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Thursday July 28th, 2011

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substrata ipad cases

Okay, I know I’m on a bit of an iPad kick lately, but these wooden cases from Oregon’s Substrata have such lovely curves and patterns made from wood. Their handmade hinged cases have a microsuede lining and latches with magnets. They also serve as both horizontal and vertical stands. If you’re like me and are…

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Wednesday July 20th, 2011

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DIY best of: office

The office is one my favorite “rooms” in the house because so often it’s not even a room— it’s a converted closet, a dining table working double duty, or a well-organized nook. I love seeing how people customize their homes to make room for a workspace that suits their needs, and I can say from…

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Friday July 15th, 2011

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laptop skins

Maybe the cooler Portland weather and excess time I’m spending working in coffee shops is starting to get to me, but these woodsy laptop covers are seriously calling my name right now. I’ve never been a big “bring your laptop to the coffee shop” person, but now that I’m working away from home, I’ve started…

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Wednesday July 13th, 2011

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travelteq messenger

I’ve discussed my love of handsome travel bags before, but I always enjoy having a new piece to add to my wish list. I know rolling luggage is more practical (and helpful for my seriously sloped shoulders), but I’m always drawn to a sophisticated leather bag. This new canvas and leather messenger from Travelteq is…

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Wednesday July 6th, 2011

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exposed: concrete speakers

I’ll be the first to admit that I know way more about the music coming out of speakers than the speakers themselves. But maybe if I had speakers this gorgeous, I’d pay a little more attention. These concrete speakers are designed by Shmuel Linski as part of his graduation project from Shenkar College in Israel….

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Tuesday June 21st, 2011

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warm & toasty

It may be hot and muggy here in Brooklyn, but last week in Portland, it was cool, misty and perfect for long-sleeved shirts. As much as I love a hot, sticky summer (and weirdly, I do), it was nice to get a break and wrap myself in warmer fabrics. While Amy and I were walking…

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Wednesday June 8th, 2011

Tuesday June 7th, 2011

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world’s smallest post office: home kit

Lea Redmond’s “The World’s Smallest Post Service” project is one of my favorite outside-of-the-box business ideas ever. Every year I use her tiny mailing services for holiday surprises and love hearing from people who are blown away by opening up such a tiny package to receive a miniature letter they read with a magnifying glass….

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four eyes

When I was in high school I was one of those weird kids who really wanted to have glasses and braces. So many of my friends were suffering through having both, but not having what everyone else had seemed an even worse fate at that age. So when I turned seventeen and found out I…

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Thursday June 2nd, 2011

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designing a better workspace

Building a home office can be a tough task if you’re working in a small space. You want to create something that has enough room to be functional, but that isn’t so spread out that you encroach on your living space. So today Kate rounded up some of her favorite office organization, accessories and furniture…

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Wednesday April 27th, 2011

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morning (pushpin) candy

I have yet to set up my new office at home, but when I saw these pushpins at the Curiosity Shoppe, I instantly felt inspired. I know it sounds a little weird to get inspired by a pack of colorful, normal pushpins, but I’m thinking their wonderfully minimal, Italian feel should be the theme of…

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Monday March 7th, 2011

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the workstead desk

It’s been a while since I did our last desk and desk chair roundup, so I’ve had both on my mind lately. I’ve been filing away options here and there until I’ve built up enough and this beauty that popped into my inbox this weekend is definitely on the list. We’ve all been fans of…

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Tuesday November 30th, 2010

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wood whale desktop organizer

Sometimes the simplest things make me the happiest. This sweet little whale desktop organizer from Pfeiffer Lab is handcrafted in Michigan from reclaimed timbers from an old railroad depot in Grand Rapids. Each whale is hand oiled, signed and numbered as part of a limited edition. I’m always losing my phone and desktop odds and…

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Tuesday October 19th, 2010

Thursday October 14th, 2010

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papercut notepads from mr. yen

My love of notebooks and notepads is well documented, but sadly, so is my failure to actually use them. For some reason, I love to buy small notebooks (they’re the perfect bite-sized piece of affordable design) but I find myself stockpiling them as if they’re an endangered species. And well, I’ve found a new one…

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Thursday October 7th, 2010