A Whimsical Twist on Practical Houseware

Wolfum creator Annabel Inganni spent nine years in apparel design before her designs took an interesting turn in 2010. Inganni is now creating household items like linen napkins, bookends, and coasters, but her flair for the unique provides a whimsical and stylish twist to these seemingly traditional pieces.

Los Angeles based Wolfum makes simple, everyday products from organic cotton, recycled poly twill, and FSC certified walnut. Quality materials mean lasting items, and lasting items mean less replacement and waste. If that wasn’t enough, bold patterns and colors like sage, olive, and navy adorn each hand-made product.

Wolfum’s collection of unique linens have a timeless appearance, with patterns that could have easily been taken from a trunk of beloved vintage items or used to embellish a modern tabletop. Wolfum’s colorful animal bookends and wall hangers also add a fanciful feel the the collection. Tigers, rabbits, coyotes, and a slew of other creatures in a variety of delightful patterns and colors would be perfect for a child or adult.

Whether it’s a mix-and-match collection or a coordinated set, Wolfum products are Inganni’s answer to a boring room. U.S. made and built to last, Wolfum’s whimsical products can be purchased at California shops like ST&NDARD GOODS and La La Ling, as well as Wolfum’s website.

Furniture Your Way

You can be your own furniture designer with Yube Cubes! Yubes have simplistic set-up and are fun to use and customize. They’re the most eco-friendly piece of furniture you could own, because Yubes are made of woodlite, a compound of bamboo and plastic. The paneling for Yubes is made of sugarcane. Yube are very versatile. They measure over fourteen inches in all dimensions, so they can be used everywhere! You can use them as storage or desk space, coffee tables coffee tables or night stands, cabinets or entertainment systems. Doors and paneling for Yubes are available in assorted patterns or you can even use your own image, making these the most personal fixtures in your home. Also available are drawer and shelf pieces to further customize your cube for best use. For up to $34, you can buy a small set, or for triple digit prices (at the least) you can buy even larger sets, which also include feet and organizational accessories. Yubes are low-maintenance; for up to $10, you can purchase spare parts for repair and replacement. Yube Cubes are the best investment to make in interior décor. They’re a simple style, but at the same time they’re your style. They’re built from recycled material and can be used in any home or work space. They’re also easy on your wallet. You don’t need to hire a professional to help you decorate with style; all you need are a few Yube Cubes! Buy your own at Yubecube.com.

*Bloger’s note: Prices mentioned are before shipping and handling

Common, but Rare: Zumreed

When it comes to music devices nowadays, they can be personalized and customized in many ways. Music devices are available in different colors, styles, and memory programming. iTunes can recognize anybody’s musical tastes and suggest tunes based on what is purchased and downloaded. Then there’s an endless supply of musical accessories available almost everywhere you go.

Speakers, earbuds, and headphones can be found in any color under the sun. Some can be found with unique artwork or brand logos stamped on them. Products from Zumreed are just more musical device accessories in that sea of endless choices. One of the more unique things about these products is that the company is based out of Japan. Product browsing is available online at Zumreed.net, but you cannot purchase anything directly off the internet if you’re not in Japan. Another difference about Zumreed compared to others is that they carry more products. Zumreed is the first I’ve seen to carry all three- speakers, earbuds, and headphones. In addition, other Zumreed “musicgoods” include iPhone stands and carrying cases, phone plug adapters for earpieces or speakers, and cord wraps.

Though Zumreed accessories are like every other audible attachment out there, they’re a rare brand. As mentioned earlier, online purchasing is unavailable in America. Many Urban Outfitter retailers carry Zumreed products, but some states have other carriers. Highlight the “Where to Buy” box on the website to find a Zumreed carrier near you.

Supermarket Style: Baggu Bags

The eco-friendly alternative to paper and plastic grocery store shopping bags can now be a bright accessory to your wardrobe! Baggu Bags can be found in a variety of colors, designs, and styles at baggubags.com. If it’s a stylish purse you’re looking for, try one of the standard Baggu bags. They are fifteen inches wide, six inches deep, and cost eight dollars for one. The basic style is also provided in big Baggu or baby Baggu categories. The big bags are messenger-bags that are eighteen inches wide, nine inches deep, and cost twelve dollars. The baby Baggu Bags are also the ideal lunch sack or gym bag, measuring ten inches wide, four inches deep, and costing six dollars apiece-the cheapest of the regular priced Baggu Bags. The most expensive Baggu Bags would be the leather ones.

The duckbags or the backpacks are something to consider if you need a new book bag. The duckbags are furbished with both a handle and an adjustable shoulder strap, a snap to close your bag, and interior/exterior pocket. They’re ten inches wide and five and a half inches deep. The backpacks are also designed with an interior pocket, adjustable straps, the same dimensions, and can be securely closed by pulling a drawstring, then snapping and buckling the outer flap.

Zipper pouches can also be purchased to organize the interior of your Baggu Bags. Each zipper bag order comes with three different sized bags, costing eight to twelve dollars. The small zipper bags are ideal for undersized items like jewelry, make-up, or hand-held electronics. The medium bags can hold toiletries and writing utensils, and the large bags can carry lighter clothing like socks, underwear, and swimsuits.

Baggu Bags are the best deal you can find on the internet! For a great price you can own a very resourceful bag or two. Baggu Bags can carry your groceries, your school supplies, your clothes, your cosmetics-just about anything that needs a bag!

*Blogger’s note: All mentioned prices are before shipping and handling

BODUM French Press

Who loves fresh and flavorful coffee? Well, do we have something to tell you about! For those of you looking to make a simple cup of coffee and have it taste as good as the stuff you get at a coffee house, then BODUM is for you. They are pioneers in design and class when it comes to coffee and those who drink it. One of the main things that BODUM boast is their French Presses and the ease of use when it comes to making coffee with them.

I can personally attest to how simple it is to use one of their French Presses. They are not only functional, but beautiful in design and aesthetics. I would like to note that you will want to get rough ground coffee that is thicker than the stuff that Starbucks sells in bags in order to reduce the grounds that show up in your delicious cup of coffee. Thin and finely ground coffee will sneak its way through the filter little pieces at a time, so trust me and go with some rough ground coffee.

If you are looking for flavor that surpasses most all other coffee makers and a product that not only does its job, but looks good on the tabletop when not in use, then you will for sure want to take a look at the wide range of French Presses and products offered by BODUM.

KO Couture

You may or may not have heard about the new craze in pet fashion, KO Couture. This doggy clothing line was started in 2009 by a dog owner named Kelly Owens who was going through some hard times and desperately needed some creative outlet. She never imagined that just two years later her little hobby would take off earning her the title “pet fashion expert.”

The clothes and items carried by KO Couture are beautiful and great quality items ranging in price from $4 to $700 depending on the size of the item and the amount of detail. The clothes are both elegant and functional, and are guaranteed to make any pet feel like a superstar. The clothes are mainly created for dogs but judging by some of the pictures of the items, some can also be worn by cats or young children (mainly the hats).

KO Couture is definitely worth checking out, especially if you have a special canine in your life. The items can be bought on esty at www.kocouture.com/etsy. If you have any questions check out the f.a.q. at www.kocouture.com/faq.