Vancouver - HOME & DECOR
May 25th, 2010
We’ve been known to gush like geysers over gorgeous shops and Old Faithful is no exception.
The new Gastown store is a hot spring of practical and whimsical miscellany for the home. There’s Roost dishware, washboards and notebooks from Korea with French and Swedish covers ($6-$22). Not to mention bell jars, blankets and birdhouses built from driftwood ($32-$48).
Here’s a hostess gift tip: snap up some porcelain berry baskets ($16-$28) and fill with fresh cherries for the cutest summer take-away.
Old Faithful Shop, 320 W. Cordova, Vancouver, 778-327-9376, www.oldfaithfulshop.com
May 18th, 2010
A regular Kelly Wearstler, you get your kicks rearranging your pad and hunting for throw pillows in the perfect shade of puce.
So we think you’ll be tickled to know you can now customize Jonathan Adler creations online. His new “Design Your Own” service lets you pick and switch your pattern, colours, monogram and sizing for pillows, rugs and tote bags with the click of mouse. And we love that you can give your item a different front and back, so you get two designs in one.
Home today, haute hotel tomorrow.
From $110 at www.jonathanadler.com
April 26th, 2010
When it comes to gizmos we take a Renaissance approach, which means we’ll have our typewriter and iPad too.
Artfully merging both the past and present is the Phonofone II. Created by an award-winning design outfit from Toronto, Science & Sons, it imitates an old phonograph in form and function by amplifying music played through your iPod headphones without the aid of any external power.
We like to think of it as a stareo, not stereo.
$600 at Charles & Marie, www.charlesandmarie.com
April 22nd, 2010
We’ve all made sacrifices for the environment (like chipping our nails bringing out the recycling). Have a laid-back Earth Day with our editors' tips.
Simple Shoes (you probably wore a pair in the early ’90s) are still kicking, but now the brand makes footwear that’s eco-friendly to the nth degree. This season they introduced their BIO-D collection, which will actually biodegrade after they hit the landfill. www.simpleshoes.com
Joy Pecknold, Vancouver editor
Make your own dryer sheets by adding a few drops of essential oil to a damp cloth. Toss in the dryer, and voila! You’ve beaten global warming and static cling in one fell swoop.
Marianne Wisenthal, Montreal editor
Now that carrying a plastic bag is an even bigger faux pas than toting a fake Louis, notable totables are a must. Pack your veggies in this set of three organic cotton drawstring produce bags ($23). www.lavishandlime.com
Maria Tallarico, Managing editor
Kim Mitchell’s “Patio Lanterns” may be a radio station deal breaker for some, but Ikea’s new outdoor Solig solar-powered lighting collection (from $9.99) has us wanting to spruce up the garden, make lemonade, and cue the 1986 hit.
Malwina Gudowska, Calgary editor
Why not opt for natural cleaning products straight from the pantry? Lemon juice makes a great copper polish and a decent bleach alternative, too. Vinegar removes mildew, cuts grease and removes coffee stains and wax build-up. Cornstarch is super on windows, carpets and rugs. A shot of vodka cures all ills, and it even cleans chrome and porcelain.
Athena Tsavliris, Toronto editor
April 20th, 2010
We were never that interested in math. But this new furniture store really had us calculating.
Danish modern aesthetic + Thai materials + award winning designer = you’ve really got to check this out.
A surreal lamp made from white silkworm cocoons, indoor-outdoor rattan sofas, and low-profile stools and dining chairs are all begging to be bought.
Okay, so maybe we are good at addition.
Maai Living Furniture, 157 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, 604-282-6113, www.maailiving.ca
April 19th, 2010
If we told you we bought a cool condo for $31.50, you’d say something’s fishy.
And it is. Meant for your brightly coloured Betta, Umbra’s Fish Condo has made the ubiquitous fish bowl into a modern prefab fit for the pages of Dwell. Designed by a Carlton University grad, the square units are stackable so you can create your own Betta block.
Just remember that Siamese fighting fish, like teenagers, require their own room.
April 9th, 2010
The smallest sliver of sun and we’re taking our lunch on the patio. But in this still brisk weather, we need something cool to keep us cozy till warmer spring temps arrive.
The blankets from Canadian-born designer Heather Heron’s Environment collection fit the bill stylishly and sustainably. Made of hemp and organically dyed, both the thick fringe throw ($299) and knotted beach blanket ($399) can live on the bed or go beachside.
With our lower half wrapped and warm, our neck is getting jealous—good thing the line includes pretty scarves too.
At Provide, 529 Beatty St., Vancouver, 604-632-0095, www.providehome.com
March 25th, 2010
Now that clocks have sprung forward and cherry blossoms are blooming, it’s time to think about prettying the patio.
And the easy way (i.e. no green thumb required) is with a pair of Gallant & Jones deckchairs. Inspired by the 1920s variety and handmade in Vancouver by best friends, the folding chairs come in two styles, the more basic Beach and the deluxe Garden. Both are crafted from black walnut wood and covered in funky fabrics, like multicoloured stripes and the Trina Turk pattern pictured.
Bring on the rosé and trashy paperbacks.
$175-$360 at www.gallantandjones.com
March 15th, 2010
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade online.
Following the folding of I.D. Magazine, two of its editors have launched Sight Unseen. The design blog ventures inside the homes and studios of creative types and highlights up-and-comers in the realms of art, fashion and industrial design. Rife with arresting images and well-written articles, its become our new Sunday morning read.
Unseeing is believing.
March 3rd, 2010
When it comes to Canadian pride, our cup runneth over right now.
And in lieu of winning one of Canada’s 26 Olympic medals co-designed by Aboriginal artist Corrine Hunt, we’re awarding ourselves Imm Living’s totem cups. Designed by Torontonian Rod Southcott, the set of four stackable porcelain cups pays homage to the artistry of our First Nations’ totem carvings.
Our cup of Tim Hortons coffee has never been so culturally cool.
$69.99 at Homewerx, 1053 Davie St., Vancouver, 604-682-2204, www.homewerx.ca