Wishing all of my Canadian readers a very happy Thanksgiving!
Today’s 20 Below item is really an exciting one!
Style at Home, $5.99
The Style at Home November 2015 issue has a beautiful white cover featuring a tablescape by blogger Monika Hibbs. Not only that, but it features design work by my fellow design-savvy bloggers: Tim (Design Maze), Jen (Rambling Reno), and Christine (Bijou & Boheme). Each of them styled a holiday scene, and their styles are very distinct.
This issue also highlights Sarah’s (The Curated House) beautiful laundry room (a reno that was completed in only 6 weeks) and some gorgeous homes across the country.
Honestly, folks, it’s a good issue!
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to go on a tour of the Princess Margaret Lotto Oakville Showhome. As Canadian readers may already know, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre’s Welcome Home Sweepstakes is a huge fundraising event with incredible prizes to be won. Tickets are $100 each, $250 for 3, or $375 for 5. Each year, many local residents, Princess Margaret supporters, and the generally curious crowd anticipate the reveal of Oakville Showhome. The home is always in an exclusive Oakville neighbourhood (Oakville is about 30 minutes from Toronto, for the non-local readers of this blog), it includes top-of-the line electronics/appliances/gadgets, and it is designed by one of my all-time favourite Canadian designers, Mr. Brian Gluckstein.
For the past few years, I’ve been lucky enough to preview the home, and each year, I’m blown away. This year was no exception. Mr. Gluckstein – or Brian, as I like to call him (um, first name basis with Brian!? Crazy!) – and his team worked magic once again. The house is beautiful. Rooms include traditional lines, soothing colour stories, beautiful artwork and objets, and a few surprises thrown into the mix as well.
I know I’m a day late with this week’s Friday Five, but here are five things that I learned about this year’s Princess Margaret Oakville Showhome:
1. A white bedroom is always in style, and when it includes a gorgeous lucite table, it becomes a little more special.
2. Art is essential. Brian’s designs always include some stunning pieces. Here are some of the ones that caught my eye.
3. A massage room is a ridiculously luxurious room to have in a home. I have never had a massage myself, but if I had a room for it, you can bet I’d be taking advantage of it! I adored the fully-lined walls in this space. The wall curtains are made of terrycloth fabric, and Brian told me that it was only around $3 a yard. Adding texture to the wall in this way is brilliant, in my opinion.
4. Brian makes interesting lighting selections for the Oakville Showhome each year. This year, three pieces caught my attention. First – the kitchen light was formerly black and brass, but Brian (or his people) sprayed in white. Yes! Second – the light in one of the bedrooms had a pretty scallop which made it a pretty addition to the already-delicate room. Third – the chandeliers that lined the entrance hall are light and airy. Floating cubes of goodness, really.
5. I am the first to admit that wallpaper makes me nervous. I much prefer plain walls and art work to wallpaper. I’m pretty sure it’s because I was traumatized by the 80s wallpaper chaos that I had to deal with in my own home. The wallpaper designs that were included in some of the bathrooms in the Showhome, however, caught my attention.
In the jack-and-jill bathroom, the wallpaper is whimsical yet serene.
The blossoming wallpaper in the master bathroom creates a cozy nook around the stand-alone bathtub.
¬† Bonus: Since it’s Saturday, I’m going to make the executive decision to add one more item to today’s list. I could not leave the living room out of today’s Showhome recap because it is such a magnificent space. The oversized windows mean that light fills the room, the walls are a beautiful tone of grey, and the furniture placement (in true Brian fashion) is symmetrical. This room also includes a mirrored coffee table with a perfectly-arranged collection of silver boxes and luxurious drapery to match the wall colour.
Elte, one of Toronto’s finest furniture stores, is currently having a summer sale. I bought my Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams couch from Elte, and if I lived in Toronto, I’m sure I would be popping in quite often. The prices at Elte are typically high, but so is the quality of the pieces. If you’re in the market for something fabulous, you might want to check out the sale. Here are my five pics from the sale (although I’d snap up every Kartell chair if I could!).
gold mid glaze bud vase, $17.97 (originally $29.95)
Ojai sconce, $215 (originally $365)
Moroccan wedding pouf, $238 (originally $595)
ceramic lattice stool, $120 (originally $195)
If you’re in Toronto and you go to the sale, let me know!
Another blogging/writing/publishing dream came true for me a couple of weeks ago, and I’m so excited to share it with all of you.
I have been reading Design*Sponge since its creator, Grace Bonney, began publishing posts 10 years ago. Ten! She has been such a leader in the blogging world, and like many of her readers, I find so much inspiration on the pages of her blog (and her book, interviews, etc.).
One of my most favourite areas on Design*Sponge is the city guide section. These guides are written by travel enthusiasts who want to share the top-of-the-top that their cities have to offer.¬† In the past, I have used the Paris guide, the New Orleans guide, the Tampa guide, the Pittsburgh guide, the Dallas guide, the Halifax guide, and, most recently, the Orlando 24-hour guide. I totally put my trust into these guides, and they have yet to let me down!
Well, a few months ago, I wrote and submitted a Waterloo region guide for Design*Sponge, and it was published last Tuesday! (Insert shrieks and jumps for joy!) You can read my Waterloo guide right here. I am so proud of this article. I moved to Waterloo two years ago, and I have enjoyed living here ever since. I was very excited to share news of the region with Design*Sponge readers.
¬†¬†¬†¬† Thanks to those of you who have read my Waterloo city guide and for those who have added their favourite spots in the comment section, too.
Spreading some love for Canada today!
Canada Tee, Joe Fresh
Canada hoodie, Joe Fresh
Canada mason jar mug, Drake General Store
Canadian maple syrup, Drake General Store
Canada baseball cap, Hudson’s Bay
I’m wishing all my Canadian readers a very Happy Canada Day!
Yesterday, I took you on a tour of Langdon Hall’s interiors, showcasing the delicious breakfast I enjoyed and the details in the guest rooms. Today, I’m taking your outdoors. Let’s go!
Rox-Anne and I enjoyed a tour of the garden with Mario, Langdon Hall’s head gardener. It was an impressive tour because Mario knows everything about everything in the garden, and his passion for his work really shines. Mario showed us how plants are thoughtfully arranged in order to maximize sight lines, use, and growth.
here, Mario is telling us about how he and his team purposefully left space between the plants so that air could circulate around themhere, Mario is teaching us about sight lines and layering techniques; he thins out the grassy water plants so that the view beyond is not hiddenthe climbing hydrangea in this section of the garden is so pretty
The garden tour happens every Saturday at 10:30am for Langdon Hall guests. I know it’s easy to sleep in and linger over breakfast, but the tour is really fascinating, and I’d definitely encourage guests to take it. I honestly felt like I was in a Martha Stewart magazine as we walked through the various gardens.
