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20 Below: IKEA Greenhouse

Did I ever mention that I’m currently attempting to grow basil, parsley, and tomatoes…in a sunny corner in my apartment (for now)? It’s been fun to watch everything grow from seeds and I really didn’t have much faith that anything would come up.

If I really discover my green thumb this spring, I’d love to try out a greenhouse like this inexpensive version from Ikea. I imagine it would help the plants out right from the initial stages.

Socker greenhouse, $19.99

Have you grown anything indoors before? What’s worked? Do you have a mini greenhouse for your herbs?

Celebration: La Pasquetta

Ah…Monday morning. I’m feeling a bit jealous of those people who have an extra day off today!

This weekend I learned that when my mom was growing up in Italy, Easter Monday – la Pasquetta – was a day for packing up the Easter Sunday leftovers and taking them to a space al fresco (outdoors) to have a picnic with family and friends.

I think Lorea Sinclaire’s Tiffin lunch kit would be perfect for a beautiful Easter Monday picnic, don’t you? Mind you – the way Italians tend to feast, we would need quite a few of these!

The Tiffin Lunch Kit by Canadian artist Lorea Sinclaire, photo taken at IDS2012 by Jordana

I would love to continue this tradition but work calls instead. How about you? Do you have the day off today? What are your plans?

p.s. I can’t believe I didn’t know about this Italian tradition before yesterday.

Marketplace: Gluckstein Home

Today I am happy to share two beauties from Canadian favourite GlucksteinHome. Chrome and white are a classic combination and Brian Gluckstein doesn’t let us down with his latest art-deco inspired collection, Regatta.

Regatta bar stool, $89.99, GlucksteinHome

Regatta lamp, $89.99, GlucksteinHome

These products and the entire Regatta collection are available exclusively at Home Outfitters. The GlucksteinHome line of home furnishings is available at the Bay and Home Outfitters in Canada and at Lord & Taylor in the United States.

Images via GlucksteinHome.

Beauty: Vaseline

They say good things come in three, right?

Vaseline lotion has been a wintertime essential for me (well, who am I kidding, I’ve got a bottle on the go year round). Over the last few weeks I have been using three new products from the Vaseline Total Moisture line. I’m not sure alternating products is really what one is supposed to do when it comes to lotion but that’s been my approach and it’s been working out okay.

The new Vaseline Total Moisture line is just as the name suggests – it’s moisturizing. Like other Vaseline lotions, it absorbs quickly and it feels good for my skin. Three varieties are currently available – Dry Skin, Cocoa Radiant, and Aloe Fresh – so you can be sure that there’s a formula that is right for your skin.

Vaseline Total Moisture lotions, $4-$9, across Canada

Now…I wonder how Vaseline would feel about all-white packaging. Hint, hint.

Many thanks to Erin M. for passing along these products.

Photos by Jordana.

20 Below: IKEA Family

On my most recent trip to IKEA (dinner date with my dad!) I joined the IKEA Family. To tell you the truth, I always considered myself part of the family because I’ve been a life-long fan. But now it’s official. And I have a card to prove it.

IKEA coffee and IKEA Family card, free, photo by Jordana

One of the main benefits of becoming part of the family is the exclusive access to special discounts on products. Members also get a free coffee at the IKEA restaurant…and if you’re anything like me, no trip to IKEA is complete without a coffee break. Oh – and membership is free!

(Please note: I can’t seem to find the IKEA Family website for Canada or the USA. If you have the direct link, please post it in the comments. Thanks!)

Stationery: Smiggle

When I was little, I was hooked on Hello Kitty and Little Twin Stars. Then it changed to the colourful Lisa Frank line. What are kids’ top choices for stationery these days?

Well – according to my friend Suparna Grade 6 children in Singapore are smitten with the Smiggle collection of binders, notebooks, pens, and organizational products.

While many of the products from Smiggle, an Australian stationery company founded in 2003, come in blue, purple, pink, green, and black, I did find that there are a lot of white and silver versions too. Perfect for a child who has more of a minimalist tendency.

Clockwise: round tin stack, $8.95; DVD box, $7.95; water bottle, $12.95; USB bracelet, $9.95; zip it up lanyard, $2.95

Clockwise: notebook, $9.95; ruler, $2.95; notecard $3.95; stripe pencil, $0.95; glitter notebook, $14.95; maze pen, $1.95

flying pig money bank, $19.95; small trash bin $9.95

Images courtesy of Smiggle. All prices in Australian dollars (AUD).

Many thanks to Suparna for inspiring this post.

