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Natural Stokes Fire Starters

Stokes Fire Starters are eco-friendly and made in the USA - Atticmag

Natural Stokes Fire Starters are a newly minted, eco-friendly product made in New England.

Here in the woods our nightly ritual during the winter months is to light a fire, keep it going throughout the evening, and let the embers die as we go to bed. Usually, I layer the fire grate with scrunched up brown paper grocery bags or pages from the weekly newspaper circular, nestle in a few pieces of fat wood, top that with kindling and then add the logs.

But a few days ago, our daughter Rebecca made the fire lighting easier and greener with a gift of natural Stokes Fire Starters, which have no harmful chemicals and are safe to touch without gloves.… Continue Reading


Lantern Love

white lantern or arabesque tile set with red grout - colvm blog via atticmag

The popular arabesque tile a.k.a. Moroccan lantern motif is also used colorfully in other home decor.

Lantern motifs have become popular on drapery fabrics, rugs, wallpapers and stencils and, of course, for kitchen backsplashes. It also isn’t a stretch to say that arabesque tile has become an alternative to subways — finally! — because it’s a great shape with traditional or transitional kitchen and bathroom designs. In my interview with  Ann Sacks Product Development Portfolio Manager DeeDee Gundberg  last year, she explained the reason: arabesque “allows a design element without being too risky.”

I’m for making the lantern motif more risky, which is why I was impressed by the way it is being used in mediums other than tile and with intense colors.… Continue Reading


Artistic Sustainable Tiles

sustainable tiles - Debris Series Recycled Ceramic Tile Wave pattern by Fireclay Tile via Atticmag

Fireclay Tile expands its sustainable tiles with two new designs inspired by everyday patterns.

Are you looking for a tile that reflects the beauty in everyday patterns?  Then look no further than the sustainable tiles design by Fireclay Tile.  The lean curves of the Wave pattern, shown in Cyclone, imaginatively recreates the movement of the ocean’s surface.

The American-crafted Debris Series Recycled Ceramic Tile features over 70% recycled content, sourced within 200 miles of the San Jose, California factory.  The material list is impressive — recycled waste glass, granite dust, spent abrasives and post-consumer plumbing fixtures destined for the nearby landfill. … Continue Reading


Glass Pumpkins for Fall

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Decorate for the season with glass pumpkins, unique works of art.

Beautiful pumpkins are created in various sizes, shapes and a rainbow of colors by the artists of Tacoma Glassblowing Studio.  They are the perfect fall accent, but can also be enjoyed as decorative accessories year-round.  The Washington state studio sponsors glass pumpkin patch events each fall, where almost two thousand one-of-a-kind pumpkins are available for purchase.  Strolling through the Northwest Glass Pumpkin Patch must be a spectacular sight!  Check the website for dates and locations or to shop online.  A portion of each purchase is given to local and international children’s charities.… Continue Reading


Animal Themed Pottery

animal themed pottery with fox by Tasha McKelvey via Atticmag

Made to order pottery perfect for holiday gift giving.

The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming!  I know, I know…   Even though I don’t like to see holiday decorations out before Halloween, it is time to start ordering gifts for friends and loved ones that require custom order lead times.  Tasha McKelvey creates animal themed pottery — clay work intended to be useful, “art that is mean to be touched.”  The fox mini dish [above] is made of high-fired white stoneware, thrown on the potter’s wheel, with a hand-sculpted fox.  And you can choose your own pottery color.  It’s just the right size to hold cheese or store jewelry.… Continue Reading


Handcrafted Modern Home Decor

modern home decor - colorful industrial wall sconce by onefortythree via Atticmag

Individually crafted lighting and furniture.

A question often asked in the decorating world is how to use modern home decor to make a house unique.  Easy answer:  don’t buy mass produced items.  For fun and funky furniture and lighting, onefortythree offers handcrafted pieces such as the enamel painted industrial wall sconces [above] and molded plywood Roxy rocker [below] in rich walnut.

Each item on the website — which focuses specifically on colorful lighting, furniture and accessories — is made, one at a time, by John Hammond who started the business by necessity. He and his wife needed new furniture and lighting after moving into their new home, so he began making his own. … Continue Reading