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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)


Domestic Wall Sticker Animals 2

If you happen to remember the Forêt Noire Scenic Wallpaper, you might recognize some of these little guys. Designed by the same Nathalie Lété, these vinyl wall stickers are sure to keep you in good company. They’re self-adhesive and could be an excellent alternative to wallpaper wherever you want- and don’t go putting these in the ‘only suitable for kids’ box. In fact, you are hereby challenged not to put these in a kid’s room- scatter them throughout a hallway or wherever else they look at home.

Purchase Information:

Price: $70.00
Available from: greenergrassdesign

Flavour It Glass Water Bottle

Like a bit of lemon or mint in your water glass? Or perhaps a hint of strawberry? Now you can take your fanciness on the road with this glass bottle, thus reducing your own plastic bottle usage as well as any unfortunate snobbery that crops up whenever you’re faced with plain tap water.


Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Election Day

Brave those long lines and cast your vote today; if you don’t, you forfeit the right to complain about the government. Not sure where your polling place is? Google has a polling place lookup that’s quick and easy.

Shown above, Vote Cards, $16, from the Cooper-Hewitt Shop.

Variopinte Plates

How about some colorful dinnerware for this season’s festivities? Variopinte* enamel plates were created as part of the A TAVOLA! project, where Stefania Di Petrillo created a dining room that’s easily transported via a clever packing plan/container. The plates are available in three sizes and can be stacked or used separately. Best of all, the enamel is durable enough to use out of doors should you fancy a picnic.

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.50
Available from: The Vitrine

DIY Kits from Haptic Lab

Remember Haptic Lab’s Great Lakes Quilt that was featured last week? If you like the look of a modern city quilt and are known to be handy with a needle and thread, think about purchasing one of their DIY kits. Choose from several cities- each basic kit comes with a 36″ x 42″ single-use map template and sewing instructions while a full kit ($74) includes the material and thread in ivory as well. Choose your own fabric with the basic kit and you’ll have a nice project to work on with a one-of-a-kind end result (that would make an excellent gift, by the way, but after all that work, everyone will understand if you decide to keep it for yourself). Keep in mind the 36″ x 42″ size is large enough for a crib quilt or wall hanging.


Purchase Information:

Price: $38.00
Available from: Haptic Lab

Hooks by Chevalier Masson

You might scoff at the price tag, and that’s understandable, but the point is that this rope has hooks on the end of it, making it appropriate for a variety of uses. Perhaps the most notable (and fun) use is best demonstrated in the image below of a child using the rope as an impromptu swing, but there’s sure to be lots of ideas of how it could be utilized in your own home or garden. Designed by Anne Masson and Eric Chevalier (of Chevalier Masson). Also, check out the smaller Hang (€ 11.50) by the same duo.

Purchase Information:

Price: €80.00
Available from: I/OBJECT

Living Wall Planter

Nice! Woolly Pocket is adding a new product to their selection: the Living Wall Planter. It’s modular (like the regular wall pockets), yet it has a hard vented shell that is equipped with a self-watering tank. The vented shell allows extra moisture to evaporate so that roots are healthy. So, just when you thought gardening couldn’t get any easier, it does. The planters are easy to hang and are safe for growing food indoors and out.


Purchase Information:

Price: $26.99
Available from: Woolly Pocket

Friday Links

  • We finally got our stuff together and set up a BLTD newsletter; now you won’t miss anything ever again.
  • Get a load of this weekend retreat by MW Works (via adventure-journal)
  • Quick trick: Lighting a Candle Using Smoke (and a lighter)
  • Awesome. The Rijksmuseum Puts 125,000 Dutch Masterpieces Online, and Lets You Remix Its Art
  • What’s Really Happening In Blacked-Out Manhattan
  • Overcoming Creative Block in 10 Easy Steps by Debbie Millman (via Explore)
  • “…each breath we take consists of 8 x 10^22 atoms. To get some sense of that last number, if each of those atoms of air were a grain of sand, every breath you took would cover the entire United States to the depth of an eight-story building.” Cleopatra’s Last Breath (via itsokaytobesmart)
  • Sarah Illenberger – Soft Heart, Soft Mind (2012)
  • Enormous Daddy Long-Legs Overtake the Seattle Center Armory
  • Pumpktris

  • Time-Lapse of Hurricane Sandy Hitting New York City, (via swissmiss). Remember, lots of people are still without power. To donate, go to American Red Cross.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Cake Kitchen Paper Placemats

    Hmm, these get a slight frown because of the fact they’re intended for one use only, but they would be excellent placemats for a party or special dinner where regular linens just won’t work. Blueprints of appropriate place settings can’t be ignored, after all, because of the technical aspect, so you’ll know everything will be in its proper place no matter who sets the table. Also available in kraft paper. And, should you want a cotton alternative, do be sure to take a look at these: Cheat Sheet Placemats from Donkey.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $23.00
    Available from: West Elm

    Icosahedron Pendant

    Yes, it is another icosahedron, that wonderful 20-sided shape that we all know and love, yet this one is in the form of a pendant light- a pendant light handmade in Brooklyn, NY, no less. Now, the retailer is being a little mysterious (or maybe just forgetful) by not listing the actual artist’s name (nor the cooperative), but let’s congratulate the artist for creating this acrylic glass and brushed aluminum beauty. Oh, remember how ‘handmade’ was in italics? That emphasis serves to warn you that this pendant will put a dent in your credit card should you choose to purchase it.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,500.00
    Available from: ABC Home

    Great Lakes Quilt

    Haptic Labs have a new design out that’s perfect for any fan of the Upper Midwest. The Great Lakes are mapped out on a navy blue background and covers everything from Duluth, MN to Rochester, NY. Certain cities are stitched in red and the lakes are hand-appliqued. Limited quantities available, so you’d best move fast if this quilt is calling your name.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $219.00
    Available from: Haptic Lab

    WeMo Switch

    It’s about time. The WeMo Switch allows you to turn electronics on or off from anywhere. A lamp, a heater, a toaster, whatever, as long as it’s plugged into the WeMo Switch, you can use the WeMo app to control it. You’ll need your iPhone and your home Wi-Fi/mobile internet to make this magic happen, but what magic it would be to put your entire house on a schedule and save time (and maybe even some money). Have the lights on when you come home, or use the motion sensor (+$50) to have a light go on when you pass by. So many options…

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $49.99
    Available from: Belkin

    Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief

    Our thoughts go out to those dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy; if you’d like to make a donation to help relief efforts, go to American Red Cross. Any amount helps.

    Also, if you’re in NYC, there’s a dog shelter that really needs volunteers to walk dogs while the trains are down: Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition.

    Axis Light

    Truly interesting floor lamps are very rarely inexpensive, so prepare yourself for a comma (and an unfortunately placed ’9′) in this price tag. The Axis Light is made from a solid piece of aluminum tube with two support rods that slide freely, allowing the angle to be adjusted. The lightsource rotates 180° around the main tube.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $1,900.00
    Available from: YLighting

    Alden Sideboard

    Sideboards are one of those investment pieces that stick with us no matter how much we move, so you might want to make sure you do your research before buying one just because it matches your dining table. Eastvold has an excellent option in the Alden Sideboard. The wood grain runs seamlessly across the door/drawer fronts, giving a unified, sleek look. Dovetailed drawers, soft-close slides, and hidden hinges add to its qualifications. And, hey, this doesn’t have to go in your dining room; it can easily live as a media center, as it accommodates media equipment wiring and has adjustable shelves.


    Purchase Information:

    Price: $3,930.00
    Available from: Eastvold