Who says good taste can’t extend to cocktail shakers and dog collars? Even the most ordinary, run-of-the mill home wares can benefit from tiny, offbeat design twists to set them apart from the masses. Here are a few of our favorites. —Michael Beck
Creatively speaking, bathrooms can easily be the most ignored room in the house. With its elegant design, this soap dish upgrades your sink ledge to most eligible bachelor status, while keeping the countertop free of soap scum.
A good apron isn’t just for the Julia Childs of the world—it’s a shield, from burger grease, sawdust, and dirt. We like this one for its multiple pockets, and its general indestructibility.
You pay utmost attention to your own style, but when it comes to your dog you bought the cheap, neon, nylon collar at the pet store. Show your pooch some love by buying him this American-made, stylish collar constructed from reclaimed leather and rope.
The easiest way to step up your summer cocktail game isn’t by visiting the new hipster-laden haunt down the street. It’s by chucking these chuckle-worthy, sunglass-shaped ice cubes into your guest’s glass. Trust us.
Bathroom storage can be problematic. Where do you put extra rolls of toilet paper, and what about magazines? Surely not on top of the toilet where they’re vulnerable to, um, splashback. This caddy houses and protects your bathroom necessities with an air of style.
Picture yourself behind a grill: a beer in one hand, this spatula in your other. Congratulations, you’ve just pictured a true American hero.
Sometimes, beauty is delivered in the absence of detail. Case in point: this clock. Its white marble, numberless face centered by two thin black hands is the epitome of clean design.
This food prep set, which is made of porcelain-coated heavy steel, is more expensive than the plastic stuff, but it’ll last—and look great—forever.
While a classic steel mixer has its merits, its biggest downfall is leakage. The top of this old-school mason jar screws on so you’ll never again have to worry about spills.