Marketplace: GlucksteinHome

I was at The Bay recently and I checked out the latest collection from GlucksteinHome, which is brought to us by Canadian interior designer Brian Gluckstein and his team. The full GlucksteinHome collection includes a good selection of furniture, bedding, bath accessories, and cooking items but at the moment I seem to be most drawn to the smooth lines of these three covered pieces.

GlucksteinHome covered butter dish, $24.99, The Bay

GlucksteinHome cake plate, $99.99, The Bay

GlucksteinHome cheese dome, $49.99, The Bay

Marketplace: JetPens

JetPens is a web store specializing in high-quality writing instruments. Earlier this year I ordered Kaweco pens for the White Cabana team and I was impressed by the speedy shipping and friendly customer service.

In addition to the amazingly wide selection of pens, JetPens offers plenty of cool supplies to pretty up your office…and maybe make Mondays a little less painful.

leaf ties, $11.50, JetPens

Sun-Star stapleless stapler, $9.50

Metaphys Ojue Lunch Box, $46

Saki pen case, $14.50

Midori paper clips, $7.25

Uni-Ball Signo white pen, $2

Lamy Fountain Pen – Safari Model, $26

Zebra Sharbo pen, $82.50

The Kaweco ballpoint pen – the pen of the White Cabana team (Johanne’s pen review)

Images via JetPens.

The Friday Five: White Containers

My collection of gorgeous white vessels has grown in the last couple of months thanks to the generosity of some of my dear friends.

fruit basket, Anthropologie (Thanks Johanne!)

Bjorn Wiinblad for Rosenthal dish (Thanks Troy!)

C. Wonder ring bowl (gift to myself)

sugar canister (Thanks Indigo & Canadian Design Blogger Meetup!)

Sophie Conran large mixing bowl (Thanks Mom & Dad!)

Photos by Jordana.

Marketplace: Valentines at Artistry Cards

Look at what one of our favourite Canadian stationary shops, Artistry Cards, has in store for Valentine’s day.

Feathered Heart card, $4

Three Red Hearts card, $4

Tweet! card, $4

Finally, here’s a treat for you! Artistry Cards is offering White Cabana readers a 10% discount on all their products. Enter ARTIST (all caps) at checkout. Click here to start shopping.

The Friday Five: Studio Luna at Waterworks

I’ve been looking at bathroom accessories this week – not really sure why as I don’t need any – and the Luna line from Waterworks has really caught my eye. I love the polished marble and the simple lines. It’s such a classic and timeless design, don’t you think?

Luna soap dish, $45

Luna soap dispenser, $50

Luna tumbler, $45

Luna jar, $63

Luna waste can, $125

Images via Waterworks.

The Friday Five: Beautiful Books

Yes – we all know I’m a sucker for books. I’ve got books in every room in my apartment (and I’ve actually read most of them too!) and I just love them all (if that doesn’t sound like an academic, I don’t know what does). I’ve been browsing the bookstores often lately and there are some really gorgeous, high-quality books currently on the market. Publishers like Taschen and Phaidon produce just beautifully clean books and I always get so much pleasure reading them – and then looking at them stacked up on a table or bookshelf. The five books featured here have easily grabbed my attention – because they’re white, yes – but also because they provide so much inspiration.

The Art of French Baking, $31

Eleven Madison Park: A Cookbook, $36; photo by Paula Forbes

The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adria, $23

A Taxonomy of Office Chairs, $45

D & AD 2011, $59.99

Marketplace: Izola

Named after a woman on the island of Bequia in the Grenadines, Izola, an American home goods company founded by Neil Rasmus, offers a whimsical collection of bathroom accessories that combines functional every day staples with antiquity. I especially love the no-fuss design of the product line and, yes, the whiteness of it all.

laundry bag, $39

laundry bag, $39

powder room soap dish, $20

scout soap dish, $20

sport canvas shower curtain, $55

Images courtesy of Izola.

The Friday Five: Paloma's Nest

Wow! Christmas is only two weeks away – I can barely believe it! How’s everyone feeling? Are you fully in the Christmas spirit?

Naturally there have and will be plenty of holiday-related posts on White Cabana this next month and I have been eager to share some of the gorgeous hand-crafted holiday items from Paloma’s Nest. I just love artist and designer Caroline Colom Vasque’s sweet creations.

holiday ribbon, $10

Christmas tree, $64

dove ornaments, $38 set of 6

reindeer ornament, $34

Nativity Set, $178

Marketplace: Andy Warhol's Coloring Book

It is not often that one can find a child’s gift that is cool enough for an adult to keep. However, A Colouring Book: Drawings by Andy Warhol is a prime exception.

