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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)

 
 

Temporary Tattoos

Temporary tattoos are the perfect thing for anyone adverse to a lifetime commitment. Running across this one (shown above) reminded me how much I like tattoos of text. I’ll never get an actual tattoo, as I would not be able to settle upon just one phrase (plus I’m scaredy cat when it comes to needles), but temporary tattoos? Sure, let’s get some and plaster them all over our bodies. Could be fun to give as a gift, don’t you think?
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Price: $5.00
Available from: Litograph

OYOBox Eyewear Organizer

I know, I know, organizing your eyewear is not at the top of your list. However, if you have more than three pairs of good glasses/sunglasses, chances are that you often fumble around with cases and worry about scratches. So, maybe you need an OYOBox; it’s a box just for your eyewear. A glass lid keeps dust out while a leatherette interior has one centered ridge to keep glasses upright and aligned. I’ve seen a sample in person and I’m impressed. And, yes, you guessed it, the boxes aren’t cheap, but your glasses aren’t either, so why not keep them safe in a nice, lacquered box? Maybe put the small one on your holiday wish list?
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Price: $135.00 - 350.00
Available from: Neiman Marcus

Rule/One

How much do you want the Rule/One? I guess that all depends how often you measure things, or how often you need a straight line. The Rule/One is a aluminum ruler and a pen, all in one. The pen clicks into place inside the spine of the ruler thanks to a strong magnet. With three interchangeable heads (pen on paper, stylus tablet, or lanyard attachment), you can alter it to suit your needs. Plus, its droplet shape makes it suitable as a bookmark as well.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Poketo

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.
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Price: $178.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

Maple Wood Utensil Set

Did you know that the closed grain of maple wood will not absorb any flavors or bacteria? That makes it an excellent material for cooking utensils in the kitchen, and looky here, here’s a set that includes a spatula, spoon, straining spoon, and tongs- what more do you need? Each piece in this set is hand carved from a block of locally-sourced wood in an Indiana workshop.
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Price: $49.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Halflight Leather Valet Tray

If a certain someone you know doesn’t have a tray or container to catch all the paraphernalia in their pockets, then you know exactly what to get them as a present this year: a valet tray. This leather one is available in natural or black, and is sized appropriately to fit anywhere- on a desk, dresser, console, or nightstand.
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Price: $85.00
Available from: TRNK

Japanese Daily Calendar

Here, look, yet another perfectly decent calendar, and this time you might learn a little Japanese. What do you see on each page? The current date, of course, a full calendar of the current and previous month, weather predictions, and astrological symbols. You also get a reference key to interpret other details (moon phases and other numbers).
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Price: $38.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

Friday Links

Just one link today, as we’re all still adjusting to the news this week. So, in case you need it:

– Listen to this song if you need to reduce anxiety by up to 65 percent (via swissmiss)

Enjoy your great weekend!

Octahedron Coffee Table

We’ve featured the Octahedron Side Table and the Double Octahedron Ring Planter from Eric Trine, so do you think we’d pass on the Octahedron Coffee Table? No way, no how. Measuring 36″ in diameter and 14″ tall, it’s a great size for a sitting area. Just add a lounge chair or two and a small sofa and you’re set. As a bonus, the table is powder coated, so it could easily live outdoors as well. It’s also significantly less expensive than it was last year.
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Price: $299.00
Available from: TRNK

Duo Server

How to keep your cheese visually separated from your baguette and/or crackers? By reminding your family/guests that the cheese stays on the marble circle dammit(!). But you’re not obsessive compulsive, are you, so you wouldn’t say something like that and you surely wouldn’t mind a few crumbs encroaching upon your beloved cheese… right? Especially when the pairing of a solid walnut cutting board looks so nice against a white (or dark) marble circle. The parts can be separated and used individually (marble=trivet).
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Price: $180.00
Available from: Leibal

Pour-Over Stand

Will you look like a mad scientist when brewing your coffee with this Pour-over Stand? I certainly hope so, as the process is completely on show, and there will be plenty of opportunities to wiggle your eyebrows and laugh maniacally when the coffee is ready for serving. The lab style brass stand holds a Hario V60 glass pour over (included) that adjusts for mugs or decanters. An American walnut base contrasts nicely.
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Price: $179.00
Available from: Magpie & Rye

Bandit Titanium Keychain Knife

See this tiny, very adorable pocket knife? It kicks ass, because it’s the size of a standard house key when folded. That means you won’t look like a lumberjack carrying it around (not that there’s anything wrong with looking like a lumberjack); it’s small enough to unobtrusively fit in your jean’s coin pocket or attach to your keychain (or even a zipper!). So handy.
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Price: $39.95
Available from: quiet carry

AYTM Circle Trays

I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like our country is in pieces today. I’ll avoid any more political commentary, except to say let’s hope to move forward together and heal this huge divide. So, look at these Half Circle and Quarter Circle trays by AYTM. Aren’t they cool? Aren’t they great? They’re food-safe, but would work equally well for desk items. Aubergine, brass, and black combine for a stronger statement, or you can keep them divided for smaller needs and wants; it’s up to you.
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Price: $41.00 - 52.00
Available from: WallpaperSTORE*

S’well Bottle

Here’s another option for your water needs. The S’well Bottle is suitable for hot and cold beverages, features a double-walled stainless steel design, has a wide mouth (for ice cubes), and comes in so many great colors it will make your head spin. Blue Suede, White Gold (shown above), Pink Diamond, and so many more… take a look and you’re sure to find just the right one.
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Price: $35.00 - 45.00
Available from: Need Supply

Flat Iron Trivet

Speaking of your tabletop needs, do you have enough trivets? You know, those things that protect your table from hot pots and dishes? This one by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Swedish brand Smaller Objects hides two trivets in one- the inner plate rests in the outer ring. Keep it in place for one-dish dinners and storage; lift it out when you need a second surface. A simple and elegant solution, don’t you think?
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Price: $68.00
Available from: Ode to Things