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Goodies from Mexico

I brought back some goodies from my vacation in Mexico. I've been to Puerto Vallarta about 8 times, so I'm sort of running out of things to bring back as all the shops seem to carry the same things year after year. This time we took a day trip to Sayulita (I had been there once before) where despite it being a fairly small town, I always leave with more stuff from there than my entire trip to PV. There were a ton of items in art gallery-type shops I would have loved to bring home but my house is over crowded as it is. Hopefully on my next trip I'll have a new house. :) I'll do another post of the trip in general, but in the meantime here's what I picked up for the house. (Clothing etc. I featured on closet rivalry here).

My favourite find this trip - a wooden chihuahua skeleton from Galeria Alpacora.

More Oaxacan black pottery. I already have a larger skull, vase with lid, rosary and wall hanging. Love this stuff. And it's cheap. 

A blanket bought from a guy on the beach in Sayulita. The only complaint I have about Sayulita are the amount of Mexicans that harass you on the beach to buy their wares.

There was a fantastic little store just over the bridge into the town that I don't know the name - I bought this rug there. The owner told me she gets these from a woman who makes them on the beach and she gives her crap all the time for being out in the sun. 

I bought this little mobile at the same shop as above - made from bits and pieces found on the beach. 

Some driftwood from the beach in Sayulita. 

And you cannot leave Mexico without an obligatory bottle of pure vanilla. Sure beats the shit they sell in grocery stores here. 


Living cube

LOVE THIS!!! Swiss designer Till Könneker moved into a apartment studio without storage room. So he made a minimalistic cube design with a shelf for his vinyl collection, TV, clothes and shoes. On the cube is a guest bed and inside is tons of storage space. He's brilliant. And I want his log rug! (Thanks to my BIL for this link from Treehugger)



These are a bunch of kids...


cool and tiny student digs

A big thanks to Debora for sending me a link to this very cool student housing unit build by Swedish architecture firm Tengbom. To meet the needs of students in a sustainable, smart and affordable way was the key questions when Tengbom in collaboration with students at the University of Lund was designing this student unit of 10 square meters. In 2014, 22 units will be built and ready for students to move into. The area in each unit is reduced from current requirement, 25 square meters to 10 square meters through legal consent. This truly compact-living flat still offers a comfortable sleeping-loft, kitchen, bathroom and a small garden with a patio. Through an efficient layout and the use of cross laminated wood as a construction material the rent is reduced by 50 % and the ecological impact and carbon footprints is also significantly reduced. I would LOVE this in my backyard as my new office! (Photos by Bertil Hertzberg)


Couple new things 

My Christmas gifts consisted of not much house-y stuff because I am totally running out of room. I did ask for a Hudson's Bay Company Collection wool chevron pillow - and my mom kindly found one for my at The Bay at the Rideau Centre. Score! I think it really suits my leather sofa and the forest mural. 

I picked up a really cool vintage amber bottle (14" high) from HighJinx for my husband (ok, maybe it was more for me LOL). It's now on top of the fridge with a couple of other vintage bottles we have.