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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)


BLTD Site Update

Expletive! We finally got our site updated! That affects several things that you probably don’t care about, as we didn’t change much visually. However, you probably do care about the fact that we no longer need the app that you may have on your mobile device.

Yes, the app worked, and yes, it looked okay, but now the normal BLTD site will load on whatever gadget you’re on without the occasional hang-ups and weird landing pages that we had before. So, please say your goodbyes to the app we had, and say hello to the newly updated BLTD.

Please add us to your home screen for a super quick way to see the latest and greatest of all of our features. Just navigate to our site in whatever browser you use and save it as a bookmark/favorite to your home screen. And, if you’re feeling generous, please ‘like’ and/or share the stuff you like the most, as it would be really nice to spread the word that our site now works like it should.

Thanks, as always, for visiting and supporting BLTD. You’re the best.

Friday Links

– This thing moves! Behnaz Farahi’s Caress of the Gaze (via thinx)

– Back/neck tension? How about a “luxury” foam roller? RolPal (via NYTimes)

The 20 people who have given away the most money to charity

– A “cute” surveillance camera: Ulo

– Ha ha- Daniel Craig’s thoughts on James Bond

– A “futuristic” wallet: Kallet

ROAR: smart safety jewelry

Cantilevered Home in the Mountains

Enjoy your weekend.

Dwell Bolton Residence

Light + Ladder Desk Accessories

Deliberate, simple, clean… maybe that’s how your coworkers describe you, but I’m talking about the walnut set you see above. Solid wood, brass, porcelain, and vegetable-tanned leather all work harmoniously together for a desk set that’s sure to say you mean business.

There’s the Leather Blotter, which features a hidden wooden compartment for pencils and business cards, the Pencil Cup, which has a sliding mechanism to easily access your writing utensils, and a Catch-All, which gives you a spot for Post-Its and little things like paperclips. Shall we call them desk successories?

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00 -360.00
Available from: Light +Ladder

Carl Auböck Oversized Paperclip

It’s a very, very large paperclip. Use it as a bookmark, as shown above, or as a paperweight. Considering it’s designed by Carl Auböck, and hand-crafted from solid brass in Auböck’s fourth-generation Viennese workshop, it will retain its value for years to come. Don’t believe me? Do a search for Auböck’s pieces on any collector’s site (or Ebay) and you’ll see. Consider this as a very nice gift for that someone who has everything (except a huge brass paperclip).

Purchase Information:

Price: $200.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Gramovox Floating Record

A floating record? What is this, a magic show? Nope, it’s just a simple rethinking of the record player. This turntable plays records vertically- allowing you to enjoy and showcase your records “as both art and a medium to produce analog sound.” If you’re thinking that sounds gimmicky, you’ll be reassured hearing about the dynamic, full-range stereo speakers (two Tymphany 2″ neodymium speakers, to be exact) and a choice between 33-1/3 or 45 RPM (record clamps for both included). More info over at Gramovox.

Purchase Information:

Price: $399.99
Available from: Gramovox

Yupik Light

You probably can’t tell from the photo above, but this Yupik Light is made from polypropylene foam. That makes it very sturdy and extremely light. And did you notice the clear polycarbonate diffuser? It looks a little like a car headlight, doesn’t it? Set it on its side on a table, place it on the ground facing upwards, or hang it from the ceiling using the included hook. It’s an affordable light with many possible uses all over your home.

Purchase Information:

Price: $254.15
Available from: Lumens

Outline Trivets

Who needs a trivet? Maybe your dining table, considering Thanksgiving is next month. Better to be prepared than have a big, burnt mark once you clear the table, right? An elegant outline of geometric shapes has been laser cut from smoked oak veneer. Consider all three for a spectactular spread or just one or two for smaller soirees.

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00 - 50.00
Available from: Clever Spaces

Gugo Glass Pitcher Jugs

Nice jugs. See, I can say that aloud without fearing a punch in the face. You might need to be a little more careful, especially if you give one of these as a gift to a favorite co-worker or your mother-in-law.

The Gugo Pitcher Jugs are designed by Kanz Architetti and produced by Venetian glass artisan Erre Soffieria. And, if you haven’t noticed the prices, do take a look. Pleasantly surprised? Me too.

Purchase Information:

Price: $55.00 -85.00
Available from: Wallpaper Store

mc&co Irregular Round Mirror

You see an irregular round mirror, which is sort of interesting, and then, as you step to the side, a punch of day-glow color from the recessed frame hits you in the face. That, my friend, raises the bar from sort-of-interesting to high-five-awesome. There’s a few different options in colored glass as well as frames; take a look at mc&co for the full collection.

Purchase Information:

Price: $900.00+
Available from: mc&co

Round Walnut and Solid Brass Wall Hooks

Cooler weather is here, so it’s time to assess your entryway. Do you have enough hooks for hanging up all those scarves, hats and coats? Go the minimal route with these Round Walnut Wall Hooks or the Solid Brass Square Wall Hooks. Both sets are by the designer Farrah Sit and may be purchased through her website, Light and Ladder, or from Kaufmann Mercantile.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00 - 180.00
Available from: Light + Ladder

Grip Band Serving Tray

Whoooaa, steady, there! Maybe you need the Grip Tray- it will keep those beverages in place as they travel from kitchen to dining room, or, as the case may be, to the living room (you big couch potato, you). Silicone bands wrap around the outside to make sure things stay put no matter how wobbly or weak your arms may be. There’s a Parallel (above) and Round size (shown below) available in a black or white color scheme.

Purchase Information:

Price: $295.00 - 395.00
Available from: Finell


Do your keys jangle around like a janitor? If so, how are you going to sneak up on anybody to scare them? Fix that with the soft Orbitkey. It’s a loop that locks your keys into a stack, keeping them organized and in place. There’s also an optional bottle opener and USB key that fits snugly into the stack. Choose between several colors in an elastomer polymer (ideal for runners) or the leather version.

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.95 -39.95
Available from: Orbitkey

Objetis Mirror Magnets

These little things won’t be to everyone’s liking, but they could could be awfully handy for hanging jewelry and smaller accessories, especially if you’re short on space. Objetis are magnetic pegs perfect for hanging your keys, jewelry, or headphones right where you can see them. They come with a magnetic back-plate to ensure a firm hold. Each Objetis has a small rubber ring sitting proud of its magnet to keep it in place. Available as a set of 3.

Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00 - 58.00
Available from: Objetis

Friday Links

– Love. More marmoreal!

– Like! The LightBox: A wireless, interface-free light switch.

Did Astronomers Find Evidence of an Alien Civilization? (Probably Not. But Still Cool.)

Piet Hein Eek wallpaper range for NLXL (the black brick looks superb)

Papestack: faux cardboard fireplace around your tv

– Pretty/strange: Dirt Pattern Material

Bogobrush: buy one give one

The unusual research methods inspiring Ikea’s new products

Jennifer Angus wallpapers Renwick Gallery with a pattern of 5,000 exotic bugs

Have a nice weekend.

Jennifer Angus wallpapers Renwick Gallery

The Weather Station

You need a smartphone to check the weather? Pfft. You wouldn’t if you had this Weather Station affixed outside within view of the kitchen sink. Best Made Co. has joined forces with a manufacturer in Germany to bring you a weather station that does things the old fashioned way. A thermometer and a hygrometer simultaneously read heat and humidity; when both needles cross in the hatched section of the gauge, you’ll know it’ll be a pleasant day. Those city folk can have their phones- you’ll rely on something that’ll never need a power cord, thank you very much.

Purchase Information:

Price: $172.00
Available from: Best Made Co.