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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)


Maple Raised Chopping Block

Short on counter space? The Maple Raised Chopping Block is just for you, as it creates space underneath for placing knives or other accoutrements. Quality craftsmanship takes it straight to the table for food presentation, as the sliding dovetail joints are cut with such precision that no glue is required. It’s equally suited for camping, as the legs keep the board off the ground and the surface is long grain (instead of the usual end grain) to keep the board light and packable.

Purchase Information:

Price: $148.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

Stone Fruit Bowls

Who says all your dish ware has to match? Get a set of these Stone Fruit Bowls to add a little interesting texture to your tabletop. There’s four ceramic bowls in all, and each one is cast from four different melons. They’re the right sort of size for fruits, snacks, and desserts and look neat enough to leave out on display- maybe on some open shelves in your kitchen?

Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Available from: Areaware

Friday Links

Mirrored viewing platform by Natura Futura is disguised against the Ecuadorean landscape

– Water fun: Bixpy Jet

3 Exercises to Smash Your Creative Blocks

– NASA Climate Change: How global warming stacks up

– Serious business: Marble Business Cards

Furniture made from recycled newspaper has brick-like strength, marble finish

Enjoy your weekend!

Sunda: 2+ Person Tent & All-in-One Hammock

If you enjoy spending time outdoors, chances are you’ll be interested in the Sunda Tent & Hammock. Configure it into its tent mode, and you’ll have 35 square feet of livable space that’s perfect for two people. Or, should you find yourself on rocky ground, take it into its hammock version, which becomes a one-person, all-in-one hammock shelter. Plus, there’s a ‘Fly Light’ mode that’s suited for a more casual, outdoor, day shelter. So many options, all with the same pack of materials. There’s a ton of extra features: Lumos™ light enhancing fabric, interior zippered pockets for storage, hanging loops for gear… they all add up to a well suited shelter for your next outdoor adventure. Learn more on their Kickstarter Page.

Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Snowe Bath Towels

If you need to refresh your bath towels, you need to look at Snowe’s offerings. I ended up buying their Starter Bathe Bundle last year* and I can honestly say they’re the nicest towels I’ve ever owned. They’re soft and lightweight, and soo much better than the top-of-the-line towels I used to buy from you know where. I am still impressed with the quality, so much so that I ended up buying another towel bundle (plus two bath sheets) from them just now**.

Purchase Information:

Price: $8.00 - 285.00
Available from: Snowe

X-Cap Light Up Hat

Headlight plus hat? Sign me up, because who knows what outdoor exploring we’ll be up to when the winter evenings are here? The removable head lamp clips into and out of the beanie so you can charge (via USB) the 120-lumen light. I’d say this is an improvement over single strap headlamps, as the beanie is less likely to slip off the ol’ noggin, don’t you think?

Purchase Information:

Price: $32.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Boob Hook

If you don’t mind a little humor in your home furnishings, take a look at the Boob Hook from Thing Industries. It’s a play on the particular part of the body that so many people obsess over. If you choose to add one or two to your entryway or dressing area (a pair are encouraged, but certainly not necessary), not only will you have two functioning hooks to hang your keys or clothes, you’ll be celebrating boobs. BOOBS! Fun.

Purchase Information:

Price: $38.00
Available from: Thing

Plant Stand

What to do when your plants are looking a little down on their luck? Jazz them up with Bend’s Plant Stand, that’s what. The stand will elevate and protect your plants and add a good dose of patterned pizzazz. Those climbing plants will love to cover the whole thing, while certain pests and indoor animals will safely be kept away.

Purchase Information:

Price: $200.00
Available from: Bend

Cinto Lounge Chair

I know, I know, it’s tough to find the right lounge chair. Sometimes they’re waaay too expensive, and sometimes they look like they’re fit more for a college dorm than a mostly responsible adult’s living space. So, let’s look at the Cinto: it has a safari-plus-Danish vibe that suits our sort of style and the white leather is a little daring (not recommended if you have kids that run around with sticky food or paint on their hands, of course) and just the right amount of luxe. Is it a good fit for your space?

Purchase Information:

Price: $649.00
Available from: CB2

Landmarks Bowl by Klemens Schillinger

Contain those odds and ends with a bowl that looks even better empty. Maybe that will motivate you to put everything away in its right place? We can hope. Klemens Schillinger’s Landmarks Bowls have a sculptural presence with their stepped interiors that looks way more expensive than they are, meaning you get a whole lot of bang for your buck. Choose between the larger oblong or the smaller, circular size.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00 - 49.00
Available from: Hem

Honey Jar

Honey is usually such a sticky mess, but with this Honey Jar you might just master the art of serving it with grace and elegance. The lid incorporates a dipper for easy serving, so, as long as you don’t sling it everywhere in your haste to add honey to your toast/tea/etc., you’ll not have annoying drips down the side of the bottle or jar. Tidy and efficient.

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: Merchant No. 4

Cage Table by FUWL

Can you ever have too many side tables? The answer is yes, of course, you can, but if you find that you’re often searching for an appropriate surface to set down a cold glass of water or a hot cup of tea, chances are that you need another one. The Cage Table by FUWL (Form Us With Love) is both storage unit and table. In addition to the table’s obvious useful surface, you might just find yourself storing magazines or a favorite throw underneath.

Purchase Information:

Price: $189.95
Available from: Menu

Friday Links

– Kickstarter: URI Led Light Bulb

Sculpting a hand from clay

What’s the Best Way to Cover Your Webcam?

– Fun: Climbing wall provides roof access at Cache Creek Residence by Carney Logan Burke

Cache Creek Residence by Carney Logan Burke

Enjoy the weekend.

iPad Air sleeve by A.M. Ideas

Offset your super hi-tech gadgets with a little sustainably produced, hand-sculpted rush grass. Huh? Yep, it’s an iPad Air Sleeve, and there’s iPhone 6s Pouch too. A microfibre lining keeps those metal and glass devices safe while the rush grass gives you a natural yet durable exterior. Talk about high contrast, eh?

Purchase Information:

Price: $68.00 - 125.00
Available from: WallpaperSTORE*

Pinorama Board

All those little pieces of paper and bits and bobs scattered about, just where are you going to put them? Maybe on a perforated metal sheet, with a partial cork backing like this Pinorama Board by Inga Sempe for HAY? I’d say it’s as good as any other place, especially as it has a range of accessories (shelves, mirrors, cylinders, an elastic net(!), and hooks) to customize it just the way you want.

Purchase Information:

Price: $149.00
Available from: Danish Design Store