May 17th, 2013
The spectacle of summer, (with a killer Jay-Z produced soundtrack to match), The Great Gatsby is Baz Luhrman’s technicolor take on the classic American novel. Herewith, our favourite Roaring Twenties-inspired pieces.
Summer weddings will be awash in head pieces, we predict. Make sure to pair with loose pin curled hair and a convertible roadster. $281 on Etsy.
The Twenties also marked the rise of the painted face: smokey eyes, rosy cheeks and bold brows and upper lips were all the rage. MAC's Veluxe Brow Liner ($23), the sophisticated Dame blush ($25) and palette of bright shadows like Contrast (purplish blue) and Humid (dark green with shimmer) will have you looking very Daisy Buchanan.
He may not have Leo’s matinee idol face, but even the dude-iest of boys would look dapper in this Pink Strip Linen Jacket ($698) from Brooks Brothers’ The Great Gatsby Collection.
For brooding by a big picture window overlooking your estate, slip into this silk, bias-cut gown Long Luxe Gown ($310) from Vancouver's own Christine Lingerie. At Holt Renfrew in the fall.
Prohibition is history, but long live forbidden cocktails! We’ll be serving up Southsides (gin, lime, mint and simple syrup) in this sophisticated Lady Diamond Pitcher ($49). For total authenticity, consult this Vintage Cocktails book ($50). Both at The Cross Décor and Design.
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
March 22nd, 2013
Cheap chocolate is one thing, but what if the Easter Bunny left something lighter for your little egg-hunter?
Like, say, a White Rabbit of England lamp. Made in Britain of bone china, this little creature’s friendly shape would make for a very hoppy Easter. And the glow it casts would make for very peaceful nights.
It’s perfect for somebunny special. —Kelsey Dundon
$120 at Leuie.com
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
February 19th, 2013
There was a time when your Strawberry Shortcake pencil case held the most coveted position on your desk.
But these days Her Royal Sweetness doesn’t exactly fit in with your minimalist décor. Adonde’s modular stationery boxes, on the other hand, do. The French company has designed these chic containers to fit your pens, your business cards and your paperclips. And the cardboard they’re made of? It’s recycled.
Which makes you the sharpest pencil in the drawer. —Kelsey Dundon
From $28 at espace d, 1108 Richards St., Vancouver, 604-662-3008
January 29th, 2013
Originally from England, Russell Hackney is a local master ceramicist whose work is owned by the Queen herself.
While our homes are not as grand as Buckingham Palace, we too can have a little something fit royal quarters. Hackney’s elegant collection of porcelain tumblers, vases, jugs, and jars - featuring Canadiana motifs like antlers, bears, and owls - would sure make for an impressive table setting, Elizabeth-approved or not. —Anya Georgijevic
$80-150 at Walrus, 3408 Cambie St., Vancouver, 604-874-9770, www.walrushome.com
January 25th, 2013
As soon as she’s old enough you’re putting her on skis.
Until then, get her accustomed to the alpine with the Snow Mountain Wool Felt Toy Box. Handmade in Toronto, it has toddler-friendly soft corners and a fabric top that won’t slam on little fingers. We especially love it for its cute look, which is infinitely more décor-friendly than all those bright plastic toy chests.
Soon she’ll be up on the bunny hill working on "pizza and French fries." But for now she can work on putting her toys away. —Kelsey Dundon
US$149 at http://www.etsy.com
December 6th, 2012
Ever wondered who's responsible for the modern, stylish decor in some of the most sought-after new developments?
Janine Wilson works exclusively as a designer for developers, but moved her studio into a North Vancouver retail space so she could sell some of the beautiful goods she encounters. The Mill is pretty much a family business, selling textiles made by her mother, metal pieces made by her father, and furniture made from reclaimed goods sourced by her sister. Featuring a mix of modern and vintage (let's call it rustic mid century), the store sells new or reconditioned furniture, home textiles, and housewares. Check out the cable knit ceramic bud vases ($9.90), teak measuring spoon set ($26.40) and the wool flannel, leather-trimmed stockings. All great Christmas presents, or to buy from me to me. That's usually our favourite person to shop for, anyway. —Alexanda Suhner Isenberg
The Mill, 163 East First St., North Vancouver, 604-770-1338, www.themill.ca
December 4th, 2012
Christmas trees don’t have to be all about tinsel and that tacky angel that’s been in the family for twenty years. Actually, yes they do. But check out these fantastic ornaments to add some style to the old pine tree.
These gold, silver, or bronze finished ornaments are reminiscent of European sacred heart relics from the 1800s. Some even open up so you can put something inside (perhaps a piece of jewelry? Hint, hint.) $14.95-$34.95 at Blue Owl Home Boutique, 2308 West Broadway, Vancouver, 604-568-3610, www.blueowlhomeboutique.com
My mother always dreamed of having a Christmas tree with white decorations only. Instead she got old popcorn and glitter glue crafts, but for those aiming for a truly white Christmas, these Jonathon Adler animal ornaments are chic and simple. Lion decoration $25, at Holt Renfrew, 737 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, 604-681-3121, www.holtrenfrew.com
Studio Bup’s candy cane, tree, and present decorations are for the minimalista’s tree. In fact, we’d love these strung as a wall garland for the home without a tree, because there’s nothing minimal about pine needles all over the floor. $15 each at Vancouver Special, 3612 Main Street, Vancouver, 604-568-3673, www.vanspecial.com
—Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
November 30th, 2012
This weekend, we opened our team's purses, closets and cupboards and had them reveal the everyday items they love. Catch up on the entire series here, here and here.
Being pregnant and chasing an 18-month-old doesn’t leave me with much time to get dressed, let alone choose accessories. My Alden Rae is my “arm party” staple. I wear two, linked, and wrapped around my wrist eight times. $49 each, at Shut Up I Love This.
Children Inspire makes the cutest wall hangings, which are available in a multitude of languages. We just bought my son the Swedish alphabet poster ($30) and French farm animal wall cards ($22.) www.childreninspiredesign.com
We love and use the entire Weleda baby range, and their Calendula Weather Protection Cream is amazing for kid’s face and lips in the cold weather, especially when the skin around their nose gets all dry from being wiped all the time. I’ll be stealing some for cold winter walks and ski season. $15.99 at select markets.
My drink of choice is San Pellegrino’s Sparkling Fruit Beverages, basically adult fizzy pops. I hoard them in my storage room, and when guests are lucky, I’ll serve them. The Limonata is my favourite. San Pellegrino Sparkling Fruit Beverages available at most grocery stores.
How can I not use this opportunity to self-promote, and tell people about my favourite nightwear? This holiday season my husband, family, and I will all be sleeping well in The Sleep Shirt, my nightwear project. Simple, comfortable, and roomy, it’s the best way to sleep. $195-$210, www.thesleepshirt.com