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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)


Happy Fourth of July

Here’s hoping you enjoy Independence Day. Have fun and don’t forget the sunblock!

Shown above:
Chef’n Barbeque Sauce Mop, $12.80
Chef’n Barbeque Turner, $14.16
Chef’n Barbeque Tongs, $15.18
Chef’n Barbeque Branch Skewer, $16.89

Purchase Information:

Price: $46.99
Available from: Gilt

Scanwood Bread Board

Remember us mentioning the Scanwood office supplies? Scanwood does quite a few wood tabletop and kitchen accessories as well, thankfully with the same pared down aesthetic. A good deal of their collection is available from AllModern, but for now we’ll just admire this bread board with offset slats to channel crumbs.

Designed by: Knud Holscher
Material: Beech wood and marble
Hand crafted
Easy to maintain
Dishwasher safe
Dimensions: 1″ H x 10.2″ W x 15.4″ D

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.99
Available from: AllModern

Hang On Easy Diffuser

You’ve no excuse for bare bulbs, especially after being reminded that Droog has this shade. In a few seconds, cover your bare bulb with the Hang On Easy Diffuser and then step back and bask in the soft glow of your lovely new light source. This was one of the earlier posts (c. 2006?) here on BLTD, and it’s nice to see that it remains such an easy and elegant solution.

Purchase Information:

Price: $134.00
Available from: Emmo Home

Doodle Tablecloth

Don’t go thinking this tablecloth is just for kids- it would be just as fun at a dinner party or outdoor cookout. After you scribble and scrawl your masterpiece or menu and your guests/family have had their fill of fabric markers, throw the tablecloth into the washer and you’ll soon have a blank canvas for your next event.

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Origami Coffee Table

Hey, West Elm, hive five to you on this Origami coffee table. It’s small enough to masquerade as a side table, which is great for those of us that like switching things up, yet it’s the geometric base that steals the show. And, hey, if some of us decide to switch out the top to marble or, say, black soapstone, we’ll have to high five ourselves (albeit awkwardly) for making such a smart upgrade.

Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Available from: West Elm

Tokyo Lamp I & II

Who is this little guy and where did he come from? The Tokyo lamp is from Misewell, and, as said earlier, Misewell can do no wrong when it comes to furniture and accessories. Little lamps are great fits for smaller tables, and as you can see from the picture below, it would complement the Grain Desk quite nicely. The shade pivots and the neck can be adjusted to give the right stance.


Purchase Information:

Price: $245.00 - 305.00
Available from: Misewell

Droog File Organizer

Spending too much time searching for a particular book (or cd, if you still have them)? Alphabetize them first, then consider adding these organizers from Droog. Cross out the appropriate letter or number with a marker, then fold the paper to create a corner stand. See video from Droog below.


Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Design Shop

Poketo Draw Your Mind Journal

Just do what it says and you’ll be fine. For any creative type, a place to jot down notes and sketches is essential; these blank journals are small enough to fit in a briefcase/bag and have a durable cover to protect the pages. Available in Black, Brown or Grey.


Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00
Available from: Poketo

Grain Desk

Misewell’s new Grain Desk is right on par with the rest of their impressive collection. The Grain is made of locally harvested walnut and powder coated steel, and together these materials create just the right balance of tension and warmth. Also, take note of the 48″ width: perfect for tight office nooks. Now available for pre-order.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,775.00
Available from: Misewell

Fredericks & Mae Kites

Let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height… How long has it been since you flew a kite? Years? Decades? Change that answer to ‘days’ by considering one of these kites by Fredericks & Mae, or, if $64 is a bit too high for your taste, make your own.

Purchase Information:

Price: $64.00
Available from: MATTER

Dino Salad Servers

If getting greens into your family’s diet is hard work, maybe these two Dino Servers will help make the salad bowl a little more friendly, and even a little fun. And, if these two cute little smiles aren’t successful in increasing the vegetable intake at your table, at least they’ll cheer you up whenever you pull them out of the drawer.

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.95
Available from: Howkapow

Full Moon Sticky Note

It’s a sticky note in the shape of a full moon! For those of us that enjoy most things lunar, it’s an add-to-cart no brainer. As you can see from the photos, the moon is printed on tracing paper, which allows for some transparency. Each pad is 20 sheets of Full Moon Sticky Notes.

Purchase Information:

Price: $5.95
Available from: mochithings

Kaktus Stool

Lightweight yet strong, this stool can be used indoors or out, and, if you flip it over, it becomes an aluminum basket. Inspired by the fibrous skeleton of the Staghorn Cholla cactus and designed by Enrico Bressan, co-founder of Artecnica.


Purchase Information:

Price: $290.00
Available from: Horne

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Fingernail Clipper

What makes a good fingernail clipper? A sharp cutting edge, for sure, as well as slight curvature to follow your nail’s natural growth. What usually irks you out about a fingernail clipper? The leftover clippings, of course. This fingernail clipper has a built in nail catching component that corrals clippings: you slide or lift the holder off to empty. And, yes, there’s a Toenail Clipper as well.

If these strike your fancy, you might check out Zwilling’s collection of manicure tools- there’s quite the assortment.

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Available from: Amazon

Friday Links

  • Delightful Paper Pop-Ups by Jenny Chen
  • Reel DIY Bike storage by Yeongkeun Jeong and Aareum Jeong.
  • Falling Slinky (the bottom doesn’t move at all until the top catches up.)
  • Also on Long-distance family portraits
  • Infographic for Fruits, Veggies and Herbs, when are they in season? (via curiosity counts)
  • It’s summer. Time for Cabin Porn.
  • Never Mind Your Abs — Tone Your Brain (excellent illustration by Wendy MacNaughton)
  • Enjoy the weekend!