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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)


Àplat Culinary Totes

What you don’t know you need are some of these washable culinary totes by Àplat. Don’t roll your eyes, because you know that plastic bags are a no-no, and you also know that regular totes don’t always fit your purchases.

Purchase Information:

Price: $37.00 - 160.00
Available from: Àplat

KOMOLAB Wall Racks

If your entry area needs a little more organization, take a look at KOMOLAB’s offerings. Their smaller Wall Rack (10″w) has a mail slot, one coat hook, tack-board for pinning notes, and a magnetic keys-holder. Need more room? Get the Entryway Wall Rack (30″l) with plenty of space for the same handy functions.

Purchase Information:

Price: $90.00-190.00
Available from: KOMOLAB

Super Joy, Splash, Sprinkles Notebook Sets

Every now and then a jolt of color and/or pattern will do you some good, so prescribe yourself a Super Joy, Sprinkles, Splash, or Confetti Notebook Set. Or, go crazy and get them all; I’m sure you’ll fill them up fast with all your great ideas. Don’t they cheer you up, just by looking at them?

Purchase Information:

Price: $9.95 ea.
Available from: MoMA Store

Alter Ego Frio

Clean water can be hard to come by in many parts of the world and, unfortunately, also in some places here in the United States. The Alter Ego Frio has filtration technology that provides the greatest reduction per contaminant. What does that mean? Well, it removes everything that’s harmful in your H2O so you only taste clean, contaminant-free water. That could be especially handy on camping trips, and maybe even on your daily commute.

Purchase Information:

Price: $58.50
Available from: Aquaovo

Fredericks And Mae Kites

Kites! by Fredericks And Mae! Sold on Areaware! Gah! Excuse the excitement, but what better thing to do on a windy day than fly a kite? There’s two different triangular kites and three different windsocks, so pick the one that makes you happiest. There’s a Beach Bundle (includes 2 Kites and 3 Windsocks) for maximum fun.

Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00 -172.00
Available from: Areaware

Saboten Gardening Tools

Still looking for decent gardening tools? This three-piece set is hard to beat. It’s made by Saboten, a Japanese company that has been manufacturing the designs for over 60 years. Each piece is one-piece-stamped from steel, and then hand-dipped in bright orange-red so you can find them easily in the garden.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Ode to Things

Weaver Tea Jar and Infuser set

A good tea canister and infuser can make all the difference in making a cup of tea. Hot water and tea may be the ingredients, but the whole process is enjoyed all the more with elegant tools. This copper Weaver Tea Jar by Toast Living will hold your leaves in pride of place while the small infuser will make brewing a special event with a stainless steel basket and a terra-cotta lid. Note: It looks like the Tea Jar is out of stock, but the little infuser is available.

Purchase Information:

Price: $33.95
Available from: Amazon

Caroline Z. Hurley Throws

Nice! This linen throw is by Caroline Z. Hurley, and can be used as a sofa throw, beach towel, table cloth, or wrap dress. Talk about versatile, eh? Each throw individually block printed by hand with non-toxic acrylic ink. With plenty of designs available directly from Hurley’s shop, you’re sure to find one that suits your style. There’s also a fair bit of pillows, table textiles, and rugs to peruse as well.

Purchase Information:

Price: $140.00
Available from: Prism Seattle

Sheffield Kevlar Shears

Arm yourself with these shears and there will be nothing you can’t cut. Designed to cut through Kevlar (a para-aramid synthetic fiber, by the way), the Sheffield Shears will cut through practically any household material- tape, cardboard, thick fabric, you name it- as they’re extremely sharp and indestructible.

Purchase Information:

Price: $98.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

Merican Dream Mug

How’s your Merican dream doing? It may or may not be doing great, due to the current political situation, but perhaps you could use a little reminding that certain opportunities and dreams are still possible here in the good ol’ US of A. Remembering that along with your morning cup of coffee/tea everyday might do you some good. The Merican Doormat is still available too, fyi.

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Reed Wilson Design

Roger Stool by Sika-Design

This handmade stool is made from suar wood, which, if you’re not familiar, is a fast growing (and non-endangered) tropical hardwood. It has an interlocking grain that reduces the likelihood of cracking with temperature changes, and that’s very good news for those of us that hope our furniture lasts longer than our pithy life spans. And did you see the price? Very, very affordable which is oh-so-nice to see. Use it as a low table in the living room or take it outside, as it can go back and forth to suit your place-to-put-my-drink needs.

Purchase Information:

Price: $179.00
Available from: Luminaire

Menu Grow Pot with Wooden Board

More plant-related paraphernalia for you, but this time the item on show is specifically for the herbs or flowers kept indoors on a windowsill. Set off by an oak plank base, the dark terra cotta planter pot will contrast nicely with a small bouquet or your favorite herbs or sprouts without disrupting the clean/minimal vibe you’ve got going on in the rest of your house. Set your Japanese garden scissors (or other elegant clippers) beside the pot for easy trimming and a casual oh-I-use-fresh-herbs-so-often-I-need-scissors-out-all-the-time sort of look.

Purchase Information:

Price: $80.00
Available from: Huset Shop

Friday Links

Angela Deane manipulates vintage postcards to create a cast of flowery characters

Alexander Rotondo Captures Moments In Between Days

Gene editing opens doors to seedless fruit with no need for bees

– Cool! NERD’s 3CSup is an ultra light + translucent paddling board for surfers

NERD's 3CSup

Enjoy your weekend.

Minna Rugs

More rugs for your consideration, this time from Minna. Sure, their scarves, pillows, and napkins are equally appealing, but let’s just focus on rugs for now. With lines, boxes, and triangles, each rug shows off a simple pattern in muted hues sure to befriend your other soft furnishings.

Purchase Information:

Price: $260.00 - 1,200.00
Available from: MINNA

Anywhere Vases

Fun! Make anything a vase with fruitsuper’s Anywhere Vases. The set of steel shapes transform vessels into vases, simple as can be. They’re cork-backed, so they’ll stay put, and have openings to accommodate stems. The color will brighten up the most ordinary of glasses or mugs, giving you a fun vase no matter what you have to work with.

Purchase Information:

Price: $38.00
Available from: fruitsuper design