If you haven't heard of Ilse Crawford's collaboration with Ikea, you must have been hiding away under a rock. Now that you've crawled out to enjoy the sunshine, you'll be happy to know that the Sinnerlig collection is finally making an appearance at some stores. You'll find tables and stools with cork tops on metal legs, woven baskets, bamboo lampshades, frosted table lamps, stoneware pitchers, pots, glass jars and bottles. It's slightly overwhelming, but you'll do fine. Just breathe slowly, stay calm, and take your pick. Personally, I couldn't resist the coffee table in dark brown- $99, can you effing…
Ikea’s Sinnerlig Collection
Written by Katie on October 5, 2015. Permalink
BLTD App: Finally!
Written by Katie on July 20, 2015. Permalink
So, remember our little apology about our recent site issues? We finally got our ducks in a row and teamed up with DWNLD to get a better BLTD app for you. Now, on your mobile device, you'll be able to easily browse through our latest finds without worrying about content delays or weird landing pages. Hopefully you'll love it as much as we think we do. Download our new app on iTunes As usual, let us know if you experience any glitches, and thanks again for sticking with us while we make improvements.
Written by Katie on July 13, 2015. Permalink
Hey! We recently updated our site to speed up the load times for everyone, and due to a misconfiguration, some readers were not getting the latest content. If you are seeing updated content on some devices but not others, please try clearing the cache in your browser. Let us know if you continue to have any difficulties, and we'll attempt to fix it as soon as possible. A big thanks to all of you who wrote in to let us know what was happening, and we sincerely apologize to everyone affected.
Happy 4th of July!
Written by Katie on July 2, 2015. Permalink
This is the 'Merica Hammock. It's very patriotic in an over-the-top-wonderful sort of way, so it's particularly appropriate for the upcoming holiday weekend. I know I'm looking forward to a break (time away from the computer is a good thing), so here's hoping you have a lovely, fun-filled/relaxing 4th of July weekend. Of course, do take care should you decide to light any fireworks- those fingers of yours are important! 'Merica Hammock, $195.00 Color(s): Cobalt Blue, White, Candy Apple Red Capacity: Classic Double: 400 lbs / King-Size: 550 lbs Dimensions: Classic Double: 120"L x 72"W / King-Size: 132”L x 108”W
Written by Katie on May 20, 2015. Permalink
Ten years ago this month, in 2005, Kris pitched the idea of starting a design blog that only featured well-designed products available for purchase online. We had become pen pals (actual paper and pen), as we had discovered a shared interest in modern architecture and design at an art show in Dallas. We both had a hobby of sketching out floor plans for small, modern homes, and wanted to bounce ideas back and forth. When Kris brought up the idea of BLTD ('Better Living Through Design'), it sounded like a fun thing to work on. I had just moved from…
Written by Katie on December 22, 2014. Permalink
Happy Holidays to you! Here's hoping you have an enjoyable holiday break- we'll be back with our normal schedule after the new year begins. Shown above: Mighty Tree Top- Green Hemlock, $12.00
Written by Katie on November 26, 2014. Permalink
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! We're thankful for lots of things this year, namely our health, family and friends, and the fact that you're still reading this website after 9+ years of us posting all sorts of items that you may or may not need/want. Here's hoping you have a safe and relaxing holiday weekend. We'll be back on Monday as usual. Shown above: Black Walnut Trencher Board (Oval), $98.00 Artek Siena Apron, $55.00 Italian Paper Stone Handle Carving Set, $129.00
Herman Miller Holiday Sale
Written by Katie on November 24, 2014. Permalink
The Herman Miller Holiday Sale begins today- 15% off storewide for a limited time. Just to tempt you, the Eames Storage Unit you see above is usually $3,149.00, but with the sale, it's $2,676.65. Maybe you can gift yourself an iconic piece for the holidays, or else drop very big hints to Santa. You've worked really hard this year, after all.
