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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.


Personalized Favor Bags for a Kids Party

personalized favor bags

personalized favor bags

Bridgett Edwards founded Perideau Designs in 2009. She is a mom who designs beautiful personalized stationery and party supplies. I particularly like the cute silhouettes on her muslin favor bags. Kids love them to see their name of it. Other moms will appreciate that they can reuse the favor bags to carry crayons or small toys. They are available in pack of 6.

personalized favor bags for kids

Beside her standard collection, you could get a custom made design to fit your party theme if you buy 30 bags. The little ants are so cute.

mini trick or treat bags

For this Halloween, Bridgett created a collection of mini trick or treat bags. You also offer personalized Halloween treat bags at $2.50 each.

+ Favor Bags $15 USD for 6 bags at Perideau Designs
+ Custom design Favor Bags $75 for 30 bags
+ Mini Halloween Treat bags $13 USD for 10 bags (5 illustrations in total)


Small Space Living: Staircase Storage

staircase bedroom drawers

staircase bedroom drawers

If you have a set of stairs in your home, chances are your small space isn’t as small as you think it is. That said, when you think about the “footprint” of a staircase, it’s easy to see wasted storage potential – particularly underneath.

Here are a few innovative ways that homeowners have re-claimed this typically underused space.

This staircase-bedroom combination shown on Home-Designing helps max out vertical space in a small New York apartment. The home owners created a guest bedroom and lounge area with an elevated sleeping area. The stairs themselves are actually drawers in disguise, providing plenty of storage for clothes and other essentials.

staircase shelves drawers storage

Likewise, this ladder/staircase hybrid crafted by Københavns Møbelsnedkeri / Copenhagen Joinery leads to a raised sleeping area in a child’s room. It’s a modern twist on bunkbeds, only here the stairs do double duty as shelves for toys and books, with even more storage in the build-in wardrobe.

Floating staircases may look contemporary, but they can also showcase contemporary clutter. Since they’re on wheels, these DIY storage units would be a great option for a finished basement/family room, providing easy access place to stash toys or seasonal items. Check out the complete builder’s plans from Workbench Magazine.


Color Your Touch Bin

Colour your touch bin by brabantia

Colour your touch bin by brabantia

Several years ago, I bought a roll top bread bin by Brabantia. I still use it today. Their housewares are made to last, on top of being pretty.  I am so sorry that I do not live in Europe right now. It’s because I could order a modern Touch Bin in 200 colors. What we can buy in Canada and the United States is the fingerprint proof matt steel version.

Giving access to a wide range of colors or even allowing custom-made color in every day objects started many years ago in Europe. Why does it take so long for North American brands to catch up?

+ Color Your Bin by Brabantia


Sämyii’s Personalized Cake Toppers | Etsy Finds

samyii custom made cake toppers for brides and grooms

samyii custom made cake toppers for brides and grooms

When I saw the personalized wedding dolls on, I immediately thought of why not used that concept for a birthday. Sämyii, who sells them on Etsy, agrees with me.

birthday cake figurines for girls by samyii on etsy

As I dug her creations on Flickr, I noticed that she also made custom figurines that would be a nice touch on a graduation or a birthday. You can put it at the top of a birthday cake or a cupcake tower. She integrated items to create a scene. I love it. I do not know what is the price of those cute personalized figurines for girls and boys.

samyii's personalized figurines for a boy birthday cake topper

+  Personalized Dolls as Cake Toppers by Samyii $40 USD at Etsy


Betsy Grace’s Personalized Table Linen | Etsy Finds

betsy grace's linen table runner with your initial available on etsy

betsy grace\'s linen table runner with your initial available on etsy

Pure linen table linens are my favorite. Their simple elegance never go out of style. A set of napkins with a table linen makes a gift that will be appreciated for years to come. Think about it for a birthday, a housewarming party, a wedding or even as a Valentine’s Day gift.

pure linen manner napkins set by betsygrace on etsy

For the napkins, you could opt for her Manner Napkins set which reminds everyone of 6 table manners. And there is a limited edition for Valentine with loving words. Those are made by Missy, a mother of five who sells on Etsy. She named her etsy shop after her the name of her fifth child, Betsy Grace. She also make matching tea towels.

+ Linen Table Runner Personalized With Your Initial $24 USD
+ Manners Napkins Set of 6 in Linen Willow Color $36 for 6


Thank You for Dinner Card

thanks for dinner card

If you like to send thank you card after attending a dinner party, look at this simple but adorable thank you card. For casual events with good friends, you could be less formal and attach your thank you card to your hostess gift. Or for a surprise, leave the card on their mailbox on your way home.

This thank you card was designed by Tori Higa for The inside can be custom printed with your own text and optional photos. You can order a single custom printed card or as many as you need.

+ Thank Hostess Mitts starts at $2.19 USD per card


Place Cards and Table Number Cards by Timeless Paper

paper place cards by Timeless Paper :: butterfly and sparrow

Graphic designer Emily Arrison handcrafts paper tabletop creations for weddings and special events.  Her flora and fauna shaped cards are perfect for a garden party. She makes place cards, table numbers, menu cards, napkin rings that incorporate the place cards.

