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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)

 
 

Fermob Planter Baskets

Fermob has plenty of practical outdoor furnishings, but these Planter Baskets are particularly perfect for a patio. Why? Well, the handles, of course. If you’ve ever tried to move a heavy planter, you know the value in that. They also have two holes for water drainage (with plugs) and the feet and trays separate for easy filling and transport. The baskets are available in a plethora of colors, several of which are sure to suit your fancy.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $718.00 - 819.00
Available from: Horne

2213 House Numbers

How about some new numbers to update your home’s facade? You just can’t go wrong with these very cool numbers from 2213* LIXHT. They’re made of steel and powder coated, so they may even last longer than your house. And, don’t tell anyone, but I think these might just be slightly better than the styling of the Neutra Numbers (sacrilege!). LIXHT also has thicker VM-001 Aluminum Numbers ($90 ea.) if you want a heftier look.
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Price: $32.00
Available from: LIXHT

Sail Rope Mat

If you’re going to add a little nautical flair to your surroundings, please, please, please make it one of these rope mats by Sophie Aschauer. Reclaimed sailing ropes are woven with four different knots- referred to as “Bonny”, “Drake”, “Morgan” and “Killigrew” (pirates from the 17th century, by the way)- into doormats or smaller sized area rugs. Remember that the rope is reclaimed, so they’ll show a little bit of wear, but that’s a small price to pay for such color and texture.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $249.00 and up
Available from: SerpentSea

ButcherBlock by HollerDesign

These end grain ButcherBlocks are very durable; the design allows you to cut in between the fibers of the wood instead of across them like most cutting boards. This makes for easy maintenance and a very long lifetime, which are two important features for any cutting board over the $100 mark.
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Price: $150.00
Available from: HollerDesign

The Twill Weekender

I don’t need any more weekend bags, but I sure am tempted by this one from Everlane. At $98, it’s just enough of an ‘affordable’ choice that it has me thinking my luggage needs an overhaul, and the reverse denim version with leather details is mighty easy on the eyes. There’s several other color options too.
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Price: $98.00
Available from: Everlane

Eiko Task Lamp

Maybe this little guy will help you get back to work after the summer holiday. Its long, slender arm will hover over your workspace while the LED bulb will provide bright yet low-energy light. The powdercoated matte black finish keeps things simple and enhances the streamlined look.
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Price: $199.00
Available from: CB2

Happy Fourth of July!

Here’s hoping you have an excellent Fourth of July weekend. We’ll be taking the rest of the week off to spend time with people that don’t annoy us. Be safe and have a great holiday weekend!

Shown above: Bodum Fyrkat Picnic Charcoal Grill, $68.50. Also available directly from Bodum.

Shown below: Litho Hammock: American Pride, $80.75

Litho Hammock, American Pride

Hedley & Bennett Aprons

Oh, what to wear when you’re making a brilliant meal indoors or grilling outside with your Italian Barbecue Tool Set? You can’t risk ruining your clothes, dressed to perfection (as you always are). Not to worry, don one of these denim aprons by Hedley & Bennett and then carry on with your culinary prowess.
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Price: $75.00 and up
Available from: Hedley & Bennett

Q Knot Reusable Zip Ties

These sound handy enough, don’t they? Reusable zip ties could be used to manage unruly cords, seal up snack bags, and all those other things your imagination can think of. Made of rubber, they’re easy to release for reuse. Get a pack of 25 ties for $7 and divide them between your kitchen, office, and garage.
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Price: $6.95
Available from: Jet

POV Planter

All right, what did you think this was at first glance? A strange hair decoration? A fireplace accessory? Nope, it’s a sturdy support for your leggy plants to climb and grow upon. The 3-D box design keeps things modern while contrasting nicely with the curvy lines of vines and foliage. Use them indoors or outside, as they’re made of powder-coated steel.
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Price: $15.00 - 40.00
Available from: A+R Store

Arbor Birdhouse

I know next to nothing about birds, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting a birdhouse. And, hey, there’s no way I’m going to settle for just any birdhouse, because there are standards to uphold, aren’t there? This Arbor House is made from recycled high density polyethylene (HDPE)- that translates into 24 recycled milk jugs- and thermally modified maple. That means no maintenance whatsoever, except for cleaning it out each season, of course. There’s also the Pitch, Rapson, and Cube birdhouses to consider, all in various colors from Loll Designs.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $106.00
Available from: Loll Designs

Cayo Beach Towel

Geez, another modern beach towel? We’re up to our eyeballs here with all the choices, and this one is very tempting price-wise. I guess it doesn’t hurt to have a stack of them ready to go whenever the mood strikes- it is summer, after all. Take note of this tidbit so you can sound smart when you get compliments: this towel is designed by Dee Clements- she was inspired by architectural stained glass from the Arts and Crafts movement.
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Price: $24.99
Available from: CB2

Multi Basket

Is it time for a picnic? I think so, especially if you had this basket from Danish brand Menu. It’s a sort of hybrid between a basket and tray, with two air-tight containers with bamboo lids, two cooling pads, and a felt liner. Stick the cooling pads in the freezer before you head out to keep your food cool. It’s like a bento-box-basket, isn’t it? You could, of course, also use it off-duty around the house (as shown in last image) to corral all manner of odds and ends; there’s no need to keep it just for outdoor activities.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $149.00
Available from: Gessato

Friday Links

“The Floating Piers,” by Christo

Sriracha Ninja

Building Great Architecture Models

Vanessa Friedman: “Driving Force of Fashion is Planned Obsolescence”

Artist whittles wood into (what looks like) food

– Haha: The fashionable peacocks of Pitti Uomo

RE:FIND rubber dipped paperclips

– AT: DIY fabric Clay Planters

Fireflies are disappearing. Here’s why — and what you can do to help.

– It’s summer, so…Stay Cool Ice Cream Truck Pin and Watermelon Buddy Enamel Pin

Enjoy your weekend.

Stay Cool Ice Cream Truck and Watermelon Buddy Pins

Ready Stacking Barstool

Whoa, look at this new barstool. It’s stackable, made from powder-coated steel sled legs and a molded plywood seat. Not impressed? Oh, and it’s under $200. Compare that price tag with another favorite barstool and it’s a downright steal. Choose between black, grey green, or white.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $179.00
Available from: Blu Dot