karibou love

Last week, Lise over at Velvet featured The Marion House Book on her blog. She was overly kind and generous with her words and photos. I think she managed to put all the pictures of The Marion House in one post! Something, I have never done. Thank you, Lise. If you live in Canada (or elsewhere, but especially Canada), you will want to check out Lise and Carole's online store, Modern Karibou. They carry an amazing selection of home and design products. They also strive to celebrate Canadian talent like Gus*Modern, FLUF, and AGE design .

If you're like me, you have probably lusted over products you see for sale in online stores in the United States but you hate to pay the high shipping and custom costs. Luckily, their store is Canadian owned and operated so you can finally purchase your products without having to wait for weeks while it clears customs.

Below are some of my favorite products from their store...

HiLo Chair from AGE design. Harry has this chair and it is awesome. It has two positions; high and low. When we eat in the kitchen we use the high position and when we eat in the dining room we use the low, under the table position. It is also really easy to clean. Designed in Canada.

Marimekko wallpaper. This wallpaper would look great above the chair rail in our hallway or in our kitchen.

DwellStudio sheets. We have these tailored Chinoiserie pillows in our bedroom. I love this pattern.

Gus*Modern rocking chair. Doesn't this look comfortable, maybe for the next baby! Designed in Canada.

Area Bedding - Harry blanket. I'm partial to the name, of course, but I also love blankets. This would be a nice one to add to my collection.

cast your vote - dining chairs

I've been thinking recently of updating four of our dining room chairs. The ones we have at the moment are Thonet knock-offs with white vinyl seats that we purchased five years ago. They look nice but truth be told they are starting to get a bit rickety. In fact, one of them has been repaired so many times that the screws that hold it together are now stripped. If anyone has purchased dining room chairs you know the bill quickly escalates. A $250 chair translates to over $1000 in purchases when you have to buy multiples. It was cost that forced us to buy knock-offs the first time around. This time I'd like to spend my money on either vintage or licensed original chairs. While it may cost a bit more money initially, I think the investment pays off. Here are some pictures of the dining room as it looks today. The credenza, which I designed, is made of solid white oak as is the table. The painting is predominantly black and has a huge presence in the room. I'd like to also change the light fixture as it is blocking the sight lines of the painting but I'll save that for another post!

And here are the candidates for the new chairs. Let me know what you think.

The Eames Shell Chair in black with dowel legs. From Design Within Reach, $399

Or the Eames wire chairs with or without their bikinis. Vintage from Retro Modern Decor Store.

Or a selection of the two as seen in Frédéric Mechiche's 1712 house via the fabulous Door Sixteen

I could buy vintage Thonet Chairs as seen here in Remodelista editor Julie Carlson's house.

Or I could purchase vintage or new Marais chairs. Available from Design Within Reach for $250

Don't they look great here!

And here. Both pictures via Luphia.

I like the Shaker simplicity of the Salt chair from Design Within Reach for $98.00

The Era Chair, also designed by Thonet and available from Design Within Reach is classic and timeless for $150.

Finally, we could put a bench on one side like this one from Crate and Barrel

or this MASH Studios LAX bench from Modern Karibou and have two chairs on the other side.

So many choices....what do you think?