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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)


Store Jars by Established & Sons

An homage to the space age, Established & Sons has a collection of storage jars that are inspired by the shapes of space capsules. A matte glaze on the base of each jar gives a nice grip on work surfaces, making the collection a perfect solution to clutter in the kitchen or office.


Purchase Information:

Price: $98.00 - 131.00
Available from: Unica Home

Paul Desk

Do you need some nooks and crannies to put your workplace odds and ends? This desk by Wintercheck Factory might fit the bill with its removable side boxes that are perfect for stashing your miscellany. And, good news, it’s $595, which is less than it was back in ’09 ($740.00-$840.00).

Purchase Information:

Price: $595.00
Available from: Wintercheck Factory

Paper Write-On Watch

You can hear it calling out for your scribbles, doodles, and fancy handwriting, can’t you? It feels like paper, but this watch has a polyethylene (plastic) band for durability. Use pencil for erasable notes or ink for more permanent designs, and don’t forget that this could be an excellent gift idea for a friend or family member. As the retailer recommends, it might also be a clever save-the-date or party invite. Sold as a set of three, and is available in three styles: ruled, graph, or plain white.


Purchase Information:

Price: $18.00 for s/3
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Une Bobine

A super-bendable charging cable that doubles as a tripod? Uh, yes, please. The Une Bobine is a two-foot-long cable that can charge your device (available in iPhone or micro USB versions) and act as stand or tripod- feel free to flex it or loop it around to suit your needs. No need to worry about your phone’s battery if it’s plugged in, so it would be perfect for longer video chats or time-lapse photos.

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: Photojojo

Eva Solo’s Stainless Steel Kettle

This kettle still wins top prize for its attributes, despite its exclusive price tag. It cooks on all heat sources- even on an induction range. There’s no cables or lime scale on heating coils, and when it needs a wash, just throw it in the dishwasher. The handle stays cool as well, so no worries about burning your fingers or hands. All that and it’s certainly easy on the eyes; if it fits your budget, it’s a no brainer.

Purchase Information:

Price: $250.00
Available from: A+R Store

Chef’n SleekStor Collapsible Colander

When it comes to rinsing a handful of berries, grapes, or other small fruits/veggies, a large colander is a little too big, and my hands are always a little too small, as proved by the inevitable escape of three or four renegade berries/grapes. While one could choose to rinse smaller portions, I’m instead thinking a smaller colander will corral foodstuffs appropriately and make the rinsing ritual a little easier. My bet is on this smaller, collapsible colander from Chef’n.

Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00
Available from: Amazon

New York Times File Folders

Perhaps the Grey Lady will inspire you to organize those few important papers lying about your desk. This set of 6 file folders features three historic front pages of the New York Times. The two red folders show the front page of February 17, 1923, King Tut’s Tomb Discovered. The two blue feature the front page of May 22, 1937, Charles Lindberg Crosses the Atlantic. The green, May 8, 1945, WWII in Europe is Over!

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Available from: Paper Trail

Lucinda Stacking Chair

Sometimes a simple cafĂ© chair is all you need, especially if you’re on a tight budget. This powdercoated iron chair can live indoors or out and stacks to save space. For $70 you could do a whole lot worse, that’s for sure. Choose between a hi-gloss white or the very brave, bright orange.


Purchase Information:

Price: $69.95
Available from: CB2

Felt Wall Accessories

Hmm, these felt wall accessories would look oh-so-soft and organized in an entryway or above a desk, though it could get a little pricey should you choose to spring for several all at once. I smell a DIY project for someone handy with a drill and staple gun (and precut wood tiles, magnets, clock movement, etc.).


Purchase Information:

Price: $110.00 - 150.00
Available from: Spark Living

Tybee Jump Rope

Jump Rope for Heart! Perhaps you participated in the American Heart Association’s program when you were in grade school*, and perhaps your older heart could be a tiny bit healthier than it is right now as you’re sitting reading this page on your computer/tablet/phone. How many minutes could you jump rope without collapsing in a sweaty mess? If you had this Tybee Jump Rope you’d be at least motivated to try, even if it’s just a few minutes each day. Made from turned walnut handles, leather cord, and paracord in the USA and available in blue, black, red, or rainbow.


Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: General Manufacturing

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    The MULTI Tool/Wallet

    Just look at all the tools that this thin, minimal wallet has integrated into its surface: bottle opener, nested wrench, ruler, bit holder, box opener, and even a smartphone/tablet stand. If you don’t mind the metal aspect for the wallet function, you could have all these tools sandwiching your cash and cards, at the ready for whenever you might need them. Sure, it’s a little clunky, but it is metal, after all. See video below for more.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $40.00 or more
    Available from: Kickstarter

    SHILF Door Kits

    Remember the Shilf Modular Shelving System? Well, it just got a whole lot better with these door kits. Each walnut door kit creates a closed compartment on your Shilf unit. You choose which compartment you want covered. Lift up and slide back to access your stuff. Available in short, large, and tall door sizes.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $35.00 - 40.00
    Available from: Blut Dot

    Loll Tote

    Planning on getting your hands dirty (with actual dirt) this spring? You’ll need a garden tote for your tools and such, and what better tote than one made from 100% recycled plastic? It won’t rust, cleans easily, and could live easily indoors or out. There’s also the toolbox if you prefer lower sides.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $114.00
    Available from: Loll Designs

    Bowoo Case by Reonda

    Hey musicians, guess what we’ve never featured before? A guitar case, and for good reason. Up until now, there’s been no reason to consider how one case might be better than the other. However, this Bowoo Case by Reonda looks to have several advantages. It’s well designed and built to last, with the same protection of a hard case at half the weight. Stop replacing your cheap cases every so often and invest in this one- it’ll last. Take a look at the video below to see more.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $290.00
    Available from: Kickstarter