Archive for November, 2016

readThe fine folks at Juniper Books believe that “your books should tell a story.” As in, when you line up volumes on your shelf they should promote your love of books and passion for reading. Juniper makes a series of book collections that when put together on a shelf display a cohesive image, like the Historical Documents set that when put together on a shelf displays a Colonial era American flag (right).

About Juniper Books: “Recognizing books’ role in our lives and how they tell stories about us, the readers, was one of the many epiphanies resulting in the creation of Juniper Books. Since 2001, Thatcher (founder Thatcher Wine) has explored the value books bring us, how they take up space in our homes, and how best to feature what we love about books in new, creative ways. Today, Juniper Books crafts custom book collections for purchase and creates and designs custom libraries for a variety of clients.”

read2Juniper has some really cool collections – and can make a custom collection as well. I am thinking about how cool Juniper’s Adventure Set would look on my shelves. The set includes several books I read as a boy, like Robin Hood by Roger Green, White Fang by Jack London, and Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

About the Adventure Set from Juniper Books: “This 5-volume set of classic children’s books features custom jackets that capture the boldness and enthusiasm present inside the pages. The design of a ship in the distance, its destination unknown, is emblematic of the journeys experienced by the iconic fictional characters in these famous works. The Heirloom Collection editions include gorgeous illustrations and the full unabridged texts as originally published.”

See all the cool collections from Juniper Books here.

peLife is way too short to settle for boring everyday drawer pulls or cabinet knobs. That’s where the fine folks at P.E. Guerin come in with their line of awesome furniture hardware.

I guarantee that P.E. Guerin’s Jaguar Cabinet Knob (right) is cooler than anything you have on your cabinets or drawers.

As cool as the products they make is P.E. Guerin’s history – they have been making decorative hardware in New York for more than 150 years.

About P.E. Guerin: “P.E. Guerin is the oldest decorative hardware firm in the United States, and the only metal foundry in New York City. The company was started in 1857 by French immigrant Pierre Emmanuel Guerin and has been at its current location on Jane Street in Greenwich Village since 1892. Pierre Emmanuel Guerin was one of the pioneers in artistic metalwork in New York City, and examples of his production can still be found in various public buildings, parks and important residences throughout the city and the country. The business was later passed on to Pierre’s son, Emmanuel Pierre Guerin, followed by his son’s wife Marguerita V. Guerin, and then his great nephew, Arthur C. Ward. Four generations later, the company remains a family business, now owned and directed by Pierre Emmanuel’s great grandnephew, Andrew F. Ward.”

Learn more about P.E. Guerin and see all their product lines here.

coolThe fine folks at DENY Designs are just the type of people I like to highlight. They combine average household furnishings into works of art. Imagine cool artwork printed on pillows and shower curtains as well as a giant poster for a wall. That’s what these guys do and it is awesome.

About DENY Designs: “Based in Denver, Colorado, DENY Designs is a modern, think-outside-the-box home furnishings company. DENY empowers its customers to transform dull, everyday household accessories into fun and original statement pieces by adding a personal image or selecting artwork from the DENY Art Gallery. With each purchase from the Gallery, our team of talented artists earn part of the proceeds, enabling DENY to support art communities all over the world while also spreading the creative love! From custom furniture pieces to textiles, if it’s in the home décor category, DENY puts its own unique spin on it!”

For example, I like the Cool Cat work by artist Ali Gulec (above right). If I choose, I can have DENY Designs create the image on any number of fine products that will allow me to display this cool art in my home. Check out all the options here.

Of course Cool Cats are not everybody’s taste, but there are great works from many different artist to choose from and you are bound to find the perfect match between form and function.

Learn more about DENY Designs here.

pwI discovered this fine folks at Felix Doolittle a while back but only now got around to posting about them. The reason it took so long is simple – I love everything about them I couldn’t decide what to feature. So I decided to just jump in and start with their wonderful paperweight collection.

About the Paperweight collection from Felix Doolittle:

“Keep your papers in order and add a jewel to your desk with these illustrated and personalized glass paperweights. They can be personalized with a name, date, event, or favorite phrase to create a one-of-a-kind gift for yourself, clients, or loved ones!”

Paperweights may seem old fashioned, but they are really cool and to have a nice one like these from Felix Doolittle, it is like having a little work of art on your desk.

See the Paperweight collection from Felix Doolittle here.

See all the goodness that is Felix Doolittle here.

nokidDuring this season of plenty and excess, we should take time to note that, sadly, there are hungry kids in America, and we can help feed them by supporting No Kid Hungry.

About No Kid Hungry: “No child should grow up hungry in America. But 1 in 5 children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting kids in need with nutritious food and teaching families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. You can help surround kids with healthy food where they live, learn and play.”

