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Kim Cook

Kim Cook

Freelance Journalist

 

A former marketing professional in Toronto and Chicago, Kim Cook has spent the last ten years as a freelance journalist based in New York, covering international and national design, decor and lifestyle stories for several print and digital entities. Her regular "Right at Home" columns for the Associated Press focus on trends and topics across the Home categories. She writes about design directions, and profiles industry professionals, for the National Kitchen & Bath Association's Innovation + Inspiration magazine and the American Association of Interior Designers NY Metro magazine. Kim has served on the judging panel for NY Now's Best New Products award, as well as the Best in Biz awards.

 

KIM's Reviews

There's nothing quite like a written note - it elevates any kind of connection, whether its personal or professional. You cut through the noise and conventionality of digital communication.
 
My dad will be 88 this September. But he's more curious about the world than ever, spending many happy hours every day on his tablet or leafing through journals, researching rocks and minerals, politics, food and interesting people. He likes to make notes and is usually balancing a notepad on the arm of his chair.

So I'm going to give him this clipboard as a birthday gift. He'll love the snappy plaid design, and having his initials on it. Practical, personal, and perfect!
 
This was such an impressive bag! Blown away by the quality of the stitching and the hardware – this thing is going to last forever! Very well designed straps, and I love that you can convert it from a big, capacious travel bag to a smaller one. Great for traveling, or the gym. The leather trim and sturdy canvas make it look like a very high end piece.
 
To me, this is just the best gift because the tray is so well made, so sturdy, that you could use it as a drinks tray on a bar, as a corral for makeup or hair products, or just as a pretty place for objets d’art, fruit, etc.  Great designs on the paper inserts, there’s something for anyone’s style preference.  Even some cute ones for kids and teens.  I’m in love with Stationery Studio’s acrylic trays!
 
Beautiful monogramming, perfectly done. The design of the luggage tag is very smart re: security, and the buckle is well made. The passport case is lovely and soft, and the color is beautiful – looks and feels very expensive!
 
Adorable! Labrador retriever silhouette is nicely rendered, the pad is the perfect size. The monogram suits the design of the mouse pad nicely.