You know you’ve reached a new level of design obsession when you start fangirling over an “artisanal” toolbox…or garden gloves…or BROOMS. The amount of times we ooohed and ahhhed over “beautiful,” well-designed home essentials while working on this new series would make anyone wonder about our stability (except not really, because if you’re here reading this design blog, you probably get it). We’re all design nerds around these parts, after all.
So, as I mentioned, we’re embarking on a new (short-ish) series for the next several weeks on what we’re calling “Upgraded Utilitarian.” We’re talking the aforementioned brooms, sponges, laundry racks, closet organizers, alarm clocks, toilet brushes, hangers…anything that might normally feel like an afterthought in your home, but BEA-U-TI-FUL (even if in an unassuming way). We’re digging DEEEEEP into the internet to find the most stunning, simple, artisanal versions of utility items. Chic compost bins. Yup. Attractive dish brushes? You betcha.
Today, since summer is winding down in a few months, we thought we’d start with gardening basics and workbench picks like tools and whatever you need to tinker around your home. And if you think for a second that you’re not going to be SUPER PUMPED about a …your tune will change as soon as you scroll down and see what we found. You WILL be itching to seriously upgrade your toolset, we promise. And for any of you out there that are all like “wait, why would I spend money on a ‘pretty’ when a basic one will do?” Well, here’s what I have to say about that…because you CAN (you by no means need to, but if your hose is , it might spark just enough joy that hosing off your back patio is all of a sudden a treat for the eyes instead of drudgery…and THAT should always be celebrated). Annoying chore + pretty thing to do said chore = maybe not so painful chore.
If you’ve never gasped over the beauty of a , then you haven’t lived…welcome to the other side of your life.
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You know all those times you’ve stayed up into the wee hours of the morning, staring up at the ceiling, stressed that your tool bench/garage/utility cabinet was full of such ugly things? So much black plastic and safety orange. The horror. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. You can sleep soundly now that we’ve found you the most beautiful , a , a and MORE. But for real, how pretty is that tape measurer at #4?!? We love our heavy-duty around the office and on job sites, but are you kidding with that wood face?? And okay, for anyone eye-rolling at the at #16, we debated back and forth about how ridiculous this was but in the name of “upgraded utilitarian,” we just went for it.
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On to the garden…we’ve got you covered head to toe (literally…there’s a cute little raffia hat and the best Hunter garden clogs). If you’re a certified plant whisperer, the from Williams Sonoma might just be something you’ll want to add to your wish list/shopping cart because it seems to have every small tool you need to get your hands all kinds of dirty. But if you’ve got a handful of indoor plant babies instead, take a look at the (#12), the (#2…these are great for getting deep into foliage without too much of a fight), and the for pruning (#22).
Stay tuned for next week’s laundry/org/kitchen Upgraded Utilitarian post. We have a few more categories in the works, but let us know what else you might want us to source that could fall into this category of mundane yet magical.