• Gift Guide,  Home Decoration,  Los Angeles,  San Diego

    Embrace the elegance of wool with Sonoma Wool Company eco-friendly wool products

    Celebrate the holiday season with the wonders of wool! Natural, biodegradable, and USA sustainable, wool makes the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Give them a gift that they will not only love and use but also a gift that supports sustainable family sheep ranches in the USA. Shop Sonoma Wool Company today.

    Sonoma Wool Company believes the qualities of wool are ideal to be used for practical products to make your home a more natural and soothing place. From luxurious bedding to simple, long-lasting dish drying mats, you’ll fall in love with all things wool. Wool is water-wicking. The same qualities that make wool breathable, also allow it to wick water away, and remain bacteria, mold and mildew-free. Drying dishes is a breeze with Sonoma Wool Company’s Wool Dish Drying Mat with Linen Sleeve. Eliminate the synthetics and plastics around your sink area and take comfort in these all-natural fibers that are uniquely superior to anything else on the market.

    Wool Dish Drying Mat with Linen Sleeve

    Sonoma Wool Company is most popular for its all-natural, 100% wool dish drying mat. They created this product in the little red barn on Pozzi Ranch and introduced it to the world in 2013. This drying mat is eco-friendly, durable enough to withstand years of use and is made with all-natural, sustainable, and biodegradable fibers. The wool used is from family-owned ranches across the country. These wool dish drying mats are handcrafted in the USA using no chemicals or synthetics.

    What makes wool the best material?

    • 100% natural – no dyes
    • Absorbs up to 30% of its own weight in moisture
    • Naturally resists mold and mildew*
    • 100% wool and linen
    • Measures 16″ x 20″ x 3/8”
    • The Linen Sleeves are made in India, the region of the world where flax is grown and linen fabric is made.

    Bring the simplicity of nature’s beauty into your home with the world’s most ancient fibers – wool & linen. Used for thousands of years, these “super” fibers naturally resist mold and mildew, are highly absorbent, and eliminate the need for using synthetics and plastics around your sink area. This is the best eco-friendly dish drying mat you will ever own.

    Care:  The Dish Drying Mat needs to fully dry between uses, which will naturally occur when kept on counter. If your wool dish drying mat is heavily used to the point of saturation, hang the mat between uses to increase air flow. If needed, your mat may be spot cleaned with a mild soap in tepid water. Dry flat. Do not machine wash. Linen sleeve may be machine washed and air-drying to maximize it’s lifetime is recommended.

    Note:  Wool is naturally mold and mildew resistant.  This is because of its unique molecular structure allowing air to pass through its fibers.  However, if it remains saturated for any length of time, wool, just like any material, may get moldy.  The Dish Drying Mat is designed to sit on your counter without the need to remove it between uses.  If, however, you are in a large family/household, or live in a damp climate, and find that the Dish Drying Mat is regularly saturated, the company recommends lifting your Dish Drying Mat off the counter after you use it, and giving it time to dry out between uses.

    Wool Comforter

    The simple elegance of wool for your bedroom! Sonoma Wool Company’s Wool Bedding Collection is pure luxury. To create this Wool Comforter, Sonoma Wool Company takes the wool batting, and encase it in 100% cotton fabric. It is hand-tufted, with a row of stitching on the perimeter to hold the wool in place. (No more waking up wondering where the fill in your comforter has gone!) Completely natural, never any dyes or chemicals. We love the bedding selection available at Ecoy as well.

    Wool is the best choice for bedding. Its unique fibers naturally insulate from both heat and cold, wick away moisture, and help you maintain a constant body temperature. And, wool is naturally resistant to dust mites, bacteria, mold, and mildew and acts as a natural fire retardant. The company assures you, the best eco-friendly bedding is made of wool! Sonoma Wool Company Comforters are made in California, using entirely American Wool. You can learn more about their Wool here.

    Care Instructions
    Protect your comforter from spills with a cotton or linen duvet cover. To renew and freshen your comforter, simply expose it to sunlight and fresh air for several hours. Dry clean if necessary, but try to avoid harsh chemicals.

    Wool Shoe Insoles

    Keep your feet pampered, warm and dry! Add Sonoma Wool Company’s 100% wool insoles to your shoes and boots to keep your feet warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

    • Fit in regular shoes, sneakers, work boots, rain boots, and hiking boots.
    • One size – 13″ inches in length, 3/8″ thick, and will compress over time.
    • Trim with scissors for a custom fit. They must be snug to prevent slipping.
    • Wool naturally wicks away moisture and is resistant to mold and mildew.
    • 100% natural felted wool — No dyes or chemicals.
    • Hand wash in cool water and line dry if necessary.

