It’s been a while since I featured Minted – one of my absolute favourite stationery store. Since my birthday is less than one month away (hooray!), I thought it would be the perfect time to feature five essentials that set the backdrop for¬†a pretty celebration.
rice paper globe, $8
white petal fan, $5
white paper cups, $4
white paper plates, $4
large modern cake plate, $35
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
This Sunday is Father’s Day. Does this mean that you’ll be spoiling your dad with a crafty¬†tie greeting card or¬†golf accessories? I’ve given my dad a variety of gifts over the years, some of which I rounded up in this post (just in case you’re looking for a last-minute gift idea). I’ve been a student forever, so naturally my¬†Dad has a collection of university t-shirts, sweatshirts, and mugs from a variety of Ontario universities. It’s¬†been a really convenient gift to buy since I¬†could shop in between classes. Luckily, dad loves them (or pretends to) and wears them all the time.
My dad seems to like anything that has the¬†letter “B”¬†on it (to match his first name, of course).¬†Because of this,¬†I’ve given him loads of “B” presents like the ones below (though not necessarily in white – my dad likes colour).
Another go-to gift idea for the B-man is wine. Red. Any brand, price point, and country of origin will do.
13th Street Red Palette¬†Alfredo Roca¬†Chateau Bel Air Albert Bichot¬†Alion¬†Les Terrasses
A final successful¬†go-to gift for my dad has been anything and everything related to the BBQ.
BBQ grilling tray
BBQ tool set
I know my dad is reading this post, so I can’t reveal what he’s going to get this year. Hint – it’s something from the list above! Why ruin a good thing, right?
Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Father’s Day to those who celebrate!
It’s FIFA World Cup time!
white Kartoni fooseball table, 69 Euros, Kartoni
deluxe soccer goal, $63.99, Target
youth soccer set, $34.99,¬†Target
soccer sandals, $12.99, Target
toddler backpack, $20.00, Etsy
To be honest, I¬†don’t actually watch the games, but I do like to follow along from the sidelines. My dad and a few friends keep me in the loop. I know, for example, that Brazil won against Croatia yesterday. I always end up cheering for Italy or France.
Will you be¬†watching any matches? Who are you cheering for?
My second nephew is 4 years old today! He loves pasta carbonara (without the peas or bacon, which basically means pasta noodles), making everyone laugh, milk, and climbing just about everything. One day I know my sister and brother-in-law might just have to install a climbing wall in their house.
superior rock home climbing wall
Yay – it’s my mom’s birthday and it’s an extra special one, too! Hope you’re having a most wonderful¬†day!
N.99 Le Corbusier – Thonet – bentwood chair
What? Were you expecting a photo of flowers? Nah, my mom’s all into her bentwood chairs these days.¬†The more the merrier!
Happy Birthday, Mom!
Thanks for teaching me about Makita’s awesomeness and for helping me tackle every single reno on my home.
Makita 18V compact lithium-ion cordless impact driver kit
Happy birthday, Dad!
A hard-boiled egg’s best friend:
egg cup, $16, An Ideal Shop
It’s my sister’s birthday today. Yahoo! She loves anything and everything that has Nutella in it.
white chocolate and Nutella truffles
Happy Birthday Corie!
Easter is just around the corner. While my Easter revolves around chocolate eggs, I know others out there enjoy decorating their homes with any and all types of rabbits. Here’s my round-up of rabbits that are easy to grab a hold of.
Hunter’s Alley: white handmade finger puppet, $19; recycled metal rabbit, $68; modern ceramic rabbit sculpture, $39
Crate & Barrel: Eleni’s bunny cookie, $11.01; papier mache bunny, $34.55; bunny plate, $8.81; bunny place card holder, $5.47
Etsy: stuffed bunny toy, $25; bunny iPhone case, $42.60; Easter bunny baby hat, $25;¬†Herend rabbit, $95; ¬†white rabbit earrings, $8.62;¬†white bunny party picks, $4.99
Williams-Sonoma: sculptural bunny spreaders, $26.48; sculptural bunny tiny taper holders, $26.48; white ceramic bunny 12-egg platter, $59.65
Who is already planning their Easter baking?
Easter cookie cutters, $17.19, Williams-Sonoma
My oldest nephew is 5 today! He loves tornadoes, books, forts, printing words, and Nutella. His most recent love, just like almost every other kid out there, is the Disney movie Frozen. Here’s the whole Frozen gang – Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and Kristoff.
Frozen colouring page¬†
Happy Birthday, Duke!
p.s. For those readers who are looking for a Frozen art project – have a look at Jen’s Frozen peg dolls.
p.p.s. Is it odd that I know the names of the characters, considering that I’ve never seen the movie/commercials/ads, and I don’t have kids. Is this normal?
