When I went to Zone last Friday for buying the small red gourde vase that I, initially, planned for my entryway, I realized that the vase would be too large for the IKEA shoe cabinet. But I didn’t waste my time since I noticed that it was the same orange red than my Eames rocking chair. Since the vases were at 50% off, I bought it and its tall companion. I was right! The color matches perfectly. I couldn’t be happier with this purchase.
The next step is to get rid of the bulky media center computer, the stereo style component under the red vases. I asked my husband to explore ways that we could do this. He is in charge of everything that is technological at home. Stay tuned for our progress.
I went to Costco yesterday to buy essential household products and baby wipes. While shopping across the aisles, I spotted a few items that would make your summer entertaining more special.
First, the BPA-free acrylic beverage dispenser, that almost look like glass, is ideal for outdoor entertaining, especially if you have a pool. A friend of mine bought it last summer. She used it for our annual summer BBQ. I was impressed by how well it works and how good it looks. Your iced tea or lemonade will not be water down since you keep ice cubes on the bottom compartment. And on top of that, it costs only $19.95 CAD (if I am not mistaken).
My second suggestion is based on practicality and affordability. The Bridge Flower Planters ($49.99 for a 5-pack) are great for condo owners and renters since it is tailored for balcony railings. You can also use them to put flowers on fences.
Third, the lady susan serving tray ($19.89) can be used any time of the year to serve crudités, fresh seasonal fruits or nuts.
Everyday items can be pretty and functional. First created as an experimental organic vase, the Kontur vase is more than a flower vase. It can become a cool storage container for the bathroom, the office or the kitchen.
You could store small bathroom essentials, or transform it into a pen holders for your home office, or hold crayons in a kids playroom.
But the part that inspires me the most is this bird eye view of many vases. It gave me the idea of creating a wall installation. It would look amazing indoor or outdoor. Mette Kargo Hvid designed Kontur for Normann Copenhagen. It is made of silicone.
+ Kontur Vase $35 USD at 2Modern
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
Cooler temperatures mean sweater weather has officially arrived. But it’s not just your wardrobe that can incorporate this seasonal must-have.
These so-clever-they’re-chic crafts use less-than-stylish wool sweaters to add texture, softness and – go figure – warmth to your fall and winter decor. And chances are you already have a drawer full of supplies to make these incredibly easy projects. Here are a few faves that you can do a rainy or cold day:
+ If You Have An Hour: Recycled Sweater Vases at Under the Table and Dreaming
+ If You Have An Afternoon: Recycled Sweater Pillow Cover at Country Living (number 6)
+ If You Have A Day: Recycled Sweater Blanket at Homemade Holiday Gifts
+ For more inspirations about this fall decor trend, read Kim’s post on Recycling Your Old Sweaters as Lampshades and Vase Covers.
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