Grado Wall or Stake Thermometer

On this first day of spring, perhaps you will consider an outdoor thermometer. Sure, some/most of us rely on our smart phones to tell us the weather, but there’s something exceptionally nice about just looking out the window and knowing what to expect when we step outside. Available in a wall-mounted window thermometer ($43.79) as well as standing thermometer with stake ($81.39).


Purchase Information:

Price: $43.79
Available from: Emmo Home

Dip-Dyed Baguette Boards

Who knew adding a little milk paint to a plain serving board would make it so much better? The folks that made these, that’s who. A little stripe action and suddenly the serving board lives on the wall instead of in a cabinet. Made from Pennsylvania sycamore.

Purchase Information:

Price: $108.00 - 198.00
Available from: Terrain

PD4 ABC Table Lamp

This lamp has long been on my wish list, and surprisingly, it’s actually somewhat affordable. To share a bit of its history, the PD4 lamp was originally designed by Barba Corsini in 1955 for the loft space within Antonio Gaudi’s famous building “La Pedrera”, also known as Casa Milà, in Barcelona. To learn more, see the video below. There’s also a floor lamp version, which is equally desirable, (PD2 Floor Lamp) though it’ll cost you a few more $100 bills.

Purchase Information:

Price: $279.00
Available from: Horne

Big Idea Adhesive Notes

If you buy it, they will come… if you’re lucky. Be ready to jot down your ‘comments/thoughts/ideas/stuff’ and the ‘tasks/to do’ associated with the next great idea on this specific pad of notes. 50 notes per pad, set of three pads.

dimensions: 4 x 5-7/8”

Purchase Information:

Price: $10.00
Available from: russell+hazel

Sculptural Cork Container

Seeing as it’s about time to get out the garden tools, these cork containers could be something to add to your shopping list. Potted plants are oh-so-necessary for small patios and balconies, not to mention the indoor territory, but it’s often hard to find pots that fit within the modern aesthetic… that don’t cost an arm and a leg, that is. Now, if you should choose these cork containers, you’d not need to worry one bit, as they’re a natural material, and they would blend right in with their surroundings. It should also be noted they’d do just fine as a storage container as well.

Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00 - 275.00
Available from: Bitters Co.

Muji Lego Paper Toys

To most people, trying to improve the LEGO block would be like reinventing the wheel, but leave it to the designers over at Muji to not leave well enough alone and come up with a very creative toy series that combine the snap-together blocks with paper. Each of the six play sets includes a collection of LEGO bricks, paper, and instructions to construct example models. A specially designed hole puncher creates perfectly sized holes to fit the blocks. Current sets include; Basic, Move, Sea, Animal & Vehicle, Christmas, and Animals. Just to add my two cents, I would prefer to buy only the hole punch, provide my own LEGO blocks, and let my kids go wild with blank construction paper, crayons and scissors. Either way, you can count on these toys to provide endless hours of creative fun.

Purchase Information:

Price: $14.50
Available from: MUJI

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Techno Plates

Whoa, check out these lookers. Bold patterns with a punch of color now and then is just what a ho-hum tabletop needs, and these hi-gloss porcelain plates will mix and match well with a plain white service. Of course, even if you decide to go crazy and get a whole set, you still won’t break the bank, as each plate is just under 4 bucks.

Purchase Information:

Price: $3.95
Available from: CB2

Dot/Dash Translucent Pendant

Take a look at this new pendant light from Erich Ginder. It’s made from die cut fabric, so there’s a soft texture to begin with, and with a little assembly (it ships flat), you’ll have a lovely geometric light to call your own. Made in in the United States.


Purchase Information:

Price: $358.00

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Available from: Design Public

Basket and Barrel Lug Trug

Storage can be tricky, especially if you’re short on cabinets and closets. These lug trugs from Strand Design are pretty perfect for corralling all manner of stuff (newspapers, firewood, toys, etc.) out in the open, as they look particularly nice and sturdy. They are made from recycled rubber and hand stitched with polyester thread.


Purchase Information:

Price: $180.70
Available from: Strand Design

Funnel Friends

Add these ‘friends’ to your kitchen and be amazed at their various uses. Scooping, serving, funneling, filling, pouring, you name it, they’ll help you with it. The medium container has interior marks for measuring (each 1/4 C.) while the larger container doubles as a pitcher. The small works as an excellent funnel for transferring dry goods or liquids into smaller containers. And, of course, the three funnels nest to save space. So smart.


Purchase Information:

Price: $41.00
Available from: Fitzsu

Fable Pillow Collection

How about a snake on your sofa, or a crocodile on your bed? Maybe even a rabbit or a barn owl, just to keep you company? The Fable and Exotic pillows give you your own menagerie without the mess. Both collections are made in collaboration with animal photographer Valerie Shaff.

Purchase Information:

Price: $138.00
Available from: East Camp Home

Napkin Notes by DCI

Along the lines of Hello Napkins and Napkin Notebook (which both appear to no longer be available), these napkins encourage you to put pen to disposable paper for those important ideas at parties, work gatherings, etc.

Yellow legal pad or “Hello” name tag napkins.
Dimensions: 5″ x 5″ cocktail napkin

Purchase Information:

Price: $5.00
Available from: Quirk Gallery

Thuya Rainwater Tank

The world of above ground rainwater storage needs help. No matter how practical they are, most designs are eyesores and run the risk of upsetting your neighbors. However important that may or may not be, it’s worth noting that there’s definitely room for improvement. This tank is perhaps not the prettiest (nor the least expensive), but it is a heck of a lot better to look at than most, and it has a weird faux-topiary shape that might just camouflage itself in the right surroundings. Also not horribly offensive to the eyes are the Rainwater HOG ($325), Exaco ECO 67 Wooden Rain Barrel ($239), Algreen 50 gal. Castilla Rain Barrel ($129), and the Graf Sunda Rattan Wall Tank ($350).


Purchase Information:

Price: $438.80
Available from: Lumens

Hi-Gloss Stepladder

Stepladders usually hide out in our broom closets and garages, but this guy is a different breed altogether. With a simple, clean-lined frame and super high-gloss wood, it begs to be noticed. An indent at the top of the frame and accompanying lacquered peg means it can be hung on whatever wall you deem appropriate, though considering the price tag I’d recommend the closet rather than the garage. (Also, if you’re seriously considering purchasing this stepladder, be sure to check out the Lucano Stepladder ($290) as well.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $295.00
Available from: A+R Store

Housekeeping Brushes

You super finicky housekeepers, check out the huge selection of household cleaning brushes over at Nessentials. It’s pretty ridiculous, and will have you going cross eyed with all the specific tools to keep dirt and dust at bay.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00 and up
Available from: Nessentials