Love it // Louise Roe Copper Tea Light Holder

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Photo courtesy of Press LoftTwo things I’m good at: lighting things on fire and finding pretty trinkets and baubles. Highly appropriate then, that I should stumble across these beautiful candle holders. I’ve been fancying them everywhere in the house. The all white bathroom… the bedside tables… on the deck this summer… how many is too many?

I’ll admit, historically, I’ve been adverse to tea light holders. When I think of tea lights, I am whisked back in time to that first basement apartment in the summer of 1997. The roommate who played Sarah McLachlan and Portishead songs all the time, the dot matrix printer (which was archaic even then) that ruined all my university papers, the ubiquitous ugly tea light holders… not good memories. And yet, here I find myself falling in love with Louise Roe’s copper tea light holders. It’s like I have a new lease on life!

I love modern designs made in classic, old world materials. The way I decorate my home, the clothes in my closet, everything is a juxtaposition between the old and the new. I love vintage, and yet I’m so attracted to the sleek and new. These candle holders satisfy both of those leanings. For those of you who prefer a cooler tone, they have a gunmetal version too. Simply gorgeous!

Available at Skandivis

Love it // IKEA Kullar Flask

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The week before last, I popped into Ikea to look for stuff for my daughter’s 6th birthday party. It’s really hard for me to walk through the Marketplace without overdoing it. Have you seen those really cute Chinese New Year inspired dishes? Gah! Anyway, I have been desperate for a travel mug/flask forever. We have a number of plastic ones that my husband has collected over time, but I can’t stand drinking coffee out of a plastic cup. It ruins the taste, and it gives me the creeps. Ceramic mugs never keep my drinks warm long enough. I just have such struggles!

I spotted the Kullar flask immediately upon entering the mugs and flasks area. The colours are awesome. Kind of a robin’s egg/milk glass blue, with a nice red lid. For $9, I was willing to risk that it may not keep my drink warm long enough, because look at it! It looks like a perfectly preserved vintage flask, and it’s stainless steel inside. No plastic leeching weirdness.

When put to the test, the Kullar flask outdid itself.

I had tickets to see Ane Brun and Linnea Olsson last week. I was feeling under the weather, but there was no way I would miss the show!

At 5:30pm I chopped up some ginger and threw it into the flask with lemon juice and freshly boiled water, and put the lid on it. At 6:30, I left the house, got into the car, and tried to take a sip of my drink. Yowch! Too hot.

I got into Vancouver and decided to leave the flask in my car while we were at the show. After all, a cool ginger drink would be lovely on the drive home. I didn’t get back to my car until 1:30, and the drink was still hot. Piping hot!

That’s right ladies and gentlemen. The Kullar flask from Ikea is not just a good looking vessel. It also keeps your beverage hot for upwards of eight hours. I would imagine it has the same power with cold drinks, but I have yet to test that. Maybe when the snow thaws.

Love it // Maarit Mattanen Koivu Birch Vase

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From finelittleday.com

It’s no secret that I like to buy myself flowers. Every Friday I bring home a bouquet to brighten things up a bit. Occasionally, I’ll find some pretty branches out in the yard and display them inside. I can’t wait for the quince to bloom!

I sometimes end up with more flowers and foliage than I know what to do with. I’m short on vases, so I’ve been looking for some new additions. This beautiful handmade vase by Maarit Mattanen has caught my eye and won my heart! I love birch trees, and this ceramic vase captures the look of birch bark so beautifully. The neutral palette makes it easy to work into any room. Each piece is slightly unique. A special treasure all your own!

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Love it // Mika Tolvanen Restore Basket

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Phot from muuto.comJanuary is a weird month. After all the madness and excitement of December, the new year always feels strange, empty, yet full of promise. I’ve been doing Apartment Therapy’s January Cure, a manageable program for getting the year off to a good start with a clean, un-cluttered home. It feels so wonderful to get things in order. The house is extra clean, seems to stay tidy, and I might finally get around the replacing that baseboards that I tore off last April.

Now that I’m halfway through the Cure, I realize that we could really use more ways to store things in an organized way. I have been rather ruthless in getting rid of things that merely take up space, but the bedrooms, the bathroom and especially the living room are in need of functional yet attractive storage.

Enter: Mika Tolvanen’s Restore Basket. It’s polymer felt, made from recycled PET bottles. It’s got a lovely form, and it comes in many colours. I think these would be perfect for housing things like books, my pile of sewing, slippers, blankets… I could go on! The baskets are so attractive in their own right, they look great without being intrusive. Visit Muuto for a vendor near you.

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Love it // Vintage Teak Nutcracker

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Fox and Rook / Danish Teak NutcrackerI am rather smitten with this adorable nutcracker. He’s got real fur hair and lovely big eyes! Winter is the perfect season for sitting around the fire and cracking open a nice big bowl of nuts. Why not enlist this little troll to help you?

This particular little fellow was made in Japan, of Danish teak. He’s a bit more work, but a lot more fun than one of those stuffy old nutcracker soldiers. And guess what? He’s available for sale in the new Fox and Rook shop!

We are slowly, yet steadily adding stock to the new shop. Vintage clothing and accessories for women, men and kids! Vintage housewares, décor, and carefully selected handmade goods. It has been such a joy gathering stock for the shop, and I am really looking forward to watching it grow as we fill it up. It looks rather sparse at the moment, but it won’t for long.

 

Love it // Cape Dorset Prints

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Dorset Fine ArtsThe other day, we did a family trip to see Santa, and on our way through the mall we had to pass the calendar nightmare. You know those enormous kiosks they set up with calendars for the coming year? I avoid them like the plague, lest I get suckered into staring at pictures of Downton Abbey or Welsh Terriers** for the next 12 months.

Well, I did my best to avert my gaze, but there was this calendar on the top shelf that caught my eye. The designs were really beautiful, and the story behind the artists was so fascinating:

About 1,200 miles north of Toronto, the community of Cape Dorset is home to a multigenerational community of gifted graphic artists. Their cooperatively owned printmaking studios have been in continuous operation since 1959, producing unique, captivating, and powerful images. Twelve of these exciting Inuit prints adorn this calendar’s colorful pages. – From the calendar’s description.

And so began my new found fascination with the Cape Dorset art co-op, and their stunning works. There are many sources online that can guide you through the history of this remote and beautiful place. I am about to get into it myself. Bright moon, cup of tea… time to cozy up and read.

 

**Just to be clear, I absolutely love Downton Abbey and Welsh Terriers. I just don’t want their calendars. You know I want this one!

Love it // Loison Panettone

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Loison PanettoneEvery winter, I indulge in several billion calories worth of Loison panettone. I call it, “putting on my winter coat.” There is panettone, and then there is Loison. The crumb, the texture, the flavour… it’s all so good. There are so many to choose from, and I have probably tried them all. (Yeah, I have no self-control, clearly.)

The lovely folks at the Italian deli down the street from me brings them in at Christmas and Easter, and I get so excited to see the pretty boxes lining the shelves. Beautifully wrapped in pretty paper, ribbon, and a wax seal, the packaging is a treat in itself!

Panettone is a Christmas morning necessity at our house. Mmmm… I can taste it now. Panettone and hot coffee, made with a bit of cinnamon. A morning nibble while we share gifts and wait for brunch!

What are your holiday food must-haves?