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Woon’s iPod Dolls

woon pax doll with boy

Look at the adorable rock chic doll that I bought this morning for my son Zack. Pax will be a nice addition to his hip and soft doll collection. When I shown him a picture of Pax on my iPhone, he laughed and he appeared to love him. Plus, I got an awesome deal. I bought the last one in stock at half-price at Indigo. I can’t wait to put Pax in my son’s arms.

What sold me Pax is the fact that Woon transformed a couple of quirky little dolls by adding music inside. You safely tuck away your  iPod (and I assume your iPhone) or a MP3 player inside the doll’s torso pocket. The doll comes with built-in speakers. As a mom on the go, I love that I can attach Pax to a stroller or my bag.

woon kids lulu and ipod pocket

I bet that little girls would love having Lulu as their friend. Both dolls exhibit a hint of British eccentric flair. I found them absolutely adorable.

+ Pax ou Lulu iPod Doll by Woon
+ click here for the list of retailers



White Winter Wonderland Theme for the Holiday Season

white wonderland ball ornaments

For its elegance and use of transparency, Winter White Wonderland is my favorite Christmas trend this year. It feels modern, fresh and would subtlety blend into your home decor. Most of all, it is fairly easy to achieve a stunning look because you have access to a vast collection of ornaments and props.

white wonderland tree ornaments

To create dimensions, make sure to play with materials and textures. Think about decorating with silver dust, light golden tones, white milk glass, bona china, snow-frost effects, pearls, beads, mirrors, fake fur, etc… Use any materials that enable you to achieve a sense of icy cold opulence.

Variations on the Theme

white transparent christmas trend

I do not believe that your Christmas decorations should look the same year after year. From a budget viewpoint, you will be pleased to know that every piece of this design could be reused for many themes. As you can see in this vignette done for an entry hallway, you can mix ordinary household items with Christmas decorations and achieve a festive look.

It is simple to turn this theme around. The style could feel as modern, casual or traditional as you like. If you aim for a natural look, add moss, pines, twigs and rocks. Or make it nostalgic and display old skate ornaments, sleds, birds, knitted mitts and sweaters like I did last year for my own Christmas tree.

Not Just for White Interior Decor

metallic opulent christmas decorating :: obsession trend of christmasworld

Here you see opulent elegance with a light masculine touch. For details, revisit the Obsession trend that was introduced last year at Christmasworld.

+ Fleur White Ball Ornament $7.95 USD at Crate & Barrel
+ Bona China Pine Cone Large $7.95, Small $6.95
+ Silver Bell Ornaments $17.95 for set of 6
+ Winter Tree Ball Ornaments $14.85 for 3
+ Silver Branch Ornaments $5 for 2 assorted branches
+ Icy Cold Entryway of the Silver and Gold Holiday Decor from Style at Home
+ Obsession trend from Christmasworld


Cardigans in the City

cardigans are everywhere

cardigans are everywhere

Two things are a constant on my wardrobe: the A-line skirt and the cardigan. This year, I am lucky since they are both in vogue. I love them because they are comfy, elegant and practical. I often throw a cardigan inside my purse; ready to use when I need it.

I brought two cardigans on my trip to Japan and although I had sweaters with me, I wore my cardigans most of the time. Cardigans are lighter on your wallet than a jacket. My favorite cardigans this year come from Banana Republic, and a linen open cardigan by Naf Naf that my mother in law bought me in France.

I was inspired to share my passion for cardigans – my husband often comments than I can never go without them – after I watched Bill Cunningham’s On the Street video on the New York Times. Bill shared tips on how to wear your cardigans for spring and summer 2010. He made a nice connection with the wild irises, lilacs, buttercups, forget-me-nots and peonies that bloom in May. I love it!

+ On the Street: To Button or Not on the New York Times
+ Pima cotton/cashmere classic cardigan $79.50 USD at Banana Republic


Style Collective’s Must-Haves for Summer

stylish brunch outfit :: must haves for summer 2010 from bloggers of the style collective

stylish brunch outfit :: must haves for summer 2010 from bloggers of the style collective

Style Collective is a group of Canadian style bloggers, including myself, who decided to unite themselves to target advertisers and help each others to grow our blogs. To promote more interactions between our sites, we are launching a monthly column where we collaborate and write about the same topic. Style Collective is comprised of many fashion and beauty sites; therefore, you will see products different than my typical scope. For our first column, we shared our must haves for summer 2010.

This may be pure serendipity but we collectively suggested everything you need to host a stylish garden brunch. I imagined them in two different environments: an urban affair and a communal breakfast before a sporting event. I am glad to present you the talented members of Style Collective and their monthly selection.

For an urban brunch

+ Ali told us that she owed five dresses that are similar to the S/S2010 Dresses sold at French Connection. Via ChickAdvisor $138 CAD
+ The start up magnolia and lilac plant kits will make luxurious party favors. You can find them at Indigo for $22.99. This is the must-have of Alison of Gifted
+ You can never go wrong with a Chanel lipstick. This one is part of Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour $38. It was the must have of Michelle of Beauty Editor
+ My must-have is the Apple Pancakes Apron, which is an exclusively available at Anthropologie $44. I believe that a woman never has enough aprons. It is important to keep your dress pretty while you cook.

