This year, more than ever before, I have become a lover of home decor and interior design. After subscribing to several design blogs and furniture sites, pinning inspiration here, binge watching HGTV, and spending several Saturdays browsing Ikea showrooms — I know what I like.
It can take time (and money) to create an ideal space, but when the end result is a comfortable place that fulfills all one’s needs and wants…patience pays off. Check out 10 of my Spaces + Places gift ideas below and stay tuned for a part two.
1. Malin + Goetz Holiday 2014 Votive Candle Set, $40
Three best-selling candles – warming Dark Rum, soft Vetiver and smoky Tobacco – which together are evocative of winter. Each has been milled in Brooklyn using vegetable and soy-based wax for a quality, even burn. We think this aromatic trio is the perfect way to welcome guests into your home.
2. Adia Planter, $65
Brilliantly hand carved from a single block of wood by master artisans, the craftsmanship behind this piece is stunning. Each piece is hand carved by a group of fifteen seasoned woodworkers in the Nakawa region, made exclusively in a fair trade environment. In the spirit of sustainability, the cooperative replants trees to replenish this precious resource for future generations.
3. Teepee Incense, $12
This small teepee incense burner comes with a box of 20 Piñon natural wood incense. Smoke comes through the top of the teepee to fill the room with the warm smell of a campfire. Piñon is an evergreen tree that grows along the foot hills of Californian’s desert mountains, east to Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, and north to Wyoming. This tree produces a cone that bears edible seeds harvested in the late fall.
4. Agate Bookends, $48-$60
Sparkling agate specimens in their natural state are the perfect compliment to a curated collection of good reads. No two are alike; will vary from pair pictured. Small: approximately 5″ wide x 4.5″ tall x 1.5″ deep; Medium: approx. 6″ wide x 5″ tall x 2.5″ deep
5. Cube Terrarium, $49
The cubist movement. House your succulents, ferns and small flowers in our modern Cube Terrarium. Containers clustered together make assembling and designing your greenery quick and easy. Dimensions: 16″w x 8.5″d x 9.5″h. Glass and copper; gold finish.
6. Wishful Thinking Wall Hook, $37.50
This wishbone wall hook is both functional and decorative. We imagine it in the entry wall or as part of a gallery wall.
7. Wood-Marble Square Platter, $29.95
Two great natural materials square off in clean, graphic serving option for cheeses, sushi, and other small bites. Hand-finished, grey-flecked white marble gets a color, texture contrast from a band of tawny tropical mango wood, with all its rich grain. Edges are rounded to a bull-nose profile.
8. State Shaped Cutting Board (Arizona), $48
Show pride for your favorite state or celebrate a locale that holds special meaning with the best-selling AHeirloom State Series! Your choice of a heart, star, or house icon can be placed on the city of your choice. Just mention your icon location in the “Note to Seller” at checkout…Additional icons, names, and/or dates can be added.
9. Fancy Room Tea Towel, $40
The humble tea towel is one of Third Drawer Down’s signature artist products. A practical and fun way to dry the dishes, it can also be stretched onto a canvas at your local framer and double up as an affordable artwork for your home.
Third Drawer Down collaborated with David Shrigley to produce these.
10. Perpetual Calendar, $120
This perpetual calendar will save you from the throwaway calendars of yesteryear. Porcelain, brass and maplewood perpetual calendar, inspired by the abacus design. Top row of beads indicates month, left column denotes day of the week and right column marks weekends. Designed, assembled and hand-finished in Seattle.
What products in this collection would you like to try? Stay tuned for more like this and let me know in the comments what other types of gift guides you’d like to see.