    Sonoma Wool Company believes in supporting local farmers, ranchers, and makers. Keeping the valuable dollar in local economies is important to keeping the communities thriving.

    Wool is breathable, environmentally friendly, fire resistant, durable and completely USA sustainable. Sonoma Wool Company began at Pozzi Ranch, a sheep ranch in the coastal region of Northern California, where the average rainfall is over 40 inches per year. Coarse-grade wool sheep thrive in this climate. Their coarse wool, with a 28 to 34 micron count, easily sheds the heavy rains of this region and keeps the sheep warm. The sheep with this type of wool are traditionally British breeds, including Dorset, North Country Cheviot, Romney, Suffolk, and Hampshire. This coarse American wool has the benefit of being perfect for creating practical products for you and your home.

  • Gift Guide,  Home Decoration,  Los Angeles,  San Diego,  WorldWide

    For The Beer-loving Guy in Your Life, Gift A Sudski

    Can’t have enough of your favorite drink even in the shower? Bring home the Shower Drink Holder by 30 Watt. This do-it-all shower holder can hold a beer can or other favorite canned beverage. Installation is simple, without the hassle of suction cups, adhesives or wall mounts. The holder sticks to glossy surfaces like glass, mirror, marble and more securely. Just stick this beer holder on your shower wall and enjoy a sip of cold beer at any time. Consider gifting your loved ones a shower wine or beer holder you’ll secretly want for yourself. 30 watt Sudski shower beverage holders are the most fun way to wash up in a communal shower.

    THREE EASY STEPS TO THE PERFECT SHOWER OR BATH EXPERIENCE:

    1. PLACEMENT Keep the lather away from your lager. The only bubbles you want in your beer is carbonation, so pick a spot for you SUDSKI that’s out of your shower’s splash zone.

    2. HOT N’ COLD To maximize your shower experience, make sure the water is hot and the beer is ice cold. You want the best of both worlds. Throw your beer in the freezer and crank the hot water up to 11, if you must.

    3. DOWN THE HATCH Pick a beer that you can finish in 10 minutes or less and save the heavier stuff for bars and breweries. A good lager should do the trick – it’s so fresh and so clean, just like you you’ll feel after stepping out of the best shower of your life.

    HOW TO USE:

    STEP 1: Remove protective film from back of the Sudski holder. Duh, right?

    STEP 2: Place onto flat, shiny, smooth and dry surface. Use thumb to smooth out any air bubbles.

    STEP 3: Wait 24 hours before placing beer into holder.

    HOW TO CLEAN:

    STEP 1: Gently hand wash under warm water while singing it a lullaby.

    STEP 2: Because science says so, allow to dry before reapplying to surface.

    STEP 3: It’s dishwasher safe so you could just pop it in there too.

    For the beer-loving guy in your life, gift a Sudski, the ultimate shower beer holder. Designed for the shower, but compatible with any glossy surface, this drink holder will keep his beer handy wherever he needs it most. No suction cups, adhesives, or wall mounts are needed. The Sudski stays put on any glossy surface using patented grip technology. Available at Target.com and on Amazon. It is an incredibly thoughtful choice for the beer drinker in your life. They’ll be thinking of you nearly every time they’re drinking beer soaking wet and naked.

    Never miss your nightstand again with glow-in-the-dark coasters. This unique set of 4 glow-in-the-dark drink coasters are great for your home, kitchen, or room décor. Made out of durable silicone material, each coaster is BPA-free and dishwasher-safe. Designed to mimic glowing stars, each coaster measures 4″ x 4″ and features one of four unique star constellations: Martinius, Wineini Minor, Beerini Major, and Cocktailopia.

    This is the gift that keeps on glowing. Get a head start on your holiday shopping with this clever drinkware accessory you could find in your own home. 30 Watt silicone coasters are BPA-free and light up nighttime beverages.

