skip to main content

Articles Written by Kris


About Kris: Kris has taught architectural drafting, auto-cad for interiors and kitchen and bath design at the college level. Her interests are focused in design resulting in reduction of cost, space and environmental impact. Kris works full time in a technical field and is currently fixing up a 100 year old house in the sleepy Los Angeles neighborhood of Atwater Village. (View Profile)


Indie Pendant

Less than a week until February 14th. Do you have something for your Valentine?

The Indie Pendant is a hand-made, satin brass pendant which you can customize with a special date, your loved one’s name, or anything else, up to sixteen characters.

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: Greener Grass Design

B&B Italia Leather Sectional Sofa by Afra Scarpa

I’m obsessing over 1970’s vintage leather right now, and mainly this arose out of living with a man who is allergic to my cat. My wool Bottoni sofa is a virtual sponge for cat dander, and my poor boyfriend can’t take it any longer. We looked at new leather–but if you buy a high quality piece it will cost about as much as a car. So, on to Ebay I went. I scored a cool 70’s Italian leather piece from B&B Italia for a song. There are similar listings on auction sites for around $8500, but if you’re not in a hurry, you can wait it out and get a good price like I did.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2000-$8500. Varies by seller.
Available from: 1st Dibs

Noir Pendant Lamp

The Noir Pendant lamp, which is a powdercoated black matte metal shade with a beech wood cap has a weighty, architectural look to it. With its large scale, the fixture would be most suited as an anchor for a dining table or perhaps a kitchen island.

Purchase Information:

Price: $249.00
Available from: CB2

Rustic Storage Console

I’ve been looking for a table for my entry for things like mail, keys and other remnants from a long day of work. At the time, I wasn’t able to find anything, so I had something made by a local craftsman for under $300. It’s a nice sturdy piece, but it doesn’t have drawers, and that would definitely keep that area tidier than it is looking now.

This piece by WestElm is actually almost exactly the same size, but it has the drawers that I’m now wishing my custom console had. Constructed from solid mango wood, the piece has a nice muted look.

Purchase Information:

Price: $399
Available from: WestElm

Review: Ari Marcopoulos Incase Camera Bag

I’ve finally found the perfect bag for both day-to-day commuting and air travel.

Here are a few of the things I love about it:
1. Interior side pocket fits both my MacBook Air & Kindle perfectly.
2. Exterior side pocket allows for easy and secure access to wallet, keys, phone.
3. Comes with a waterproof cover(!)
4. It’s a perfect carry-on sized bag.
5. Side handle makes it easy to pull in and out from under airplane seats
6. Bag interior lined with soft material to keep all your gadgets scratch-free.
7. Configureable interior compartments with velcro dividers–perfect for keeping things in order.
8. It’s perfectly unisex.


Purchase Information:

Price: $199.95
Available from: Incase


We at BLTD are united in opposition against SOPA and PIPA. The proposed Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act would, if passed, set a dangerous precedent that would greatly impact our collective freedom of speech on the internet. Call your Senator and tell them you oppose SOPA and PIPA.

Go here to find out more:


Matthew Wells Gift Ideas

Another gift idea installment for you on this Monday… Matthew Wells is a recent transplant from Seattle to Los Angeles and is a Visual Designer at Huge. He can also be found microblogging over at the swoon-worthy Since Eighty-Three.


BLTD on pulse!

We are pleased to announce that Pulse has chosen BLTD as one of their publishers under the design/art category. If you haven’t tried it yet, Pulse is a news reading app which is the native RSS app on the Kindle Fire and also available on iOS and Android. Check it out!

You can read more about it here: BLTD on pulse.

Hee Tray Table

The Hee tray table comes in a variety of sizes–giving you options for a bedside table, coffee table or side tables. Powder coated base with plastic tray.


Purchase Information:

Price: $225 and up.
Available from: A + R

Accidental Carpet by Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen

These amazing carpets reminded me a little of the drawings by Louis Wain.


Purchase Information:

Price: $Available upon request
Available from: Droog

Thanks/Thank You

This set features two different hand drawn thank you designs (set includes 3 of each design) printed on 100% post consumer recycled paper. The inside of each card is left blank for your message. Each card is paired with a recycled kraft paper envelope.

This set includes:
3 thanks, 3 thank you


Purchase Information:

Price: $9.00
Available from: Pawling

Friday Links

Agenda–well designed new Iphone calendar. Via Swiss-Miss.

So you need a typeface?

Do you have one of these yet?

Wallpaper* launches it’s new video series Wallpaper* Visionaries, kicking off the series with the amazing Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). Architects can save us all.

Cubist Wall Shelf

Here’s a nice little collection of shelves for keeping things just within reach in the kitchen or above one’s desk.

Purchase Information:

Price: $199
Available from: CB2

Petrie Chair by Crate and Barrel

Crate and Barrel revisits a classic 60’s shape with tufted and buttoned cushions and updated colors. Just under a grand.

Purchase Information:

Price: $999.00
Available from: Crate and Barrel

Letterpress Action Clips

Even though i’m paper free–these still appeal to the organizer in me.

Noone likes an office manager shouting at you, so employ these clips instead. Each one has a call to action; review, file, pay & urgent. Each clip (1.75″) is made from thick, letterpressed board with a metal clip attached to the back. 4 clips served up in a little tub.


Purchase Information:

Price: £9.00
Available from: Present&Correct