Miscellaneous Accessories

Triangle Dinner Bell

There’s a certain nostalgia connected to a Triangle Dinner Bell like this one from Pat Kim- perhaps period films have us immediately imagining dinner time at an old farm? Whether your estate is vast or your apartment small, ringing a triangle will signify it’s time to sit down and eat, hopefully without our devices. The English Bridle Leather hanger conveniently holds the solid brass striker, making this hand bent steel triangle appropriate for display as well as use.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: Pat Kim Design

Chuck Wood Storage

What’s this round, iron object for? Wood storage, of course, as the photo above shows. It’s perfectly sized for kindling and other small logs for the many fires you’ll light this fall/winter season. The powdercoated iron loop floats just above the ground on angled legs. Also, five imaginary dollars goes to whoever can think of the best use for this offseason.
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Price: $99.95
Available from: CB2

Mixrack

It’s that time of the year when stacks of logs in your living room are permissible… unless you don’t have a fireplace, that is, because then you’ll just look like a hoarder. This Mixrack is a simple frame of powder-coated steel that can accommodate firewood, wine bottles, or magazines. As long as you keep the stack tidy and avoid any other compulsive gathering of multiple materials, it’s an excellent way to minimally store whatever you choose.

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Price: $150.00
Available from: DWR

‘House’ Firewood Log Holder

Correct me if I’m wrong, but it’s not everyday that you run across decent firewood holders, much less one that doesn’t cost half a grand (to be fair, that link is to a log carrier, not holder) or more. Now, this holder won’t catch the dirt/debris that firewood is bound to shed once brought indoors, but it is made of square-section iron and it’s in the shape of a simple, line-drawn house. That shape (and its price) seems preferable to most other wood holders available nowadays. A few others that seem decent around the $200 mark are linked to below.
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Price: $189.00
Available from: Paper Trail

Röshults Log Wood Basket

If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace that works, you might be in need of a wood basket. This one is super simple and made of coated iron, so it’ll be sturdy enough for cords of wood, year after year. Designed by Thomas Bernstrand.

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Price: $210.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

58″ Christmas Tree by Kuno Prey

Remember this little guy? Well, if you’ve long been admiring its bottle brush limbs, you’ll be very happy to hear it’s now 50% off, which makes it almost affordable.

reg. $375.00, sale $187.50
Designed by Kuno Prey.
58″ high, 44″ widest branches, 22″ base with quick assembly

Originally available from Unica Home.

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No longer available.

Tie Breakers

What a marvelous way to solve a sticky situation. Pick the appropriate wooden coin* and flip to see who has to do whatever needs doing. From Set Editions, who carries some of the best cards/postcards.

Set of three wooden coins that come in a metal tin.
Designer: Set Editions

*Much better than an actual coin, because they have the phrases tailored to the situation. And they’re wooden, of course.

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Price: $12.00
Available from: Set Editions

Casa Tissue Box Cover

I like this guy’s design mantra: ‘eliminate ugly’. Tissue boxes rarely have decent decoration (if ever), and the quickest way to fix the problem is to cover the whole thing up with something like this cute silhouette. I’d recommend the white, of course, but it does come in a couple of other colors. Of course, there’s always the Kazan or Toro Tissue Ring as a super minimalist option.
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Price: $5.00
Available from: umbra store

“A Tempo” Laundry Basket

Remember last week’s “A Tempo” Stool? Well, rarely is a laundry basket something worth featuring, but designer Pauline Deltour has made this one with metal wire, and, as was the case with the stool, it’s something to notice. Rarely would a laundry basket command such a price, but this one is infinitely better than your local big box store selection. There’s also an additional tray ($34) if you want to hide those not-clean clothes.
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Price: $166.00
Available from: YLiving

Best Made Co. First Aid Kit

Do you have a first aid kit? Does it have all the essentials? There’s nothing like a shiny new version to tempt you into replacing your existing one, and this kit by Best Made Company looks good enough to hang on any wall. (So, in a way, it’s a two for one… life-saving kit plus wall art.)
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Price: $89.00
Available from: Fab.com

Einspine’s Drying Line

There’s no shortage of indoor drying lines available online, but the selection isn’t anything to get too excited about. This system by designer Russ Hornstein could possibly be recreated with a few smart choices in hardware, but if you’d rather not bother, it’s not too terribly expensive (especially since you’ll be saving energy by air drying). The cord supports four times as much clothing as a conventional clothes line, and by creating a few loops you’re able to hang laundry sideways… so, you’re getting quite a bit more laundry drying in a rather small amount of space.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Noppo Shoe Horn by Ideaco

This is one of those products that seem insignificant at first glance, then the actual benefits of of daily use start to make sense. It’s a shoe horn, which yes, is unexciting and boring, even though it does extend the life of your shoes (which saves you money). However, it’s a long shoe horn, which means it’s easier to use. It also has a magnetic wall stand that gives it a home when not in use (it would be smart to install it near your shoes, of course). These little details would possibly make an improvement in your dressing ritual each day.

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Price: $42.00
Available from: Emmo Home

Happy Birthday Box

Question: What birthday present do you get someone when you only have $10? You get them a Happy Birthday Box, of course. Might be perfect for an impromptu celebration (for a forgotten coworker’s bday perhaps?) or for sending to a friend long distance. There’s just room enough for a tiny heartfelt note on the side.
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Price: $9.00
Available from: Fitzsu Society

Love/Hate Door Sign

If you’ve ever needed to express your mood without saying a word, this door sign is for you. Whether you’re down in the dumps or high on life, a little warning to your friends and family might be appreciated. Amanda Keely made these signs as a play on the ‘do not disturb’ signs found in hotels.
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Price: $50.00
Available from: The Vitrine

Financial Padding

Instead of foam peanuts, pad your next package with these crumpled up paper banknote look-alikes. They’re reusable, recyclable, and biodegradable… and they’ll no doubt add an extra ‘oomph’ of surprise. Designed by the., whom you might know for their Anti-Theft Lunch Bags or Speak-er, just to name a few products.

Bills are printed on 30% recycled paper.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: the.