April 27, 2012 § 1 Comment
So, it happened again, I stumbled upon another one of my dream shops.
Penny & Co is tucked away in little Whitby Ontario….road trip anyone?
From re-apolstering vintage sofas to painting lamp shades, owner Michael Penny sure knows how to dig up lost treasures and give them the attention they deserve. Until we open our own vintage workshop, we will continue to gawk and live vicariously through these brilliantly bold souls who take the leap and open their dream shops.
Robyn – we’ve got some planning to do sister. xo
March 9, 2012 § Leave a comment
Ingo Maurer is one of my heroes. Creatively speaking, his lights are imaginitive and breathtaking. They are light and airy, artsy and dream like. His designs are similar to the sketches I jot down and immediately think, “that would never work!” But his genius lies deep in the ability to take his concepts from the idea stage to the production line. He brings visualizations to fruition.
Featuring goose feathers and simple copper wire, this soft piece became an instant favourite of mine. In the house that I will someday own, this will be featured in my little powder room. Sitting quietly on my makeup counter, as I prepare to take my day aflight.
I’m thankful to be inspired by this man’s creative genius.
March 8, 2012 § Leave a comment
A fresh cup of coffee, this song – Ray Lamontagne, and the discovery of these birch bark pendants…Pretty solid morning.
Grab your calendars and find a free Sunday afternoon to bury yourself in this easy little project.
- good tunes
- twine or fishing line
- utility knife
- leather punch
- 60 watt lightbulbs
- 14 gauge electrical wire and sockets or pendant lamp kits (available at local hardware stores or at Ikea)
For the full How-To, visit our good friend Ruffled.
March 7, 2012 § Leave a comment
Wine, chairs, creative flairs – my kind of Tuesday.
Last night I joined the Humber College Industrial Design students for their 12th annual INSITU Chair Show at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. As part of an in-class assignment, students were challenged to create the ‘ideal’ cafe chair, searching notable Toronto neighbourhoods for inspiration.
The ‘Singularis’ stole my heart. Thank you to designers Wendy Pham, Katya Kiss and Borys Chylinski for their originality and artistic use of material.
The art of designing a chair…
Create things. It just feels good.
February 23, 2012 § Leave a comment
As if being born in New York during the 60s isn’t rad enough. Lindsey Adelman’s designs are bright and naked enough to make any lighting designer wonder how she got so cool. I am personally inspired by her ability to make industrial scraps look flawlessly beautiful. Marrying raw functionality with organic form has proved successful once again.
I hope to apply this delicate craftsmanship to my own projects one day…soon.