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Balcon and Bénitier by Inga Sempé Are Now Available in Ceramic

balcon and benetier by Inga Sempe

The Balcon collection that French designer Inga Sempé created for Moustache was originally made in beech wood. A white ceramic version of the shelf to screw and the tidy to screw are amongst the few new items that Inga Sempé will present at Maison & Objets Paris 2013. The Balcon series is great to deposit small everyday objects or to hang next to your bath.

top picture: White ceramic Bénétier (a tidy) and Balcon by Inga Sempé

balcon shelf and benetier (tidy)balcon collection in beech wood for moustache
Balcon collection in beech wood for Moustache

Her new Vapeur lamps with coloured patterns will be presented at the same time. Stop by Moustache booth, Hall 8 – Stand B23 to see them.



I’m Redecorating my Entryway

mood board for my entryway

My entryway is already functional. I have a basic landing strip. I already have a doormat and an umbrella holder outside. Inside, a nice mirror with a matching catch-all drawer adds style to the room. What I’m looking to upgrade are our hooks, plus the storage for shoes, hats, scarves and gloves.

Like for many urban dwellers, my entryway is a tight space. My space is even harder to decorate since it is a 4 feet wide L-shaped corridor. To keep the room airy, I ruled out a bench. Continue Reading


Bulletin Boards and Magnets

bamboo magnet dry-erase board with channels

bamboo magnet dry-erase board with channels

Having a bulletin board makes your life easier. My husband and I are adoring the chalkboard wall we painted in the kitchen. We keep track of our to-do-list, shopping list and write down what we would like to eat for dinner.

Another place that a bulletin board comes handy is the office. For an home office, a dry-erase magnetic wall panel is often the best choice. I compiled a list of stylish and fun message boards by Three by Three Seattle.

If you have the space, the Bamboo Dry-erase Wall Panel is a great choice. Optional channel panels can be added to the basic panel. It is perfect for a craft room. I think that the channel panels are a must. You can tailor it to your  needs since they offer several possible configurations.

magnet dry-erase bulletin boards

The 12 x 12-inch Hang on Board provides three hooks to hold a pair of scissors, personal accessories, utensils, keys, etc. For a narrow spot, look at this vertical dry-erase magnet board that is backed with magnets and that can also be mounted with an adhesive tape. Both models are available in white, spring green, silver, and real bamboo.

Fun Magnets

bright colors dot magnets and the mighties

For a punch of color on your board, go with bright dot magnets. Three by Three Seattle makes a kit with ½ inch, ¾ inch and 1 inch diameter colorful vinyl dot magnets. Know that they supplies their Mighties magnets with anyone of their magnet boards.

+ Bamboo Dry-erase Wall Panel $40-$100 USD at Three by Three
+ 4×11 inch Dry-erase Magnet Board $10-$13 USD at Three by Three
+ Hang on Board $25-$30 USD at Three by Three
+ Bright Color Dot Magnets $7.95 USD at See Jane Works
+ Mighties $13.95 USD at See Jane Works


5 Eye-Catching Coat Racks

5 design coat racks and hooks

Many apartments and condo units do not have a formal entryway. This is without counting the increasing number of units that lack a coat closet. Even if you have a coat closet, chances are, that it is almost full by all your coats needed to accommodate 4 seasons. For all these reasons, we often need to install a coat rack for our guests.

A coat rack can be more than utilitarian. Why not select a coat rack that will make a lasting impression? I found 5 coat racks that should become a conversation piece.

For the Art Lover or the Family

flying hooks coat hangers at gselect

The Flying hooks are almost an art form. Instead of putting it on the wall, each hanger is attached to the ceiling using a stainless steel cable. Each hanger can be hung at any height. A family can decide to hang a few coat hangers extra low. This way, the young kids can reach their hanger. I am torn between the Flying hooks and the treehooked to elect a favorite.

For the Urban Girl

amt treehooked coat hooks

AlissiaMT (amt) designed the treehooked. They come in green or white soft-coated steel with screws and spacers in a matching color. Treehooked was inspired by organic form but when I looked at it, I see a subway map. You can put several together for a bigger impact.

For the Bachelor

dart coat hooks by suck uk

I imagine the Dart coat hooks hanging on the wall of a game room, a teenager bedroom or a bachelor pad. At this price, you can stock a few for the Christmas gift exchanges.

For the Modernist

kangaroo hook by cascando :: dutch design

At more than $250 a piece, the Kangaroo hook is eye catching for two reasons. But you have to admit that this concept is ingenious. The two lower arms act as a coat hangar while the 2 upper arms can hold hats or coats. Overall, you can either put 3 coats or a coat, a hat and a scarf or 2 coats and a hat on a single hook.

For the Twitterer

umbra birdeye hooks

The Umbra Birdeye rack reminds me of the Twitter bird. Besides the entry hall, this multi hook stand would be cute in a girl bedroom.

+ Flying hooks designed by Ariette Bos and Tom Couvee 4 hangers $158.10, 9 hangers $300
+ Treehooked by amt $90 USD
+ Dart Coat Hooks by Suck UK $24.30 USD for pack of 3
+ Umbra Birdeye Multi Hook $13.49