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GIFT IDEAS

Etsy handmade goods are now at Indigo

lily and val Be Full Of Joy print

After West Elm and Hudson’s Bay, Indigo is the latest retailer in Canada that carries a small collection of Etsy handmade wares. It continues to show that consumers want less mass-produced objects in their life. I am glad to see that more and more chain retailers are willing to bring small makers and designers into their shop. Indigo selected a mix of home decor, tabletop and entertaining, and style items from Etsy wholesale program.

Studiopatro piece of cake tea towels
Studiopatro tea towels $24 CAD

This initiative will make your gift giving easier. Personally, I put the Studiopatro tea towels and the Lily and Val chalkboard prints on my birthday’s wish list; which is next month. They fit nicely with the kitchen decor of the house we bought this week.

So, if you are in Toronto, drop by the Etsy pop-up store at Indigo’s Toronto Eaton Centre location. They opened April 1st, 2014. Otherwise, you can buy the Etsy at Indigo collection online.

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

I Love This: A Modern Wine Credenza for the Dining Room

modern wine cellar furniture

It’s no secret that I enjoy a glass of wine at dinner. But, as a city dweller, I can’t justify the real estate to keep wine for years and decades before I drink it. I am more a wine fridge and wine rack person. I prefer to keep my wine supply next to my dining room.

modern wine credenza

Although Vancouver-based Vin de Garde specializes in high-end custom wine cellars, the reason why they caught my eye are for their mid-century inspired wine credenza. I am a fan of a sideboard in the dining room because it is so helpful for serving food and drinks. Vin de Garde can integrate their wine wall series into the drawers and design wine glass storage into their sideboards. Continue Reading

LIVING

The Magical Coloured Bricks Igloo by Daniel Gray

rainbow igloo by daniel gray

This is one of most awesome igloos that I ever saw. It took  months of preparation and 150 hours of construction to engineering student Daniel Gray, with girlfriend Kathleen Starrie, family and friends, to create his icy shelter masterpiece.

making of coloured brick igloo

If you plan to try such a project, know that you will need to collect hundreds of milk cartons to make the 500 coloured ice bricks that are necessary to build the structure. Daniel uses food colorants to get the bright colours. Continue Reading

FAMILY KIDS rooms

Circle Time Mats and Tiptoe Rugs

circle time mats

Tiptoe Rugs is a brand new collection of children’s rugs and custom rug possibilities from Alyssa McMurter, the woman behind AliStar. McMurter created a line of awesome 100% Merino wool felt rugs for children.

I love her Circle Time mats, which comes as circle and square mats. The Circle Time mats are obviously perfect for day cares or large playrooms. Tiptoe Rugs will be one of the 8 Modern Kid exhibits at the Interior Design Show that will be presented from January 24th to January 27th, 2013 in Toronto.

+ photo credits: Tiptoe Rugs

COOKING tools FOOD + DRINK

Cookware on Sale at The Bay (last day)

cookware

cookware
sourcing: Lagostina Academy-Clad 5-ply stainless steel cookware set  | Jamie Oliver’s Stainless Steel Copper cookware set at The Bay

One thing that I never buy at regular price is cookware. I always wait for the Bay Days sales. Today is the last day!  You could grab two awesome cookware set under $300, which is more than half price. This is a sweet deal before the Holiday season. Both cookware sets can be used on gas, electric, ceramic and induction cook tops. It is important to cover the widest range of cook tops when you buy cookware that can last a lifetime.

Oven safe up to 500° F/260° C, Jamie Oliver’s Stainless Steel Copper cookware  features a base made of heavy gauge copper and aluminum core base encapsulated in stainless steel. This mix delivers superior heat distribution. I own an older model of the big frying pan that I use several times at week. A comfy addition, that I wish I had in mine, are the soft silicone inserts on the handles. This set is on sale at $238.

Another great choice is the Lagostina Academy-Clad 5-ply stainless steel cookware set on sale at $294. And if you need a roaster, there are several models at 30% off at The Bay until tonight.

Know that I didn’t test drive these particular models. Therefore, I can’t tell you which one is the best. If you are used to non-stick cookware, you will find these cookware pretty heavy but it is all worth it. One last thing, make sure to read How to Select a Cookware? before you buy.

 

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

Three Sofas for Small Spaces

elise sofa at eq3

Here are three stylish sofas for Canadian city dwellers. These sofas look great and they will not overwhelmed your space.

Option 1: Elise Sofa

elise sofa at eq3
EQ3 just added Elise to its sofa collection. If you order this vintage style apartment sofa online, you will get a choice of 3 colours (taupe, charcoal and linen) and two leg types. Elise Sofa $1,199 CAD at EQ3

On a design note, I like the color accents brought by these simple solid cushions.

