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STACT Modular Wine Wall

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stact modular wall wine storage

Forget the big flat panel TV!  STACT may become the prized possession of your man. I must admit that I prefer it to his huge TV.

You know that I have a thing for modern, efficient, space-saving item. When I saw it this morning in my inbox, I was intrigued.  STACT is a modular wine wall system created by 2012 ICFF award-winning designer Eric Pfeiffer for the Vancouver-based wine storage company of the same name.

You can mount a single panel, create your own custom pattern and plan, or grow your system as your collection evolves over time. It comes in six finishes. I like how it can fill an otherwise empty kitchen wall.

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This is a project funded through Kickstarter. To make it a reality, STACT needs to raise $20,000.  The STACT modular wine wall system suggested retail price is $129.99 each but if you can get up to 40% off the suggested price if you pre-order yours on Kickstarter.

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

Dream Closet for Men

custom closet for men

When I talk about my ultimate closet space, I usually share features that would be great for me. But what about the man in my life! He deserves a stunning space where he can neatly organize his clothes and fashion accessories.

custom closet for men
photo: Jean Longpré for Maison et Demeure, april 2012

It is hard to beat the functional side of this closet designed for a male couple living in the iconic Habitat 67 here in Montreal.

white modern kitchen at habitat 67
photo: Jean Longpré for Maison et Demeure, april 2012

I invite you to check the rest of their interior at Maison et Demeure (the French-speaking edition of House and Home) since their home is modernly stunning. Interior designer Maria Rosa Di Ioia of Idea Design rethought their blank canvas space. I like what she did with the space.

HOME + GARDEN HOME office

Amy Butler’s New Tech Skins

amy butler ipad skins

amy butler ipad skins
Amy Butler’s Apple iPad skin in Heirloom Blue Sky $29.99 USD at Skinit

Skins give characters to your mobile devices. I also think that it is a sure way to make sure that no one miss theirs for yours. Although I’m afraid that Amy Butler’s bohemian patterns might be too busy for the front of my device; they look stunning from the back. I bet that iPad had never look so stylish.

I need a case to protect my iPhone — I dropped my iPhone a couple days ago while crossing a street. But, by looking at the above picture, I am contemplating the idea to let go on my case and dress up my iPad with one of her fabulous skins.

amy butler iphone skins
Amy Butler’s iPhone 4 skins $14.99 at Skinit – shown here: Gypsy Cobalt Charcoal and Floral Couture

If you are interested, pop by Skinit to pick out a new favorite amongst her 25 patterns and take advantage of the  current 20% savings offer with the code STYLE.

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

Turn your Instagram Pictures into Prints with DeepSquare Prints

deepsquare prints of your instagram photos on a desk

deepsquare prints of your instagram photos on a desk
Photo: DeepSquare Prints $25 for 4 assorted prints of your Instagram photos

Today, I am happy to report about a cool product for all Instagram fans. Today is a great day for the two founders of Static Pixels, Massimo Farina and Lawrence Tenuta, since they launched their first product: DeepSquare Prints. They saw a market with Instagram prints. Like they say on their Web site, it’s hip to be square.

deepsquare instagram prints hung on a wall

What you get is a 5-inch square print of any of your Instagram pictures printed on recycled paper-based board. Each print has its own stand and wall mount. I imagine DeepSquare Prints to be used to make a love story wall at a wedding or to share memories at a milestone birthday. They are also an easy way to decorate your office with pictures that you speak to you.

deepsquare prints stand

You can order 4 five inch prints on rigid paper board for $25. Shipping is $5 across North America or $10 for international delivery. They are Forest Stewardship Council certified.

Their InstaOrder program enables you to order from your iPhone 4 prints of the photo you have just taken. This eases the process of giving actual prints to your friends and family. Visit Static Pixels for more details.

HOME + GARDEN OUTDOOR space

Keep Cool this Summer under a Beach Tent

sombrilla sun protection

sombrilla sun protection
photo: Sombrilla by Hollie & Harrie

Although we love the warmth of the sun, sometimes it is too much and we start looking for a shady area.

bohemian beach tent
photo: Alysha Findley via Apartment Therapy

To enjoy a full day at the beach or to entertain friends a hot afternoon, you could built your own Bohemian beach tent, like this gorgeous one I saw on Apartment Therapy.

sombrilla sun orange
Photo: Love’n The Sun Orange $180 AUD by Hollie & Harrie

If you prefer to buy one, check out the nice Sombrilla by Hollie & Harrie. I do not know why the nicest patterns are exclusive models for Australia. It comes with everything including aluminum poles and a shoulder bag. I like the cheerful Love’n The Sun Orange.

diy canopy
photo: Martha Stewart

My last suggestion is to make your own cloth canopy. The hardest thing would be how to hang it; that depends of your space.  Supplies that you may need are a grommet kit to punch sturdy holes into your fabric, tent poles or bamboo sticks, stout cord, and sturdy pegs. Make sure that you invite 3 friends to help you with the canopy installation. Head to Martha Stewart for more details.

