COOL TOOLS

You can have the highest quality dishwasher on the market, but there are always some items that require hand washing. So when you buy a crockery basket, you get something that is not only efficient, but also versatile and space-saving. A roll-up crockery basket from Surpahs is the perfect multitasker.

This frame consists of flexible, silicone-coated steel slats and is not only durable, but also resistant to rust and oil. Put it over the sink and not only will it air dry the dishes, it can also act as a strainer for fresh fruits and vegetables. It is also heat-resistant up to 400 degrees, so it can also be used as a coaster mat on your countertop. When it needs cleaning, just roll it up and throw it in the dishwasher.

The versatility of the Surpahs Roll Shelf has been cited by a variety of publications, including Family Handyman, which named it one of the “Eight Best Dish Racks for Your Kitchen” earlier this year. The Today Show also included it in a March roundup of trending kitchen gadgets, while The Spruce Eats did the same, calling it a “multifunctional kitchen gadget” as well as a “great option for quickly and safely defrosting frozen items”.

The Surpahs Roll-Up Harness is available in two sizes: $ 25 ($ 25) and $ 28 (20.5 by 13.1 in). Both have received rave reviews on Amazon, where a whopping 96 percent of customers – more than 18,000 – rated it either four or five stars. Many praised it as “brilliant”, “smart” and “practical”, and one lucky camper called it “the best ever!”

Check it out at https://amzn.to/3eZCktw.

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BOOK OF THE WEEK

Jungalow founder Justina Blakeney has won legions of fans for her colorful global aesthetic. Her first two books “The New Bohemians” (a New York Times bestseller) and its companion “The New Bohemians Handbook” served as a guide and instruction for adopting this free-spirited style for your home.

In the aptly named “Jungalow: Decorate Wild” Blakeney delves even deeper into the design of lively, creative interiors overlaid with eclectic and intimate accents.

The book, lushly photographed by Dabito, is full of irresistible styles, original patterns and works of art. In each chapter, Blakeney shares her distinctive take on everything design fans want to know. Readers will learn how to make bold decisions with color and pattern, how to orientate themselves towards nature, how to get authentic inspiration from their heritage and their travels, how to break rules and find all other ways to decorate game.

On the way, she also shares personal stories, practical advice and nuanced insights into her life in her own room.

“Jungalow” was released on April 6th and celebrates more than just Blakeney’s colorful and richly structured style. As Architectural Digest put it, “the book pulls the ikat curtain back, which is what makes its design sensibility so unique”. Blakeney’s book has been featured in a number of lifestyle publications, from Sunset magazine on the west coast to lively millennial favorite Brit & Co., which summed it up as an “Indoor Lovers Dream”.

“Jungalow” has already received an average rating of 4.9 out of five stars from Amazon customers, who named everything from “absolutely wonderful” to “so detailed” that you just want to crawl in and live there! The hardcover currently costs $ 28.49. A Kindle version is also available.

Further information is available at https://amzn.to/3orTpze.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT …

The downtown Jax warehouse could receive $ 8 million from the city

The historic Union Terminal Warehouse building, located in a highly visible area off the elevated road that connects downtown Jacksonville and Mathews Bridge, could get approximately $ 8 million in support for the city to make it the home address for To make 220 apartments and artist studios.

The Downtown Investment Authority board of directors signaled their support for the reorganization agreement by voting 5-0 for the deal on the board’s Strategic Investment Committee on Monday. Atlanta-based Columbia Ventures bought the 330,000-square-foot building in 2018, drawn by its location near downtown and Hogans Creek, the waterway that could become part of the proposed Emerald Trail for hiking and biking trails .

From the Times Union, May 18; Read the full story at https://bit.ly/3yj9M5N.

STAT CHECK

Inventory of homes for sale * for April 2021 as reported by the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors.

April 2019: 9,982

April 2020: 9,544 (-4.4%)

April 2021: 3,991 (-58.2%)

* The category tracks and compares the number of properties for sale in active status at the end of a given month. A full market report is available on NEFAR.com.

Compiled by Anne Hammock, Editor of Homes. Do you know of a tool, book, or news tip that you would like to share with ShopTalk readers? Send details to [email protected] or call (904) 359-4628.