Thought this was a cute idea...get a wall decal (from Ferm Living) and then hang some hooks from it.
Thought this was a cute idea...get a wall decal (from Ferm Living) and then hang some hooks from it.
Just read about this cool new San Francisco-based site called undrgrnd.com. It's an online store that focuses on selling cool design cheap. Basically they collect floor samples, overstocks, and like-new returns from a number of boutiques and designers and sell the items online, one deal event a day, seven days a week. We're talking 85% discounts. Definitely one to add to your daily clicks.
I stumbled upon this website called Farmhouse Wares which sells farm-inspired homewares, foods and bath items. Nice site. They also include community links to farmer's markets and local food resources.
I can't decide whether these are the coolest things ever or the creepiest. Created by Harry Allen (those are casts of his hands, by the way) and available for $75 here.
Some of my favorite modern lighting fixtures including the Artichoke by Henningsen, 85 Lamps by Droog Design, Caboche by Foscarini, Le Klint by Christiansen, the Nut Pendant by Ray Power, Random Light by Bertjan Pot, the Round Boon by Moooi, the Saucer by Nelson, and the Collage pendant by Louise Campbell.
SO, vinyl wall decals are everywhere and I can't decide if I like them or completely tired of them. But these are a little more original than the typical circles or bird silhouettes...from EllyNelly. These are pretty cute.
Canadian artist Paige Russell makes some gorgeous housewares and jewelry from ceramics. I love these sprout family pouring and serving pieces:
Some pretty spring things from Patina. Shown are the gerbera daisy umbrella, pink birdy coin purse, Allium mug, recycled watering can, and "You Can Fly" canvas.
Check out these cool dish towels from Tikoli. Very modern and fun for the kitchen.
Check this new thing out...a tiny, portable microwave. Love the handle. $130 and still has all the controls and safety features of a regular microwave oven. My word, you could cart this into work and keep it at your desk (if you really need that microwave popcorn quickly). Buy it here.
If walking into wallet-eating Williams-Sonoma causes heart palpitations, try this. You can cook like a pro with this affordable 36-piece set from My Pro Kitchen. And really, let's face it...you're not Bobby Flay. But this respectable set of restaurant-quality cooking tools will get you headed in the right direction and you won't have to sell a kidney.
I love Lotta Jansdotter. She has a few new items on her website and a new book out soon called Lotta Prints.
I actually have an ostrich egg in my home (don't ask), so I found this particular nut/candy holder quite intriguing. The Ostrich Egg Weaver Bowl is made by JacarandaStyle for $120.
I wish I had had this little guy when I was in my studio apartment! This $400 portable dishwasher can wash (4) four-piece place settings and saves water (uses only 0.84 - 3.3 gallons per load). It comes in 3 wash programs and is super quiet. A great space-saving appliance. The VESTA is available here and made by Westland Sales.
Real Simple has a great little blog called simply stated. They have some resources for unusual hardware and drawer pulls to liven up an old dresser.
These cool-O trays and cutting boards are from fallen Minnesota trees. They are sealed and food-safe. Available through Show.
Usually thermometers are pretty noticeable, but this one blends right into the window. The Rosendahl Outdoor Thermometer is $54 and in Celsius, so you better brush up on those conversions. Available at Emmo Home.
These soft-glowing candela votives are actually rechargeable LED lights. Available in sets of 4 or 8. Love these.
This is the winner of the 2007 SimpleHuman contest: Jason Culler's Mail Collector + Tote. "Designed for homes with mail slots in the door, the mail collector
hangs in the mail slot, collecting whatever mail is slipped through,
and can be easily removed for pick-up and sorting, thus fixing the
problem of scattered mail on the floor." See more winners from this really cool contest here.
These pretty organization boards are from
Shim + Sons, a small design studio based in Portland, Oregon. You can get these on their Etsy shop. Everything is one-of-a-kind and made by hand.
