Where I Shop: Chapters/Indigo (Holiday Edition)

Can you believe there are only 8 days left until Christmas?!! Where did the time go?? I still have a couple of people on my list to buy gifts for, but I'm not stressed about it, I already know what I want to get them, it's just a matter of getting out there and buying it. I'll be spending this last weekend before Christmas doing my last minute shopping and present-wrapping. If you'll be doing the same then I suggest you spend some time checking out Chapters/Indigo. If you think that this is only a bookstore, you need to reacquint yourself because they have so much more than that - they have a wide selection of home decor items, tabletop and entertaining, tech products, toys, fashion accessories, and so much more. There will be something for everyone on your list whether you are shopping for a parent, a friend, or a child. Or for yourself! Just check out the amazingness of the holiday products this year:

The red and black buffalo check and faux fur mixed with natural woods gives this scene a very Canadiana cabin vibe.

Black and white is my favourite combo, I'm loving this tabletop setting!

Glassware of all types to stock your bar. There is a glass for every type of drink you can think of.

I love all of the marble and wood items. Marble is timeless and never goes out of style but can sometimes be a bit cold; the mix of wood on these pieces warms up the look.


Here are some of my favourite items from Chapters/Indigo:

Moose Snow Globe / Round Wood & Marble Board / Woodland Animal Lowball Glasses /
Gold Cursive Mug / Snow Covered Pine Candle / Gold Rim Vintage Coupe Glasses /
Cabin Check Throw / Cloch with Base / Luxe Cozy Throw

I purchased this moose snow globe for myself, it's a stunning piece that I know I will be bringing out of storage at Christmas each year for many years to come.

This snow covered pine-scented candle smells so real, it is the perfect item for anyone who has an artificial tree but wants the smell of a real tree. It burns very slowly, I'm amazed and impressed by how long it lasts.

This glass cloche with wooden base is so versatile - fill it with pinecones and battery operated twinkle lights, a colourful mix of ornaments, or cover the bottom with fake snow and set up a craft-store mini tree under the dome. You don't have to put this away when the holidays are over - it's a great piece for displaying any of your treasures year-round.

If you'll be out shopping this weekend, make sure to pop into a Chapters or an Indigo store to see the beautiful holiday items. The photos shown here are pictures I took at the holiday media preview last July, but the store set-up looks just a great. If you're doing your shopping from home, it's not too late to order online and still receive your purchase in time for Christmas (check the site though for shipping deadlines to be sure). 

Where I Shop: Angus & Company

I was going through all the photos on my iPhone recently and deleting some of them to free up space, when I realized that I have a ton of photos of products I snapped at various retailers around the city. It gave me the idea to create a new blog series about the places I shop for home decor accessories and furniture. I'd like to start with one of my favourite little antique boutiques, Angus & Company

Self-described as a design shop "with the feel of a general store and the ambiance of a cocktail party," Angus & Co. is full of carefully curated objects of desire and pieces of statement furniture that are difficult to resist opening your wallet for. Here are some of my favourite items from my most recent visit there:  

Be still my heart! There were two of these large ginger jar lamps for sale. If only I had a place for them in my home! 

A detail from the aforementioned lamp.  The chinoiserie-print linen napkins were also lovely. 

Continuing on the theme of blue and white...this little vase!!! 

More chinoiserie print, this time with pillows. But can we talk about this Mies van der Rohe cantilever chair? Just an example of the delicious goodies you can expect to find at this fine store. 

 A piece of coral. Crystal decanters. THIS CHANDELIER TABLE LAMP.  

I just might to back for these tuxedo-like lacquered boxes. 

I didn't buy anything on my most recent visit to the shop, but I'm still in love with the purchases I made last summer - my silver bar tray and grey calf hair coasters. 

Angus & Company is located at 647 Dupont Avenue (at Christie Street). 

Trip to IKEA

IKEA isn't just for dorm rooms and first apartments anymore.  It's now common to see an inexpensive IKEA piece holding its own in a room with higher-end furniture. Their new Stockholm line was recently released and I went to check it out with a friend this week. I just love the IKEA experience - the maze-like layout, the room vignettes, the Swedish meatballs with lingonberry sauce. Here are some pics from my trip earlier this week.  

Greens were a very popular, lots of emerald green items in furniture and fabrics (no surprise there since it's Pantone's Colour of the Year for 2013), and lots of sea glass green accessories.  This new sofa from the Stockholm collection (left) was really comfortable.  The chair wasn't so comfortable, but I think it would have been if I were about 6" shorter.  The headrest is sewn in, and in order for it to fit comfortably behind my head/neck, I had to slouch down to the point where it was uncomfortable for my back.  My advice - only buy this chair if you are around 5'2"!

