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"How to..." create a Steampunk Gear Planter? Part 1: The Hunt!

Those of you following us already know, that one of our main focus here at Roots in Rust is to reuse old, most often discarded objects and materials to not only create something beautiful and new, but also to help the environment.  To celebrate this effort, we kick off our "How to…" series by giving you a sneak-peek into the creation of our ever-favorite collection, the Steampunk Planters! The ‘Steampunk’...

Local Artist of the Month: Lolafalk

Each month we feature a local Brooklyn artist we adore. Today we interviewed Lauren Falkowski of Lolafalk. You can find her on the web at her website, her Etsy shop, and her blog. Read on! Who are you and what do you do? My name is Lauren Falkowski and I’m the owner, designer, producer, and just about everything else you can imagine for the Brooklyn-based leather goods line Lolafalk.  Most folks here in NYC...

Gift Like a Pro: Gifts that Give

We love gifts with a heart: those that support ethical worker practices, and other worthy causes.  Enter these gorgeous, fair trade, handmade rugs by Node.  They are the culmination of efforts by traditional Nepalese carpet-makers, and international artists Our favorite design: a serene forest scene by children’s book author and illustrator (like the mischievous, I Want My Hat Back), John Klassen.  Tinyshowcase is another vendor we can get behind. All their prints are limited...

We Have Our Eye On... Rain Room at MoMA

Here at Roots in Rust we like to contemplate human society’s relationship to nature… how we nurture it, and recreate it, and oftentimes attempt to tame it. So naturally this exhibit by London designers, rAndom International, immediately caught our attention. According to MoMA’s website, "Rain Room offers visitors the experience of controlling the rain." Visitors can walk into an indoor downpour, interacting with the room’s sensors to hopefully emerge unscathed. Try...

Did you know... Mason Jars

Kicking off our “Did you know…” series, we write about Mason jars— who invented them, who makes them today, why they vary in color, and what those darn numbers mean… These are the jars we use for our soap dispenser design here at Roots in Rust. Maybe this will give you something to think about the next time you are soaping up! So let’s dive into it, shall we?  ...

Hottest Green Design: Cactus Cushions

We think these Cactus cushions by Maurizio Galante is an Exhibit A in clever design:  Modeled after the real-life, cheekily-named, Mother-in-Law’s Cushion cactus (Echinocactus grusonii), this (thankfully!) spine-free sofa would be a welcome addition to any indoor succulent garden.  

Hottest Green Design: Floating Vase

Oodesign’s Floating Vase has that beautifully simple aesthetic that we love. Shaped like a ripple, it holds a single flower that is free to roam across the water’s surface as it wills. Though currently only available in Japan, we hear whispers that it will soon be coming overseas! You can stay tuned on their website.

Repurpose with Us!: Cinderblock Planters

In this series we’ll share neat repurposing ideas we’ve gathered from across the web.  First up: this cinderblock planter DIY by Annette of Pot-ted. It totally appeals to our younger, Tetris-playing, block-building selves. Requiring only Liquid Nails to bond them together, we imagine this project could easily turn a lazy summer afternoon to one well spent! See the full blurb over at Apartment Therapy here. 

DIY Green Design: Pallet Furniture

For the Creative or the Handy Friend, or the friend who is All Of The Above and Also A Little Strapped For Cash, consider gifting these fun DIY furniture design tutorials to help them furnish their apartment. Or, if you feel up to the challenge (these projects are really not hard), perhaps you can venture out to make these neat, recycled pallet pieces yourself. Developed by Nina Tolstrup of Studiomama, she...

Gift Like a Pro: Food Growing

These awesome “farm-in-a-box” kits by Back to the Roots reminds us that we have the power to grow good food; that “organic” and “healthy” is not only for the privileged. Grow tasty oyster mushrooms with their Mushroom Kit, which uses recycled Peet’s Coffee grounds for soil. Or learn about ecosystem nutrient cycling with their Aquafarm— just make sure to BYOF (Bring Your Own Fish). Or if you want to take...

We Have Our Eye On... Wild Medicine at NYBG

We’re well aware of the psychological benefits of having plants in the home (improving mood, reducing stress…), but here’s your chance to learn more about the direct physiological benefits they provide at the New York Botanical Garden’s new exhibit, “Wild Medicine: Healing Plants Around the World.” (May 18 - Sept 8 2013)  The show displays over 500 medicinal plants used throughout history, in many different cultures. There are even workshops for learning...

Hottest Green Design: Contained Worlds

Terrariums delight us and spark our imagination because they allow us to create a little contained world of greenery. Like this gorgeous, geometric piece, “Terra,” by Fort Standard, which not only houses an environment, but rotates 360 degrees like the globe we live on. (PS: This gorgeous, modern design played a part in the inspiration behind our very own Faceted Wooden Planters) But what happens when the situation is flipped?...

