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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Let There Be Light!

As spring finally breaks here in the heart of Canada, the longer hours of daylight are more than just a little bit welcome.

Now, when dusk settles, we can be more welcoming of the night and the opportunity to warm our spaces with ambient light.

Be it on the patio, in the gazebo, over dinner or by the bedside, we have a number of unique and inspiring options to set a mood.

Bright Times

The mastery of laser cut patterns and shadow play are more than evident in Tord Boontje's latest creation. Bright Times is a set of four tea light holders. Flat packed so you can participate in that final design step, they pop out to present elaborately delicate and beautiful shapes which create a dazzling spectacle of shadows.

Available Here in three color variants - brushed silver, gold and the Spring collection of four hues.

Chalkboard Candle

Mine Design has introduced a playful element to ambient lighting with their Chalkboard Candle. Say "I love you" or "I'm in the mood". Draw a simple happy face or recreate a masterpiece and then light the long burning and beautifully scented soy candle. Clever, cute and captivating. Find them Here.

Cambiere Candles

Also by Mine Design, elegant Cambiere candles are housed in a nondescript glossy black vessel. When lit the warmed soy wax and flame transforms the vessel revealing a gorgeous detailed pattern. Available in our House or Here.

New Romantics Candelabra

This five armed aluminum and acrylic candelabra juxtaposes old world rococo charm with modern materials and a mirrored finish.

See it in the House or order it Here.

Liz Emtage - Summer Grasses

UK Ceramic artist Liz Emtage creates delicate vessels for use as a tea light holder or a vase. Each delicate bone china vessel is translucent with varying degrees of brightness showing through the impressions made with natural flora and fauna.

See them Here.

Ghost Candelabra

We've said it before and we'll say it again... the Ghost Candelabra is no mere specter. Imaginatively designed etched acrylic modernizes the elaborate detail of candelabras of yore.

Find it Here.

Just a Little Bit

Tin travel soy candles are designed to appear as large olde school typewriter keys and are available in two scents and two color ways - black with white lettering and white with black lettering. Currently only available in the House.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

If We Think It, Will It Come?

Spring officially began on March 20th.  Or so says the calendar.

Where, then, are the blooms and buds?  Why is there still white stuff falling from the sky?  Will it never end?

We know it has to.  Eventually.  Some day.

So, before I go on yet another rant about how depressing the weather is and how insane our forefathers must have been to settle in such a place, I am going to dive head first into the (frozen) pool and try, at the very least, to thaw our spirits.

Let us collectively think summery thoughts and perhaps, perchance, it may indeed come....

Midsummer Light, by Tord Boontje, has been in the house for some time with many people now enjoying this whimsical pendant in their homes in Winnipeg.  While I love them all, by far my favorite is the green and yellow.  It evokes a feeling of a summer day with the branches of leafy trees swaying softly in a warm breeze.  

From time to time certain colorways, as they are called, are discontinued on a product in order to make way for new ones.  Sadly, this means the green and yellow Midsummer Light will no longer be produced.  

Happily, there is still stock available and I have topped ours up for our customers who have expressed an interest in adding this delightful shade to their decor in their summer rooms and seasonal cottage homes.  

This is one purchase I will not be putting off as I have envisioned one in my screened in second level gazebo since I moved into the house in the fall.

Oh, to dig in the dirt. 
Many years ago I began my first foray into gardening.  I created a spectacular flower bed for the front of my home and had a lovely vegetable garden in a sunny corner of my back yard.  My potato growing skills were envied by neighbors who wanted to know my secret - of which I had none.  I faithfully tended those gardens, often shunning gloves to truly feel the earth between my fingers.  

My close friends would be surprised to know these things about me as the flowerbeds in my last home were a disgrace - so much so that one friend in particular dubbed my rather tallish weeds "Scottish Heather".  Every spring I started with good intentions.  It was a combination of things, I believe, which made my gardens go to ruin - lack of time and proximity to where most of my days and evenings were being spent, feeling overwhelmed by the quick resurgence of bad growth after killing myself trying to clear it, and a distinct lack of commitment.  That home never felt like "home".  It felt like a way station. 

This year I will be enjoying my yard and engaging the suggestions of my lovely and well practiced friends with the greenest of thumbs.  The Chicklet and I will be planting rows of herbs and vegetables and we will tend them together.  In the house now, and arriving soon, here are some of the new products we will be employing in our commune with urban nature...

Fresh scented Herbal-Mint Gardners hand care products by Upper Canada.

Hand Scrub, Hand Wash and Loofah Soap Bar will not only gently cleanse away the earth from your hands, they will intoxicate you with their aroma.

All About Hands Avocado scented skin care products refresh tired and dry hands beautifully.  

 Hand Wash is complemented by following up with the Hand Lotion.  For intensive care there is the Hand Mask and Night Cream.

Included in Studio Tord Boontje's new line of products (more on this soon!)...  a set of pop up tea light holders dubbed Bright Times.  

Flat packed so that you may participate in that final step of design, each unique tea light holder pops up to cast intricate shadows when in use.  When not in use they make for beautiful decor as they have a doily-like feel to them.  The Spring color collection features four brightly hued colors reminiscent of Easter eggs.  Also available in silver satin or deep gold.

When the earth finally does give way to blossoms and blooms there are a few new products in the house in which you can display your home grown cuttings....

The Dip Vase, by Robert Bronwasser, is an organic shaped collection of cylinders created by using a dipmoulding technique using soft, pliant vinyl. The interior of the cylinders is a bright hue making for a striking object of beauty on its own. With flowers it is even more phenomenal.

Vase Maker is a stroke of genius, we think.  The iconic shaped ceramic vessel perched atop a larger square tile allows you to determine the final look, for the moment, as to how you want your bloom displayed.  Any water holding container will do.  From a coffee cup to a fish bowl to a teapot.  There is no limit to the number of symbiotic relationships you can create.

A now established House product, again by Studio Tord Boontje, Puddles can't help but make you think of spring and summer.  Mirror polished stainless steel shapes add a touch of refined whimsy to any wall.

I know we recently blogged about the garden art, but how can we not include it again here?

And if this isn't enough to bring mother nature to her senses I have a few suggestions as to how to keep your mind off the white stuff beyond your window...

Buddha Board.  

The concept of Zen is living in the moment.  With the Buddha Board you simply paint on the surface with water.  Your creation is only temporary so enjoy it as you watch your bold brush strokes evaporate into nothingness.

To further engage your creative nature, and bring some luscious summery scents indoors, create a little chalkboard art with Mine Design's Chalkboard Candles.

Included with your beautifully boxed candle are three colors of chalk.  Clean burning soy wax candles offer a generous 35+ hour burn time and are presently available in three refreshing scents;  Ginger Citrus, Persian Fig and Pomegranate.  

If all else fails, come down to the House and we'll try to warm your spirits with a latte.  If you're still feeling blue we'd suggest picking out a Mozey Rue Stinker to take home to cuddle until our corner of the world finally thaws.

Stinkers are one of a kind creations, each one hand made by local artisan Mozey Rue. We presently have just over twenty little guys in the house awaiting adoption. Get your favorite before he's gone.