For the breakfast before a sporting event

brunch before a sporting event :: must have for summer 2010

+ For an indulgence, the N.D.C. made by hand massika shoes at $325. They look comfy. This is a suggestion of Afiya of The Style House
+ Because powder is a must to fight the heat, gear yourself with the Blot Pressed Powder by MAC via BeautyGeeks $29. Like Janine, I enjoy the compact powder of Mac. I also enjoy Make up Forever, and when I wish to splurge, I go for Chanel. But one thing is for sure, you will always find a compact powder inside my handbag.
+ Catriona (a.k.a Coco) suggested the Light-Weight Utility Jacket by Talula. It will protect you before the sun is strong or at the end of the day. Via Coco & Lowe $125


White on White Home Decor

white textures :; dining table styled by Krakvik & D'Orazi

white textures :: dining table styled by Krakvik & D\'Orazi

Since I am not a white interior fan, it says a lot when I decide to feature an all-white room decor. But what makes this one stands out is the use of textures and many shades of white. It is a look that fits with rough and rustic natural wood. Emma of Emmas blog featured it to showcase the styling work of Kråkvik & D’Orazio.

white on white tabletop :: dixie\'s spring 2010 collection

Another find from Emma is Dixie, a Swedish retailer. Sadly for us, they only sell in Scandinavia.  Have a look at their styled tabletop from the Spring 2010 Collection as another great example. This time, the stylists play with forms and patterns to add interest to a white palette.

Spa Atmosphere

living etc many tones of whites for a spa bathroom

White on white is not a new idea. Look at the several tones of whites that appear on this spa-feeling bathroom. You feel definitely relaxed and peaceful in that environment. It almost makes me want to try it on a future home.

Organic Modern Bathroom

canadian house and home 2010 trends :: organic modern bathroom

Another room that feels inviting is the modern rustic white bathroom with the firewood wall that appeared on the January 2010 issue of Canadian House and Home. The bathroom is part of their 2010 Top 10 trends. This trend is referred to as Organic Modern. To reproduce this look, seek a modern freestanding tub that you oppose to the texture of a tall stack of wood and a concrete floor.

+ via Emmas blogg
+ photo: Dixie
+ photo: Living etc
+ photo: January 2010 issue of Canadian House and Home


citizenM Amsterdam City is opened

toys for kids and adults at citizenM amsterdam city

I told you last year about citizenM hotel at Schiphol Airport, now you can stay at the hotel in the city. The rooms are small but the rest of the hotel offers plenty of attractive features for lovers of modern design. You could lounge in brand new Vitra furniture including the legendary Marshmallow sofa by George Nelson.

lobby and restaurant at citizenm amsterdam city

citizenM Schiphol is 10th the Conde Nast Traveller 2009 hot list of best new hotels in the World. With free wifi and public Mac computer stations, I would enjoy staying there a few days. Special rates are in effect for the launch at the Amsterdam city hotel. Special opening rates are 99 euro (normally 129 euro) during the week and 79 euro (normally 99 euro) on weekends.

Self-served Check In

self-served check in counters at citizenm

This is an innovative approach in the hotel business. You check yourself in at any of the citizenM hotel. An innovative touch screen terminals give you access to your online booking where you can enter your personal preferences, such as lighting, music, temperature and wake-up call. Your room will be automatically adjusted to your liking. Do not worry, citizenM Ambassadors are there to give you a hand.

After your stay, your room key doubles as a luggage tag. It becomes your proof of membership in the citizenM community at citizenM hotels worldwide. This is a cool concept!



Turquoise Spring Tablescapes at Zara Home

turquoise gold and pink spring tabletop

I was inspired by the Spring and Summer 2009 tableware collection at Zara Home to create a festive tablescape.

The starting point was this amazing turquoise and gold Nilo flatware. It is made in gold stainless steel with a dark blue turquoise PVC handle.

My Turquoise, Gold and Pink Tablescape

I used different tone of three colors. Mixing hues with accent colors and textures add interest. The look is refined and sophisticated. Do not be afraid to add a punch color through the tablecloth. For a scheme like that, a print tablecloth is preferable to a solid.

The components are:

+ Nilo cutlery teaspoon £2 fork, knife, spoon £3
+ Nabuko Crockery dessert plate £5, bowl, soup plate and dinner plate £6
+ Paisley Tablecloth £45
+ Pop wine glass £4.50
+ Idea water glass £3
+ Alhambra Jug £4, water tumbler £2

Zara Home Styled Photo

cabana table runner at zara home

I am in love with the embroidered floral ramie table runner. It would be great for Easter, Mother’s Day or an outdoor brunch on a sunny weekend.

zara home spring 2009 tableware and cutlery

Here you see the same flatware used with a different color palette. The Zara stylists used the same dinnerware but they came up with a totally different look.

