10 tools that every home needs
Johnson 9" Magnetic Aluminum Torpedo Level
"You gotta have a little level. We all need that gravity check to keep our furniture and artwork in line."
—David Kaihoi, interior designer
SwissChamp Swiss Army Knife
"Besides the blades, my Swiss Army knife has scissors, screwdrivers, a bottle opener, and a lot of other small tools that I use all the time."
—Roderick Shade, interior designer
Kartell Tiramisu Step Ladder
"A sturdy stepladder. My favorite is the Tiramisu by Kartell."
—David Mann, interior designer
Carmen Key Holder in Fuchsia
"I can't live without a tape measure. I keep Stanley 25-footers in my kitchen, my study, my husband's library, the project room, the garage, and tucked behind the seat of my car. I've also got a small jeweled one in my dressing room, and a mini three-footer on my Hermès tassel keychain!"
—Suzanne Tucker, interior designer
Black & Decker PivotPlus 6V Screwdriver
"I truly love my Black & Decker cordless screwdriver."
—Kerry Joyce, interior designer
Inova X1 LED Flashlight
"At four inches long and with the diameter of a lipstick tube, the Inova X1 flashlight is sleek and compact, but it emits a bright, focused, circular beam like a spotlight."
—Ann Wolf, interior designer
Goo Gone Spray Gel
"Goo Gone works like a miracle. It's my secret weapon for removing price tag residue and years of gunk on flea market finds."
—Nick Olsen, interior designer
Smith & Hawken Garden Trowel
"A small hand shovel, or as I call it, a 'crabgrass eliminator.' I use it to dig up weeds, as well as to pot plants."
—John Danzer, furniture designer
Metrokane Rabbit Corkscrew
"A good, reliable corkscrew adds to the quality of life."
—Phoebe Howard, interior designer
"My stylish stripe-handled straw broom from Alice Supply Co. is good for everything from sweeping my front porch to grabbing cobwebs I can't reach to swatting the occasional bat that flies inside."
—Sheila Bridges, interior designer
$30, in striped, store.alicesupplyco.com.