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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)

 
 

Rugs by GUR

There are so many fun rugs from Rugs by GUR it’s hard to pick a favorite. You’re sure to find a few that catch your eye, and, of course, they could go on the floor, but what about using them as art on the wall? Luckily, for the price, you can afford to add more than just one to any room that needs a little something fun.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $103.98 - 171.25
Available from: RUGbyGUR

String Lights by onefortythree

Don’t ask yourself ‘why do I need these string lights?’ Instead, ask yourself ‘why don’t I need these string lights?’ After all, you work very hard, don’t you? And, it does get quite dark at night, so what better way to illuminate a special spot indoors than with a set of string lights with natural brass sockets and black cloth twisted cord? Or a set of string lights with pink, yellow, orange, or many other lovely color sockets? The colors are a new addition (thank you onefortythree!). Wonderful evenings are sure to happen with any of these beauties above your head.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Available from: onefortythree

Friday Links

Rollbe – Super Compact Measuring Tool

What Is Your Opposite Job?

– “Each Shore Rug™ is super supportive and highly textured, providing a one-of-a-kind massage-like experience.” Iris Outdoor Rug

Reflective Leopard Print Stickers

Just Rocks in a Box Crayons

Mazy Toothbrush Holder

Fun Merit Badges

Have a great weekend.

Aquabot

How often are you out at the beach, campsite, or park and wish you had a garden hose to wash off dirt and grime? This is exactly where the Aquabot by Lunatec comes into play: it transforms your regular water bottle into a pressurized device, giving you the function of a portable hose/faucet/fountain/mister so you can use water efficiently. You might remember when it was a Kickstarter project, but it’s now available directly from Lunatec.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: Lunatec

Insect Memory Game

As you’re sitting around with friends and/or family, bored senseless, don’t just pick up your phone. How about a good game for everyone to play? Let me add these extra requirements: a game for ages 4 and up, and one that won’t offend anyone. Do you have one of those? Because a memory game is a friendly sort of activity that just might help those lazy synapses in your brain, and this one has some very pretty illustrations of bugs/insects with their Latin names.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $22.00
Available from: Kontrast

Design Letters Message Board

Who doesn’t love a message board? Sure, it’s for important updates, but it’s also prime territory for a funny joke or a heartfelt message. I’ve always been attracted to the utility of the black letter boards found in churches and civic centers, but this perforated board from Design Letters does the same job in a prettier outfit. Pin lists and reminders to its surface and use the letters and numbers to spell out favorite phrases.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $26.35- 108.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Aquart Outdoor Shower

Remember me halfway promising to find more outdoor showers for you? Here’s one, and it’s exactly the sort of thing you could make if you were truly industrious but you probably won’t because it’s $200. Seletti’s Aquart Outdoor Shower has a hefty cement base and polished copper fittings. Hook it up to a hose, and voilà! You’re ready to have your very own outdoor shower. Now, how to make sure you get hot water instead of cold? Maybe have a very long black hose out in the sunshine? Hmm.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: Gessato

2018 Phases Of The Moon

A 2018 calendar is exactly what you don’t need in August, but, hey, why not get ahead of things and snap up one now? I still stand by my earlier thinking that this calendar is a must-have for anyone with lycanthropic leanings, as business can be scheduled around inopportune times.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $17.95
Available from: MoMA Store

Clouds

There’s nothing wrong with having your head in the clouds every now and then, or so says Most Modest and Aces of Space. Their collaboration to create a “port hole to the sky” resulted in ‘Clouds’- a captured fragment from Jacob van Ruisdael’s “A Panoramic View of Amsterdam looking towards the IJ”, which was originally painted around 1665-70. Having a portion of a 17th century Dutch landscape hung in your home is pretty fun when it’s done in this particular way, isn’t it? And, of course, it costs a lot less than buying the original.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $300.00+
Available from: Most Modest

Belle-V Ice Cream Scoop

You know what will make your life better? The best ice cream scoop ever. The Bell-V is made of hand-finished and polished Teflon coated aluminum. It’s ergonomically comfortable. It’s black. I don’t know what more information you need, because that’s enough to convince me and I don’t even eat ice cream.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: Belle-V

Haptic Lab Kites

Please tell me you plan to fly a kite before the end of summer. After all, with Haptic Lab’s colorful array of Diamond and Delta Kites, you know you’re tempted.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00 - 42.00
Available from: Haptic Lab

HAY Quilts

More minimal/modern quits, and this time they’re from Tanja Vibe and Petra Olsson, the Danish-Swedish team known as All The Way To Paris. The quilts are cotton with polyester filling, and each one has graphic stripe patterns in softer primary colors. And, good news, they’re sized to fit a queen bed, so they can be your main coverlet/blanket for your bedroom, and not just a small throw size that you keep wishing was just a tiny bit bigger.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: Danish Design Store

RestartMilano Lamps

I hesitate to use the word ‘dainty’ to describe these lamps from RestartMilano, mostly because it brings to mind doilies and frail flowers. With their sleek swivel arms and warm brass finish, these lamps are just the opposite, yet the thin silhouette allows for a light touch in any interior, allowing other elements to take center stage. And, as an update, the Short Wall Lamp is now on sale.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $385.00
Available from: Merchant No. 4

Friday Links

Metamaterials make it possible to create mechanisms from a single piece of plastic

How to Be Better at Stress

Adult Award Ribbons

– Going somewhere? Travel Map Laundry Bags

Giant Watermelon Stool

Giant Watermelon Stool

Here’s how you can actually help stop climate change

IKEA launches solar battery packs to rival Tesla’s Powerwall

– Really nice Candle Snuffer Collection

Enjoy your weekend.

Balad Lamp from Fermob

Need some flexible outdoor lighting? The Balad Lamp from Fermob is just the right size to tote around. And, compared to some other portable, outdoor lights (like the Uma), it’s absolutely affordable. The aluminum handle has a button at its base that dims the light and turns the lamp on and off. As a bonus, the accompanying Small and Large Stand transform the hand-held Balad into a floor lamp for outdoor dining or seating areas.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $114.00
Available from: YLiving