sophisticated storage: the hookmaker tea tile

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In our apartment we hang our keys from initialed alphabet hooks right now, but these ceramic tea tiles, $30 each at Design Glut, present some pretty fierce competition. Perfect for odds and ends, the cup is big enough to hold kitchen utensils, pens and all manner of day-to-day debris while adding a sophisticated accent. They look great in multiples, and bright colors would pop against the clean white ceramic. Pinkies up! — Sarah C.

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online find: original art from ebay

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Buying original art can be as affordable as it is enjoyable. Case in point? These small but oh-so-sweet English watercolors from eBay seller katyharvey. All of her paintings feature scenes from her native Cornwall, so the subject matter ranges from cottage roofs to fishing villages to purple-hued hills. 9 x 6″ watercolors start at just $12.25, like this one of Appedore North Devon. Occasionally you’ll find acrylics, too. At 18 x 14,” the Appledore North Devon acrylic shown above is a steal at a $30.73 starting bid. — Sarah L.

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lighting lust: the briarwood twig branchelier

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Ever since looking at the photos of designer Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey’s Poconos house on Washingtonpost.com, I’ve been pining for the gorgeous Deanna Wish Branchelier in her dining room (#6 in the slideshow). The round Briarwood, above, is $2,778 + shipping for the 42” diameter style. Not in your budget? You can attempt to make your own version. The tutorial at The Doll House is basic, but would be a good start. And if you lean toward more streamlined design, you should check out the instructions for the “Tree Branch Chandelier” by Apartment Therapy reader, Kevin — it’s nicely done. — Michelle V.K.

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salute summer with a beachy print from simply hue

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Maybe it’s because I just returned from a short vacation, or the fact that August is upon us, or the barrage of fall products invading stores, but around this time I sometimes begin to panic about the end of summer. This year I’ve resolved to ride out the season happily with a little help from some strategically planned weekend getaways and subtle reminders like these prints from Etsy seller Simply Hue. For around $25 a photo you can capture the simple summer vibe all year round. — Sarah C.

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a new must watch: american pickers

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I’m kinda obsessed with the History Channel’s “American Pickers”. Two guys, Mike and Frankie, travel the country picking through garages, sheds and barns to find buried treasure. You can buy some of Antique Archaeology’s picks on their site or eBay store, including a vintage carnival ride just waiting to be restored. The real fun though? Watching the show. Catch it at 9/8c Mondays on the History Channel. If you have a barn or garage full of treasures waiting to be picked, you might even make it on the show. – Sarah L.

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