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?

inVU Drapery Co.

A few weeks ago I got the chance to finally – yes, finally – visit inVU Drapery Co. in person. This company has been good to us here at White Cabana (remember this giveaway) so I feel a bit ashamed that I hadn’t visited one of their stores. Well, I’m happy to report that it didn’t disappoint.

In addition to the colourful Cobi Ladner line, and a great selection of fabrics in various textures and colours, inVU Drapery Co. carries wonderful white fabrics and curious, quirky and classic accessories for the home. Here are some photos from my visit.



photos by Jordana

Have you been? Click here to learn about the inVU Drapery Co. locations.

The Friday Five: Garnet Hill

In the last few months I’ve been drawn quite a bit to Garnet Hill. I have yet to make a purchase or to test out any of the products but my friend Therese is a fan and I can see why.

Here are five of my favourite items for the home but there are also a lot of great articles of clothing and accessories. Definitely worth a browse…if not a few purchases!

Signature scalloped percale bedding, $21-$49 (on sale)

Frette bath towels, $10-$65

Megan tufted headboard, $978-$1188

faux-bamboo nightstand, $788

Simon Pearce Cavendish ceramic bowl, $40-$46

Thanks to Therese for introducing me to Garnet Hill.

Photos courtesy of Garnet Hill.

The Friday Five: Caviar20

Caviar20 has just launched its e-commerce site which makes it so easy to buy exceptional antiques online. Not only that, but Caviar20’s loft space in Toronto is now open so be sure to stop in if you’re in the city (open Thursdays).

Today I am happy to feature five pieces from Caviar20 that are true delicacies for your home. Kudos to Troy for making Caviar20 such an amazing source of beautiful art, furniture and accessories.

Dylan McKinnin console table, $1900

Jean Luce for Arzberge porcelain plates, $225

Handkerchief chair by Massimo Vignelli for Knoll, $375

Bound Octagon Venetian light, $525

Maru side tables by David Chang, $1200

You can read more about Caviar20 here, here, here and here.

Images courtesy of Caviar20.

Michael Sodeau Desk Accessories

The stapler is designed by Michael Sodeau and it’s part of his Anything desk accessories collection available at the A+R store. The collection represents the first collaboration between Michael Sodeau and Japanese firm Suikosha. Each piece in this collection is $39.

Thanks to Design for Mankind for introducing me to this line of office supplies.

Images courtesy of A+R.

20 Below: Essie's Good to Go Top Coat

On the recommendation of Piece of Toast blogger, Molly Bernadette, I went out and bought Essie’s Good to Go top coat last week. I’m so impressed! This top coat dries in no time flat, leaves nails super shiny and seems to also strengthen while it also protects the nail polish underneath. Two thumbs up from me.

Essie Good to Go top coat, $8

In Canada, Essie polishes are now available at Shopper’s Drug Mart. I bought my Good to Go there for $7.99.

Spex Club Eyewear

In need of affordable eyewear? Have you heard of Spex Club? This company offers a good selection of affordable prescription eyewear for men and women.

Although Spex carries a variety of colours, it probably does not surprise anyone that I’m most attracted to all the white frames. The Spex collection feels like it was made just for me!








All images courtesy of Spex Club.

Spotlight on Areaware

New York based Areaware is a manufacturer that brings to its customers a unique selection of well-designed products. Over 25 designers are connected to Areaware and its product range, in addition to being useful, is artful, eccentric, and often humorous. Part of Areaware’s mission is to create products which inspire an emotional response and which create dialogue between people and their everyday surroundings.

Harry Allen silicone keychain, $19

Harry Allen pill box, $12

Harry Allen bank in the form of a pig, $125

Paul Loebach candlestick, $24

Harry Allen candlestick, $50

Harry Allen peanut bowl, $35

Jonas Damon clock, $130

Areaware products are available in countries around the world. Check the store listings here.

Images courtesy of Areaware.

The Friday Five: Eataly

Eataly New York: We sell what we cook. We cook what we sell.

After several years of planning, Oscar Farinetti, Mario Batali, and Lidia and Joe Bastianich partnered together to open Eataly in Manhattan in August 2010. Eataly is a space to shop for, to eat and to learn about delicious Italian food. According to the Eataly manifesto, food unites us all, brings us all together, and the source of the greatest joy is what happens around the dinner table. Indeed.

If you have already paid a visit to this immense food emporium, then you will have wandered around in amazement. Only steps from the Flatiron building, Eataly is an incredible source of authentic Italian food products and it encourages a very lively atmosphere (kind of reminds me of loud family dinners, actually). Although I found many of the products to be  over-priced, Eataly remains one of the few places, if not the only one, to carry such a variety of true Italian eats!

Today I am sharing with you five photos from Eataly that my mom and I took on one of our most recent visits to NYC. For us, and hopefully for you, these photos are great reminders of Italy.

aqua minerale naturale (water)

Orzata was always a summer treat when I was a kid. It has a very distinct sweet taste.

Bialetti. No other espresso maker will do.

Mmm…chocolate torrone. The best ever.

How lucky are those New Yorkers who get to experience Eataly on a regular basis?

Photos by Jordana and FG. Pasta photo courtesy of Eataly.

White Makes Sense

I had a great visit at HomeSense last week. If I had an unlimited budget (and a mansion) I would have gone crazy and filled up my shopping cart with loads of goodies. Instead, I picked up a few pretty gifts for friends and family.

I think this collection of serving platters, bowls and cake stands is especially beautiful.

photo by Jordana at HomeSense

The Friday Five: Patio Furniture

We’re finally getting warm weather where I live (well, it’s been two days)!

In the spirit of getting ready for summertime sunshine, today we are featuring five fabulous patio sets.

Somerset patio set, $249, Urban Barn

Barrow bistro collection, $149-$399, West Elm

Garden set, 1st Dibs

1940s wrought iron patio set, $2100, 1st Dibs

Mathieu Mategot for La Pave du Roi, 1950s, $7800, 1st Dibs

Jayson Home & Garden: Spring 2011

Chicago’s Jayson Home & Garden carries a sophisticated selection of furnishings, a variety of home accessories and plenty of flowers and plants to help you live beautifully.

The spring 2011 catalog arrived in my mailbox last week and it’s beyond gorgeous.

Emma feather pendant, $2295

The Theodore sofa, $4195

The Graydon sofa, $3295

The Penelope Chair, $1250

The Balmoral Chair, $1750

The Morgan chair, $1995

Casbah side table, $995

feathered shaped trays, $32-$52

Anchor tray, $28

marble bowls, $55-$110

rule pitchers, $15-$28

Right now Jayson Home & Garden is giving one lucky winner a chance to win $1000 shopping spree (enter here). How divine!

Urban Barn Custom Upholstery + Giveaway

Not only does Urban Barn carry a great selection of furniture and home accessories, but this Canadian company also does custom upholstery. With over 300 fabric options for a selection of couches, chairs and chaise lounges, the possibilities for custom furniture to fit your home and family needs are endless. More good news…the custom upholstery option is on sale until Sunday so you may want to plan a visit to your local Urban Barn location this weekend!

Opus chaise, starting from $888

Groove chair, starting from $777

Courbe sofa, starting from $1375

Here are some examples of the white fabrics offered at Urban Barn (thanks to Robyn for the photos).

Fabric samples (top to bottom, left to right): Smithers, Glam, Lewis, Burnaby

Giveaway reminder:

Have you entered the Urban Barn giveaway yet? If not, click here.

Urban Barn Strikes it Right + Giveaway

Urban Barn, a Canadian retailer which has its roots in British Columbia, carries an amazing selection of unique and interesting furniture and accessories for diverse spaces. With over 40 stores across Canada, it is a favourite spot for the style conscious shopper. Urban Barn offers remarkable customer service and delivers “the ideal mix of value, quality and great design”.  It’s no wonder why we have featured them so often on White Cabana.

Most recently, the Strike coffee table caught my attention. It’s round and shiny and glorious. What’s not to love?

Strike coffee table, $549, Urban Barn


Great news! The generous folks over at Urban Barn are offering one lucky reader this white Laughing Buddha figure (how fun would it look on the coffee table?). Rub his belly and good fortune, wealth and prosperity may come your way – or so the legend goes.

Laughing Buddha, $37 value

Giveaway Details:

To enter this giveaway, visit Urban Barn and leave a comment on this post. (This giveaway is only open to residents of Canada.)

The giveaway will close on Tuesday March 29th at 4pm EST.

Good luck!

20 Below: Arrested Development

I must be one of the last people to get into the Arrested Development tv series. Netflix has recently brought it into my life and I have been laughing so hard while watching it. I’m now onto season 2 and still enjoying each episode.

If you don’t have Netflix, you can pick up Season 1 for less than $20. Great, right?

Arrested Development Season 1, $17.90, Amazon

Are you a fan?

The Friday Five: Ten Thousand Villages

If you’ve not yet heard of Ten Thousand Villages, I’m happy to share it with you today. This fair trade company, founded 60 years ago, carries handmade jewelry, linens, art, toys and food from around the world. Its mission is to create opportunities for artisans in to earn a fair wage by bringing their stories and products to our markets through fair trading relationships.

Company stores opened in 1997 and in the years 2008-2010, Ten Thousand Villages was named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by the Ethisphere Institute and Forbes Magazine.

embroidered gift pouch (Bangladesh), $2

earrings (Indonesia), $34

mug (Indonesia), $18

rattan stool (Philippines), $42

white applique bed cover (India), $112.50

Images courtesy of Ten Thousand Villages.

The Maskros at IKEA

I have loved the Maskros light fixture ever since it made its debut at IKEA. I don’t have a space that’s large enough for it and I haven’t seen it in anyone else’s home…until now.

The Maskros (photo by Jordana)

A friend hung it in her kid’s room – high ceilings, loft-like space – and it looks amazing. The shadows it casts are quite cool too. We had a whole conversation about what to name the shadows on the walls…spiders, snowflakes, stars, flowers. Oh, the fun!

p.s. Maskros, in case anyone wants to know, means dandelion. Of course!