Articles Written by 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)


Ear and Tongue Pulls

These pulls won’t appeal to everyone, as they’re rather odd and not at all what you’d find at a local kitchen and bath store. However, for those of us that like edgier options when it comes to drawer and cabinet hardware, Malia Jensen’s Ear and Tongue Pulls are delightfully different, enough so to consider spending far more than necessary simply to outfit a bathroom’s vanity drawers with ears. Or tongues.

Purchase Information:

Price: $180.00 - 300.00
Available from: Grey Area

Freddie Side Table

Concrete seems to be a popular material for 2015, or so it seems looking at some of the new furnishings hitting the marketplace. This little-yet-heavy table pairs a walnut veneer with a concrete overlay to hit a utilitarian note that’s sure to work alongside other furniture periods, especially if you like a mix-and-match look to a room. It’s hefty (~65 lbs.), so it’ll stay put, just make sure you don’t place it anywhere you’re likely to stub a toe.

Purchase Information:

Price: $599.00
Available from: West Elm

JWD Concrete Lamp

That dark area of your living room might need a small sort of table lamp, and maybe this one by Swedish designer Jonas Wagell will fit the bill (and the budget). A smooth concrete base with a brass switch contrasts nicely with a delicate glass shade. At 11.4″ high and a 6.7″ diameter, it can easily fit on a small side table, console, or bookcase to provide soft, ambient lighting.

Purchase Information:

Price: $174.95
Available from: Fitzsu

Phold Container

A built-in lid? Yes, please. The Phold Container sure is cute, and it appears to be incredibly handy as well. The pliant food-safe silicone is perfect for keeping snacks or other small odds and ends safe and sound, just fold over the lid to make sure contents stay put. Think of it for holding your mid-afternoon snack or put it to use in the office area for paperclips and other small sundries.

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00 -30.00
Available from: A+R Store

Everyday Hustlin’ 2015 Calendar

What sets this apart from all the other calendars out there? For starters, it’s pretty big (24″x36″) so you’ll have a hard time missing important dates. You can view your entire year all at once for big-picture planning, and maybe, just maybe, that will help you keep yourself accountable for all those goals and resolutions you may have written out just a few minutes ago to avoid doing work get yourself motivated for the big 2015.


Purchase Information:

Price: $29.00
Available from: Busy Building Things

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to you! Here’s hoping you have an enjoyable holiday break- we’ll be back with our normal schedule after the new year begins.

Shown above: Mighty Tree Top- Green Hemlock, $12.00

Kristen Wentrcek Wish List 2014

The last wish list to be shared is from Kristen Wentrcek of the Wintercheck Factory. Thanks Kristen for sharing your list!

Gregory Buntain Wish List 2014

The next wish list is shared by Gregory Buntain, Co-Founder and Design Director of Fort Standard. Thanks Gregory for contributing your ideas of gifts to give and get! (For more gift ideas, be sure to check out our Gifts category.)

1. Titanium Mug, $50.00
2. Balancing Blocks by Fort Standard, $48.00
3. Waterproof Fire Kit, $150.00
4. Stone Candle Holders, $68.00
5. Tissue Box, $90.00

Gregory Buntain Wish List 2014

6. Black Notebook from Public – Supply, $16.00
7. Stone Age Bangle by Chen Chen & Kai Williams, $173.00
8. Triangle Dinner Bell, $60.00
9. Bower Table Tiles, $15.00
10. Liquid Body Flask by The Principals, $48.00
11. Black Leather Long Wallet, $256.00

GIGOT Wish List 2014

The next wish list up is from Sieb of Good Ideas Grow On Trees. Thanks Sieb for sharing!

1. A pair of Insecta shoes – made in Brazil from vintage clothing – love the colours!

2. A Moebe frame – as I love framing any artwork I can get my hands on.

3. A Woodstock Wardrobe (€ 350) from designer Jeroen van Leur – Dutch Design at it’s best!

4. A Storytiles tile, to start my collection!

5. A Made of Sundays decal – handmade in Finland and very cheerful and fun!

Chadhaus Wish List 2014

Emily and Chad Robertson from Chadhaus are the next to share items they wish to give and get this holiday season. If you’re not aware of their design studio, they produce beautiful, modern wood furniture pieces made to order in Seattle, Washington. Thank you both for sharing!

