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ACCESSORIES

Magnetic Mirror Shelf

Who needs a small-ish magnetic mirror with a shelf? Because this one is the bee’s knees, as the saying goes. Set your phone, sunglasses and keys on the shelf in an entryway or office for safekeeping, or even hang it in the bathroom to have a handy spot for toiletries. The magnetic backing (plus two included magnets) offers you all the more storage- be sure to utilize that feature by posting reminders, notes, or special keepsake photos out where you’ll see them everyday. Now on sale (reg. $110)
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Price: $79.95
Available from: MoMA Store

Tea Kettle By NORM Architects

This tea kettle/pot by NORM Architects has a built in steeper that is secured to the top lid when brewing is finished, making the process tidy and efficient. Plus, as the teapot is glass, you can see the brewing process and stop it once the shade is exactly to your liking- especially useful for those of us that are particular about tea. Pair it with the tealight heater to keep the tea warm.
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Price: $59.95
Available from: Gessato

Cactus Vases

Okay, ‘love’ would be an appropriate word to describe my feelings towards these Cactus Vases by Serax. Texture! Color! Shape! And, of course, they look like cacti. Get a bunch of them, please, and arrange them on shelves or tables until you are completely content. No need to fill them with flowers, but, if you want, get a bunch of pretty stems every once in a while just to remind yourself that they are, in fact, vases.
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Price: $28.00 - 84.00
Available from: Nannie Inez

Mirrors by Alex Drew & No One

Mirror, mirror, on the wall… you’re different enough to hang in my home. The Hex Mirror by by Alex Drew & No One features a contrasting inside edge just to make it more special. They also offer the Simplex Mirror, which has a triangular mirror inside a rectangular frame, with a few lines thrown in to accentuate the point. The Simplex Hydrangea, perhaps my favorite, has the same design but with an antiqued, color-washed mirror. Oh, and to make things even better, you can work with the designer to change up the colors to suit your specific taste. Fun.
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Price: $550.00+
Available from: Work Of

Holo Tape Dispenser

Is there anything wrong with your tape dispenser? Because if there is, you have an excellent reason to try out this circular approach by the Japanese brand METAPHYS. Not only does the case allow you to hold the dispenser firmly in your hand, but it also lends itself to easily hang on a hook. Less desktop clutter? Yes, please.
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Price: $20.00
Available from: Leibal Store

‘Wood’ mug

Remember Richard Woods’ Tree Trunk Vase from Hay? Now there’s a smaller, handheld version just right for your morning cup of coffee (or tea). That’s right, you can now sip from your own cartoonish-wood-grain cup, which will make everything taste better…I’m sure of it.
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Price: $16.00
Available from: WallpaperSTORE*

ButcherBlock by HollerDesign

These end grain ButcherBlocks are very durable; the design allows you to cut in between the fibers of the wood instead of across them like most cutting boards. This makes for easy maintenance and a very long lifetime, which are two important features for any cutting board over the $100 mark.
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Price: $150.00
Available from: HollerDesign

Cha Kettle Teapot

How many kettles look like they belong on a tablecloth amongst finger sandwiches and scones? Not too many. The stainless steel Cha Teapot was designed by Naoto Fukasawa- that’s worth mentioning, of course- and has a magnetic steel bottom that makes it suitable for induction cooking. A simple curved handle and knob in black thermoplastic resin completes the design.
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Price: $200.00
Available from: YLiving

Plant Walls by Ferm Living

What are these strange wire rectangles and circles? They’re plant walls, and they’ll help your plants grow up and outwards without disturbing your oh-so-perfectly designed interior (or exterior). Made of iron wire with a protective powder coating, each wall is designed in a simple diagonal pattern with subtle pastel shades to compliment your plant collection.
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Price: $54.00
Available from: Ferm Living

Falling Line Rug

Another exciting (if you think rugs are exciting) product from good thing is the Falling Line Rug by Sam Anderson. How so? Well, the hand-woven rugs strike the right balance of color and pattern without overwhelming the senses. There’s a little of a digital/pixel feel that keeps it modern while the mostly neutral hues will work well with your existing pieces.
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Price: $340.00 - 950.00
Available from: good thing

Picture Ledge

One might argue that ‘clever’ may not be the best description of Raumgestalt’s Picture Ledge, as it is, in fact, two pieces of wood held together by an elastic band. The more craftier among us may be able to replicate the design with just a little elbow grease (to cut the wood) and determination (to search for the right sort of rubber band). However, if you refuse to pick up a hand saw and really, really need a place to display some extra pictures, notes or photos, maybe you’ll decide to buy a few of the ledges and call it a day*.
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Price: $20.00 - 26.00
Available from: Luminaire

Vinyl Record Frames

If you’ve got a vinyl collection, you must show off some of your favorites- it’s a law, I think. If you’re still searching for the right thing, consider these Vinyl Record Frames. They make it easy to slip a record in and out so you can play or display your LPs whenever you want. They’re easy to install too- drywall screws are included but you can use indoor mounting tape or nails if you’re feeling extra lazy.
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Price: $10.00
Available from: records on Walls

The Lucky Gardener DIY Kit

This DIY Terrarium Kit is meant for the untalented gardener, thank goodness. Hardy terrarium plant seeds are included along with a proprietary soil mix and a terrarium vessel, all designed to work together to make sure you get your plants thriving in no time.
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Price: $85.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Chamber Light

If you’re particularly attuned to any and all forms of lighting ambience, chances are likely that you’ll not settle for any ol’ hurricane lantern for all the summer evenings ahead. So, feast your eyes upon the Chamber light, which is appropriate for tealights or oil. A small handle incorporated into the base makes it quite portable, while the glass shade is just.. well, pretty.
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Price: $84.95
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Mirtoon Automatic Hose Reel

Have you seen any decent garden hose storage options? If you have, please don’t keep it to yourself. If you haven’t, I may need to bite the bullet and buy the Mirtoon Automatic Hose Reel, as it doesn’t offend my very finicky design sensibilities. It’s wall mounted, can pivot 180 degrees, and automatically stops and retracts with a little tug. The spray gun has 5 settings and an adjustable nozzle. Sure, it could be a tiny bit more streamlined, but that’s being extremely picky considering the alternatives.
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Price: $240.00 - 471.00
Available from: Luminaire