giveaway - alanna cavanagh print

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.

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emma lime unframed high res (1)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.)

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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!)

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To give you a little taste of what you might see at her Open House check out these photos taken by Jodi Pudge for the new Covet Garden book.

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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.


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Let's kick off December and my birthday (yay, today is the day) with a fantastic giveaway. I can't tell you how much I love these bangles and this artist. Screen shot 2013-12-03 at 4.48.40 PM

Albert Zuger discovered his passion for jewelry by falling in love. Wanting to make his own wedding bands he took up his tools (he studied sculpture at the Pratt Institute and worked as a fabricator in Brooklyn making everything from bronze doors to parts of artist's sculptures) and found his true calling. When the time came for Al and his wife to leave Brooklyn for Toronto he saw the opportunity to delve into his new passion deeper.


Working from the basement of their Victorian home, Albert pounds out designs that are both sculptural and show the mark of his hand. Inspired by the work of artists such as Alexander Calder (did you know he made jewelry?) and Isamu Noguchi each piece is hand-hammered. There is something both classical and raw about his bracelets, necklaces, rings and earrings that recalls warriors and goddesses.


His affection for his craft is evident on his blog where he beautifully documents the creation of his work from custom made wedding bands to elegantly curved hoop earrings.


Albert is hosting a Holiday Sale and Open House this Sunday, December 8th from 12 - 6pm at 63 Cowan Avenue. A chance to see his beautiful work for yourself.


To enter the giveaway to win the gold bangles (pictured above) please leave a comment on this post telling me your favourite piece from his collection. (Personally I am in love with this gold cuff. Drop dead, capital "G", Gorgeous.) I'll announce the winner on December 17th. I'm happy to say this contest is open to all my readers!

Happy Christmas/Birthday/Hanukkah to all!

Now enter away..........

(Photos by Kristin Sjaarda for The Marion House Book with the exception of the bracelets courtesy of Albert Zuger.)

no. 6 and 7 and a winner!

Continuing along with my 10 most popular post of all time today I bring you numbers six and seven. My seventh most visited post is a DIY advent calendar I made for Christmas a couple of years ago. You can see the post here as I'm sure no one wants to be reminded about winter just yet! Below is number six. I love switching out the sheets, quilts and pillows on my bed. I'm always amazed at how different a room can look and feel with such a quick and easy change. This is how our bedroom looked throughout winter. At the moment, the bed is covered in all white sheets for the summer.

And before I go I wanted to announce the winner of the Augustine drawstring bag. Congratulations Sara Krynitzki! I'll be in touch shortly.

I don't think I've been on a holiday in the past ten years when I haven't brought home some sort of blanket or throw or rug. Even when I'm not on vacation I'm constantly drawn to beautiful pillows and linens. It's just my thing!

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Of course, it is nice to use all these different textiles when I have a chance. I'm a firm believer in switching up your bed linens a couple of times of year usually with the seasons. Although I didn't plan it this way, our neutral bedroom is the perfect foil for many different textile schemes. You might remember that last winter I used a Hudson's Bay Blanket as the focal point of our bedroom.

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This winter I decided to pull out a cream wool bedspread I bought in Uruguay on our honeymoon. It has a chunky fringed border that looks lovely draped over a bed. I topped it with a Kantha bedspread that I purchased at a local store here in Toronto.

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The jumping off point for this whole darker colour scheme were these amazing Moroccan pillows I found over at Baba Souk. I've been looking for pillows like this for awhile now so I was so happy to find a reasonably priced Canadian supplier. I paired them with two Kilim pillows I picked up from The Arthur a couple of years ago, a cream Mongolian Lamb pillow from West Elm and an indigo pillow cover from Haveli Home in Toronto.

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That cute little woven tajine basket with the pink and navy diamonds is also from Baba Souk. I haven't quite decided where to put it yet but there is nothing I like better than storage with a lid!

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Do you switch up your bed linens regularly?