Contemporary Concrete: Made in America

As the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) continues in New York, we continue to highlight exhibitors whose products are Made-in-USA.Today, we’re focusing on the Concrete Collaborative, which specializes in what they call “next generation concrete.”Products include tile, slabs, pavers, walls and stairs. Products are manufactured in California.The company’s mission statement sums it up nicely:

“We craft a range of unique and sustainable concrete products supplied in collaboration with architects, designers and builders to create innovative solutions for interior and exterior environments. We provide quality products and service with specialist knowledge committed to the ongoing innovation of concrete.”

Tronk: Modern Design, Made in America

As the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) Opens in New York, we continue to highlight exhibitors whose products are Made-in-USA.Tronk Design is a relatively new company, founded in 2013 by a couple of friends from Ohio. Based in Cincinnati, the company combines minimalism with quality materials and good craftsmanship.According to owner/designer Brad Musuraca, “The beauty of the material speaks for itself. We try to keep our pieces as slim and elegant as possible without sacrificing functionality. The style is minimalist, but each item has subtle details that add a little pop to catch the eye.”These clever Franklin shelves can be installed on the inside or the outside of corners.

Check out the Tronk website to see more.


Sun Valley Bronze: Beautiful Hardware and Fixtures Made in USA

I noticed that the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) was coming up in New York and I was curious whether there would be many American-Made products on view. I started browsing the exhibitor list and found quite a few impressive American companies that were totally new to me. For the next few posts, I’ll be introducing these firms.
First up is Sun Valley Bronze, a family-owned company that has been around for 25 years. They offer an incredibly varied collection of solid bronze architectural products, ranging from drawer pulls to lighting fixtures.The styles include modern, old world, rustic, you name it.
The company has an enormous catalog of styles, but 40% of their sales still come from custom designs.Sun Valley Bronze products are proudly made in Idaho.
See more of their designs here.

Regards, Kathy


Yinibini Baby: Made-in-USA

Soyini George started her business, Yinibini Baby, immediately after college graduation in 2010. She made it her full-time job 4 years later and is still going strong today.Her love of art, design and color shows through in the charming shirts, bibs, onesies, bandanas and more. The products are made of 100% cotton, 100% organic cotton, or an organic cotton blend. Most of the organic cotton is grown, knitted and sewn in the USA. The designs are screen-printed by hand in Washington, D.C.

If you have a baby shower or baby birthday party coming up, you’re sure to find a charming gift!

Regards, Kathy

Clearing Storm Debris and Confusion: Which Stihl Chainsaws are Made in the USA?

This winter, the Northeast has weathered a series of storms that left lots of downed trees and limbs. At the time, most of us were concerned with just getting the power (luckily we have a generator) but now the aftermath is going to have to be dealt with.

I am probably one of those few people that will enjoy getting out there to tackle the cleanup with one of my prized possessions: “Old Orange,” my Stihl chainsaw. Between my chainsaw, splitting maul and wood stove we were able to have lots of cozy evenings by the fire this year, all from downed trees in our own yard during previous storms.

While the Stihl company was founded and headquartered  in Waiblingen,  Germany, there’s a lot of speculating and misinformation online about whether any of its chainsaws are made here. Frankly, the company doesn’t help by having not a peep of info on its website. So, Kathy went straight to the source and got the model numbers of the 13 chainsaw lines that are assembled in the United States. They are:

MS-170, MS-171, MS-180, MS-181, MS-201, MS-211, MS-250, MS-241, MS-251, MS-261, MS-271, MS-291, and MS-311

Hope this helps in your choice of a chainsaw.



One couple's search for a Made-in-USA lifestyle