Marketplace

Marketplace: Delta Faucets

By now you must know that I am very devoted to Delta Faucets. So, there you have it, my bias. Not only do they have a great selection of well-designed and reliable faucets, but the company has been really supportive of the blogger community, they’re quite forward thinking, they seem willing to try new things, and they hire some exceptionally efficient people. It goes without saying then, that I’m pretty excited to share some news from the faucet department for all of us white lovers out there.

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The Delta Fuse in Snowflake White

The Fuse Collection is something new from Delta Faucet and it pairs stainless and snowflake white (or cracked pepper, or chilli pepper). It is an interesting option for those wishing to highlight and combine their favourite colours and finishes.

Other white options from Delta include:

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Signature faucet

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Collins faucet

I learned a few years ago that Delta is a division of Masco Canada. The Masco company includes brands like Brizo and Hansgrohe. These brands also carry some beautiful white faucets.

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Brizo Solna in White

The Solna is a new addition to Brizo’s collection of fixtures. It’s a modern statement of luxury. I love its crisp look and the fact that it is available with¬†Touch2O¬ģ Technology.

Additional statement pieces for kitchens and baths from Brizo and Hansgrohe include:

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Raindance Select Showerpipe, Hansgrohe

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Odin Light Sconce, Brizo

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Odin single handle lavatory, Brizo

When I bought my house I thought that I would just replace the faucets in the bathrooms but now that I’m living in the space, I’m eager to change the vanities as well. My Delta Tommy faucets are going to look great against new white vanities. I’m looking forward to sharing photos of the progress!

Marketplace: Minted Celebrations

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.

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The Minted collection includes a good selection of personalized stationary ready to be customized.

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…and a growing collection of cool art prints.

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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!

The Friday Five: Waterworks

I have bathrooms on the brain these days since I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in my own removing strips and strips of wallpaper. Waterworks is an amazingly beautiful bathroom store and their online shop is just as gorgeous. Some of the prices I find completely hard to justify but, oh jeez, are these bath items ever good looking!

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Crystal wall mounted mirror, $631

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Lawson wall sconce with mirror, $453

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Asscher soap dish, $110 

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Mercury bathroom tumbler, $95

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metal stool, $1800

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Happy Friday!

20 Below: Not a Spatula

So…there’s some wallpaper to take down in my new home. The first layer of the printed paper comes off easily and then there’s a second layer – the adhesive layer? – that needs a bit of elbow grease. It hasn’t been that bad actually because I’ve used a wallpaper remover concoction made up a spray bottle full of warm water mixed liquid fabric softener (thanks for the tip Anita!). Once the adhesive layer is nice and damp, I take a spatula to it!

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Stanley wall scraper, $7.49US, Staples

I recently learned that the official name of this handy gadget is “wall scraper”. Should’ve known.

Uptown: Door Knobs

When moving into a new place, I think it’s a really wise move to change the locks. You just never know how many keys to your home are actually floating around. In the last two apartments I lived in, the superintendents took care of this so I had nothing to worry about. But moving into a home of my own meant that I had to learn a little something about door knobs and locks. (We all know that I love learning so noone really had to twist my elbow on this one.)

I did a quick Google search for door knobs and landed on Direct Door Hardware. The site is pretty easy to navigate but the company has such an extensive selection of door knobs and locks that it is easy to get confused.

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Direct Door Hardware carries many brands including: Baldwin, Weiser, Emtek, Kwikset, Schlage, Sure-Loc and Weslock (featured above)

Instead of getting overwhelmed, I narrowed down my knob search by function (residential), style (basic) and finishes (nickel, chrome) and then I did what any new homeowner might do – I asked my parents. They recommended the Schlage brand so that’s how I narrowed down my choices even further. From there I read the descriptions for each product and I took the measurements as per Direct Door Hardware’s instructions and placed my order.

I settled on the affordable Schlage Orbit keyed doorknob and matching Schlage deadbolt for the four doors that I have in my place.

