We design lovers tend to enjoy wrapping our gifts as much as we prize hunting down the perfect presents, don’t we? I know I do! I think it’s a great way to hone my creativity. Here are some inspiring ideas for your gift-wrapping evenings. Have fun!Sara Wood 2. Via arielealasko’s Instagram feed 3. Via Modcloth 4. Via Jessica Nielsen 5. Via Anthropologie 6. Via DIY Studio Curated by Baba Souk!
Time for another giveaway!
I love the work of illustrator Alanna Cavanagh. With the wisp of a pen she manages to convey an entire scene or mood. Just check out this sketch she did of a woman instagramming her coffee. How many times have you seen that scene played out recently!
Alanna puts her skill to good use everywhere from tattoos for Tattly to tea towels for Hudson’s Bay to illustrations for Penguin Books, The New York Times and the list goes on. She really is one of Canada’s finest so I’m thrilled to be able to offer up one of her prints this holiday season. And since Alanna is super talented and I couldn’t decide which print was my favourite if you win you have the choice of either this Chanel No. 5 perfume bottle print.
Or this elegant green slipper chair print.
In order to enter please let me know on this post which print you would choose (Chanel #5 or Slipper Chair) and where you would hang it in your home. The giveaway starts today and ends on December 23rd. I’l announce the winner on Christmas Eve. This giveaway is open to all my readers. Yay!
Now enter away and if you haven’t entered the giveaway for the stack of Albert Zuger gold bangles there’s still time to do so!
(By the way Alanna is on instagram if you’d like to follow her.)
I promised a quick post on what I picked up on our Scandinavian trip. In all honesty, I could have spent my way through Denmark, Sweden and Iceland. So many beautiful, well designed things from fashion to textiles to ceramics to pillows. However my budget was fairly small (the trip cost us a fair penny not to mention the dinner at Noma) so I had to be fairly choosey about what I decided to bring home.
In Stockholm on the advice of a friend and reader I visited Dusty Deco a vintage store with an eclectic array of finds. The moment I saw these black metal candlesticks with their rusty patina I knew they had to be mine. Everywhere we went on our trip (and particularly in Copenhagen) we saw lighted candles from apartment windows to restaurants to stores. We got in the habit of lighting candles every night when we were away and have continued the tradition at home.
In Iceland I couldn’t resist picking up one of the wooly sheepskins. Not only are they bigger and fluffier than the sheepskins I have seen for sale in Canada but they were cheap – about $80. A great find.
My goal when travelling is always to pick up a little something that hopefully I will have for a very long time that will conjure up memories of the trip. Each object has a story to tell and their story is my story. I think I found some pretty good stories this time around.
Tis the season!
One of my most popular giveaways of all time featured the extremely talented (and equally lovely) Alanna Cavanagh. Well, I’m happy to say that next week I will be hosting another giveaway with Alanna. (YAY!!) You’ll have to check back next week to see what she is offering but in the meantime I wanted to let you know that she is having an Open House and Holiday Sale this Saturday. (With lots of new prints and artist’s proofs available at great prices!)
Worth a visit, don’t you think?
And don’t forget to enter my current giveaway with Albert Zuger. I think his work is pretty amazing but I’m not the only one. Lucky Magazine, Refinery 29, Trendhunter, Flare Magazine and even the gorgeous actress Olivia Wilde have all sported his pieces.