52 objects - no. 22

Object number 22, an African Senufo stool, is a fairly new purchase for me but something I have coveted for a very long time. I've seen them featured in many interiors I love but there is one photograph in particular that is stuck in my mind. It is of a leather chair, a teak dresser and one of these stools topped with a small brown pillow. I believe the home belongs to or belonged (this was some time ago!) to Linda O'Keeffe, a former editor of Metropolitan Home. It was a small but stunning Manhattan apartment. Do you know the interior I am talking about? I will look around and see if I can find some photos to show you tomorrow. For now, enjoy object number 22.



the friday files

Alright, before we get started I need to inform you of a little blogging upkeep that is happening. This weekend I am migrating my blog to another server which means things might seem a little weird over here. I've been told that comments might get lost or not appear and that my email address might not work. If you have any problems please bear with me, by Monday morning I should be up and running again. If you'd like to get hold of me directly you can use this email address. I'm hoping this will be as quick and painless as possible. Speaking of quick and painless, that's not exactly how my week turned out. That little tooth problem I had turned into a root canal (not fun) and if you follow me on facebook you'll also know that our furnace broke down on one of the coldest days of the year. Thanks to everyone who sent along the names of furnace repair people. By 8 pm, we had heat again and only a $200 bill! (I was expecting much worse). If you find yourself without heat or in need of some extra warmth you might want to check out these beautiful sweaters made by a Canadian brother and sister team. Thanks Bess for posting about them. What a great find!

The other thing that caught my eye this week was this blog, Reading My Tea Leaves. Erin's beautiful photography and original posts are a joy to read. Since 2009, Erin has been documenting her life in objects with a series of posts called my week in objects. These posts are really resonating with me right now as I embark on my own year long quest to explore my life through objects.

To send you off for the weekend here are a few images from local Toronto photographer Ashley Tonner. If you loved food stylist Claire Stubb's place in the February 2011 issue of House & Home you'll want to take a look at these. There are a few shots here of her house that didn't make it into the magazine. (EDIT: House and Home has requested that the unpublished images be removed from the blog.) Still lots to enjoy!

fifty-two objects - no. 3

Here is the third installment of my project to document 52 objects in my home this year. Do you ever find yourself picking up rocks and other things from nature to bring home with you? Is there a purpose or reason behind what you collect? I'm not entirely sure why I do it. If you have any thoughts I would love to hear them.