njur design's bolero jacket →
Thinking back, I’m surprised Barbie never had something like this because in my book, a shimmery bolero takes almost anything from Day-to-Night. Njur Design’s Custom Wave version ($86) is perfect over jeans, or over that strapless bridesmaids dress in church…
touch of paris grill planks →
This weekend officially kicks off BBQ season, and what better gift for your hosts (or yourself) than a few Oak, Maple or Hickory grill planks from Touch of Paris ($12.50)?
a fabulous fete's cake stands →
Between my upcoming birthday and my upcoming wedding, I’ve got cake on the brain! Show it off in style with A Fabulous Fete’s handmade cake stands (from $12), painted in vivid candy colors…mmmm
colin duncan's mixed metal jewelry →
I’m not a typical brooch-wearer, but Colin Duncan’s multicolored welded brooches (from $75) are just so interesting to look at, so organic but industrial, all polish and contrasting colors, I might just be converted…
nea designs' gourd vase →
I’ve seen gourds fashioned into musical instruments, and perhaps the occasional drinking vessel, but NEA Designs’ intricately carved gourd vases (from $128) are a first (ditto their gourd oil lamps). Stately and exquisite.
knotically inclined's rope doormat →
Outdoor area in need of a spring overhaul? Knotically Inclined’s Nautical Rope Doormat ($50) is handmade, guaranteed to weather beautifully, and years from now when you’re ready to replace it, biodegradable. Not to mention great looking.
scott jennings' cocoon pitcher →
I’m still on my quest for the perfect pitcher, and Scott Jennings’ Cocoon version ($118) caught my eye, all sinuous contours and subtle glazing…
design erica's fruit slice jewelry →
Okra, apples, cucumbers, persimmon…Design Erica’s Fruit Slice Necklaces ($25) are deliciously abstract and familiar all at once.
lisu designs's convertible bag →
Pulling double-duty as a tote bag and a backpack, Lisu Designs’ Dual Purpose Bag ($65) is ideal for summer. Large and roomy, with inner pockets, magnetic clasps, a key fob and other features, it’s a great market/baby/beach/etc bag that you can transfer to both shoulders when it gets too heavy.
tally locke's bamboo desk lamp →
Hand-carved from reclaimed plywood bamboo, Tally Locke’s Curved Desk Lamp ($130) is attractive, natural and warm, a far cry from your typical office equipment.
newgeorgia claywork's stoneware pitchers →
There’s something super original and interesting about Newgeorgia Claywork’s slab stoneware pitchers ($47-68). I think their description as “handbuilt artifacts” is right on the money.
metroweaving's menswear dishtowels →
Who says a woman’s place is in the kitchen? Metroweaving’s pinstripe dishtowels ($20 each, or 3 for $50) are all man, and ready to dry the dishes! Plus they’re made in the USA - entirely handwoven in a tiny St. Louis textile factory. I love them.
charest studios' wire baskets →
Organic and modern, Charest Studios’ handmade Steel Wire Baskets ($18) have that same sharp, edgy feel of my favorite European designs.
bear gallery's custom vans →
I used to be a black and white photographer. I loved it, was passionate about it, but eventually wanted to try something new – jewelry design. And one my favorite things about working in metal was the fact that I could wear my artwork all the time, unlike my old photographs. That’s also what appeals about Bear Gallery’s Custom Vans ($95). You tell Tommy your shoe size, you come up with a...
motif designs instrument polishing cloths →
I’m going to a concert this afternoon, and it put me in the mind to look at Etsy’s instrumental offerings. Lo and behold, Motif Designs’ polishing cloths ($12) popped out at me, the perfect “break-a-leg” gift for your favorite musician. Too bad I didn’t look until now.
chariot 90's earrings →
Handmade from polymer clay, then dried and painted, Chariot 90’s Coral Stud Earrings ($21) are delicate but bold - a lovely and modern update on your grandma’s clip-ons. Plus, these won’t squeeze your ears til they ache.
MESH architectures' pipe lights →
I feel like Etsy Favorites is starting to specialize in interior illumination, but I can’t help but post neat things when I see them - plus, funky lighting gets reblogged like crazy, so who am I to fight it? MESH Architectures’ Pipe Lights ($91-132) are industrial chic (and they kind of look like Jedi lightsabers).
docks4ipods' wood stands →
I don’t know about your house, but my gadget charging situation features an unsightly mess of wires on my bedside table. My fiance has been trying to help me organize the chaos, buying me a box for papers, little trays for my jewelry, but the tangled wires persist. However, I may have just found the solution in Docks4iPods’s nifty wood stands ($29-$120). They come in a range of...
material recovery's salvaged suzani fabrics →
How gorgeous are these? Material Recovery, a San Antonio-based design team, scours the globe near and far in search of colorful antique Suzani fabrics from Central Asia, to marry with vintage furniture from local second-hand shops. Their stunning chairs will wow you (from $210), but you have to pick them up yourself. Those of you who can’t make the trip to Texas can console yourselves with...
salme clothing's contrast trim dress →
I’ve never understood women who wear skirts and dresses in cold weather. All winter long, I slog around the wet and cold in corduroys, or the occasional tweed wool pant, if dressing up is required. But as the weather warms up, and the sun comes out, there’s nothing that appeals more than a breezy summer dress. Salme Clothing’s Contrast Trim Dress ($75) is lightweight cotton jersey, sure to be...
zalt 57's gold porcelain vessels →
There’s something achingly beautiful about Zalt 57’s lustrous gold porcelain vases and planters (from $100). Though I found them on a search for ceramic planters, they photograph like museum pieces; deep burnished gold on the outside, a touch of celadon glaze within. I don’t think I could bring myself to put dirt inside, but I want one anyway, just to admire.
add a little green's bamboo trivets →
I’m in process of registering, so kitchen gadgetry is on my mind. And Add A Little Green’s eco-friendly bamboo trivets ($25 for 3) would be an asset to any modern kitchen (they even have holes so you can hang them up when they’re not in use!) Makes a great housewarming gift, too…
alison dahl's crocheted tops →
Dress up, dress down…Alison Dahl’s elegant hand-crocheted and silk tops and dresses are great for every occasion this summer.
Tider Design at Hester Street Fair - Tomorrow! →
Come check out the Hester Street Fair tomorrow, Saturday, May 8th at Hester and Essex Streets on the Lower East Side/Chinatown in NYC…