+ Timeless Paper – starts at $1 a piece with minimum buy of a pack of 25 cards

HOME + GARDEN MODERN architecture

Urban Green House of Moine Urbain for my Eco-friendly Tuesday | 2009 Design Montreal

moine urbain :: modern backyard of the green house

I could not decide the winner between number 1 and 2 for the places I visited last Sunday during the Open Door event of Design Montreal. Since it is time for my eco-friendly column, I will talk about Moine Urbain. It is fun to take pictures when the subject is so amazing. Enjoy the views!

kitchen and bathroom production by Moine Urbain in Montreal

Founded by the multidisciplinary artist and artisan Mario Lafrenais, Moine Urbain works with rock, wood, steel and glass. They specialize in making minimalist but very functional kitchen and bathrooms. Mario created an awesome collection of bathtubs, sinks and kitchen island top surface made with Saint-Marc rock. Moine Urbain’s collection is organic and the Saint-Rock rock feels so soft to the touch. You can also hire them for custom made pieces. A man offered his wife a custom-made bath to make sure that she will be comfortable in it. How romantic!

Mario rethinks the function of the objects. He favors minimalist design. He works on every details making sure the soap holder and the holder fits into the design both aesthetically and functionally.

A Glimpse at His Green House

urban house with solar panels in Montreal :: moine urbain

Like many designers, his studio is attached to his residence. We had a glimpse of his house by going his stunning backyard. He talked to us about the many green features of his house from solar panels to using combustion stove as an added heat source during the winter to his salt-water pool in the heart in the city. He lives in Le Plateau-Mont-Royal borough in Montreal. I do not recalled the details of his heating system but it done in an environmentally manner.

I love his outdoor dining room furniture. It is a great place for outdoor entertaining.

+ Moine Urbain – site in French only
+ If you did not read it, check out the 3rd place: my take on Loft Encadrex


Customize Your Decor with Vinyl Silhouettes

vinyl silhouettes

A way to personalize the décor is to turn your digital photos of a child, pet, or object into vinyl silhouette decals. Several profiles are available: head profile, half-body, full body, pet and objects.

Do not think of silhouette decals only for home decor. Vinyl silhouettes are an easy and affordable way to personalize a birthday party decor with characteristics of the guest of honor.

The silhouette has removable adhesive. Normally it peels off without trouble but be aware that this is not guarantee that you may not encounter a problem.

Each Vinyl silhouette can only be installed once. You can put them directly on the wall for a more lasting solution, on a canvas or most smooth surface. Make sure to read Vinyl Silhouettes tips on taking pictures for their custom made decals.

+ Half-body silhouette $46
+ Full-body silhouette available 3 formats $48-$86
+ Objects $48 simple, $68 complex objects
+ via Laissez Faire


Personalized Picture Stamps in Canada and the United States

customized stamps :: picture postage :: pictureitpostage :: zazzle

Finished up your invite or add a special touch to a thank you card with your own customized stamps. They are also appropriate to mark a special occasion, a kid birthday or something special happening in your life.

Where to buy?

The personalization process is the same whether you live in the USA or Canada. The difference is where you buy them. In Canada, you must use Picture Postage, a service from Canada Post in partnership with Canadian Bank Note.

In the United States, several companies own a vendor license from United States Postal Service to print customized postage. You can buy the stamps in the denomination that you need: postcard, envelop size and weight. Unfortunately, Canada Post offers only the customized stamp for the most current postage (standard letter under 30 grams).

How it works?

They all provide online a tool to design your postage using the same 3 steps. You first submit your own digital image. Then, you adjust your image into the stamp frame. Finally, you send your order.

In the United States, I like PictureItPostage by Endicia. There 2 main advantages are:

  • bigger stamp – your picture is 1 1/2″ x 1 3/16″. Stamp is 2 1/2″ x 1 9/16″
  • background colors – which I like a lot.

Zazzle is another company that I discovered through Perfect Bound, a cute blog by a girl who day dreams about living abroad, dark chocolate and being a magazine editor. Today, she paired wedding invitations with customized stamps. Check her post; she did an excellent pairing job.

The special features at Zazzle are:

  • you can write a small message text on top of your picture
  • three sizes of stamp
  • you can select pictures from the community gallery.

Canadian Way

The Canadian stamps look better in my opinion because they do not have a bar code. They look like regular stamp. But honestly, they are all pretty cool and can be as stylish as you design them. In Canada, you can buy a sheet of 40 stamps or a Keepsake Sheet of 20 stamps with a large image printed to keep as a souvenir.

Plan ahead and leave you plenty of time for delivery. These custom gifts make great gifts to new parents, grand parents or new homeowners.

>>> Sourcing:
Buy online: PictureItPostage – price: $18.95 USD for 20 large stamps
Buy online: Zazzle Custom Stamps – price: $16.95 USD for 20 medium stamps
Buy online: The Knot Wedding Postage Collection [Zazzle]
Buy online: Picture Postage – price: $24.95 for 20 stamps + a large keepsake image
Via: squared away [Perfect Bound]