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Balcon and Bénitier by Inga Sempé Are Now Available in Ceramic

balcon and benetier by Inga Sempe

The Balcon collection that French designer Inga Sempé created for Moustache was originally made in beech wood. A white ceramic version of the shelf to screw and the tidy to screw are amongst the few new items that Inga Sempé will present at Maison & Objets Paris 2013. The Balcon series is great to deposit small everyday objects or to hang next to your bath.

top picture: White ceramic Bénétier (a tidy) and Balcon by Inga Sempé

balcon shelf and benetier (tidy)balcon collection in beech wood for moustache
Balcon collection in beech wood for Moustache

Her new Vapeur lamps with coloured patterns will be presented at the same time. Stop by Moustache booth, Hall 8 – Stand B23 to see them.



Four Ramekins with a Dash of Color

modernize your ramekins

modernize your ramekins

Lately, I have been tired of my classic white ramekins. They work well but the style feels a little bit dated. Therefore, I start a search for more modern options. So far, I found four colourful ramekins that caught my attention. My short list reads like this:

No. 1 – My favorite is a part of the House by John Lewis collection. I love the steel color of this uncluttered ceramic ramekin. Safe up to 200°C (392°F) £3 each

No. 2 – The Rachael Ray Round Ramekins are top rated at I like that they are oven safe to 500°F. They are available in many colours: orange, indigo blue, green, yellow, chocolate brown. $24.95 USD /$25.30 CAD for 4 at

No. 3 – Another popular model are the Bakeware Ramekins by Chantal. It looks great in lime. It also comes in apple red, indigo blue, vanilla (beige) and plain white. $19.95 USD / $20.15 CAD for 4 at

No. 4 – My last choice might not be as modern but it earns its place for convenience. Like the ramekins by Rachel Ray, the two-tone stoneware ramekins by Trudeau are oven safe to 500°F. $4.95 CAD at Linen Chest

I am still undecided. Therefore, I welcome your input.


Bottle Vase by Dahlhaus | Etsy Find

etsy dahlhaus ceramic vase stripe

etsy dahlhaus ceramic vase stripe

Spring has officially arrived!

Though most of us are still waiting for warmer temperatures and sunny days, a little burst of colour goes a long way to freshen our spaces at this time of year. I love the muted yet modern shades on these charming handmade ceramic vases from Vancouver-based designer Dahlhaus. They’re the perfect vessel for a few spring blooms to brighten your desk or a corner of the room.

+ Modern Stripe Bottle Vase, $40, Dahlhaus


The Winter’s Scarlet Dip Tableware Collection by Heath Ceramics

winter's scarlet dip collection by heath ceramics

winter's scarlet dip collection by heath ceramics

Heath Ceramics introduced a seasonal collection that mixes red with winter grey. For the bud vase trio, they played with finishes. Serving as the base for their Winter’s Scarlet Dip pattern, the trio features two glazes, ruby red and suede red; the second is a beautiful orangey red. Serving bowls, prep bowls, a dip tray and three styles of cups complete the 2010/2011 winter collection.

espresso set from winter's scarlet dip collection by heath ceramics

Imagine how nice it will look to serve real hot chocolate with the mugs on the Scarlet dip tray. My other favorite piece is the espresso set. If you wish to add of hints of reds on at your Christmas table, this is the way to go.

+ Winter’s Scarlet Dip Bud Vase Set $110 USD at Heath Ceramics
+ Scarlet Espresso set $32 USD at Heath Ceramics
+ Scarlet dip tray $60 USD at Heath Ceramics
+ Stores where to buy Heath Ceramics, including one Canadian store


Simple Ceramic Dinnerware

ceramic tableware at canvas

ceramic tableware at canvas

These tableware pieces are produced by a ceramics studio in Jersey City and sold at Canvas. I appreciate their simple lines. I usually lean towards simple dinnerware because they give me more freedom when I design my tabletops. I let the ad-hoc accessories and decorative elements create the punch.

And no one can deny that the styled pictures make the bowls and plates more desirable. Good photography sells whether you are a retailer or a blogger. Canvas is a retailer that specializes in home products created by artisans and craftsmen from the US and abroad.

My favorite pieces are:

Hand-Made Earthenware Cooking Utensil Holder in a matte white finish$56 USD
+ Earthenware Colander w/ Saucer that is unfortunately sold out
Bistroware Small Pasta Bowls in vintage white finish $18
+ Glass mini Carafe $18


Beverage Dispensers for Summer Entertaining

Horchow is a store where I could always find unique, stylish and practical entertaining supplies. Any of these four beverage dispensers would be great for serving spa water, ice teas and homemade lemonade. The warm colors of the ceramic beverage dispensers would mix well with a cottage setting, a beach party or a casual garden party. The 2.75 gallon beverage server is made of ceramic with a glass lid and plastic spigot.

If you are looking for something more classic, I found a clear glass dispenser that could save space on your drink station. The Triple Beverage Server is made of three containers. Therefore, you stack none, one or two containers on top of the bottom container. The top and middle dispensers hold 96 ounces each while the bottom dispenser holds 128 ounces.

beverage servers for outdoor entertaining at horchow and costco

You can display fruits, flowers or sea shells at the bottom of the two-gallon glass Square Beverage Dispenser. A cheaper option that is very practical is the plastic beverage dispenser with a separate container for the ice. A girlfriend bought one earlier this summer at Costco in Montreal. It works well. Naturally, it costs a little less at Costco but I wasn’t able to find it online. I need to go to Costco this week. I would tell you if they still carry it since I want one.

+ Ceramic Beverage Dispensers $65 USD at Horchow
+ Triple Beverage Server – currently on sale at $99.90 USD
+ Square Beverage Dispenser – currently on sale at $84.90
+ Three-gallon plastic dispenser $35


Farmers Market Baskets

bone china farmers market baskets at jason home and garden

bone china farmers market baskets at jason home and garden

These adorable fruit baskets would add a nice touch to any outdoor party this summer. The Farmers Market baskets are made of a sturdy bone china in a glossy finish. You can buy them online at Jayson Home & Garden or at the Chicago store.

+ Farmers Market baskets small $20, medium $32, large $38
+ Via Oh Joy!


Heath Ceramics at the Ferry Building in San Francisco

heath ceramics at the san francisco ferry building

heath ceramics at the san francisco ferry building

Heath Ceramics opened a small 500 square feet store at the historic San Francisco Ferry Building, which is a great place for shopping. The best thing is that Heath Ceramics is located next door to the delicious Miette, and across from the awesome Blue Bottle Coffee. So even if you do not find what you are looking for at Heath, it will not be a wasted trip.

+ Heath Ceramics at the Ferry Building – photography by Mariko Reed


Planters and Containers by Architectural Pottery

vessel architectural pottery planters

vessel architectural pottery planters

If you are willing to spend more to get a true feel of mid-century design that was popular in California, have a look at the vast collection of containers and planters reissued by Vessel USA. They manufactured from original designer specifications and drawings used by Architectural Pottery. The shapes are superb. The pieces will acquire patina with time.

+ La Gardo Tackett TH-series $245 – $1434 USD
+ La Gardo Tackett IN-1 $245 – $348
+ Vessel Architectural Pottery at Velocity