Marketplace

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

The Friday Five: French By Design

I am such a big fan of Si’s blog, French By Design. If you haven’t visited it – you must! Si also runs a very successful Etsy shop and I’m happy to feature some of her latest inventory on today’s Friday Five.

vintage street sign, $41

vintage band-aid tin box, $11

oversized French enamel sign, $240

porcelain glove mold, $40

vintage Detecto scale, $95

Thank You Delta!

A little while ago, via the Canadian Design Blogger Meetup, I entered a Delta faucet giveaway and guess what? I won! Big time!

As the winner of this giveaway, I got to create and send off my faucet wish list to the generous folks at Delta so that they could make my faucet dreams come true!

As I’m currently in a rental, I was not about to install new faucets so I gifted the giveaway to my parents. They have more bathrooms and kitchens than a retired couple would ever need but one kitchen and one bathroom in particular are currently in need of a major overhaul and these faucets are going to be put to perfect use.

So how did I compile the faucet wish list? Well, my parents and I each completed the Delta Find Your Perfect Faucet online survey and, not surprisingly, we ended up with the same results.

For one of the second floor bathrooms, we chose the In2ition two-in-one showerhead…so cool! My dad has already installed it and it’s working out beautifully.

For the main floor powder room, we chose the Vero single handle centerset lavatory faucet. It’s one hunk of shiny chrome goodness!

For the kitchen, we all agreed that the Trinsic in the arctic stainless finish was the perfect choice. We got the matching soap dispenser too. I never thought I’d be so crazy about faucets but I just love the simplicity and strength of this one.

See what I mean? This was a BIG win!

When my parents do eventually do their big reno, I’ll be sure to take photos. And if they don’t do it – I’ll be donating these beauties. You heard it here, folks!

Many thanks to Farah at Delta and Beth at Cohn & Wolfe for arranging this win. Thanks again to Vitania and Daniella for organizing a fab blogger meetup.

Photos by Jordana.

Art: Red Hen Design

A couple of months ago Leah from Red Hen Design emailed me to ask me permission to use my photos of Saanen goats as inspiration for some paintings that she was going to be doing for the American Dairy Goat Association Convention. Yeah, I know! This request was a complete surprise to me but I was happy to help out Leah with her project.

So last week – Leah sent over images of her final paintings. My jaw dropped when I saw them. I’m pretty sure yours will too.

painting by Leah, original photo here

painting by Leah, original photo here

The painting of the group of goats has been printed onto stickers that will be applied to tins for the American Dairy Goat Association board members. I never could have dreamed that a photo I took – of goats no less – would provide such artistic inspiration. I’m thrilled and I hope those board members appreciate Leah’s dedication and talent.

If any of you are attending the American Dairy Goat Association Convention in Grand Rapids Michigan October 15-22, 2011, be sure to stop by Leah’s booth to say hello (and to buy some of her art)!

Marketplace: Molla Space

Molla Space, based in California carries such a great selection of fun, quirky and interesting desk accessories, electronics, and things for basically every room in your home. These are some of my favourite items currently in stock:

Megawing Pebble eraser, $5

Megawing On Off magnet, $16

Ideaco & Associates coin storage, $32

Ideaco & Associates Tubelor trashcan, $46

Molla Space pinup frame, $10

The Friday Five: inVU Drapery Co. Giveaway!

By now you may know that we’re fans of inVU Drapery Co. here at White Cabana. The selection of drapery, fabrics and home accessories is gorgeous and the service is top-notch. We also love the fact that it’s Canadian, eh?

So today I’m not only featuring fabulous new products available at inVU Drapery Co. this fall, but I get to tell you about the generous giveaway inVU is sponsoring. Hooray! One lucky reader will win a $100 gift certificate to be used at any of inVU Drapery Co.’s locations. Great, right? Read on, my friends…

Athena chandelier

left: Demetra Steel; right: CobiStyle Smoke

acorn & pinecone decorative accessories

Franco Bench

Urbina chair – front & back

To welcome in the fall season, inVU Drapery Co. is hosting an inSTORE event. Learn how to decorate your home for fall on Saturday October 1st from 11am-12pm and 1pm-2pm at the Mississauga location. Enjoy a one hour discussion with a design expert, learn about fall trends, surround yourself with gorgeous products and – get this – enter a draw for a $1000 store gift certificate. Oh my!

