Tubelor Grande Trash Bin

Quick, what is it? Hint: it’s very similar to another item from Ideaco with ‘Tubelor’ in its name, except this one is rectangular. Answer below.

Purchase Information:

Price: $55.00
Available from: Leibal

rootcup Planter

If you had hope of propagating cuttings like a pro after learning of the rootcup, you’ll be a bonâ fide believer that a greenhouse in the backyard is a good idea, never mind the $5 grand for the kit. For rootcup has a PLANTER now, made from the same BPA free, phthalate free, food safe, durable polymer, and it has a no mess drain and reservoir that lets your plant take as much water as it needs via sub-irrigation (from the roots).

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: rootcup

Geneva WorldRadio

Let me tell you a little story. One of these showed up last week for me to review, and, as I’m not especially excited by radios, it sat in its box for approximately a day until my husband noticed it. Then, being an audiophile, he promptly started opening the box like a kid on Christmas morning, and asked me while doing so if I got to keep it. Nope, I said, I have to return it after I review it.

Next day after work, when it’s fully charged and ready for a test run, he starts messing with the touch controls and setting the time (on the digital color display) and then tuning the radio to various stations (you can stream all available Internet stations too). I’m mildly impressed, mostly because it’s a sleek little box with old-school boom box influences, and I like that sort of thing. The handle folds down nicely, the touch controls are perfect; all in all, it looks good.

That night, we set it in the living room to compare it with the speakers set up with the TV, which we sometimes use for an overall sound system during dinners and such. That’s where we both got hooked- the sound is actually pretty damn good. It fills a room easily with a warm, not-at-all-tinny sound, and the bass certainly feels as if it’s not encased in a small box. We could use this outside on the patio! We could take this on a picnic! I could use this in my office! he said. Etc., etc. And, of course, it has a built-in wireless Bluetooth receiver, so we listened to a bunch of favorite songs on an iPhone, easy as can be.

Now, if I was an audiophile, I would rattle off some more specs, maybe insert ‘awesome’ somewhere as an adjective, but I think it’s more telling to repeat what my husband said: ‘You have to figure out how to keep this thing, by hook or by crook. Can you just not return it?’ To which I replied that I would ask nicely, at least for some kind of discount. So, dear Geneva rep/PR person that sent me this WorldRadio, can I keep it? Or at least get some kind of discount? My husband wants to put it in his office. More specs and info below.

Purchase Information:

Price: $299.95
Available from: Geneva

Single Pendant Light by onefortythree

As promised, here’s a link to onefortythree’s Single Pendant Light. With a cloth twisted cord and a socket in a powder coat finish, and either a hard wire or plug in option, and with a price tag of $45, it’s a no brainer. Available in several delightful colors.

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Available from: onefortythree

LILLÖN Charcoal Grill

Hmm, who makes this grill? My first thought was it was something from a Teletubbies set, then I quickly adjusted myself into appreciation for its bulbous form. It’s from IKEA, if the diaeresis didn’t tip you off. You can assemble this grill at two heights- standing or as a table grill- and the body is made of porcelain-enamelled steel with two vents to regulate air flow. They’re not selling this online (yet?), so you’ll have to brave the crowds at the closest store to get your hands on one, after you call to confirm they have it, of course.

Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00
Available from: IKEA

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Design by Conran Stacking Trays

Contrary to what one would expect, a set of stacking trays that doesn’t offend the eyes is slightly hard to find nowadays. That explains why you’re seeing this set of 3 trays by Conran. They’re rather large and have pleasing neutral colors that would most likely work with your color scheme. So, whether you use them for mail and keys near the front door or in the closet for jewelry and accessories, they’ll blend right in and, more importantly, give you a landing pad to keep things handy.

Purchase Information:

Price: $185.00
Available from: jcp

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day! We’ll return tomorrow with regularly scheduled posts.

Shown above: Star Spangled Spatula, now available in red, blue, black, or white, $10.00, in addition to the Stainless Steel and American Walnut version, $65.00.

Designer: Jacob Riley-Wasserman
Material: Nylon Resin
Dimensions: 19.5 x 4 x 2 inches

Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00
Available from: Areaware

Metal Folders by Debra Folz

For those papers and magazines that need a home, consider a folder- not a flimsy paper folder that sits on your desk- a metal folder that mounts on the wall. These aluminum folders by Debra Folz easily mount to the wall, giving you that extra space to organize your important documents. Can you see several scattered on the wall next to your desk? Because I sure can, and I don’t even know where you work. Available in silver or white.

Purchase Information:

Price: $48.00
Available from: Debra Folz

Heavy Guy Chandelier XL

Update: TouchOfModern has this big guy on sale for $188 for a limited time.

The smaller version of this chandelier has always stood out for its elegance and affordability, but man-oh-man, the extra large version is even better. It’s almost 5 feet across! This is a prime example of getting one heck of a bang for a few bucks.

Heavy Guy Chandelier XL: 59″ D x 30″ H (from ceiling to lowest section), reg. $240.00, sale: $188.00
Heavy Guy Chandelier: 35″ D x 18″ H, reg. $150, sale: $105.00

From our archives; originally posted May 28, 2010.

Purchase Information:

Price: $240.00
Available from: MVOS

Loll’s Containers

So, with the nice weather here it might be time to add a few plants around your home. And, sure, your local plant nursery probably has plenty of decent pots and planters, but wouldn’t it be nice to have something a little better than decent? Perhaps something that hits the modern/minimal spot?

Take a look at Loll’s containers and tell me if they’re not better than these guys. Each planter is made from the recycled and recyclable poly material just like Loll’s furniture, and will withstand the test of time in whatever kind of weather. You’ll get slow drainage thanks to the joinery, or you can easily drill holes in the bottom if need be. A little assembly is required, as each piece is flat-packed for shipping.

Purchase Information:

Price: $119.00 and up
Available from: Loll Designs

Loop Tea Strainer

Another tea strainer. Aren’t you excited? I know how important it is to you, that perfect (elusive?) cup of tea, and Kinto has yet another option to consider. This stick-shaped tea strainer has a slidable side that allows you to scoop tea leaves directly without the use of a spoon. Slide the side back down to cover, and then place in your cup with hot water. The slidable part is easy to remove completely for cleaning.

Purchase Information:

Price: $17.00
Available from: Emmo Home

Rinse Bowl & Strainer

A rinsing bowl that has a strainer is different from just a strainer, right? Right. This bowl has a strainer ‘side’ that folds out to catch your pasta/fruit/veggies, so you can rinse and then strain out the water all in one bowl. Sort of smart, isn’t it? Also available in red and green/avocado.

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: Umbra

Abeego Food Storage

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 already (duh).

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. (Kidding about the last bit, of course.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $11.00 - 15.00
Available from: ABEEGO

OYOY Silicone Placemats

Messy eaters, rejoice, for OYOY has some nicely patterned silicone placemats to protect your tabletop from yourself (and/or kids) and guests who tend to spill and splatter. And, with four different options, you might just be tempted to get several patterns and mix them all up, for the patterns are made of varying sizes of lovely graphic triangle print: light grey with white triangles, rose silicone with black/grey triangles, grey/black silicone with a cool grey star print, or oceanblue with a graphic cool grey star print.

Purchase Information:

Price: $28.00
Available from: Huset Shop

Glint Lamp

A portable light with magnetic points? Do go on. Depending on where you place the lamp, the light will change, and as there are various surfaces on the metal bookstand/shelf, you’ll have fun messing around with different vantage points. Right now this lamp is available for sale by emailing Galula Studio directly: store(at)

Purchase Information:

Price: €123,00
Available from: Galula Studio