Calgary - HOME & DECOR
May 22nd, 2013
Desire the look of the ultra-Canadian deep woods cabin but shudder at the thought of Bambi on your wall? Us too, that’s why we love Bucky the Deer.
This Deer Head Trophy is the perfect DIY project for folks that want to stick with cardboard and glue for the time being. Bucky gives an instant, camp-y upgrade to a modern space. Let loose with glitter, paint and stickers for the ultimate eclectic deer head look.
At ReWorks, 1217B 9th Avenue SE, 403-263-4366
May 14th, 2013
There's a reason Scandinavian interior design is so coveted: clean lines and minimalism never go out of style.
Beltline design shop, Kit Interior Objects curates its collections with an eye towards this simple aesthetic. Muuto, a Danish brand, has released ‘Stacked’ (starting at $450), a gorgeous modular shelving system. The best thing about the shelf? Each piece will be completely unique as you get to choose different sized boxes and finishes to generate your custom shelf.
And bonus points for furniture we don't have to put together. —Kait Kucy
Kit Interior Objects, 725 11 Ave. SW, Calgary, www.kitinteriorobjects.com
May 13th, 2013
Just like the folks at Calgary startup FairGoods, we love to buy products that have a story behind them.
Perfect for summertime coffee dates on the porch this Anchor Sugar & Creamer (US$32) from Brooklyn-based BROOKLYNREHAB is absolutely one of those items. Inspired by the designers studio window views, the nautical themed set was designed and made in her Brooklyn studio.
Plenty of Calgarian designers launching new product on their soon – you can actually keep track of in-progress projects to pre-order.
Who says life isn't fair? —Kait Kucy
By appointment, FairGoods, 403-351-0613, www.fairgoods.com
March 25th, 2013
Time to Heather the nest.
A cozy new concept to Calgary, The Heather Company brings deluxe European-inspired (but made -in Canada) fabrics and bedding to your boudoir. Just like we are seeing the mixing of prints in fashion, the same goes for your home. We love this combination of the Addison Aqua print mixed with Chevron Natural pillow.
Bed head, here we come. —Kait Kucy
The Heather Co., 250-888-5419, www.theheatherco.com
March 5th, 2013
Online furniture purveyor Society Social is bringing happy hour home with its retro-chic bar carts.
There's something so refined about shaking Sidecars and French 75s at the drop of a hat — it's becoming a must-have party trick for dinner parties and themed get-togethers,
The Devlin bar cart (US$515), a perfect choice for the condo-dwelling sophisticate, has metal casters and plenty of storage. And the real fun begins with the careful curation of liquers and pretty decanters.
Cin cin! —Kait Kucy
Society Social, www.shopsocietysocial.com
February 11th, 2013
There is just something about sparkling water that makes it easy to sip eight glasses a day.
The SodaStream system ($179.99) is our new H20 addiction with an eco-friendly side (it helps curb our use of plastic water bottles). The stylish and unobtrusive machine transforms regular tap water into carbonated water, and comes with various flavours for DIY soda creations.
Now the only thing to decide is, flat or sparkling?
For retailers visit www.sodastream.ca
January 23rd, 2013
We're feeling nostalgic for the days when Mom would bring home a stash of fun new art supplies.
We may have outgrown the safety scissors, but there's hope for our inner child yet. Whimsey Box is a subscription based craft & DIY-inspired box that gets delivered to your door each month stacked to the brim with a brand-new project for you to create. You can order up 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions for only $15 per month; enough to keep you crafting all year long.Pass the glue gun. —Kait Kucy
January 15th, 2013
We've finally found a way to put our interior design skills (read: watching hours of home decorating shows) to good use: the addictive Design Your Own Rug on the Jonathan Adler website.
It's simple-to-use and makes for a very entertaining afternoon: you choose the design, monogram, colour, wool and size for a bespoke creation that completely reflects your good taste.
This is one family heirloom we won't mind vacuuming. —Kait Kucy
From $720 at www.jonathanadler.com/Rugs
January 8th, 2013
We're tired of the take-out/restaurant/quick-bites cycle. This year, we resolve to start eating at home and we couldn’t be more inspired to do so by these fresh and springy dishes from Crate & Barrel.
A Crate & Barrel exclusive, the Spool Dinnerware Collection is a collaboration with Brooklyn-based industrial designer Olivia Barry and C&B. This simplistic collection will meld perfectly with any mismatched plates you have kicking around. The rustic vibe of the dishes definitely inspire us to dust-off the Jamie Oliver cookbook while the creamy soft lines will photograph perfectly as we Instagram our 2013 concoctions. —Kait Kucy
From $50, Crate & Barrel, 100 Anderson Road SW, Calgary, www.crateandbarrel.ca
December 6th, 2012
If making a difference globally is part of your goodwill plans for the holiday, take a look at Dignifiy, a Calgary company working with women from Bangladesh, Uganda and Rwanda.
The story behind the blankets is an inspiring one, as the goal is to help remove women from the sex trade and provide new opportunities for them involving the creation of Bengali traditional kantha blankets. Warm and stitched up with at least six vintage saris, these blankets look like something out of an Anthropologie catalogue. The saturated colours of the Harvest No. 4 Kantha Spread ($196) are just stunning and will make a cozy statement to whatever room you add this to.
We picture quiet Sunday mornings wrapped up in this with a good book. —Kait Kucy