March, 2009

To the cottage, a merrily we will go.

March 18th, 2009

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circa 1974

Yesterday we headed up north, about 1.5 hours drive to Georgian Bay, to check on the cottage, take some photos of all the furniture that we plan on selling and to take measurements. This summer we have BIG plans… Read the rest of this entry »

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Norwegian Wood: Ella’s Kitchen Company

March 17th, 2009

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It is never a good sign when your plastic kitchen tongs start melting while in the middle of cooking dinner. So in an effort to stop using plastic while cooking hot meals we decided to invest in all wooden kitchen utensils.

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These are the ones we decided on, we loved the simple aesthetic, painted white handles and the light beech wood. the set was on sale for £8, so we purchased 2! Read the rest of this entry »

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Store Watch: Rogue Gallery [CLOSED]

March 16th, 2009

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******Please note we are sorry to report that Martin has closed Rogue Gallery to take some much needed time to rest and recuperate.

We’ve been holding off on this one for quite awhile because we were waiting for Martin’s questionnaire. We have a feeling Martin is not so much the computery type so we’re going ahead without them. As such, these photos are a tad on the older side and much product has moved along–but in the least, you can get a gist for the amazing stuff that you can find at Rogue Gallery. We generally cannot leave this place without something. I think this has to do with the fact that a lot of his product is under $100 (generally, most things we tend to look at seem to fall between $25 and $90). The hardest part is deciding which piece you want to take away with you. Trust me, it’s painful. We’ve had a few regrets already…one of which was a Quistgaard peppermill, however I think John has recovered since acquiring two peppermills soon after the initial ordeal.

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Case in point: Bottom left corner of this photo–we left with the glass cake tray and the black cast iron Copco pot. We managed to hold off on the Cathrineholm ice bucket (insert pat on the back here). Read the rest of this entry »

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Craigslist find!

March 14th, 2009

We’re back from Florida but exhausted (the house is a disaster zone, the cats need some attention, John is at work and I want a nap already). So here is a cool find from Craigslist. These chairs (there are 6 of them, for $35 each) are by prolific British designer Robin Day. Similar to other utilitarian chairs of the time, they would be great around an informal dining table or on an outdoor patio (they are stackable so you can easily tuck them away). I love the pop of green, for you adventuress types…

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Click the picture to go to the original link (for however long it’s still there for).

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Sightseeing in Naples (Florida, that is)!

March 13th, 2009

Local architecture! If it looks like a drive by-photograph, it probably is. Despite the fact that 90 year old people are out here driving, the roads are all like crazy mini-highways and stopping is impossible. Miami is really where we should be for architecture, but beggars can’t be choosers and besides, the Gulf side has all the good weather. So there.

Most of the architecture is pseudo Mexican or something colourful, but we like the older white buildings.

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The Naples Daily News Read the rest of this entry »

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Gone Fishin’

March 12th, 2009

Ok, we must confess, we are in Florida right now, soaking in some sunshine, chlorinated pool water and plates of food that are way beyond our sustenance needs. Lucky for you, we are not beachy types (in two visits John has yet to see the Naples beach/pier – the plan is tomorrow), and have thus been spending our time checking out the local thrift and antique stores.

But first, a healthy start to our day. Just around the corner from the condo is Mel’s Diner.

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That meat paddy is a sausage. Shudder. I once accidentally ordered grits with my breakfast thinking they are fried potatoes. They are not.

After breakfast, I spent a good 45 minutes plotting out our path, only for us to become exhausted by our first stop–the aptly named Treasure Island, an antique market with individual booths and varied wares.

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There is tons of Fiesta ware in Florida. Makes sense, since Floridians love pastel colours (today I saw a gas main painted pink). Read the rest of this entry »

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