HOME + GARDEN KITCHEN design

Kitchen Style for the Serious Cook

functional English style kitchen pantry dining

→ Creating a Homey Restaurant-Style Kitchen with a Chef Table at Home

functional English style kitchen prep and cooking areas
photo: Deulonder Domestic Architecture (kitchen 1)

You see plenty of pretty kitchens in magazines and online. Unfortunately, some kitchens are more beautiful than useful. I am interested by kitchens that are practical and beautiful. I found several ideas when I looked at the portfolio of Deulonder Domestic Architecture. They are is a Spanish interior design studio that cater to passionate cooks. Their kitchens fill the needs of people who really cook in their kitchen and who love to have guests over while they cook.

airy country kitchen deulonder
photos: Deulonder Domestic Architecture (kitchen 2)

One common denominator in their design is how they juxtapose three main areas: the kitchen, the dining room and the butler’s pantry/serving area.

The English Home Restaurant-Style Kitchen

functional English style kitchen with a banquette dining room
photo: Deulonder Domestic Architecture (kitchen 1)

This is unusual kitchen and dining room layout works if you like to entertain or have a large family. The kitchen itself is a mix between a galley-style kitchen and a L-shaped plan. Deulonder imagined a kitchen for a large family living on the outskirts of London or Boston. Let’s look at the ideas to steal in this stunning kitchen and dining area designed by Deulonder for Casa Decor Barcelona 2011.

functional English style kitchen
photo: Deulonder Domestic Architecture (kitchen 1)

For one thing, the fact that the kitchen/ prep / serving areas are wrapped around the dining room means that you can hire staff without jeopardizing the intimate mood of your dinner.

Secondly, you have to admire the efficiency of this kitchen. It is equipped for serious cooking. You have one big sink per prep area; which means you are never on someone else toes. There is a two-oven, four burner Viking stove with a grill and a teppanyaki. And there are plenty of the storage shelves or holes to store your large platters and baking sheets! I’m jealous!

functional English style kitchen view from the kitchen
photo: Deulonder Domestic Architecture (kitchen 1)

The third great feature are the glass walls. Without them, the dining room would be very dark. On a bright sunny day, I imagine myself serving brunch in winter and feeling warm. Another advantage is that they cook can see what is happening with the diners. If you need to keep a wall divides your dining room from your kitchen, you could examine how you can incorporate a big window inside your wall.

If you are still convinced that it is an amazing space, look at this view from the dining room.

functional English style kitchen pantry dining

For Outdoor Entertaining

I like the room interactions of this outdoor entertaining heaven space created by Minim, another Spanish interior design studio. This project was also presented at also presented at Casa Decor Barcelona 2011.

kitchen for outdoor entertaining by minim
photos: Luis Sanchez for Minim

Here a wine pantry is located between the kitchen and the terrace. You can bypass the wine pantry to access the terrace from the kitchen. This means that you can prepare your wine service out of sight and keep everything at the right temperature if you lounge outside.

HOME + GARDEN HOME office

Two Affordable Home Office Desks with a Vintage Vibe

max desk

home office

We all  wish for an home office with personality. Your office desk and chair are often the most important style elements, especially if you live in a small condo or apartment. Here are two home office desks that you will not mind putting in your living room or a wide hallway. Both desks are from Structube, a Quebec-based home furnishing chain operating stores across Quebec and Ontario.

max desk

Max desk is the first one that caught my eye. The walnut veneer finish makes it an ideal unisex desk. Pairing it with their Denmark chair contributes to the vintage vibe. If you are short on space, have a look at Max. It’s only 21 inches deep.

vintage vibe office desk

My second option is Adel, a lacquered white desk with solid ash legs. The work surface of Adel is bigger. I found out since I used a Nelson Swan leg office desk that I do not need so much the width. What I need is the depth since I hook an external monitor to my laptop.

