Tag: home accessories

Lay off those tree trunks, lovers. This personalized ring holder will do just fine.

Yes, we all hope our love will be as everlasting as engraving our initials into a tree. But let’s lay off the trees and opt for a more modern approach, shall we? Check out this sweet little monogrammed ring dish from the oh-so endearing Wandersketch. Put aside the fact that I love the faux bois (that’s fake wood, folks) trend in personalized gifts, like this favorite personalized pillow cover from Cozy Blue, and Lisa Leonard’s Sweetheart necklace. A ring dish is one of those house items I have always wanted but have never secured. And I want it. Now. This...

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Ceramic dishes that make it a mod mod mod mod world.

Gray skies, dirty snow, and drippy slush of winter? I reject you. Give me color and shine! Especially if it arrives in the form of these vibrant, mod, ceramic dishes by Ceramica Botanica. Handcrafted in Texas by Susan Rodriguez, each ceramic work of art is hand built of clay and decorated with stencils and slips before firing to a food-safe shine. The artist calls the collection Modern Retro. We call it deliciously bright. Imagine the black and white bowl filled with apples and oranges.   We kind of want everything at this shop. And there’s a lot, so that’s saying...

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Handmade stone coasters that will make grownups out of us yet. Or…maybe not.

Their purpose may be pretty utilitarian, but I love how a really good set of coasters can embellish a table, almost like a piece of jewelry jazzing up a basic outfit. And the handmade Italian-stone coasters I spotted on Etsy at Meadow Tea would look much nicer on my coffee tables than the round cardboard coasters pilfered from the local bar. Yes, I still have those. Don’t judge. Meadow Tea’s Wood You stone coaster set (shown at top) includes four faux bois-style coasters with a crimson heart etched into the trunk of a tree; a very cool little anniversary gift or Valentine’s...

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Stay active…while sitting? Your core muscles (and your kids) will thank you.

They’ve been telling us for years that stability balls (or yoga balls) are the way to go for better posture and concentration, but if you’ve tried to use one, you know that they tend to roll all over the place, take up a lot of space, pick up filth like fly tape, and turn into a toy for tiny people and four-legged friends. Good news, everybody: The ErgoErgo chair gives your kids–and you–all the benefits of a stability ball without the sticky-roly-poly-playfulness. And it’s cute, too.   The ErgoErgo is an adorable way to include active sitting in your lifestyle,...

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Got bling? Here are some of our favorite jewelry storage ideas.

We love fabulous jewelry around here, so, naturally, we love to find new, innovative ways to store all of it. Recently we shared a great jewelry storage tip in our post about solving 10 tricky organization problems, making us thinking about some of our other favorite ideas for jewelry storage. So here they are, including DIY projects, repurposed vintage items, and some amazing purpose-made storage pieces should you want to splurge. One of my favorite ideas comes from the Love and Lace blog. In fact, I’m swooning over the way she’s organizing her amazing jewelry collection. This wooden serving bowl (at...

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Clever, creative storage solutions for 10 tricky storage problems from LEGOs to jewelry.

Now that my house is overflowing with too many toys (thanks to very generous grandparents), it’s time for some serious storage solutions. I’m desperate for some organization for all those Rainbow Loom bands, LEGO pieces and  American Girl doll clothes, just to name a few. So, here’s a list of some of our favorite storage ideas, from kids’ stuff to your stuff. Storage Solutions for LEGOs (above) The one toy our readers keep trying to figure out how to best store are their LEGO collections. Do you sort by color? By kit? All in one huge bin, which gets...

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Dasher, Rudolph and this guy: an adorable personalized reindeer ornament for the tree

You know Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, and the rest, but now there’s a reindeer lovelier than all of them. (I know I haven’t technically seen any of them, but surely it’s tough to look good after a day spent traveling around the world.) CMP fave Paloma’s Nest has a custom Christmas ornament so simple and beautiful, I think even Rudolph might soon have competition for most famous reindeer of all. Their Personalized Reindeer Ornament would be such a lovely addition to a family Christmas tree this year. Cut from a piece of wood and bedecked in a crisp, cotton ribbon that...

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Zazzle: Custom gifts for the holidays that go way beyond mugs and calendars. Way.

Featured Partner If you’re looking for a way to put a personal touch on your Christmas or Hanukkah celebrations this winter, we were surprised to learn that our latest sponsor, Zazzle (yay, Zazzle!), has really upped their game this year. In a big way. There’s a huge new selection of everything related to holiday cards–from stationery to return labels and even custom postage stamps–plus amazing custom gift ideas. We were really surprised ourselves to see what the site has become, and think it will be a great, affordable resource for our readers this year. We discovered they have millions (literally) of...

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A geeky gift shop for science gifts we can’t resist

If science truly is a jar of secrets behind the magic of our universe, this adorable shop is like a jar factory. Or, just a great way to buy handmade, beautiful objects that celebrate the wonders of science. If you’ve ever watched a murmuration of swallows or played with iron filings and a magnet, then you know how beautiful and magical science can be. Newton and the Apple is a stylish little store on Etsy that brings out the relatable, gorgeous side of science through images, jewelry, coasters, and more. It’s a shop filled with geek gifts, but you...

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It’s a humidifier and a work of art. Consider our minds blown.

We’ve all been there: You have a kid breathing like an angry bull gargling pond sludge, and you pick the silliest humidifier so they can get more than two hours of sleep. And then that frog stares at you until you find the mold and toss it. Yeah, I’m not big on humidifiers. Until now, because this one is easy, elegant, natural, and doesn’t even need a plug. The Mast humidifier available at Ippinka only through October 14 is the most elegant, simple humidifier I’ve ever seen. Made entirely of Japanese Cypress, it doesn’t require a plug, a charcoal...

