Chicks Chatting Vintage with the Media

With all the excitement that took place leading up to the Vancouver Home + Design Show this month, we Chicks had a few opportunities to chat with media about vintage decor and how to bring it home. We were rocking the HGTV Main Stage at the Home + Design show, chatting about 'Living With Vintage' to show-goers, and also designed the feature installation at the show, The PreLoved Lounge, under the same principles. As many of you know, vintage finds hold a significant place in our design philosophy, and it was a total blast to share that on such a broad platform. Want to see us in TV action and get the tips we shared? Check out these media segments with the links below! These recent clips highlight our time with Colleen Christie down at CTVBC studios for the News at Noon segment, as well as our interview with Johanna Ward and the Go! Vancouver crew as we walked them through the PreLoved Lounge!

http://youtu.be/Ccq6mbhqw0o

http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1023501&playlistId=1.1496810&binId=1.1184694&playlistPageNum=1

See you soon! xo, The Chicks.

I'm on a highway to... anywhere!

A recent weekend shopping adventure in Seattle had me on the hunt for a new cool find and I finally found one that I just had to share. A perfect coffee table book, “36 hours” gives us just what we we’ve been waiting for – the excuse to get away. It’s time to pack that suitcase and hit the open road: with 150 weekends in the USA and Canada, the possibilities are pretty much endless! From sunset walks along Big Sur beaches to antiquating the streets of the Rue St-Paul in Quebec City,  36 Hours offers up something to do for every minute of your weekend getaway. If you’re feeling generous, this book makes a fab gift; give it for the holidays (69 days and counting, people!),  an anniversary present, a not-so-subtle hint to your partner, or our fave: a treat for yourself. Stunning imagery, a wicked cover (making it an easy decor piece) and super cool suggestions for each city are the trifecta that make us love it -  it's great for those spontaneous quick trips and hidden gems you don’t want to miss.

Available at your local Anthropologie or if you love to shop online, you can purchase it here.

- CJ

Shop Talk: the found and the freed

courtesy of Chelsea Jackson... This week I visited the lovely ladies at The Found and The Freed [pop up shop] in Gastown for a short Q&A to sneak some insight into their creative minds and finds. I fell in love with every piece as soon as I walked through the door - this store is nothing like what you’ll find in Vancouver, it's truly a gem. I had a great time chatting with the "Founders", Lindsay and Ainsley, and I  hope you get a chance to check out their store before they 'pop out'!

Q: How did you get started in the Vintage/Found business and what led you to where you are today? A: Both ladies started to collect cool vintage pieces that they each considered “too special to sell”. They kept them aside in hopes that they might start up a shop one day.

Q: Do you have a Vancouver muse or a favourite place in or around the city that inspired you? A: The old Sugar Refinery. It’s so mysterious and industrial looking and makes me stop to stare every time, always wondering what’s inside.

Q: When it comes to style/design, what is the one thing you covet the most? A: Having special objects that had a previous life, industrial materials, typography, different fonts of numbers and letters. Although it’s always changing! We always have to let go the objects we love to make room for new ones.

Q:Some people collect old cameras & typewriters, do you collect anything? A: Ainsley: Things with the number “7” or “2”  Lindsay: a few special compasses

Q: What is your favourite creative outlet? A: Kinfolk Magazine is my favourite but I love to read the French design magazines.

Q: Finish this sentence … "My day is not complete without ___" A: A couple of ciders from “The Irish Heather” just down the street!

Q: Tell me a little bit about your shop! A: We started collecting in Edmonton and gathered a bit from Montreal. This is now our fourth pop up shop and it get’s more exciting each time. We really got inspired to open up our own store after visiting “Style Labo” in Montreal.

Q: Do you have a most popular item? A: We’ve had a ton of requests for globes recently but our most popular item will always be chairs and stools. We have a book of requests for miscellaneous items that is constantly being added to. Find The Found and the Freed at 110 Water Street [gastown] or contact them at info(at)thefoundandthefreed.com

Street Style Haute List: April 10

EASTER BEST Easter hits us full Spring ahead. I spotted this week's fashionista, Sara,  walking out of The Fairmont Vancouver after enjoying Easter brunch with family and friends. Her fresh tangerine dress is perfect for such an occasion, celebrating spring and all it's colourful creations. Sara's light grey cotton button-down, vibrant orange dress and turquoise belt are all from Oak & Fort in Gastown. Her add ons include a Marc by Marc Jacobs classic percy bag accompanied by ankle boots from Aldo. Hope you all had a great long weekend!

If you loved today's street-style finds, here's the link's: Cotton button-down, orange dress, turquoise belt - Oak & Fort Marc by Marc Jacobs Percy bag - Aritzia - $198 (See in stores) Ankle boots - Aldo

- Chelsesa Jackson

Street Style Haute List: April 2nd

As our awesome fashion intern, Chelsea, rocks our blog for the next few weeks, she'll be scouring the city streets for fabulous style; every Monday we'll be featuring a new local fashionista who caught her discerning eye... check out this week's find! STREET SPIRIT

I spotted Emily exiting a local Delta coffee shop wearing a lovely leather and denim combination. She was sporting a Mackage leather Kenya, denim button down from Aritzia, Rayban’s and black jeans from Urban Outfitters. Her black and white vintage Marc by Marc Jacobs sling backs, from Front and Company, completes her effortless yet chic ensemble.

- Chelsea Jackson

Our latest love: the urban ecclectic family home

With our latest design project, A Good Chick To Know had absolute creative freedom... and we took full advantage! We added stairs, removed walls, and injected a full dose of the young family's personality into the space. As we spent time in the home and really "felt" what the space was longing for, our initial vision altered and grew to suit. We originally planned a white-wash meets pop art theme, but quickly realized that a more family-friendly and personal feel better met the needs of our clients; with a baby and two dogs, our working-professional parents needed a space that showcased their creative interests yet still provided them with optimal efficiency for the space. This home became an eclectic mix that showcased our client's love for midcentury furniture and vintage pieces - a France & Son's original sofa and vintage lighting set the stage, and the space was spattered with interesting art: Fred Herzog in the living room, Brent Ray Fraser on the back veranda, Arnie Jacobsen prints in the dining room and Zoe Pawlak downstairs. By taking over the previously separate basement suite, we were able to add in a man-cave inspired area, a home office, a guest bedroom and second kitchen/ bar area for the family. Take a peek through the pics - we hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed creating them! Let us know your thoughts, we always love to hear what you think. Photos courtesy of Tracey Ayton Photography (www.traceyaytonphotography.com)

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