I'm really digging on the pottery and ceramics lately. These minimalist pieces by Whitney Smith (from Oakland, California) are the result of an 'obsession with flowers and other forms found in nature'. Her pieces range from $48 - $378 and are available here.
Ceramic bone china plates from London artist Snowden Flood's Urban
Landscapes collection. "The plates in this series depict familiar images
that may be overlooked on a long drive on the highway or on a daily
walk to work. Plates measures 10.5" diameter and are sold individually." $50 at Three Potato Four
These woven Abaca light spheres can be either plugged in or hardwired with the conversion kit. Uses 60W bulb (not included).
$79 - $129 depending on size and available at West Elm.
Rian Rae is a unique interiors and gift store with lots of vintage items. Shown below are just a few of the cool things she offers.
Very simple and pretty plates, bowls, mugs, platters, and everything in between from Mud Australia.
Handmade Wenge Veneer Clock by Jason Linde with rotating laser engraved dial and stationary enamel hand. 13 1/4" x 6 1/4". $120.
From one of my favorite local artists, Diana Fayte and One Blackbird. 2-3/4" x 2-3/4" salt and pepper cellars made from white porcelain with
hand painted (in a few different color choices) and glazed interiors; impressed with vintage
Made from non-toxic materials and are food safe. $32.
Brooklyn Artist Sarah Cihat scours thrift stores and garage sales for
unfortunate looking dishware and breathes new life into them by
reglazing and refiring them in her studio. Each piece is completely unique and overprinted with silhouettes of everything
ranging from pinup girls to arachnids. The end result is a collection
of beautiful service pieces that also
serve as an exercise in sustainability.
This elegant and simple fruit bowl-plate is wood and silver - a more formal look than the traditional fruit basket. Available at Espasso.
Simple and beautiful. From the Dovetail website:
"Dovetail Shop & StudIo is the collaboration of Margaret & Josh Smith. Located in Boulder, CO, Dovetail Studio is dedicated to making hand-made,high quality goods that have good design as a top priority. Everything is original and made by our four hands--from the screen prints to the hand built ceramics to the labels on the boxes that are shipped to you from our local post office. As we grow and seasons change, our shop will reflect it."
Remodelista offers up 10 "mid-range" European ranges on the market. Very pretty. Start saving.
DeLonghi 36-inch Double-Oven Gas Range:$3,299; Bertazzoni six-burner gas range from Italy, available in several colors: $3,875; DCS (Dynamic Cooking Systems by Fisher & Paykel) Professional Dual-Fuel Range: from $5,719 to $6,352
Brooklyn artist Lorena Barrezueta makes these interesting pieces based on disposable take-out containers. Her glazes are beautiful and come in three different lines...classic, lush, and fresh. Proceeds from sales of this "Gourmet Collection" go to Disabled American Veterans.
Via Sprout, some natural, lovely ways to enjoy candlelight...love the simple white. Between $10 and $20, so very affordable, too!
Based in Litchfield, Connecticut, Emma Gardner Designs creates some beautiful rugs, throws, and pillows. Their mill for hand-knotted rugs in Nepal never employs kids and is known for its progressive employment practices. The items are really well-made and guaranteed for life. I would really love to own one of her rugs one day - definitely on the dream wish list. Her hand-knotted silk 6' x 9' rugs will run you about $8100; a 12' x 18' a cool $32,000. So...maybe we just admire these beauties from afar.
We don't have a real need for radiators here, but sisters Tootie and Hoboe do. By the way, those are code names...my parents weren't on crack or anything. Here are a few unusual radiators I thought were interesting...
This first one is so pretty it looks like art. The Heatwave radiator from Jaga is very detailed and actually works very well. From the Netherlands, the modular heating system of this radiator can be further personalized to fit into your home: the pieces click together, and can even fit around corners. Made with a durable concrete shell and $11,119 (whoa!) at Generate.
