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Self Watering Planter by Joey Roth

Holiday travel is booked, you’re wrapping up at work, and all is set for you to head off to family/friends for the upcoming break. It’s only at the last minute where you have a minor freak-out wondering who is going to water your plants, and then rush around making a messy shoestring wick for the 2 to 3 plants that won’t survive without steady irrigation. Nothing against shoestring wicks, as they can be successful if done correctly, but this self watering planter by Joey Roth seems like a better (looking) solution. The planter’s earthenware central chamber allows water to slowly seep into the soil as the plant absorbs only what it needs. The planter is inspired by the Olla, an ancient irrigation tool used in arid climates.
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Price: $50.00
Available from: Joey Roth

Steel Tool Box

It’s a no nonsense tool box, on sale. Two-tier, so you’ll be able to fit larger items below and smaller items above, and it’s in a two-tone steel and black powdercoat finish so it won’t mess up your interior style. Now, just what will you organize with the help of this Italian tool box? Your tools, of course, or your crafts, or picnic supplies… whatever you want.
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Price: $49.99
Available from: CB2

Arcto Alpine Salt and Pepper Shaker

When you’re off on your adventures, you need not go without salt and pepper. The Arcto Alpine Travel Shaker is designed for robustness: it’s humid proof to prevent clumping and housed in a extra tough plastic case to withstand all sorts of abuse. It opens with a “click” so you’ll know when it’s open- no unnecessary spills in your bag, thank you very much. Get it, and all of your future travel companions will like you so much better.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Abeego Food Wraps

You recycle everything, you minimize car travel, you try very hard to buy local foods, so why the hell are you still using plastic bags for food storage? Maybe you could take one tiny extra step and get some reusable food storage wraps.

The Abeego material is a hemp and cotton fabric infused with a blend of beeswax, tree resin and jojoba oil that keeps food fresh. What? Huh? How? Keep your pants on, and listen. When at room temperature, the cloth is slightly adhesive and malleable, and when it’s cool, it stiffens and holds the form you create. The natural coating is fluid and air resistant, and you just hand-wash in cold water to clean. There are a couple of drawbacks, though: no dishwasher or microwave use, and you might be accused of being a hippie. Maybe.
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Price: $15.00-18.00
Available from: ABEEGO

MinifarmBox Rolling Patio Box

Oh, it’s just a box, you say, so why does it cost $200+? Well, it has heavy-duty swivel casters, so you can move it around for maximum sun, it’s made from 100% untreated FSC certified cedar, so it’ll last for years and years, and the slatted base has a soil screen to keep things tidy. And, it takes less than ten minutes to assemble, meaning you’ll have a garden box for your patio or kitchen quicker than you can make dinner.
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Price: $229.00
Available from: MinifarmBox

Fermob Planter Baskets

Fermob has plenty of practical outdoor furnishings, but these Planter Baskets are particularly perfect for a patio. Why? Well, the handles, of course. If you’ve ever tried to move a heavy planter, you know the value in that. They also have two holes for water drainage (with plugs) and the feet and trays separate for easy filling and transport. The baskets are available in a plethora of colors, several of which are sure to suit your fancy.
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Price: $718.00 - 819.00
Available from: Horne

Sail Rope Mat

If you’re going to add a little nautical flair to your surroundings, please, please, please make it one of these rope mats by Sophie Aschauer. Reclaimed sailing ropes are woven with four different knots- referred to as “Bonny”, “Drake”, “Morgan” and “Killigrew” (pirates from the 17th century, by the way)- into doormats or smaller sized area rugs. Remember that the rope is reclaimed, so they’ll show a little bit of wear, but that’s a small price to pay for such color and texture.
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Price: $249.00 and up
Available from: SerpentSea

Eiko Task Lamp

Maybe this little guy will help you get back to work after the summer holiday. Its long, slender arm will hover over your workspace while the LED bulb will provide bright yet low-energy light. The powdercoated matte black finish keeps things simple and enhances the streamlined look.
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Price: $199.00
Available from: CB2

Hedley & Bennett Aprons

Oh, what to wear when you’re making a brilliant meal indoors or grilling outside with your Italian Barbecue Tool Set? You can’t risk ruining your clothes, dressed to perfection (as you always are). Not to worry, don one of these denim aprons by Hedley & Bennett and then carry on with your culinary prowess.
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Price: $75.00 and up
Available from: Hedley & Bennett

POV Planter

All right, what did you think this was at first glance? A strange hair decoration? A fireplace accessory? Nope, it’s a sturdy support for your leggy plants to climb and grow upon. The 3-D box design keeps things modern while contrasting nicely with the curvy lines of vines and foliage. Use them indoors or outside, as they’re made of powder-coated steel.
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Price: $15.00 - 40.00
Available from: A+R Store

Arbor Birdhouse

I know next to nothing about birds, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting a birdhouse. And, hey, there’s no way I’m going to settle for just any birdhouse, because there are standards to uphold, aren’t there? This Arbor House is made from recycled high density polyethylene (HDPE)- that translates into 24 recycled milk jugs- and thermally modified maple. That means no maintenance whatsoever, except for cleaning it out each season, of course. There’s also the Pitch, Rapson, and Cube birdhouses to consider, all in various colors from Loll Designs.
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Price: $106.00
Available from: Loll Designs

Cayo Beach Towel

Geez, another modern beach towel? We’re up to our eyeballs here with all the choices, and this one is very tempting price-wise. I guess it doesn’t hurt to have a stack of them ready to go whenever the mood strikes- it is summer, after all. Take note of this tidbit so you can sound smart when you get compliments: this towel is designed by Dee Clements- she was inspired by architectural stained glass from the Arts and Crafts movement.
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Price: $24.99
Available from: CB2

Multi Basket

Is it time for a picnic? I think so, especially if you had this basket from Danish brand Menu. It’s a sort of hybrid between a basket and tray, with two air-tight containers with bamboo lids, two cooling pads, and a felt liner. Stick the cooling pads in the freezer before you head out to keep your food cool. It’s like a bento-box-basket, isn’t it? You could, of course, also use it off-duty around the house (as shown in last image) to corral all manner of odds and ends; there’s no need to keep it just for outdoor activities.
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Price: $149.00
Available from: Gessato

Fundamental Lamp

Stripes! It evokes a certain Memphis Group flavor, don’t you think? And, yes, you could probably make something similar if you had the tools (so, go ahead, make one). If you know you’re too lazy, then this little lamp by Brendan Timmins will set you back $160. A small price to pay for a cheery, striped light with a pink cord, don’t you think? More designs and colors are on Brendan Timmins’ site; contact him directly for those options.
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Price: $160.00
Available from: Sight Unseen

Pon+ Pin

Do you remember the harmless Pon Push Pin? The same folks have a new version (aptly named Pon+) that’s a bit bigger and has a smart pull tab. Pull the tab and slide your pictures/artwork underneath for easy display and no puncture wounds. The bigger size means it can hold larger loads as well.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $13.00
Available from: Kickstarter