Objets Mecaniques Cutting Boards. Available at Nineteen Ten Home, 4366 Main. $95-$105. I love the marriage between function and beauty; when an object is appealing at an aesthetic level yet offers itself as useful to everyday life, my design hunt is complete. As is the case with these ultra chic chopping boards, made in Montreal by Objets Mecaniques. The company is a slow design ‘laboratory’ whose mission is to design handmade everyday objects. The boards are available in either a maple or yellow birch, and are bordered by a strip of white milk paint to enhance the visual appeal. If you love them as much as I do and want to show them off, they have an opening on the handle to allow them to be hung on display.
Oversized Lotus Table Lamp. Available at ReFind Home Furnishings, 4609 Main. $169. It takes quite a striking piece to stand out amongst a sea of treasures in a vintage hot-spot like ReFind. Apparently an oversized moulded plastic lotus lamp, finished in a soft peach palette, fits the bill. With an organic, playful appeal by day and a soft ambient glow at night, this lamp (standing nearly two feet!) would be a stunning statement to any decor. I’m envisioning it in a pretty bachelorette pad or style-savvy nursery... or my own space!
Jonathan Adler Scalinatella Cocktail Table. Available at Mint Interiors, 1805 Fir. $2250. Mid-century glamour at it’s finest. This table is definitely at the top of my wish list – a pretty white Carrera marble top rests upon a high gloss single sinuous brass tube base. The simple silhouette is highlighted by the glitz of the finish, creating a discussion-worthy gathering spot that references high-glam cocktail parties of eras past with a modern, minimalist twist.
True Grace Candles. Available at Provide Home, 529 Beatty. $55. Toted as “An essence of England”, True Grace has created an anthology of home scents that appeal to our senses of sight and smell – inviting fragrances are gathered in simple, elegant glass vessels. The plethora of fragrance options have been grouped into four main collections that reference different aspects of English life (rural living, the country manor, English gardens and even the juxtaposition of gentlemanly leathers and feminine florals), and have been thoughtfully organized by seasons that coordinate with the feelings they evoke. After exploring the detailed descriptions, I cannot wait to try the Moroccan Rose, the Amber and the Wild Lime.
Tribeca Sofa and Ottoman. Available at Urban Barn, 2354 Granville. $2116 as shown. Clean lines, fresh fabrics and modern comfort that are guaranteed to last. Seriously, guaranteed. Urban Barn offers the best sofa warranty plan that I have EVER heard of; while their sofas come with a stellar manufacturer’s warranty (25 years on the frame, springs and foam), the sweetest part of the deal is the additional in-store Urban Barn warranty: five-year guarantee on fabric! As in, if you are a spilly drinker (or at least entertain one), your dog mistakes your couch for a fire hydrant or your cat prefers your couch to it’s scratching post, simply call Urban Barn and they will either repair or replace it! For real. The only caveat? Don’t try to clean or repair it yourself; umm... No problem! Shown in-store with the Polo Grey fabric option; many fabrics available, price reflects fabric choice.