Vancouver - HOME & DECOR
November 7th, 2013
When it comes to ordering our morning coffee, we all have our quirks (extra hot non-fat easy milk no foam latte, anyone?).
Our high maintenance taste in java just got a lot cuter thanks to the limited edition Alice & Olivia tumbler ($21.95) at Starbucks. Featuring the label's signature stripes and black-and-white palette, designer Stacey Bendet finished off the cup with a black bow tie, gold buttons and trim and tutu.
We just love designer coffee.
Alice & Olivia limited edition tumbler, $21.95 at select Starbucks and online at www.starbuckstore.com
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.
August 22nd, 2013
There’s no shortage of stylish online fashion boutiques, but when it comes to decor, we've had serious catalogue envy.
As of today, Zara's accessibly-priced, super stylish home textiles, cutlery, tableware, and furniture are available online. We will be “throwing” the faux fur throws ($199) onto our beds and sofas, dishing out homemade meals on the darling tableware (pieces start at $11.60), and sleeping soundly on the gorgeous patterned bedding (starting at $25.90).
We really couldn’t be happier that Zara has come out of the closet and into our homes. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Online shopping launches August 22, www.zarahome.com
August 13th, 2013
We may not need a new backpack or chemistry book, but we still yearn for a little back-to-school refresh of our workspace.
Straight out of NYC (via Indigo) comes Poppin, creators of the coolest looking desk supplies we've seen since our 5th grade troll pencil topper. Gel pens in 6 funky inks, stackable trays in bright pink (pictured, set of 2, $24) and a notebook that comes with an index of chat acronyms - what more could a good student want?
In desk design, that's an A+. —Sara Samson
July 31st, 2013
What's more festive than a cheery bunch of balloons bobbing in the wind?
We spotted these big 40" gold foil balloons in The Cross Decor & Design's display window and couldn't help but get carried away with party decorating ideas: initials for weddings, names for birthday parties and blown-up words, like Love, for engagement photos.
Up, up and away….
$4 each, order online here.
July 30th, 2013
Hunting down vintage pieces requires endless scouring, but one of Canada’s favourite designers has done all the heavy lifting for us
We’ve been spending our spare time perusing the amazing wares on Charlie Ford Vintage, designer and one-time Bachelorette star Jillian Harris’ newest venture. The online store sources one-of-a-kind items from all over the world and the best part is, they are delivered directly to your door.
We are fawning over the beautiful jewellery, carefully selected home accents, quirky art and mid-century furniture. Add a little old world charm to your life with the circa 1920 Italian Vanity ($1850), Austrian Brooch ($27) or the Royal Typewriter ($200).
Now all we need is a bigger apartment. —Sara Samson
July 17th, 2013
After years of conspicuous consumption, we decided to do a hardcore clear out, and get rid of our junk once and for all.
We started with The Minimalists, a website dedicated to living a meaningful life with less… stuff. Thus began an epic de-clutter which has not only tidied our home but, most important, satiated our thirst for "stuff." After a series of mentoring sessions with Ryan Nicodemus, we attached a purpose to our drive for simplicity, and understood why it was important, which gave us the momentum to clear out another shelf, drawer, and cupboard.
A set of four sessions ($300) can address two topics of your choice, including career finances, simplicity, and habits. While there is practical advice on how to do things, Nicodemus also gives you the guidance to make decisions on your own.
This year, try reverse back-to-school shopping; pick up a box of garbage bags, fill them, and distribute accordingly. Imagine opening your closet and finding an edited selection of clothing you know you love? It is a very nice feeling, and then you’ll be ready to face the new term. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Skype mentoring sessions with Ryan Nicodemus from The Minimalists, starting at $75/hour, www.theminimalists.com
May 29th, 2013
Straw fedora? Check. Retro swimsuit? Check. Cool towel to make your spot on the beach stand out? Don't worry, we have you covered.
The Art Production Fund has created four different towels by noted artists - John Balderssari, Yoko Ono, Barbara Kruger and Rirkrit Tiravanija - for all your fun in the sun frolicking. Available exclusively at charming west side boutique Rebecca Bree, the prints include I AM BUSY emblazoned on a bright orange towel and an ocean-blue Imagine Peace version (courtesy of Yoko, of course).
Now drop that towel.
Limited edition towels, $110 each at Rebecca Bree, 3680 W. Fourth Ave., Vancouver, www.rebeccabree.com
April 17th, 2013
With an instantly recognizable furniture line and abstract aesthetic, we consider Martha Sturdy a grande dame of Canadian design (and we're not the only ones, Architectural Digest loves her, too).
Her new, limited-edition line, Ink, is a marriage of craftsmanship and gravity. Black ink is poured onto linen resin molds and left to flow any which way nature pulls it. The result is a contemporary piece of usable art (or as us plebs call it, a bowl).
Like all of Sturdy's work, Ink is influenced by the elements and natural beauty, specifically the veins that run through West Coast stones. Each resin piece is made at a zero-waste Vancouver production facility, utilizing locally sourced products and technicians.
Consider us bowled over.
From $270, find stockists here: http://sturdyliving.com/contact
February 26th, 2013
Sometimes all it takes is new lighting to brighten up a room.
The artisan pieces at Vancouver's Kozai Modern are, in true West Coast fashion, heavy on the wood, and in true modernist fashion: easy on the eyes. If we were to splurge, we’d go for the show-stopping Shattered Light made of western red cedar by designer Brent Comber ($8,000, top). But if we were looking for something a little more budget-friendly, the Crimean Pinecone Light by Pavel Eekra (at $770, bottom) looks like a steal.
Now that's a bright idea. —Kelsey Dundon
Kozai Modern, 1515 W. 6th Ave., Vancouver, 604-677-8166