Articles Written by Katie


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)


Audubon Field Guide Series

Just how much do you want the Audubon Field Guide Series? If your answer is anything other than so very much, let’s discuss just what you’re missing. There’s 18 field guides, each one “profusely” illustrated with all the information you ever need when venturing out of doors. Each guide gives you the knowledge you need to navigate the wilderness and is conveniently sized to carry with you in a pocket or backpack. Trees, mammals, fishes, spiders, wildflowers, rocks and minerals, birds, and many more. Available as a set ($299) or individually ($19.95).

Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: Nature Watch

agenda 2014 – For a Better Year

If you need a kick in the pants to make next year better, maybe this agenda by Julie Joliat will be a good fit. Each week gives you a tip or challenge to complete, giving you a little reminder to change things up. Take a day off to do nothing… Bake some walnut bread… Watch a documentary, etc. There’s plenty of room for notes and there’s also useful information that’s bound to come in handy: world maps, conversion tables, monthly planners and the like.

Purchase Information:

Price: €21
Available from: julie joliat

Note Rocket: the Annotation App for iPhone

The following post is sponsored by Note Rocket from Panda Eyed Devs.

With all the photo sharing that happens nowadays, wouldn’t it be handy to just write notes directly on the photo? Sure, it would, and that’s exactly the premise behind Note Rocket. You can write directly on photos, then upload them to social media or send via email. Need to make a note just where that artwork will be hung? No problem. Draw the exact spot on the photo, email it off and leave it to the experts (or your significant other).

Designers and architects, this could be a little bit of a life changer for you, not to mention project managers and professionals in other fields where a visual sometimes says it better than a written brief. You can also add a soundbite if that helps. So, write, sing, or doodle silly faces on your friends, whichever way you use it, your photos will have an extra layer of personalization however you see fit. Available from iTunes for 99 cents (reg. $1.99).

Purchase Information:

Price: $.99
Available from: Panda Eyed Devs

Dux Brass Pencil Sharpener

Do you use pencils? Do you have a plastic pencil sharpener? Pfft. Toss it in the recycling bin, because this one is much better. Made of solid brass, the Dux sharpener is built to last. The weight of it alone would keep it from getting lost/shuffled around with your other desk tools, but there’s no guarantee that it wouldn’t walk away with a coworker, so watch out.

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.00
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Cyber Monday Deals

Here’s a few items with a 15% discount happening and/or with free shipping today. Maybe they’ll help you kickstart your holiday shopping, because as we all know it’s better to get that list taken care of sooner rather than later.

1. Vers 2Q Bluetooth Sound System, $199.00 (15% off today only, use code ‘MONDAY15′ at checkout.)

2. Cloak Camera Bag, $40.00 on sale

3. Reclaimed Skateboard Top, $9.00 (Use promo code HEYMONDAY for 15% off)

4. Gum Plus Battery Pack V2, $80.00 (or $64.00 for MoMA members) Free shipping, use code ‘MSHOP’.

5. Kindle Fire HDX 7″ Tablet, $179.00 (Cyber Monday Deal)

6. Black LED Watch by Idea International, $70.00 (15% off today only, use code ‘MONDAY15′ at checkout.)

7. THERM-O Tea/Water Thermos, $29.00 (15% off today only, use code ‘MONDAY15′ at checkout.)

8. Stitch the Stars Calendar Kit: 2014, $25.00 (Use promo code HEYMONDAY for 15% off)

9. iPad Felt and Leather Sleeve from Charbonize, $99.00 (15% off today only, use code ‘MONDAY15′ at checkout.)

10. Alarm Dock by Jonas Damon, $38.00 (15% off today only, use code ‘MONDAY15′ at checkout.)

Mezzo Radio

Who’s this little guy? Designed by Ionna Vautrin for Lexon, this Mezzo Radio is a modern take on vintage radios. Measuring in at 5.5″ long, 3″ wide and 1.5″ deep, it’s a friendly size to tote around, so you’ll have your radio or playlist to keep you company whether you’re working in your kitchen or hanging out at a campsite. A silicone rubber case ensures durability and there’s an output for MP3 players, of course.

