Cute, practical – and it’s waterproof! Not your ordinary laptop sleeve, this HOPTU sleeve by LOOPTWORKS is “upcycled” from wetsuit material scraps left on the factory floor that would otherwise end up in landfill. The candy-colored sleeves gently cushion laptops from the inevitable bumps and bruises; the sleek design will cushion egos. The HOPTU comes in Forewarning Orange, Prowl (black) and Natural Camo and is available in 15” and 17” sizes.
Retail: $35 for 17”, $30 for 15”.
Find it: looptworks.com
Buy it: looptworks.com
FLIP & TUMBLE
Reusable bags are nothing new, but the Flip & Tumble folds into itself in a tidy little zippered pouch that fits in the palm of your hand – and, with color combos like superpink/slate and peagreen/sky, looks like the high-status bag that it is, too. Flip & Tumble also looks good on your arm. The company makes produce bags, as well, so say goodbye to those pesky plastics for good. Available in nearly a dozen colors, bags cost $9 for one or two; $8 for three to six, and a mere $7 for seven or more. Buy a bunch and give them to your friends and family. Ridding the world of plastic, one (beautiful) bag at a time.
Find it: flipandtumble.com
Buy it: flipandtumble.com
I recently moved into a basement apartment in beautiful, sunny Telluride. A very small, dark and cramped apartment. Since the move, I’ve been searching for two-in-one furniture – pieces that double as ottoman and storage space, dining-room tables that fold down into coffeetables, sofas that flip into beds. Enter the Futaba love seat by Akemi Tanaka (at $4,750, a distant dream). Futuba, translated from Japanese, means double leaves sprouted from one seed, and lives up to its name with its dual functionality – in this case, changing from a coffee table to a love seat, in gorgeous bamboo plywood with a removable cushion cover.
Find it: akemitanaka.com
Buy it: burkedecor.com
Clean up your act 17th century style with Savon de Marseille soaps from Customs House. Big, blocky and beautiful, these handmade soaps boast “at least” 50 percent olive oil and are recommended by dermatologists worldwide for dry skin and other ailments. Pure and naturally moisturizing, Savon de Marseille soaps are ideal for sensitive skin types, especially babies. They come in plain and lavender-scented 300 and 600 gram blocks.
Retail: $9 - $17.50
Find it: customeshouseonline.com
Buy it: Customs House in Telluride, 135 W. Pacific Ave.; 970/728-5003
Searching for the perfect pattern/paint/pictures for my 1-year-old’s walls is a struggle. What if the paint changes color once it’s dried? Hanging art is great, but when I move it a few hours later, the walls are peppered with little nail holes. Enter wallcandyarts.com’s decals for walls. Easy to apply, even easier to remove and reapply. We love the Seasons Tree, but Wall Candy decals everything from chalkboards to whiteboards to glow-in-the-dark to monster patrol. An inexpensive, noncommittal solution to brightening little Billy’s room.
Find it: wallcandyarts.com
Buy it: wallcandyarts.com
What better way to bring a little of the Old West into your room than with a Western Wear Goods lamp with archival photo shade?
Find it: palladin-design.com
Buy it: Palladin in Ridgway, 610 Cinton St.; 970/626-2500
Telluride metalworker Joanne Taplin says she finds her joy “in joining pieces of metal to create highly original furniture pieces.” She creates and sells more whimsical pieces as well, including wall hooks, picture frames and kabob skewers for your summer barbecue needs. No more throwaway, flimsy wood skewers that splinter in your mouth! Skewer your shrimp in style with these forged metal spears.
Retail: $4 each
Find it: joannetaplin.com
Buy it: Picaya in Telluride, 101 W. Colorado Ave.; 970/728-0954