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

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We Are Go!

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Fox and Rook shopWhee! My new shop is up and running. Everything works. I’m afraid it’s not as well stocked as I’d like yet, but there’s been no sun around here for weeks, and I much prefer natural light for photographs. Please have a look and let me know what you think!

My Etsy shop isn’t going anywhere, but I am so excited to branch out and expand. We’ve been working at really honing the aesthetic of the shop, and choosing pieces we love, rather than what might be a good selling item. What terrible business acumen, ha ha ha! Call me soft, but I believe that if I fall in love with something, there’s someone out there who will feel just as strongly as I do about it.

Now that things are rolling in that department, I can get back to spending more time here. Huzzah!

Love it // Wind and Willow Home Wooden Spoon Set

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Wind and Willow Home Wooden Spoon SetI love cooking with a wooden spoon, but I hate the way the wood feels on my hands. It’s similar to the aversion I have to popsicle sticks. Blech! I’m pretty sure I was scarred for life when I played clarinet in Grade 7 band, and had to suck on the reeds before playing. It just gave me the creeps, and it still does. Just thinking about it sets my teeth on edge!

Thank heavens for Wind and Willow Home, and their delightful wooden spoons with rubber dipped handles. Not only are they heebie-jeebie-proof, they are also very attractive to look at! The colour choices range from muted tones to bold neons. There are bowls, planters and serving boards, all in the same style. I am rather fond of the contrast between natural materials and bright, wild colours. These would make a lovely housewarming or hostess gift, non?

Love it // Røros Tweed Blankets

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Røros Tweed BlanketsI’ve built something of a reputation, among those that know me, as a blanket person. I have a somewhat absurd collection of throws, coverlets and comforters. Heaven forbid anyone in this house should not be cozy and warm! Next on my to cuddle in until spring comes again list, are these beautiful blankets from Røros Tweed.

The history of Røros Tweed is both fascinating and heartwarming, you must read it! For decades, their blankets and pillows have been produced in Norway, from the sheep that graze in the mountains, to the artisans that craft their magnificent products.

I love the soft, geometric forms on the Lynild blanket. My heart is always drawn to grey, and I would have no trouble getting cozy under the Myrull or Skog blankets. We’ve been thinking about redesigning our bedroom in the new year, and I think I can safely say that Røros Tweed blankets will be part of the plan. The hard part will be choosing one. Or two.

Holiday Decorating // Story North

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It’s time to start thinking about decorating for the holidays! Perhaps some of you have been at it already. It can be hard to resist, but I always wait until December. That doesn’t mean I can’t start picking up a few things here and there to get me started! I’ve just had a peek at Story North, to see what sort of pretty things I might like to put up around the house. I seem to have no trouble finding many ways to spend my money there. Here are my top five holiday decorating picks from the Story North shop. Each of these beautiful items would make wonderful gifts, too! For me, especially. (subtlety is not my strong suit)

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OYOY Tippetop Candle Holder

OYOY Elf

Kahler Urbania Light Houses

Grannas Dala HorsesGrannas Dala Horses

Skandinavisk Glow Slow Candle

A Mini History Lesson: Hudson’s Bay Company

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Blacksmiths Only PleaseI’ve never really been much into Canadiana, but I seem to have a knack for locating vintage Hudson’s Bay Company wares. This knack of mine has stirred in me an interest in Canadian history that has laid quite dormant since Grade 4 Social Studies.

I’ve yet to discover vast stores of 19th century furs, or anything on that level, but I have amassed quite a collection of 20th century Hudson’s Bay wool and fur coats. When I had the opportunity to visit the original Hudson’s Bay Company fort earlier this week, I surprised myself at how excited I was. The Fort Langley National Heritage Site is the very spot where the Hudson’s Bay Company built its first trading post out here, and it eventually led to the proclamation of British Columbia as a Crown Colony of Britain in 1858.

HBC BarrelsnameplacesStore RoomBoth the servants’ residences and the main house are outfitted with antique furnishings, and more Hudson’s Bay blankets than you can imagine. If you have a heart for rustic decor, you might begin scheming up ways to move in to the place. I was starting to picture myself hiding the family inside barrels in the attic, waiting for the last employee to leave, then raiding the veggie garden and cuddling up in those HBC blankets. I’m like, really into those blankets.

HBC BlanketsHBC BlanketpotatoesThe furrier’s building was quite fascinating. I’m slightly embarrassed to say that the treasure hunter in me was making a quick tally of the value of all the furs and antique point blankets in there. Then I noticed the cameras and security devices… pah, how terribly inauthentic!

FurrierHBC BlanketsWhile the salmon and cranberries that were harvested here were sent to Alaska and California, the furs were sent to Europe. The beaver pelts were the most coveted, and if you’ve ever snuggled in to a beaver fur coat, you’ll appreciate part of the reason why. Traders needed to bring several minks, or a sizable salmon catch if they wanted a beaver pelt.

Taxidermy Beaver BearOver in the corner, they had some weaving and leather goods on display. Here I am, looking at styles that are 150 years old, and thinking about how I would go absolutely bonkers if I could have them to wear today. Alas, I had left all my pelts in the car and had nothing to trade.

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zodiacAnd thus, my love for vintage Canadian clothing was rekindled. The Bay, as we call it in the now-times, is where we go for TopShop, Proenza Schouler, and KitchenAid mixers. Much has changed in 150 years, but you can still get those classic Hudson’s Bay blankets, and modern styles inspired by the days of yore. Me, I’m partial to the old stuff.
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