For the holiday season, you can help by purchasing holiday cards to help feed children in America: “Celebrate friends and family with a holiday card and let them know you care about ending childhood hunger in America. This card represents a donation to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which provides healthy food to kids who are hungry. Together, we are making sure all of our nation’s children are happy and healthy this holiday and every day of the year.”

Learn more about the No Kid Hungry Holiday cards here.

Learn more about No Kid Hungry and how you can help here.

FF: The Kennel Club Dog Plate from Kirby and Company

ff1I love the whimsy and variety of the Kennel Club Dog Plate collection I found from the fine folks at Kirby and Company.

About the Kennel Club Dog Plate from Kirby and Company:

“Puppy Love. These Kennel Club Dogs are the Best in Show!  Admit it…life is better with a dog! Ceramic plate (decorative use only).”

Find the Kennel Club Dog Plate from Kirby and Company here.

See all the great products from Kirby and Company here.

FF: The Old Bay Enamelware from Golden Rabbit

ff2I have said it before and I will say it again – I love, love, love the Old Bay Line of Enamelware from the fine folks at Golden Rabbit Enamel.

About the Enamelware from Golden Rabbit:

“This enamelware is made of carbon steel coated with a porcelain enamel and trimmed in stainless steel. There will be variations in the shading of colors and pattern formations which are the results of the hand-dipped process.”

See the Old Bay Enamelware Collection from Golden Rabbit here.

Find all of Golden Rabbit’s fine Enamelware here.

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lickI defy anybody to pick up today’s Read, flip through it, and not feel pure joy. Yes, that is the effect happy dogs have on people which is captured in stunning detail by photographer Ty Foster in his wonderful book Lick. Yes, Lick is exactly what it sounds like, a book full of great photos of dogs licking and it is awesome.

About Lick by Ty Foster: “Sweet, slobbery, and undeniably silly, Ty Foster‘s photographs of dogs will delight anyone who’s ever loved a dog—or just been licked by one. Gifts for dog lovers don’t come any lickier than this. Includes 91 dogs and their tongues.”

This books makes you want to go to a doggie daycare bathed in peanut butter and let the gang go at it.

Lick by Ty Foster is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.

 

shThe fine folks at Portland, Oregon-based Schoolhouse Electric are truly what we are all about here at Lost Cowboy – people dedicated to creating fine products in the tradition of fine craftsmen from days gone by.

About Schoolhouse Electric: “Schoolhouse Electric was founded by Brian Faherty in 2003 following his discovery of a long-lost collection of cast-iron glass shade moulds in an abandoned warehouse. After carefully restoring them back into production, the hard-working team at Schoolhouse has continued to grow every year since. Together we’re dedicated to the preservation of American manufacturing, thoughtful living and purposeful design.”

Schoolhouse Electric started with lighting but has expanded to all sorts of really cool products for the home.

I like Schoolhouse Electric’s Radar Sconce (above right): “Inspired by a light originally used on an industrial parts washer, the Radar Sconce embodies utilitarian simplicity. We stumbled upon a 1970’s stamped electrical box from one of our East Coast vendors and resurrected vintage tooling that had gone unused for decades. By holding on to the original part’s stamped details including a cross cutout, risk-of-fire warning, and wattage rating on the canopy box face, we’ve given an affectionate nod to the incorporation of functional communication so typical of vintage, industrial fixtures. This fixture is practical, colorful and flexible – a beautiful and simple example of American industrial lighting. Handcrafted and custom built in our Portland, Ore. factory to exacting specifications. A Schoolhouse Electric Original.”

Learn more about Schoolhouse Electric and see all their fine offerings here.

kcccOh boy I have fallen in love with the fine folks at the Kansas City Canning Co. – purveyors of fine preserved products like jams, marmalades, pickles, relishes and shrubs. Did I mention the shrubs?

About the Kansas City Canning Co.: “Developed from a mutual love of canning and preserving, we created Kansas City Canning Co. to forge a modern approach to the craft of food preservation. Specializing in pickles, preserves and cocktail goods- we’re looking to elevate and stretch the conceptualization of ‘canned’ products- utilizing as much locally sourced produce and product as possible.”

Try the Smoked Spiced Pear Shrub – quite possible the most perfect ingredient for your signature cocktail for autumn.

About the Smoked Spiced Pear Shrub from the Kansas City Canning Co.: “This started as a butter, had a layover as a syrup- and we can safely say that the best place for it to be is as a shrub! We’ve added more vinegar to lend acid to sweet pears and rich spices- smoked by our friends at Wood + Salt to add richness & depth. This is a keeper. Ingredients: Red Anjou pears, red wine vinegar, tarragon vinegar, sugar, red peppercorns, white peppercorns, black peppercorns, juniper berries, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom.”

Learn more about the Kansas City Canning Co. and visit their online shop here.