Wish Lists 2014
Written by Katie on November 14, 2014. Permalink
If you haven't already been peppered with gift suggestions and guides in your inbox, here's a hint: the holiday season is here. This year we'd like to try something different. Instead of featuring our online (and in person) friends' wish lists like we do every year, we'd like you to submit your list. What would you, a semi-faithful reader of BLTD, like to give or receive this year? Keep your list small- up to 5 items please-, keep it safe for work, and make sure to provide links where the items/products may be purchased. We'll include your name, a very…
Blu Dot Sale
Written by Katie on October 20, 2014. Permalink
You know that Blu Dot is having their big sale, right? You can get 20% off all designs until November 9, so it's worth checking out if you're in need of a few furniture pieces that don't cost an arm and a leg (and looks good too). A few quick links to some favorites below. Copper Real Good Chair, $299.00 $239.20 Bank Mink Velvet 96" Sofa, $2,499.00 $1,999.20 Stash Desk, $399.00 $319.20 Nook Queen Bed, $1,499.00 $1,199.20 Scamp Large Table, $349.00 $279.20 Hot Mesh Chair, $129.00 $103.20 Strut S-Large Table, $1,399.00 $1,119.20 Sale lasts until November 9, 2014.
Herman Miller Sale
Written by Katie on May 30, 2014. Permalink
It's almost June, and for those of us that are having a hard time believing the year is almost halfway gone, maybe the Herman Miller Sale will ease us into the first days of summer. As usual, it's 15% off of all Herman Miller furniture and accessories from May 30 to June 9, so if you've had your eye on the Wireframe 2-Seat Sofa, the Eames Molded Armchair, or a brightly colored Limited Edition Eames® Wire Base Low Table, you'd better get 'em while the gettin's good, as they say. See the full collection at YLiving, Hivemodern, Room&Board, DWR, or,…
Kaufmann Mercantile Gift Card
Written by Katie on April 23, 2014. Permalink
What?! You haven't signed up yet to win a gift card ($100) from Kaufmann Mercantile? Time is running out, so get to it. Sign up for emails from both BLTD and Kaufmann Mercantile and you'll be entered to win $100 towards many a great things from the Kaufmann Mercantile shop (or just one special thing). Today's the last day, so sign up now and then keep your fingers crossed... after you pick out what you'd buy, of course. Sign up for emails from BLTD and Kaufmann Mercantile.
Knoll® Outdoor Sale
Written by Katie on April 3, 2014. Permalink
In case your email inbox wasn't flooded with notices of the Knoll® Outdoor Sale, here's a tip: you can now save 15% off until April 8, 2014. And what pieces might you be able to save on? The Bertoia Diamond Lounge Chair, for starters, or the Petal® Dining Table perhaps. Check out the collection and see if your outdoor space could use a classic, because now's the time to buy.
Written by Katie on March 12, 2014. Permalink
Over the past several months, I've slowly been won over by Pinterest. Snobbery initially led me to believe that Pinterest was purely for the 'crafty' set, and, as a result, I turned up my nose and pledged my allegiance to Tumblr, thinking I'd never need any more inspiration than what turned up there. Silly me. I've come to learn that Pinterest, as with many other things in life, is what you make it. If you follow a bunch of interesting people, you get an interesting feed, no matter if it's Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook, or whatever else you spend too much…
15% off Sale: Vitra, Kartell, Carl Hansen and more
Written by Katie on March 6, 2014. Permalink
There are several sales starting today, and there's no way I can compile a big image to represent all the furnishings you can save money on, so, you'll just have to do a little work by clicking on the links. Instead, you see the Vitra Cork Stools A, B, and C, above, to represent Vitra's sale from March 6 - 18 (plus free shipping). There's also Kartell, Carl Hansen & Son, DWR, YLighting (Flos, Pablo, Sonneman), and Tom Dixon; all brands are offering 15% off, and when you consider some of the higher price tags, that makes a difference. Now,…
CB2 Upholstery Sale
Written by Katie on February 12, 2014. Permalink
Need some soft furnishings that won't break the metaphorical piggy bank? CB2 has an upholstery sale (15% off) through 2/17, with several modern frames available in neutral and more colorful options. Shown above: club lemongrass chair, $679.00 (reg. $799.00) façade grey bed, $849.00 - $1,019.00 (reg. $999.00 - $1,199.00) avec carbon sofa, $1,189.00 (reg. $1,399.00) parlour atomic orange chair, $679.00 (reg. $799.00)