As the title implies, the 24-page book contains Warhol’s whimsical drawings (sans colour) from the late 1950s.

Originally created in 1961 for on of Warhol’s clients (at the time Warhol was working as a commercial illustrator) the book was re-released in 1990…only to go out of print shortly after. Well, as Warhol mania continues in the art market, the colouring book has been made available again.

$17, Amazon

A charming stocking stuffer for the little creative types in your life…or a cheap & chic idea for any Warhol aficionados.

Dear Readers: Do not adjust your computer screens. Troy is taking over White Cabana this week and, as you can see, he’s really shaken things up around here! Enjoy. – Jordana

The Friday Five: Isamu Noguchi

You’ve seen it 100,000 times. The Noguchi Coffee Table is one of the best-known icons of 20th century design. It has been copied, imitated and become so ubiquitous it approaches design cliche (like the Barcelona chair).

Nevertheless, Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) is a fascinating and talented artist/furniture designer who deserves recognition beyond this single table. Like many great 20th century furniture designers, their biggest “hits” often overshadow their other accomplishments. So Caviar20’s first Friday Five is dedicated to Noguchi, both his design icons (like the Cyclone Table) and other lesser-known but highly sought after collector’s pieces like his radio and “Chess Table”. Noguchi’s work, mostly in metal, stone and occasionally wood, was realized with a very austere palette including lots of black. For more on Noguchi, we recommend visiting the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City (minutes from Manhattan) or exploring their handsome website. For today’s Friday Five we’ll introduce Noguchi with a selection of his most famous, fantastic and coveted design pieces.

1. Noguchi coffee table, designed in 1948. Manufactured by Herman Miller.

Image: Herman Miller

2. Cyclone Table, designed in 1953. Manufactured by Knoll.

Image: Knoll

3. Noguchi Radio Nurse, designed in 1937. Manufactured by Zenith.

Image: Live Auctioneers

4. Chess table, designed in 1947. Manufactured by Herman Miller.

Image: Noguchi Museum

5. Rudder Table, designed in 1945. Manufactured by Herman Miller.

Image: icollector

Dear Readers: Do not adjust your computer screens. Troy is taking over White Cabana this week and, as you can see, he’s really shaken things up around here! Enjoy. – Jordana

The Friday Five: Artistry Cards

Eco-friendly stationery company Artistry Cards is ready for the holidays with its selection of toque-toting birds. Aren’t they sweet? 

holiday card box set (in blue & red), $12

holiday pocket notebook (in blue & red), $12

holiday card, $4

thank you cards box set, $12

holiday card box set, $12

You may have already gathered that Artistry Cards is a Canadian company. I mean, I used the word “toque”. Does anyone else in the world use that word? (It means winter hat in case you were wondering.)

Great news – Artistry Cards is offering White Cabana readers a 10% discount on all products. Enter ARTIST (all caps) at checkout. Click here to start shopping. (Discount is valid until December 15th.)

Marketplace: Fleet Objects

We do love good Canadian design here at White Cabana so today I am happy to share some great pieces from Vancouver-based Fleet Objects. Designed by Zoe Garred, Fleet’s line of ceramics is simply beautiful.

I recently had the chance to have a close-up look at the Eyelet ornament. I just love simple design and this one is made by hand so what’s not to love? Perhaps you’ll think about sending one of these ornaments to friends this holiday.

photos by Jordana

Although I prefer the Eyelet hung in a bowl shape, it can also be hung with the opening on its side where you can hide a special treat. Zoe, creative as she is, also suggests stitching the holes for decoration.

Eyelet ball ornament, $28

I think Fleet Object‘s range of products would make lovely gifts so if you’ve already got holiday on the brain, then definitely have a look at what Zoe has to offer.

ribbon modular ornament, $15

Pools 1, $16shell lamp, $100

The Friday Five: Zara Kids

My nephews are in Toronto so I’m heading over to spend the weekend with them at my parents’ place (after Fashion Week, that is). So excited! In honour of my nephews’ Canadian vacation, I thought I would do a kid-related Friday Five featuring white clothes from Zara. (Yes, I know, some of you may believe that white clothes and kids don’t really mix. Well, who cares, I say. The kids are going to get dirty no matter what colour of clothes they wear so why not dress them in white?)

cable knit sweater, $29.90

mao collar shirt, $19 90 USD

“boy” plush sweater, $25.90

reversible quilted jacket, $29.90

baby patent high top sneaker, $35.90