In Emily’s own words-

Chad and I each have our own lists, featuring many great locally made handcrafted products and great shops in Seattle. A few picks from our list this year:

1. We’ve been reworking our furniture layout to accommodate a large dining table, and I have my eye on this pendant to complement it! I’m in love with the cut glass. Circlet Battuto Pendant, $1,950.00

2. From our friends at Ladies & Gentlemen, other items for the kitchen: Cylinder Shakers, $70.00

3. By our friends at Freeman (this one is for Chad). He said “this modern take on a classic is the shirt that I could wear everyday. I love that it’s made in Seattle by such a great company that cares so much about quality and responsible manufacturing.” FREEMAN STAPLE SHIRT – WHITE AND BLACK CHECK, $140.00

4. I visualize these beautiful and playful leather trivets hanging on the wall in our kitchen, and want to make something just to have an excuse to set a hot pot on them. APPÉTIT LEATHER TRIVETS $48

Chadhaus Wish List 2014

5. For our two little ones, we love these stackable gnomes from our pals at Fruitsuper Design. Stackable Gnomes, $44.00

6. From our friends and in-laws’ company, Piano Nobile (Chad’s brother Nick, his wife Isabelle and their two kids have a live/work space in the same building as our workshop):

-I love this little coin purse. Isabelle made a version of this for me in 2009 for the ladies in my wedding party, so it’s dear to my heart! PETITE POCHE // STAR, $28.00

-I’ve seen so many great bags by Piano Nobile, but this is the biggest and best yet! I’ve had my eye on this since I first saw it exhibited at WantedDesign in NYC last May. HOUSE TOTE // STAR PRINT, $200.00

7. I’d also be happy to receive any gift large or small from our friends at Velouria.

8. This time of year (especially in the Northwest) we need to share warm meals with friends and family to cheer us up! This vessel offers a functional means of achieving this in style. Grail Cassoulet, $295.00 from Grain Design (based on Bainbridge Island)

9. Finally, both Chad and I would both wish for more peace on earth and a greater respect for our natural environment. Giving the gift of charitable donation to further help those in need is always important and welcome.

Hix Marble Serving Board

What the what?!? Can it be? A marble serving board hand-cut with beveled edges? Talk about impressing your guests, fine Agaria Marble in a gem-like shape will make anything you put on it look like a million bucks (probably). Appetizers, charcuterie, you name it, it’s going to look like it came from a chef’s kitchen on this kind of serving board.

Purchase Information:

Price: $145.00
Available from: Jayson Home

Simon Yuen Wish List 2014

Simon Yuen, a former contributing writer to BLTD and all around creative smarty-pants, is next to share his wish list. He’s currently living in Portland and making all sorts of cool stuff for a living. Thanks Simon!

1. Mates for Life Poster, $28.00

2. Dutch Blitz® Card Game, $9.99

3. Square Handle Basket, $110.00

4. Large Canvas Notebook, $32.00

5. Matador Pocket Blanket, $24.99

Geometric Terrariums

Are terrariums still on your wish list? It feels as if they’re not as popular as last season, however, I’d bet there’s still a fair amount of us that want to have a little indoor garden. We’re in luck, as there are quite a few options available over at Etsy. You’ll find more than a handful of sellers doing their best to tempt you with their geometric terrariums.

Purchase Information:

Price: $24.00 - 75.00
Available from: Etsy

Picto Silicone Watch

Remember the Picto Wall Clock? I know you like the simple graphics of its face and hands, but here’s an idea- instead of wearing it Flavor Flav style, why don’t you get the wristwatch version? A monochrome case and band has a rotating watch face that shows the passage of time, and it’s now in MoMA’s permanent collection.

Purchase Information:

Price: $210.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Essence Modern Wine Decanter

If you’re still struggling to find a gift for a wine lover, might I suggest a modern decanter such as the Essence by Iittala? It’s simple and elegant, and, if your recipient likes color, it is available in a translucent copper ombre as well as a quieter clear glass. A small lip at the mouth ensures precise pouring while the bottom-heavy base provides heft and stability.

Purchase Information:

Price: $94.00 - 135.00
Available from: Finn Style