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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)


Half Cube Vinyl Rack

Is this a decent stand for your vinyls or what? It’s not the fanciest, but it sure does look cool, and at $170 it’s not too bad of a price for keeping your favorites close by. I know, I know, you’re hesitant to purchase from the retailer as you’re not a tween, but you’ve got to keep your records organized somehow, and like I said, it’s a decent stand. You could even keep a few larger art books in it perhaps?

Purchase Information:

Price: $169.00
Available from: Urban Outfitters

Litho Hammocks

American flags and hammocks go together like peanut butter and jelly as far as I’m concerned. So, when an American flag hammock has an easy-to-setup strap system that allows for hanging in less than 30 seconds, I’m going to sit up and pay attention.

Litho Hammocks utilize Cam Buckles and two 11 ft. straps to make installation a breeze. The extra long straps allow you to put the hammock almost anywhere. No tree damage either, as the webbing won’t cut into bark like other ropes. Do you like your own existing hammock, but it could be easier to set up? Not to worry, there’s the option for a simple conversion kit as well.

Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00 - 85.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Pepe Marble Table Mirror

Does your mirror frame your face as it should? Because this Pepe Marble Table Mirror by Studiopepe will certainly elevate your daily visage to a sophisticated level. Maybe you’re skeptical, but how in the world could you look bad in this marble and brass table mirror? I just don’t think it’s possible. Perfect for applying makeup (or for inspecting your pores and nose hair, as we all do from time to time).

Purchase Information:

Price: $550.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

What is it?

Okay, time to play the game again, what the heck is this thing? I’ll give you the dimensions: 9.75″h x 10.25″w x 8.5″d. Any ideas?

Purchase Information:

Price: $72.00
Available from: Luminaire

Archetype Magnetic Building Blocks

Magnetic building blocks, anyone? Pretend you’re an architect with very colorful aspirations as you play with these magnetic cardboard pieces. Place them on the fridge or on any other magnetic surface to remind your brain to take a quick break. Who knows, maybe rearranging the pieces into odd shapes and patterns will inspire you to think differently. Oh, and do I need to point out this could be a fun-yet-simple gift idea?

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: Yes

Dash Wall-Mounted Shelving

If you’ve ever wrestled with floating shelves, you know that finding studs or installing anchors is usually a huge pain in the ass. The Dash Wall-Mounted Shelving by Darin Montgomery (of Urbancase) promises easy mounting via a smart system that requires no stud mounting locations. Really, no studs. Each thin shelf holds up to 40 pounds, so you could confidently stack some books or set a couple of speakers on there without worrying about the whole thing tumbling down.

Purchase Information:

Price: $140.00
Available from: A+R Store

Patio Garden Planter

Remember Scout Regalia’s Raised Garden Kit ($95)? If you’re too lazy to assemble it yourself, there’s the Patio Garden Planter that arrives ready to go. Just add in the permeable textile (it’s included- it will keep soil drained and aerated), soil, and then the plants (or seeds, like these GMO Free Herb Seeds), water appropriately, and you’ll be knee deep in lush greens before you know it. Make sure you’ve got room before ordering- a 30″x20″ planter won’t fit on everyone’s patio.

Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

El Prado Rug from grain

Is anyone else in the mood for some crazy rugs? Maybe it’s the summer heat, but there’s something about this optical grid patterned rug from grain that looks just right. No need to worry about where it came from either, as each rug is handwoven by “artisan weavers in the Western Highlands of Guatemala using locally sourced and dyed wool.” Does that make you like it a little more? Their Momostenango Rug also hits the spot.

Purchase Information:

Price: $625.00 - 850.00
Available from: grain

Normann Copenhagen Squeezer

Oh, what to do when you love juice from all sorts of fruit? Well, you could have multiple squeezers in different sizes, or you could have just one of Normann Copenhagen’s Squeezer. Adjust the sides to fit large grapefruits or tiny limes, and use the flexible funnel as a pouring spout when you’re done squeezing. Soft, matte silicone makes the Squeezer easy to grip and easy to clean- just throw it in the dishwasher.

Purchase Information:

Price: $26.00
Available from: Design Public

BLTD App: Finally!

So, remember our little apology about our recent site issues? We finally got our ducks in a row and teamed up with DWNLD to get a better BLTD app for you. Now, on your mobile device, you’ll be able to easily browse through our latest finds without worrying about content delays or weird landing pages. Hopefully you’ll love it as much as we think we do.

Download our new app on iTunes

As usual, let us know if you experience any glitches, and thanks again for sticking with us while we make improvements.


Purchase Information:

Price: $free
Available from: iTunes

Friday Links

  • Spectacular. Sawmille House (via plastolux)
  • Keyboardio
  • Artists/hobbyists: FEBO, the engraver that lets you draw and paint with the sun
  • Photographers: SHOTBOX Tabletop Photo Light Studio
  • Travelers: AeroTrunk, Modern luggage trunk with drawers
  • For kids, learning the alphabet: Mister Alphabet
  • Apple Watch “fails to excite”
  • Crazy house. Caja Oscura by Javier Corvalán
  • Interiors: Yellow!
  • That’s all for this week. Enjoy your weekend!

    Mark + Vivi

    Minimalist Office Bag

    Simple/minimal sleeve/briefcase? Yes/please. This one is pretty skinny, so it will fit your essentials and not weigh you down. Stash all your cords and accessories in the front pocket and keep your laptop/tablet and a few files or notebooks in the main compartment. Who says you can’t be a minimalist? Tell me their name, because I will punch them in the face for you, I promise. Available in black or beige.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $94.00
    Available from: Poketo

    15 Minute, 25 Minute Timer

    You and your busy, busy life. When are you going to slow down and concentrate on the important things? Maybe you need a timer that serves as a productivity tool but also looks like a little keepsake when not in use. Turn this 15 or 25 minute hourglass over, and concentrate for the full amount of time on just one thing. The sand will create a background of soft, white noise, which is perfect for meditation, typing up an important email, or counting cracks in the wall. Whatever it is, dedicate yourself fully to the things you value most.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $36.00
    Available from: ode to things

    Vifa Copenhagen Wireless Speaker

    Are you still looking for a wireless speaker? Save your pennies, because this one earns top marks for its pared down design and integrated handle. It’s like someone took an old boombox, shrunk it down, and waved a magic wand to reduce it down to only a Kvadrat fabric facing and aluminum frame. Very minimal/modern, isn’t it?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $999.00
    Available from: TRNK

    Liquid Station Desktop Organizer

    The four compartments of the Liquid Station Desktop Organizer will keep your smartphone, pens, and other desk stuff right at hand. If it doesn’t depress you too much, it looks “like a melting iceberg.” Indeed. Be sure to consider the other items in the collection, the Roll Air Tape Dispenser and the Peter Pen Holder, as you wouldn’t want the organizer to get too lonely all by itself.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $32.00
    Available from: Luminaire