I hope you enjoyed the two-day tour of Langdon Hall. Do let me know if you plan to visit (or if you already have visited).
See Rox-Anne’s photos and review here.
Thanks to Kate M. for showing us around Langdon Hall. Photos by Jordana unless otherwise indicated.
Recently, I was invited back to Inspirations Studio in Toronto to take part in a pottery class with a group of my blogging colleagues (hi Ren√©e, Brittany, Shannon, Amy). It was so fun! You may remember that last year, I designed a collection of pottery that was sold at BlogPodium. This time, though, it was my turn to get behind the wheel. Oh my goodness. I made a mess! And it was fun!
The afternoon began with a pro-potter giving us step-by-step instructions on how to throw the clay and form it into a small bowl using the wheel.
I made several attempts, but couldn’t quite get a symmetrical bowl. A little wonky bowl is a conversational piece, though, right? We also had the chance to roll out the clay and use different materials to imprint patterns on our pieces. I made a tray and rolled a piece of lace over it to create some texture.
Our pieces should be ready soon, and I’ll be sure to show you how they look post-firing. For now, here are a couple more photos from around the studio. If you’re in Toronto and would like to have your own pottery experience, you might want to register for classes at Inspirations Studio.
Thanks to Lindsey T. and the team at Inspirations Studio for organizing a wonderful afternoon of pottery!
This pouch is a perfect and affordable accessory for summer.
Maya pouch, $12, Chapters Indigo
Last weekend, Rox-Anne and I headed to Scandinave Spa at Blue Mountain (Ontario) for a day of rest and relaxation. I’ve never been a spa girl, but several friends convinced me that I should give Scandinave a chance.
photos by Rox-Anne
Here are five things to share about my first Scandinave experience:
1. It’s not as cold as you might think even when the outdoor weather thermometer says it’s 2 degrees Celcius. I thought we’d have a relatively warm day at the end of April, but we didn’t. It was cold! Even though the heat was on in the car during our drive up, and I wore a coat and scarf, I was not actually cold during the spa bath rotation. It was magical, really! Things that kept me warm during the day experience at the baths: the heated stone patios inside and out, the gorgeous solariums with incredible views, the hot baths (obviously), the fireplace lounge area outside, and the sunshine!
2. Go early to avoid a lengthy line-up. The baths hold a maximum number of people, and so when when they’re full, they’re full. I have heard wait times can be as long as 4 hours (!!!), so it’s best to arrive during a non-peak time (e.g., the morning) or day of the week (e.g., mid-week). That said, the spa has thought of everything and has several suggestions of things to do while you wait for entry into the baths (e.g., the Caves at Blue Mountain, a cheese shop).
3. What to bring: Bring your bathing suit (or two if you do not want to wear a wet bathing suit while you lounge inside or eat a meal), a robe, flip flops, and a water bottle. You might also want to bring your sunglasses on a sunny day and sunscreen to protect yourself against the rays (I forgot both of these things). You can bring your camera for photos of the indoor spaces and the property, but you are advised to leave your camera and iPhone in your locker rather than take these gadgets to the baths. When you check in, you’ll be given two towels (save one in your locker, bring one with you) and a locker key. The showers are equipped with soap, shampoo, and conditioner, so you don’t need to bring these items with you.
4. Shhh…relax… Scandinave strongly encourages silence or a spa voice. A spa voice. I love it. Although this was a bit hard for me to get used to at the beginning of my visit, I respected the recommendation, and it really worked out. Honestly. The silence (or near-silence) helped clear my mind of distractions and noise. It was so peaceful. Rox-Anne and I did talk (we weren’t in a completely silent zone), but we kept our voices down so as to not disturb the other guests.
5. Hammocks are awesome. I discovered this last year after I won my very own hammock. I rediscovered this at Scandinave. The rotation at the baths goes something like this: 15 min in a hot bath, quick plunge in the cold bath, steam room or sauna, and then rest. There are several options for the rest portion including relaxing on an adirondack chair on the patio, sitting around a fire pit, lounging in a solarium, or lying on a hammock. Rox-Anne and I tried all of the above, but lounging around in the outdoor hammock looking up at the trees and sky might have been my favourite rest option. It was too cold to stay out there for too long, but on a slightly warmer day, it would have been just perfect.
Rox-Anne and I enjoying lunch in the indoor space, colour version right here
Many thanks to Mallory at Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain for arranging our visit.
If you live in Toronto or you read House & Home magazine, chances are you already know about Angus and Company – a beautifully curated shop for housewares, owned and operated by designer Michael Angus. When I was putzing around Elora a couple of weekends ago, I was completely surprised to stumble upon Angus & Company in its new home in Elora. How did I miss the news of its move?
The store is so well-styled, and I could easily take it all, transport it to my home, and be very happy. I was able to chat with Mike for quite some time, and he seems to be very happy about the new location of his store. I mean, it backs on to the water and faces the town square, so it seems pretty ideal to me!
Angus & Company carries a mix of new and vintage home wares, furniture, and art. This bright white store has so many pretty vignettes, and it easily draws you in. And Mike’s styling is enviable.
If you end up sitting on the couch and flipping through a book while you’re there, I’ll understand. Even though the store is certainly filled with some very luxurious blankets, antique consoles, oil paintings, and scented candles, it is casual, easy, and inviting. I just love the mix.
Thanks, Mike, for taking the time out of your day to chat with me! I wish you all the best in your new home!
After years of watching the Toronto housing market, I shouldn’t be surprised by what I see. But, I am.
This place in Toronto has some gorgeous bright white rooms. How much do you think it is listed for?
This modern rebuild in Etobicoke (near Kipling subway station) is listed for just about $1.8 million. Yes, that’s right, almost $2 million dollars. How close was your guess?
Thanks to Daniela for sending this my way.
It’s not very often that I hop in my car and drive somewhere other than Toronto. This past Saturday, however, I took a 25 minute drive over to Elora. I have only been to Elora once last summer, so I was happy to make a return visit. The drive through the countryside from Waterloo is easy and enjoyable, especially when the springtime sun is shining. The reason for my trip this weekend was the Elora Antique Show. I wasn’t on the hunt for anything (besides a gorgeous French bed, which are impossible to find!), but I was interested to see what the dealers had in store.
There must have been about 50 or 60 dealers carrying things like: sparkly jewels, vintage dolls, woolen blankets, wood dressers, Pyrex, silver serving pieces, blue and white, cloisonn√©, quilts, books, and paper goods. There were a couple of mid-century dealers that caught my attention, and there was a gorgeous booth full of glassware. If I had an endless supply of money and space, I would have scooped up a few cake stands, pieces of milk glass, and silver bowls. There were a lot of pretty pieces!