My nephew Holt is 2 today! He’s a happy little guy and continues to eat like a champ. He’s got the cutest eyebrows and smiles so much. The little guy also¬†loves¬†Elmo.
Elmo coloring page
¬†Happy Birthday Holt!
with love tape, Terrain
Hope your day – and weekend – is full of love!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Do you have any plans? Have you created a Valentine’s Day wish list? I think the traditional gifts of chocolates ¬†and flowers are just perfect. Beyond these things, gifts from the heart (or with hearts!) are irresistible now or at any time of the year, so you can scoop up goodies like the ones below and gift them to your loved ones (or yourself) throughout the year.
Left to Right, Top to Bottom: mug $9.05, print $14, earrings $40, pillowcases $29.99, bowl $98, pillow $20, print $17.68, sunglasses $155, print $17.68
As you may have noticed, I’ve taken a few days off from the blog to celebrate the holidays, have some downtime, and continue to do work around my home. I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with friends and family and that you’re now ready to welcome in the new year!
via Style Me Pretty
I am wishing all my readers, sponsors, and blogger colleagues a most happy and successful 2014. Happy New Year!
Can I turn a classic Christmas tune into a blog post? Let’s find out, shall we?
jingle all the way
oh what fun
it is to ride
in a one (horse) open sleigh (bed)
What do you think? Does it work? You may just find more of my Christmas song interpretations making the pages of White Cabana in the next 12 days!
Will Martha Stewart be coming to your home for Christmas this year? She can if you first head to the Home Depot and stock up on some of her holiday decorations. Here are some of the items that caught my attention in the Arctic¬†collection.
glass owl, $9.87
star tree topper, $14.97
set of 6 ornaments, $9.96
101 ornaments, $26.96
penguins¬†items from Martha Stewart’s Arctic collection
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.
Here is my nephew Reef dressed up as a ghost last year (or was it the year before?). Easiest costume ever. And cute too!
Halloween is just a few days away. I’ve been enjoying reading about amazing Halloween DIYs and cool costumes but I have had zero time to focus on Halloween this year.¬†I’ve got my pumpkin and that’s about all I’m going to get.
What about you? Are you dressing up? Did you already go to a Halloween party or two? Still looking for an easy costume? Here’s one for you…
via Urban Outfitters
pewter pheasant & turkey
Wishing all of our Canadian readers a very Happy Thanksgiving!
In addition to great music and delicious food, festive decor is a must for any party. From invites to balloons to signs, the decor helps to set the stage for platters of appetizers, dessert tables, and the drinks station.
Today’s round-up of party supplies are from Minted – perhaps one of the best stocked online party supply retailers.
The¬†Minted¬†collection includes a good selection of personalized stationary ready to be customized.
…and a growing collection of cool art prints.
I recently received an order for a party-in-a-box (essentially) and it is SO pretty! I was completely impressed with the colours, design, and quality of printing and paper. Stay tuned for an official review of my party package!
It’s my favourite day of the year today! C’est ma f√™te!
Bolia wallpaper clouds
For the first time in, gosh, I think all of my life, I’m actually working on my birthday! I think I’m still in shock about this fact. It’s exciting though. And I have a great dinner with family and friends tonight Uptown to look forward to. I’m eager to discover all the new-to-me restaurants in my new ‘hood.
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.
by Artistry Cards
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.
Bloggers love buntings. And I’m sure a lot of readers do too. They are an easy DIY (using everything from colourful crepe paper to doilies) that can be on temporary or permanent display.
felt foliage garland via A Subtle Revelry
via KoJo Designs
via Forever Love
What are your thoughts about buntings? Where would you use one?
Happy Friday everyone!
One of the best parts of summer in Ontario, in my opinion, are barbecues. When I was little it was all about hot dogs and hamburgers. Nowadays I love grilled veggies and shrimp. The barbecue has grown to be a sophisticated cooking machine and accessories such as veggie trays and rib racks make grilling that much easier.
Weber Genesis BBQ,¬†Weber rib rack, Weber roast holder,¬†Weber vegetable basket,¬†Weber Skewer set,¬†Weber BBQ tool set
Images via The Home Depot.
Happy Birthday to the gal with a taste for luxury!
Cataclou by Christian Louboutin
Buon compleanno Dad!
Italian playing cards, photo by Jordana
via Feather River Boutique
I’m wishing you a most wonderful day! Hope those sweet kids of yours spoil you with lots of hugs and kisses. Happy Birthday!
Duke, my oldest nephew, turns 4 today. This little guy currently is fascinated by tornadoes…
Random fact – Duke thinks I am going to send him a tray of meatballs. Yes – quite the imagination at 4 years old! I’m not going to be the one to tell him that I’ve never actually made meatballs and I doubt Canada Post would mail them to NYC even if I did make them. The little cutie definitely keeps me entertained!
