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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)


Twain, Berge, and Swift Catchalls

“If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything”- those wise words are by Mark Twain, and are written upon this glossy, ceramic catchall. A little encouragement never hurts, does it? There’s also the Bergé (“Embrace reality even if it burns you”) and the Swift Catchall (“He was a bold man that first eat an oyster”) for catching your odds and ends.

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: Izola

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    T.J. Wilcox In the Air Silk Scarf

    If you pay attention to the art world, you might have heard of T.J. Wilcox and his panoramic film installation In the Air, 2013, at the Whitney Museum of American Art. If you haven’t, don’t worry, as that’s not a prerequisite to purchase a still printed on this 100% silk scarf you see above. However, do feel free to dazzle anyone who appreciates the scarf with your knowledge of the installation- they could probably use a little more ‘culture’.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $125.00
    Available from: Whitney Shop

    Acapulco Multi Lounge Chair

    Open the windows, get outside, you know the drill. Spring has sprung and now’s the time to enjoy the weather. This colorful Acapulco Lounge Chair is $229, and will prove to everyone that you’re not afraid of pink, aqua, and orange used in the same piece of furniture.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $229.00
    Available from: CB2

    Nathalie Du Pasquier Cushions

    Normally, one would tend to stay away from overly bright colors and busy patterns in interior settings to avoid looking too crazy, but that’s all forgotten once one sees the printed cushions by Nathalie Du Pasquier. Yes, the patterns are bright and busy, and that’s exactly their appeal- they just make sense.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $72.50 - 90.00
    Available from: AmbienteDirect

    Stanley 3 Pendant

    The nice thing about this Stanley 3 Pendant, other than the fact that it’s hand-spun in Birmingham and made of solid polished copper, is that it’s not immediately recognizable. Often certain pieces of certain designers will be used so much that you tend to get sick of it. So, no matter how wonderful a light fixture is upon its initial release, after seeing it twenty times in twenty different spaces, it looks less special and more like a stamp of ‘I-have-a-designer-light-fixture’- do you know what I mean? So, back to this pendant. It’s so pure and unadorned that the material itself steals the show, and that is incredibly refreshing. Available in three different diameters and also a hammered finish.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $595.00 - 835.00
    Available from: HORNE

    Hub Floor Mirror

    If you walk out of the door in the morning with your shirt buttoned wrong, you need a floor-length mirror. Luckily, this rubber-rimmed mirror designed by Jordan Murphy and Matt Carr can be placed anywhere thanks to its wooden easel stand, which has a ladder-like back for hanging coats/clothes, accessories, or even towels, if it’s in or near a bathroom. Also, there’s a 36″ diameter wall mirror with the same rim: Hub Mirror, $200 (shown below).

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $300.00
    Available from: Umbra

    Hay & Scholten & Baijings’ Paper Carpet

    Paper carpets? Indeed. Made of woven paper thread with a non-slip rubber backing, these carpets designed by Scholten & Baijings feature various soft and strong color pairings that would brighten up any entryway or hallway. Oh, and they’re water and stain repellent, so you won’t have to worry about dirty shoes or rain boots.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $200.00
    Available from: A+R Store

    Stellé Audio Bluetooth Speaker by DwellStudio

    What in the world is this thing, you ask? Well, put on a decorator’s/designer’s hat and admit that some speakers are not very pleasing to the eye, and, in fact, a bit of an eyesore at times. If you’d rather a speaker blend in amongst your other items in a bookcase or tabletop milieu, then take a look at the Stellé Audio Bluetooth Speaker by DwellStudio. Maybe it’s not perfect for your interior- or maybe it is- but I think we can all agree we like the idea of improving technology so that it may blend into a room when desired instead of sticking out like a sore thumb.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $399.00
    Available from: Stellé Audio Bluetooth Speaker by DwellStudio" target="_blank">DwellStudio

    Kaufmann Mercantile Gift Card

    What?! You haven’t signed up yet to win a gift card ($100) from Kaufmann Mercantile? Time is running out, so get to it. Sign up for emails from both BLTD and Kaufmann Mercantile and you’ll be entered to win $100 towards many a great things from the Kaufmann Mercantile shop (or just one special thing). Today’s the last day, so sign up now and then keep your fingers crossed… after you pick out what you’d buy, of course.

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    Triangle Mirrors

    As is often the case, the question isn’t ‘why do I need a triangle mirror’, the question is ‘why don’t I need a triangle mirror’. After all, you like geometry and you’re decent to look at, right? Hang one (or several) on a wall, or place on any surface for a freestanding reflection. Designed and made by Marvin Freitas.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $75.00 - 150.00
    Available from: Marvin Freitas

    Windsor Chair by Chris Specce

    Looking for a modern take on the traditional Windsor chair? Don’t rule out this version designed by Chris Specce, as it takes the quintessential form and eliminates any overly ornate details for a clean and modern look. It’s sturdy, so it’ll stand up to the bumps and scrapes of a high traffic dining room, and the bolder color options further set it apart from its stuffier predecessor. Available in bleached, natural, blue, red, and black stains.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $625.00
    Available from: YLiving

    J1 Studio’s C Lamp

    $138? Is that right? J1 Studio’s C Lamp is made from lightweight polypropylene and utilizes a folding technique to avoid a metal frame, thus reducing the cost associated with manufacturing (one can guess). Wooden tripod legs complete the simple lamp, giving a minimal, natural look to any room that needs an extra light source. Designed by Jae Won Cho of J1 Studio, where you may also purchase the lamp directly.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $138.00
    Available from: A+R Store

    Reclaimed Wood Plug-In Planter

    A reclaimed planter box, so what? As the ‘Plug-In’ part of the title might have clued you in, this planter box houses a hydroponic, self-watering system. Designed by Nick Behr and Sarah Burrows, the reclaimed wood box hides the mechanism that allows for different watering settings based on plant type to ensure proper nutrient intake, allowing you to grow your plants without your kitchen looking like a science laboratory- not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course. Other finishes available directly from Modern Sprout, plus a solar powered option ($219.00).

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $159.00
    Available from: Dwell Store

    Oak Naomi Side Table

    As is often the case, simple and well made items can carry a heftier price tag, so don’t be too surprised that the Oak Naomi Side Table isn’t cheap. This solid oak wood side table incorporates a storage spot for magazines and newspapers and has classically minimalist vibes coming out of its metaphorical nose. It’s a no-brainer if it fits your budget.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $600.00
    Available from: Lekker Home