    About 30 Watt:

    At 30 Watt, they ideate, design, and manufacture unconventional products and gifts that empower people to be clever. They tell stories and solve unique problems through form, high design and function. How’d they get started. The CEO, Ryan Walther, began his career as an early partner at the Onion during his college days in Wisconsin. He aided their rise to a household name, sowing his comical oats there for more than 20 years. During that time, Ryan met Arik Nordby—the creative mastermind behind the Onion’s most popular product at the time: a prank gift box now affectionately known as the Prank Pack, and sold by Prank-O. (Now a child company of 30 Watt, Prank-O was featured on Shark Tank in December 2018 when Ryan and Arik pitched Prank-O to the Sharks.)
  • Gift Guide,  Home Decoration,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego,  WorldWide

    Well Told – Distinctive, well-made goods and gifts that tell your story and inspire you to live memorably

    Need a thoughtful gift idea? Look no further! Well Told custom drinkware makes for great gifts that your loved ones will want to use all year round. Well Told makes giving a thoughtful gift easier than ever before. Show just how much you care with a custom set of glasses featuring the place closest to their heart.

    San Diego Map Coffee Mug

    Home Town Map Coffee Mug

    Well Told 13 oz glass coffee mug can be custom-etched with a stunningly detailed map of ANY city or town in the U.S.! Well Told takes pride in creating artwork that represents each town as best as possible. Just type and select your town name above and enter the number of glasses you wish to order.

    Custom glass coffee mugs are made-to-order, and take up to 3 business days to ship. OurWell Told engraved glass coffee mugs are designed and made with pride in the USA.

    Product Care:
    Dishwasher Safe

    Mug Dimensions:
    Diameter: 3 3/4″
    Height: 3 1/4″
    Capacity: 13 oz
    Weight: 1 lbs

    College Town Maps Pint Glass

    College graduation may have looked different every year and still not how Well Told pictures this coming year, but this is a HUGE milestone! With holidays are around the corner create a custom gift for the new graduates that celebrates where the journey began and the adventures yet to come!

    EVERY U.S. College Town map is now available on a 16 oz. custom etched pint glass! The College Town Maps Glass collection features detailed street maps of iconic university towns. To order, please type and select your school or college town name above and select the number of glasses.

    Custom Night Sky Stemmed Wine Glass

    It’s where you were when your life changed direction or meaning. Where you were standing when you met that special someone or when you asked them to be yours forever. Where you were when a child was born. Now you can capture those moments in time by customizing Well Told wine glasses with a vision of the night sky from that place and time. Featuring the stars, constellations, and planets as if you were looking up into the sky again.

    Explore and create, over and over again. Let the night sky inspire you to design your own unique Well Told Wine Glass.

    Enjoy your cocktails while relishing the memories of your last vacation with Well Told’s custom-etched drinkware! These one-of-a-kind pieces are etched with Well Told’s signature map designs; choose from college towns, home towns, cities, and topographies around the U.S. and the world. Available in Pint, Wine, and Champagne glasses, plus much more! Finding the perfect gift can be hard…lucky for you, Well Told makes it easy! They are here to take some holiday stress off your shoulders by offering something special for everyone on your list.

  • Home Decoration

    9 Simple Ways to Save on Home Spending

    Simple Ways to Save on Home Spending

    Spending money in the home can seem like a never-ending cycle. There’s always something that needs fixing or replacing, but there are low-cost solutions to many of these.

    Buying parts

    If something breaks in your home, it can be annoying if the item still works, but you can’t get the best use of it. For example, if your fridge drawer breaks, you can’t store as much in your fridge. You would probably put up with this rather than buy a new fridge as the extra cost isn’t worth it. However, this is easily fixed with a replacement refrigerator drawer, so you can make full use of your fridge again.

    Many items which break or partially break in your home can be fixed just as easily, with a cheap replacement part. So, you can keep using the item as intended, without paying for a new one.

    Change the brands you use

    There will always be some food and drink which tastes better from a well-known brand. If you try out a few cheaper brands, you could discover some of these taste just as good. You can still stick to your favorite brands for the food and drink you prefer but will find some items you can spend less on by opting for a cheaper brand.

    Make takeaway substitutes at home

    Takeaways can be an easy and tasty option after a long day, but by spending a little time cooking, you can re-create your favorites at home. Whether you love a good pizza, kebab, burger, or Indian takeaway, many shops and supermarkets will have meals or the ingredients to make food that closely matches your favorite takeaway dishes. This might cost a little more than your usual food, but much less than the cost of a takeaway for the whole family.

    Shop or research online

    If you shop online, you can find the best prices within minutes without having to go from shop to shop and travel to different areas to ensure you get the best price. You’ll often find discount codes and cashback sites to get the cheapest prices or earn money on your purchases.

    Even if you don’t want to buy items online, you can still research them, so you know the best price and where to get them offline. This saves a lot of footwork and expense on traveling.