Here are a few photos from the show:
The next Antique Shows Canada event will be in Orillia on Sunday, July 26th. Are you planning on going?
Etsy is currently celebrating Quebec design with The Etsy Design Awards: The Best of Quebec. Etsy artisans are so incredibly talented, and I’m happy to share some of my favourite pieces from Quebec designers.
feather ring – Annie Lesperance, sterling silver, $32.28
If you’re interested in supporting Canadian designers and Etsy owners, check out the finalists and cast your votes!
The latest issue of Toronto Life published another article about Toronto’s crazy real estate game. This time, the article was focused on a section of Forest Hill where home owners/developers/architects are basically one-upping¬†neighbours/competitors and building monstrosities that may or may not fit in with the Forest Hill aesthetic (I guess it depends on who’s judging). The article honestly made me laugh out loud. Toronto real estate is ridiculous, and it blows my mind that¬†a $3.25 million house comes with only 1 garage (for example).¬†It also seems unbelievable that $1.5 million houses are torn down for new builds. Or, even when they’re not torn¬†down, they require¬†unbelievable amounts of money to bring them up-to-date.
The article – and my ongoing fascination with real estate – pushed me to browse the Toronto¬†real estate listings. Here¬†are¬†some of¬†the pricey properties that¬†caught my attention.
500 Wellington St. PH1001, Toronto, $7.9 million
88 Davenport Rd. #2401, Toronto, $8.988 million
100 Glen Rd., Toronto, $9.5 million
50 Yorkville Ave., Toronto¬†SP 1, $11.9 million
50 Yorkville Ave., Toronto #2402, $12.995 million
118 Yorkville Ave., Toronto, PH901, $18.9 million
I also expanded my search to all of Canada to see what $10+ million dollar properties¬†looked like elsewhere. Here’s a sample:
650 Lowry Ln., North Vancouver, $10,988,800
2156 SW Marine Dr., Vancouver, $11.9 million
13283 56th Ave., Surrey, $12.888 million
1116 Highland Place, West Vancouver, $19.7 million
Magog, Quebec, $25 million (click the link – it’s basically a castle)
And, now, for something a little closer to home…this gem in Kitchener, Ontario is full of white, and it seems like a major deal at only¬†$2.5 million!
12 Westgate Walk, Kitchener, $2.5 million
What was that about “if I had a million dollars”? Seems like it can’t buy a whole heck of a lot in Toronto (besides Kraft Dinner, naturally).
Chapters Indigo style section is right up my alley these days.¬†This keychain pouch is an affordable¬†option for yourself or a gift.
How is everyone enjoying Family Day (here in Ontario) and Presidents’ Day (in the USA)? I am completely enjoying having an extra day to do, well, not a whole lot! I still have an annoying cough that is really just slowing me down.¬†It’s very annoying.
A few weeks ago,¬†my Posterjack order arrived, and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the French¬†photo¬†and the white lacquer framing. It’s a beautiful piece. I placed it¬†in several¬†spots around my home before settling on my bedroom. I leaned it over my dresser, lived with it like that for a few days, and realized it¬†was an ideal place to put it. I played around with some minimal styling, too.¬†Have a look…
Style¬†1:¬†set of three hourglass sand timers (the colours match¬†perfectly)
Style¬†2:¬†vintage and new crystal
Thanks to Tim F. & Posterjack for sending me this beautifully framed Parisian photo.
brrr…just a tad chilly!
the beautiful half-frozen lake
impressive entrance at City Hall
limestone walls at¬†City Hall
a gorgeous vintage set of drawers
a meal at Pan Chancho is a must
drinks at the Red House
chalkboard art at Tango¬†Nuevo
classic Italian food at Olivea
A couple of weekends ago, I drove myself over to one of my most favourite places in Ontario – Kingston. I love this little town. The downtown is quaint, it’s easy to navigate, and the¬†lakefront location is pretty darn perfect. I hadn’t been to Kingston for over a year, so I was very eager to plan a little getaway.
I booked myself into the Four Points by Sheraton Kingston because it’s¬†centrally located – just a block away (barely even a full block) from the market square and city hall. It’s a block up from the lake and¬†tourism office in another direction, and it’s a couple of blocks away from the park in yet another direction. The location¬†is ideal for a city visit!
The rooms are very well-appointed; plenty of towels, a bathrobe, a fridge, and a microwave certainly come in handy, even for just an overnight stay. My king-size bed was ridiculously comfortable (I¬†am now looking into the possibility of ordering a Sheraton mattress! Thanks for the advice, Rox-Anne!) and I very much loved the view of the lake (even though it was icy and snowy).
king size bed – I want one!
super white¬†bathrooms make me happy
sitting area¬†(or place to dump my clothes) with a view of the lake
I brewed some tea.
I watched some TV.
I wore the¬†robe.
I did not make the bed. ūüôā
some handy guides
The only thing I didn’t enjoy about my stay was the cappuccino I had from the hotel restaurant (King Street Sizzle). It just did not suit my tastebuds. Then again, I am sort of particular about coffee.
If anyone is heading to Kingston, I would definitely recommend booking a room in the Four Points by Sheraton. If you would like my advice about some things to do in the city, come back tomorrow as I’ll be sharing my weekend recap.
Although I did in fact book a room¬†at the Four Points by Sheraton Kingston, the hotel surprised me with a complimentary stay. Thanks to Erin and her team for making my experience at the Four Points¬†extra special!
Some of you may already know that Posterjack is¬†a great online resource for photo printing and for photo mounting options that go beyond basic framing (e.g.,¬†photo canvases, specialty prints like metal and acrylic). This Canadian photo printing¬†company has certainly grown in popularity over the last seven years, and I’m especially keen on it because it was started by one of my highschool friends, Mr. Tim Faught. I love watching other people succeed!
What I recently learned is that¬†Posterjack¬†has quite an extensive art shop, too. As I’m always on the lookout for interesting art for my home (e.g., in my office), I was thrilled when Posterjack offered me a print of my choice. I¬†spent way longer than I thought I would browsing through the¬†selection. Honestly, just about any keyword search is going to reveal dozens of cool prints.¬†Here are some of my favourites:
Petra, Jordan by Diak
Rorschach Test by Akova
Ears of Wheat by Radist
Audio¬†Cassette Isolated on White by¬†Hayati Kayhan
vintage racing car detail by¬†seewhatmitchsee
Placing an order is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3. Customers can easily¬†select a product, select a size, and upload a personal photo or buy one from the art shop. There is plenty of information available regarding finishes, sizes, and photo quality. My order should be arriving any day now, so I’ll be sure to share with you my complete review once I’ve seen the print in person. It’s going to be a¬†pretty one!
