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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)


The minimal office by Frank Chimero

Frank Chimero has his gadget set up squeezed down to what he considers a bare minimum. I could probably do without the ipad, but, that’s just me. I found this to be a fascinating read and he has a lot of great tips which I personally ascribe to, such as using your machine as a tool and not storage.

Matera Armoire by Sean Yoo

Sigh. If I lived in a loft instead of a house built in 1913 which needed oodles of work, I’d be buying a couple of these and call it a day. $5000 actually seems cheap compared to the work I have ahead of me.


Purchase Information:

Price: $5000.00
Available from: dwr

Journal Bandolier by cleverhands on Etsy

A leather strap fitted with small loops for carrying pens, pencils, and other handy tools wrapped around a journal, planner, or other book.

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.95
Available from: Etsy

Mini Grill with Cool Bag

It’s starting to be picnic weather, and I, for one, couldn’t be more excited.

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: Greener Grass Design

Concrete Bowls for BETONIU by Stephan Schulz

I came across the portfolio site of Stephan Schulz today and these concrete bowls made me do a double take.

They reflect the light just like polished natural stone, they feel comfortable and smooth cradled in your hands. The lips of the bowls – only a few millimeters thick – show that concrete is a material that can be used for the finest work, at the same time demonstrating where its limits lie; here, it has been taken to its limit.

Setting a minimalist accent, this set of four hand-made bowls presents an apparently everyday material in a new context. The bowls have a mobile quality; playing with the usual cliché of the hard rigidity and weight of concrete; they can rock back and forth, while drawing their stability from the increasing wall thickness towards the base.


Purchase Information:

Price: €29.00 and up
Available from: Betoniu

Simple Hi Bed from Suite New York

The Simple Hi bed is a stunning solid wood bed and headboard available in beech, oak, knotty oak, maple, American cherry, American walnut or European Walnut.

Wood bed slats sold separately, no box spring required.


Arwey Notebook Set #3

Here’s a nice five notebook gift set for your favorite artist / high thinker / writer.

Purchase Information:

Price: $68.00
Available from: Arwey Store

Silver on Blue Linen Hex Pillow Cover

Dark cobalt blue linen overprinted with an opaque silver, hexagonal grid pattern with reflective sheen. The shiny silver pattern contrasts beautifully with the matte blue linen.

Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Availability: Buy Silver on Blue Linen Hex Pillow Cover here

Fliqlo: Flip Clock Screensaver

Here’s a fun screensaver for Mac or PC.

Purchase Information:

Price: $0.00
Available from: 9031

Free Trade Pouf

This Free Trade Pouf features upholstery from recycled burlap grain sacks. A few of these would be nice for impromptu seating for additional guests.

Constructed from recycled burlap grain sacks and stuffed to the max with cushy cotton, its lightweight design makes it easy to move around for quick additional seating. Complete with varying printed graphics.

Due to the unique nature of this item, graphics may vary slightly from what is pictured.

Purchase Information:

Price: $109.00
Available from: Urban Outfitters

The Humble Stoneware Crock

The stoneware crock became a houseware staple around 1720 in the North East United States, typically bearing a salt glaze and cobalt oxide blue stamps of the potters who made them. They’re incredibly sturdy, relatively inexpensive and simple in execution.

The wide mouth and base make the 1 gallon crock perfect for kitchen utensil storage and it’s heavy enough that I don’t have to worry about it tipping over.

Image above from Grey

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.99 and up
Available from: Ace Hardware

Taizo Kuroda

The stillness and slight asymmetry of Taizo Kuroda’s pottery blows me away.


Purchase Information:

Price: $1,500 and up.
Available from: Taizo Kuroda

Stria Storage Collection by West Elm

Reclaimed wood from railway trestles in India is reborn as a dresser in a bedroom. Available in a nightstand, 3-drawer dresser and 6-drawer dresser options.


Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00 and up
Available from: West Elm

Simple Ipad Sleeve – Grey Wool Felt from byrd & belle

I received a Kindle for my birthday (thanks M!) and I was thinking I was going to make a little case for it by buying some 2MM felt from Fitzfelt, but at $19 for an 18″ square plus tax and shipping, it’s almost more economical to buy it already made.

Snug fit and simple design; no closures, no snaps, just thick wool felt. Perfect for protecting your ipad while you tote it around in your bag. Sleeve also makes a nice thick pad on which to lay your ipad when using it on a hard surface.

Purchase Information:

Price: $32.00
Available from: byrd & belle

Single Drop Hook by Makr

This handmade, steel hook measures 5 inches down and extends 2.5 inches from the wall and comes with a leather base plate riser. Let’s face it, whatever you’ll be hanging has to be pretty spectacular to be spending $75.00 just for the hook. But, if for some reason you’ve been needing hand forged steel hooks with a leather base plate riser…here you go.


Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: Makr Goods