I am not well-versed in home decor and design, but I know what I like and it’s quirky, unique handmade decor items for my home.

Uncommon Goods offers a selection of unique handmade decor items created by artists around the world, and sold online. Pieces featured and sold on the site are crafted by artisans working collaboratively in a low income country, or by a seasoned artist crafting each of his pieces by hand.

I love this online community of passionate artists and designers who are sharing their creativity in their unique pieces for people who are looking for truly special merchandise.

There are so many beautiful items to choose from – these particular unique handmade decor items caught my eye:

Wooden Gear Lamp

A single Edison light bulb takes center stage in this handmade wood lamp. Made by Atlanta-based duo Seth and Kali Keaveny, who make lamps, picture frames, and clocks.   $99

Uncommon Goods Wooden Gear Lamp

Continent Pillows

Dream of places near and far with these three continent-themed pillows, handmade by artisans in South West India. These lovely world map pillows help the greater good by providing fair wages and development opportunities for artisans in South West India. Pillow cases are made of cotton and decoration is applied using Batik, a traditional Indian art to create patterns on fabric. $95

Uncommon Goods World Map Pillows

Fire Escape Shelf

A great gift for city-lovers and apartment-dwellers, these clever shelves are in the form of a fire escape. What a cute shelving unit that brings a little piece of New York City into your home. Decorate with houseplants (gardening fans will love), books, candles, framed photographs and art. $99

Uncommon Goods Fire Escape Shelf

Moroccan Sunset Candle Holder

Inspired by the craftsmanship of Morocco and made in Bali, these bronzed brass and glass lanterns bring international intrigue to your decor. With a candle lit within, the patterned orange and purple glass will enliven any indoor or protected outdoor space with a flickering kaleidoscope of color.  $75

Uncommon Goods Moroccan Sunset Candle Holder

Pottery Oil Candle

Inspired by ancient oil lamps found in archaeological digs, this design by Erik Hertz of Maryland brings the appeal of handmade pottery to light. Simply fill it with liquid Paraffin for a clean-burning alternative to smoky candles and spotty electrical service. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a more aromatic experience.  $99

Uncommon Goods Fire Pottery Oil Candle


Personalized Mixtape Doormat

Relive the nostalgia of making a mixtape every time you step through the door with this music-inspired mat. Welcome guests to your home using the same nostalgic expression with this personalized door mat. Designed by New York graphic artist Jim Holodak, this retro mat features your family name on the mix’s title line, along with classic cassette detail set in colorfast dye.  $99

Uncommon Goods Personalized Mixtape Doormat

Wanderlust Cross Stitch Map

Cross seas and stitches with this charming DIY embroidery map wall art. Record a lifetime of cherished memories in each stitch with this world map keepsake. Mark favorite locales on this living work of art with lattice embellishments and herringbone patterns or French knots and feather flourishes. The 11-count canvas is mounted in a handsome wooden frame, and each kit includes 4 vibrant skeins of embroidery floss, 2 embroidery needles, and a handy font guide to amp up your needlepoint know-how. $35

Uncommon Goods Wanderlust Cross Stitch Map


I decided on the Wooden Gear Lamp and the Continent Pillows for now, and hope to buy a few more things to add!


Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

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