Friday, June 30, 2006

checkbook cover

super cute vinyl checkbook cover from Ruby Mack's Etsy store!

SBIG: Tiki Tiki

I guess these really aren't so bad, just a little kitchy- but then, coming from us, that's a good thing!!- Perfect fun for your next summer luau- Tiki wall hanging from TheTikiMug ... its the weekend! have a good one!

Thursday, June 29, 2006

log letters

this is too much fun! happy birthday log letters from a great novelty website called Archie McPhee! it's from our fellow woodnut Sandy who thought "it perfect for the real faux bois appreciator." We love it!!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006


Summer is all about the outdoors and casual elegance, and nothing says outdoor casual elegance than a little faux bois flatware. These come as a 12 piece set and are made of stainless steel and acrylic... and they're dishwasher safe! Available here.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Manzanita branch candleholders

We can always count on the folks at Roost for a little (faux) natural lovliness. These Manzanita branch candleholders are cast from bronze. Available at Velocity.

Monday, June 26, 2006

burl stoneware at DBO Home

Look at these lovely Stoneware "burl" platters- love this white burl plate- and the stunning colors of these "mineral" burl plates. All hand made. Available at BDO home, that carries amazing handmade one-of-a-king ceramic homes accessories.
images from BDO home

Friday, June 23, 2006

SBIG: grizzly bear clock

Well... I suppose if you're looking for that one piece that will finish your Bear Country Jamboree themed room.. then this is for you! Notice the exquisite attention to detail in the bark, and the added depth of the plastic pine needles... hurry! Today's low price is $19.95 here.
(happy friday everyone!)

Thursday, June 22, 2006

bird box

Ok, we admit, the majority of this piece, the block part, is real wood (oak to be exact)- BUT the coolness part is the twig that sticks out- and that is cast aluminum! This beautiful modernist bird box is designed by FredriksonStallard for Thorten Van Elten. You can contact Smallpond to find a retailer here in the states that carries it.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Mandolina Wine

So last night I had the most delicious wine for a warm summer evening - Mandolina Barbera 2003. It was a refreshing rose from Santa Barbara, CA. Pairing perfectly with the spinach and mushroom pizza from Whole Foods, it's noteworthy for the faux bois on the label's beautiful mandolina.

ps. thanks to eric and kiyoka eto for bringing us this yummy wine!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

four logs

These versatile screeprinted "LOGS" by Dean Van Dis are perfect for the wall or to create a faux fireplace of your own. They've been featured on several sites including D*S, and Swissmiss. We recently caught up with Dean and asked him a few questions about his Four Logs Project:

What was the inspiration for doing four logs?
The original four LOGS were made as a background prop for a project in a photography course in college. This was in 1991. They were cut out of mat board and hand painted to look like real logs. They have been hanging in every house I have lived in since.

What are the pieces made out of?
Masonite for now.

What do you love about woodgrain?
The repetitive organic pattern.

What other products do you forsee in the future?
I want to have the four LOGS pattern on cheap china. Maybe as a border?

What's next for you?
Back to work as a commercial photographer until a new idea strikes my fancy.

Thanks Dean! For more info, visit

Monday, June 19, 2006

tree necklaces

We first spotted these on Notcot, cute tree necklaces by Giant Jewels, available at day-lab.

Friday, June 16, 2006

herb + ginger

We found a bunch of fauxbois loveliness over at herb + ginger-
an incredibly cute tea shop with everything for your teatime needs-

love this branch tea strainerthé vert sugar cupthé vert tea pot
images from herb+ginger

SBIG: bathroom accessories

It's amazing what they can faux up with resin. This collection of bathroom accessories is from the National Wildlife Federation. The SBIG part for me is the tissue box holder where they've updated what probably would've been detailed animal figures with green silhouttes.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

loss of memory

So very honestly, we thought we had already posted these two brilliant pieces, but it seems between the two of us, it slipped our minds. (BOO!) Thanks to Janel from AT: Chicago for the reminder...
Okay, I remember now, we didn't think these birch wood lamps were faux bois because the imprint looks so real. Don't you think they look real? But even when Jon figured out that they are actually covered in silk, we still forgot. They generously come in a group of three, but are sold out at the moment. Looks like you can preorder.

This Sherwood table is so elegant and still very modern.. very similar to the Barkely table which is why we probably slipped on this one too! ok, enough excuses ;(

Wednesday, June 14, 2006


Back in March we posted about woodgrain fabric. Kath commented with a great link to walnut woodgrain oilcloth. Well, we've found another source. Oilcloth International, Inc. Yes, it's wholesale only, BUT they are open to the public for their Bi-Annual sale to the Angelenos.

What: BiAnnual Oilcloth International Warehouse Sale.
When: June 24th from 9am until 2pm
Where: 134 N. Avenue 61, Unit 101, Highland Park in Los Angeles, CA
*lots of bargains on slight seconds, tablecloths, aprons, bibs, totes, lunchbags, yardage. Cash or check.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

woodgrain backdrops...

