trend watch - ice cream pastels

I've been contemplating painting our house for a few months now. The question of course is what colour would I paint it. While I still love a dark wall I have to say my interest is turning more towards ice cream pastels. In fact, everywhere I look it's all I see. Particularly the shades of softest seafoam, pale blush, nude, dove grey and sweet cream. I

Photo,  Yossy Arefi
Photography: Jeroen van der Spek. Via  Vt

Photography: Jeroen van der Spek. Via Vt

Could you come over to the soft side? I'm tempted to give it a try. 

trendspotting - plants

It's a green revolution. Plants are taking over rooms everywhere. On our trip to Sweden and Denmark in October I saw evidence of this all over the place but a quick look at Pinterest reveals the same thing. Luckily it's a fairly easy and inexpensive way to totally change the look of your home. I'm hoping the green thumbs out there can help me identify some of the plants below.

ELLE Decoration 0613StylingBilderTrendKråkvikD'OrazioThat first plant with the finger-like leaves - what is it? I absolutely love it. I also like the idea of grouping plants along a bench. (Everything looks better in groups!)


Pairing real plants with botanical prints is another way to bring a bit of greenery into your home.

d0f051e031deab100b075278a5f4144cThe more plants the better. Piled high on tables, chairs, stools wherever they can catch some light.

il_570xN.364911714_ncb9Does anyone know what plant that is on the right? I think it might be the same plant as in this pin.

b297244e9872bc6be98bf3646498498eI recognize the plant on the left, it's a fiddleleaf fig and is the one on the right a type of aralia? The black wall really makes the plants pop and I like the idea of using mismatched chairs as plant stands.

Image credits:
 1. Siren Lauvdal.
2. Femke Pastijn
3. Mark Bothwick's house from Restoring a House in the City. Photos: Mark C. O'Flaherty
4. Etsy - Tailmore Shop 
5. Home and Delicious


trend watch - ceramics

The February issue of Chatelaine on newsstands now has a couple pages dedicated to the trends we're seeing right now. (There are in fact a even more on Personally, I love writing about trends. It's always exciting to talk about what is new and making everyone look twice. Once a month I thought I would delve into a trends story here - whatever I see picking up speed out there in the ether.

Like January's find - ceramics.

ceramics_01These beautifully textured bowls are by Janaki Larsen, a Canadian potter based in Vancouver. They're available at Marche St. George (which looks like a really amazing cafe/store. Is it West Coasters?) I'd love a huge stack of these on my open shelves.



These mugs designed by Japanese artist Takashi Endo look like they would make morning coffee that much better. He prefers a thinness and textural quality to his work. His work is available at Analogue Life.

ed9e8a56017780cd835d0963f8a74c50This tall, sculptural jug designed by artist Steve Leaning is finished in a semi-matt blur glaze. The form is so simple and elegant and I love the way the handle looks like it was just gently attached to the body of the vessel.

filipapimentelThese mugs and pitcher are by Canadian ceramicist Filipa Pimentel. Her work is inspired by the ocean which you can see more clearly in some of her other pieces in this line. Filipa's work is available at the Likely General in Toronto and at Bluebird Shop.

W474-H474-14956_11.26.13.Mjolk1750Finally if you're interested in this contemporary vase by Japanese artist Kouichi Uchida  you better act fast. There is only one left. Available at Mjolk in Toronto.


And before we go, I'm happy to announce that Sara is the winner of the Cloud Cashmere Griffin. Sara is not afraid to wear ski goggles to work along the Rideau Canal in Ottawa to keep her mascara in tact! We hope this keeps you warm as well!