Option 2: Vaughn Apartment Sofa

vaughn apartment sofa at crate and barrel
My second option will also please fans of mid-century design that care for the environment. The Vaughn Apartment Sofa features a low extended back, slim track arms and an eco-friendly construction. $1,499 USD at Crate & Barrel. Check at your local store for the price in Canadian dollars.

Option 3: Cedric Loveseat

cedric loveseat at urban barn
Upholstered in a neutral soft grey fabric, my third suggestion features the tailored, masculine vibes that are in vogue this fall. Cedric Loveseat $849 CAD at Urban Barn. Your Union Jack pillows will fit well with this style.

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

STACT Modular Wine Wall

stact column

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.

stact column

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 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

ENTERTAINING OUTDOOR entertaining

Wanted: Fyrkat Picnic Portable Gas Grill

fyrkat portable picnic gass grill by Bodum

fyrkat portable picnic gass grill by Bodum

Statistics show year after year that ecommerce is less popular in Canada than in the United States. While it is true that Canadian consumers buy less online I would say that it is not entirely their fault. Many times, I must shop in the United States because I can’t find a Canadian retailer that sells what I want. These are missed opportunities for Canadian online shops.

The latest item that I want to buy is the latest model of the Fyrkat Picnic Gas Grill by Bodum. I want a compact, portable gas grill for when my little family goes for picnic. I have always been a fan of the Fyrkat Picnic Grill but I never bought it since it was a charcoal BBQ. Now that Bodum have united the look with the functionality I need, I am ready to buy. Sadly, I am still unable to find a store located in Montreal or at a Canadian online shop that sells the Fyrkat Picnic Portable Gas Grill with Propane Regulator. Even though I prefer the green one, I could settle for a black one.

My Call for Help

If you know a Canadian shop that carries the gas grill version, give me the information. Otherwise, I would have no choice but to give my money to the Americans.

ENTERTAINING EVERYDAY entertaining

Three Creative Uses of Washi Masking Tapes

washi tapes on flower vases

washi tape loot bags

Keeping a reserve of washi tapes can be a time-saver when you have to create last-minute party decorations. Washi tapes immediately transformed a basic bags or bottles into something with personality. I compiled a lit of amazing projects made by crafters and small shop owners on the blogosphere.

Loot Bags

If you are looking for a simple project, you can’t beat the kids loot bags made by Omiyage, a Canadian store. Their kids collection is composed of a range of animal and transportation themes. Recycle their loot bag idea for any occasion. You could even use it to gift wrap a present in a hurry.

The second project is by cu·te·ta·pe (pronounce: koo-teh-tah-pee), who also sells washi tapes online and other party/craft supplies.

washi paper bags

The creator of cu·te·ta·pe transformed the simple white lunch bag into a remarkable party favor bags with striped paper straws, washi tape and matchin twines.  You can write the recipient names on the tape. I love it! cu·te·ta·pe sells all the materials online except for the bags.

Playtime

washi doll house

I salute this first project from Japan. They used washi tapes to decorate a doll house. What a simple way to really put your stamp on the design scheme! See more stunning pictures about mt factory tour, a Japanese washi masking tape maker at Poppytalk.

washi drawing board

You can also apply washi tapes on a foam board to create your own city block mat or on a thick drawing paper to fuel your kids imagination. Even though my son is a little bit young for those activities, I love this idea so much that I bought the transport theme tapes from Omiyage. I imagine the hours of pleasure that he will have playing together or with his buddies.

Home Accents

washi tapes on flower vases

You can tailor plain bottles, jars or flower vases to your party theme or home decor by applying washi tapes around the containers. Look at how beautiful is this project by Leslie Shewring of A Creative Mint for decor8.

SOURCING:
+ Take A Ride Washi Tape Set $15 CAD for 3 rolls at Omiyage
+ Washi masking tapes from $3.50 USD a roll to $30 for a pack at cu·te·ta·pe
+ washi doll house photo: Ros Lee of Polkaros for Poppytalk

ENTERTAINING PAPER goods

Striped Paper Straws in Canada

striped paper straws

striped paper straws

We all  are familiar with these adorable striped paper straws. They have been a must-have of baby showers and kids birthdays over the last few years. But if you Live in Canada, you know that they are almost impossible to find this side of the border. This is why I am glad to report that Omiyage now carries 9 shades of striped paper straws, 3 shades of dotted paper straws and one red heart paper straw. These straws are compostable, biodegradable, and made with food safe ink.

You might remember that we talked about Omiyage earlier this year for the great washi tapes.

SOURCING:
+ Stripped Paper Straws at Omiyage $4.50 CAD for a pack of 25