That plastic water filter pitcher is looking kind of homely on the counter.
Reform School | Buy
Ever since everyone on the Internet told me that those tiny, super powerful magnets are bad for babies and pets (who like to eat them), I’ve been looking for magnet alternatives. I’m officially someone who looks for magnet alternatives.
Misschief | Buy
We received this as a gift recently, and suddenly we’re having picnics twice a week. Inside is everything you need for a comfortable meal outdoors, except the food. Great to stash in your trunk.
Scandinavian Details | Buy
I saw this fun reusable shopping bag in O Magazine, but of course it was sold out by the time I got there. Then I realized you could buy a “pouch” of each design series. I got five bright bags in all the floral prints they offer, for only $5 each. (They also offer an intriguing black and white series.)
Now I can match my bag to my T-shirt at the farmer’s market, which is crucial.
Envirosax | Buy
Useful Things sent us one of these, and it’s crazy useful. I have a Flip video camera that takes AA batteries, and it goes through them pretty fast. I never leave home without my laptop, so this tiny USB recharger means one less gadget wrangling for space at the single outlet in my hotel room, and one less outlet converter I have to buy so all my charge-ables will be ready to leave the room when I am.
Useful Things | Buy
A new toolbox makes a guy want to fix things. Or just reorganize his tools.
Amazon | Buy
I’m pleased with the structural, almost masculine vibe of these hooks, meant for hanging coats and bags. They’d look amazing in a long, neutral hallway with polished concrete floors.
David Zachary | Buy
(For a set of five.)
Idea Paint lets you make any flat surface into a whiteboard. Paint an office wall, a child’s tabletop, or just convert old chalkboards and renew aging white boards.
Silicon Valley? I think you need to send someone flowers.
via Swiss Miss
Idea Paint | Buy
(Price is per square foot.)
Inspired by traditional railway clocks in Japan.
Muji | Buy
The power’s gone out, circa 1933.
Sundance | Buy
(On sale, regularly $18.)
I’ve decided that stuffed animals are cooler than throw pillows. If not the anteater, then maybe the Manatee.
Canoe | Buy
Summer’s coming eventually, it’s best to be prepared.
Grab a spoon and a pint of ice cream, plop down in front of this jet-engine inspired fan, and say, “Luuuukke, I am your faaather! into the fan blades.
Aldea | Buy
A lid that forms an airtight seal with any container. Because just thinking about Plastic Wrap is exhausting.
Amazon | Buy
Let them cut the crusts off themselves.
Patina | Buy
Molly Mutt sent us one of their duvets and a “stuff sack.” You fill the stuff sack with old clothes, pillows, rags (instead of throwing them out), and create a more eco-friendly dog bed.
I don’t have a puppy, so I gave our sample to a friend who has a rescue dog with attachment issues. We’re hoping the owner-smell on clothes in the bag will help put her dog at ease. Cool idea.
Molly Mutt | Buy
(For a small duvet)
I’m newly addicted to pretty labels. They make your pantry cuter, your gifts more zowie. Plus, it’s so much easier to remember what you named your kids.
Angela Adams | Buy
I have a few of these, and they’re useful for quick tidies of the junk that collects on desks and dressers. Great price, too.
Crate and Barrel | Buy
(On Sale, regularly $35.)
I remember the Easter Bunny being so much bigger when I was little.
Crate and Barrel | Buy
Coat racks are so orderly. They belong in apartments with umbrella stands, and slate-colored cats, and tea drinkers.
Inmod | Buy
A classic oak hobby chest with felted drawers that cradle all your precision instruments. So much fun to vacuum out and reorganize, you may never get back to your hobby.
Improvements Catalog | Buy
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