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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


Killing Manly Odors with American Made Products

I know that when I come in from a long bike ride or an afternoon doing yard work, I am not at my most…let’s say “fragrant.” A quick shower and a load of laundry tackles most of the problem, but there is that occasional lingering odor that needs to be dealt with. Typically, I will use a candle, but I also like this spray from Sydney and Hale which can clear the air, so to speak, for my loved ones.

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The Room Spray is made from organic sugar cane alcohol. With a range of manly scents (Wood Smoke and Amber; Bourbon and Brown Sugar; Eucalyptus and Sage), you can feel pretty comfortable giving your closet, man cave or bathroom a spritz without it smelling sickly sweet.
If you think your space needs something a little more long-lasting, you can try one of their soy-based candles. They feature two wicks and an estimated 50 hours of burn time.



Kitchen Linens in Denim: Made in America

I love denim and, between one garment and another, I’m usually wearing it 7 days a week. So I was surprised, but really intrigued to see the look and color of denim in such an unexpected place as the dining room table. I don’t know if these items fade with use, but if they do, all the better.
The name of the company responsible for these appealing designs is Small Gunns, founded by sisters Diana and Michelle Stock. They make a variety of items: coasters, placements, table runners, aprons and more, using denim and other fabrics.

Buffalo Plaid pillows in Red, White and Blue feature a gold zipper with denim binding.The indigo and hickory stripe apron above features three pockets, and a towel loop and is made in San Francisco.I would definitely like to have a Small Guns runner made from denim, especially since it would go so well with our glass table and white dishes. (For a limited time, table runners are half price.)




60+ American-Made Gifts for Men from Huckberry

I like the online men’s shop Huckberry because of the wide range of products that speak to me and suit my lifestyle. Their Made in USA page has so many things I’d love to own, from clothing and accessories to home goods and travel items. Here are a few of my favorites:gihf3xecxb_north_coast_shirt_jacket_2-0_5_originalouterwearHaving just walked the dog in 20-something degree weather, I figured I would start off with this North Coast Shirt Jacket 2.0 (top) from Edgevale. Made of polyester, wool and  acrylic, it s both wind and water-resistant. Other outerwear options are shown.iklppeu0co_steel_firepit-large_6_originaloutdoorsThe 3/4″ steel Fire Pit from Stahl adds a bit of artistry to the act of hanging out with friends and staying warm.  And there are other products on the page for the outdoor adventurer.otwi1yuxxo_the_chapter_knife-serrated_5_originalSpeaking of the outdoors, this drop point serrated Charter Knife from the James Brand is made from stainless and titanium.bge6w4bfle_6_service_boot_2_originalbootsMotorcycles and boots, perfect together. These are  6″ Service Boots from Chippewa but you can also find classics from Red Wing and Danner on the site as wellnpwplhlb6o_g-i-_joe_duffel_0_originalbagsGotta go somewhere? You’ll find a nice selection of bags and duffles, I can easily see throwing the canvas and leather GI Joe duffle from Hudson Sutler on the back of my bike. izgftzu4ib_travel_kit_2_originaldoppsThe Travel Kit above is from General Knot and features a subtle pattern on the water resistant canvas.
rcrjxrihwc_three_strikes_bat-flamethrower_5_originalDo you need something to claim the space as yours? these bats from Pillbox Bat Co. are too good looking to actually swing at a ball but will look great in your man cave. The Three Strikes-Flamethrower is featured above.06gm2hcunk_quad_wallet-_limited_edition_5_originalwalletsFinally, there is a very broad range of leather goods available on the site: The Quad Wallet is from Tanner Goods and is made from English Bridle Leather.

The above is just a sample of what Huckberry has to offer in American made goods. Once you’re on the site, you’ll see that Made-in-USA items have an American flag designating country of origin, so check it out.



10 Gifts for His Man Cave: Made in USA

I have two favorite places in the house. The garage, where my bicycles are stored (and soon my first motorcycle) and my man cave. Lucky for me that my wife has no interest in either space but I do have to admit that she has chosen some of my favorite items for the room.

If you want to buy a man a gift for his man cave, try to choose items that have meaning, evoke a memory or provoke a smile. These are the kinds of things I like:mancaveEvery mancave needs a sign to help set the boundaries. The sign above seems to me to be a gentle suggestion to loved ones to respect my space, but there are other options here.wrrmnhcrsi_tobacco_sandalwood_candle_1_originalBelieve it or not, guys, candles today don’t have to be all sweet and flowery.  The Sydney Hale candle above features scents of Tobacco and Sandalwood. The best part is, once the candle burns out, you can use the glass for drinking.

photo_gallery_eames_lounge_chair_ottoman_2Every man cave needs a statement piece of furniture and in my case it is an Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman. It might take years to afford it (it did for me), but if you have some cash, it’s on sale right now and it will last for life.

BarrelTrayRecycled and repurposed items like this tray made from a wine barrel, look great in a guy’s space. You can get this and other  items from Top Shelf Barrel Furniture.stcxiial3w_the_original_bell_jar_table_lamp_1_originalThe lighting in a mancave typically needs to be low level to evoke a mood. Wiith LED’s you can get a wide range of lighting options and rarely have to change a bulb. We just featured Southern Lights Electric a few weeks ago and feel it would be a great addition to a man cave.FlagI don’t know why but it was very important for me to have an American Flag in my space, When not in use I typically drape it over my chair. I especially like the embroidered cotton flags from American Flag.quservyipu_the_max_multipurpose_axe_kit_4_originalI don’t know why but when I am not working outside my axe always seems to end up leaning against my mancave wall. The Max Multi Purpose Axe Kit above even features a number of attachments that convert your axe to a shovel, pick axe or rake.sxwurdvakd_soapstone_whiskey_glass_6_originalI am not a big drinker but I do like having a unique collection on hand for the times I want to have a whiskey, hard cider or martini, shaken not stirred. The soapstone whiskey glass above is made by American Stoneware.81pw1ubuozl-_sl1500_While my wife doesn’t typically come down into my space, the dog is always welcome and I want her to have a comfortable bed for her to stretch out in. This bed from Majestic Pet is machine washable.BlueprintArtWhether your personal taste is Dogs Playing Poker or Steve McQueen from The Great Escape, the walls of your space need something to liven them up. Click these links to browse large collections of patent-type prints and blueprint-type prints.aechangetrayFinally, I need a valet for my change, keys and other miscellaneous stuff. I like the classic style of the Allen Edmonds design above and you can find it and others in a recent post here.

Outfit your space your way and enjoy!