Admittedly, we’re a little blind to our electricity usage. We typically plug things in and round down our estimated cost of running said device to “negligible” since we don’t really know better. Quirky’s Outlink aims to help educate us to our usage, at least for our non-appliance devices. Outlink features one smart outlet (the top one) and one traditional outlet to track energy consumption, turn on and off at the click of a button on Wink’s app, and set up schedules to give greater control over what’s on and when. Granted, it’s just one drop out of the sea of outlets nestled in walls around your home and requires a Wink Relay or Hub to function, but it’s a start.
Can’t get much work done in darkness? Brighten up your dark, dreary garage with the Big Ass Garage Light, a massive light fixture equipped with two rows of LEDs, an extruded aluminum frame, and a set of heat sink fins that dissipate the warmth outputted by the lights to greatly prolong their lifetime. The result is a 122W shop light that delivers a mind-blowing 13,000 lumens and is rated to last up to 150,000 hours, or a minimum of seven years thanks to the accompanying bumper-to-bumper warranty.
Learn more at Big Ass Lights – $380+
At first, it might seem a little odd to display ocean-derived trash on your wall, but every Drift Board’s whimsical, untold story — not to mention their captivating ocean-worn looks — makes for an interesting piece. Each driftwood plank is photographed where found (with the date noted), cleaned up, marked with the geographic coordinates of its discovery site, and equipped with powerful magnets, essentially transforming it into a mount for tools, knives, keys, or whatever else will stick. As each piece is unique, they’re individually listed at Hejmonti, accompanied by multiple pictures, a personalized description, and precise dimensions, just so you know what to expect.
The Floyd Leg is a simple, brilliant tool for creating your own table from just about any flat surface, but technically it’s never been equipped for heavy use. Until now, that is, thanks to The Floyd Utility Set. This kit includes nearly everything you need to build your own heavy duty table, including 4 powder coated industrial grade corner legs with built-in clamps, two cross-bracing straps, and four rubber feet. Just add your own flat surface to make anything from a huge desk, large kitchen table, or even a ping pong / beer pong table.
Read more at The Floyd Leg – $290
Virtually everybody could use a bit of help streamlining their workflow. Install a Wrap and enjoy the convenience of a horizontal whiteboard right across your own desk. Wrap boasts a low-tack adhesive backing for easily application yet remains removable and re-positionable at will, all without leaving any permanent damage to your underlying furniture. It also works with different markers, including non-smudgable wet erase ones, tackles the problem of air bubbles with air channels, and may finally motivate us to clean up our extensively cluttered desks.
Check it out at Kickstarter – $29+
With the right maintenance, good cast iron cookware basically lasts forever. Unfortunately, modern cast iron pans and skillets just aren’t as smooth and non-stick as those cast a century ago, which are in rather short supply. For that reason, Best Made gathered and restored a series of American cast iron pieces using food-safe acid and lye baths, substantial handwork, and a whole lot of time. The result is a factory-new finish that maintains the patina and character imparted upon them through decades of use. Just season and get cooking.
Check out the lineup before they’re gone at Best Made – $55+
KMN Home’s take on this common kitchen staple isn’t quite like your grandmother’s rolling pin. Made of anodized aluminum, this rolling pin can be chilled to stay cool to the touch to avoid transferring heat to dough and melting butter, just like a marble pin but without the weight. It’s also non-stick, measures in at 21 inches wide, and sports laser engraved measurements in both inches and millimetres to get the size just right.
Find it at Kickstarter – $35+
Recycle your already-read magazines in a different way with Njustudio’s Hockenheimer Magazine and Newspaper Stools. These kits includes a four-legged waxed birch stool base, two custom leather belts, and a cushion, leaving you fill its metaphorical gap with nothing but magazines or newspapers. Stack more — or less — to precisely tailor its height to your needs. Just don’t leave it too close to a lit fireplace.
When it comes to tasks that are boring but essential, we’re all about efficiency. And if you’ve got a drawer to spare, Rev-A-Shelf’s Pull Out Ironing Board can both free up some space and cut down ironing setup time. Once it’s installed, just open the drawer all the way, unfold the board, and you’re ready to iron, eliminating the hassle of having to stash a large board in a closet whose space is probably best used to store other things.
No more spinning the board or arching your back over to take a look at your options with Restoration Hardware’s Wall Scrabble. Made of wood with graphics and a color palette that closely replicate the 1949 original’s, this massive 5 foot tall game board ensures even the moderately myopic can see every lexical opportunity from a distance. A large fabric bag holds excess letters while strong magnets in the game board and tile racks secure the pieces from falling off and a chalkboard lets you keep score.
Find it at Restoration Hardware – $1,500