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It’s a perfect night to get your baking on and feed your sweet tooth with a lollipop, cookie or a fun themed cupcake- costume not required!
Lollipop from Crate & Barrel
White chocolate ghosts via Martha Stewart
Fondant ghost recipe via Martha Stewart
Scary pear heads recipe via Martha Stewart
Today marks my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary. As in – FORTY!
Happy anniversary you crazy kids! Congratulations!
Image via You Look Like the Right Type.
Is anyone tackling a bathroom renovation any time soon? Here are five serene bathrooms that may inspire you to renovate yours! (What else have you got going on this weekend? Right?!)
photograph by Ben Anders via House to Home
the Hansgrohe Metris C collection
photo by Colin Poole via House to Home
Before the age of 5 I had seen a good chunk of the world thanks to all the amazing family trips my parents planned. Even before I really figured out what traveling was all about, I had caught the travel bug. When I was at my parents’ place over Thanksgiving weekend I had a chance to look through some family photo albums. I always enjoy the walk down memory lane. I can remember the cities and countries we visited and I try to imagine how my parents traveled with two small children to such far away places.
Here is a very White Cabana worthy photo of me at a beach in Portugal when I was 4 years old.
photo of me taken by my father
My tastes haven’t changed too much, have they? Beach, white, red – I’m a happy girl!
How about you? Did you travel as a child? Do you travel with your children?
Located in the spectacular space formerly the hectic trading floor of the Toronto Stock Exchange, the Design Exchange “is Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of design excellence and preservation of design heritage.”
I highly recommend dropping by to see what’s in house and on display at the DX, and if you have no time for a proper tour, the gift shop is a mecca of cool finds, unique books and design gifts. I’ve always found a DX visit inspiring and refreshing and I know if you’re reading this blog, you’ll like your visit.
A few current exhibits you will enjoy at the DX:
Vertical Urban Factory, Sep. 3- Dec. 9. Looking at more than 30 factories to consider their integration within urban settings such as Detroit and New York, with case studies such as the American Apparel factory in L.A. and the VW “Transparent” factory in Dresden, Germany. (paid exhibit)
Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge, Sep. 13 – Dec. 9. “Design meets practical application. Examples: From ARUP’s Hermès Building featuring the work of Renzo Piano Architects in Tokyo, Japan and their York University Subway Station with Foster and Partners in Toronto, to Daniel Libeskind’s Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, to Cast Connex’s seismic technology that will be included in New York City’s World Trade Center 3 design.” (included with general admission, about $10)
Permanent/ongoing exhibit – the Must-See:
This exhibit features iconic pieces from the Design Exchange’s permanent collection, which celebrates Canada’s rich industrial design history from 1945 to the present. Spanning over five decades, the Design Exchange’s permanent collection covers more than six hundred industrial design objects and archival materials including furniture, housewares, textiles, electronics, and lighting. DXUNCRATED illustrates political, technological, and social changes that occurred following World War II to present day. Items on display will include the famous Clairtone Project G Stereo (pictured below), Thomas Lamb’s Steamer Chair, and Russel Spanner’s Dining Chair.
The Clairtone Project G stereo produced by Clairtone from 1964-7 is a Canadian design icon
To celebrate all that is design and Canadian ingenuity, this year’s annual fundraising party coincides with the DX’s relaunch on November 16, featuring interactive design installations, fancy food from celebrity chefs, and today’s big names in Canadian design. Find out more here.
This year’s Art Toronto is sure to inspire. Modern and contemporary art will fill the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from October 26-29th and event goers will enjoy thousands of works of art from more than a hundred galleries from 23 countries. This is Canada’s only modern and contemporary international art fair so, go on, buy your tickets (less than $20)!
adult ticket is $18; via Art Toronto
Who is eating turkey this Thanksgiving weekend?
HIC turkey platter, $25
Bamboo Studies turkey platter, $17.25
For the third year in a row I will be cooking up a Thanksgiving feast (with the help of Martha Stewart, of course). Wish me luck!
The lovely life-sized origami-style Folder chairs by designer Stefan Schoning are assembled by folding them just like an origami creation. How cool is that?
The ‘Folder’ can withstand your weight since it is made from paper-thin polypropylene, which means the look is very cool and the construction lightweight, rigid and tough. The chairs more durable than wood, plastic or metal and have been exhibited around the world: the National Design Museum in NY, Nike Design Library in Oregon, Colette in Paris, Salone Satellite in Milan, and 100% Design in London, UK.
What’s not to love?
Images courtesy of Stefan Schoning.
This past weekend I made a quick trip to Florida and boy-oh-boy was it worth it! I was hesitant to spend the money on a flight (did anyone follow my decision making on Twitter?) since I was just in Florida last month but I am so glad I decided to go. Four days of sunshine, ocean swims, and shopping trips (not to mention meals cooked by my parents and nightly ice cream snacks), made me feel so spoiled. I’m so grateful I had the chance to go!
photos by me
Where would you go for a four day escape?
Malko Takagaki’s Tunell tissue box is functional and simply sleek.
Tunell tissue box, $14.95 (on sale), MOMA
Yes! Let’s start October off right with this little reminder…
I’m gearing up for a few weeks of travel…beginning with a trip back to Florida…today! Hooray! I am so looking forward to some quality beach time so let’s hope the sun continues to shine!
Here are some thoughts about my trip – with the help of Mark Addison Smith‘s amusing illustrations:
So…here I go, off to the United States again…
I haven’t packed any lotions, gels, drinks or food because I’m not sure if…
because I’ll have a tan.
Images via Mark Addison Smith’s You Look Like the Right Type.
On Monday October 1st, the 1:Face project will begin changing the world one watch at a time. How so, you say? The money from each colourful watch sold goes to various charity organizations. Each watch represents a different cause – hunger, water, AIDS, breast cancer, environment – and the money raised from the 1:Face movement will certainly spread goodwill to those in need.
illustration of the 1:Face watches; each watch is $40
The white watch below, for example, will feed 16 children in Africa through the assistance of the 1:Face partner organization, One Days Wages.
I received the watch representing water. With the sale of 625 of these white and yellow watches one well will be built in Rwanda via the assistance of the non-profit organization Charity Water. Not only will you want one of these watches to show your support and spread the word, but you will also love showing off its sleek design.
1: Face watch – changing the world one watch at time & it tells the time too (with the touch of a button)
Many thanks to Mizra Minds.
Update: You can also follow and support the 1:Face movement at Indiegogo.
Do you ever find yourself tempted to download a font and then wonder what you’ll do with it?
Well, now that the world of self-publishing has us doing everything from blogging to printing our own books, you’ll be surprised how many uses you’ll find for your new (free!) font.
Today I ran across the White Rabbit font designed by Matthew Welch. You can also see more of his design work here where the font is available for download. Use it to make your own Thank You cards, or better still- holiday gift tags.
And while we’re here, don’t we just love the font AND the name? So fun! And imagine my enthusiasm when I realized that White Rabbit is available for free on the site Font Squirrel.
White Rabbit font by Matthew Welch available at Font Squirrel