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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)


Top 20 Summer Seating Picks

Metal Coffee Table

I’m loving the straight lines and simplicity of this metal coffee table. Made to order.

60″L x 16″W x 15″H
8-10 week lead time

Purchase Information:

Price: $850.00
Available from: Canvas

Blackened Metal Mirror by West Elm

I’ve been pretty impressed with the quality of designs coming out of West Elm lately. I’m haven’t been the hugest champion of their case goods, but I think their accessories have been spot-on.

These mirrors have a refined blackened frame, and would be perfect in an entry, above a fireplace or above a dresser. The round one (above) is 30″ diameter and $149, while the small rectangular one is 36″ x 24″ and $129. The large one (not shown) is $349, and is not one solid mirror but features smaller mirror tiles.

Purchase Information:

Price: $129-$349
Available from: West Elm

Paper-free Living

About three years ago I decided to make the switch from paper files to paper-free living. It satisfies my desire for minimalism, allows me to put my finger on a document with a few clicks if I need it, and it helps me keep clutter down!

True story: When I was buying a home, my mortgage broker asked me for the last 2 years of bank statements, pay stubs, and tax returns. When I emailed her all 78 of those documents 5 minutes later, she was beyond stunned.

Ready to whip your record-keeping into shape? Here’s how I started:


Porcelain Trays at West Elm

I love this little porcelain tray from West Elm. I think this is the perfect place to put my phone, wallet and keys when I come home after work. It would also be a really cute place for jewelry or make-up or anything that needs a bit of organizing.

$16 for the big one, $6 for the little one. Currently they have free shipping. For $22 you can make out like a bandit and organize to your hearts content!

Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Available from: West Elm

Fulham Leather Seating from Restoration Hardware

Hello Fulham, where have you been all my life? This sofa is available in 8, 9 and 10 foot widths! This thing reminds me of a sofa they may have in your hotel lobby and then you wish you had something this comfortable in your own home. It’s so masculine and 70’s. Love it!


Purchase Information:

Price: $3,495.00 and up
Available from: Restoration Hardware

Bacsac Mobile Gardening Containers

Here’s a perfect gift for a garden loving friend who perhaps only has porch or balcony space.

Imported from France.

Purchase Information:

Price: $108 and up.
Available from: A + R Store

Fluke Collective–35% off all orders

Our friends over at Fluke Collective are having a huuge sale on all their remaining merchandise and at 35% off your entire order plus free shipping, you can afford to snap up a few design gifts for your friends, family, or even yourself.

Just use promo code ‘LUCKY‘ at checkout.

Oblique Shelving (Big & Small) by Marcel Wanders

Interesting display shelving by Marcel Wanders for Moooi would be perfect for displaying records, books, or photos.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,120.00-$2,550.00
Available from: Matter

Japenesque by BBD

Brad Nelson is a contemporary furniture designer working in Carbondale, Colorado. The proportions of his Japenesque line are playful and exaggerated, and the pieces have an intense visual weight to them and I think they’re really interesting. I love the contrasting natural and black wood tones.

Custom pieces also available.

Purchase Information:

Price: $Available upon request.
Available from: BBD

Fulton Sawhorse

These functional saw-horse legs are usually used for industrial use (2,000 lb capacity!), but they’re simple enough to provide a base for a gorgeous slab of wood or even a piece of glass. If the red doesn’t suit your needs, you could even have them powder coated locally, or if you’re up for a DIY you can just spray paint them.

Purchase Information:

Price: $48.25 each
Available from: Home Improvement Superstore

Cast-iron base tray side table

Sometimes West Elm really knocks some winners right out of the park and I’ve got to say I’m impressed with this little side table. The wood is sustainably harvested and the top removes and doubles as a tray.


Purchase Information:

Price: $129.00
Available from: WestElm

Scaffold Shelving

Jonah Takagi is a Japanese/American RISD graduate who I discovered through the Matter Made line sold at Matter. His work is simple and beautiful. This piece is made of birch and can be used as a storage system or room divider and it packs flat and uses no fasteners.


More information:

View Scaffold Shelving here

Masking tape + dispenser

Holiday season is coming sooner than you think! May I recommend some washi paper tape and a beechwood dispenser for all your upcoming craft and wrapping projects?

Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00-$19.00
Available from: West Elm

Curve Six Dresser by Environment

The designs of Environment Furniture revolve around around the central principal of resurrecting reclaimed woods and textiles into impeccably constructed, clean-lined furniture. While the showroom feels unfussy, the designs themselves are perfectly crafted. The Curve Dresser, made from reclaimed Peroba wood with bronze hand pulls. The pieces are pricy, but they’re so well constructed and designed that they’ll likely never need to replaced.


Purchase Information:

Price: $2,995.00
Available from: Environment Furniture