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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)


2017 Sunlight Calendar

Another calendar for your consideration… this one subtly shifts tones from one month to the next, signaling seasonal changes with a “haze of hues.” Pretty, right? Inspired by the sun’s height and intensity, the year is laid out with intuitive color. Don’t worry, the cold winter months are pretty too, perhaps sometimes in direct contradiction with what you may feel when you step outdoors.

Purchase Information:

Price: $52.00
Available from: A+R Store

Mobilhome Phone Storage Unit

Let’s be clear, some of us need a phone storage unit like this, and others of us don’t. However, all of us would most likely benefit from the idea behind this particular wool felt pocket thingamajig.

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Price: $125.00
Available from: mobilhome

Vapur Anti-Bottle

No more whining about carrying around a big, clunky water bottle, because you could have a Vapur Anti-Bottle. It’s freezable, attachable, and sustainable. It lays completely flat when empty, and you can fold it up for storage. I don’t know about you, but I think it looks a lot better than any plastic bottle out there. Need filtration? Try the MicroFilter Bottle Set. Need something for your magic juice? There’s a Wine Carrier and Flask as well.

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Price: $13.00
Available from: Vapur

Slide Storage Box

This storage box is pretty neat. Its three drawers can be stacked or separated, or, to see everything, just slide them all out in a stepped arrangement. With different partitions inside each drawer, you’re sure to utilize all the storage space for your desktop supplies, jewelry, craft tools, or bathroom accessories.

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Price: $65.00
Available from: Luminaire

Poketo Color Story Wall Planner

You probably have calendar options coming out of your ears, but don’t settle on one just yet, because this Color Story Wall Planner might have been made just for you. First off, you can start whenever you wish, because the pages are open-dated. Second, color! You can’t be too glum in 2017 with these cheery colors. Each month is poster sized, so you have the option to cover a whole wall if you so desire.

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Price: $48.00
Available from: Poketo

Posture Chair by Modern by Dwell Magazine

Maybe you’ve heard about Target teaming up with Dwell Magazine? Well, take a look at all the offerings if you haven’t already- there are quite a few gems worth snapping up. I have my eyes on the steel Posture Chair for my deck area, as its slim legs are barely visible, and won’t be blocking any views. If you’ve got the room, add the Outdoor Sofa and the Coffee Table to complete the set.

Purchase Information:

Price: $269.99
Available from: Target

Stendig Calendar 2017

Need a large wall calendar to plan out 2017? The Stendig is always a good choice, as it
has twelve large tear-off sheets to show the months in graphic black and white. And, as a quick quiz, do you know what year Massimo Vignelli designed this calendar? Was it a) 1961, b) 1966, c) 1971, or d) 1976 ?

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Price: $38.00
Available from: Need Supply

Happy New Year!

Here’s to a very Happy New Year to you and your favorite people. On a side note, we’re taking this next week off for travel. Enjoy your first few days of 2017!

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Price: $30.00
Available from: Snowe Home

Top Picks of 2016

Can you believe 2016 is coming to a close? Whether this year has been wonderful or difficult, now’s a good time to reflect and ruminate on what you’d like the new year to be. I’m planning to travel to more far-flung destinations and learn at least one new language. And you? What will you do?

Happy Holidays!

Here’s hoping this holiday weekend will be the best you’ve had yet. Relax, have fun, and stay warm!


Still on the hunt for the perfect gift? You’d best be quick. Remember, you can click on over to our Gifts category, where items have been sorted according to price. Plus, the Gift Guides are always fun to peruse. Some retailers are offering next day shipping, but if not, best hit the sidewalks or roads for local shops. Happy shopping!

Gifts Under $25
Gifts $26-$50
Gifts $51-$75
Gifts $76-$100
Gifts $100+

Stefan Boublil Wish List 2016

Stefan Boublil, the creative director of the apartment, is next to share his wish list of gifts to give/receive this holiday season. Thank you, Stefan, for continuing the tradition!

Patina Bottle Opener

A beautiful bottle opener? In this case, it’s true. Cofield’s bottle openers are solid brass with three available patina finishes. A polished edge sets off the patina nicely, and somewhat gives an illusion of inset stone. Now, the hard part will be deciding which patina you prefer- do you like the Polychrome, Turquoise, or Black best? Be sure to take a look at Cofield’s Brass Clocks too, which have the same patina treatment.

Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: Cofield

Paper Virtual Reality Glasses

There’s a good chance someone you know will give or get a VR Headset this holiday season, especially as many retailers are promoting them like crazy. And, yes, you could plonk down $130 for the Zeiss VR ONE Plus Headset or $40-$60 on the many other options, but maybe you’d rather spend $15 just to see what all the fuss is about. These paper Virtual Reality Glasses are easy to assemble/disassemble and could be the perfect stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift.

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Price: $15.00
Available from: Kikkerland

Friday Links

Women Who Draw (via slate)

– Cute Wooden Toys

– Useful Stedi Hands-Free Funnel

– Something to think about for the new year: I kept a Happiness Jar for a year to get data on how to build a more joyful life

– A versatile furniture system on Kickstarter: GO – Growing Object

– Cute: Recycled Skateboard Geometric Air Plant Holder (the cutting board is pretty neat, too)

– Another interesting travel pillow: Infinity Pillow

– Precision Machined Pepper Mill

– Pretty Painterly Spectrum Resin Lamp

Painterly Spectrum Resin Lamp