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Taylor Lopez is a native Floridian, temporary Texan and current Chicagoan. She is a 2010 graduate of Southern Methodist University with a degree in International Studies and minors in Spanish and Art History.

After spending a semester in Madrid, Spain, Taylor set a goal of combining her education with her passions of design and travel and one day working abroad as an interior designer. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Interior Design at Harrington College of Design in Chicago. She is building up her commercial and residential design business, Taylormade Interiors, Inc. and dabbling in event design.

In her free time, she enjoys painting, antiquing, volunteering, biking with her boyfriend and dog, and capturing Chicago on film with her vintage camera. She adores cowboys, classic Mustangs, Hemingway novels and Paul Newman.

UnCommon Goods: Unique Gifts, Creative Design, and Sustainability


Photo Credit: UnCommon Goods

UncommonGoods is an online shop that offers “unique gifts and creative design” with a focus on sustainability. They provide whimsical handmade, recycled and environmentally friendly products for the home and garden, dining and entertaining, office, leisure, and jewelry and accessories, the majority of which are made in the United States.

UncommonGoods is also a founding member of the B Corporation, a non-profit that helps people understand the social and environmental impact of their purchases and holds companies to standards of social responsibility on issues ranging from wage levels to giving back to the community. As if these reasons aren’t persuasion enough to order from UncommonGoods, you can choose from a list of non-profits at checkout and UncommonGoods will donate $1 to that organization. Their business model, a collaborative effort, is also admirable. Artists submit their products to the buying team on the UncommonGoods website, and customers and fans vote on whether it should be added to the collection. Their website has a lot of interesting features and is categorized by gift recipients- for example, “Gifts for Dad,” “Music Lover gifts,” and “Stocking Stuffers,” which can make our lives a whole lot easier this time of year. Gift boxing and gift certificates are also available.

When shopping at UncommonGoods, you can rest assured you will be purchasing one-of-a-kind items that have been created without harm to people and animals, have a lifetime guarantee, and also benefit charities. Check out their site for more fun items!

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