April, 2009

Questions and Answers #2

April 26th, 2009


Laura sent us this photo of a beautiful find she recently picked up on Queen St West. She thought it was a buffalo, we think it’s a bull. We’re both wondering if anyone has seen anything like it…it’s got such a modern aesthetic…we know we’ve seen it before, but where?!?

If you have any ideas, let us know in the comments below!

Great find Laura!

Photo by: Laura Mestre

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Ebay Find! Michael Lax Sugar Bowl

April 24th, 2009



What a find! Michael Lax is one of my favorite designers, he’s the Quistgaard of America. I’ll jump at any chance to own any of his Iroquois Primaries Ceramics, or his work for Raymor Capri. This specific piece was designed in 1968,  just in time to bring some space age inspired design to the American market. What is unique about Lax’s design was that he chose the classic medium of ceramics instead of the newly popular use of plastics.

The Iroquois Primaries line was inspired by the tension between white and black, so this guy would have originally been available with a tall black creamer. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled, since they’re so hard to come by!

– John –

Photos by: Juli Daoust

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We’re Watching: Furni

April 23rd, 2009

We’re watching Montreal based design duo Furni.

Devin Barrette and Mike Giles, the names behind design company “Furni”, are nothing short of design super heroes. Instead of wearing spandex outfits while keeping Montreal’s streets safe at night, they’re rescuing us from boring disposable big box garbage. Starting as a custom furniture firm, they’re now exploring their own creativity, designing new familiar products with an unconventional twist.


Alba Clock, $88 (from the Furni Online store), featuring hand made solid wood casing, white acrylic face w/faux speaker pattern & old-school red LED clock w/alarm functions.


Hulger Pappa Phone, $300. Finally, a cool looking Skype phone. Made from solid walnut and brass.


Templeton Magazine Rack, $98.00. A limited run design collaboration with Beautiful Decay Magazine, made from 5/8” Russian plywood and bent white acrylic with etched logo. brigade

Brigade, $78. Porcelain cups with walnut veneered carrying tray.


Wolfie, $52. Black enamel wolf head, with solid beech wall plaque.


Emily, $148. “Show us your skills” competition winner. Brushed aluminum casing, 5/8” walnut wood & old-school red LED clock w/alarm functions.

It would’ve been really easy for Furni to manufacture all of their products overseas like everyone else, but they have a very different approach. “We’re still very hands on, from picking the rough lumber all the way to staining, finishing, boxing and shipping the final product. We are just a two man operation, but proud of the flexibility and control it gives us over the end product. If you guys keep on buying we will keep on creating!”

Now didn’t I say they were Super Heroes?

– John –

Photos via Furni

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Green Living Show: This Weekend!

April 22nd, 2009


The Green Living Show is this weekend!

It’s our first time attending the Green Living Show so we don’t really know what to expect. All we know is that we try hard to make good choices and invest in eco solutions, so it’ll be great seeing the new selection of products and resources available in one space. We’re looking forward to reporting on some of the most interesting technologies that we come across, as well as discovering eco-solutions for our cottage reno. But if you’re interested in making eco choices for your own home and lifestyle (cosmetics, food, clothing, automotive etc), you should definitely head on down to the Direct Energy Centre this weekend!

green living show

Photo: Tom Sandler


The Green Living Show is being held in Hall A, Hall B, and Heritage Court of the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place from Friday, April 24 to Sunday, April 26, 2009.


Friday, April 24            10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 25        10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 26        10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Online and mobile – Admission is $10.50 for adults; $8.00 for students and seniors (with valid ID); free for children 12 and under; $18.00 for a two-day pass; $27.00 for a three-day pass.
At the door – Admission is $12.00 for adults; $9.00 for students and seniors (with valid ID); free for children 12 and under; $20.00 for a two-day pass; $30.00 for a three-day pass.

Visit www.greenlivingonline.com for more information on exhibitors, lectures and attractions!

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Please help us welcome…

April 22nd, 2009


The new addition to the family… Read the rest of this entry »

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Cottage Reno: IKEA Kitchen Round 2

April 21st, 2009

As promised last week, we’ve been playing around with the ever-so-fun IKEA paper cut outs. And guess what, brainstorming is a good idea! Originally we were thinking of having sparse cabinetry on one side and then an extra counter and cabinetry where the breakfast bar currently is (see plan #2 below, aerial view).


But that was before we removed the breakfast bar and realized how spacious the kitchen is without it.






One huge problem with the original configuration is that there is not enough walking space – a problem that is solved if the kitchen is a single line instead of a galley.

So here is the plan-du-jour:


Sketch by John

1. IKEA DOMSJÖ – a single large ceramic sink, $249. We like it because it’s kind of farm-house/cottagey styled and it’s nice and deep, which will be a great change from the miniature sink we currently attempt to wash dishes in. We also like the white ceramic for the cottage versus the more industrial stainless steel. [image via Ikea]


2. Under-counter fridge: This one has been a bit of a wild ride so far. Expensive – you know if you can’t find a price online, it’s probably out of your price range! Read the rest of this entry »

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