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 May 20, 2015. Permalink
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)
Herman Miller® Sale
Written by Katie on December 10, 2013. Permalink
Just a reminder that this Thursday, December 12th, is the last day of the Herman Miller® Sale. Save 15% and receive free shipping on (most) products produced by Herman Miller. If you've money to burn, you might treat yourself to an Eames® Walnut Stool, a Nelson™ Platform Bench, or a colorful Eames® Wire Base Low Table, just to name a few. There's more, of course, and will give you another chance to procrastinate on your holiday shopping: Herman Miller® Sale.
Cyber Monday Deals
Written by Katie on December 2, 2013. Permalink
Here's a few items with a 15% discount happening and/or with free shipping today. Maybe they'll help you kickstart your holiday shopping, because as we all know it's better to get that list taken care of sooner rather than later. 1. Vers 2Q Bluetooth Sound System, $199.00 (15% off today only, use code 'MONDAY15' at checkout.) 2. Cloak Camera Bag, $40.00 on sale 3. Reclaimed Skateboard Top, $9.00 (Use promo code HEYMONDAY for 15% off) 4. Gum Plus Battery Pack V2, $80.00 (or $64.00 for MoMA members) Free shipping, use code 'MSHOP'. 5. Kindle Fire HDX 7" Tablet, $179.00 (Cyber…
Cyber Monday Sales
Written by Katie on December 2, 2013. Permalink
Another Monday, another day full of emails flooding your inbox... but this time you could actually save a few bucks thanks to the big holiday sales. A few deals linked to below for your perusal. 40% off select styles at Saks Free shipping over at DWR Free shipping on orders of $50+ at MoMA Store. Use code MSHOP. 30% on entire order over until 10am PST at belkin 15% off everything at Branch. Use promo code HEYMONDAY. 15% off everything at CB2. Use promo code SAVE15. 50% off outdoor Wallys 15% off over at Design Public. Use promo code SAVEREALLYBIG15.…
Knoll Annual Sale
Written by Katie on September 20, 2013. Permalink
Yeah, I know, you don't normally see sale alerts here on BLTD, but this is Knoll we're talking about. Saarinen tables, Platner chairs, Bertoia barstools, plus many more classic design pieces are all 15% off until October 1st. And, as 15% off a price tag of thousands of dollars is nothing to scoff at, you'd best take a moment to look and see if there's something you can't live without. A few retailers to check out: Hivemodern DWR 2modern YLiving Prefer to do your shopping by foot? Go to Knoll's website directly to find a retailer near you.