I really love this Garman-made, metal roller, which my daughter left on a chair earlier. He is painted a great color. He has a nice weight and is a real presence in your hands. He’s also sturdy.
Now, people (my husband, in particular) often ask me why I’m such a snob about toys and clothes, especially when kids beat the hell out of them. Many reasons really: I love good design on all levels. I want to support companies that make things well and that are eco-friendly and ethical. And I like the idea that, because these products are well-made, they may one day become my grandchildren’s toys, and I will be able to show them this and similar pictures of their parents playing with them.
Really, within reason, this is my approach to everything. Yes, I sometimes fill in the gaps with Ikea and I occasionally get my son the plastic Disney characters he pleads for. But for the most part, I try and put some thought into everything in my home, and I try to buy only things that inspire me. Because if something inspires me once, it is likely to continue to do so, eliciting new bursts of creativity and maybe even a blog post or two.