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editor’s pick: ostrich-feather pen

Everyone needs to make a purely indulgent purchase from time to time. And if you’re looking for an excuse, I’m a queen of making them. (Need an excuse to update your artwork, even though the existing piece still perfectly fits your room? Life’s too short to not live with what you love. Want a reason to buy a third pair of sparkly gold shoes? They’re on sale – they’re basically free! Craving that bottle of black truffle olive oil straight from France? It’ll probably inspire you to eat more salads! Besides, isn’t your birthday sometime this year? Go for it!)

I’ve been coveting this over-the-top ostrich-feather pen by French fashion house Maison Martin Margiela for quite some time, but without a wedding on the horizon – and being someone far more likely to write with a keyboard than with a pen – it just didn’t feel like a practical purchase.

But, hey! It’s National Letter Writing Month, and I probably need something to celebrate the occasion, so I think I’ll indulge. Just think of the whimsy and texture it’ll add to my desktop! Think of the inspired letters I’ll write! Maybe I’ll even channel my inner Shakespeare and pen a new novel? Decision made! I was meant for this pen and it was meant for me.

Ostrich Pen editors pick: ostrich feather pen

photography, totokaelo art-object

 

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editor’s pick: 3 fun graphic wallpapers

I’m still celebrating National Letter Writing Month (being a literary nerd, it feels only natural), and today, the letter-writing is on the walls. Literally.

York Wallcoverings boasts a beautiful selection of wallpapers that pay homage to the lost art of letter writing and, when used in an office area, they may just inspire more handwritten correspondence – outside of letter writing month! Here are a few of my favourites.

 

 

york wallcoverings 5 editors pick: 3 fun graphic wallpapers

Sculpted Surfaces III Collection Manuscript in Cream on Black, $80 US per roll, York Wallcoverings.

 

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3 cute illustrated cards sets for national letter writing month

As you can probably tell by now, I’m a total card junkie. I’m not even great about writing cards, I just like collecting them and knowing they’re there for whenever an occasion arises. And National Letter Writing Month is an occasion for letters like no other (except Christmas season perhaps). The last in my roundups of cute cards to help with your correspondence for National Letter Writing Month is three illustrated boxed variety packs, so you can choose the card that best matches the recipient!

 

 

Fox Cards 3 cute illustrated cards sets for national letter writing month
Studio Oh! Woodland Creatures Set, $14 (set of 12), Indigo.

 

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3 chic personalized cards for national letter writing month

So, how many letters have you written for National Letter Writing Month so far? NONE!? Maybe your lack of monogrammed stationery is holding you back? Here, I’ve rounded up three of my favourites to get you started in style. Because if you own monogrammed stationery, let’s face it, you’ll want people to know about it. (Or is that just me?)

Now, to whom to write my first letter….

 

 For the Earth-loving free spirit:

Monogram card 2 3 chic personalized cards for national letter writing month

Rifle Paper Co. Floral Monogram, $18.50 (set of 8), Indigo.

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3 cards that say “stay in touch” for national letter writing month

Tomorrow marks the start of National Letter Writing Month (who knew that was a thing!?), so I’ll be rounding up some of my favourite greeting cards this week.

Who doesn’t love to receive unsolicited snail mail? So pull up a chair, turn off your computer, put pen to paper and reach out to some of the people you love…the old fashioned way.

Don’t know what to write? With their cute sayings, the cards I’ve rounded up today will start you off in an easy way.

(Don’t forget your stamps!)

Kate Spade Greeting Card 3 cards that say stay in touch for national letter writing month Why Hello There, $25 US (set of 10), Kate Spade New York. 

 

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editor’s pick: custom pet toss cushions

Taxidermy may be out (wait, was it ever really in!?), but fear not! There’s another way to immortalize your unique, fluffy little loved one: with silk-screened toss cushions, obviously!

Custom Pet Pillows 1 editors pick: custom pet toss cushions

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fab finds at the st. lawrence antiques market

I already blogged about the St. Lawrence food market being one of my favourite Saturday rituals. So it’s no surprise that one of my favourite Sunday rituals is visiting the St. Lawrence Antiques Market, held in the north building every Sunday. From Venetian trays and cut-glass jugs to funny old postcards and amazing costume jewellery, I’ve amassed many fab finds over the years.

One of my favourite stalls (situated in the northeast corner of the building, if you’re interested) deals exclusively in antique silver – pitchers, trays, trophies, teapots, it’s like a butler’s pantry in Downton Abbey.

But the pieces I like most are the key chains, napkin rings and jewellery made from vintage cutlery.

 

photo 21 1024x1024 fab finds at the st. lawrence antiques market

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life lessons from jonathan adler and simon doonan’s wedding

Have you ever wondered what a wedding between an adored decor idol and a formidable fashion icon would be like? Spectacularly one of a kind and over the top? Swoon-worthily chic and sophisticated?

You’d be surprised.

 

Simon Doonan Jonathan Adler life lessons from jonathan adler and simon doonan’s wedding

 

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object lesson: holt-howard ceramics

My boss, executive editor Suzanne Moutis, has an uncannily astute ability to search out spectacular one-of-a-kind gifts. Often vintage, always beautiful and invariably personalized to your interests, Suzanne’s gifts have taken pride of place on many of her staffers’ shelves at home.

These adorable vintage salt and pepper shakers were (part of!) my Christmas gift this year, and they now sit coquettishly on my bedroom bookshelf. I look at them every day, but never really considered the vintage tale they had to tell. So when I spotted the company, year and place of production printed on the bottom of the shakers, I became determined to discover their story. (Hazard of being a decor writer obsessed with detective shows, I guess.)

Here’s what I could find out.

Cats1 object lesson: holt howard ceramics

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editor’s pick: gunmetal diamond paperweight

New to the top of my wishlist this season is this two-pound ceramic diamond objet (paperweight? bookend? you decide!) by L.A.-based artist and designer Kelly Lamb. I love how the chic simple shape – so commonly associated with all things pretty – is re-imagined in this tough, tarnished metal for a look that’s more raw than refined. I’m envisioning n-number of places that this could go – yet, moreover, this is the kind of item I would want to repeat throughout a room.

(Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, after all. Am I right?)

diamond gunmetal1 editors pick: gunmetal diamond paperweight

 

 

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