Leave it to IKEA to design and manufacture a super cute starter sewing machine that's appropriate for kids as well and keep the price below $70. Spotted yesterday at the latest IKEA catalog preview, I'm getting one this weekend.
If you're doing a built-In grill outside, this is the one that I've been hearing the most recommendations for from friends doing the research. Professional, heavy duty quality without bells and whistles, but with what you need (rotisserie, ceramic briquettes, LED lights, etc), this is better than others and worth every penny.
Just bought this for a friend. It's a generous, big tray with fresh, popping black and white graphics. "Made of 100% cotton and plywood. The fabric is pressed into birch plywood and then laminated. Because of the laminate the tray is water proof and spill proof."
I've always loved this lamp since I first spotted it and wanted to know who Inga Sempé was. It is available in the US only recently. Industrial and feminine at the same time, it comes in two colors and either clamp mount or solid tabletop base mount. Inga says, "This elementary lamp is meant to be as simple as a push pin. "
Lamp with clamp. Warm white LEDs with optical lens and glare protecting reflector construction. The fixture can be mounted in three different positions/angles in the clamp. Adjustable shade. Also available at Mjolk for a bit more.
These bags are great for home cargo (we have a bigger one). Made from recycled sails up in Maine, they are waterproof, indestructible, super light and great to have ready by the front door when you're thinking about making a break for the beach (or simply going up to the roof). Classic Sea Bags makes many different types. This is just one of the simplest.
I don't dip into clothing but once in a blue moon, but for today (the 4th of July) I thought I'd pull something I found recently that is brand new and summery and patriotic looking if you don't know that the shirt is from Finland! A classic blue and white stripe shirt with a boat neck, 3/4 length sleeves and slightly fitted, this was just newly re-introduced by Marimekko and it is the sharpest, cleanest of the season's striped shirts that I've seen yet.
Discovered at a friend's this past weekend, this is a log with shiitake mushrooms growing on it that are deliciously edible and will keep growing for up to five months. While the food is a draw, the logs are wild to look at. I see these becoming a design trend. :)
Besides Far West Fungi, there is also another great source in Lost Creek Shiitake Mushroom Farm in Oklahoma. They are a mom and pop business and sell a number of log kits that will keep growing for four years. This is what they say:
"They grow in room light and room temperature and will produce every two months for about four years. Immersing the log in cold water and then soaking it for 24 hours “shocks” it and triggers the fruiting cycle. Mushrooms sprout in 6-10 days, yielding 1/4 - 1/3 pound or more. Then the log “rests” until the next fruiting, requiring soaking every two weeks in nonchlorinated room-temperature water."
Most pepper mills stink. I hate the plastic and lucite modern ones that get cloudy over time, as well as the wooden ones that seem to collect the grime of the kitchen and are tricky to clean. In fact I hate the premise that pepper mill and salt shaker should be matchy-matchy, since these two amazing condiments do not need to be any cuter.
In all my days, the best pepper mill I have ever had is the aluminum Perfex. It grinds perfectly. It is easy to clean. It never needs tightening. It is a classic, and as far as we can tell, has no competition. It also costs more, but is well worth the price.
The Swedish love of bold, contrasting color paired with their love of the practicality reached the US shores in the past year through BRITA, which makes these great, durable floor coverings out of recycled plastic foil and polyester. I just bought this one for my mother's house as we kick off our two week vacation staying with her.
I was skeptical at first of this new bluetooth enabled audio "pillar", but was quickly won over as I carried it outside for drinks and dinner last weekend by the sea. With a deep bass and a great high range, the Stellé paired immediately with my iPhone and supplied dreamy music all evening to the delight and surprise of my guests, who thought it was a bottle of scotch in a round box. This is a great new, high quality party accessory.
The Stellé runs on a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 15 hours and includes proprietary (1.5”) acoustic drivers (stereo pair) and a 3" subwoofer, built-in microphone for Speakerphone capabilities and a Bluetooth wireless range of up to 50 feet.
Canadian designer, Dana Cannam, showed this fabulous simple design privately a few years back and then he found a great partner in Pablo to help him manufacture and distribute widely. Made of three white oak or walnut components, warm LED diffusion light and a bright red cord, it is an instant classic in my book.
From this great Belgian linen manufacturer comes an American inspired collection AND a new e-commerce website to get right at it. This is perfect for the summer and I totally want to be camping in those vans. :)