ACCESSORIES

Troika Trivet

There has been a few interesting trivets lately, which is weird considering that trivets aren’t usually paired with that particular adjective, or even talked about outside of specialized kitchen shops. This Troika trivet has embedded rare earth magnets that allow for size variation to fit small or large dishes. Push/pull/snap/slide the Troika to the desired width and know that your tabletop or counter will be safe from hot kettles or serving platters. When not in use, the three identical arms nestle together to fit in a drawer for storage.
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Price: $60.00
Available from: YLiving

Circle Rug

Where can you get a 6′ circle rug for less than $200? Lots of places, it turns out, with a little bit of internet sleuthing. However, sometimes the materials and/or designs are a bit iffy and you’ve no idea if it will look cheap in person. There’s no guesswork involved with a braided 100% cotton rug, however. This braided grey rug with its eco-friendly dye and white zigzag stitching makes a whole lot of sense for its scale and price. Plus, grey goes anywhere, with anything (most of the time), so you’ll not need to worry about clashing with your existing color scheme.
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Price: $169.00
Available from: CB2

Wet Wipes Case

What is meant to be kept in these nicely shaped canisters? Might as well cut to the chase: wet wipes. If wet wipes are in any way integral to your day (pets, kids, or maybe you’re just a messy eater), you know the packaging isn’t going to win any awards. Instead of lamenting how graphic/packaging design caters to the masses, pop those suckers into one of these ceramic canisters and call it a day. A silicon gasket around the wooden lid keeps the wipes from drying out, and, hey, the canister looks nice enough to be kept out anywhere in the house- not just the bath or laundry room.
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Price: $25.00 - 29.00
Available from: Luminaire

Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar Prints, Card, Custom

Yes, we all know and love the calendar, but now Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar has added prints, cards, and custom made phrases to their product selection. Choose between a selection of twelve original phrases from the calendar archive, or specify a phrase or name for a special event (or a special someone).
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Price: $$20.00 and up
Available from: Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar

Walnut Wood Tape Cutter

Perhaps you find yourself fiddling with tape too often- without a proper dispenser, it can be a little silly to search for the end time after time. As luck would have it, this walnut tape cutter is on sale for $30, down from $50. And, if you’re fond of using many different washi tapes on the same project, it looks like it would be easy to switch the tapes out as it’s easy to access from the side.

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Price: $30.00
Available from: greenergrassdesign

BL9M Pendant

A bit of brass won’t hurt you if you put it in the right place, namely, above your head in the shape of a light fixture. Bestlite lamps have a history; did you know that Robert Dudley Best’s lamp was the first example of Bauhaus in the UK, and required quite a bit of argument to put it into production? Interesting, as the collection now looks rather traditional, in a pared-down, elegant sort of way. The BL9M pendant is also available in Grey/Brass and Charcoal Black/Brass.
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Price: $419.00
Available from: HORNE

Silicone Wine Glass

Finally, a wine glass that won’t shatter when one throws it against a wall for emphasis. There’s also a Martini set, if that’s your choice of drink. We can all thank the wondrous material silicone for helping us to avoid those annoying glass shards at home, the park, or the beach. Now all we need is a bottle-sized version to decant the wine (with an adequate stopper) and the full set would be a permanent fixture in the picnic basket.
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Price: $19.95
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Floating Tea Strainer by Kinto

If you hadn’t seen the title, you could have used your deductive reasoning to figure out what function this little sphere fulfills. There are the small perforations at the bottom, a little handle/ring at the top, and the appropriately sized saucer. For anyone who’s ever handled loose leaf tea, it’s enough to sit up and take notice, as this strainer looks to be very easy to use and then clean once the tea has brewed.
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Price: $12.50
Available from: Emmo Home

Teroforma Bread & Butter Boards

If you’re serious about your bread and various spreads, take a look at the Teroforma boards. One is longer, for baguettes and such, the other shorter for regular loaves. A removable soapstone bowl nests into an opening which then serves as a hook or handle for storage or carrying. One side of the board has a sloped ‘well’ that will corral all manner of crackers.
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Price: $110.00
Available from: YLiving

Burgon & Ball Garden Shears

Don’t make me talk about having right garden tools again. These sharp shears are modeled after a pair of classic British sheep shears and have a double-bow handle for maximum comfort. Perfect for clipping soft foliage and dead-heading, you’ll be able to shape or harvest your garden with precision.
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Price: $52.95
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Quad Trivet

Who knew a trivet was something to get excited about? It looks, dare I say it, slightly magical in the way it changes shape. The Quad is made from 16 wooden cubes connected by a heat-resistant silicone strip (not magnets, as I had originally assumed). Do take a look at the video below to see it in action, and then figure out if you think $40 is worth backing the project.

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Price: $40.00
Available from: Indiegogo

Foodie Garden Kits

Too lazy to go to a garden center? Lucky you, there are some great growing kits that’ll have you babying your own herbs and vegetables in no time. Coco fiber wafers, seeds and instructions are all included in this rectangular tin planter- so, add water as needed and soon you’ll have your own peppers/basil/tomatoes that can then be transplanted into bigger patio containers or the garden.
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Price: $21.00
Available from: Poketo

What Did I Buy Today?

What did you buy today? Track each and every penny with this ‘obsessive consumption’ journal illustrated by Kate Bingaman-Burt. It’s a week-by-week logbook where you can write in what you’ve spent and saved so that you know just where your money went. No more wondering how your paycheck disappeared- that’s worth the $13 right there.

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Price: $12.95
Available from: Princeton Architectural Press

Bound Hand V1

$400 is a whole lot of money for a hand mirror. That said, if you’re super picky about every item that you use, and care about surrounding yourself only with beautiful, useful things, you’re not going to make do with a cheap plastic mirror from your local drugstore, are you? This mirror from Grain features hand-wrapped hemp twine edging for artistic detail and to secure the mirror to its wood backing. There’s also the Bound Hand V2 ($330) which features a hand-wrapped handle only.

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Price: $395.00
Available from: Grain

The Food Guide Tea Towel

Update: Now available stateside! Hoorah!

Which foods are rich in vitamins and minerals? If you’re not sure, then perhaps this tea towel would be a good reference to have on hand in the kitchen. It might even encourage you to eat a little healthier (fingers crossed). There’s also a The Food Guide Poster if you’d rather see the info on the wall.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods