Watch for an extravaganza of natural, eco-friendly items from Etsy’s website sometime next week: I’ll be a Guest Curator on their Storque blog (very exciting!), and will also post all my findings right here on Natural Chic for you to peruse, but in the meantime, here’s a fantastic find that I couldn’t find a place for in that more home-decorating-based column.
Etsy crafter Annie ofÂ Waterloo, Ont., makes this smashing dog leash out of repurposed silk ties and leash hardware. Could there be any more stylish, green accessory for your four-legged friends?
You can find it at Annie’s Etsy shop, anniessweatshop (click on site below), and there’s also a matching dog collar. Tons of other patterns are available, too!
It’s the 90th anniversary of the influential Bauhaus design school, where some of the 20th century’s most innovative designers experimented with the new malleable steel tubing, shaping it into furniture forms still recognizable today.Â
To celebrate this special birthday, European furniture-maker extraordinaire Thonet is releasing a special edition of Dutch architect Mart Stam’s iconic S-43 Cantilever Chair. What makes this special anniversary re-issue even cooler are the colours â€” a glorious spectrum of textured enamel options that breathe new life into this design classic from 1931.
These iconic pieces of 20th century design always take me back to my grandma’s kitchen. In the 1980s, she had a couple of them upholstered in a burnt sienna vinyl (I wonder why that’s not an option in the reissue?…;), and I remember rocking them back and forth until they inevitably tipped over… Sorry, Mr. Stam…
OK, I swear. This is my last Easter egg post. Well, for today anyway. It`s just that Easter, like Christmas, really lends itself to such beautiful decorating ideas and especially with spring in full swing, there`s something so refreshing about surrounding yourself with the pretty pastels that are so popular both for Easter and for spring. Well, Chris Job at Curbly shows us how to dye Easter eggs the natural way. Forget chemical dyes that stain your hands and do all sorts of other untold damages. Chris suggests turmeric, red onion skins and blueberries, among other things, to create a rainbow of colours and provides tips for creating a variety of effects like marbling and mottling and such. Anyway, you just have to watch the video to find out how to make these lovely, lovely eggs. And of course, I`ll remind you again: Don`t forget to try some of the easy Easter egg crafts we have on styleathome.com.
After just blogging about the mosaic eggs at Etsy, I couldn`t not share these ones with you, too. How adorable! These lovely little guys come in a set of three and make such a sweet decoration for the Easter season. Place in a bowl for a centerpiece or buy multiple sets and string them together to make a decorative streamer. Available on Etsy (but originating in Harrisville, NH) a set of three costs $10.50 and come in three bright spring colours. If this lovely craft has inspired you, don`t forget to unleash your own creative spirit this weekend by trying these easy projects:
I don`t know about you but the last thing I need to do this weekend is overindulge in Easter chocolates. Summer is on its way and I have just got to say no to those delicious Easter eggs that are everywhere. (Just because they`re mini, doesn`t mean you can eat 30 of them, I`ve learned.) So here`s a suggestion. Do hostesses like me a favour by forgoing the gift of chocolate this Easter and giving something that has a little more staying power. These gorgeous handmade glass mosaic eggs (available on Etsy and originating in Portugal; $12.50 each) make a lovely and personal gift. IDEA: Place a cluster in the middle of your table for an original Easter centerpiece.
Before the weekend is over, try your hand at these easy and elegant Easter egg crafts, perfect for adults and children alike.
Does your home have what it takes to be Canada’s Next Top Makeover?
(Alright, that’s not the real name of the competition. I’ve just been seeing waaaay too much of Tyra lately.)
Benjamin Moore wants you to flex your decorating muscle and flaunt your most inspiring makeover project for a chance to win big in its new Share Your Style competition.
“We’re searching for homeowners whose unsung decorating achievements are inspiration for others and worthy of recognition,” says Helen Mullet, Benjamin Moore Brand Marketing Manager. “The Share Your Style competition is a decorating beauty pageant of a different colour. It’s being conducted online where contestants will post their before and after room photos and voters can cast their ballots for their favourites, decided the top 10 finalists. Then, a distinguished panel of designers will determine the nation’s best and the top winner from among those 10 contenders.”
What are judges looking for? Criteria will include colour choices, materials and textures, scale, composition and overal drab-to-fab impact.
The big payoff â€” the “handsome reward” (for all of you who are old enough to remember MTV’s Road Rules from the ’90s!) â€” is a tour of the winning room on CityLine (YAY!) with Benjamin Moore colour expert Sharon Grech; PLUS a $5,000 gift certificate for Benjamin Moore Painting and Decorating Services, PLUS an LG TrueSteam washer and dryer! That’s absolutely HUGE! So exciting.
What’s more, everyone who votes for the top 10 is entered in a sweepstakes drawing, and one lucky entry will be randomly drawn to win a $2,500 Benjamin Moore makeover prize.
For more information, including details on how to enter, visit Benjamin Moore’s Share Your Style competition website here! Good luck!
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Spring may be struggling to spring around us but there`s still nothing cozier than snuggling up with a blanket on a crisp, cool evening, after the sun has retired for the day and a slight chill creeps into the air. Perfect for those nights? The Blanquette from Yumi & Laurie. These light, 100% organic blankets are beautiful, available in a vibrant rainbow of colours and in a variety of stylish patterns. Check out yumiandlaurie.com for more information. Looking for more eco-friendly ideas? Check out executive editor Laurie Grassi`s blog Natural Chic! P.S. Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/StyleAtHome
One of the things I love about writing a blog is trying out new products and having the opportunity to share what I like about them. Want to know what I love even more? Being able to give those products away!
From now until the end of April, I’m giving away 3 Crest Oral-B “Power Your Smile” prize packs, which include the new Pulsonic electric toothbrush and other teeth cleaning goodies ($90 value per prize pack).
I’ve always been hesitant of electric toothbrushes because I find them to be quite rough on my sensitive teeth, but I am now a changed woman! I tried out the Pulsonic and not only did it have a ‘sensitive’ speed, but it also left my teeth feeling like I just got them polished at the dentist.
HereÂ are some more neat features:
~ 27,000 gentle sonic vibrations per minute
~ features a 2-minute timer for recommended brushing time; 30 second intervals for each quadrant of your mouth
~ helps to whiten teeth in 2 weeks by getting rid of 94% of surface stains
Want to win one of these prize packs?All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below letting me know your favourite part of the Tech Style blog, whether it’s posts on pretty laptop cases, Tech-free Fridays, or giveaways like this one. I’ll pick the best 3 comments at the end of the month to determine the winners. Good luck!
*Contest closes April 30th, 2009. Open to all residents of Canada, except those in Quebec. Not open to any Transcontinental Media employees, their families, or any other persons with whom they reside.*
Just got back from London and am suffering serious jetlag, but wanted to let you know quickly about a fabulous organic shop/bakery/food shop I found while there.
Daylesford Organic not only has amazing food products, but also absolutely lovely home and beauty products. So if you’re heading to the U.K., it’s a must-see for organic fans. In the meantime, check out the website at www.daylesford.com. Cheers!
To me, summer means Galbraith & Paul fabric. The Philadelphia-based design duo of Liz Galbraith and Ephraim Paul specialize in the art of hand-block printing â€” pressing carved wooden (or foam rubber) blocks coated with coloured vegetable dyes onto fabric to make patterns. It’s a thousand-year-old process that’s Galbraith & Paul have brought into the 21st century with their penchant for stunning patterns and pretty palette of over 80 colours.
Fern (above) is a new hand-block printed pattern for Spring 2009, and Birds Silhouette (below) is a new variation of my all-time favourite Galbraith & Paul fabric, Birds (a citrusy, multicoloured version of the same pattern â€” on linen it’s positively dreamy). Wouldn’t these make the prettiest throw pillows for the cottage?
Love the Birds Silhouette in black, too… So striking!