We’re always on the hunt for new furniture in this house – in the past month, we’ve replaced our TV stand and obtained a coffee table, which Short Rib has commandeered as his artist’s table and toy storage chest. It seems to work for everyone! Wes is now after a new TV (for the new TV stand, of course). I’m putting my foot down though, turning my attention to the smaller items of home décor.
I am big into eclectic mixes and unique items. Things I’ve never seen anywhere else, and that are all different in their own little way. When we were approached by UncommonGoods to have a look at their wares, I was genuinely in my own little piece of home furnishing heaven.
Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, UncommonGoods is a privately owned retailer that endeavours to feature unique jewellery, designer décor, table top items, and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment without harm to animals or people.
They run all their operations out of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal, where the lowest paid seasonal worker starts at 50% above the minimum wage. They make it their mission to support and provide a platform for artists and designers; in fact, half of what they sell is made by hand (therefore almost certainly unique).
Most of the jewellery products, home décor and table top items they carry are created in the USA. Around a third of their collection incorporates recycled or upcycled materials. At the core of the company is a great respect for the integrity of the creative individual and the belief that it is their responsibility to use their business to impact the world in a positive way.
Now who can’t get behind that?!
So, I’ve spent a pretty outrageous amount of time on their website… despite being USA based, they have excellent international shipping rates. They also guarantee that you will not pay anything extra when your items are delivered. Because boooo customs!
We have just got our garden in an acceptable state for Summer. Except for a climbing frame and slide that still needs to be erected. On a recent stay in Scotland, I was surprised at how interested Short Rib was in their visiting birds. Imagine my utter delight when I came across this beauty!
LOOK AT IT!! It’s so pretty! What I really love about UncommonGoods is that it gives you a real insight into the people making the items too. Their Studio Tours provide an exclusive look into the workshops of their creators and help you put a name and a face to your favourite products. This Bird Feeder is handmade in Bali!
Bird feeders are not the only things you can pick up though. Visit UncommonGoods for more one of a kind items for your garden. You won’t regret it.
Inside the house, I’m not too big on ornaments normally but you can get some amazing Decorative Accents at UncommonGoods, that have me super excited and really glad I have a sideboard to start filling up.
Turns out what I actually want is for our bedroom wall… and it’s more storage.
Soooo they’re not super practical, but these Fire Escape Shelves are too cool not to have in my life. Of course we don’t have fire escapes like this commonly in the UK, but the aesthetic to this just really does something for me.
One last thing you definitely need in your home if you have an increasingly inquisitive toddler, is this Actual Sized Animal Tracks doormat. Made by two blokes from New York. Short Rib would love messing around with this, comparing his own footprints to the animals he’s seen in the zoo.
Of course if this isn’t your thing or you don’t have a toddler to keep constantly entertained, you can check out more unique and quirky mats and rugs. You’re sure to find one to your taste!
This is just a tiny collection of what’s on offer. I can’t urge you enough to get yourself over to their website and have a good old rummage. Read up on the creators of these awesome pieces, what you’re buying and who you’re helping out. There’ll be nothing more satisfying than people walking into your house asking the same question…
I love this. Where did you get it?
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