The Modern Rocking Horse

by Johanne

Hi-Ho Rocking Horse, $875 USD at Design Within Reach

Made by Jarred Lim, the Hi-Ho rocking horse “reinterprets the traditional rocking horse with the idea that it can be viewed as a modern sculpture, capable of fitting into even the most sophisticated interior.

Says designer Lim: “The simple elements create a mature, timeless design that is fun without appearing childish.”

Trimmed with sheepskin from New Zealand that can be removed for cleaning, the Hi-Ho’s innards are made of recycled foam. Smart, stylish and fun- having little ones around doesn’t mean you have to compromise on design.

Image courtesy of Design Within Reach.

Olenka & the Autumn Lovers

Beautiful collaboration: Olenka & the Autumn Lovers

I bought a new CD yesterday. Olenka & the Autumn Lovers. I have listened to it several times already and I think I’ve decided that my favourite songs are: Odessa, Lark and Louise of Littleville. Have a listen to it here.

Olenka & the Autumn Lovers

I don’t know much about music but I know what I like. I can’t identify all the instruments but I like what I hear. According to the band’s bio, Olenka and the Autumn Lovers has a sound that mingles a strong Eastern European influence with elements of North American country and folk. It’s been compared to Cat Power, Tom Waits and Arcade Fire. I’m sold!

But it gets better – not only are Olenka’s lyrics and the music amazing but I love violinist Sara Froese’s black and white line drawings. Simply beautiful.

Olenka & the Autumn Lovers: And then we sing

Teamwork: Lyrics by Olenka Krakus, Artwork by Sara Froese

Olenka & the Autumn Lovers have just finished their fall tour and have recently been shortlisted for the CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards (Best Vocals). If you like how they sound, vote for them here! And you can keep tabs on future show dates here.

p.s. Dear Olenka: People were talking about you on the bus. How’s that for song lyrics?

Photos by Jordana.

Inspiring Words

My days (and nights for that matter) lately have been beyond busy. Writing papers, grading papers, blogging, exercise, hosting parties, and traveling has really made for some ridiculous non-stop eventful weeks. I don’t know about you but reading beautiful words like this help me get through some tough days.


Hope these words of wisdom inspire you too.

Via Sacramento Street.

Art: Eiffel Tower

Sometimes a hand-drawn Eiffel Tower is all I need to put a smile on my face. Ah – Paris!

La Tour Eiffel

Via Sasa Antic.

Don’t Forget About Movember

It’s Movember! Don’t forget to donate to this very important cause. Click here for more information.

Felted mustache, $8, Fairyfolk

Felted mustache available at Fairyfolk.

A Dream Car

Have some spare change? You, too, can have this car for only $155,318.

Maserati: Excellence Through Passion

Image courtesy of Maserati.

Welcome Mackenzie!

Please join me in welcoming Mackenzie as the newest contributor to White Cabana. I have known Mackenzie for a pile of years now and I’m thrilled that she has joined the White Cabana team.

Let's celebrate!

You can read more about Mackenzie here. You can see Mackenzie’s first post here.

Fashion in Motion is Two!

Happy 2nd anniversary to Fashion in Motion!

Fashion in Motion is two!

Thank you Johanne for bringing me on this extraordinary adventure!


Image courtesy of Silver Lining.

The Friday Five: Coffee

Ahh…coffee. I love the smell, the taste and the look. I love the feeling of drinking a coffee at my local café. I love meeting a friend and catching up on gossip at a new café or sitting alone on a patio with a cup in hand and watching the world go by.

I’m a fan of any kind of coffee…my choice usually depends on the time of day, the occasion and the café. I like a latte or cappuccino in the morning or as a mid-morning break. I enjoy a nice espresso after a good meal or as an afternoon pick-me-up.

And yes – sometimes the coffee I drink is so special, it deserves a photo! I’m happy to welcome you to today’s caffeine-filled Friday Five!

1. I was in Ascoli with my aunt, uncle and father. We stopped in at Caffe Meletti before hitting the farmer’s market. The Barista wrote me a special message in my little espresso. Sweet, right?

An espresso in Ascoli, Italy

2. I was in Gstaad with my good friend Shannon. Going to Early Beck easily became an afternoon routine for us. We shared many laughs and gossiped for hours.

A cappuccino & croissant in Gstaad, Switzerland

3. On one of my trips to Paris, I stopped in at a restaurant near the Palais Royale to write postcards and get re-energized!

An espresso and tarte in Paris, France

4. I’ll never forget the morning adventure my good friend Boba and I had in Montreal. It was pouring rain outside but we were determined to have breakfast at La Croissanterie Figaro, which came highly recommended by a friend. Even though we were exhausted after a busy work week in Montreal, we stuck it out and we were rewarded with a beautiful breakfast and a couple of delicious cappuccinos.

A cappuccino with a mountain of foam in Montreal, Quebec

5. I was on a 5-day vacation with Shannon (yes, the same friend) in Budapest and we stopped in for a coffee and strudel at the First Studel House of Pest. Our food and drinks were delish!

Latte at the First Strudel House of Pest, Budapest

How about you? What are your coffee drinking routines or memories?

Photos by Jordana.

Remembrance Day

White Poppy

Image by Skylarrayw.

The Knitting Clock by Siren Elise Wilhelmsen

Norweigan artist Siren Elise Wilhelmsen’s knitting clock is pure coolness. It knits one two-meter scarf per year. Amazing, right?

Developing Time - Time Developing, by Siren Elise Wilhelmsen

Image courtesy of Core77. Via Design for Mankind.

Sculpture: The CN Tower

I love this white CN Tower sculpture placed perfectly in a corner of Douglas Coupland’s home. Thoughts?

At Douglas Coupland's House

See what it is surrounded by here.

For information about visiting the real CN Tower, click here.

Via Table Tonic.

Leather in white

I confess: I often dream of living in a white home with white walls, white furniture trimmed with chrome and wood. Maybe you have these dreams too- a modern fantasy that is all about clean, spartan space. There’s a certain efficiency and an air of cool, calm and collected that comes in white environment.

I love leather and I love it on everything, so if I had a white home I would have more than a few white leather pieces like these:

White leather swivel chair, at Elte in Toronto

White leather dining chair, at Elte in Toronto

by Johanne

Images courtesy of Elte.

Dolce Press: Good Morning/Good Night

This poster has two looks. Daytime:

Good Morning/Good Night poster, $48, Dolce Press


Cool, right?

Available at Dolce Press. Via SwissMiss.

Glamorous Bar Cart

It’s got shine. It’s got shimmer. It’s got the glam factor. The Winston bar cart is simply beautiful!

Winston bar cart, $999, at inVU Drapery Co.

Image courtesy of inVU Drapery Co.