This one is the epitome of simplicity, the new Square contemporary radiator by Tubes. Tubes, an Italian company, produces the Square radiators in vertical or horizontal models. A matching, heated contemporary towel bar is also available. These come in a variety of finishes and colors.
The crazy Supratherm bathroom glass radiator by Sprinz brings "a dash of contemporary warmth into your bathroom". This
modern glass radiator is made out of safety glass and utilizes the
latest in heating technology to provide the same amount of heating as
standard radiators - but takes up less space. The thin glass panel can be customized with a print of your favorite
photo, pattern or almost any image you want. These free-standing radiators come in a variety of shapes and sizes,
and a wall-mount design is also available. Available here.
The screen radiator by Sciroccoh is a free-standing work of art. The floral ornamentation featured on the radiator
is placed on a background of intersecting lines. Made of brushed stainless steel and available through Sciroccoh. This company has a huge selection of both radiators and towel warmers.
Cute online store Orange Button has lots of unique items. Clothing, stationary, jewelry, toys, prints, etc. Very fun stuff.
These handmade decorative ceramic tiles by artist Xenia Taler can be used as trivets or hung on the wall. Would make a nice coaster, too! Available in the $32 - $45 range from Rare Device .
These mirrors are really fun and would be very cute in an older kid's room. Available in antler ears, mustache, skull and birds. Makes your self-portrait a little more interesting! You can purchase these at Velocity for $55.
These lotus nesting bowls are gorgeous. Available here for $89.00.
"This set of 8 lotus flower bowls is a work of art. Each bowl sits perfectly inside the next, graduating in size from 1.5” diameter (perfect for salt and spices) to the largest (an excellent small salad bowl or serving piece for a festive summer fruit salad) measuring 9.5" in diameter. The bowls stack to a stately 4.5". The lotus is a meaningful symbol in many cultures and makes a perfect wish for a marriage, birth or other important life changing event. Always in search of practicality - we made sure that the ceramic bowls are microwave and dishwasher safe."
I love me some modern Scandinavian design. Huset, which means "the house" in Swedish, is a one-stop shop for the best in modern Scandinavian design. Huset offers a great selection of clean and contemporary items. Shown below are their Sagaform Herb Pot, Anne Black Porcelain vases, Klippan gingerbread aprons, and Isak ABC Poster.
I love the simple design of Joey Roth's Sorapot Modern Teapot.Only 300 will be available, so hurry!!
Traditional Japanese urushi lacquerware is wood treated with several coats of lacquer from the urushi tree, which is extremely durable. According to the site: "It is waterproof, resists strong acids and high temperature. It almost smells like honey." Honey? OK, that's interesting. At any rate,get the 5-piece child's set for $89.95 (USD or CAD) from Life Without Plastic.
Did you know there is an entire counterculture of people who take Ikea designs and 'hack' them? It's pretty fun to see what people can do with a $19 Lack table. The blog Ikea Hacker even had a contest at one point earlier in the year. I could lose HOURS looking through the cool ideas people have come up with.
But no Ikea posting is complete without their delicious Swedish Meatballs! I cannot get through the store without downing a plate of these puppies. Click HERE for the recipe.
This first item is the result of someone buying an extra Ikea brace frame. He added some plexi, cables and a light and made a light sculpture.
Here is some clever little cat furniture made with Ikea shelves:
A customized craft containment device using an Ikea Fira chest:
And this one is my favorite, an Ikea Regolit light with little drink umbrella embellishment:
My husband and I were yammering (ok, I was yammering) on and on to my in-laws about the plates at our recent dinner out in the city. Heath Ceramics is close to home and one of our all-time favorite brands. The company is one of the few remaining mid-century American potteries still in existence today. They have been making tableware and tile for over a half-century in their Sausalito, California factory. The crew of 40 skilled artisans still makes every product on the premises, often utilizing the methods and techniques developed by Edith (founder) throughout her career.