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
May 14th, 2009
Mary Quite Contrary knew precisely what to plant in her garden, but for those of us who can’t tell our silver bells from our cockle shells there’s Aloe Designs.
The local landscape designers have created Design in a Box. Their kit gets you a design consultation (not to mention a few cute extras like gardening gloves and a packet of seeds) which culminates in a blueprint for your outdoor space and all the nitty gritty details—from plant types to furniture recommendations—to do-it-yourself. Starting at $750 for a patio or small garden space, it also includes discounts from suppliers like Southlands Nursery and Inform Interiors.
Now you’ve got your pretty maids all in a row.
Aloe Designs, 1443 E. Pender St., Vancouver, 604-568-7324, www.aloedesigns.com
June 21st, 2008
Drinking champagne at altitude is our favourite summer sport and there is no better place in Vancouver to do so en-plein-aire than Joe Fortes new roof deck, open this week.
We counted almost 30 massive planters filled with lavender and flowers, plus a living wall of ivy and box hedge and a sleek new grey tile floor. The updated design is perfect for groups and the soaring views of the VAG, Shangri-La and Fairmont Hotel Vancouver are big-city spectacular.
But they didn’t throw out the baby with the bathwater: the circular oyster bar and fireplace table are still there (only better) and the crowd is just as glam as ever.
Oh, was that you?
Joe Fortes, 777 Thuirlow St., Vancouver, 604-669-1940, http://www.joefortes.ca