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The knobs & locks arrived last week and I couldn’t be happier with the choice I made. They look great and I am going to love the consistency that they are going to bring to the doors at my home (I’m currently dealing with a few different finishes).

Stay tuned for a report on the installation process. My dad said it’s “easy”. Uh huh.

Images courtesy of Direct Door Hardware. Many thanks to Jake E. for his assistance with my order.

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The Uptown series documents my experiences as a new homeowner. Fun times ahead!

The Friday Five: Bird Watching

Dear Readers: It has been one heck of a week! Things have been chaotic on my end (re: house, job, travel) that I did not have even a second to post – or even schedule a post – yesterday. So although it’s officially Saturday today – here’s this week’s Friday Five! We’re bird watching…

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via Anthropologie

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West Elm rocking bird

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bird postcards via Lupen Grainne

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diamond pave bird pin

Have a most wonderful weekend everyone! Thanks for reading another week of White Cabana!

Fashion: Styling with Saffron Road

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited to style outfits and be part of a  fashion shoot with Jennifer at Saffron Road in London, Ontario. I had so much fun!

I browsed the amazing designer collections…

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and tried to apply what I’ve learned from America’s Next Top Model in my own personal fashion shoot!

For my first ensemble I went for all-white. The Theory¬†peplum shirt was so crisp and is a great match for a skirt or pants. I paired the shirt with a textured knee-length Theory skirt. I added a bit of gold and sparkle with House of Harlow’s starburst necklace. The House of Harlow shoes added more texture to the outfit, not to mention, a lot of height.

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(worst smeyes ever)

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such a great pair of heels!

For my second look I grabbed a gorgeous Lida Baday suit. I love the black and white pattern and the boxy modern jacket. Generally I’m a fan of a classic pencil skirt so this suit was a clear winner. I paired the suit with a beautiful silky transparent black Theory shirt. The outfit is complete with a beautiful black leather M0851 tote and nude-coloured strappy heels by Modern Vintage. I opted to wear my own stack of silver bracelets and bangles to go with this outfit.

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And here’s one last photo of Saffron Road’s all-white fitting rooms…you can imagine how pleased I was to be in there. White is the perfect backdrop for the beautiful clothes in this London store!

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I learned quite a bit from my photo shoot…

* I am becoming such a big fan of the brand Theory. The few pieces that I already own and the pieces I tried on at Saffron fit me well and are made of fabrics that feel so good.

* I love Lida Baday but the pieces that I picked didn’t fit me as well as I had wanted them too. They’d definitely need tailoring. The fabric was absolutely beautiful.

* Modelling¬†is harder than it looks. Figuring out what to do with your face and your body is tricky. Note to self: watch more episodes of America’s Next Top Model.

* I tried to channel one of my favourite fashionistas Blair of Atlantic-Pacific when I was styling outfits but this, too, was harder than I thought it was going to be. I had the whole store to choose from so I’m not sure why I felt challenged. Maybe I was simply overwhelmed?

* Sometimes it’s just best to trust the salespeople. When they’re good, they’re good. They know the labels, the merchandise, and spend so much time with clothes and getting to know what works on different body types that it is worth drawing on their knowledge.

Update:¬†Good news for shoppers – ¬†all Theory items are currently 50% off at Saffron Road. So if you’re in London, be sure to stop in! But don’t think you’re going to be able to buy the white shirt in the first photo because I went in about a week after my fashion shoot and bought it. I needed another white shirt.

Many thanks to Jennifer and the Saffron Road team for welcoming me in. Photos by Jennifer. I have previously written about Saffron Road here.

Eco-Design: Moorbi

Today I’m happy to share news from Moorbi – ¬†an online shop that houses up-cycled decor from top designers from around the world. The collection includes furniture, towels, jewelry, and fashion accessories that have been created with great care and attention to sustainability.

