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)



September means sweaters, right? And, if you’ve ever found a rather worn spot or a moth hole on your favorite sweater, you know the sinking feeling once you know it’s headed for the donate pile. So, get ahead of any disappointment and get some Cashmends- either in an Elbow Patch or Band-Aid shape (the flowers and moths are a bit too decorative for my taste)- and know that you can fix it right up with a quick iron-on patch. Also, as an alternative, don’t forget about the Woolfiller Kits, as they can provide a less obvious fix option.

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Available from: Stella Neptune

BL7 Wall Sconce

Brass Bauhaus attack! And from Bestlite again, no less. Listen, there’s the bad brass tchotchkes you can find at your local thrift store, and then there’s the good brass, which you will pay through the nose for and not regret it. This wall sconce is firmly in the latter category. So elegant and refined, your visitors will wonder if you’ve just inherited a big pile of cash (say you found it at a thrift store and they’ll not come back asking for a loan).


Purchase Information:

Price: $469.00
Available from: HORNE

Miac Whirlwind Jute Rug

A round, whirlwind of a rug is just what your [insert a room in your home] needs. Santa Fe’s Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (MIAC) partnered up with West Elm to revive a few patterns inspired by designs from an early 20th century Native basket, and there’s a couple of interesting options in the area rug arena. At six feet in diameter, this spinning triangle pattern will do a good job of putting a little pizzazz into an otherwise boring, ho-hum room.

Purchase Information:

Price: $169.00
Available from: West Elm

Asplund Kub

It’s just what you never knew you needed- a display box that costs half a grand. What am I smoking? Nothing, I promise, but they’re just so darn perfect as dust-free receptacles for all manner a strange objet d’art, it’s tempting to forget the price tag.

Designed by Eva Lilja Löwenhielm for Asplund, each glass box or “kub” has a wood base, and, happily, there are a few fun colors and sizes to choose from: square violet, square orange, wide white or the tall yellow are in stock over at Huset Shop, while the Asplund online shop has two different wood base options as well as an extra olive color choice.

Purchase Information:

Price: $528.00
Available from: HUSET

Roll-Up by Winter Session

How to carry your various pens and pencils and tools? In an organized fashion, of course. This Roll-up, designed by Winter Session, is the perfect size for small tools and accessories. Maybe your drawing tools will be at home nestled away in the waxed cotton canvas, or maybe your bicycle tools or makeup brushes, it’s your Roll-up, so you decide.

Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: The Vitrine

Therm-O Bottle

Hmm, this looks quite similar to the Noble Glass Thermos posted over a year ago, and if deductive reasoning is correct, we’ll assume it’s made by the same manufacturer. Made of borosilicate glass, this bottle will keep your beverages the temperature you want- hot tea or coffee will stay hot, cool ice water/beverages will stay cool. The double-wall feature keeps the outside surface free of condensation and heat, and it comes with a removable stainless steel tea strainer.

Purchase Information:

Price: $29.00
Available from: A+R Store

Baron Fig Notebook Sketchbook

Are you very particular about your notebooks? Join the club. And then check out the Baron Fig notebook, because, chances are you’ll be pleased with the design. No branding (hooray!), it opens flat (hooray!), the dimensions are friendly for carrying around or keeping on your desk, and there’s one bookmark for keeping your page marked. Take a look at their Kickstarter page for more details.

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00 or more
Available from: Kickstarter

Double Cross Dining/Console Table

This dining table has a trick up its sleeve: it folds in half to use as a console, a bar, or a desk, thus giving you the versatility for multiple uses. Push it against a wall for console/bar/desk use, and when guests are over, simply pull it out, unfold it, and you have a proper dinner table.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,275.00
Available from: HORNE

Rich Brilliant Willing LED Table Lamp

Today’s the last day of DWR’s Living Room Sale, which might not mean much to you until you are reminded that this includes some lighting, like the Rich Brilliant Willing LED Table Lamp you see above. You can save 15% off it or any other item in the sale (do be sure to look at the Floor Lamp), so take a browse before the savings end.

Purchase Information:

Price: $211.65 (sale)
Available from: DWR

Kuvert Bag

Do you see the interesting pattern on the back side of these pouches/bags? It creates a sort of elastic mesh that accommodates all sorts of odds and ends that you carry around for travel- cables, adapters, or even your passport and other important documents. I picked up the smaller size for the cable/adapter storage purpose from a retailer in Sweden, and, unfortunately, I can’t seem to find any stateside store that has them in stock. So, get used to the idea of extra shipping fees or start bugging your favorite retailer to order a few.

Purchase Information:

Price: €29.00
Available from: Authentics

The Peanut Lighter

Next time you venture into the great outdoors for a camping trip, make sure you have a lighter in addition to your matches and flint, because, as we all know, it’s better to be safe than sorry. And, because there’s no need to be excessive, you might as well get this very compact and indestructible lighter to carry along with you. Made of high grade stainless steel, it has a secure screw down cap (that can be attached to a keyring), is waterproof, and measures 0.5″ x 1.9″.

Purchase Information:

Price: $21.00
Available from: Best Made Co.

Happy Labor Day!

Enjoy your Labor Day! We’ll return with the normal post schedule tomorrow.

Shown above: Dinuba 15L Water Container, $159.00. Lightweight and easy to clean, this is the way to store filtered water.

-Stainless Steel Water Container
-Manufactured in Italy
-Made from the hightest quality 18/10 stainless steel
-Available in 5, 10, 15, and 25 liter sizes.

Purchase Information:

Price: $159.00
Available from: Dinuba

Friday Links

  • Designer Ed Chew used recycled TetraBoxes to make this lamp.
  • Night Sky Panorama – Bonneville Salt Flats
  • truPad: this will make communication easier. Insert handwritten and typed notes directly on an image, and send via email.
  • Kickstarter: Bike dock (this might be a post next week)
  • LEGO® Builder Case for iPhone 5
  • Cable organizer in aluminum (on Kickstarter): QooQi
    Have a nice weekend!

    Clutch Dining Chair

    If you need an extra seat or two around your dining table, think about adding this new armchair from Blu Dot. The curved back with a little cushioning gives a more regal appearance, and you know you’ll be comfortable with a place to rest your arms. Several colors to choose from, with either white ash or smoke on ash wood.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $399.00
    Available from: Blu Dot

    Piper Home Security

    Well, surprise, surprise, it seems like the home security market is coming up with a few more options for renters and homeowners. Piper is a complete home security system with high definition panoramic video, motion detector, two-way audio, piercing siren, and 3 customizable security modes, all housed in a relatively compact device.

    Easy to setup and use, you can control Piper with its mobile app (all user access is authenticated), and, for extra peace of mind, know that all security and automation rules are active without reliance on your internet being active- that means your settings will work (like the siren going off when motion is detected) whether the internet is connected or not. More below.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $209.00 and up
    Available from: indiegogo