Happy Birthday Duke!
Thanks to Adrienne for sending this my way.
My youngest nephew is 1 today. I have so much love for this little guy. I hope he eats like a champ and has many fun walking adventures today (as has been his routine for the last little while…why change what works?).
Happy Birthday Holt!
Holt in December 2012; photo (and onesie) by Jordana
While I think Valentine’s Day is wonderful holiday to celebrate love between friends, couples, family, and children, I’m also one of those people who thinks that it should be celebrated beyond February 14th. Perhaps this is because I used to work at my mom’s flower shop every February 14th and I really just wanted to tell everyone who came through that everyday is a good day to buy someone flowers – why limit one’s generosity to red roses on one cold day in February?
Anyway – you may already know that in addition to flowers I am very keen on stationery. Giving a card is one of the easiest things one can do to show any kind of emotion or good will. Here’s a round up of some great cards for this lovely occasion.
Valentine card, $5, Paper Society & Co.
Valentine card, $4, Julie Ann Art
Valentine card, $5, Red Bird Ink
Valentine letterpress gift card, $4.95 for 10, Paper Source
Valentine card, $3, Quiet Tiger
Diamonds and hearts. Black and white. Go ahead – print it off for free over here!
printable gift wrap by Minieco, via Miss Moss
It’s only one week away. Wouldn’t these dainty gloves be a perfect gift?
Affectionate Adieu Gloves, $100 (on sale), BHLDN
Aren’t these fun? And not just for February, in my opinion anyway.
heart shaped fasteners, $2.69 for 25, Smart Parts
I almost ended this day without celebrating White Cabana’s fourth anniversary! Where has the time gone? I guess when there are so many projects on the go these kinds of things happen (Shame!). I really need to take a cue from my own birthday and start planning blog anniversaries the day after one ends.
So, thank you readers for coming to visit us each day for your dose of white goodness. I hope you’re having as much fun as we are! Perhaps we’ve surprised you with some quirky objects or injected a sense of calm into your day with serene spaces this past year. Thank you for engaging with white, for sending me photos of whiteness in your lives, and for emailing and tweeting me with links to interesting things that have caught your eye.
Thanks to the White Cabana contributors – Johanne, Troy, Mackenzie and Corie – who take time out of their busy lives to share some white moments with the rest of us. I am beyond grateful to you all for sharing your very different perspectives of white!
Much love to you all!
Perspex Lips Clutch, $390, Lulu Guinness
Needless to say, I am looking forward to continuing the celebration of the beauty of white for another year and to sharing with you my current obsessions with this colour (or non-colour, some would say). I hope you continue to visit as often as your busy lives permit.
p.s. Celebrating White Cabana: my first post, first anniversary, second anniversary.
I recently came across the sweet sparkly garlands at Etsy’s La Petite Fest. It’s nearly impossible to resist glitter, isn’t it?
The Amore Garland Hearts, silver, $12
I hope your evening is disco bright! Cheers!
via The Now Stylebook
Santa’s on his way…and he’s bringing his reindeer too!
baby reindeer (28″ high), $375, ABC Carpet & Home
Well isn’t this a modern nativity scene? I love Baby Jesus’ sweet curl and big smile.
EQ3+ Alessi Presepe Nativity, $137
Happy Monday everyone!
I’m starting off this week with these beautiful hand-crafted cloisonne boxes. I love the simplicity of the white scales and copper outlines. So pretty…and a perfect gift for your mom, sister, or friend!
Cloisonne Jewellery Boxes, from $18.16 (on sale!), Pottery Barn
Ikea is making it pretty easy for us to bring a good Jul (holiday season) into our homes this year (and every year, right?) what with its super selection of holiday items that are less than $20. For a very special edition of 20 Below, I am featuring not one but five¬†great white decor items from Ikea that can be used during – and after – the holidays.
STR√ÖLA¬† 7-armed candelabra, $19.99
BLOMSTER lantern $19.99
JULKUL pastry cutter, set of 6 $4.99
STR√ÖLA floor lamp, $16.99
JULFINT mug, $2.49
Images courtesy of Ikea.
Well, okay, tomorrow is December 1st so I guess it’s appropriate to start the Christmas countdown. When I was growing up the only advent calendars that I ever had were of the chocolate variety – yum! Has an advent calendar been part of your Christmas tradition? Have you crafted one this year or do you have a store bought one?
via A Few Things from My Life
DIY advent calendar by Muffins in my Backpack
advent calendar votive set, $168, terrain
advent calendar, (sold), Pi’Lo
advent calendar by Charm Stitch
Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy a wonderful beginning to December!
More advent calendar ideas here. Many thanks to Boba for sending me photo #1.