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Laura Eco Bag by Embawo, Made in Italy

 

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Chief handbag by Da-Lata, Made in Brazil
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limited edition tress towel by Sian Elin, Made in the UK

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Corona 13 light by Lockengelot, Made in Germany

Go ahead – visit Moorbi and do let me know what you think.

 

The Friday Five: Treasure Boxes

I have many little boxes around my place that hold everything from jewelry to safety pins to coins. I find they are quite useful as well as decorative. But I’m curious, do you have a collection of treasure boxes? What do you use them for?

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opaline box, $495; modern lacquer box, $29.50; studded charade box, $175; monogram jewelry box, $78; lacquer stash box, $78

Happy Friday! Have a wonderful treasure-filled weekend!

Marketplace: Foo Dogs

Foo dogs continue to be on shoppers’ most-wanted lists this summer. They are available at a variety of price points and add quirky charm to any space.

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foo dog lamps, $547.50, Barbara Cosgrove; foo dogs, $39.99, C.Wonder; foo dogs/lions, $4500, 1st Dibs; foo dogs, $149.99, Phil Michael; foo dogs, $82, Furbish; foo dogs, $39.99, Z Gallerie

Marketplace: Decorium

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!

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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.

 

Marketplace: Violette Boutique

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?).

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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

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Many thanks to the saleswoman at Violette (I’m sorry I didn’t get your name) for showing me around!

Photos by Jordana.

Marketplace: Summer Barbecues

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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.

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Weber Genesis BBQ, Weber rib rack, Weber roast holder, Weber vegetable basket, Weber Skewer set, Weber BBQ tool set

Images via The Home Depot.

The Friday Five: Carousels

I don’t know what made me think of carousels today but I did. I think it all started when I was browsing Anthropologie and landed on this sweet carousel clock:

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carousel clock, $168, Anthropologie

Here are four more carousels to round up today’s Friday Five:

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white carousel at Louis Vuitton, via Hello Magazine

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GE’s solar powered carousel, The Carousolar¬†(It’s solar powered!)

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carousel necklace, $79.53, Laura des Villes Laura des Champs

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carousel model puzzle, $11.54

Phew – that was a quick week wasn’t it? Hope the weather is beautiful where you live so you can enjoy a couple of free days outside! Happy weekend!

Marketplace: Shopping Carts

On the days when I have loaded up my arms with my purse, work tote, and plenty of grocery bags and I am fumbling for my keys, I see other people in my building push along a shopping cart with ease and I wonder why the heck I don’t own one too.

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Narita jumbo shopping cart, $42.09, Target

polder-folding-shopping-cartPolder folding shopping cart, $63.55, Crate & Barrel

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2-tier all purpose shopping cart, $51.49, Home Depot

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jumbo white shopping cart, $59.46, Overstock

On the one hand I think, yes, it would be very useful to load up a cart and then just push it along into the elevator and then into my apartment. On the other hand, I think, really, do I need one more thing to take up space in my apartment?

What’s your vote? Do you think a shopping cart is a wise purchase?

p.s. I also really like this red shopping cart.

Photography: Multiples

Who knew The Home Depot would be such a great place to practice taking photos with my new camera? While I was there a while ago, I snapped so many photos of multiples…stacks and stacks of the same item. I thought these photos looked particularly interesting.

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spray paint cans

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caulking containers (sorry – I don’t know what the official name is)

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Home Depot painting caps

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paint rollers

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Home Depot tubs

Photos by Jordana.

20 Below: Izola Travel Cups

Izola‘s stainless steel collapsible travel cup is the perfect gift for the avid traveller in your life. It’s easy to throw in a carry-on bag whether you’re travelling across the world or off on a weekend camping trip. Two thumbs up for the design and function of this little accessory.

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Izola travel cup, $18 US

Want to see the cup in action? Have a look at this video (with one of my favourite songs!):

Have a look at what other Izola items I’ve had my eye on here and here.

