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On a happier note...

My last post here on my page was depressing. Today I received yet another package (in time for Christmas!) and this time no harm could have really been done considering what it was - so this is a happy post.

These weren't a Christmas present but more a present to myself. :-) I found someone on Etsy selling 10 of these and I had to jump on them. I already had 3 I bought a while back from another Etsy seller (well, 4 but I sent one to Jo) and I freaking love them so now I have 13!!! The 10 were about $180 including the shipping from California which is a pretty decent deal considering I can't find stuff like this here. YAY ME!!!


Merry freaking Christmas

Remember the light fixture a couple of posts ago (here) that my husband found on eBay and bought for me as a Christmas gift? Well, it arrived yesterday (in time for Christmas amazingly, and from the Netherlands!) and we went to the post office last night to pick it up. There were about 6 people in line behind us and when the box was brought out from the back room, there was a collective gasp from the 8 of us. This is the reason:

We opened the box immediately and found this:

So it looks like the box sat in some water, then got run over by a freaking freight train. Someone in the line behind us even said "OMG I'm so sorry". But I can't just blame all the morons who had to handle this box between the Netherlands and Canada. Now eBay sellers or sellers anywhere where shipping is involved, LEARN HOW TO PACK A GODDAMN BOX WOULD YA??!! This seller, as nice as he's being now that we've contacted him about my busted lamp, does not understand that he did something wrong here. If you have something that weighs next to nothing and barely fills a box, you've got to fill the box with something of substance because it will inevitably get crushed. He had my gorgeous light fixture wrapped in a bit of plastic (as you can see coming out of the box) and THAT WAS IT. No bubble wrap around the shade, no popcorn or anything else to pack in the empty space around the light. AAAGGGHHHHHH!!! I am going to try and glue the shade back together and hope that when I eventually have a place to mount this, that the cracked side of the shade can be turned where it won't be so noticeable. *SIGH* Merry freaking Christmas to me.


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
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.
Goods - handmade goods of all kinds by small producing local artisans and around North America 
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
The Modern Shop- Modern lighting and furnishings from all my favourite brands. Bring something to wipe up your drool.
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.
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.

Third World Bazaar

Modern Karibou - based here in Ottawa
The GR Shop - 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.


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!!!


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.