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 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 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
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
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
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