Okay – and now for the giveaway details. To enter the giveaway for your chance to win a $100 gift certificate to be used in store, simply leave a comment below!

For extra entries you can:

– follow White Cabana on Twitter

– follow inVU Drapery Co. on Twitter

Be sure to leave a comment for each extra entry!

This giveaway ends at noon on Friday September 30th.  This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only.

Marketplace: Chapters Indigo at Home

I’m at Chapters at least once a week and over the last few months I’ve really noticed an increase in the quality of products for the home. Is anyone else impressed with the home wares at this Canadian bookstore?

Sicura small owl white lacquer bookends, $29.50

Karlsson white alarm clock, $64.99

Indigo reading lamp, $99.50

Indigo The End bookends, $29.50

Indigo small white lacquer box, $15

Voluspa truffle white candle, $16.50

Rumba watch, $25

Marketplace: Back to School!

I love the feeling of back to school – minus the cold weather. Not only is it time (at least for me) to get back to some routines, I always use it as an excuse to buy new stationery and school supplies. Is anyone else with me?

Although I have already stocked up on leopard print pens (wild!), Sharpie markers (colourful) and some new notebooks (thanks Daniela!), and while I am still working through this collection, I can’t help but keep school supplies on my shopping list. Here are a few new items I’d love to tote around this fall:

Russell & Hazel leather pencil case, $30

Russell & Hazel three ring binder, $24

Poppin file folders, $9 for 100

Poppin paper clips, $9 for 1000

Poppin staple remover, $2

Whether you’re going back to school or buying supplies just for the fun of it, I wish you all a wonderful and successful fall!

Marketplace: Olive Manna

The products in Natalie Jost’s textiles and paper goods shop, Olive Manna, are so beautifully styled and photographed. What a treat it is to visit her website.

milk glass bowls, $20

key rack, $45

cotton twine, $7

paper twine on a vintage spool, $22-$24

mini clothespins, $5 for 25

cotton drawstring bags, $1-$4

wood spool stand with twine & scissors, $24-$39

Images via Olive Manna.

The Friday Five: Urban Barn

We’re always keen to see what’s new and white at Canadian retailer Urban Barn. This fall bring some brighten up your home with an owl lamp or take a seat on the Jack stool and pour yourself a drink at the bar. Here are five great new products to look out for on your next visit to Urban Barn.

Owl Glow lamp

Perele Table lamp

Jack Stool, $199

Owl on a bike cushion

penquin cushion

Images courtesy of Urban Barn.

20 Below: White Watch

I haven’t worn a watch in years but in the last few months I’ve been on the lookout for a great white one. I’ve seen (and posted about) some cool watches but I wasn’t able to commit to one because I wasn’t entirely sure I’d make use of it. Why spend the money if I’m not going to wear it, right?

Imagine how happy I was when I spotted this white watch at Target! It was way below the $20 mark so I just had to buy it. I’ve been wearing it every day but I’m not yet in the habit of looking at it to find out the time. Go figure.

watch, $12.99, Target

p.s. I also bought it in wild yellow too. Surprise!

20 Below: IKEA Textiles

It’s no secret that I love IKEA. I’m a truly devoted fan. This is why I’m so happy to spread the news about IKEA’s new textiles Although there is plenty of colour in the collection, it is the black and white JULITA that really catches my attention. It’s like one big glorious doodle.

JULITA fabric, $4.99/metre, IKEA

In the past I’ve used IKEA fabric to sew carry-on bags, beach totes, makeup cases, baby blankets and a yoga mat bag. I’ve also used it to recover my teak chairs. It’s been durable and so easy to work with.

What have you made lately with IKEA fabric?