ACCESSORIES

BLUEiQ Miniature Ecosystem

So, if you like the idea of having a little ecosystem to look at in your home/office/classroom/etc, but don’t want to dedicate a whole lot of time, this might be for you. The BLUEiQ has options- you choose which rocks, plants, livestock (shrimp/snails), then just follow the instructions once it all arrives and you’ll have a miniature ecosystem that requires little upkeep- just top up the water when it evaporates.
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Price: $79.00
Available from: BLUEiQ

Computer Keyboard Doormat

Say ‘welcome!’ to your visitors whilst professing your fondness for computers. And don’t even pretend to not like this doormat, because it’s pretty cute (not in a fuzzy kitten way, mind you, more like just plain awesome). It’s made from coir, a natural and renewable fiber which happens to trap dirt quite well, and you simply shake it clean.
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Price: $32.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Scantling Lamps

Ouch. These are pricey, yet oh-so-striking. Designed by Mathias Hahn, arms and hinges allow the shade to fully rotate without the need of springs or counterweights. And what does ‘scantling’ mean? It is “a term used to define the size to which a piece of wood or stone is measured and cut, derived from the name of an old unit of measurement.” There you go. There’s also a Scantling Wall Light, too, though I haven’t yet seen a retailer offer the ceiling light, which is very impressive.

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Price: $920.00 and up
Available from: YLighting

Sticky Note Matchbooks

For the sticky-note addicted, this is a no brainer. You know how sticky notes get quite gross when in a pocket or bag? They pick up all manner of lint and random bits of something that you’d rather not see when checking a grocery or to-do list. This smart idea of a Sticky Note Matchbook keeps notes pristine and protected, plus the size is perfectly pocket sized (for us persnickety people). Pack of 4 for $2.

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Price: $2.00
Available from: Kikkerland

RELAX Quilted Picnic Blanket

Of course, the weather is not anywhere nice enough to have a picnic outside, but there’s only a few of these ‘RELAX’ blankets around, and you’d be upset if you missed out just because it’s January. Seeing as the blanket is quilted and looks rather robust, it would do well as a sit-and-dine surface*. Plus, we all need reminding to stop and smell the roses, no matter what our surroundings may be.
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Price: $120.00
Available from: Cynthia Rowley

Peggy Mirror

If your entryway still needs sorting, this mirror might help. Coat pegs, a shallow shelf for keys and such, and a mirror to check that you’re presentable before heading out the door- it’ll do the job just fine without offending anyone’s sensibilities. Best of all, it’s entirely affordable.
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Price: $199.00
Available from: West Elm

The Edgewood Cup

This Edgewood cup displays a fine wood grain that plays a little with our senses- is it porcelain, or wood? It is, in fact, clean lined porcelain with a wood grain pattern, a commentary on classic Danish design. Maybe file it away as a nice gift idea?
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Price: $25.00
Available from: edgewoodmade.com

Void Mini Pendant Light

If you like Tom Dixon’s Void Pendant Light, you’ll be happy to see there’s a new mini version. Whether you mix the sizes or just use the mini to fit smaller areas (powder or dressing room perhaps?), you’ll have a polished metal gem that won’t go out of style (ever – that’s a promise).
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Price: $465.00
Available from: YLighting

Four Diner Placemats

Should you find yourself at the table without meaningful conversation, please don’t pick up your smart phone. Instead, discreetly fill in some knowledge gaps with these placemats. Available in a set of 4, the placemats are 100% cotton (machine washable) and feature a Cocktail Guide, Map of the US, Presidents and the Chinese Zodiac.
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Price: $54.00
Available from: Burke Decor

Block Crayons

It’s the end of the week, and just as you think your liquified brain can do more creating, your hands can clasp no more writing utensils, and the spittle from the corner of your mouth is the only means to communicate your displeasure and utter lack of interest, these block crayons come into view. These non toxic pure beeswax crayons are easy to grasp, no matter one’s age or hand size, and allow for artistic expression wherever one’s state of mind happens to be. Plus, each set is $5, which says you should buy a few extras and pass them out to others in need.
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Price: $5.00
Available from: ACME party box

Bracket Lamp

There’s no hiding the cord on this wall lamp by Dino Sanchez. Indeed, it’s the cord that is the lamp, along with a solid oak bracket. I love the blackened oak version, shown below, but there’s several combinations to choose from. Handcrafted in Massachusetts.
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Price: $300.00
Available from: Vitrine Shop

Dodecahedron and Cube Terrarium

Just when you thought you’d be sick of terrariums, these two beauties pop up. I have a sneaking suspicion that the Geometric Terrariums posted a while back are from Score + Solder as well, as they look identical, so if you want to take in the whole collection I’d recommend starting there.
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Price: $110.00 - 160.00
Available from: Old Faithful Shop

Lace Vase

Reuse your plastic and glass containers with this rubber top. It fits over all sorts of containers, and makes an instant vase out of most things currently sitting in your recycling bin. Looks like black is currently the only color in stock, but if you’re set on white let them know and hopefully you’ll get an idea of when it will be available.

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Price: $14.50
Available from: Milk Design

Uplift Tea Kettle

Now, if you like tea, you know a tea kettle is quite important. I’ve had an Uplift kettle before*, and liked the way the spout opens automatically when lifting the handle (hence, the name ‘uplift’), but this 10th anniversary version takes the cake with its cork handles. Cork insulates well, and provides a soft, nonslip grip, which makes it an ideal choice. And, it works nicely in conjunction with the stainless steel, of course. It’s a winner.

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Price: $69.99
Available from: Hectic Gourmet

Slip n Snip Folding Scissors

Folding scissors. Is there need to explain further? It is, simply, a compact pair of scissors which fold away safely in a pocket or bag, or even to slip on a keyring. Use them for cutting out those annoying clothes tags, for a quick hair (beard? nose?) trim, or making paper snowflakes on the subway, or for whatever else you can think of.
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Price: $8.00
Available from: Amazon