Victorinox paring and steak knives, $6.90-$9 each; Swiss Army.
Nothing says summer like bright colours and a good ol’ BBQ! Enjoy the beautiful weather with friends and family by firing up the grill, setting the table with vibrant colours, and digging in! The Victorinox knife set is the Swiss Army of knives (literally) and brings fantastic pops of yellow, pink, green, and orange to the table. With durable stainless steel blades, the paring and steak knives are perfect for enjoying delicious outdoor dining – on the patio, at the cottage or at a picnic.
What’s your favourite summer colour?
As a lover of all things vintage-mod, I’ve always had a soft spot for the arc-style floor lamp. There’s just something so simple, yet glamourous about the lamp’s sweeping curved form. It’s incredibly classic and instantly commands attention in a room.
Whether taking up post next to its’ typical companion – the sofa – or put to less conventional, but equally fabulous, use illuminating a bed or dining table, the arc-style lamp is sure to heat up your decor!
Swap out all-too-expected bedside table lamps with one of these beauties, like I did in my Master Bedroom (shown above). Arc-style Floor Lamp, HomeSense – $129.99 CDN
A floor lamp arched over a petite table creates a cute n’ cozy breakfast nook worthy of the best Cup O’ Jo in town. Overarching Floor Lamp, West Elm, polished nickel base and arm, natural linen shade – $249.00 USD
Cut your art budget down by selecting a stylish arc-style lamp, which can double as sculpture! Meryl Floor Lamp, Crate and Barrel, grey marble and steel with satin nickel finish, cotton blend shade with diffuser – $349.95 CDN
Amy Walters is a Winnipeg-based design enthusiast and blogger. For more design inspiration from Amy, check out her blog aDESIGNdock.
If you’ve ever been on etsy.com, you must go now, but make sure you have a couple hours to spare because it’s easy to lose track of time on there. Etsy is a cyber flea market, offering a forum to buy and sell handmade goods across 150 countries. You’re pretty much guaranteed to find anything and everything you’re looking for – clothing, jewellery, stationery, beauty products, linens, bath products, furniture, and home décor.
For those who may be a little wary of online shopping or just love handmade goods, head to West Elm in Toronto’s Liberty Village this Saturday, June 4th, 2011 for the “WE Heart Handmade Art” event! Anabela Carneiro, owner of the Fieldguided Etsy shop and curator for this event, has gathered 14 other local Etsy designers for an afternoon of shopping, refreshments and tunes. This event celebrates Etsy’s mission to “buy, sell and live handmade art”, a credo West Elm has been supporting through these events, as well as their catalogue and website.
Tote bags by Anabela Carneiro, owner of Fieldguided. Photography of white tote by Hannah Hayes.
The shopping starts at 1pm and goes until 6pm with drinks, snacks and a DJ to keep you energized. To RSVP, simply go to facebook.com/westelm and click on “Events”. To check out all of West Elm’s favourite Etsy artists, go to www.etsy.com/people/westelm.
West Elm at 109 Atlantic Avenue (Liberty Village), Toronto
1pm – 6pm
Do you have a favourite Etsy artist you’d like to see at the event?
I am not normally drawn to chintz, but lately I have been unable to resist the bold appeal of a certain vibrant floral courtesy of Designer’s Guild.
Orangerie’s painterly mélange of blooms including red tulips. pink and yellow roses, bold bits of blue wildflowers and even green grapes has me totally smitten for the retro print.
And it’s not only me who is fainting over the gorgeous motif. Orangerie was the pick of Nick Olsen when it came to interpreting his ideal Louis Chair for TRAD Home
And even Martha got in on the action in a recent issue when the wallpaper version was used as a collective mat for a grouping of photographs.
A toss cushion would be the easiest way to inject the fabulous floral trend into your home, so if you want to try it out in your own space, try the Fringed Botanicals Pillow, $198 from Anthropologie, which has a similar feel with an added boho twist of tufted fringe and black and white illustrations added to the technicolour mix.
You can also find Orangerie in the actual flesh courtesy of this Designers Guild cushion from 1212 on Yonge St in Toronto for $250.
When it comes to home decor, some may not think about beautiful books as decor accessories. Let the books speak for themselves by simply displaying them on a table. They say never judge a book by its cover, but I’m just a sucker for a beautifully designed book jacket – who can deny love at first sight? Having said that, though I’ve fallen in lust with these books, I’m excited to give them to someone who will appreciate them as I do.
To enter, simply comment below with your best design tip and I will choose the best one. The style-savvy winner gets both books!
Here’s what you’re winning:
Living Traditions: Interiors by Matthew Patrick Smyth (Random House, 2011, $60).
Get an up-close look at Matthew Patrick Smyth’s aesthetic in this collection of his interior design work. Throughout the generously sized pages of perfectly styled photos, Smyth also includes his own tips and rules, particularly for overcoming the challenges of uniquely shaped layouts. In just one book you’ll be introduced to a multitude of styles and spaces in over 200 pages. Uh, yes please!
Interior Visions (Random House, 2011. $60)
Mona Hajj is renowned for her distinctive, yet harmonious use of architecture, colour, lighting, and furnishings. Her work marries classical style with contemporary influences as the book takes you through her design across the United States and into Europe. This book is inspiration just waiting to happen.
*Contest closes June 30th, 2011 at 11:59pm EST. 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.
Update: Congratulations to our winner Susan. And thanks to everyone for entering!
When I stopped by my condo to check on the progress of my bathroom renovation on Friday, I was very pleasantly surprised! Things are moving quickly and the work should be done soon. Unfortunately, the marble for the ledge in the shower is still a big ol’ question mark. I haven’t heard an update yet as to when they’ll be able to find the piece they need. I hope it’s not two weeks as I was originally told. I can’t go two weeks without a working shower!
So, here’s how things are looking:
The ledge has been tiled and looks great! Now, just to find that piece of marble for the top. I wondered why we couldn’t just continue the subway tile along the top but once it was explained to me, it made perfect sense. If you tile and grout the top and water sits on that ledge, it will eat away at the grout. So a solid piece of marble to match the floor is a much better solution. Ah! Makes perfect sense.
At this point in the renovation, this is the picture that thrills me most! Here you can see the new tub, tile and polished marble flooring, all from Home Depot. My old bathroom had tile baseboards (ew!) but the new baseboards and painted walls look fantastic. Out of hundreds of paint colours to choose from, I settled on Elusive Blue (D51-1) from Olympic Paints and I’m thrilled with the results. It looks a bit bluer here than it does in person. It’s actually a bit lighter and really picks up on the grey in the floor tile.
Today, the toilet, vanity, medicine cabinet and mirror should be going into place. I’ll provide an update tomorrow!