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Sunday
Dec042011

Some local excitement

Yesterday afternoon I should have been studying French, finishing up my Christmas shopping or doing some laundry. Instead, I went to Ikea. And why is this exciting (according to the title of this post)? I am fortunate to live in a city that has had an Ikea for as long as I can remember. The only problem is it was SMALL. Trips to Ikea were successful if you were able to pick up half the items on your list (and of which the large items you had to drive a few minutes down the road to a second warehouse to pick up). Very frustrating. Yesterday was the soft opening (to friends and family) of the LARGEST IKEA IN CANADA - here in Ottawa! A very kind reader of ours named Erica, a kitchen designer at Ikea, sent me an invite so my husband and I went to check it out. It is HUGE - triple the size of the old store, which only had about 15 decorated showrooms, and now has 55. The restaurant holds 640 people and serves booze! Other reasons why I am excited - I finally got to see a Docksta table in person. (The old store has NEVER carried it). And about 10-15 years ago the old store decided to stop selling fabric. Now Jo doesn't have to ship me some from Australia. The store officially opens on Wednesday and I guarantee it will be insane. 

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Thursday
Dec012011

Commute Home

We concentrate primarily on domestic interiors on Desire to Inspire. It's all about the home. Actually it's all about the room porn for the home. Every so often, though, inspiration comes muscling in from commercial designs. Commute Home is a Toronto based design firm and although what you see before you are restaurants and offices, shops and studio space I could with just a tiny bit of tweaking see these designs providing inspiration for your "not so tame" domesticated home. A little indie. A little edgy. Definitely with attitude. Urban cool. Inner city hip.

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Thursday
Nov102011

Jessica Kelly

I'd like to introduce you all to the wonderful world of interior design by Canadian Jessica Kelly. She lays the groundwork for contemporary spaces in cool, calm neutrals and then all the homeowners have to do is personalize with photos of their dog, a stack of favourite coffee table books, a pair of Hunter boots at the front door and they're all set. ;)

  

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Thursday
Nov032011

Beautiful

 

The colours, the light, the rug, the shot. Another stunning photo by Canadian snapper Virginia MacDonald.

Tuesday
Oct252011

Pure Green Magazine in print!!

I have blogged about Pure Green Magazine before (here and here), and as one of my favourite online magazines (Canadian to boot!) I am so stoked that it is transitioning to print and subscriptions are now available! GET YOUR SUBSCRIPTION NOW! And I must mention that it is much more than your ordinary magazine. It is more like a book, meant to be displayed, collected and treasured and as such is made of high quality finishes (which you can read more about on their site). I know it's not easy for the creators of this magazine as they are an independent publisher so I'm off to order my own subscription because it would be really great to see this mag become as successful as I know it can be. Here's a little peek:

(Images via Ever Images Photography)