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From bridges to bicycles, we’ve found the best collection of bookends ever

There’s no excuse in the world for boring bookends. And this shop is the end-all, be-all of bookends, with everything from animals to plants to robots.  Design Atelier Article is a Ukrainian artisan duo that creates super cool minimalist bookends in laser-cut steel with vibrant, powder-coated finishes. They’re seriously awesome. You’ll find bears, horses, cats, keys, pears, and tons of the most popular motifs are just waiting to sit on your bookshelf–or your children’s, of course. Some of them are even on sale, including those cool octopus tentacles–you’ll just have to check them all out and squeal.  The artists...

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Coffee rings that prevent coffee rings

Need a clever coaster for that grande pumpkin spice latte? We’ve got you covered. We love how Coastermatic can turn any of your Instagram photos into coasters. But we also love the way photographer Jennifer Daniels has turned her images of disposable coffee cup lids into actual kiln-fired ceramic coaster art. Because what better way to protect your table from coffee rings and drips than images of coffee lids with drips? Oh, irony. You’re delicious. Especially with extra cinnamon. Find Coffee Lid coasters by Jennifer Daniels at Coastermatic. [h/t swiss...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks from this week just in case you missed them.   1. Here’s everything you need to know about the new iPhone 5S, 5C, and iOS7. Hint: It’s pretty exciting! 2. This phone is taking us back. Waaaaaay back. Did you desperately want one as a teen like we did? 3. You will be so glad you bought this amazing universal USB charger. Trust us. 4. If you’re list makers like us (and use an iPhone), you’ve got to see these! 5. We can’t decide which of these smartphone cases we like...

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Buy less, buy well. Madesmith makes it beautifully easy

If you love handmade items by local artisans, we’ve found a collective that showcases the best of the best every week. So, basically, it’s like the cream of the Etsy crop, curated just for you. Even better: these makers are thoughtful and sustainable, and you can read their stories as you ogle their wares.     Madesmith is based in Brooklyn and LA and focuses on showcasing designers and makers who produce goods the old-fashioned way–our kind of stuff. Whether you’re into jewelry, skateboards, handmade shoes, or stationery, you can read about the designer’s background, process, studio, and training....

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Embroidery hoop art for your kids’ walls to inspire. Both of you.

Back when we started this site in 2006 (and we have the archives to prove it), messages for kids were all about irony, irreverence and sass. Over the years, it’s been thrilling to see the trend turn towards positivity, encouragement and smarts. And not even in a cheesy, “Hang in there, it’s almost Friday!” kitten poster kind of way.   I love the embroidery hoop art from Athena and Eugenia on Etsy, and while there are a few wonderful pieces for various places and spaces, these in particular would be so great in a child’s room.   The truth is, it’s nice...

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Swear to Mod: Amazing mid-century vintage shop on Etsy with an extra reason to shop there

Browsing around Etsy as I am apt to do…oh, every hour or so, I discovered the wonderful Swear To Mod shop, featuring so much of the mid-century, 60’s, and 70’s housewares and art that I love. Only this experience was a little different than most.   I had the best time gazing at her colorful, well-curated vintage selection and settled on a fabulous fondue fork set from the 70’s (don’t judge; I had to have them)–but right after purchasing, my money was refunded. I asked Theresa if something was wrong, and she explained that she discovered one of the...

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Mr. Sharky says lights out: switchplate covers with big personality

Light switches are boring. Mostly. But thanks to our clever friends at Graphic Spaces, we’ve now got these fun switchplate covers in shapes like owls, octopi, and a rocket ship. So it’s a little more fun to turn off the lights for bed. “Mr. Shark says it’s bedtime…or else!” also has a nice ring to it. You know how much we love it when a company we’re keen on surprises us with something new. Right now we’re digging the way Graphic Spaces’ knack for unique designs and heirloom quality wood translates into switchplate covers.  Each switchplate cover is handmade of...

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Help Ink: fabulous art for fabulous causes. And you get to pick both.

When I found Help Ink I was happy. Tees, prints, stationery and notebooks all designed by artists, all affordable, and all to help one of several great causes.   So many of the prints feature positive quotes and imagery perfect for children’s rooms. And I love that the designs are modern, not cheesy–the artists are really well curated.   The special part is that when you add an item to your cart, you also get to select a charity of your choice, because for each $5 you spend, $1 will go to either The Children’s Hunger Fund, Med Wish,...

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Home is where the mug is. (Or mug is where the home is?)

Always on the lookout for cool personalized gifts, I’m really taken with this one which would be so perfect as a hostess gift after an extended stay. The personalized coffee mugs are rendered with an architectural drawing of your own home–or the cabin on the lake that you just visited for three days thanks to your awesome cousins. Just send in a decent photo and New Orleans illustrator Erin Sketchler will go to town on a porcelain mug or set of coasters or possibly even a plate if you ask nicely. I could not do the same thing with...

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How do you store towels and sheets? Martha Stewart knows!

A couple of weeks ago, I moved from Atlanta to Philadelphia and discovered that my new lovely rental home did not have a linen closet. I was about to just stuff my family’s towels and sheets in my own closet when I had the opportunity to ask Martha Stewart (yes, her!) a question and voila, I knew exactly what I needed her help with. Take a peek at her smart suggestion, as well as what I came up with to help make her magic happen in my own home. –Kristen   Now, I love the idea of folding towels...

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