Calgary - HOME & DECOR
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
October 3rd, 2012
Local textiles designer, Natalie Gerber draws inspiration from classic mid-century design and prints as she launches her new home décor line of throw pillows.
Each individually hand-screened by Gerber on organic linen or cotton, these handcrafted pillows ($112 -$140) easily make a bold statement in any living space and can automatically take a boring couch and elevate it to a new stylish level.
Our favourite thing about Gerber’s line is that each one is absolutely unique thanks to her silkscreen techniques ensuring that your pillow is one of a kind. With pillows in all of the fab on-trend colours like citron, dark turquoise and pale orange it is hard not to find space in at least one of your rooms for these comfy cushions. —Kait Kucy
August 28th, 2012
Local terrarium creators, Plant Online are introducing their tiny worlds to those born without a green thumb.
The relatively easy to care for (first step is to neglect it!) plants liven up any area of the home or office. Adding a touch of daydream to the space thanks to their miniature stature, you can take your terrarium to the next level with tiny park benches, street lights and even people.
All created using found materials from across Alberta and combined with tropical and succulent plants, rocks and mosses, you are truly bringing a microscopic element of nature into your home. —Kait Kucy
August 13th, 2012
Wafts of geranium and orange makes slipping the pink rubber gloves on a little easier.
Vancouver-based AspenClean has recently launched its 100 per cent natural cleaning products in Calgary. Inside each bottle you'll get vegan, biodegradable products made with the yummiest essential oils, and the outside is pretty clean, too: the bottles (recyclable, of course) have modern, simple labels and look great lined up on the kitchen counter.
Scrub-a dub-dub! —Kait Kucy
At Amaranth, 7 Arbour Lake Dr. NW, Calgary, 1-855-925-9900, http://www.aspenclean.com/Calgary
June 26th, 2012
Pick up one of these gorgeous hand-screen printed Preservation Society tea towels ($15) to show off your appreciation for all that is jarred and pickled.
Perfect for the picnics in the park or just to dry your hands with, the bold and fun canning print might even inspire you to try your hand at the traditional kitchen skill. If DIY cuisine isn’t your thing, you might as well order some jam or pickled preserves to arrive with your linens. —Kait Kucy
June 19th, 2012
In our efforts to eat healthily and locally, it is important to visit the farmer’s markets in town – frequently. Luckily in between jaunts to the weekend markets, Hillhurst-Sunnyside provides a mid-week afternoon marketplace.
With a small group of dedicated vendors dealing fresh high quality produce and goods, this is a no-stress grocery zone. The beer and wine gardens, dishing out local brews such as Brew Brothers and Birds & Bees Organic Wine and Mead, will be sure to add to the laid back atmosphere.
Be sure to stick around for live music too! —Kait Kucy
From May 30-October 3. Hillhurst-Sunnyside Farmer’s Market, 1320 Fifth Ave. NW., 403-283-0554, www.farmersmarket.hillhurstsunnyside.org
May 28th, 2012
How much oil and vinegar does one person need? A visit to Oliv Tasting Room and you’ll start warming to the idea that you can never have enough.
With more than 80 naturally flavoured olive oils and aged vinegars, the store encourages you to taste the product, so be sure to set aside some time, because once you start combining flavours you will be shopping for awhile.
On my tasting tour I sipped white strawberry and peach balsamic vinegar and loved it. And I was convinced that black truffle garlic olive oil mixed with chocolate balsamic vinegar could replace my regular Caesar salad dressing.
A few minutes in this store and you’ll start rethinking your pantry. —Jaelyn Molyneux
Oliv Tasting Room, 100-1130 Kensington Rd NW., Calgary, 587-352-6050, www.olivtastingroom.com
May 23rd, 2012
Take a seat at the new pop-up shop Sit from the stylish folks behind Domicile Interiors.
Curated like a lifestyle magazine, stock will rotate new local, national and international retailers each month, while local arts groups, community organizations, chefs and designers will provide weekly programming.
This store introduces quite the conundrum. It helps us furnish our homes with everything we need to never leave, but we also might want to spend all of our free time in the store. —Jaelyn Molyneux
Sit, 820 11th Ave. SW., Calgary, 403-262-9780, www.sitinteriors.com
April 11th, 2012
Those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, but there is no rule against putting stones in a glass house.
Put pebbles along with succulents or air plants in the Teardrop Terrarium ($39.50) from Chapters to create homey glass bulbs of greenery. The drops can drip alone or hang from twine in clusters in your window.
The low maintenance indoor garden earns two brown thumbs up from wannabe horticulturists. —Jaelyn Molyneux
$39.50 at Chapters, 9631 Macleod Tr. S.W., Calgary, 403-212-1442, www.chapters.ca
April 10th, 2012
Inglewood has gone Dutch with its new furniture store Limitless.
If your name is Sarah, Grace or Mavis you might find your namesake desk, table or stool. And the Dolphin, Bird’s Nest and Swan collections take obvious esthetic influence from nature while maintaining a minimalist European look.
The simple form of Limitless furniture hides its genius. From the low-slung back of a sofa that lets you perch on the edge or the media console that divides a room and moves where you want it to, each object is super functional.
If only our bank accounts were also limitless. —Jaelyn Molyneux
Limitless, 1011 9 Ave. S.E., Calgary, 403-714-9662, www.limitless-calgary.com