Tag Archives: Made in USA

Smart Desk for a Small Space


Looking for a smart desk for a small space apartment with smart style?
Check out BDI Cascadia Desk collection. This creative modern design desk brings function and statement all in one. It comes with options for drawer storage as well, and different color choices. Featured here is Desk 6201 in espresso. Check bdusa.com for more info as well.


American Made – The General Pencil Company

The days of needing a quality #2 pencil are not gone…my daughter just took PSATs and she needed one, and we rummaged through every drawer in our house in search of one singular #2 pencil. Of course I only found some old pencils probably from a dollar store that were made in Indonesia which didn’t say if they were #2 or 3 or 4 or anything.

So here is a quality answer…the General Pencil Company from Jersey City, New Jersey, right here in the good ol’ USA.  The family owned company has been in business since 1889…talk about vintage love.  The Cedar Pointe Pencils are made with genuine Incense Cedar and the core is #2/HB for writing and drawing. At $10 for 3 dozen…a bargain or what?

The company features an entire line of pencil, graphite and art products, such as graphite drawing tools, powdered graphite and charcoal, compressed charcoal sticks and pencils, water-color pencil sets and pastel chalk sets, to name a few. Art books and how to make pencil kits are also offered, great for kids and classrooms. The website also features an online Artist Community and Gallery that features artists who use the General’s art supplies to create their expressions. Very cool.

The General Pencil Company has a great history.

“We take pride in handcrafting quality pencils and artist materials using traditional methods passed down for five generations. Our history dates back to 1861 when Edward Weissenborn founded the American Lead Pencil Co. in Hoboken, NJ. He was an inventor and machinist and acquired 28 patents for improved machinery and processes in making 360 different kinds of pencils. Weissenborn sold the company to The Reckford family in 1885. He then established the pencil exchange in Jersey City, New Jersey with his son Oscar, in 1889 .Which was later renamed The General Pencil Company.”


American Made!!

For more than thirty years Room and Board has focused on unique designs to make your apartment or home a beautiful living experience. And what is extra great about this New York company–almost all their featured products are make in the USA! (found gorgeous rugs at their website made in India, but that’s okay…I love Indian rugs!) This company has established bonds with artisans in the area to make great quality furniture, helping to reduce environmental impact by staying close home, and a plus of supporting a a business in local community.
Room and Board covers all your apartment room needs, from the Clark sofa above, among the many other choices for living rooms, to this Ellis desk for your home office or study space. Truly unique. And all furnishing come in a variety of color and wood choices.
A favorite piece, this Bella mirror, in the accessories area where you can order mirrors by the inch. Many colors and framing choices, and leaning mirrors too.
Another unique piece with a retro look that I love, the Grove media cabinet.
And for those with young ones, don’t miss the kids area for fun and wondrous kid’s room selections, like this Moda bunk bed. Comes in a dark wood too that I really liked.

All images from Room and Board.com.

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Lighting Made in America

Following my infatuation with lamps and lighting of late, and the ever present search for things made in America, I was pleased to come across this Elle Decor article on these two subjects combined.

Jason Miller, a Brooklyn based designer, has found Roll & Hill, a contemporary lighting manufacturing company, which sells unique lamps and light fixtures that are made in the USA. Love this Halo pendant lamp by Paul Loebach. Great for over a contemporary table or island kitchen. Here are a few other inspiring designs:

Mode Table Lamp, great for a desk or workspace.

I like the warm feel of this wall sconce from Miller’s Odds & Ends series. More on the lighting featured here at Elle Decor. Photo credits: Roll & Hill


Red, White and Blue Decor

In honor of Memorial Day I’ve chosen some red, white and blue themed room designs for inspiration. This modern decor living room in the color scheme is fun and inviting. Found at Interior Design Daily.

Coastal Living feature this awe-inspiring red, white and blue themed kitchen with country flair.

This cool red and white bedroom. So sweet. From 8rd.

Pottery Barn living room features red leather chairs and white sofa with blue and white throws and pillows. Blue and white chain rug. Great patriotic elements.

Cozy and comfy, a red, white and blue patriotic themed study. Love the plaid chair and pillow. Found at Your Decorating Hotline.

And don’t forget….

Annin American flags! Annin is the world’s largest and oldest (over 160 years) flag company in the world and what’s more…they’re made in the USA! They come in all sizes. Check your local stores and ask if they carry Annin flags! A lot do. I simply refuse to buy a flag that’s made in China.

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Featured Company: Thief River Linen

I love coming across a company that is so cool and unique…run by two women with taste and style.  This is why I simply love the products made by Thief River Linen.  Manufactured in North Carolina, this company was recently purchased by StudioPeele Home LLC., and it makes high quality unique bedding, window treatments, and home accessories. Fabrics of amazing quality are featured for purchase also, all at competitive prices.  Feel the “spirit of comfortable elegance” this company has to offer. Above, Lauren bedding.

Lily Anna Bedding

Plum Pretty

Royal Marina

And love the Voyage Pillow collections…quite different….

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