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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)


Cargo Box Container by Alessi

You need more storage options for your stuff? What are you, a pack rat? Just kidding, I know you aren’t- everything you have is absolutely necessary… right? Maybe the Cargo Box will work best to corral the clutter, as it’s shaped like a classic toolbox with a few inner compartments and a thin wooden handle for easy carrying. If you prefer more inner compartments, be sure to consider the Toolbox by Arik Levy as well.

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: Emmo Home

Squares Throw

Here’s another very suitable option for keeping yourself warm. This 100% Baby Alpaca Jacquard Squares Throw is a collaboration between designer Alyson Fox and Hawkins New York and has hand embroidered detailing as well as a reverse colored back. A grey, blue, and black color scheme won’t clash with your living or sleeping areas, so keep it handy to have an extra layer of warmth while reading a book or watching a movie.

Purchase Information:

Price: $350.00
Available from: Hawkins New York

Camp Bed

Why are you seeing a camp bed in the dead of winter? Because it’s one heck of deal for one heck of a nice looking camp bed, that’s why. State-of-the-art patented hinges and galvanized spring steel legs combine with a water-resistant, machine washable cover to support up to 350 pounds. For travel, camping, or for your overnight guests, this is a temporary bed that could be left out (maybe?) more permanently as a day bed in a room if you don’t mind a utilitarian look mixed with your everyday furnishings.

Purchase Information:

Price: $159.00
Available from: Brook Farm General Store

Triangle and Line Light by Fort Makers

What the what?! A triangular line light is just what these dreary and dark evenings need, and, if you’re lucky enough to have several hundred dollars, you might want to check out the Walnut Line Light by Fort Makers as well. Either (or both) would scratch any minimally-designed lighting needs you may have, as it’d be hard not to fall a little in love with such spare graphic designs executed with such precision.

Purchase Information:

Price: $800.00
Available from: Fort Makers

Doppio Round Cutting Block

Bad news: this Doppio Round Cutting Block is not cheap. It would be so much better if it lost a zero in its price tag, as right now it’s about the price of a very decent armchair. Alas, we’ll settle for appreciating the double layer of marble- the dark side is Nero Marquina marble from Spain and the white is Carrara Marble from Italy- and imagining it upon our tabletops.

Purchase Information:

Price: $900.00
Available from: Horne

Sailor’s Knot Handmade Quilt

A new Meg Callahan quilt is just what you need, considering the cold air that’s bound to make itself at home for another few months. And, unlike the smaller throw sizes available from Matter, this quilt is sized for a queen bed or as a top layer for a king. This design is a collaboration between Meg Callahan and Hawkins New York and features hand stitching with a screen-printed graphic.

Purchase Information:

Price: $450.00
Available from: Hawkins New York

Formwork Collection

Ah, January. It’s the time of year where you can finally stop thinking about what to buy for others and be a little selfish. Or should we say practical, as you perhaps need to organize your desk for this new year? If so, you’ll want to take a look at Kim Colin and Sam Hecht’s Formwork Collection. Various components bring order to your chaos; stacking trays, boxes, and stands create a tidy system to keep your workspace neatly organized. It’ll make you way more efficient, right?

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.00 - 55.00
Available from: DWR

Ear and Tongue Pulls

These pulls won’t appeal to everyone, as they’re rather odd and not at all what you’d find at a local kitchen and bath store. However, for those of us that like edgier options when it comes to drawer and cabinet hardware, Malia Jensen’s Ear and Tongue Pulls are delightfully different, enough so to consider spending far more than necessary simply to outfit a bathroom’s vanity drawers with ears. Or tongues.

Purchase Information:

Price: $180.00 - 300.00
Available from: Grey Area

Freddie Side Table

Concrete seems to be a popular material for 2015, or so it seems looking at some of the new furnishings hitting the marketplace. This little-yet-heavy table pairs a walnut veneer with a concrete overlay to hit a utilitarian note that’s sure to work alongside other furniture periods, especially if you like a mix-and-match look to a room. It’s hefty (~65 lbs.), so it’ll stay put, just make sure you don’t place it anywhere you’re likely to stub a toe.

Purchase Information:

Price: $599.00
Available from: West Elm

Phold Container

A built-in lid? Yes, please. The Phold Container sure is cute, and it appears to be incredibly handy as well. The pliant food-safe silicone is perfect for keeping snacks or other small odds and ends safe and sound, just fold over the lid to make sure contents stay put. Think of it for holding your mid-afternoon snack or put it to use in the office area for paperclips and other small sundries.

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00 -30.00
Available from: A+R Store

Everyday Hustlin’ 2015 Calendar

What sets this apart from all the other calendars out there? For starters, it’s pretty big (24″x36″) so you’ll have a hard time missing important dates. You can view your entire year all at once for big-picture planning, and maybe, just maybe, that will help you keep yourself accountable for all those goals and resolutions you may have written out just a few minutes ago to avoid doing work get yourself motivated for the big 2015.


Purchase Information:

Price: $29.00
Available from: Busy Building Things

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to you! Here’s hoping you have an enjoyable holiday break- we’ll be back with our normal schedule after the new year begins.

Shown above: Mighty Tree Top- Green Hemlock, $12.00

Kristen Wentrcek Wish List 2014

The last wish list to be shared is from Kristen Wentrcek of the Wintercheck Factory. Thanks Kristen for sharing your list!

Gregory Buntain Wish List 2014

The next wish list is shared by Gregory Buntain, Co-Founder and Design Director of Fort Standard. Thanks Gregory for contributing your ideas of gifts to give and get! (For more gift ideas, be sure to check out our Gifts category.)

1. Titanium Mug, $50.00
2. Balancing Blocks by Fort Standard, $48.00
3. Waterproof Fire Kit, $150.00
4. Stone Candle Holders, $68.00
5. Tissue Box, $90.00

Gregory Buntain Wish List 2014

6. Black Notebook from Public – Supply, $16.00
7. Stone Age Bangle by Chen Chen & Kai Williams, $173.00
8. Triangle Dinner Bell, $60.00
9. Bower Table Tiles, $15.00
10. Liquid Body Flask by The Principals, $48.00
11. Black Leather Long Wallet, $256.00

GIGOT Wish List 2014

The next wish list up is from Sieb of Good Ideas Grow On Trees. Thanks Sieb for sharing!

1. A pair of Insecta shoes – made in Brazil from vintage clothing – love the colours!

2. A Moebe frame – as I love framing any artwork I can get my hands on.

3. A Woodstock Wardrobe (€ 350) from designer Jeroen van Leur – Dutch Design at it’s best!

4. A Storytiles tile, to start my collection!

5. A Made of Sundays decal – handmade in Finland and very cheerful and fun!