Faux Bois Placemat and Coasters
Written by Katie on February 1, 2011. Permalink
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Your Design Guide to Home & Style.
Written by Katie on February 1, 2011. Permalink
Written by Katie on January 25, 2011. Permalink
I’m such a sucker for reclaimed wood. These serving trays by Union Wood Co. are built from old growth fir boards from a recently renovated RCMP Livery stable in Vancouver. Each tray is unique (though they all have brass handles and rubber feet on the bottom).
Made in Canada
Measures approximately 12 x 12 x 2 in/30 x 30 x 5 cm
Written by Katie on January 20, 2011. Permalink
Coasters might not be forefront in your design wants and needs, but these by simbiotekdesignlab on Etsy are worth bookmarking. Inspired by “triangulated arrangements” in geometric patterns, the coasters can be clustered together to make shapes (sort of like tangrams, maybe) or broken apart for smaller combinations.
Purchase Information:Price: $21.00
Written by Katie on January 18, 2011. Permalink
Normally soft, subdued colors draw my eye, and I would guess most of us play it pretty safe when it comes to color in our homes. Maybe it’s the perpetual grey weather of January that has me itching for crazy-in-your-face color… you know, the kind that makes your eyes water and brings delight and sometimes even a ‘for goodness sakes!’ response. Now, this tablecloth might not tick all those boxes, but it is ‘fun’, with its big top imagery, even if it is a little bit juvenile. It’s appealing with its bright red and white and tassels (tassels, for goodness sakes!). Just the thing for this time of year.
Handmade of cotton in India.
Purchase Information:Price: $68.00
Written by Katie on January 17, 2011. Permalink
I’m a big fan of honey. A little bit in chai tea, on bread, with plain yogurt, etc… I go through a small jar so fast it’s silly. Now, I’m thinking this set from BioDidactic Designs might just outperform the plastic squeeze bottle that’s near its end, plus it’ll look a lot nicer on the counter or tabletop.
Purchase Information:Price: $99.00
Written by Katie on January 12, 2011. Permalink
Written by Katie on January 11, 2011. Permalink
Whether you have breadcrumbs on your table or eraser shavings on your desk, this brush and dustpan set will make short work of cleaning up. Made by the Iris Hantverk company (they employ visually impaired craftsmen in Sweden).
Small oiled beech wood dustpan and horsehair brush.
Purchase Information:Price: $64.00
Written by Katie on January 7, 2011. Permalink
Rarely are dishes and such labeled ‘fun’, but this bowl and cup set are decidedly so for their squishiness. No worries of breakage, you can shove this food grade silicone set in a bag or backpack and know that if you need a vessel for food or drink you are entirely prepared. I’d think they’d come in handy whether you’re on a camping voyage or at the office kitchen.
Purchase Information:Price: $16.99
Written by Katie on December 31, 2010. Permalink
Happy New Year! Have a safe celebratory night if you venture out (or stay in, for that matter)… we’ll return to posts as usual on Wednesday, January 5, 2011.
Shown above: 5-piece stainless steel champagne gift set, $49.95 from CB2
Purchase Information:Price: $49.95
Written by Katie on December 21, 2010. Permalink
Written by kris & katie on December 20, 2010. Permalink
From our archives (originally published October 2, 2007), for your gift list consideration…
This is one of the more interesting champagne glasses I’ve come across in my many days of perusing online retail stores.
“Besides the visual beauty, there is another extremely convincing argument: your drink simply doesn’t warm as fast as it would in a normal champagne glass as you are not touching it at all and if you really want it cold, chill the glasses in the freezer and create an amazing visual presentation…”
Handmade, 1.5″ (3,8 cm) wide and 9.25″ (23,5 cm) high
Set of 2.
Purchase Information:Price: $65.00
Written by Katie on December 16, 2010. Permalink
From our archives (originally published December 1, 2008), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.
I think as far as wine decanters go, this one is incredibly elegant…might be the perfect gift for a wine lover.
67 oz., Glass, Oak.
Purchase Information:Price: $36.00
Written by Katie on December 14, 2010. Permalink
From our archives (originally published February 18, 2010), for your gift list consideration… to see more, visit our Gift Guide.
As a self-proclaimed tea junkie, it’s difficult to describe just how important certain tools in the tea making process can be. If you’re dealing in loose tea, some infusers can be irritating in that they’re hard to clean, and if they’re hard to clean, you’ll probably get fed up and not use them anymore (which is the case with several infusers in my top kitchen drawer at the moment). Now, this Teaball Teapot not only looks easy to clean, but it looks extremely nice to hold and use, and I’d say that’s almost as (if not more) important.
teaball teapot by freud uk
six-cup teaball teapot, 18/10 stainless steel with removable stainless steel infuser for leaf tea. dishwasher safe.
5.8″h; 33 ounces.
not for stovetop use!
Purchase Information:Price: $114.00
Written by Katie on December 2, 2010. Permalink
How many times have you juggled your glass of wine with a small plate of hors d’oeuvres, wishing fervently to not to make an ass of yourself by dropping either (or both) when the inevitable shaking of hands/introductions are made? Such awkwardness can be avoided; these plates hold your wine glass for you, allowing a free hand to feed your face or shake the hand of some new acquaintance. Though, may I suggest not bringing one of these to someone else’s party, rather, that you get some for your guests, and hope that they’ll have the ‘ah-ha’ moment and do the same for you at their next soirée.
Purchase Information:Price: $8.00
Written by Katie on November 29, 2010. Permalink
Maybe some of these animals tend to lean towards the ‘slightly creepy’ category, but nevertheless, I’d say they could be a perfect smallish gift this holiday season. Just be sure to get the recipient’s birth year (which could prove difficult) and then match it to the correct animal of the Chinese Zodiac (find their sign here).
Purchase Information:Price: $15.00