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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)

 
 

Lucinda Stacking Chair

Sometimes a simple café chair is all you need, especially if you’re on a tight budget. This powdercoated iron chair can live indoors or out and stacks to save space. For $70 you could do a whole lot worse, that’s for sure. Choose between a hi-gloss white or the very brave, bright orange.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $69.95
Available from: CB2

Felt Wall Accessories

Hmm, these felt wall accessories would look oh-so-soft and organized in an entryway or above a desk, though it could get a little pricey should you choose to spring for several all at once. I smell a DIY project for someone handy with a drill and staple gun (and precut wood tiles, magnets, clock movement, etc.).

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Purchase Information:

Price: $110.00 - 150.00
Available from: Spark Living

Tybee Jump Rope

Jump Rope for Heart! Perhaps you participated in the American Heart Association’s program when you were in grade school*, and perhaps your older heart could be a tiny bit healthier than it is right now as you’re sitting reading this page on your computer/tablet/phone. How many minutes could you jump rope without collapsing in a sweaty mess? If you had this Tybee Jump Rope you’d be at least motivated to try, even if it’s just a few minutes each day. Made from turned walnut handles, leather cord, and paracord in the USA and available in blue, black, red, or rainbow.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $65.00
Available from: General Manufacturing

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    The MULTI Tool/Wallet

    Just look at all the tools that this thin, minimal wallet has integrated into its surface: bottle opener, nested wrench, ruler, bit holder, box opener, and even a smartphone/tablet stand. If you don’t mind the metal aspect for the wallet function, you could have all these tools sandwiching your cash and cards, at the ready for whenever you might need them. Sure, it’s a little clunky, but it is metal, after all. See video below for more.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $40.00 or more
    Available from: Kickstarter

    SHILF Door Kits

    Remember the Shilf Modular Shelving System? Well, it just got a whole lot better with these door kits. Each walnut door kit creates a closed compartment on your Shilf unit. You choose which compartment you want covered. Lift up and slide back to access your stuff. Available in short, large, and tall door sizes.

    Purchase Information:

    Price: $35.00 - 40.00
    Available from: Blut Dot

    Loll Tote

    Planning on getting your hands dirty (with actual dirt) this spring? You’ll need a garden tote for your tools and such, and what better tote than one made from 100% recycled plastic? It won’t rust, cleans easily, and could live easily indoors or out. There’s also the toolbox if you prefer lower sides.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $114.00
    Available from: Loll Designs

    Bowoo Case by Reonda

    Hey musicians, guess what we’ve never featured before? A guitar case, and for good reason. Up until now, there’s been no reason to consider how one case might be better than the other. However, this Bowoo Case by Reonda looks to have several advantages. It’s well designed and built to last, with the same protection of a hard case at half the weight. Stop replacing your cheap cases every so often and invest in this one- it’ll last. Take a look at the video below to see more.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $290.00
    Available from: Kickstarter

    Delta Stool

    This stool seems to reference the prevalent wire base legs of the mid century, and indeed, its three large hairpin legs give structure to the modern day design. No hardware or adhesives are used, as the legs interlock for strength. Use as extra seating or as a side table anywhere you need an additional surface.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $389.00
    Available from: Horne

    What is it?

    Yes, you guessed it, it’s a clock. It doesn’t take too much to recognize the relative size of hour and minute hands, but the absence of a face does set this Wyzer Wall Clock apart from the others. The green and grey color combinations also make this wall clock slightly strange- in a nice way, of course- as that part of the color wheel is often overlooked when it comes to interior furnishings.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $139.00
    Available from: Horne

    Cordito Cord Wrap

    Here’s a very simple solution to keep your cords in order: a leather wrap with slots for your plugs and wrapped cords. I’d be tempted to make my own (I’ve several leather remnants from abandoned zip pouch projects), but if you’re not the crafty I-can-cut-leather sort, you can purchase directly from thisisground’s etsy shop.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $25.99
    Available from: thisisground's etsy shop

    LIM360 Table Task Lamp

    So slender, so orange… but, don’t worry, it’s available in other colors. The LIM360 provides a super efficient lighting source to your desktop/table thanks to (you guessed it) a continuous array of high-output, energy-saving LEDs. A 360° arm rotation will come in handy, and, as an extra bonus, there’s an integrated USB port for charging mobile devices.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $300.00
    Available from: HORNE

    Hiya Rocker

    Those of you with a mind like a steel trap will remember this kid’s rocker we posted back in ’09, but the rest of you can consider it for those little ones in your life- sons/daughters, nieces/nephews, etc. The Hiya Rocker has a small book bin in its back for storage and has a seat wide enough to accommodate two small kids. Painted with an eco-friendly non-toxic paint.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $175.00
    Available from: Spot On Square

    Custom Silkscreen Pet Pillow

    These pillows might seem a little silly to people who don’t have pets, but if you’ve ever had a beloved four-legged friend, you’ll certainly understand. And, for anyone who’s ever considered the other way to keep their pet around, this would definitely be a less expensive (and saner?) alternative. If you don’t have a pet but like the idea of an animal pillow, don’t forget about the Fauna Pillows by Ross Menuez.

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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $80.00
    Available from: shannon broder's etsy shop

    Bike All Bike Shelf

    While this bike shelf might seem a little wonky to begin with, give it a second look and consider if it might just work for your bike’s indoor parking space. While the bike itself isn’t completely off the ground, the seat is ‘parked’ on the spot below the shelf with two hooks for bags, accessories, and/or helmets. The surface above gives you a nice resting spot for phone, keys, etc.
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    Purchase Information:

    Price: $274.00
    Available from: YLiving