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I recently started following an Instagram account which captured my attention, which lead me to an online store, and a Facebook account....and I was soon totally smitten. lointerior is the Instagram account of interior stylist Josephine Ekström, who has the most beautiful shop in Sweden called Lily & Oscar. It has a rustic French/Swedish feel with tons of neutral colours, textures and organic shapes mixed with bits of modern designs for a bit of a contemporary edge. Josephine takes photos around her glorious shop, as well as in her home....and here are some of my favourites. (Oh, how freaking stoked I would be if a store like hers opened in Ottawa!)
At the Ottawa Antique Show my husband and I were told by a fellow vendor that we should take a drive to Almonte, a town about 50 KM west of Ottawa. Jeff and I thought we had visited just about every town nearby as we love exploring and antiquing, but somehow we had never ended up in Almonte. Saturday morning we hopped in the car with some Tim's coffee and steeped tea and headed to this quaint town...and fell in love. It was gorgeous. Almonte is a former mill town (coincidentally, the main road is called Mill Street) with the Mississippi River running through it. Had I known how beautiful it was and how much fun I would have shopping there, I would have brought a camera and planned a blog post. Since I ended up scoring some amazing finds in almost every shop we visited I decided to do a blog post despite only having had my iPhone on hand.
One of my favourite stores was Tin Barn Market - an ever-evolving shop concept that brings together a stylishly eclectic mix of vintage, salvage, handmade objects and handpicked items deserving of a second chance. It is owned by Errin Stone & Vicki Veenstra (it was nice chatting with you Vicki!) and if farmhouse/industrial/rustic style is your thing then you would love this place.
It has been ages since I featured one of my favourite blogs, 47 Park Avenue (see here and here). Michael (and his partner Jonathan) are the proud owners of my dream home, and have been renovating and decorating it with so much love, creativity and chicness that I am blown away each time I see more of their progress. Take this bathroom for example. They had not touched it since moving in and Michael finally decided to have a go at it - on the cheap. Because how long can you live with a nasty bathroom containing carpeting (GAH!) and floral chintz?!
Michael ripped out the carpet, re-faced the tub with leftover chipboard (one of my favourite materials), used leftover paint on the wall, floor and ceiling, and picked up some tile paint to paint over the ghastly flowers. All Michael ended up purchasing (aside from the paint) was the light fixture and linen basket. Gorg!!!
If you have to go to work on a Saturday I couldn't think of a better place than the Birkenstock Australia HQ. Sustainability, quality, craftsmanship ... not just Birkenstock but the design by Melbourne Design Studio. Yes please! Read more about the brief and the designers' approach to the project here.
P.S. Why am I obsessed by working on a Saturday all of a sudden? I have a new business, Feast and Co. Pardon the website as it is still in development but we are all about catering and functions based in a beautiful old 1916 home. We're super busy this weekend with two weddings. Yikes! I better get off this blog and back to the bride. Hopefully photos and background story soon.