    Wait before buying

    If you don’t need something urgently, waiting before you buy could mean it is reduced. While this won’t work on everything, it’s worth giving it a try, as patience will sometimes pay off.

    Waiting for a newer model to be released will mean the older model is likely to be reduced. Or you could wait for the sales to get the item at a lower price. Buying items at times of the year when they’re not likely to be used can get you a bargain because these will often be on sale too.

    Saving money on household spending can be achieved by looking at small ways to fix items, and getting the best prices on the things you buy.

  • Home Decoration

    THE ULTIMATE HOME ORGANIZATION CHECKLIST FOR THE FALL AND WINTER SEASON 

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    With every autumn, thoughts turn to get organized. After all, as each day gets shorter and the weather colder, you’ll probably find yourself spending more time indoors than out. Getting the house organized to manage the influx of “stuff” in the new winter season requires a little planning.

    Come the first flakes of winter, you want to be sure to have everything in place, so now is a good time to start:

    Make mudrooms and foyers functional

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    In spring and summer, there are a lot less accessories that come in and go out, with every trip out of the house. Perhaps a cap, or maybe a lightweight scarf? With fall, there’s a whole new set of items that come out: coats of various types for different weather (rain, cold, really cold!) and scarves, boots, hats and mittens, to name a few.

    If you don’t want to face a pile of items that don’t have a designated home in the mudroom or entrance hall closet, you need to get ahead of the game:

    • For each person in the household, there should be a basket to keep sundries: hats, gloves, scarves and so on. Everyone knows where to put these smaller items and where to find them again.
    • Hanging hooks for jackets, caps, backpacks and more ensures that these things are up and off the floor.
    • Plan for wet umbrellas too, whether that’s an umbrella stand or hooks meant just for these.
    • As winter brings wet, mud and eventually snow, putting absorbing mats down for boots is a must.

    Garage space is useful when the weather is frightful

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    A lot of people use their garage for storage of all sorts of things, from lawnmowers to tires on rims, from shovels and rakes to an extra freezer. It’s the perfect space to keep all the things that you just don’t have room for in the house, and that frankly don’t really belong inside anyway.

    Of course, once the weather turns, it’s also nice to be able to bring the car(s) into the garage, rather than it getting covered in snow and ice. The key becomes where to put some of the items that currently reside in the space and the solution is right there: the walls.

    Industrial hooks can help you to get a lot of stuff off the floor, leaving space for a vehicle (or two). Like what? Shovels, rakes, other lawn and garden tools, bikes, lawn chairs and more  are up and out of the way. For smaller items, hanging shelves (wire or otherwise) keep your space organized, with everything and anything you might need in easy reach.

    A change in season means a change in clothing

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    Create a space somewhere in your home—the basement is a good option—and make it the place you store clothes and footwear for the alternate season. After all, you probably won’t need your flip flops in February unless you live in Florida, so having a place to put all the out of season attire makes a whole lot of sense. Pick a weekend, as the weather cools, and start shifting everything the family wore in spring and summer into that space. Then what you have left is the fall and winter attire, shoes and accessories, which you can now organize and to which the three essential steps to decluttering can be applied: decide what needs to be kept, donated, or tossed out. Next spring, you’ll do the reverse and wonder why you hadn’t been doing this all along!

    Beyond clothes, there is sporting equipment (skis in winter, baseball bats in summer) that are seasonal and should also have designated storage places for their off season placement. As soccer winds down and hockey gears up, kids of all ages need to know where to put their equipment for easy retrieval.

    Another area that gets messy is holiday decor. Get some plastic bins and mark them for the different decor (Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Halloween… whatever you celebrate!) and make sure that everything is properly put away after each holiday. It will make it much easier to find all the bits and bobs, come the next holiday. This is also a good place to store seasonal wrapping. After all, who wants Santa paper for their June birthday?

    Outdoor tools, toys and extras should be cleaned and stored

    If you clean, sharpen and store everything nicely, it will be in good shape when you get it out next spring.

    • Hand tools will benefit from a wipe down and sharpening (pruners, for example) before being stored. It’s also important to put away plastic water hoses and watering cans. Don’t forget to shut off the valve to the outdoor faucet, after you’ve drained it, so there isn’t leftover water in the pipes that will freeze.
    • A lot of people swear by their winter BBQ habits but if that’s not your thing, clean your grill and the tools that go with it to avoid unwanted bugs or other critters discovering it. Ideally, you’ll be able to put a cover over it to keep it clean and tidy.
    • Garden furniture is hardy but it doesn’t do well with snow and ice so cover and protect or store your garden furniture and accessories, including umbrellas, hammocks and seating cushions.
    • Kids outdoor toys should be stored or protected, to prevent weather damage and cracking.