Essential tips for the Urban Gardener - How to Display your Terrariums

At RootsinRust we design and make many terrariums and get lots of questions about display ideas from our customers. So we thought - beyond our own advice (see notes below), why not put together a list of gorgeous display ideas from all over the world? Here are our top picks: Displaying different sizes of the same (or similar) shape always looks beautiful. The artists put a spin on this display...

Gift Like a Pro!

We don’t usually admit it, but gifting can get a bit stressful at times, especially when it comes to surprising certain people (read: the boss, mother-in-law, secret-Santa) What to get? Where to get it? How much to spend? With our new blog series “Gift like a pro” we aim to give you some tips and hints on how to ease your gift-giving worries. Alongside some clever pointers, you’ll also find...

Local Artist of the Month: K. Batty Design & Stationery

Each month we will be featuring a local Brooklyn artist we adore. Today we interviewed Kerry Batty of K. Batty Design & Stationery. You can find her on the web at her website, her Etsy shop, and her blog. Read on! How did your venture start, and where is it today? K. Batty Design & Stationery was born on a terrible day at my full time job in advertising. I’d...

Antiques and Paws - Brimfield, MA

I've been told that the Brimfield Antique Show is an amazing destination; especially for those who love antiques and vintage goodies like my husband and I. We enjoy decorating our home with special finds that we pick up during our excursions to the country. This past weekend we finally made it up to the famed show and let's just say: we weren't disappointed! (Of course, for me the trip was...

stopTHINKshop - Design week 2013

Design Week 2013 is upon us! And we are so excited to be part of it! Thanks to stopTHINKshop,  the pop-up show that showcases designs with a compelling story, co-curated by Given Goods, miLES, and TYTHEdesign, our Reclaimed Wood Faceted Planters will be available for a limited time - May 18th and 19th, 11am-8pm in the heart of the Lower East Side of Manhattan (75 East 4th Street, New York, NY, 10003)  ..."The...

It's almost time!!

In a few days Roots in Rust will be featured on Fab.com!   Starting on Wednesday, April 17th, this online purveyor of all things cool and unique is hosting a six-day sale exclusively for our designs! The sale will feature a selection of our signature, as well as brand new products, including our fun and funky Alphabet Block Planters, graceful glass Terrariums, and vintage Mason Jar Dispensers.   To add...

Inside a Houseplant Haven

Is it possible to have too many houseplants? If so, Brooklyn resident Summer Rayne Oaks is guilty of it. This model/activist/botanist has turned her apartment into a vertical garden by filling it with more than 200 living plant specimens. It was an investment, she says, but it’s well worth it considering how beneficial it is to her interior, her air, and her mood. And we admit, it looks pretty awesome....

Houseplants: Nature's Multitaskers

We’ve long been staunch supporters of houseplants because of their striking look, hardy nature, and ability to give the tiniest of indoor spaces a lush, garden-like quality—and it turns out they’re beneficial to your health, too! According to this story, NASA conducted a study proving that many houseplants help filter out hazardous chemicals from the air and regulate humidity—especially important for apartment-dwellers who spend a lot of time in smaller...

We have our eye on.. El Anatsui Exhibition

We’re fond of working reclaimed pieces into our products—we’ve used everything from vintage canning jars to antique farm tiller wheels—so we’re definitely making room in our schedules for a viewing of the Brooklyn Museum’s Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui.   This African artist takes reclaimed wood and metal objects—like distillery bottle caps—and turns them into site-specific sculptures with a unique, textural quality and an arresting look.  The...

Celebrate with a Bit O' Green!

St. Paddy’s Day is around the corner—just another reason to embrace all things green! While cartoon leprechauns and green beer certainly do have a cutesie appeal, we turn to air plants to give our homes—and any St. P’s Day celebrations we may host—that extra bit of green  and a modern touch. And whether we’re entertaining a crowd or relaxing alone, we love to have a few of our Alphabet Block...

Time to bring Spring into your home!

We are soooo excited that Spring is almost here! Soon, flowers will bloom and avid gardeners will be able to admire their handiwork. For those living in apartments, however, gardens can be hard to come by. This is why we rely on air plants for a regular dose of green and color! Yep, air plants bloom in colors ranging from white to pink, from purple to bright red! At the...

"State of Unique" Features Roots in Rust!

Dear friends, I’m so excited to share this piece of “fame”! Stephanie Wu from www.StateOfUnique.com is not only a customer, she is also a writer for UNIQUE. They pride themselves on being the destination for all things Made in America and foster the way to bring local-made design and art to the masses while helping to grow and support the US economy and small businesses. Stephanie asked me to contribute...