Many thanks to Lauren at Izola for sending this my way.

Outdoor Living: Patio Loungers

Reading books and taking naps under the sunshine on my balcony is one of my favourite spring/summer past times. I usually set up a foldable portable lounger that I bought at Ikea years ago. It’s fine enough but I feel like it might be about time I upgrade to a real lounger.

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Cabana sun lounger, $299, CB2

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Miami chaise lounge, $465.99, DefySupply

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Dream Chair Chaise, $549, The Home Depot

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Enholmen chaise lounge, $139, Ikea

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Casam lounge, $298, Walmart

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Umah chaise lounge, $372.99, DefySupply

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Harrison chaise lounge, Andrew Richard Designs

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Greenwich lounger, $295.64, West Elm

20 Below: Natural Cleaning Bottle

Spring is (almost) here. Time to get a-cleaning!

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 cleaning bottle, $12.66, Crate & Barrel

I like this concept of a cleaning bottle. It comes with a recipe book of natural cleaning solutions. The all-in-one bottle has a built-in lemon juicer which not only looks cool but probably serves its purpose quite well. What do you think? What are your own favourite cleaning products?

 

Marketplace: Bloom Theory Camera Straps

Now that I have a new awesome camera, I feel I might need a very cool camera strap to go with it. These straps by Bloom Theory look amazingly well-designed and beautifully executed. Too bad their price tags put them out of my reach (for now anyway…I’m going to keep my eye on them!).

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Bloom Theory Free Spirit camera strap, $120

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Bloom Theory Stargazing camera strap, close-up, $120

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Bloom Theory Moonshine camera strap, $130

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Bloom Theory Stardust camera strap, $130

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Bloom Theory Wild Flower camera strap, close-up, $100

¬†And speaking of beautiful things from Bloom Theory…isn’t their logo lovely?

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Photography: Buying a New Camera

I have been wanting to buy a new camera for a while now – something small enough to carry in my purse, better than my iPhone 4S and Canon Elph (I do still love the Elph), and something with a great lens that would produce gorgeous photos. Oh – and in the $200-$300 price range (always on a budget, I am!). So when my photographer friend Joel told me about a great sale on Panasonic’s Lumix LX5 at Black’s, I had to check it out (with his help of course). After his explanation of its features – and my many “Are you sure this is what I want?”, I decided to order it online as there were none in stock in London. A $500 camera for $250 and ¬†it’s got a Leica lens (cool)! Needless to say it was an exciting afternoon! It was even more exciting when it arrived about a week later.

Unfortunately I got sent a camera that had previously been opened/used/touched so I contacted Black’s (oh, the power of a tweet) to inquire. The service I received to resolve this issue was so efficient and friendly that I might just be a Black’s fan for life.

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 me and my LX5, photo by Joel (with a cell phone)

Me and my camera are becoming the best of friends. We’ve already gone to The Home Depot, to work and to Toronto. There’s much to learn about photography and I think this little LX5 is going to show me the way.

Thanks to Anthony S. at Black’s for providing excellent customer service. Thanks for your advice Joel.¬†

Fashion: Lol√ę Activewear

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.

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twist tank top, $48

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essential cardigan, $100

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jump-up tank top, $60

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ace skort, $65 (and don’t you love the hi-top runners?)

But¬†Lol√ꬆis 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!

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balasana cardigan, $90

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vinyasa capri, $80

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rennie 2 pants, $90

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delightful 2 jacket, $150

Lol√ꬆis one of those companies that is committed to promoting healthy living. The company organizes a large outdoor yoga tour called the Lol√ꬆWhite 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!

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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.

Design: Getting Geometric

If 8 is your lucky number, then this post is for you! Eight octagons for your Monday morning!

