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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)


Brass T from Allied Maker

Nowadays there are more lighting options than ever- you don’t have to buy from the big box stores, as there are many designers/makers doing their own selection of ceiling pendants and lamps. This Brass T fixture from Allied Maker is just about as simple as you can get, and was inspired by 19th century gas lanterns that used to illuminate old saloons. With hints of the same materials as the You Make It: Lindsey Adelman Chandelier (my own version shown here), it has me itching to get out my pliers and electrical tape, but, thankfully, there’s no need because it’s actually pretty affordable, especially considering the custom lengths available.

Purchase Information:

Price: $365.00
Available from: Allied Maker


You’re probably thinking that those are stone tiles above, but, surprise, those tiles are made from recycled and reclaimed sources of paper-laminate. Paper-laminate? Yep, you read it right. Slate-ish is lightweight, strong, durable, and easy to install, and with geometric shapes like Hex, Tri, and Para, I think it’ll make it onto many of our future remodeling materials list.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00 / sq. ft.
Available from: Slate-ish

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Vasa Mihich Blades Sculpture

Not every home can stomach super modern sculptures, mostly because they’re not exactly kid-friendly, but also because modern art can be prohibitively expensive for a more modest budget. However, these sleek, colorful acrylic sculptures by Vasa Mihich aren’t going to make you choke when you hear the price- or maybe they will if you have a very, very modest budget- but for those of us that wouldn’t mind investing in such splendor for under the $1G mark, it looks like a safe bet. There are also smaller, less expensive pieces on Vasa Mihich’s site. Hmm, what was that? Why, yes, my birthday is coming up, how kind of you to remember.

Purchase Information:

Price: $750.00
Available from: Caviar20


If one of these kits were within my arms’ reach, I’d be building my own geodesic dome, no matter if there were kids around or not. It looks fun, doesn’t it? A bunch of 24-inch polypropylene tubes plus 12 SEBS (non-toxic, latex-free material) OgoBild balls gives you the ingredients to construct large, lightweight structures. Throw a sheet over it and you have a fort. Like I said before, fun, right? Now on sale at MCA Shop, but you can also purchase directly from OGOStore.

Purchase Information:

Price: $22.98 - 49.00
Available from: MCA Shop

Plus Side Table

If you still find yourself (or your guests) placing their drinks on the floor, guess what? You need a couple more side tables. A seating area with no place to rest a cold glass or hot cup of tea is slightly awkward, and, before you comment, no, a koozie is not an acceptable solution. This Plus Side Table from CB2 is hand-carved from a solid stump of sustainable acacia wood, so it’s substantial and eco-friendly. Get a couple of side tables and THROW AWAY anything resembling a drink sleeve. That’s an order.

Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: CB2

One Day Notebook

Too many notebooks? No such thing. Each of these One Day Notebooks feature a cover image to correspond with the time of day: morning, day, evening and night. Organize your thoughts into sections of the day, or just pick one randomly and enjoy the imagery.

Purchase Information:

Price: $8.00 - 12.00
Available from: Poketo


Over the past several months, I’ve slowly been won over by Pinterest. Snobbery initially led me to believe that Pinterest was purely for the ‘crafty’ set, and, as a result, I turned up my nose and pledged my allegiance to Tumblr, thinking I’d never need any more inspiration than what turned up there. Silly me. I’ve come to learn that Pinterest, as with many other things in life, is what you make it. If you follow a bunch of interesting people, you get an interesting feed, no matter if it’s Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook, or whatever else you spend too much time on.

All that to say, what have you been pinning lately? I’m curious, and am craving a bit more variety in my feed (other than some very excellent interiors). If you’re on Pinterest, perhaps you’d like to follow me so that I may follow you back? I hope so.

Image above: Melbourne home of metalwork artist Anna Charlesworth and her husband Peter Stephens via Pinterest.