Many thanks to Posterjack for sponsoring this post.¬†
I¬†am so impressed by Indigo’s latest home¬†and¬†style¬†collections. When¬†I was in the store last week, I was¬†thinking about how the store’s approach to its lifestyle collection has changed over the years. Stores slowly made room for some carefully curated items for the home, and now¬†the home/style/beauty/jewelry section (in my home store, at least)¬†seems to expand with each new season. At the moment, there are so many black and white products under $20. Case in point – this sweet heart pouch:
lace heart pouch, $16, Chapters-Indigo
We all know that I’m addicted to white. Yes, it’s true. When it comes to Christmas, however, I can’t resist adding green and red to the mix. I know, I know, it’s shocking. I¬†love having a¬†real live green tree (mine is from Ikea, and it smells so good!), and my colourful decorations remind me of the places I’ve travelled. That being said, when I saw this white tree at Rona last weekend, I wondered if I¬†should give a¬†white artificial tree a try one year.
I probably would end up just putting lights on it and calling it a day. Maybe I’ll¬†wait for it to go on super sale, and then¬†try it out next year.
I¬†thought these¬†Christmas decorations were also pretty cute:
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Deborah and David Peets, owners of Toronto’s Green Light District. The shop carries beautiful furniture and accessories from around the world, and it holds a prominent place in Toronto’s Roncesvalles area (Roncy, for short).
Read on to learn about more about this duo’s approach to curation.
J: How did Green Light District come to be?
D & D: We restored a 160 year old country inn and ran it for a dozen years. ¬†When we sold it all the furnishings went with the sale which left us with a completely empty condo to fill. We saw a need for something different and thought why not fill that need!
Where did the name Green Light District come from?
Our neighbourhood in Ottawa had formerly been a red light district but it was changing quickly and we were part of that change so we thought let’s be forward thinking (green=go) as well as referring to the home furnishings we were offering.
I believe the original Green Light District was in Ottawa, yes? Why did you make the move to Toronto?
We originally were from Toronto but had been away for 20 years in the Rideau Lakes & Ottawa but wanted to come home to be closer to family. A larger audience to sell to certainly helped make that decision!
Describe Green Light District in 140 characters or less (hashtags are accepted).
Personally sourced home furnishings; unique designs that are functional & timeless with a significant hand made component #warmcontemporary
What is your favourite piece currently in the shop?
Oh that’s easy! We just got in a hand stitched saddle leather Acapulco chair with a solid iron frame. It’s incredibly comfortable and you know it’s just going to get better with age.
How often do you travel to source products?
We’re big travellers so while sourcing is hard work it’s always thrilling going to Buenos Aires, or Paris or Cape Town …. We travel somewhere every year or two, sometimes multiple trips.
What is your favourite travel destination?
South Africa has a special place in our hearts. We first visited over 20 years ago and were blown away by their unique sense of style back then! The landscape, the people, food & wine but most of all their designs – so sophisticated, yet cool with just a whiff of Africa.
What is the best part of your job?
Sourcing in person of course. We knew it was important to get to know our suppliers; to see how and where their furniture & accessories are made. Every piece has a story to tell – then we found out how important it was for our customers too – to feel that personal connection as well – through us.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Finding well made, hand crafted furniture & accessories that people will love at an affordable price – the search is never ending.
I know you actively engage with Twitter ‚Äď this is, in fact, how we first met ‚Äď and so I‚Äôm wondering if you have any social media advice for other small business owners. How has social media impacted your business?
There isn’t a better way than social media to get your name and business out there! I’d have to say firstly be true to yourself, be consistent in the amount you tweet or Instagram or blog, engage regularly with others on topics other than your business that interest you. Be helpful. Remember that is how we connected? Two women obsessing over fiddle leaf ficus and other indoor plants. Imagine – we connected via plants which led us to our love of design!
I am having so much fun with social media I’ve decided to take it to more of a personal level by visiting someone once a month in the city that I’ve connected with. It’s the reason we’re all on board right – to help promote each other!
Thanks so much for sharing a part of your story, Deborah and David!
I hope¬†all my Canadian readers are having a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Puglia’s Masseria Cimino, photo by Carla Coulson
I vote yes for personalized notepads.
initial¬†notepad, $15, Penny Paper Co.
Last week, I shared¬†plenty of photos of the 2014 Princess Margaret Lottery Oakville showhome designed by Brian Gluckstein. I really did love many rooms in this home, but the grand and classic stairway was definitely part of the house that I wanted to highlight. As such, I spoke about it in this short¬†PMLotto interview:
Brian Gluckstein. Damn, he’s good.
This past weekend, Brian Gluckstein and the Princess Margaret Welcome Home¬†Sweepstakes¬†invited a group of bloggers to attend Brunch with Brian at this year’s Oakville Showhome.¬†Our private event included an¬†detailed tour led by¬†Brian, delicious food by Chef Logan,¬†drinks from Pluck Teas and¬†Rosewood Wine, and an amusing Q & A session with the man of the hour.
So,¬†let’s go on a photo tour, shall we?
The foyer and grand staircase in the Oakville showhome is beautiful.¬†It reminds me of¬†entrances I’ve seen in France. I love the iron railing¬†and¬†the massive windows. The light in this foyer – and throughout the house –¬†is¬†enviable.
front foyer with grand staircase and herringbone porcelain tiles
Just off the foyer is one of my favourite spots in the house (but too¬†dark for White Cabana). Believe it or not, the all-black powder room really caught my attention. Luckily, the dark powder room has¬†natural light coming through, which makes it more moody than dreary. The tile work also reminded me of European homes. (Sorry, I don’t have any photos to post. You’ll have to go to the showhome to see what I’m talking about!)
Just to the left of the foyer is the grand living room.¬†The see-through fireplace that connects the front foyer to the living room is a beautiful addition. It was manufactured in and shipped over from¬†Portugal. Classic shades of cream made this space bright and classy, and the floor-to-ceiling windows are impressive.
white mantle in the front living room
the see-through mantle in the front foyer
bright and white in the living room
the living room and dining room viewed from the staircase
Q & A session with Brian Gluckstein
How many pot lights around the perimeter?