As you can can see with the two styled pictures of Adel, it is through the accessories and chair that you select that you give the look toy your office.

Desk Details

office desk details

SOURCING:
+ Max office desk  $399 CAD at Structube
+ Adel office desk $499 CAD at Structube

HOME + GARDEN OUTDOOR space

Orla Kiely Garden Collection for Wild & Wolf

orla kiely garden collection

orla kiely garden collection

I wish that I could give or receive the Orla Kiely for Wild & Wolf for Mother’s Day. I am particularly fond of the Orla Kiely Flask; it would be great for picnics.

The signature pattern plant pots are available in small (orange), medium (grey) and large (green). A hand trowel and a garden fork complete the collection.

SOURCING:
Orla Kiely Flask £19.95
+ Orla Kiely Hand Trowel £19.95
+ Orla Kiely Plant Pot from £14.95 to £24.95

 

HOME + GARDEN OUTDOOR space

For the Birds: Five Stylish Bird Houses and Feeders

modern bird houses

Squirrels should not be able to eat the material of these bird houses. I selected two glazed ceramic bird houses and three made of metal available in several colours. Except for the Piep Show XXL, which is designed to feed large group of birds, these bird houses should provide good protection for the birds that move to your backyard. The Piep Show XXL transforms into a bird bath if you place inside a big bowl of water.

I am not sure if Roost is still in production since I could not see it at Hepper’s Web site. If so, this would be sad since this is one of my favorite.

If you are a fan of Jonathan Alder’s Modernist Lantern bird house but you wish for one with a smaller price tag, the fluted birdhouse at Indigo can be your answer. The fluted birdhouse is definitely more rustic but it still looks good. Plus, I feel that the smaller hole would be safer for the bird family.

For more bird feeders, revisit this post from last summer that featured the bold J Schartz Egg Bird Houses and more.

SOURCING:
+ Fluted Birdhouse $39.50 CAD at Indigo
+ Piepshow Home designed by Sebastian Herkner for Radius Design EUR 59,90
+ Roost designed by Jed Crystal $69 USD at Generate Design
Lantern bird house by Jonathan Alder $128 USD
+ Piep Show XXL designed by Ralph Kraeuter for Radius Design EUR 149

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My Family-Friendly Decorating Tips in Canadian House & Home and Maison & Demeure

house and home photo gallery for family-friendly spaces

house and home photo gallery for family-friendly spaces

I was delighted when the talented team at Canadian House & Home and Maison & Demeure asked me if I would like to create a photo gallery about my favorite spaces. This top-notch home decorating magazine is always on my must-read list.

When they asked me what would be my angle, I immediately thought about decorating with kids in mind. Ever since I became a mom, I experienced the challenges of maintaining a stylish home with a young child. I featured inspiring family-friendly spaces and shared kid-friendly decorating tips that are fun and cool.

maison et demeure gallerie photo pour jeune familles

In fact, I have two photo galleries: one gallery for  Canadian House & Home and another one for Maison & Demeure, the French edition of Canadian House & Home. Each site has their own editorial staff. They handpicked the photos that spoke more to their audience. I love the look of both galleries.

Do not miss them and have a look right now.

SOURCING:
+ my photo gallery in Canadian House & Home
+ my photo gallery in Maison & Demeure

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What to Do on Valentine’s Day: Take a clue from this scene

mister T by French designer antoine lesur

mister T by French designer antoine lesur

When I started dating my husband, we used to go to a nice restaurant at Valentine’s Day. Then, one year I suggested that we had a romantic dinner at home. It has been our tradition ever since.  Maybe, we will establish a new tradition this year since we are new parents.We did not discuss it yet. But I know is that I would like to start my day where my husband and I chat around a coffee with a warm French croissant and jam. Since our baby wakes up at 11 AM, we would have the time to do it.

When I saw this picture, I was immediately inspired by the set up that reminds me our trip to Japan. I came empty-handed trying to find a store where I could buy Mister T by French designer Antoine Lesur. I simply learned that Mister T is edited by Oxyofor Made in Design. On the bright side, Mister T is an occasional furniture composed of a basket, a tray and two cushions. Therefore, it should easy to recreate the concept at home with cushions that are comfy to sit on, a low table and a tray. We could even sit side by side to be closer to each other.

If you prefer to wait later in the day to start celebrating Valentine’s Day, you can always use the same idea to sip a cocktail.

SOURCING:
Mister T designed by Antoine Lesur