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Cyber Monday Sales

Another Monday, another day full of emails flooding your inbox… but this time you could actually save a few bucks thanks to the big holiday sales. A few deals linked to below for your perusal.

  • 40% off select styles at Saks
  • Free shipping over at DWR
  • Free shipping on orders of $50+ at MoMA Store. Use code MSHOP.
  • 30% on entire order over until 10am PST at belkin
  • 15% off everything at Branch. Use promo code HEYMONDAY.
  • 15% off everything at CB2. Use promo code SAVE15.
  • 50% off outdoor Wallys
  • 15% off over at Design Public. Use promo code SAVEREALLYBIG15.
  • 15% off everything at Modernica through midnight tonight.
  • 15% off at HORNE. Use code *MONDAY15.
    Main image via

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Here’s hoping to a happy Thanksgiving for everyone… fingers crossed that it’ll be a safe day full of friends, family and/or stuffing ourselves silly. Posts will return as usual on Monday.

    Pictured above:
    Genius: oven mitts attached to your apron. Oven Mitt Apron, $28.00, available from UncommonGoods.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $22.00
    Available from: Uncommon Goods

    Lindsey Adelman Gift Ideas 2013

    Our next wish list is from none other than Lindsey Adelman, maker of wondrous lighting, jewelry, vessels, tiles, and wallpaper. With skill and care, her team of 20 and a small network of local artisans manufacture each piece to order in NYC. Thanks Lindsey for taking the time to send us your list!

    earHero Earphone Kit

    These headphones slide under the radar as far as design aesthetic, and that’s okay, as they win top marks for safety. EarHero headphones lets you listen to your music or phone conversation without blocking ambient noise. Ambient noise just like trucks, cars, and bicycles, all of which could flatten you like a pancake if you’re deaf to warning sounds.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $149.00
    Available from: earHero Store

    Source: NYTimes

    Ostfold 698 iPad Case

    Apologies for featuring yet another iPad case, but this one has the requisite wool and leather materials (plus 698 perforations) to catch the eye. There’s still time to add it to your holiday wishlist, isn’t there? Handcrafted in Silesia, the Ostfold 698 iPad Case is made using German natural Merino wool-felt and premium Italian vegetable tanned leather.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: £55.00
    Available from: FAO Shop

    Picto Wall Clock

    Inspired by the Picto Watch, this wall clock tells the time in minimalist style. Featuring the same rotating face as the watch, hours are marked with a simple dot and minutes by a traditional moving hand. There’s no glass to catch reflections, leaving your view perfectly clear from any angle.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $74.00
    Available from:

    Dots Furoshiki

    Double up your gift by wrapping it in the new Dots Furoshiki. If you’re saying ‘what’s a Furoshiki?’ I’ll tell you: Furoshiki are traditional Japanese wrapping cloths that can be used in many different ways. Use it as a scarf, gift wrapping, a bag, or even a wall hanging. The red is especially festive, but don’t let that stop you from perusing all of Link Collective’s offerings (etsy shop: LINK).

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $48.00
    Available from: Link Collective

    Friday Links

  • Corner Ladder by Company & Company (not for sale yet, sad face.)
  • Leicas are expensive, but the one custom made by Jony Ive and March Newson for the (RED) Auction 2013 is estimated to fetch $500,000 – $750,000.
  • Ufogel House (via Tiny House Swoon)
  • These Strangers Become Friends in a ballpit
  • There are some good sites on this list (full disclosure: yes, BLTD is on it)
  • The Case Against Cars in 1 GIF
  • Photos of JFK’S Funeral
  • The Science of Posture
  • Listen to the lovely orchestra of crickets singing at human speed

    Enjoy your weekend.

    Block Table Cart

    Tea carts and tray tables may seem to belong to an older generation, but this Block Cart from designer Simon Legald has just enough modern sensibility to make it appealing at any age. The wheels move in any direction, and the posts extend above the top surface to function as handles. Use it as an end table, bar cart, work/office caddy, or maybe even a tea or dessert cart if you have several guests over… so many possibilities.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $280.00
    Available from: DWR