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My Place: I Want One or Two Knitted Poufs

knitted pouf living room

Every year, I feel the same when the cold weather arrives. I want to fill my home with a warmth feeling. I crave for knitted throw and wool. Add to this, the fact that my son just started to crawl and you will understand my appeal for one or two knitted poufs. They are comfy as an occasional seat or a footrest. Plus, they do not take a lot of floor space. Finally, the soft edge of poufs made them safe and fun to play with for my baby. Continue Reading


Introducing Parson Gray: New Fabrics by the Husband of Amy Butler

curious nature parson gray

curious nature parson gray

David Butler, the husband of the well-known fabric designer Amy Butler, will launch shortly his own line of fabrics. David is the man behind Amy’s photography and graphic design. They worked together since 1992. Curious Nature is his first collection of quilting/fashion and home décor fabrics for Westminster/FreeSpirit.

curious nature fabric collection by parson gray

Amy described his collection as his folk modern interpretation of natural elements weaving together a balance of hand-drawn patterns inspired by Japanese indigo and mid-century fine art. Curious Nature is divided in 3 groupings: Rare Earth, Ocean and Mineral.

rare earth by parson gray

The collage  and groupings make you appreciate how you could mix and match the patterns. The muted colors he used are soothing and energetic. Curious Nature has a good mix of manly and gender neutral patterns, which speaks to me since I live with two boys. The Home Décor line will be larger prints on weight cotton. The line will be available this winter. I will keep my eye open since I need to reupholster a chair that sits in my living room.

ocean by parson gray

Ocean is filled with various blues and greens while the Mineral series is made of tone of bone, smoke, silver and dark grey (or black, I am not sure).

mineral series by parson gray

The Parson Gray’s Website is not ready yet. In the meantime, you can like Parson Gray on Facebook.



Floating Lamps by Angela Jansen and Ger Jansen

light light silhouette lamp by crealev

light light silhouette lamp by crealev

It took the brains of designer Angela Jansen and the mechanical and electrical engineer Ger Jansen to create the lamps of the future. They really mix the old with the new. The old comes from the classic lamp shapes. The new emerges from the technology used and displayed.

Crealev eclipse floating lamp

If you pay close attention to these table lamps, you will notice that their top is floating. Yes, you read correctly: the top part levitates due to a special technology that they developed. If you are looking for a true conversation piece to add to your living room or your home office desk, these two lamps will do it.

The standard universal power adaptor has a EU two pins power plug, but you can order an US power adaptor. You will find more details about their LED floating lamp collection here.

+ Silhouette or Eclipse Lamp by Crealev €882 (shown price includes a 10% discount)
+ via Moco Loco



A Collapsible Dining Table

modern scandinavian restaurant

modern scandinavian restaurant

It is just after I checked the furniture used for this modern Scandinavian restaurant that I realized that the dining table they used was collapsible.  Simsalabim can be used a sideboard or a dining table. This feature comes handy when you are having a party since you can create more floor space and still have a serving station.

This is not a new design. Börge Lindau, the late founder of Blå Station, designed this multi-purpose table in 1993. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you where to buy it. Simply for the concept, it is worth sharing it.

+ Simsalabim
+ restaurant photo: Kvadrat


Wineglass Shaped Light by OOOMS

Glassbulb Light by OOOMS bar view

Glassbulb Light by OOOMS bar view

Here is an original LED bulb designed by OOOMS, the creative Dutch brand behind the Puzzleboard. In case that you do not remember it, Puzzleboard is an interlocked cutting board that can be used as mingling plates.

Glassbulb Light by OOOMS kitchen view

The Glassbulb Light might interested you if you are looking for an eco-friendly bulb with a fun design for your wine cellar, wine tasting room or simply your kitchen. Inside the bulb are 20 warm white high-intensity LEDs. They have a lifetime of 20,000 hours and you can buy them in 220 volt or 110 volt.

+ Glassbulb Light by OOOMS 59 €


My Favorite Things at SIDIM 2011

tall grass in the prairies wallpaper murals

I went to the 2011 edition of the SIDIM (Montreal International Interior Design Show) yesterday. Here are what I found to be the most interesting stuff. Know that I kept a few items for individual posts. The first thing that caught my eye is the mood of the Tall Grass in the prairies wallpaper mural. It is based on an original painting from Ruth Baker.

Nestor Modular Table

nestor modular table by eric giraud

This is a prototype from a design student called Eric Giraud. His concept is perfect for entertaining. The table is made of 4 elements: two caddies and two eating surfaces.

nestor caddy by eric giraud


wood pendant fixtures by atelier cocotte

The wood pendants by Atelier Cocotte are interesting. The collection features several shapes. My favorites ones are Gladys, Tina and Noisettes.

tina pendant light by atelier cocotte

They should be available in selected stores soon; see their Web site for more information.

nest by louis poulsen

For the exterior, I like the feeling of the Nest light for Louis Poulsen. I imagine a few to illuminate a path. I would place small trees between them.

Party at Domison

curling side table by samare studio

Domison continues to promote good design in Montreal but hosting a party at their retail stores. They invited several designers to showcase a piece for a one-night exhibit. Two creations caught my attention. First, the Curling side table by Samare Studio. They repurposed competition curling stones in a beautiful side table.

fence coat rack by 6.1 designers

The second item is the white picket Fence, a coat rack from 6.1 designers. It is a simple idea that is well executed and practical. There is a small shelf to put your mail, a book or a few magazines. As you can see from my pictures, you can hang your umbrellas in two ways. Fence is suitable for any room in your home.

