ACCESSORIES

Flour Sack Towels

One can never have too many tea towels. Just in case you need convincing, these old school Flour Sack Towels are $24 for a set of 4, which will replenish your drawer without breaking the bank. Flour sacks were often remade into tea towels, pillows and clothing many decades ago, and this set has that same sort of thrifty feel.

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Price: $24.00
Available from: House8810

Standard Unit Blocks

I’ve always found it strange that in most relatively nice homes with soft fabrics and natural materials, you walk into a play area for the kids and it feels like you’ve been transported into an alternative universe where only oddly colored plastic is permitted. Not that there’s anything wrong with plastic stuff for kids (I’m certainly no expert on the subject), but why not add in some regular wooden blocks, just to offset the crazy colors and random imagery? Maybe with a little less visual input, a child’s imagination will have to work a bit harder. One would hope so. If you’re a new godmother/father, bookmark this for a gift idea when the little one is 3+.
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Price: $69.99
Available from: Melissa & Doug

Utility Card

I love this. The Utility Card from grain works for all occasions- just circle the right words within the puzzle. A cheat sheet is included if you need a little help. Also, just so you know, the card is made with a tree-free paper that uses cotton fiber waste from the textile manufacturing industry.

$4 each or pack of 5 for $19.00.
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Price: $4.00
Available from: grain design

2012 Stendig Calendar

Seeing as there were Christmas trees at the local plant nursery this weekend (crazy), I suppose it’s not too early to lock in your order of a 2012 Stendig Calendar. Christmas trees aside, these classic calendars are produced in limited numbers, so if you’ve your eye on one for 2012, you’d do well to get it sooner rather than later.

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Price: $33.00
Available from: Vetted

Scalo Modern Stool & Step Ladder

This is terribly expensive for a stepladder, even though it works triple time as a stool or bookshelf. However, in examining the details (hidden hinges, stainless steel stop) and materials (bent plywood), one can understand how it would cost more than, say, a simple small step ladder found at a furniture store. The price is probably (definitely) more than most of us wish to spend, yet there’s something to be admired for a piece that combines all three functions in such a nicely finished way.

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Price: $2,016.00
Available from: Stardust.com

Twice Twice Dot Clock

This new clock by Jonas Damon is a modern interpretation of the two-sided railway station clock. You can wall mount it on its side or have it free-standing (shown below). Take note of the ship date though, unfortunately you’ll have to wait until the end of October.
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Price: $170.00
Available from: Areaware

20×200 at West Elm

20×200 has recently collaborated with West Elm, which is happy news for those of us fond of filling walls with art. My favorite two are the ny.10.#28 by Jennifer Sanchez and upstairs by Joe Kievitt, both shown below.
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View 20×200 at West Elm here

Socks Rolled Down Glassware

Update: Now on sale at 40% off at Plastica. Snap ‘em up while available.

Marimekko’s ‘Socks Rolled Down’ glassware is simply lovely. Various shades of delicate color would be just the thing to match the spring weather that’s right around the corner.

Colored mouth-blown glass for cold drink use.
Dishwasher safe.

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Price: $21.00 and up
Available from: PLASTICA

MiniDock

Smart. This MiniDock utilizes your existing Apple USB Power Adapter to cut down on cords and allow your device to charge directly into the wall socket. That means extra tabletop or counter space, not to mention less to cart around when traveling. MiniDock is available in three versions to fit either US, UK or EU style adapters and sockets.

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Price: $19.95
Available from: Bluelounge

Source: DesignTAXI.com

Numbers Desk Set

You might have seen the Numbers Notepad before, but have you checked out the Blueprint Notepad? I’m taking a serious liking to the whole collection by Mateo Ilasco and the Numbers Desk Set (which includes both notepads along with some number clips) is looking mighty tempting.

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Price: $34.00
Available from: Mateo Ilasco

Pad Rug Ivory by Marie Mees

Black and white patterned rugs have always seemed like the ideal choice for a room, mostly because they act as a neutral backdrop and you can easily change colors around. While this rug is leaning more towards an investment piece price, I do like the repetitive pattern, and, as it’s hand knotted New Zealand wool, you know the quality won’t disappoint.

Size: 67″W x 95″L

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Price: $3,225.00
Available from: Stardust.com

Twelve Degree Bookstand

Perfect for a desktop, this bookstand can keep books or magazines at hand while freeing up some desk space. The stand can be interlocked in multiples, and of course, it would work well on a bookshelf too.

Epoxy Powder Coated Steel.
Available in green or orange.

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Glass Greenhouse

Despite the recent terrarium craze, I still haven’t created or bought one for my own home. This rather affordable easy-on-the-eyes greenhouse is tempting me to finally write it into my to-do list this weekend. It’s nice that it’s so simple and spare, as that allows for the plants to be the main focal point.

Small: 9″sq. x 18″h. $49.00
Large: 24″w x 13″d x 20″h. $169.00

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.00 - 169.00
Available from: West Elm

You Are Here Bookmark Pad

If you’re a big reader and you tend to take notes, perhaps this bookmark pad will come in handy. Keep track of important pages as well as title, author, date started, and date finished. 25 tear-off bookmarks are included on a cardstock pad.

Measures 7 inches L x 1 3/4 inches W.

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Price: $6.45
Available from: The Spoon Sisters

Einspine’s Drying Line

There’s no shortage of indoor drying lines available online, but the selection isn’t anything to get too excited about. This system by designer Russ Hornstein could possibly be recreated with a few smart choices in hardware, but if you’d rather not bother, it’s not too terribly expensive (especially since you’ll be saving energy by air drying). The cord supports four times as much clothing as a conventional clothes line, and by creating a few loops you’re able to hang laundry sideways… so, you’re getting quite a bit more laundry drying in a rather small amount of space.
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Price: $25.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods