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Rollbe Compact Rolling Ruler

Rollbe is a super compact measuring tool around the size of a quarter that comes in a small leather carrying pouch you can slip in your pocket. Does the market really need another ruler? Well, Rollbe has been on Kickstarter for just a few days and has already raised almost $20,000 – far beyond the initial goal of $6351. I’d say there’s a huge market.

Designed for both the Metric and Imperial systems, Rollbe’s rolling design allows it to measure both straight lines and curved surfaces by rolling from point to point. It’s handy for home owners, architects, engineers, interior designers, fashion designers, decorators, art students, or anyone who needs to precisely measure irregularly shaped things on a regular basis.

Rollbe comes in two versions, the coin-size 4”  ruler and the 8” ruler for more professional use. To use it, you simply place the start mark on the starting point of the surface or line you want to measure, and then roll and count full rotations by following the ”radius indicator”, then add remaining units. It’s clean, mechanical look will have great appeal for professionals and DIYers alike.

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All images courtesy of Rollbe.

LA Urban Farms Vertical Garden Growing System

Founded in 2013, LA Urban Farms offers a vertical garden system which can grow vegetables, fruits, herbs and edible flowers, with no gardening experience necessary. These space-saving vertical gardens only require 30 inches of space and use aeroponic technology which grows plants in an air or mist environment without the use of any soil. The reservoir at the base holds nutrient-rich water, which is pumped to the top of the garden, showering the roots of all the plants along the way, without the use of any harmful chemicals. All the seeds used by LA Urban Farms are 100% organic and non-GMO.

The gardens are made from FDA food grade-approved plastic, and can help earn LEED points. The gardens also use 90% less water than conventional gardening, because the water is being recirculated in the system until the plants absorb it or it evaporates, and they use 90% less space because they are growing vertically. LA Urban Farms offers gardens in a variety of sizes, from smaller sizes perfect for growing fresh produce at home, to commercial gardens.

An LA Urban Farms Vertical Garden Growing System can be purchased for $525 (or $45.25/month) at LAUrbanFarms.com.

Photo Credit Dina Klempf for LA Urban Farms_

Photo Credit Dina Klempf for LA Urban Farms.

Photo Credit Dina Klempf for LA Urban Farms

Photo Credit Dina Klempf for LA Urban Farms.

All images courtesy of LA Urban Farms.

Whiskey/Wine Case by Walnut Studiolo

You might carry your favorite tipple around with you a bit more often if you had this tactile leather holder from Walnut Studiolo. The Whiskey/Wine case can be used to store a bottle out of the light or to bring it along for your next outdoor concert or sunset picnic.

The case fits most whisky, scotch, and wine bottles up to 12.25” tall and 3.375” in diameter. Sustainable cedarwood ends protect the bottle in the case, and a strong snap keeps it closed tight. The leather case is hand-stitched and hand-dyed using the finest USA-sourced vegetable-tanned leather in Walnut’s workshop in Nehalem, Oregon. It comes with two natural leather coasters and a monogram can be added for an extra $18 charge. $145.00

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Images courtesy of Walnut Studiolo.

Designythings Nominated for a JDR Annual Industry Blogger Award

I’m excited to share the news that designythings has been nominated for a JDR Annual Industry Blogger Award. The 8th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards recognizes exceptional design and remodeling blogs. According to the organizers, the award continues to strengthen in reach and influence, with tight races in several categories in last year’s competition.

The annual award, run by San Diego-based Jackson Design and Remodeling, highlights the best bloggers in Architecture, Interior Design, Remodeling, Construction Business, Green, and Microblog categories. Last year’s winners include the blogs by interior designer Sarah SarnaDecoist, and others.

Designythings is running in the Interior Design category. If you’d like to vote, please click here.

Each winner will receive a $500 cash prize and a 2017 JDR Industry Blogger Awards badge for display. Voting opens March 6th and closes April 24th, so please take a moment to vote now!