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FOOD + DRINK TABLEWARE

Fun bowls for kids

west elm organic shaped rice bowl

We often eat our main dish in a big bowl, inside of a dinner plate. He often asks to eat on the same dishes than us. But the bowls I use are way too big for a 3 years old. On top of that, he likes green, which is not a popular color for tableware. My collection of Japanese porcelain bowls from Anthropologie comes handy. I love their casual elegance but I want more options for him.

anthropologie rice bowls
+ Atom Art bowls and Inside Out bowls $8 USD.

So, this morning, I went to West Elm to get him a few bowls. Tableware are at 20% off right now at West Elm. I’m sure that my son will be pleased the next time we eat pasta since he will eat his in a bowl similar to our sage pasta bowl by Sophie Conran. I added bowls covered with the patterns and textures to complete his set.

west elm cereal bowls
Potter’s Workshop dip bowls and Organic shaped dinnerware in mint.

I can’t wait to see his reaction when I show them to him. I know, I am probably more thrilled than he will be by my purchase. Nonetheless, this makes me happy.

+ top photo: rice bowl from the Organic shaped dinnerware collection.

Work and Life

Office Design: Transparent and Cheerful Panels

raw color ABN AMRO Eindhoven

Anyone who visited The Netherlands knows that the Dutch are not afraid of colorful spaces, even for the corporate office spaces. It is easy to add a punch of colors into an office space. For example, you can paint the cabinet drawers, choose a fun color for the chairs or use the color blocking technique for your room dividers. Continue Reading

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

Current Love: Colored Lacquers on Wood Furniture

flat table peeled

Sharing similarities to the paint-dipped mini-trend, I noticed more wood furniture that exhibit strong color accents. I love it! It feels fun yet sophisticated. This makes these pieces easy to live with which means that you can justify the investment. I highlight some of my favorite pieces. I would welcome any of these in my interior.

For Your Dining Room

flat table
photo credits: Flat Table by Jo Nagasaka for Schemata Architecture Office

My ultimate favorite is the tables by Japanese designer Jo Nagasaka of Schemata Architecture Office. Which girl could resist that fluorescent pink epoxy finish? I can’t! Jo Nagasaka started to apply the epoxy coats to smooth and regulate the table tops of antique tables. I find that the effect is stunning. 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

HOME + GARDEN HOME office

Five Fun Home Office Accessories

feminine desk accessories

I want my small home office to feel prettier. My quest for modern home office continues with five desk accessories that have nothing in common with what you see in a corporate office. I will start by replacing my old and bulky desk phone by a nice desk tidy. The retro camera sharpener could be the start of a collection of items that I would display on a picture rail over my desk.

feminine desk accessories
sourcing: Porcelain desk organizer $29.90 USD by Black+Blum | Retro Camera Pencil Sharpener $16.50 CAD at Indigo | Gus Modern Picture rails $115-$165 at Bobby Berk Home

This sculptural desk organizer reminds me of a model totem. As long as you limit the number of paper pieces in it, it would look amazing.

dark oak desk tidy
sourcing: Dark Oak Desk Tidy £44.90 at Cow & Co

I present the next set as a gift idea for a man. The square trays could be used to organize a drawer.

desk blocks
sourcing: Desk Blocks £52 at Cow & Co

I would probably use the Jonathan Alder’s bright pens more as a decorative element than for writing.

jonathan alder ink pen
sourcing: Jonathan Alder Ink Pen on sale at $8.90 USD at Horchow

HOME + GARDEN HOME office

Office Desk Accessories: three styles

shop by color

shop by color
photo credits: Poppin

A beautifully styled desk makes me more productive because I feel better and more energized. Plus, it helps me release my creativity. I found that desk accessories make all the difference. They can transform the mood of your home office area. I propose you three ways to do that.

Shop by Color

aqua tape dispenser and pen holder
sourcing: Aqua Tape Dispenser $12 and Pen Cup $6 at Poppin

If your design is based on one color, make a stop at Poppin where you can shop by color. Their glossy plastic desk accessories will brighten your day. They also sell office furniture in the same color palette.

Go Vintage / Old Technology

Poulain Tape Dispenser
sourcing: Poulain Tape Dispenser $24 USD at Anthropologie

After the rebirth of the vintage typewriters as a wonderful decor element, we now see plenty of accessories designed around the vintage cameras, radios or TV. I like this mix of old with new technology.

mini it
sourcing: Mini It $5 USD at Connect Design

Moss Studios vintage camera bookends
photo credits: Vintage Cameras bookends by Moss Studios at Anthropologie – no longer available 

To reproduce this style, get inspired by the handmade Vintage Cameras bookends by Moss Studios or the Mini It. Do not limit yourself to desk accessories, you can use also art prints and illustrations to create this look. The Mini It is an old TV stand that can be used a mini post-it dispenser or a photo frame.

Quirky and Fun Items

Specialists say that humor, surprises, and anything that clears your mind enable you not only to relax but to solve a problem that was difficult. This is why it might be good to put on your desk accessories that are out of the ordinary.

besom holder
sourcing: Besom Holder $68 USD at Anthropologie

FOOD + DRINK TABLEWARE

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 Cooking.com. 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 Cooking.com

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 Cooking.com

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.

LIVING TRAVEL

Kim Loves: Reisenthel’s Travel Bags

reisenthel travel bags

reisenthel travel bags

I have a love affair with some brands and Reisenthel is one of these brands for me. It has been a while since I visited their Web site. I am glad to see new products. I couldn’t stop discovering their travelling bag collection. I like the fact that it is cheerful. Plus, you will not have any problems to recognize your bags from the crowd. Some fabrics are special edition like the beach edition, marigold olive (my personal favourite) and safari.

travel cosmetic

The bags are also well-thought. You will have no problems finding one that fits your needs. Many models of their comprehensive range of cosmetic bags are available in several sizes. You can find one that would be big enough for your annual vacation, another one for weekend getaways and a small one for when you go to the gym.

slimcase and toilet bag

Versatility is another key feature of the line. Slimcase S would be perfect to carry your jewelry while kids crayons, hair accessories or small office supply would fit into the Multicase.

Now, we only have to wait that for Reisenthel’s Travelling to be available in Canada or the United States.

SOURCING:
+ Allrounder L by Reisenthel from 34,90 € to 45 €
+ Toiletcosmetic by Resisenthel from 13,90 € to 24,90 €
+ Toiletbag by Reisenthel 16,90 €
+ Slimcase S  by Reisenthel 9,90 €
+ Multicase by Reisenthel 9,95 €

COOKING tools FOOD + DRINK

Amusing Chop Knife by Normann Copenhagen

chop knife

chop knife

No, these are not donuts! Lucidipedere Studio created for Normann Copenhagen a fun version of the classic mezzaluna. I always use a mezzaluna to chop herbs. Believe me when I tell you that the round shape of the blade makes it more comfortable and efficient to chop herbs.

A pretty coloured rubber band hides the handle, and the blade when it is not in use. I predict that you will not want to hide the Chop Knife in a kitchen drawer. I only wish that they sell it with a mezzaluna cutting board.

SOURCING:
+ Chop Knife by Normann Copenhagen $35.19 at Scandinavian Design