More green.  This product is marketed as a bed canopy for a kid's room, but how amazing would it be if used outdoors on a patio?!  It is just too cute!

These new chairs from the Stockholm collection (left) were stunning and stylish, but were shockingly uncomfortable.  This acrylic chair (or as I like to call it, IKEA's affordable re-imagining of the ghost chair) was surprisingly comfortable, except that it lacks the sophistication of a ghost chair.  

I love how IKEA doesn't just have a chair on display for the customer to sit in it and try it out before purchasing it - IKEA puts an entire apartment on display so that you can sit in the chair while seeing it as part of the bigger picture.

In the bedroom.  I love the rich colour in the new walnut veneer pieces - this 3-door dresser with full-length mirror was especially nice.  That's my friend waving in the mirror!
IKEA's new bedding is so soft and silky, especially this lilac set.  I love those little chandeliers!  Seeing them paired with these purple items is giving me an idea for my purple room that I'm turning into my home office...

Many of today's designers are using IKEA kitchens in their clients' homes, but where they save on cabinetry, they are able to splurge in other areas (like marble countertops, for example).  When done right, mixing high and low can result in a beautiful reno that doesn't break the bank.
I love the way this bathroom vanity floats above the floor - it gives the illusion of more space in a smaller bathroom.  And drawers are so much better than cupboards - you keep your most frequently used items in the top drawer so that you're bending down less when accessing them.

Don't let this picture fool you - it's a rug, not a tablecloth!  It's just draped over a table.  If anyone knows where I can get an 5x8' cowhide rug made up of squares sewn together in light grey, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.  IKEA's are really nice and affordable, but they only come in caramel colour and this really dark brown/black one pictured here.

I can't end this post without talking about IKEA food.  Their staple is my favourite dish - Swedish meatballs and mashed potatoes with gravy and lingonberry sauce.  Would you believe that this entire dinner cost LESS than the cost of my lunch earlier that day?  And it's not as if I had a beer at lunch!

I was really hoping to get a look at and sit in the Stockholm swivel easy chair but I must have overlooked it and by the time I remembered it my friend and I were already at the checkout and the store was closing.  Oh well, it's a good excuse for us to go back again soon!  

Weekend Decor Shopping

How is it Thursday already?!  This week went by really fast.  I'm excited that it's almost the weekend again which means more decor shopping.  Last weekend the weather was so beautiful - sunny and hot, it was such a nice change from all the constant rain we've been having.  So I hopped on my bike and rode up and down residential streets in my neighbourhood looking for yard sales, then I biked downtown to walk along Queen Street and pop into some antique shops and home furniture & decor stores.  Here is just a small sampling of things I saw and/or bought:

Drawers filled with drawer hardware at Chatelet

A table setting at Chatelet.  Such beautiful, romantic furniture and decor in this store; very French provincial.

The drawer pulls that I bought at Chatelet - see my blog post about replacing drawer hardware here.

I finally found a new lamp for my living room!  I love the Arco floor lamp (see it here) but it's too wide for my narrow room.  This one is not only more suitable for a smaller space, but I like that there are five different light sources instead of just one.  The marble base is going to be the perfect anchor for my marble-topped bar cabinet on the opposite side of the room.  Each light on the fixture swivels side to side for a customizable look.  This picture is of the floor model (from Urban Barn); I had to order it as it wasn't in stock so I won't have it for another 2-3 weeks.  I can't wait to see it in my space!

Also from Urban Barn - a cute set of plates decorated with chair sillhouettes on an even cuter dresser/cabinet that has a "reverse tromp l'oeil" effect to it of life imitating art.  

This was my one and only yard sale find of the day - scored it for only $2 and it actually works!  I love it because it reminds me of an identical clock that my grandparents had in their house, so this is my nostalgia piece.  

I found this trivet in an antique store.  At the time, I didn't know what the Chinese characters meant but I thought it was a really striking image, especially with the Greek key pattern in the surrounding circle.  There's a brass hoop on the back to allow the trivet to be hung on the wall, which is exactly what I'm going to do with it as soon as I find a place for it (if I had a home office it would definitely be going in there!).  I've since learned from a friend at work that the symbols are pronounced "foo-loo" and it means "prosperity in career."  

I might go back to Structube and buy this lamp - it is so sparkly and would look great next to my bar cabinet.  It's the perfect size, too; I need a slim shade for that corner of the room.

The best price I've seen so far for a replica of the Philippe Starck Louis Ghost Chair - $79 at Structube.  

This weekend I'll be heading to the Junction to check out the plethora of antique shops that are concentrated in that small neighbourhood.  Window shopping only though, unless I see something really inexpensive - that floor lamp I just bought wasn't exactly expensive, but it definitely maxed out the budget for now.