CH24 Wishbone Chair

The CH24. The Wishbone. Whatever name you prefer, it’s a classic. And, unlike back in 1944 when Hans Wegner created the Wishbone, it’s now available in 15 different color lacquers as well as in natural oak or walnut. If that doesn’t tempt you, remember that right now there’s a sale on Carl Hansen & Son items, which means you save a little bit of dough when you decide to bite the bullet and add such an iconic piece to your collection.

Purchase Information:

Price: $509.15 - 1,211.25
Available from: DWR


If you find you move quite a bit, this shelving system might be something to consider. The BrickBox is an individual stacking module that can be assembled in various ways to create a larger bookcase. It’s made of white laminated plywood, and, as you might expect, is easy to assemble from a flat pack. Have several small BrickBoxes for a smaller, lower bookcase, or stock up on several large Brickboxes for a more serious storage statement. No screws are necessary- small nylon plugs keep the boxes in place. And, when it comes time to pick up and move, you already have all your books and such in boxes- handy!

Purchase Information:

Price: $54.00 - 59.00
Available from: ModMobili

Grovemade’s Walnut iPad Case

If your iPad needs a nicer case, take a look at Grovemade’s Walnut Case. It’s made from Oregon Walnut and domestic maple and features 3 flexible standing positions. A soft ultra-suede material lines the case to keep your screen protected. For iPad Air and iPad Mini 1 & 2.

Purchase Information:

Price: $129.00
Available from: GROVEMADE

Clothespin Clip Light

Ah, now, who couldn’t find a use for a Clothespin Clip Light? Open the clip and you’ll find an on/off switch as well as a place for two replaceable CR2032 batteries. Clip it on a book, magazine, your clothes, or wherever else you’d like- you’ll have a little beam of light for illumination.

Purchase Information:

Price: $7.00
Available from: Rare Device

Antique Mirror Coat Hooks

A set of special hooks might just encourage you to hang your coat where it belongs, especially when there’s some “special optical effects” involved, as with these Antique Mirror Coat Hooks by Garth Roberts. A combination of unfinished oak and specially treated mirror cladding make for a pretty set of four hooks, either in Galaxy Blue, Smoke, Antique Silver, or Gold.

Purchase Information:

Price: $244.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

Metamorphic Chair-Stool-Side table

Do you remember this chair by John Reeves? It’s remarkable: a stool becomes a chair and vice versa, simply by lifting or lowering the seat back. Several chairs can be stacked as stools, leaving a very small footprint for a whole lot of seating. Perhaps this same idea has been employed before, but I’d reckon it would be hard to find a sample with the same degree of thoughtful design and simplicity. (Update: now on sale for $416.50 from $595)


Purchase Information:

Price: $416.50
Available from: ABC Home

Friday Links

  • This Home in the Spanish Pyrenees is/was on the market for $4.1 million. Is that all? Let’s get our cash together and go halfsies. Deal?
  • If the Moon was only 1 pixel
  • Cliphone: minimal cord organizer
  • “Petite Sensation” Postcard Set by Terri Loewenthal
  • This Woman Invented a Way to Run 30 Lab Tests on Only One Drop of Blood
  • Glowing Sculptures That Visualize Bitcoin and Bullet Wounds
  • Enjoy your weekend; thank your lucky stars that it won’t be spent blowing your nose and coughing up your spleen (it sucks being sick).

    Champagne Sabre

    We could play the ‘what is it’ game, but let’s just skip straight to the item at hand. It’s a Champagne Sabre, a blade intended to separate the collar and cork from the champagne bottle at its weakest spot above the neck. Now, you’ll notice I mentioned it’s a blade, albeit a curved, blunt blade; does this strike a little fear into anyone else? I’m sure it’s dramatic to slice off the neck of a bottle, but I’m not sure I’d want anyone attempting that particular feat when they’ve already had a few drinks. You know what I mean?

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $149.95
    Available from: Vertigo Home