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octagons on the ceiling, photo by Eric Laignel, via Interior Design

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octagonal coffee table in this lakeside lodge

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Emtek octagon door knob

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Horchow octagon coffee table

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Horchow octagonal mirror

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Brendan Ravenhill octagon facet lamp

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Milo Baughman octagonal etagere

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octagonal lucite table lamp

Sponsor Spotlight: Caviar20

Today I’m so happy to share some of the amazingly stylish products from Caviar20. Troy carries so many exceptionally gorgeous pieces – and they go quickly – so if there’s something you’ve got your eye on, go ahead and get it before it’s sold!

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David Hockney The Older Rapunzel etching, $3000

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Rachel Whiteread “untitled” ditone print, $3000

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Fornasetti¬†“Suns and Moons” ceramic serving tray, $475

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Veca¬†“Fontana arte style” sconces, $1750

 

20 Below: DIY Tennis Dresses

I started tennis lessons last night. Oh, what fun! I’ve played tennis before but I’ve only ever taken lessons once as a child. I was happy to discover that my moves on the tennis court are decent but I’m definitely looking forward to improving my backhand as it’s beyond weak at the moment.

So it may come as no surprise that last night’s tennis lesson has provided the inspiration for today’s post. Aren’t these vintage tennis dress patterns awesome? I spent more time than I meant to browsing the pattern selection on Etsy this morning. It’s so interesting to see how the styles change over the years. The white fabric options remain pretty consistent (woohoo!).

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tennis dress pattern (1968), $7

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tennis dress pattern (1960s), $12.55 

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vintage tennis dress pattern (1975), $4

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retro tennis outfit pattern (1971), $4.50

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vintage tennis dress pattern (1973), $5

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tennis dress pattern (1970s), $6.25

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tennis dress pattern (1978), $7

Let’s face it – half the fun of tennis is the outfits. Right?

Stationery: Daniella Marie Stationery & Design

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.

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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.

Furniture: Decor-Rest

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.

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  Images courtesy of Decor-Rest.

The Friday Five: Would You Buy This?

Would you buy any of these it’s-puzzling-to-me items…and actually use them?

This is Muji’s lunch box band. I have no idea what a lunch box band is. Help?

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I really have no desire to spend an extra few minutes massaging my jaw line with this Muji (yes, again) creation. Do you?

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What would make you want to spend money on a set of plaster teeth?

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white plaster teeth, $10, Old Nerd

I’m not quite sure how this vest/tank-top really tones? If it does in fact tone then there really is no excuse for not having a six-pack, right?

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This multi-purpose hat…would you really walk around with one of these on your head?

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Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

The Friday Five: Flatware

Does your flatware set have a history?

My everyday flatware (I am not mature enough to have a separate fancy set) is a hand-me-down set from my parents. My dad was working in Sweden for a while and he brought back this Boda Buffe cutlery set as a gift for my mom.

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The set has been in my possession for almost a decade and I still love its design. I’ve been in search of replacement pieces but I’ve been unsuccessful. I did, however, come across this ad from an Australian newspaper, The Age, from 1983. Fun! (I don’t have the stand, by the way.)

Boda Buffe Ad_May 3 1983_The Age_AustraliaBoda Buffe advertisement, May 3, 1983, in The Age

While I have no desire to buy a new flatware set anytime soon, it is still interesting to see what’s available in simple, sleek, and modern design. Maybe one day I will find it necessary to own more than one set.

lard--piece-flatware-set__0104599_PE251625_S4LARD flatware, $19.99 (on sale), Ikea

foster-flatware

Foster flatware, $25, Crate & Barrel

Vera Wang Wedgewood flatwareVera Wang Wedgewood flatware, $75, Macy’s

MoMa_Arne_Jacobsen_FlatwareArne Jacobsen flatware, $100, MoMa

sVilleroy & Boch flatware, $346 (on sale) 60 piece set, Macy’s

Update: My set looks a bit yellow in the photo but I can assure you the handles are very white. Also, my dad wanted me to add that he bought the set in 1980 in Stockholm.

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