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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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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Take Me Home // Lund Apartment

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lvardagsrum.jpg_Thumbnail3I spend a fair bit of time looking at real estate. It’s not like we’re in the market or anything, I just like to see what’s out there. And I do mean out there. I harbour wild dreams of uprooting the family and going to live somewhere else for a year or two. It’s definitely something we think about more and more, so it’s fun to go looking for places to live in the event that we take the plunge.

Needless to say, I stumble across some pretty wonderful homes. I’m not looking for brand new, luxurious pads, but for character, charm and light. I can’t tell you how often I bemoan the lack of interesting architecture, historical buildings and personality ’round these parts. There are exceptions of course, but they are rare.

When I find a place like this one in Lund, Sweden, I just have to share! So much natural light through all those windows. I love that they have meshed the old style with the new. The beautiful old kakelugnen make me swoon, and it’s always fun to play spot the Ikea to remind yourself that great style at home doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

lvardagsrum2.jpg_Thumbnail3 sallskapsrum.jpg_Thumbnail3I really like that wicker furniture, which surprises me… but I think it lends a natural and light-hearted air to the room, especially in combination with the whimsical Ikea Makros lamp and the stunning kakelugn.

kakelugn.jpg_Thumbnail3 lkok.jpg_Thumbnail3Why can’t my kitchen window come down so low? In fact, why can’t all of our windows be so large and grand? Here we are in one of the rainiest, greyest places in the world, you think that we’d want enormous windows to let any tiny ray of light in. I love the painted white floor in this kitchen, and the tiled walls would be so easy to keep clean. Imagine it!

lbad.jpg_Thumbnail3 utsiktenALT2.jpg_Thumbnail3 lbalkong3.jpg_Thumbnail3I can see it now! Breakfast out on the deck, surveying all the other amazing old buildings from my perch. Ahhhhh! Quite a contrast to the view I have now of the kid spitting at the bus stop. Sigh!

The best part? It’s for sale!

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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 // Stendig Calendar

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Stendig CalendarI’m one of those people who always thinks it’s Wednesday when it’s only Tuesday. I often think a week has passed, when really it’s been a month. I’m not totally stupid, so I think the problem lies in the fact that I don’t have an enormous calendar to consult each day. The Stendig Calendar is an annual favourite, and sells out quite quickly. Though, it appears that its rising popularity has allowed for it to become more readily available. Good news for those of us who have an enormous wall space to fill.

I love the simple black and white. At 3 x 4 feet, it’s absolutely massive. There’s no way I wouldn’t be able to tell you what day it is. The pages tear off neatly when you’re done, so you can use the sheets for wrapping paper, fun projects, a windshield shade, drawer liner, paper hat… or whatever other ridiculous ideas you can come up with.

It’s a calendar. It’s a work of art. It’s the Stendig!

Love it // Coloured Pencils with Brass Holder

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Coloured Pencils with Brass HolderI am forever buying myself coloured pencils. I make loud declarations of ownership. I declare war on any who will “borrow” my pencils without asking first. I leave no doubt that using my coloured pencils without my expressed permission, will result in horrific consequences. And yet, I’ve only managed to keep a full set in working order for about a week.

Seriously.

So, when my artsy, pencil-stealing, property-disrespecting commie of a kid learns to leave my stuff alone, I’d love to have this beautiful brass holder filled with colourful pencils. How it gleams! How it glistens! All pencils intact and fully sharpened. No gaps, where the pink and purple pencils are missing (the first sign that someone’s been nicking my pencils) and no pipe cleaners or other miscellaneous craft supplies jammed in there. That, my friends, is a dream for me. I don’t ask for much, really.