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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)


Table Island

Here’s a different sort of organizer that looks better being used than sitting empty. This ‘island’ will hold all manner of miscellany- phone, keys, wallet, devices- on its compressed cork landscape. There are three staggered dividers, any of which would also hold an iPad in easy reading position. It could live in the kitchen as a recipe reading stand or perhaps on your desk or entryway table as a charging station and catch-all for those important pocket contents.

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: Molecule Design

“Merican Dream” Doormat

Sure, there’s the Hola and The Neighbors Have Better Stuff doormat, but if you believe (and are running after) the ‘merican dream, then this is the one for you. Made of natural coco fiber, vinyl, and enamel. Also, the “Better Bag” Canvas Tote is worth taking a look at, especially considering all the effort that goes into selecting the right tote nowadays.

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: Reed Wilson


Only 8 days left for this indiegogo campaign, and pay attention because it’s for bluetooth stickers. Each small sticker has Bluetooth, so you can track any device, person, or animal, and find it/them with an app on your smartphone. Where are your keys? Where’s the dog? Where’s the remote? Easily found, all via the app’s radar. The stickers are about the size of a quarter and adheres to objects with a strong 3M VHB adhesive.

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: StickNFind

Fairisle Rugs

You might remember the original Fairisle Rugs by Donna Wilson from a couple of years ago. Don’t worry, they’re still around, they just have a few slight variations in color. These hand-loomed Fairisle rugs feature a chunky knit texture and bright zigzag patterns that will give a room a good punch of pizazz. Made from 100% New Zealand wool.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,400.00
Available from: Horne

Friday Links

  • And you thought a home couldn’t get any smaller. The Tricycle House
  • Photos: Riding a horse across a frozen lake in Siberia
  • More photos: A wall of dust and water whipped up by cyclone Narelle . Photo: Perth Weather Live (via we-are-star-stuff)
  • Jeppe Hein – Modified Social Benches
  • Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh by photographer Tadao Cern
  • (via twentytwowords)

    Such a small link list again, I know, but it’s slim pickings nowadays with limited time to browse for all things interesting. If you have a link or an item you think we should’ve posted by now, do email us (contact(at) and let us know. It’d be nice to hear from you.

    Hanging Line Collection

    Picking out decent (i.e. modern) bathroom accessories can be a pain, mostly because there’s just not a lot to choose from in an affordable price range. That’s why these silicone bands and hooks by Josh Owen are nice to see- they’re very affordable and fun in an unstuffy, modern way. Use the bands and hooks for towels, newspapers, scrub brushes, etc. There’s also a toilet paper holder (with a magnetic catch) and two silicone gloved mirrors to complete the collection.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $12.00 - 200.00
    Available from: Kontextür

    Santa Barbara Auto Camp

    Remember Matthew Hofmann from the HofArc Airstream Renovation? Well, he’s recently opened an all-Airstream hotel in downtown Santa Barbara, California. Four vintage Airstream trailers from the ’50s to ’70s have all undergone interior renovations- three have completely updated modern interiors and one has been restored to its original splendor with new finishes, systems and appliances. Called the Santa Barbara Auto Camp, each trailer is available for around $120 – $150 per night. More images, background and info from HofArc below.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $150.00 per night
    Available from: Santa Barbara Auto Camp

    Penta-Hex Bottle Opener

    So, without looking at the title, what do you think this is? A weapon? A tool? Perhaps both? It’s a small bottle opener, and one with a hexagonal opening and faceted polygonal silhouette at that. Designed by Bec Brittain (she has worked with Lindsey Adelman, who you’ve heard of by now, and has her own excellent lighting designs). For an extra $5, Ms. Brittain will add a monogram with up to 7 characters, including any combination of letters, numbers, a period, and a heart. Talk about an excellent gift for anyone with an appreciation of geometry- it’s a no brainer.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $48.00
    Available from: Sight Unseen

    Bluelounge Backpack

    Somehow I missed that Bluelounge, the cord/cable/charging station company, has gotten into the bag and backpack game. While backpacks can be hit or miss when it comes to fashion, this one makes the grade for its simple exterior style and very functional interior. There’s a neoprene cushioned laptop compartment as well as a custom iPad pocket- so both of your devices are adequately protected- along with ergonomic shoulder straps. And, for extra credit, the fabric is made of 100% recycled PET plastic bottles.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $159.00
    Available from: Bluelounge

    Bias Tray

    If you fall in love with all things angular, here’s a trapezoid tray that will tickle your fancy. While it was made to live on the accompanying Bias Large Ottoman, you might do better by mixing things up a bit and putting it on top of a credenza or dresser to corral smaller items. However, do keep in mind this is one large tray (32.25″ W X 22.5″ D), so it might only fit on a large ottoman if your other case goods tend towards the small size.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $340.00
    Available from: YLiving

    Prouvé Potence Lamp

    Mainly this lamp has resided in the in-case-I-inherit-money inspiration folder, but if you possess great skills in money management, maybe one day you’ll have one for your very own. Designed by Jean Prouvé in collaboration with Charlotte Perriand in 1950, the Potence lamp provides overhead lighting on a pivoting swivel. The single metal rod extends almost 7 feet from the wall, which allows illumination in a 180-degree range without the fuss of taking up floor space.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1720.00

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    Available from: DWR

    Cobalt Blue Lacquer Desk

    My goodness, take a look at the savings on this cobalt desk by John Reeves. With a regular price of $1895, the sale price of $1099 looks like one steal of a deal, especially considering that the bright blue color is thanks to lacquered panels (lacquer = work). Smooth, self closing runners and well considered proportions give this desk a refined feel, while the drawers and door give you access to appropriate storage space for a home office or dressing area.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1099.00
    Available from: ABC Home

    Perimeter Trays

    It’s not often that a tray will make you sit up and take notice, but this Perimeter Tray designed by by Dylan Davis and Jean Lee of Ladies and Gentlemen Studio has some of us wondering if we have an extra $200 to conjure out of our wallets. A removable marble plate is perfect for cheese, if you choose to use it in the kitchen/dining regions of your home. Choose between an aluminum (red + black) or brass (white + brass) frame.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $195.00
    Available from: Unison


    As it’s January, most of us will find ourselves huddled around a hot bowl of soup for lunch or dinner. So, of course, let’s look again at the Thermo-Pot from Black + Blum. Think of it as an updated thermos; its stainless steel flask keeps drinks/soups/meals hot for up to six hours and an airtight cork capper ensures a vacuum seal. The spoon is magnetically attached to the side for convenience.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $42.00
    Available from: Uncommon Goods

    The Art of Fixing Things

    Very few people nowadays know how to fix things around the house, and if you’re one of them, you’d do well to consider this book. 150 tips are included, from starting your car to repairing lamps and appliances. There are nice large photos that show details along with succinct descriptions with each project. A little tinkering- when you know what you’re doing- can save you money on repair fees and give you the extra satisfaction of self sufficiency. So, instead of complaining about the lack of knowledge you got from your elders, read up and do it yourself.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $8.44
    Available from: Amazon