For some of Gold Bug’s goth goodness at lower prices, these claw candlesticks, magnifying glass and crown dish have the heft of brass, so they feel substantial as well as novel.
$40 to $75, Gold Bug, 22 E. Union St., Pasadena, (626) 744-9963 (Gold Bug)
It certainly makes a splash: The silicone Dropp! bowl by the design firm Menu. It’s 10.5 inches in diameter and available in gray, milk white, lime green, hot pink and baby blue.
$50, A+R, 171 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, and 1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, (800) 913-0071 (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)
The Folk Music Center, a Claremont institution since 1958, says ukuleles are hot right now. A wall in the store is lined with different kinds -- pear-shaped, teardrop, cigar box. Owner Ellen Chase says you can get a good ukulele for $60, though top-of-the-line ukes made by hand with fine wood can run $1,000.
220 Yale Ave., Claremont, (909) 624-2928 (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)
Danish oak storage boxes with sliding lids in a rainbow of plexiglass colors are huge sellers at the design boutique Huset. The boxes, by Nunabee, are all made by hand. They range from 4.25 to 8.75 inches in length, big enough for jewelry, desk accessories and other trinkets. $55 to $88, Huset, 1316-1/2 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, (424) 268-4213. (Huset)
Hand-thrown stoneware trays from Terrafirma resemble textiles with a porcelain glaze. Bowls and platters are also available, all dishwasher safe. $80 to $212 at NK Shop, 7221 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 954-9300. (Nickey Kehoe)
This printed wood tray keeps a steady eye on any drinks or bowls your carry out to guests. The store has 14 other designs to choose from, too.
Roger Lee’s vase shown with a bowl and hanging planter in the same finish. All the pieces shown here were bought for less than $100 at Platform, 5027 York Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 793-9037. The store also carries painted ceramics that Lee makes with Kat Hutter, who blogs under the name Paint + Clay. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Roger Lee, an apprentice to potter Adam Silverman at Heath Ceramics, has been finding an audience for his own designs, which include serving bowls and hanging planters with great palettes and textures. The vase pictured here was $68 at Platform, 5027 York Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 793-9037. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
The idea behind SoSucculent: Create your own living wall. The vertical gardening kit comes with a 16-inch square box made from water resistant cedar and a waterproof backing board, 32 succulent cuttings and step-by-step instructions.