Archive | August, 2011

FAMILY, GAMES and Toys | August 30, 2011 | by Kim Vallee

A Toy Sailboat Kit: Flessenboot by Floris Hovers

flessenboot by floris hovers

The Dutch designer and dad Floris Hovers presented Flessenboot at this year Milan Furniture Fair. It is a sailboat toy kit that comes with a colored sail, mast and rudder. You supply the empty shampoo bottle on which you will strap the other elements. Hovers got the idea while watching his daughters play with bottles [...]

BEVERAGE, FOOD + DRINK | August 29, 2011 | by Kim Vallee

The Brita Slim Pitcher | Being a First-Time Mom

brita slim pitcher

Although my baby was old enough to drink water from the faucet, I continued to boil the water to prepare his infant formula because of the poor condition of the city water pipes. Montreal is slowing replacing our water system but the process will take a long time. But I wanted to make it easier [...]

DESIGN and style, LIVING | August 20, 2011 | by Kim Vallee

What to Do this Weekend: The exhibitIKEA 2011 in Toronto

david dixon dresses exhibitikea 2011

I attended the opening gala of the exhibitIKEA last Wednesday night. It showed IKEA under another eyes. It is inspiring to see how four renowned artists transformed everyday products and furniture. I truly enjoyed three installations out of the four that are presented. Bruno Billio’s Chair Columns As you enter the gallery space, you will [...]

FOOD + DRINK, TABLEWARE | August 17, 2011 | by Kim Vallee

Link by Studio Dreinmann is a Space-Saving Serving Ware

link by studio dreimann

Here is a clever, space saving idea. Link uses your existing cutlery and transforms it into a handy pair of tongs, salad servers. It looks great for outdoor entertaining. This nifty silicone connector is also practical for a picnic since you could only carry Link and use your utensils for serving before you eat. It is designed [...]

DESIGN and style, LIVING

August 15, 2011 | by Kim

Tools at Schools Taught Eight Graders about...

tools for school desk chair locker

I believe that design should be a part of every step of our daily life. Therefore, I can only applaud this initiative [...]


August 15, 2011 | by Kim

Festival International des Jardins at the...

jardins chaumont sur loire

This year is the 20th edition of Festival International des Jardins at the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire in France. These special gardens are more vegetal [...]

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BABY products, FAMILY

August 8, 2011 | by Kim

My Must-Have Baby Gear List | Being a...

must have for a baby

My son is 5 months today. I am taking this occasion to share what are the baby items that we really used [...]


August 8, 2011 | by Kim

Colorful Y-Peelers

colorful y-peelers

I am a huge fan of Y peelers. It’s probably because that was the favorite potato peeler of my mother. Still to [...]

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August 5, 2011 | by Kim

New Heights for a Picnic in the Park

picnic in the park

Planning a picnic in the middle of a bike ride is a great way to spend an afternoon. This was the idea [...]

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August 3, 2011 | by Heather

New Uses for Old Things: Muffin Tins

muffin tin ice cube tray cookie bowl

There seems to be no end to the versatility of baking tins: from container gardens to home office organizing stations. Though as [...]

HOME + GARDEN, MODERN architecture

August 3, 2011 | by Kim

What I Like the Most from this Geometric...

adjacent bath

This huge guest house has plenty of things going for her (in French, a house is female). It unusual shape delivered fabulous [...]


August 1, 2011 | by Kim

Pretty Appetizers

scallop ceviche

See how one utensil makes all the difference. Take clues from these superbly done scallop ceviche for serving any appetizers on a [...]