Everyone and their sister is talking about the indoor tree in this showhome. Yes, an actual tree…planted in the ground! I was fascinated by Brian’s explanation about the amount of thought¬†went into this tree; flooring, ventilation, etc. were all¬†considered when Brian designed this¬†room around the tree. I’m such a sucker for offices, as you may know, and¬†this one is stunning.
a house built¬†around a¬†tree
This house is full of interesting art and gorgeous skylights.
one of the many beautiful pieces of art
¬†one of the many skylights
The kitchen’s toaster wall is completely unique. The collection of toasters from the 1930s turned into a beautiful art installation and feature wall in the reasonably-sized¬†white kitchen.
toasters – just for looks
there’s a fridge behind these doors
Of course, the La Cornue stove adds to the beauty in this space. I could make killer scrambled eggs on that gem, I’m sure!
La Cornue + Pluck Teas
There is more delight upstairs. The master bedroom is big and airy. The white bedding and layers of pillows add luxury¬†to this space, the sofa adds comfort, and the walk-in-closet is, well, pretty much perfect.
white linens in the master bedroom
creamy details in the master bedroom
Who wouldn’t love this closet?
Brian is a wizard when it comes to bathroom design. The tile work in each bathroom in this house (I lost count of how many there actually are…six maybe?) is something to¬†really note. The master bathroom is generously sized and the layout is flipped. Here, the vanity is in front of the windows and the bathtub is floating on the other end.¬†I loved it when Brian talked about the affordable route he took to install the vanity¬†mirrors. Brian and affordability – not the combo you’d¬†really predict, right?¬†Although it looks like the mirrors are framed in steel, they’re actually framed in painted wood. The bars are made of shower rod¬†holders and¬†pipes. That’s where the affordability ended, though. The cast iron Kohler bathtub costs a pretty penny! It’s the same one that Brian has in his own home.
here I am in the master bathroom
double vanity surrounded by¬†natural light
white monogrammed towels¬†in the bathroom
floating Kohler tub in the master bathroom
floor tiles in the master bathroom
my favourite light fixture in the house
the jack-and-jill bathroom vanity
here I am in the white jack-and-jill bathroom
Also upstairs is a sweet little office. Brian maximized storage¬†in here with floor-to-ceiling shelves. In fact, this space was originally a hallway, but Brian suggested that the walls be bumped out (and a foot taken from each of the rooms on the other side of the walls) to make it a useable room. The skylight provides loads of natural light. And, yes, I could see myself working in here as well. I’m a sucker for offices, remember?
a white hallway leading to the office area
a bright place to work on the second floor
Another one of my favourite¬†spaces in this house is the wine cellar. Just look at it.
I want one.
¬†Brian, the wine cellar, and the exercise room
You can work off the calories you drink in your private exercise room.
The basement family¬†room is¬†darker than I normally like, but I’m wondering if this is something I should consider for my own basement. Would I dare go dark? The white matting on the gallery wall art brightens up the room as does the sofa and the lighting.
the basement family room (it doesn’t feel like a basement, does it?)
The white and grey laundry room in the basement is spacious and has top of the line¬†machines. The cabinetry, we learned, is from a big box store that was painted and framed with additional moulding.
laundry room details
the spacious laundry room in white and grey
Brian was kind enough to take photos with all his blogger fans. Here we are…
¬†Brian Gluckstein and Jordana
Other things I learned¬†during #BrunchWithBrian¬†that might interest you:
1. Brian eats the same breakfast every day: yogurt and berries. Brian, I eat the same thing every day, too (toast,¬†berries, and a latte).
2. Brian enjoys Pinterest just like the rest of us!
3.¬†About 60-70K people come through the Oakville showhome each year.
4. Brian¬†can’t imagine a space without art.
5. Brian¬†reads the blog The Blue Remembered Hills.
6. Brian’s design influences include Billy Baldwin, Jean-Michel Frank, Edwin¬†Lutyens, and Kalef Alaton.
7. It took less than a year to buy the Oakville showhome lot, demolish the original house, build a new house, and decorate it.
8. Brian did not shy away from mixing metals in this house.
9. Brian is as classy, approachable, and intelligent¬†as you may imagine.
10. The foyer drapes are 30 feet in length and the trim is made of one continuous piece.
As if you need any more convincing! Order¬†your ticket!
Photos by Jordana. For more¬†photos (really beautiful ones) of the Oakville showhome, click here.
Every year at around this time, design and lifestyle bloggers gather in Toronto for BlogPodium. Led by Jennifer Flores, and organized by a crew of talented people, BlogPodium gives bloggers and brands the opportunity to take their conversations offline. Yes, of course there will be lots of Twittering and Instagraming going on during¬†this Saturday’s BlogPodium, but I know I’m not alone in saying that one of the best things about the event will be the face-to-face¬†conversations.
There is so much to look forward to this year.¬†I have no doubt that¬†these speakers, these sponsors, and these exhibitors¬†will make for a rich and informative day at the historic Fairmont Royal York.
I’m especially looking forward to this year’s BlogPodium because¬†my first ever ceramics collaboration with Toronto’s Inspirations Studio will be up for¬†auction. Here’s a teeny peek:
¬†White Cabana + Inspirations Studio
In addition, I will be presenting for the second time at BlogPodium. My roundtable discussion, titled Blog Writing 101: Crafting a cohesive, concise, and conversational post,¬†will be centred on how to write¬†effective and credible¬†blog posts.
I¬†love the black glasses…
and I also love the white ones…
Each are only $15 from Stephanie Sterjovski’s SS Print Shop.
If you like design and blogs, chances are you’ve had a browse (or several) on Realtor – the Canadian real estate site. During one of my recent searches, I stumbled upon this gorgeous multi-million dollar home in Oakville.¬†This is what $11.8 million can buy you¬†outside of Toronto.
The outside is just as gorgeous as the inside. Have a look here. Yearly taxes are only $75K (gasp!).
If you haven’t already come across Canada’s art shop Citizen Atelier, let me introduce it to you.
Citizen Atelier¬†was founded by art dealer and PR pro¬†Alessandra Salituri with the help of¬†her web whiz cousin Gabriel McCay. Alessandra curates a¬†highly interesting collection of art from around the world and the pieces in her online shop are certainly unique.
Although there are many dreamy pieces at Citizen Atelier, these¬†are¬†some of¬†my most favourite works that are currently in the shop.
Amy Friend – Atlantic City, 1948, $695-$1495 (Canada)
Amy Friend – They Still Bloom, $695-$1495 (Canada)
Amy Friend‘s pieces¬†are delightfully sparkly.
Georgianna Lane – Versailles Chandelier III, $75-$175, (USA)
Speaking of sparkle, Georgianna Lane‘s collection of photographs from Versailles are so uber-glam and sharp.¬†These images make me want to just go ahead and book a flight to France!
