The Splash Coat Rack, usually $279, now $223.20. Click either photo to go to a slideshow of Yahoo! Homes' Blu Dot …
That's the founders of Blu Dot explaining their mission, and it pretty much nails what I love about Blu Dot. When my husband and I moved back to California as new parents after 10 years in the Twin Cities, we vowed that we'd try to outfit our home like grown-ups instead of college students. But we were disappointed to learn that Design Within Reach wasn't quite as within reach as we'd have liked, and Room and Board was a bit of a stretch too.
So we were delighted to discover a little Blu Dot outlet at H.D. Buttercup in Culver City outside Los Angeles. (Blu Dot has since moved to a bigger space on Melrose Avenue in L.A., and it's also on Wooster Street in Soho, plus other retailers carry it.) Its Modu-licious cabinets were still a splurge for us, but they were well made, clean-lined and versatile.
All this is by way of saying that I can personally attest to Blu Dot's value -- and through November 8, everything it offers is 20 percent off as part of its annual sale. I see more than a dozen things I'm coveting already, so I've put together a slideshow of some of Yahoo! Homes' Blu Dot favorites. I hope you like Blu Dot as much as I do.
P.S. If you're into absurdity, you'll like how delightfully weird their product photos and videos are. Here's "Mr. Squirrel," shown here assembling Blu Dot's wonderful Real Good Chair: