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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!

Modern Chic Home

Modern Chic Home carries a wide range of decorative objects, furniture and art at a variety of prices points. Here are two affordable options:

Trina Turk eyeglasses case, $28, Modern Chic Home

Queen Crown pillow, $45, Modern Chic Home

Wouldn’t you love to receive one (or both) of these as a gift?  Julie, the owner of Modern Chic Home, has a great eye for design, as you can tell from her store and her gorgeous blog, Belle Maison.

Table Tonic's Ikat Cushions

If you’re still swooning over Ikat, Table Tonic is worth a visit.

large (45cm x 45cm) hand woven Ikat cushions, $79AUD each, Table Tonic

In addition to hand-woven Ikat cushions, the Australian store continues to stock some amazing hand made vintage suzanis, Moroccan pouffes and Mexican throws in all colours of the rainbow. And right now – almost everything is on sale!

 

Update: I just learned that the home of Louise Bell (of Table Tonic) and family has been featured in the current issue of Style at Home. Read more here.

Holiday Gift Guide: Last Minute Ideas

Here’s another quick gift guide for you. If you’re done all your shopping – congrats! You can save these ideas for future gifts. Brilliant, right?

HopHopHop round locket, $89 USD, Smallable

Bling ring eraser, $6, Kate’s Paperie

White & silver tray, $29.95, Pier 1 Imports

Pom-pom pillow, $18.36, Pier 1 Imports

Numbered Pill Boxes, $4.50 each, Zhush

Etsy Taste Test

Have you tried out the Etsy Taste Test? I just had a go and the results are pretty cool. Have a look at some of the items that came up in my Taste Test search.

Mid-century wingback chair, $1100, Bohemiennes

Industrial factory stool, $265, French By Design

Set of Jen Risom dining chairs, $650, En Route Studio

California Originals Pottery, $42, Barking Sands Vintage

Look at all of this white! And I didn’t even choose any white objects during the search process. Crazy, right? Somehow Etsy just knew…

Polka Dots at Sugar Paper

Sugar Paper makes the most beautiful letterpress stationary. I’m smitten. I love so many of their designs but I’ve decided to feature some of their polka dots in keeping with this post on Fashion in Motion.

Black Label Carriage note set, $36 set of 10 cards & envelopes, Sugar Paper

Gold dot coaster, $24 set of 15, Sugar Paper

Custom design social stationery, Sugar Paper

And isn’t this such an elegant letter opener?

Signature letter opener, silver plated, $52, Sugar Paper

If you want to learn more about letterpress have a peek at the “Behind the Scenes” video at Sugar Paper.

p.s. High Gloss is currently hosting a Sugar Paper giveaway. Hooray!

Images courtesy of Sugar Paper.

Gift Guide: Entertaining

‘Tis the season of giving. Here are some great gifts (for now or any time of the year) for friends and family members who like to entertain. Fill up one of these trays or bowls with gourmet food, favourite recipes, or entertaining accessories (e.g., cocktail napkins, serving spoons) for an extra special treat.

Cloud plate, $65, Paige Russell

Footed compote, $29.99, Martha Stewart

3-piece Verona set, $31.85, CB2

Spilt Milk bowl, $14, MoMA

Sintra platter, $34.95, Crate & Barrel

Haruka platter, $49.95, Crate & Barrel

Bianca melamine tray, $17.95, Crate & Barrel

Lucerne 3-quart casserole, $19.95, Crate & Barrel

Fondu plate, $5.95, Crate & Barrel

Images courtesy of CB2, Martha Stewart, MoMA, Paige Russell.

Desktop Background

I saw this pencil case yesterday on Design is Mine and had to instantly save the image as my desktop background. It’s crunch time (well – it always seems to be crunch time) and I’ve got lots of writing to do (for my PhD life and my blogging life). I’m hoping this will motivate me to write every day.

Write pencil case, $14, Sam Made

Other reasons to love this pencil case:

1. It’s a simple design.
2. It’s handmade by Samantha Wagner.
3. It’s made in Canada (Vancouver, BC).

And when I do eventually finish my PhD…I’m going to buy myself these.

Image courtesy of Sam Made via Design is Mine.

The Bar Stool

A friend recently moved into a new place with a breakfast bar and as such, we ended up having a chat about the functionality of the stool.

Emeco stool, $335 USD

Although I don’t have a breakfast bar myself, I decided to have a browse online to see what was on the market. I was surprised at the selection. Here are a few gems that may suit your high counter needs.

dCOR (L to R, T to B): Lush, Ark, Glide, Edge, Itro, Cross

Nuevo (L to R): Leone, Genoa, Nina Nauga

Images courtesy of CSN.

Thanks to Shannon for inspiring this post.

Giveaway: inVU Drapery Co.

Velvet roses from inVU Drapery Co.

We are delighted to be offering White Cabana readers the opportunity to enter a beautiful giveaway courtesy of our friends at inVU Drapery Co. In addition to carrying a beautiful selection of drapery and fabrics, this Canadian company offers design consultant services, custom upholstery and drapery installation. It’s a source for inspiration for homeowners, designers, and yes, bloggers too!

This week inVU Drapery Co. is sponsoring this gorgeous giveaway: a pair of the Velvet Roses cushions (valued at $129.99 each)! We just love the texture on these cushions, don’t you?

Giveaway: A pair of velvet rose cushions by inVU Drapery Co.

To enter, visit inVU Drapery Co. and leave a comment on this post. (This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only.) The contest closes on Thursday November 25th, 9pm EST. Good luck!

If you’re in the Toronto area, be sure to visit one of their locations in the city or their retail location north of the city (under the BB Bargoons banner).

p.s. Be sure to leave your email!


Crate & Barrel Christmas

I know it’s over a month away but I’m already excited about Christmas! I think it’s time to begin the holiday posts.

Glitter snowflake, $3.95

I was at Crate & Barrel on the weekend and got excited about all the white Christmas goodies – ornaments, serving pieces, candles – oh my!

White porcelain leaves, $11.85 for set of 3

Snow flurry balls, $17.95 set of 3

Silver branch, $5 set of 2

Optic finial ornaments, $15.80 set of 4

Nutcracker ornaments, $19.95 set of 4

Natural polar bear, $5.95

Glass deer ornaments, $11.95 set of 2

Clear glass ball with swirl & dots, $5.95

Bone china snowflake hurricane, $24.95

Bone china pinecones, $14.95-$29.95

3D star ornament, $3.95

Silver stars, $39.95-$59.95

Do you plan on using any white Christmas decorations this year?

Images courtesy of Crate & Barrel.

Vaseline: Make it a Good Skin Day

Looking for a way to take care of your skin this season? Vaseline‘s line of products keeps skin healthy, nourishes it and increases skin’s moisture level.

Vaseline Art by Jordana

Vaseline's New Line

Thanks to our friends at Vaseline, I have had the opportunity to try out some Vaseline Intensive Rescue products. I’m happy to report that after a couple of weeks of regular use, my skin feels and looks great. Bonus – the lotions are non-greasy (a definite pet-peeve). Double bonus – these Vaseline lotions are white!

Vaseline Intensive Rescue products are available at most drug and grocery stores across Canada.

Art and images by Jordana.

For the Love of Fornasetti

Fornasetti plate, 125GBP, Milk Concept Boutique

I first “met” Fornasetti on an episode of Debbie Travis’ Painted House, a long while ago (I think I might have been in highschool!). I was a fan at first sight. Those black & white faces just had a way of capturing my attention. Since then, I have noticed that Fornasetti has continued to gain popularity and interest among designers, collectors and artists. The Fornasetti style has been produced and reproduced countless times in numerous forms. Pillows, lighting, stools and even umbrellas with Fornasetti designs have made it to the marketplace.

Last weekend a friend took me to The Good Neighbour espresso bar in Toronto (thanks Kathlyn!) and I was quite excited to see the Fornasetti wall. I think the wall in this inviting café makes for an interesting focal point. Seeing the wall also reminded me that it was about time I put a little Fornasetti into White Cabana!

Fornasetti Wall at The Good Neighbour, Toronto

If you’re looking to invest in a piece, I suggest you start your search at Caviar20 as there always seems to be a Fornasetti piece or two in stock. Troy at Caviar20 suggests that if one is serious about starting a collection, vintage is the way to go. According to Troy, “savvy collectors know that this is the time to buy Fornasetti”. Be warned…the new items have purely decorative value and they will never appreciate in value. Are you sold yet?

Fornasetti's Mesi Soli, $225, at Caviar20

Although I don’t own any pieces just yet, when I do begin this collection I might decide to arrange them something like this:

Fornasetti plates as wall art, via Design is Mine

Want to learn more or get your collection started? Click here and here.

 

Update: Read Troy’s review of the book, Fornasetti: The Complete Universe here.

Images via Caviar20, Design is Mine, Milk Concept Boutique. Image and more information about The Good Neighbour here.

One Fabulous Mug

Fill ‘er up!

Monogrammed mugs, $8 CAD, Anthropologie

My sister bought me one of these Anthropologie mugs (with the letter J on it – obviously) for my last birthday  and can I just tell you all how fabulous it is? I originally was attracted to the cool letter J and the crisp white background. But once I began using it, I realized that it’s the perfect mug! It fits beautifully in my hand, holds the right amount of coffee or tea and it looks great with my new Macbook. Two thumbs up for this mug!

Image courtesy of Anthropologie.

The Friday Five: Anthropologie

Today’s Friday Five comes from the eclectic and ever-pretty Anthropologie.

Fleur de Lys dinnerware, $12-49, Anthropologie

Sidekick Show-off ring dish, $12, Anthropologie

Porcelain serving pot, $88, Anthropologie

Hidden Poetry trinket pot, $22, Anthropologie

Nestled ring dish, $12, Anthropologie

Images courtesy of Anthropologie.

Children’s Gifts: Ovale Paris

Ovale: Boulevard Saint Germain, Paris

Ovale, the brain child of designers Gilles Neveu and Vladimir Flabert, houses some of the most cuddliest toys, softest clothes, simplest jewelry, and prettiest silver gifts for babies and children. This unique, minimalist brand carries many items which make gift-giving memorable and unique.

Clothes neatly hung in a row at Ovale, Paris

Browse Ovale’s current collection by clicking here.

Images by Jordana.

Nixon at FNAC

French retailer FNAC is currently carrying a fabulous selection of white Nixon products. I personally do not own a watch or a set of headphones but maybe I should reconsider. I’m loving the design of the following Nixon products:

Time Teller, Nixon, 69 Euros, at FNAC

Nixon whip headphones, 35 Euros, FNAC

Nixon trooper headphones, 59.90 Euros, at FNAC

Nixon Master Blaster headphones, 199.90 Euros, at FNAC

Images courtesy of FNAC. Nixon products also available here.

In the Nursery: A Magical Crib

Lately all the baby-related photos I have come across all have an element of fantasy and fairy tale. Last month I posted about this castle bunk-bed and today I bring you Petit Tresor’s carriage crib. With a price tag of $15 000 perhaps it is best reserved for royalty?

A baby crib that is fit for a little princess

Petit Tresor via Highchair Critics.

Designer Spotlight: Heyday Design by Claire Madill

I was recently introduced to the lovely Heyday Design, owned by Vancouver artist Claire Madill and I’m impressed (thanks Christine!). These white porcelain creations are all about modern Canadiana!

Large beaver jar, $85, Heyday Design by Claire Madill

Detail of Beaver jar, $85, Heyday Design by Claire Madill

Small Canadian jewel jar, $36 each, Heyday Design by Claire Madill

Nursette jar, $18, Heyday Design by Claire Madill

Extra large Imperial Crown jar, $125, Heyday Design by Claire Madill

I have a growing collection of glass Imperial crown jars so I’m definitely a fan of the white version above. Claire creates these jars from a slipcast using a mold made in-studio from the original glass version (some courtesy of her nanna – sweetness!). And the fun doesn’t stop there – Claire has a line of accessories as well. Have a look at these earrings:

Wing earrings, $52, Heyday Design by Claire Madill

Images courtesy of Heyday Design.

The Friday Five: The Swissmiss Blog

Swissmiss is a blog that started in 2005 by the multi-talented “Swiss designer gone NYC” Tina Roth Eisenberg. If you haven’t already visited Swissmiss, then please let me introduce it to you by highlighting five fabulous white posts featured on this wonderful design blog this year.

One: The Moshi Moshi – an ergonomic Bluetooth handset by Frendh designer David Turpin.

The Moshi Moshi bluetooth handset, $135

Two: The Workshop office space, Brooklyn.

The Workshop office space, Brooklyn, New York

Three: The 2011 Calendar Scarf.

The 2011 Calendar Scarf, 55 Euros

Four: Made A Mano letter tiles.

Letter tiles by Made A Mano

Five: Sewing Kit wall sticker.

Sewing kit wall sticker, $57.50

Over the past decade I have spent a lot of time in Switzerland and feel quite attached to it. Swissmiss always manages to put a smile on my face when she makes references to the Swiss way of life (i.e., language, data, food). Anyone who has worked or travelled in Switzerland will understand what I mean.

On a final note, many White Cabana readers may also be interested to learn about TeuxDeux, a simple browser-based “to do” app, created by Swissmiss and Fictive Kin.

Images courtesy of Swissmiss.

Laptop Sleeves: A Great Selection at CSN

When my new Macbook isn’t being used in my office or resting on the living room coffee table, it is packed away in my tote bag waiting for me to take it to work. It’s a bit scary when I have to transport it because it remains unprotected. I haven’t yet had the chance to get a case for it and this is making me nervous – I do want to keep it safe, afterall. For travel purposes, I have been carting it around in its box – how pathetic, right? – but the box is anything but convenient and it’s about time I give my Macbook a proper protective sleeve.

After a browse online, I have discovered that CSN has an awesome selection of laptop sleeves – all sizes, colours and patterns – and I have narrowed down my choices. Now, here’s where you come in – which one do you like the best? I would like a white, silver or grey sleeve (no big surprise there, right) even though some of you may think this will be impractical.

The options are:

Option 1: Antenna cool white laptop sleeve, $36.99, available at CSN

Option 2: Manhattan vinyl laptop sleeve in white, $39, available at CSN

Option 3: Manhattan vinyl laptop sleeve in silver, $39, available at CSN

Option 4: Slappa netbook sleeve, $29.99, available at CSN

Option 5: Skooba skin laptop sleeve in silver with orange lining, $21.59, available at CSN

Option 6: Samsonite Aramon laptop sleeve in silver, $26.99, available at CSN

Option 7: Kipling Kasey laptop case in gravel grey, $27.99, available at CSN

Option 8: Kipling Kasey laptop case in grey, $27.99, available at CSN

Option 9: Ezpro python print laptop sleeve, $24.99, available at CSN

And so? What are your thoughts? Which one should I get? If you have any other recommendations I would love to hear them!

p.s. Did you enter the CSN giveaway over at Fashion in Motion? Click here for details.

All images courtesy of CSN.