December 4th, 2013
Red and green is so last Christmas.
According to our very trusty sources (hint hint: Debbie Travis), the season’s It colour for holiday décor is berry pink. But don’t go mixing this offbeat hue in with your existing collection of ornaments: Here are Debbie’s top tips for a chic holiday tree.
1. Commit to a colour
Random rarely works – especially when it comes to decorating! Pick a colour and stick to it. (If you’re going berry pink, we love these glitter ball ornaments, $3 at Canadian Tire).
2. Choose your aesthetic
Deciding whether you’re in the mood for a modern, traditional or even whimsical look will help determine your accent colour and shape of your ornaments.
3. Layer the look
Start with lights, then add garlands or ribbon, and follow with ornaments (larger ones first, and smaller ones to fill in the gaps). Finish with sprays, tinsel and your tree topper.
Can’t commit to a single scheme? Debbie has the perfect solution: Make several trees!
Isn’t it good to have options? —Christine Laroche
Find the Debbie Travis collection at www.canadiantire.ca
November 9th, 2013
Whether it is playing, snuggling, reading, eating, or sometimes even napping, kids spend a lot of time on the floor.
So we are going to make our floors better looking and more fun with these Deuz Tapikid playmats. Featuring beautiful illustrations of a village, park, or city, the mats can be used with trains, animals, or doll houses. The only thing that is mandatory is imagination.
The mats are made in a fair trade factory in India with 100 per cent certified organic cotton and printed using non-toxic inks. Add to that the fact that they are machine washable, and we’ve realized they are both safer and cleaner than our kitchen floors. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Deuz Tapikid Playmats, $69.99 at Raspberry Kids, www.raspberrykids.com
November 8th, 2013
Sure kitchen renos are on the "someday" list, but let's be honest: retiling the backsplash is about as appealing as doing our taxes.
The great thing about the most used room in the house is that it can be spruced up with a few inexpensive accessories. We love these handmade linen tea towels by Jenna Fenwick; each design is individually sketched and inspired by Finwick's life in the eastern Ontario countryside. The whimsical trees and stars print is our pick for a mini kitchen refresh.
And when the dishwasher is on the fritz, we'll actually have something to dry the pots and pans.
$18 on Etsy.ca
November 5th, 2013
Our favourite Finnish brand has launched a store-within- a-store at EQ3.
Just when we were feeling like we needed something to brighten up the dull days ahead we discovered the vibrant colours and original prints from Marimekko at our local, all-Canadian EQ3 store. The splashy colour palette and flowery patterns of the pillows, cushions and bedding can quickly, and easily, change up a room. Our kitchens will also feel the love with cute mugs, dinnerware, fabric aprons and oven mitts.
Not only are our moods brightened, but our houses are too. —Sara Samson
8180 11 St. S.E., Calgary, 403-212-8080, www.eq3.com
November 2nd, 2013
Sure getting them down for a nap can be hard, but keeping them asleep in a house that people actually move around in? That sometimes seems impossible.
And no matter how gingerly we try to do it, closing doors seems to cause too much of a ruckus. That's why we're smitten with the ingenious Latchy Catchy, a handy device that slips over any door's latch, making for silent shutting. We love the multitude of patterns and colours (like the mint arrows for a gender-neutral nursery and the Dr. Seuss for older kids) that will discreetly blend in with any style of decor.
And while the kids are counting sheep, you can freely move between rooms. May we suggest the bedroom for an afternoon nap?
$10.67 on VitaminDaily's Etsy.ca page.
October 15th, 2013
If you’re like us, you have tons of vacation photos stashed away on your computer which never quite see the light of day.
Posterjack is an online photo printing service that lets you turn all your digital images into art. Simply upload your photos to your computer and send them online to the company. You can print your photos on canvas, create a customized collage, make a poster with a personalized frame, or even print an image on metal.
Ikea prints, move over. —Sara Samson
October 14th, 2013
New in The Chinatown Experiment's pop-up space, Izm's moniker represents a movement focused on existence, essential nature and how one should live, a philosophy that seems inherently West Coast.
Clean lines constructed from solid wood are the design foundation and, despite a contemporary minimalist aesthetic, there's still a delightfully rustic air about the high-end handcrafted pieces, each meant to age and to be passed on between generations.
What we wouldn't give to have the Visualizm cabinet (from $4,650) and Eyeful coffee table ($2,950) accenting our living rooms — that, or the quirky air plant terrariums (from $50) by Gastown florist Green Stems.
By the looks of it, beautiful furniture is new family heirloom. —May Globus
Izm, 434 Columbia St., Vancouver, www.izm.ca
See photos from the store opening on our Editors' Diary.
October 14th, 2013
Oh, darling October, with your crisp air, crackling bonfires and crimson leaves, we adore you.
Cozy-up with your lovey dove under one of Cambie Design's gorgeous Alpaca Wool blankets. Whether you're riding in an apple truck, star gazing by the lake or right here at home in the city, you can't not feel all warm and fuzzy under one of these lovelies.
Choose from a range of colours, as rich as the falling leaves. —Athena Tsavliris
Cambie Design, 1535A Queen St. W., Toronto, 416-516-7132, http://cambiedesign.com
October 9th, 2013
Ils ramènent de leurs nombreux voyages bien autre chose que ce que le touriste moyen peut se contenter de rapatrier.
Il faut dire que voyager fait partie de leur métier (soupir d’envie…). Shimon et Eyal magasinent en effet des matériaux et meubles exotiques par la suite adaptés à nos intérieurs nords-américains, en vente dans une de leurs boutiques Artemano. L’Inde et la Thaïlande sont leurs destinations de prédilection. Bois de rose des forêts de Punjab, manguier, acacia deviennent des tables accueillantes au cachet unique, des meubles de chambres à coucher propices aux rêves, bref, des éléments ayant une âme, pour un intérieur singulier, loin des méga chaînes de production. —Sylvie Michelon
September 27th, 2013
That’s the word we need to describe Montreal’s renovated Ikea, which incidentally, is the now largest in North America.
We’re talking 469,964 square feet (that’s double what it used to be), or a 1.16 kilometre journey through home décor goodness
9,000 products to deliberate over.
54 room settings to play house in.
600 shopping carts (and as many seats in the restaurant).
And 40,000 balls in the kids’ playroom.
But whose counting when there’s so much shopping to be done? —Christine Laroche
9191 Cavendish Blvd., Montreal, 1-866-868-4532, www.ikea.ca/montreal