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Lisa Leonard Designs

Lisa Leonard Designs is my latest jewelry obsession. I can’t stop looking at these necklaces below, all handmade and some are available as a custom order. Especially the family crest because I love the modern interpretation of something that stems back generations.

Lisa Leonard Designs

Thanks Lisa for writing in!

(images: lisa leonard designs)

Posted in uncategorized on August 26, 2009

Louis Poulsen Lighting: New Toldbod 120

Mette from Louis Poulsen Lighting wrote in today about a nice new pendant called Toldbod 120 that comes in 5 new colors — yellow, blue, black, white and grey and I simply couldn’t wait to share it with you. This yellow is sublime… don’t you think?

Louis Poulsen Lighting

I really like this product shot — seeing a light in situ is so much better than simply floating in space or against a solid black background. So much easier to visualize this in my own home now. Thank you Mette for sharing this with us today!

(images: louis poulsen)

Posted in uncategorized on August 26, 2009

Olio United

I wrote about this fantastic online shop over at Real Simple this morning… you don’t want to miss Olio United…

Olio United

Don’t these things look soooo appealing to you? They sure do to me. :) White porcelain calls to me, as do slim stacking rings and soft cotton dresses. Oh and of course, porcelain butterflies from Austria…

(images: olio united)

Posted in uncategorized on August 26, 2009

perfectbound: Favorite Things

A Few Of My Favorite Things: perfectbound, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Hello everyone! It’s Julie & Kathryn of perfectbound here. We are so excited to be a part of Holly’s guest series “A Few of my Favorite Things” while she is busy relocating. If you’re not familiar with us, we are two designers, best friends, and roommates from Winnipeg, Canada. We love making each day a little more special by highlighting ordinary objects that might otherwise be overlooked. Today we’ll be sharing a few of our favourite things along with the spaces we enjoy the most in our apartment. Almost a year ago we moved into a three floor walk up that was built in 1910. Being as we’re both recent graduates we do not have a lot of money to spend on decor, which has inspired us to rediscover what we already have.


One of the fun things about the apartment is the sunroom. It gives us lots of natural light with windows on two sides of the room. It’s a great place to get a bit of fresh air while looking through our favorite magazines.


We are lucky enough to have a fireplace in our living room but are still deciding on how to bring it to life. In the meantime we like to use the mantle to showcase some of our favourite objects. It’s always changing as we find new inspirations.


One of our best vintage finds was our mid-century dining table. Right now it doubles as our work space.


Like most of you, we have a wall of inspiration. Since we just started putting pieces up, we continue to add to it. Who knows, one day it might even cover the entire wall!


As we decide how to refine our spaces, our prints live in a small gallery against the wall. Being full of bright colours, these are our current favourites for the season.


We have become avid collectors and it all started with our tea cups and saucers. We love how they are little works of art on their own or together as a larger installation. They also incorporate two of our favourite things, colour and pattern.

We are inspired by many different mediums. From the album art of bands like Death Cab For Cutie and The Arcade Fire to the stunning visuals of movies such as The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation. Being designers, we are also influenced by the traditional practices of art and design. The charm of Margaret Kilgallen’s hand painted typography and the disciplined work of Massimo Vignelli are perfect examples of this.

When objects and design alone fall short, we find that wise words help to reignite the creative fires. So as we each try to create the life we want, something we always keep in mind is this quote by Confucius that states if we “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

(images by Julie & Kathryn of perfectbound)

Posted in guest bloggers on August 25, 2009


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