January, 2009

Around the house: Entryway

January 19th, 2009

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The entrance way

To start, our front entrance way is a work in progress. The wish list includes:

~ a new window covering – our current “look” is a half sewn piece of fabric that hangs half-heartedly off of a cheap spray painted rod. It has also been shredded by Grover, who nightly warns us of an intruder, of the feline persuasion, on our porch. Incidentally, this cat is black & white just like Grover, so for the longest time we thought Grover was having an identity crisis, freaking out over his own reflection. Another note of interest to this story is that I had to get four rabies shots due to my concern for said kitty. Moral of the story is don’t pet random cats. But I digress. We were so close to using frosting but crazily enough they don’t make door size sheets of it. So if you have any ideas on covering a door sized window, send them our way.

~ door mat and a runner of some sort would be nice to anchor the space as the entrance basically opens immediately onto our living room.

~ maybe maybe a new light fixture, though the one we have now–a traditional hurricane lamp–suits the space just fine. Also, John just noted, it seems to cast a bizarre human skeleton/x-ray shadow when it’s on.

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Craigslist find!

January 18th, 2009

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Liz sent us the link to this vintage scandinavian dining set (walnut)
going for only $195.00! The table has two extensions which stretch the length of the table from 4′ to 6′  these are going to go quick.
click the picture for the link to the Craigslist posting

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Space: Lisa Canning

January 18th, 2009

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Who are you?
I’m a Toronto based Interior Decorator. I pride myself in knowing my clients well and translating their unique personalities into their spaces – on any budget!

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Kitka’s Emergency Kit

January 17th, 2009

The other day, a large portion of downtown Toronto was plunged into darkness for about 24 hours. We were blissfully unaware of the situation as we were thankfully in a pocket that had electricity. But it still got us thinking about how unprepared we are in an emergency situation. Juli has valiantly declared on numerous occasions that we should put together a kit of some sort but every time we get to Canadian Tire, we flake out and get lazy. But THIS time we mean it. No more funny business.

Oh and before we start, our new friend to Kitka Yourhome.ca editor Jennifer Wilson-Speedy also has some great tips in her article Time to Shop for an emergency kit? because quite frankly, you can never be too prepared. And don’t forget to click on the link to her power outage primer which covers a lot of things we didn’t (because apparently we are too busy looking for stylish first aid kits from DWR or something).


First Aid Kit

This first aid kit includes: first aid instructions, 16 bandage strips (1” x 3”), an elastic bandage (6”), six safety pins, two bandage gauzes (2” x 4.1 yards), a first aid cream package, a triple antibiotic package, two sterile sponges (4” x 4”), an instant ice pack, a roll of adhesive tape, a pair of scissors, an eye pad, a pair of tweezers, four alcohol wipes, two iodine wipes, four antiseptic wipes, four clean wipes, a pair latex examination gloves, hand soap, a pill bottle and four pain relievers. Made in U.S.A.
$30.00  available from DWR

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Ebay Find!

January 16th, 2009

Congo Ice Bucket (Teak, 1955)

In recent months, Jens H Quistgaard has quickly risen to become one of my favorite designers. Last week one of his most famous designs, the “Congo Ice Bucket”, came up for sale on Ebay–not a rare occurrence–but this one caught my eye. The “buy it now” price was a fair $120. Unfortunately I could not come up with a valid reason for spending $120 for an ice bucket, especially considering the decades of water damage seen in the poor quality photos the seller managed to post. He obviously just got it from an estate sale and was looking for a quick sell, so I made a low ball offer of 50 bucks, and he actually accepted it. My faith in Ebay is restored!
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The teak ice bucket was inspired by the hulls of viking ships.

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Quistgaard revived an old method of barrel-making for his teak ice buckets, and in the process rescued a barrel-making factory in Jutland from going out of business.

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What I think sold me on this ice bucket was that I believe it’s one of the earliest versions that was made. It’s marked made in “Danmark” as oppose to “Denmark”, labeled “staved teak”, the IHQ signature instead of the JHQ and it sports an early version of the Dansk “Ducks” logo. (The ice bucket wasn’t yet tailored to the American market). The bucket itself is the larger sized version of the ice bucket standing 19″ tall, I’ve read these taller ice buckets are much harder to find.

The bucket arrived last night in a pretty sad state, but armed with my teak oil, steel wool, and paper towels I think I managed to bring it back to life.

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Who’s in my cupboard?

January 15th, 2009

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So it finally happened. WE have run out of room for the collections and miscellaney that fills our home. John cleverly placed these two figurines in our (messy) baking cupboard, which makes it kind of fun opening up an otherwise ordinary kitchen space.

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