Krysztof Wladyka – Animaly 15, $825-$2850 (Poland)
Krysztof Wladyka – Animaly 22, $825-$2850 (Poland)
Krysztof Wladyka‘s animal prints are whimsical,¬†dreamy, and completely amusing.¬†I love pretty much every one of them because they are so out of the ordinary. Come on, that elephant? Awesome, yes?
Vanessa Paxton – Ballerina I, $120 (Canada)
Vanessa Paxton‘s collection of ballerinas¬†are at once¬†strong and delicate. There’s serene movement in Paxton’s¬†images, and I can see them making a dramatic addition to a bedroom.
I encourage you to go ahead and click on through to the artists’¬†bios. You will¬†be completely¬†impressed with the artists’ experiences, awards, and educational achievements. I totally was!
So how exactly do these gorgeous¬†pieces of art look in real rooms? Have a look at some of the photos from¬†Citizen Atelier‘s lookbook (styled by Christine of¬†Bijou and Boheme, photos by Toronto-based photographer¬†Ashley Capp).
art by Antonio Mora
art by Ashley Woodson Bailey
art by Michael Wou
I was thrilled when Citizen Atelier’s owner Alessandra Salituri agreed to answer a few of my questions about her work and approach to design. Read¬†on to learn about Citizen Atelier’s¬†beginning and what inspires Alessandra.
Jordana: How did Citizen Atelier come to be?¬†
Alessandra: I have always had a love for interior design and art. My mother is a painter and I grew up in a creative environment, attending art fairs and gallery openings. Becoming an art dealer was a natural progression. Though even in that line of work, I always felt there few places to purchase art in Canada that fit my style and also offered the option of some affordable pieces. Over the years and through my travels in Europe and the US, I had come across the work of some very talented international artists. I wanted to share their pieces with a Canadian audience.
J: Where did¬†the¬†name “Citizen Atelier” come from?
A:¬†The name was very much inspired by my hometown, Montreal. In the city, having your own atelier where you produce creative work, whether it be art, jewelry and sculpture, is quite common. I too have an atelier where I store and display the work of artists I represent. I wanted the store to feel homey and approachable, as though you were spending an afternoon touring a friend‚Äôs French-inspired studio. And I liked the word ‚ÄúCitizen‚ÄĚ because I wanted the name to have a little edge to it. Citizen Atelier literally means ‚Äúthe people‚Äôs studio.‚ÄĚ
J: What three words would you use to describe Citizen Atelier?
A: I would say that three words that I hope define the brand are dreamy, luxurious and accessible.
‚ÄúDreamy‚ÄĚ because I have always been attracted to art that has a magical quality. A lot of the work in the atelier is surrealist photographs where the photographer explores the inner world of dreams and their intersection with reality. I personally have filled my home with this type of art and find it inspires me to live my best life.
‚ÄúLuxurious‚ÄĚ because I wanted to ensure that every piece in the atelier was special and made with the highest-quality materials, like long-lasting archival canvases and Hahnem√ľhle photo rag paper which has a beautiful smooth surface. I also wanted to offer some pieces, even large-scale statement artworks, at a more accessible price point.
J: How do you go about curating the Citizen Atelier collection?
A: My vision for Citizen Atelier was bringing together both well-established and emerging artists/photographers from across the world. I pick the art based on what I would have in my own home (and my home is actually filled with many pieces from the store!). I found the artists and photographers while visiting galleries, attending art fairs, searching online and some I had previously collaborated with as an art dealer. It took a year for me to curate the initial collection. The exciting thing is the site is ever-evolving and we have some wonderful artists/photographers joining the atelier throughout the summer and fall.
J: What is the best part of your job?
A: The best part of my job is definitely meeting and connecting with the artists. They are all such creative and kind individuals who chart their own path. There‚Äôs also such a thrill in finding new artists and photographers whose portfolio takes my breath away. And getting to work with my only cousin who does the website design and development is such a blessing too. We were born one week apart and live on opposite ends of the country. It allows us to keep connected on a regular basis!
J: What is the most challenging part of your job?
A:¬†The most challenging part is probably balancing it all! With Citizen Atelier, I wear numerous hats: creative director, marketing manager, (learning-as-you-go) financial officer! I also work as a public relations consultant for a Montreal firm. It requires a lot of organization and long hours. At the end of the day though I am lucky to be doing work that is creatively stimulating and makes me happy. You‚Äôll often find me at my favourite coffee shop on a Sunday brainstorming on how to make Citizen Atelier the best it can be. I do try to fit in as much downtime when I can, whether it be playing tennis, dinners in Montreal‚Äôs Le Plateau neighbourhood or relaxing with a pile of magazines and my dog!¬†
J: Describe your favourite space in your home.
A:¬†My favourite space in my home is definitely my bedroom. It has a monochromatic palette with a lot of white and textures like faux-fur throws and wood furniture. I wanted to keep the design minimalist and serene to have a quiet place to relax in at the end of the day. My room faces a local park so my favourite part is definitely feeling like I live in a cozy little treehouse!
Alessandra, thank you so much for sharing¬†the¬†Citizen Atelier¬†story¬†with us. I appreciate¬†your approach to curation and¬†commitment to a balanced¬†work life.¬†Like many of my¬†readers, I’m sure, I am inspired by¬†places and people¬†I come across in my travels, and I love how art completes (or inspires) a space. How fun (and difficult) it is to fill your shop with such beautiful pieces of art!
Many thanks to Alessandra.¬†
In a couple of days, I’ll be celebrating my one year anniversary of home ownership. Yay! The past year has been rewarding, happy, and full of hard DIY work. I’ve loved it! Sure,¬†it’s been a year, and¬†I still have artwork to hang, and walls to paint, but¬†my home has been transformed and I’m so pleased with the progress.
I didn’t quite know what to expect when I moved to Waterloo a year ago. I think I had only been to visit¬†twice before I started house shopping! I had zero sense of direction, and I really didn’t have a clue as to what the city or region had to offer (no, not a scary move or house purchase at all). Thankfully, I have really enjoyed discovering this region¬†of Ontario! The people here are so¬†nice, it’s easy to get around, there’s no traffic (except maybe from 5-5:30pm on some roads), and my quality of life has¬†been¬†pretty darn great.
The village of St. Jacobs is about 10km from where I live. Tia and I rode our bikes there recently¬†(along paths from Uptown Waterloo – amazing!), and I try to make regular trip to the St. Jacobs farmers’ market and antique shops.
When my parents came for a visit a¬†few weeks, I took them to the¬†village of St. Jacobs. I was completely¬†amused when they picked up their walking pace and headed quickly into Hamel Brooms. Apparently my parents love corn brooms. Who knew?
