June 25th, 2012
But it’s packed to the ceiling with shabby chic finds. Gastown’s newest décor store L’Atelier Home takes its cue from Paris with a mix of new and upcycled furniture in soft greys and whites. Apartment-sized armoires rub shoulders with writing desks and tufted leather couches, and you’ll find plenty of gift-worthy pieces like woven throws and aromatherapeutic candles. Don’t see what you’re looking for in the postage stamp-sized store? They even have a finding service.
Proof that good things come in petite packages.
L’Atelier Home, 452 W. Cordova St., Vancouver, 604-684-9933, www.latelierhome.com
June 19th, 2012
Ah, Mother Nature.
She sure knows a thing or two about regeneration. While nurse logs are typically found in the forest (in case you’ve forgotten everything you learned in kindergarten, nurse logs are fallen trees that house new growth), we’d happily put one in our home. Vancouver’s own Hinterland Design has crafted side tables out of tree stumps that do double duty as planters. An homage to the nurse logs of our beautiful rain forest.
Mother knows best. —Kelsey Dundon
May 9th, 2012
Between the Swedish furniture, French linens and Italian cookware, our homes are having a bit of an identity crisis.
Remind them of their roots with a dash of Canadiana. Vancouver-based Identity Tee and Home creates limited edition pillows (from $108) made from recycled blankets (like the trapper ones pictured) and printed with a cheeky nod to the Great White North – a flock of geese or the Queen’s silhouette. Toss one on your couch and show your home some true patriot love. —Kelsey Dundon
Identity Tee and Home, 604-836-4877, www.identitytees.ca