    Emergency readiness should be a part of the plan

    If you have an emergency readiness kit, the changeover from summer to fall / winter is the perfect time to check it and make sure everything is still good (batteries, etc…)

    If you don’t have a kit, this is the year to start. After all, the climate is getting more and more interesting and depending on where you live, storms can be very powerful. Power outages during extreme weather can last for several days, so it’s worth being prepared.

    Here’s a basic kit:

    • Flashlights
    • Extra batteries for same
    • Charging pack for phones
    • A hand crank radio
    • Canned and other non-perishable food; a can opener
    • Water
    • Paper towels and toilet paper

    Candles aren’t advised, as they need to be monitored to avoid creating a hazardous situation, but there are plenty of lamps that have the same effect, without the risk.

    Have a map of where your water shut off is, as well as the power for the furnace or other large appliances. If you have a flood, you’ll need to know where those are located for emergency services.

    Kitchen and freezer reorganization

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    Heading into the cooler months, it’s a great idea to spend a little time doing some batch cooking of all those delicious stews and soups you’ll be wanting. It’s also, like with the emergency kit, a great time to check your freezer and pantry to make sure you have what you need and that nothing is taking up space that is past its due date. There’s no point freezing supplies if you can’t find them later!

    • Baskets in the freezer make it easier to store by type, so you know where to look for what you need.
    • Put a list on the outside of the freezer to show what you have and how much of it you have. That way, when you go shopping, you’ll know what you’re low on at a glance.
    • Your pantry needs a good going over, to make sure you’re well supplied in hot cocoa and tea, and perhaps less in pina colada mix! It’s the perfect time to make sure that everything isn’t past it’s prime and needs to be thrown out.

    Once these actions become a habit, you will find the transition from the lazy days of summer to the cooler weather of fall to be easier and more pleasant for everyone in the family!

    Marty Basher is the design and organization expert with Modular Closets, https://www.modularclosets.com. Marty regularly contributes on topics of DIY renovations, home design, organization, improvement and more, helping home owners get the most of the spaces in their home. Modular Closets are high-quality and easy-to-design closet systems made in the USA that you can order, assemble and install yourself, in no time at all. Using closet modules (closet pieces you can mix & match to design your own modular closet), homeowners everywhere are empowered to achieve a true custom look- for nearly 40% less than standard custom closets.

  • Art,  Gift Guide,  Home Decoration,  New York,  San Diego,  WorldWide

    Luxury Nib & Ink – Revival of the Classic Status Symbol, The Luxury Fountain Pen

    With an increase in the sale of the mighty pen over the past couple of years, as more people turn to handwriting (and buying online in the current climate), I am delighted to introduce you to these elite ‘power tools’ from luxury gift emporium, Pen Heaven in case they might be of interest to you…

    Becoming a hot favorite as an investment piece, it appears the classic status symbol has gone full circle since the digital age erupted, with sales of fountain pens in particular on the rise again. Along with elite pen brands such as Yard O Led, Montegrappa, and Graf Von Faber Castell, they are a number of new designs emerging including the latest edition from leading German pen specialists, Otto Hutt, who have just launched the Design 08 Solid Brass Fountain Pen in collaboration with leading Berlin-based designer (and lover of Bauhuas), Mark Braun.

    Priced at $1,170 having just launched on the new International site from Pen Heaven https://www.penheaven.com/otto-hutt-design-08-ruthenium-fountain-pen, this super luxe Fountain Pen (a Rollerball is also available) has a monochrome ruthenium plated finish, featuring a unique pull & twist mechanism and 18k gold nib. The style and craftsmanship is reflective of both Braun’s and Otto Hutt’s common admiration of Bauhaus design – classic logic and industrial-shaped clarity. It is a holistic design concept that is concerned with the idea of high-quality, in-house sustainable production and following the exemplary ethos of the brand for creating products that will last a lifetime.

    Offering a grand selection of fine writing instruments that will last a lifetime and become excellent family heirlooms. If you are looking for an extra special gift, Pen Heaven premium collection of pens offer unique craftsmanship from luxury heritage brands such as Yard O Led and Graf von Faber-Castell. Choose from a variety of luxurious finishes such as sterling silver, gold, precious resin and unusual woods. Most fountain pens will also feature a solid gold nib which has the added advantage of adapting to your writing style over time. All premium gifts are presented in large gift boxes which create the right impression.