See more photos on my Facebook page.

sidim 2011 photo album

Show Me More Spaces

As with any interior design shows that I attended this year, you really have to dig to find outstanding elements. Although my visit was pleasant, I was disappointed that I could not identity a design trend after my visit. I feel that the SIDIM organizer could do a better job to insure that the visitors are inspired. Home decor blogs and magazines clearly understand that what people are looking for are inspirations. On that point, I feel that the IDS does a great job with their designer spaces. I do not want them to copycat what IDS does but I would like the SIDIM to present us designed rooms, not just vendors.

You can visit SIDIM today (Saturday) from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M at Place Bonaventure. General admission is $15 CAD.




Cheerful Illustrations by Gayana | Etsy Finds

gayana illustrations

gayana illustrations

These prints are perfect for the start of the weekend. Gayana sells on Etsy motivational illustrations. Over ten years, Dan Daniloff has been collecting quotations and aphorisms about life being, love, happiness voiced by the great people of the world.

+ You can’t buy happiness print $15 USD by Gayana on Etsy
+  Life is too short to drink… print $15 USD
+ via The Besotted Brand Blog


Kokedama Tutorial

kokedama tutorial

kokedama tutorial

Kokedama is a Japanese planting technique that creates moss balls. You can hang the moss balls, put them on a plate or a bowl. I saw on design*Sponge a reference to a kokedama tutorial by the creative Dutch girl called Aura Scaringi.

I was intrigued by the technique so I dug the Web further to get more information. I found two videos produced by a Japanese blogger who demonstrated different ways to make your own kokedama. Here is the first one.


Owl Theme for a Bathroom

give a hoot shower curtain

give a hoot shower curtain

The owl theme is popular for a nursery and invites. Now, you can have it for your bathroom decor. Last Friday afternoon, I took a few hours off the baby world for a quick stop of one of my favorite stores in Montreal, Maison Simons. I often buy at Simons my everyday kitchen linens. I stopped by the bathroom department to check the bathroom accessories since I need a soap dispenser for my baby son’s bathroom.

orange chenille bath rug

I stopped by the shower curtain section. Changing the shower curtain is a quick and easy way to update a decor. The Give a Hoot shower curtain caught my eye. I would coordinate it with that orange chenille bath rug. I like it so much that I’m contemplating the idea of putting this playful theme in my baby son’s bathroom, even though I already bought a shower curtain.

orange and blue bathroom accessories

Consider these bright bathroom accessories to continue on the orange and blue theme. The colors are invigorating as the idea that Spring is here.

orange and blue bath towels

Note that Maison Simons now runs an online store. Unfortunately, only a subset of their merchandise is available online.

Orange chenille bath rug $30 CAD at Maison Simons
+ Zesty citrus bathroom accessories $5 – $20 CAD


How to Force Branches and Bulbs

forcing branches spring cherry blossom pink

forcing branches spring cherry blossom pink

It’s hard to resist the bunches of colourful spring blooms that show up at markets, florists and corner stores at the time of year. If you’re craving a hit of colour but prefer your floral arrangements a little on the wild side, forcing branches or bulbs is a perfect way to bring some outside, inside – and very inexpensively at that. Flowering branches would make a dramatic centrepiece at your Easter table or a pretty addition to an entryway.

forcing branches spring forsythia apartment therapy

Not a green thumb? It can be difficult to know just which shrubs will flower. Country Home magazine suggests looking for shrubs with long branches and several plump buds. For those of you in the southern states, your shrubs may have already started to bloom outdoors; the further north you live, the better your chances of finding branches with buds. Though it doesn’t take much to prepare branches to bloom – a fresh cut, a quick hit to the ends with a hammer and some room temperature water will do the trick – keep in mind that different varieties require longer time to bloom. Check out the Farmer’s Almanac for a reference guide.

If you don’t have access to branches in your backyard (or don’t want to get caught “borrowing” them from a public space), you can also force spring bulbs, which are readily available in garden centres or home improvement stores. I love the contrast of the banged up, painted tin cans with the neat appearance of daffodil sprouts, shown by Camilla Fabri of Family Chic. And don’t miss this hyacinth how-to over at The Art of Doing Stuff; Karen shows several ways to transform a plastic pot of flowers into super stylish groupings.

If you’re a first time flower forcer, check out the sourcing section below for more tips and how tos. How are you planning to you bring a little spring inside?

Forcing Branches into Blooms Indoors from The Farmer’s Almanac
+ Forcing Branches from Country Home Magazine
+ Forcing Branches on The Marion House Blog (wonderful examples of using branches in different spaces)
+ Forcing Spring in A Can from Family Chic
+ Ways to Display Hyacinth from The Art of Doing Stuff


Kontur Vase

wall exhibit of kontur vases

kontur vase

Everyday items can be pretty and functional. First created as an experimental organic vase, the Kontur vase is more than a flower vase. It can become a cool storage container for the bathroom, the office or the kitchen.

versatile uses of kontur vase

You could store small bathroom essentials, or transform it into a pen holders for your home office, or hold crayons in a kids playroom.

wall exhibit of kontur vases

But the part that inspires me the most is this bird eye view of many vases. It gave me the idea of creating a wall installation. It would look amazing indoor or outdoor. Mette Kargo Hvid designed Kontur for Normann Copenhagen. It is made of silicone.

+ Kontur Vase $35 USD at 2Modern