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Saturday
Dec182010

My favourite Ottawa shops for goodies for the home

So here it is folks - the list I get asked about often enough that I thought I'd just stick it on the blog. Below are my favourite home decor stores, flea markets, online shops etc. etc. that are located here in Ottawa. I'm likely forgetting some (although believe me, there aren't that many) so I'll add when I think of them or when I find new shops. Enjoy!

Alteriors - high end modern furnishings from names you all know and love
Architectural Antique Lighting - so much vintage lighting it's ridiculous
Beige - kind of French country, industrial, and just plain heavenly
Blueprint Home - contemporary furnishings, lighting, bedding...awesomeness
Champagne dit Lambert warehouse - CDL is an expensive antique shop but they have a warehouse in the basement with lots of MCM and random well priced vintage goodness. Teak credenzas are their specialty.
Funky Furniture - they just opened their shop and I came out with a black leather Eames shell side chair. All MCM, all the time.
Green Light District - super nice owners, and even nicer contemporary furnishings and accessories from countries afar. I have my eye on the most heavenly lounge chair you can imagine. I'm slightly obsessed with this shop. (***Recently moved shop to Toronto)
Heavens to Betsy - lots of jewelry, bags, and more importantly, knick knacks! I always stop here on my walk home after getting my hair did.
Lee Valley - best place for hardware besides Ikea and Anthropologie
Mikaza Home - reproduction MCM stuff. 2 of my dining chairs are from here. They're ok. Now located in Hull.
Modern Light - modern lighting - mostly high end. Modernica furniture. Bring something to wipe up your drool.
Mostly Danish Furniture - Danish and Asian furnishings. Great stuff but the owner is a dink and doesn't like to negotiate much. And not open Saturdays, but open Sundays.
Ottawa Antique Market - alot of too pricey antiques but there's a great MCM seller in there as well as a kilim dealer - it's where I got the large one under my dining table.
Philip Van Leewen - mostly reproduction modern and contemporary furnishings
Stacaro - European style furnishings, lighting and accessories. Love this place. Got my dining table here (it's actually a desk).
Structube - contemporary and modern furnishings. Decent prices.
Urban Barn - contemporary furnishings. Decent prices.
White Monkey - vintage goodies, mostly art deco
Zone Maison - this has been my favourite place for modern knick knacks for years. They carry awesome lighting and a bit of furniture too.

Stittsville Flea Market
Bentley's Flea Market
Third World Bazaar

Websites:
Modern Karibou - based here in Ottawa
Gabriel Ross - not based in Ottawa but it is Canadian - from Victoria B.C. They carry just about every decent piece of any MCM designer. Free shipping in Canada, and they're quick and send lots of emails giving the shipping status. Love these guys. I have so far bought a Panton S chair, an Eames Hang-It-All and 2 Tizio lamps from this site.

Monday
Dec062010

One can never have too many light fixtures

This evening my husband starting looking at light fixtures on eBay. Turns out it's because he had no clue what to get me for Christmas. He found a REALLY cool wall mounted light fixure (I confirmed it's coolness with him) and he decided to bid on it for me. And after several last minute bids, he won. The listing said "70's arc lamp from Dijkstra. The lamp has a metal chromed arc and brown plastic shade which lights up yellow/beige. The shade has a diameter of 27 cm and the total reach of the arc is 90cm. The lamp is in perfect condition! The chrome shines perfect and the shade is free of marks." The seller is from the Netherlands, which means I'll likely receive this in time for Valentine's day (and have to have it rewired). Regardless, I adore it. THANKS JEFF!!!

Sunday
Dec052010

Taking advantage of a clean house...

It's really hard to keep a clean house with 7 cats, and a man now living here with me. (LOL - Love ya Jeff!) So when it's clean and styled for a photo shoot, you know I gotta whip out the D80. So here are the results of my hard work and anal-retentiveness.

Saturday
Nov202010

Flooring and baseboards done!

Jeff and I finally got all the hardwood installed upstairs, and installed and painted simple baseboards last weekend. I love the rustic look and I am so glad to finally be making progress up there. Here are a few photos I snapped a couple hours ago (Phoebe decided she wanted to participate).

Friday
Nov122010

New lamps

Ever since I first laid eyes on a Tizio lamp I've had a love-hate relationship with them. I could not decide if they were too angular and 70's looking for my taste. I have been thinking alot lately about what I want my house to look like, particularly if I ever get these damn additions underway, and I think Tizios are actually pretty cool and would suit the style I'm thinking of for the future master bedroom (it would be part of the addition). The Tizio Micro went on sale at Gabriel Ross and after a few days of flip flopping whether I loved them that much or not, I suddenly decided I had to have them. I was going to save them and give one to Jeff for Christmas but since he is on the verge of destroying the blanc de chine lamps we currently use in the bedroom (very narrow base so very tippy), I thought I'd better start using them now. So here they are in the totally not up-to-snuff master bedroom (no point in really dealing with it since it will become a guest bedroom).