I had never been into Hamel Brooms, and I was completely mesmerized¬†by¬†the broom making process (owner John Davenport makes them by hand!). I¬†encourage you to¬†watch this¬†video of broom making.
If you’re in the area, I encourage you to visit Hamel Brooms (and buy a broom, too). It¬†is in the old blacksmith shop, and the floors in the¬†place are crazy cool. Unfortunately, I don’t have a really good photo of them, but just imagine almost¬†flattened chunky trees (knots and all).
Photos by Jordana and video from JLM.
Last weekend, a bunch of bloggers got together at Melissa’s (The Sweet Escape) fun and colourful loft for a wine tasting event sponsored by local favourites Union Wines and Linda Modern Thai.¬†Lucky us, right?
The first wine¬†was¬†Union Gold and this stack of white plates didn’t stay empty for long.
Andrew von Teichman from Union Wines was on hand to teach¬†us about four varieties of wines (gold, white, noir, & red) and to make sure our glasses were never empty! Union is a virtual winery owned and operated by Andrew and his partner Allan Jackson (former owner of Jackson-Triggs), and it sources all grapes from the Niagara¬†region. All Union wine varieties are¬†less than $20 a bottle and are available at select LCBO stores.
The chefs¬†from Toronto’s Linda Modern Thai served up some delicious nibbles¬†that paired extremely well with the four wines we tasted over the course of the afternoon.
Union Wines and Linda Modern Thai¬†made an excellent pair.
Melissa’s home has so many beautiful vintage details.
Melissa’s¬†milk glass collection looks amazing on her floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.
Read Melissa’s recap of the afternoon¬†(her photos are much more colourful than mine) and see her beautiful home in Covet Garden Home. Thanks for¬†hosting, Melissa, and thanks for spoiling us, Union & Linda!
Photos by Jordana.
What did you think of yesterday’s tour of the¬†Princess Margaret Home Lottery Vaughan showhome? One thing I didn’t mention was that the house¬†was full of mirrors! Just full of ’em. They were practically calling my name and screaming “selfie, selfie”. Ha ha. I couldn’t resist taking a few…
white, black, and gold in the dining room
unframed mirror in an ensuite bath
framed mirror back in the kitchen’s desk area
floating, back-to-back mirrors in the master bath
roman numeral framed mirror in the stairwell
sleek rectangle mirror & small grey tiles in the teen retreat
studs near the laundry room
I’m so bad at taking iPhone selfies (I seem to always need both hands), but I love that, with these photos, I can highlight the mirrors and show off tiles and other design details through the reflections.
Earlier this week I was invited to attend an event at the Princess Margaret Home Lottery Vaughan showhome. The evening included a tour with designer Jack Celli of Greenpark Homes, as well as wine tasting lessons from Krystina Roman of Rosewood Estates¬†in Beamsville/Niagara, and delicious food and cooking instruction from Steve Gonzalez of Toronto’s¬†Valdez¬†(and Top Chef Canada – Season 1). Laura was our happy host for the evening, and design and food bloggers mingled and ate in a $4 million home. Not bad for a Monday night, right?
The Vaughan showhome is far…in the country…north of Woodbridge…almost in Barrie? Joking…it’s just north of Woodbridge, but it’s definitely in the countryside (and just over an hour drive from Waterloo). The massive showhome is surrounded by other massive homes and a beautiful landscape. The house is full of white so, naturally, I went a overboard with the photos. Black and gold are accent colours throughout the house.
first floor hallway
details in the dining room – moulding &¬†art
main floor family room – beside the kitchen
open concept kitchen
white bathroom ensuite – 2nd floor
the elevator (yes, an elevator!)
substantial doors throughout the home
high ceilings & crown moulding
Greenpark‘s Director of design – Jack Celli – in the master bathroom
Rosewood wines: Riesling, Semillon, Mead (honey wine)
chef Steve Gonzales in the kitchen (cooking up things like ceviche, arepa, & chorizo…yum!)
beautiful view from the lanai
hakwood floors & oversized armchairs in the library
winged art sculptures
one of the 2nd floor bedrooms with ensuite
master bathroom (the size of a football field – well, almost)
his & her toilet rooms in the master bathroom
door & floor details
the runway room
half a dozen switches in the master bathroom
While the house is much too fancy for my taste, it has a good layout, it’s really airy, and the lanai off of the kitchen & family rooms is a beautiful space that can be used year-round. I also quickly noticed – and liked – how substantial the doors, moulding, and trim was throughout the house.
I loved the Hakwood¬†flooring throughout the house. My favourite room in the house was the library – it is currently set up with four large comfy chairs and shelves of vases and other interesting objects. If I lived there, I’d obviously fill those shelves with books. The room has good light from a large window, it’s near off the main foyer and living rooms, and it has a mini-kitchen beside it. How handy.
So, are you interested in this big ticket item? Have other prizes caught your eye? Have you bought your ticket?
Thanks to Laura Z. for being such a wonderful host and event coordinator.
Photos by Jordana. Additional photos here.
I LOVE waffles. Love ’em. I also love maple syrup. Put those two together and you’ve got a perfect (any time of day?) meal. Yum. Yum. Yum.
I read about Drip maple syrup in the LCBO’s recent Food & Drink. Great packaging, beautiful website, and I am sure Drip’s maple syrup is pretty darn delicious.
Taking a tour of Troy’s online shop, Caviar20, always puts me in a good mood. Caviar20 is a beautiful site filled with unique pieces. Here are a few of my current faves…
giant leaf floor sculpture, $1250 (A modern Christmas tree, perhaps?)
And now…I’m going to buy a lottery ticket!
Yup – the shops are in full-on Christmas mode (and have been since November 1st, right?)! Let’s have a look at a few of the goodies that Winnipeg-based¬†EQ3 has to offer this year…
Christopher decorative tree, $19.99
owl ornament, $14.99 for 3
Radiate paper star, $7.99
Marimekko fabric – Kuusikossa
Note: Marimekko fabric is 25% off until November 25th at select EQ3 stores in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, and Winnipeg.
Wishing all of our Canadian readers a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Wishing all of our Canadian readers a Happy Canada Day! How lucky are we to live in this great country of ours?¬†I hope you all enjoy an extra day of relaxation and fun with family and friends.
Okay so – yeah – I have pretty exciting news to share. Ready? Here it is – I will be presenting at this fall’s BlogPodium! (Did the above logo give it away?) BlogPodium is Canada’s conference for design and lifestyle bloggers and I couldn’t be more happy and proud to be involved in this wonderful event.
Me and Giulia are co-presenting a session about work-life balance. Our session will be full of great tips and tools that we use to organize our blogging lives and to expand our knowledge of this creative field. You can view the full schedule here. As you’ll see, Sarah Richardson – The Sarah Richardson – will be the keynote speaker!
