Strap Mirror from Hay

Well, hello, hello. This is like a Captain’s mirror from the future. With a silicone strap and powder coated steel, it’s got the modern materials to banish any antique store stuffiness. And, hey, the price isn’t too shabby either, especially considering some Captain’s mirrors go for around the $2 G mark (like BDDW’s that starts at $1600).

Also, if you like the more traditional Captain’s mirrors, I did some searching and found a couple of leather ones within the $400-600 price range:

16″ dia: $375 at Empiric Studio
26″ dia: $625 at Empiric Studio
17″ dia: $375 at Maison Luxe (via Remodelista)

Or, check out this DIY video from House and Home showing how you could make your own with an Ikea mirror and a few belts: DIY Captain’s Mirror.

Purchase Information:

Price: $160.00 - 200.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Recycled Glass Tumblers

If your glassware needs updating, consider these 100% recycled glass bottles turned into tumblers. Hand finished at the rim, they have an ever-so-slight color tint.

from the Green Glass Company (you may purchase glassware from their site as well, fyi).
Dishwasher safe.

Recycled Glass Mist Tumbler, $12.00
4.5”h x 3”w
Recycled Glass Mardi Gras Tumbler, $12.00
3.25″h x 3.5″w

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Available from: Rain Collection

Quips+Queries Cards

I, for one, believe that a quick handwritten note will never go out of style, no matter how advanced technology gets. For those of you that agree, might I direct your attention towards these cards, of which there are 6 different designs all available in a set of 50. My favorites are the 8 ball and Luck designs (shown), but there’s also a pink set (with 5 different French sayings) and a blank set with a silver or gold edge. There’s also an option of 100 cards in an acrylic box if you’d prefer to stock up: Quips+Queries Set, $28.00

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Available from: russell+hazel

Marking Clips, Tool Set

Cute, right? These little clips might be an improvement upon your regular paperclips, especially as they could be used for bookmarks as well. There’s also a Fasten Set but it’s temporarily out of stock.

Package contains 30 metal clips (.5″ x 1″) in 3 shapes: Pliers, Wrench, and Hammer.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Available from: The Curiosity Shoppe

Google Pillows from ElasticCo

We posted the earlier versions years ago, but now that 2011 is out, it’s time for a reminder. Top Google searches are screen printed on cotton canvas, giving a glimpse to the most popular things/people/events/etc. from years past.


Purchase Information:

Price: $69.00
Available from: ElasticCo

‪Envelope Calendar by pigr

Perpetual calendars are pretty much my favorite thing, and this one has an envelope. So, there’s ample space to collect receipts, invoices, etc. all in one place per month. Pretty smart, eh? Be aware that it is available from an Italian site, so there might be some wait time as well as additional shipping charges.

Purchase Information:

Price: €22.00
Available from: pigr

Dovetail Animals by Karl Zahn

Yeah, the Animal Boxes sure were cute, weren’t they? Now Karl Zahn has created a set of three wooden shapes, whose dovetail joints fit together to form an animal. Collect more than one and create hybrids (see video below).

Purchase Information:

Price: $19.00
Available from: Areaware

Hankie Pocketbook

Can you think of a better name for this than ‘Hankie Pocketbook’? How about Pocket Square Notebook? Or anything else slightly less fru-fru than ‘hankie’. Of course, the dapper gentleman/women has permission to call it by anything he or she wishes, just be aware that there are alternatives that don’t make you sound like you’re a hundred years old (not that there is anything at all wrong with sounding like a hundred year old person). This notebook has 60‭ ‬ruled pages of ‬acid-free paper and is available in 3‭ ‬colors‭: ‬Red‭, ‬Cream‭ ‬&‭ ‬Charcoal.

More information:

View Hankie Pocketbook here

Paint Chip Placemats

If your table is feeling a little dreary (January seems to do that to things), perhaps you need a few colorful placemats to cheer things up? Don’t worry, I’ll not mention that dreadful holiday that happens mid February, I’ll just say that the red color way is particularly lovely and warm. Oh, and there’s also Paintchip Table Runners too, if you’re interested.

Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00
Available from: Avril Loreti's Etsy Shop

Binic Table Lamp

The Binic Table Lamp has long been on my admired list, but I had no idea that it was so petite. Measuring just 8″ in height, it was intended as more of a ‘take-away’ item, and its easy to move scale provides a very personal sized light. Designer Ionna Vautrin was inspired by windsocks on boats, and if she had to define the lamp in three words, she would say it is “cute, colorful, and small.” Take a look at the video below to see Vautrin discuss the lamp and its inspiration.


Purchase Information:

Price: $289.00
Available from: YLighting

Antics Ant Blocks

Add this to your rather-nice-to-look-at toy list for kids. Sixteen blocks have trails of ants on all six sides, forming loads of patterns for little (or big) ones to explore. Again, could be an excellent gift for niece/nephew/etc., as long as they are 3+.

Each set contains images of ant hills, a queen with her eggs, and a spider, the ant’s nemesis.

Purchase Information:

Price: $21.95
Available from:

Steel Bookends

These steel bookends are completely devoid of any frills and are made to do one task, and one task only. A perfect fit for the Jasper Morrison Shop, a curated selection of utilitarian, well-made, functional goods. Comes in a powder-coated finish and available in black, yellow, and white.

Purchase Information:

Price: £3.50
Available from: Jasper Morrison Shop

Muuto Corky Carafe with Glasses

Carafes are often underrated, but possibly because there’s few that catch the eye and hold the attention (if only for more than a few moments). They’re extremely handy for keeping water or other refreshments at hand, and eliminate unnecessary trips to and from the kitchen or bar. This carafe set by Muuto is slightly oversized with a nice cork stopper that emphasizes the overall width and shape. Andreas Engesvik, the designer, was inspired by the archetypical bottle, and the familiar form is sure to work just as well at home as in the office.

Purchase Information:

Price: $79.00
Available from: Fitzsu

Lean-On coat stand

I’ve had this coat stand bookmarked for what feels like forever, and only recently has it become available through a US retailer. The Lean-On coat stand, you guessed it, simply leans against a wall, creating an easily movable storage option. Unfortunately, as is often the case, it is significantly higher in price and most likely out of the average person’s price range. Sorry. Check out the prices below, and we can both commiserate at how unfair pricing discrepancies can be when things are shipped overseas.

Purchase Information:

Price: $675.00
Available from: Mockett

Small Knit Color Cozy Mug

When it’s cold outside, all you need to warm up is a nice tea/coffee/etc in this knit mug. Cozy, indeed! It’ll keep your fingers safe and your spirits bright (well, we can hope so, but there’s no guarantee).


Purchase Information:

Price: $26.00
Available from: LEIF