+ Cabana table runner £25
+ Small pop wine glass (the blue and purple one) £4.50

It is too bad that the stuff is unavailable in North America. I think that we should start an online petition to implore Zara to open at least an online store with shipping in Canada and the United States. My way to start the crave is to showcase items from their astonishing collection.

If you wish to see more turquoise décor accessories from Zara Home, the Styles Files wrote a good post on turquoise being the trendy color for spring & summer 2009.


Wooden Holiday Decorations | Daily Quick Links 2008.12.04

Their warmth makes wood desirable and comforting in winter. As you can see, wood textures are hot this Holiday. With beautiful items like those, there are no reasons to complain.

Karen Kimmel holiday tree ornaments

+ The Nature+Holiday Ornaments by Los Angeles-based artist Karen Kimmel are absolutely stunning. Each wood veneer and colored acrylic laser cut disc comes in a hand silk-screened muslin sack laced with an ultra suede tie. You also get a cardboard letterpress card with a message by the artist. The ornament costs between $18 and $40 each at A+R. It makes a wonderful hostess gift. Via Happy Mundane

wooden decorations

+ Bugs and Fishes by Lupin shows us how to wrap a Faux Bois Parcel. This craft project relies on inexpensive supplies. Via Creature Comforts.

+ Who can resist the Pumpkin and Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwiches? Certainly not me. I give her a big thumb up for the presentation. Get the recipe on Cannelle et Vanille.

+ I spot the wooden star ornament on the December 2008 issue of Living etc. It is made by PTMD. Sadly, I cannot tell you where to find it.

+ Finally, I am in love with these Christmas stockings. They look magnificent hanging on the rustic mantel. Via Design Hole.


The Return of the Aluminum Christmas Trees

aluminum christmas tree with turquoise balls

It is popular with mid-century home owners. You can dig originals on ebay and craighlist or buy a brand new Classic Aluminum Christmas Tree from New-York retailer Hammacher Schlemmer.

The appeal of using aluminum for a Christmas tree rests in its reflective quality. The downside is that putting Christmas lights in the tree would be too dangerous. This is why the color wheel was invented. A more elegant option is a single color lamp instead of the 4-color wheel.

aluminum christmas tree in a modern open space living and dining room

If you are not convinced yet, I included more decorated trees.

aluminum christmas trees

The left tree was found on Flickr on the Aluminum Christmas trees pool. Jenn Ski paid $25 on Craigslist for a the 6-foot silver tree last summer. Jenn dreams of a pink aluminum tree like the one on the right. Any colors other than silver are hard to find and can be expensive.

Before you buy any trees, verify the width and the height to make sure it will fit your apartment.

Brand New Aluminum Christmas Trees

Hammacher Schlemmer sells the aluminum Christmas tree made popular in the 1950s in 5-foot and 7-foot. They are made of high-quality, long-lasting aluminum foil branches that insert into a hardwood trunk. Their easy-to-assemble tree is made with non-corrosive high-quality aluminum foil branches that will long outlast the brittle tinsel of lesser trees.

Yuletide Expressions produces slim, wide and standard width aluminum Christmas trees from 4 to 9 foot. A Premium version with 30% more branches is available. They cost about the same as the trees at Hammacher Schlemmer. What is great about Yuletide Expressions is that they sell the parts if you broke your tree.

The Aluminum Christmas trees is not for everyone and for every décor. But if you do, they are nice options out there.

+ 5 Foot Classic Aluminum Christmas Tree – $399.95 USD at Hammacher Schlemmer
+ Yuletide Expressions
+ aluminum Christmas tree
+ NWW Holiday 2008 tree
+ Via Arren Williams and Jenn Ski


A Peek at the Remodeled Mondrian Hotel

remodeled mondrian by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz :: ABYU Lighting feather lampshades

Gone is the design that Philippe Starck did at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood, California.

The hotel needed to update its Alice in Wonderland concept for some time now. The mastermind behind the new design at the Mondrian Hotel is Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz.

The party to launch the $40-million redesigned Mondrian is scheduled for September 4th, 2008. But I bring you a speak preview, thanks to Los Angeles Times.

What’s New?

The fanciful mirror works as a TV screen. You will see pieces from many superstar designers in the remodeled Mondrian next to affordable pieces like the installation of inexpensive hooks in the bathroom or the La Murrina and nickel lanterns made by Roost on the lobby.

I like the black and white polyethylene table on the guest room terraces designed by modern Dutch designers Marcel Wanders next to the Nest chairs by Tord Boontje.

The ABYU Lighting feather lampshades at the concierge’s desk are supposed to be something. I do not know if it is a different design than the one made for Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz and Steven Wine Private Residence.

The feather lampshades are becoming a signature since Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz used them in many projects since 2006.

+ Mondrian Hotel
+ Nest chairs by Tord Boontie at Unica – price: $687 USD, in 8 colors
+ Roost Jumbo Nickel Lanterns at Velocity – price: $96 USD for medium, $120 for large
+ ABYU New York Custom Lighting
+ Images photographed by Mel Melcon for the Los Angeles Times
+ Bottom right image featured in Metropolitan Home in October 2006