Past BlogPodium events have left me energized, engaged, motivated, and excited and I have no doubt that I will, once again, be amazed by the people I meet and the things I learn. Bloggers of any stage of their blogging careers will surely enjoy the full day event. I encourage you to attend and if you do, please be sure to say hello!
Photos of BlogPodium 2012 via Mango Studios.
A couple of weeks ago I attended the opening of Decorium‘s new Toronto showroom – located in the heart of Rosedale. Decorium is one of Toronto’s go-to hot spots for well-designed, high quality furniture and accessories for the home. Founded in 1986, Decorium offers its customers a collection of unique furnishings from around the world. The Yonge St. showroom proved to be a wonderful space to feature the cleverly curated collection of home furnishings. It was also an inspiring place for a party!
The event was wonderfully organized and Chef Warren and his team spoiled attendees with a delicious selection of food (mushroom ravioli, poutine, stir fry, oysters, etc.) and deserts by Bite Me Bakery were perfectly suited for the event.
The Decorium¬†showroom is located at 1212 Yonge Street in Toronto.
Photos by Jordana.
I was in Victoria, British Columbia for the first time last week to present at an academic conference. Usually when I travel – for work or pleasure – I tend to plan ahead, make note of a few things I want to see, and have a map (or two?) in hand. This time, however, I was completely overwhelmed with life that I basically boarded the plane without a clue as to where I was really going (shame, I know).
When I ventured downtown after work one day I was pleasantly surprised by Victoria’s lovely shops and the wonderfully friendly people I met. I was directed to the jewelry store Violette, for example, from the saleswoman in Emporia¬†after I told her about my obsession with white (what, doesn’t everyone talk to strangers about their favourite colour?).
I walked into Violette and I instantly knew it was my kind of place and space. Violette is a bright, white, clean, and spacious jewelry store that is well-designed, welcoming, and, best of all, features some really beautiful collections from designers such as¬†Gabriela Artigas, OGJM, Alexis Bittar, and Giles & Brother
Isn’t Violette¬†a perfect place to showcase modern jewels? The white display cases make everything look just perfect.
Many thanks to the saleswoman at Violette (I’m sorry I didn’t get your name) for showing me around!
Photos by Jordana.
I recently discovered Lol√ę, a Montreal-based activewear clothing company, and I was instantly impressed. I’m one of those people who generally wears activewear for active pursuits rather than for doing errands around town or meeting friends at a caf√©. I like my workout clothes to look great but to perform well too. When I landed on Lol√ę’s¬†website, I first browsed the tennis section since this is the sport I have decided to learn more about this spring/summer.
twist tank top, $48
essential cardigan, $100
jump-up tank top, $60
ace skort, $65 (and don’t you love the hi-top runners?)
But¬†Lol√ę¬†is much more than tennis wear. The full collection includes items that are most suitable for yoga, golf, running, and water sports. In addition, there is a selection of pieces that are suitable for travel and city living. The clothes online look to be fashionable¬†and very functional. And, of course, many other colours do exist!
balasana cardigan, $90
vinyasa capri, $80
rennie 2 pants, $90
delightful 2 jacket, $150
Lol√ę¬†is one of those companies that is committed to promoting healthy living. The company organizes a large outdoor yoga tour called the Lol√ę¬†White Yoga Session and it will be in Toronto and Montreal this summer. Just look at these photos…doesn’t the yoga session look like such a great community activity? Plus, everyone wears white!
Stand-alone Lol√ę stores are located in Montreal, Toronto, Oakville and in dreamy places like Chamonix, Biarritz, Paris, and Zurich. Lol√ę’s¬†activewear collection can also be found in other stores around the world.
All images courtesy of Lol√ę.
I am so happy to share the news of the Queen’s Human Media Lab designed by Karim Rashid because not only am I happy to shine the spotlight on Queen’s (I did my Master’s there) but I’ve been a fan of Karim Rashid for quite some time and I just love that he did his part to increase the hipness factor at Queen’s. The Human Media Lab’s sleek modern space offer a nice contrast to the traditional stone buildings that make up the¬†majority of the buildings on campus.
The Human Media Lab is located in Jackson Hall and the almost 2500 square feet space ¬†includes a workspace, office, kitchen and corridor. The space is coming up to its one year anniversary in May. The space was designed by Karim Rashid and his team (including Camila Tariki, Evan McCollough, Kamala Hutauruk, and Juliette Hyunju Lee).
From my perspective (aka the perspective of a professional student), I love that the workspace includes a large meeting room for collaborative tasks, pods for individual work. The curved walls and windows are a stark contrast to the typically linear styles that are in traditional buildings.
¬†windows at the Human Media Lab, Queen’s University
The Human Media Lab concept, Karim says, “is an open space with work stations that allow a flexible, interactive space where digital and physical can merge to shape and experiment and inspire. The design also allows the offices to close off to afford intense focused work”. Intense focused work – yes!
This space is so futuristic! There’s an interactive display with gesture technology. What does this mean? It means that people use in-air gestures to move objects around the wall-sized display screen. In addition, when people in adjoining cubicles are looking at each other, the translucent glass between them becomes transparent for communication. How does this happen? Two words: eye trackers. Cool!
¬†Queen’s Human Media Lab, Kingston, Ontario
Photos courtesy of Jessica P. and Tre C. at Karim Rashid. Many thanks for your help.
Contrary to what some believe, invites, in my opinion, are one of the most important details of a wedding. They set the tone for the whole affair and they are the first thing to welcome your party guests. Canadian blogger and designer¬†Daniella Marie¬†recently opened up her stationery and design business and her wedding invite collection (it’s letterpress, of course!) is just beautiful.
Everything – like wording and colour – is customizable which gives couples the opportunity to have their invitations reflect their personalities and style.
Congratulations Daniella on your new venture!
All images courtesy of¬†Daniella Marie Stationery & Design.
Let’s shine a spotlight on a successful Canadian furniture manufacturer this morning, shall we? Since 1972 Decor-Rest has provided customers with quality products and a commitment to honest service. Decor-Rest is headed by owners Angelo and Christina Marzilli and the company currently occupies a 200,000 square foot plant located in Woodbridge, Ontario as well as a 8,000 square foot industry showroom in High Point, North Carolina. And you can bet that Decor-Rest is filling up their furniture retailers with thoughtfully-designed furniture. In addition to manufacturing the collections of Steven & Chris and Cobi Ladner (cobistyle), Decor-Rest’s inventory includes fabric and leather upholstered sofas and chairs as well as accent items to suit contemporary and traditional styles.
¬† Images courtesy of Decor-Rest.