro Iwasaki Cup Table

    While this glass table might not be the best choice for a home with kids, it does have a certain appeal with its unexpected material. The colors are a nice change from the usual wood/black/white color options usually expected from the side table category, and, as an extra function, you can flip the table over and use it as a very large vase or as a storage vessel for pillows or blankets.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $595.00
    Available from: Dwell Store

    Leather iPad Sleeve

    Still searching for a respectable sleeve for your iPad? Don’t forget about the selection of full-grain leather sleeves from Defy Bags studio in Chicago. Measured and cut by hand, the sleeve’s joints are triple-stitched for added strength. It certainly ticks the ‘rugged sophistication’ box, if that’s the look you prefer.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $150.00 - 210.00
    Available from: Defy Bags


    So, this isn’t a scrapbook, it’s a Portfolio. A thick paper accordion is held between two pieces of solid oak with a large rubber band to hold it all together. Think of it as a cool way to showcase photos and/or drawings- perhaps from a vacation or special event (gift alert). When opened, the Portfolio stands on its own for display.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $100.00
    Available from: Luminaire

    Hollister Table

    This Hollister Table is an affordable console option, and, correct me if I’m wrong, but it looks pretty good for the price. An iron base supports a natural wood top, and that’s about it. No frills, no fuss, just a table to fit in wherever you need an extra surface. Would it fit in your entryway as a landing pad for keys and mail? Maybe. Behind a sofa for displaying a few favorite objects? Certainly.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $290.00
    Available from: Lulu & Georgia


    Nice! The Ringtool is a compact toolkit that lives on any standard keyring. Hardened stainless steel (strength + corrosion resistance) means it’ll withstand a rough and tumble world. It has five different Hexheads, a Flathead and Phillips Driver, a Torxhead, and two Spoke Wrenches, so it’s a good choice for any cyclist that would rather not lug around a bigger toolkit.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $28.00
    Available from: Reductivist

    Nambu Cast Iron Tea Pot

    As if you needed encouragement to purchase this Nambu cast iron kettle, greenergrassdesign is offering 20% off Nambu’s pieces until Saturday (coupon code “Nambu”). Designed by Makoto Koizumi, this kettle is made using traditional craftsmanship in the Iwate Prefecture of Japan. That craftsmanship goes back to the middle of the 17th century, so rest assured that this kettle will last for generations, and look exceptionally good while providing your daily cup or pot of tea. Be sure to check out other Nambu pieces: the Cast Iron Pan with Wooden Lid ($90) looks equally appealing.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $350.00
    Available from: greenergrassdesign

    Perseo Suspension Lamps

    If you happen across the frosted version of the Perseo Suspension Lamp, you might assume at first glance that it is made of paper. Not a surprise, as Japanese paper lanterns were the inspiration behind these mouth blown Murano glass pendants. Now, considering each lamp is mouth blown, they aren’t inexpensive, however, considering their faceted surface and fragility, it’s easy to make sense of the price tags.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $620.00 - 1,480.00
    Available from: YLighting

    Gordon Stool

    Yes, you could go the super modern route when choosing your barstools, or you could pick a softer, quieter option like the Gordon Stool. It could easily work with traditional or modern pieces, thanks to its no-fuss, ladder-like metal frame. The wood seat and feet are available in a natural (oak) finish and a lighter whitewash finish.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $275.00
    Available from: Minam