metallic stripe hand towel, $8.70 (on sale), West Elm
Wishing all of our Canadian readers a very Happy Thanksgiving!
I’m on the hunt for dinnerware. I know I want a white collection but I’m not sure if I should go for round or square, detailed or plain.
Camden Bone Chine Dinnerware, Crate & Barrel
Mercer Dinnerware, Crate & Barrel
Pillivuyt Coupe Porcelain, Williams-Sonoma
Flow Dinnerware set, West Elm
Do you have any advice to share?
Happy Friday and have a most wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!
Love this little guy.
cow creamer, $9.95, Fishs Eddy
Helvetica. It’s one of my favourite types. You too?
Helvetica poster via The Positive Posters
Helvetica cookie cutters via The Donut Project
Albert Son’s “Helvetica Hotel” via¬†
letterpress card via Power and Light
Helvetica scarf via The Little Factory
I recommend the Helvetica movie if you haven’t yet seen it.
Have a great weekend everyone!
What’s in your purse? Lipstick, keys, pen? Yeah, me too. And this…
tape measure, $5.12, Crate & Barrel
It’s so darn handy.
Among all the exciting things I learned about blogging at BlogPodium, I learned about smoke alarms.¬†The Atom smoke alarm, to be precise. First Alert has just launched a super tiny but super mighty smoke alarm and I am the happy owner of my own little Atom.
The arrival of the Atom couldn’t have come at a better time as October is Fire Safety Month (good planning First Alert!). Now is a great time to change the batteries in all of your smoke alarms and check that they’re in good working order. Go – do it.
The Atom is smaller than my eyeglasses! It’s tiny but mighty!
Update:¬† First Alert is hosting a contest on its Facebook page for the entire month of October; each day they’ll choose a winner of the Atom. More information here.
The Atom is available at Canadian Tire, Walmart, and Lowe’s.
I’m curious as to what your thoughts are about lace. I personally love it but I think it’s too delicate for me in terms of both fashion and home. It’s just so dainty and fragile. Or is it?
Blair at Atlantic-Pacific
Laced Solstice Shell, Anthropologie
Lace Dessert Set, at Zara Home
Lace table runner, at H&M Home
What’s your opinion? Do you wear it? Own it? For what purposes?
Happy Friday! And happy weekend!
The people at Sofa.com call themselves the NYC Comfy Team. I love that. While I didn’t end up buying a sofa from sofa.com, I feel it’s a company worth featuring. If I lived closer to their Manhattan store, I would have scooped one up easily and quickly.
Thank you to Magda M. and Brian O. who answered all my questions efficiently via email.
As much as I love coffee, I love tea. There are so many flavours and I am a fan of most of them! Earl Grey, yes please. Vanilla Roiboos, don’t mind if I do. Chamomile, indeed. I’m not too particular when it comes to loose leaf or tea bags – I like it all. I take milk with most of my tea and sometimes I add a drop of honey. Delicious! Since I talked about coffee last week, I thought I should give some attention to tea this week.
Enamel Teapot, West Elm
Maxim Teapot, Marks & Spencer
Alice’s Teapot 4, Anthropologie
Weave Teapot, Crate & Barrel
What do you prefer – coffee or tea?
Happy Friday!¬†Have a wonderful weekend!
Did you enter¬†this week’s giveaway?
By the time you read this I will be in London, Ontario, presenting my 5 years of PhD work to a conference room of examiners. I’m emotional. I’m nervous, excited, happy, sad, proud, confident, and scared. I’m mostly thrilled. If I am successful then I will change my name to Dr. Jordana. If I am unsuccessful, I will cry.¬†Please send positive vibes my way. A lot of them s’il vous plait!
It seems quite fitting that on this very important day (keep calm, carry on) I write a post about office supplies. I have used SO many different types of office supplies in my 12 years of post-secondary education. Today I’m sharing some news about pencils. Beautifully functioning white¬†pencils. The best. They are the¬†Palomino Blackwing¬†Pearl pencils. Palomino just introduced this line of pencils and anyone who loves design and the smooth writing style will be sure to pick up packages of these!
Palomino Blackwing Pearl pencils, $19.95 for 12, Palomino
For those of you who love history…”The Blackwing pencil was first manufactured in the 1930s by Eberhard Faber, but was discontinued in 1998 when the machine that created the distinctive square ferrule (the crimped metal that holds the eraser) broke and could not be repaired.” What happened next? Well, Palomino bought the brand, sorted out the ferrule manufacturing, and brought the pencil back! There’s more to¬†learn about¬†the Blackwing legend¬†and about who uses this pencil.
Did I jump at the chance to test these out? Of course I did! And I’m a fan. They function beautifully and the square ferrule stands out in my collection of classic HB2 pencils!
And now – here’s a chance for¬†you to test them out too…
Palomino is offering to send one lucky winner a package of the new Palomino Blackwing Pearl pencils. To enter this giveaway, simply finish¬†the following statement: The last thing I wrote by hand was…. Add your sentence to the comment section below. Contest ends on Monday August 26, 2013. This contest is open to readers in North America. Good luck and happy writing!
Thank you to Palomino & Kim S. for offering this giveaway.
I think I may have settled on quartz as my new kitchen countertop option. I definitely don’t want acrylic/plastic or granite. I would love carrara marble but a) I’m not sure it’s the right choice for this home and b) I don’t know any carrara marble dealers in KW. I think I will be happy with quartz. It will hold up well and it will look sleek with my existing cabinets and backsplash tiles. That said, I have yet to make a decision about what pattern to get. I have already narrowed down my options to only white varieties. And I have eliminated the fake marble¬†and the very snowy patterns from the list. These are possible contenders:
Any advice? What is your countertop made of? Do you have quartz?
H&M has a home store? What? Available online in the US? Oh, now this is exciting! In no time they’re going to expand to Canada, right?
Cushion Cover, $12.95
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.
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:
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:
Raindance Select Showerpipe, Hansgrohe
Odin Light Sconce, Brizo
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!
Such a pretty pillow sham…
Kevatesikko Sham, $15.98 (on sale!), EQ3
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.
…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!
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!
Asscher soap dish, $110¬†
metal stool, $1800
Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Happy Friday!
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!
Stanley wall scraper, $7.49US, Staples
I recently learned that the official name of this handy gadget is “wall scraper”. Should’ve known.
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.
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.
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.
The Uptown series documents my experiences as a new homeowner. Fun times ahead!
blogger tee, $9.99, Mango
Made me laugh.
I love this white cookware set from the Pampered Chef…especially the frying pan. What do you think the chances are of any of it staying white?
white cookware, $44-$129,¬†The Pampered Chef
Thanks for sending this my way Shannon Y.