Randomly came across this site (with what I'm sure was a completely unintentional faux bois name- "stumps") while looking for some party supplies and saw these amazing woodgrain finds....
woodgrain gossamer- not really sure what gossamer is- but isn't it some sort of fabric?

corrugated paper with woodgrain printed on it- in dark woodgrain and light- for all you crafty folks...think of the possiblilities!!!

And finally this themed decor "set"....ok, now it looks cheezy all together- but I'm totally eye-ing the corrugated logs that make up the pier... I don't know why.... but... there's some sort of amazing home decor moment just waiting to happen there... (hehe) love the sassy model doin' the diva pose too...

Monday, June 12, 2006

AT: Scavenger

Apartment Therapy (NY) featured this tree coat hanger that we know we've seen around for awhile, (but apparently have never officially posted about it) as a "scavenger" item- meaning SALE!!! HURRY! It's designed by Swedese.

Friday, June 09, 2006

SBIG: woodgrain cart

SBIG friday again! We recently posted about woodgrain car kits that are available for a multitude of cars (we're still trying to get over the thought of a "woody-ized" Beetle) but why stop there? Well, the folks over at Buggies Unlimited think every kind of vehicle should be given the chance to be "woody-ized". They offer several faux wood kits for those that travel by golf cart. I'm particularily fond of the steering wheel coverplate that's just aching to be customized... have a great friday!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

pamela barsky dog log toy

We love this Pamela Barsky log toy for dogs, just sad it's out of stock...

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

"Forest Faces" by Woods

My first inclination was to categorize these into the "SBIG" category, but I gotta admit that something about these funny faces transcends your typical good/bad kitsch factor, and they just kinda make me smile. These obviously need to go on the right type of tree, but they totally bring me back to those classic fantasy movies or tv shows, where the trees come to life. Like in Wizard of OZ or H.R.Puffnstuff... They're borderline scary... but I still kinda like them.
I like the ones with the mustache, since trees are wise, y'know...The other cool thing is that some of them let you put birdfood in the mouth for the birds! I saw these while at Bed Bath & Beyond, but you can also check them out here...or here.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006


IKEA has a cute little piece. called STATIST, perfect for your desk or table top for hanging small items-

Monday, June 05, 2006

Diesel shades

Can we just say one more time how much we love Diesel, aside from possibly being the coolest brand out there, they also make the coolest shades. With this being the official month that summer starts, we bring you these fantastic pair of shades for the ladies. We can't seem to find a style name for it, but it has the style # DS 0043/s- its' available here, here, and here! (thanks to "annonymous" for tip)
UPDATE- also- we had posted about these shades by Spy Optic before- and now they are up on the Spy Optic site!

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Wallpaper: Nigel Robinson

Loving the editorial illustrations by Nigel Robinson in the June/July 06 Wallpaper Magazine. Beautiful use of woodgrain!!

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Phillips Air Tree

Blog friend and fellow AT:LA editor Gregory, found this cool modern air purifier from Phillips- too bad it looks like it's only in conceptual mode, but still..- great concept!!

Friday, June 02, 2006

fun thing- woodgrain computer

Here's another fun idea to do with woodgrain contact paper- We saw this image on Margaret Lyon's Flickr page. She was at a cafe and saw that someone contacted paper-ed their laptop and celphone!- notice the amazing craftmanship! We haven't tried this yet, so we don't have any other pics, but if any of you decide to try this- please share with us your results!!! (thanks Margaret for the image!)

SBIG? A&W new vintage bottle

This could be considered bad, but I strangely find it good! Over the weekend, kinda had an impulse buy at the cash register and picked up a bottle of A&W rootbeer. Haven't had it in ages, and the thought of rootbeer sounded really good- but what do my its(k)notwood eyes notice right away? They have changed the bottle and label art! Apparently this happened sometime late last year. According to the website, this is called the "A&W New Vintage bottle"- They went back to their "roots" (pun intended) using the faux wood/barrel look, and made the bottle resemble a glass one- but it's still plastic. I appreciate the kitchy woodgrain pattern, and it tastes good too!

Thursday, June 01, 2006

ceramic tree stool

This post was up- but strangely has disappeared. Drat Blogger issues... anyways-
I repost- Fellow woodnut and eagle eye Enrique found this amazing ceramic tree stool-
available at Gumps!

Lisa Congdon Show

We've posted about Lisa Congdon before, her incredible blog and artwork, and for any of you that are lucky enough to be in the San Francisco area, please go check out her show that starts tomorrow at the EDO Salon and Gallery. Her work is amazing and we are big fans here at I(k)NW. Lisa posted some pics as a preview on her blog. She is definitely "one to watch." So get some pieces now! (congrats lisa!)