If you live in Vancouver the last couple of days have been a bit of a bummer. After an almost unreal amount of glorious weather the clouds have moved in. Playing outdoors is my primary survival technique during the summer (that is, surviving my children), and being indoors too much gives us all the grumps. Thank goodness I attended that Indigo party on Tuesday before the rain moved in. A couple of gift bag goodies paved the way for some indoor fun.
(Disclaimer: a beloved source informed me that I sounded a bit too “yay, hooray Indigo” in my last post but I truly enjoy their product so my enthusiasm is genuine, it was just a bonus to receive some free product).
One of the products I received was a sample kit of “Roominate” building pieces. They are meant for children six and up but my daughter, 3 years, quickly got the hang of piecing them together and kept going back to them throughout the day. They are a new product created by two female engineers to encourage young girls to enjoy STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The kits also come with electrical circuits so that children can learn to light up and mobilize their creations.
Sofia, my daughter comes from a long line of engineers, including her daddy who was delighted by her enthusiasm over the product. She enjoyed Roominate so much that we took a trip to Chapters to try to buy some more. No luck, they won’t be released in Canada, exclusively at Chapters, until November.
I can’t walk into Chapter’s kid section and not buy something so I decided to grow our collection of Sands Alive, another freebie I received. Sands Alive is basically the new play dough but so much better. Unlike play dough it is not sticky and does not dry out when left in open air. Because it isn’t sticky, when it ends up all over your floor you can easily sweep it up. An added bonus is that my one year old didn’t seem interested in trying to eat it (unlike our brightly coloured play dough). We had planned to walk to the beach yesterday to build sand castles but this was a fun indoor alternative.
Messy, yes. But easily cleaned.
Between these two additions to our collection of toys and a trip to Metrotown for a ride on the mini train, our rainy day was saved. My kids love to create (and so do I) so these two products get a thumbs up from us all. Thank you Indigo!
I’ve long been a fan of Chapters Indigo, both for their large selection of books as well as their stylish home decor items, so it was a delight to be invited to their Holiday Preview party last night. And given that our local ice cream truck has been rolling around the neighborhood playing Christmas carols all summer, it wasn’t too hard to hop on board with the unseasonal festive cheer (the bourbon didn’t hinder the process either).
Many of their gorgeous ornaments are neutral in color so they can fit in with any decorating color scheme you fancy for your Christmas displays.
I was lucky enough to take home my favorite item of Indigo’s ornament collection (shown above) and since its neutral color doesn’t scream “Christmas!”, I already have it discretely displayed on my book shelf.
Some of my other favorite home decor items included the mercury glass candles shown below. These beauties are also good for all year round once you burn down your Christmasy scent and replace it with a new votive.
They have gorgeous little urns/vases made of mercury glass as well.
I’ve always loved Indigo’s throws pillows and blankets and they don’t disappoint with their new winter collection. Between their two distinct lines, “Christmas at the Cabin” and “Christmas in the City” there is something for everyone, male or female, country style or modern.
It’s not my style but I still appreciate the sleek softness of Indigo’s new faux fur textiles as well as the texture and graphics of the “Christmas at the Cabin” pillows.
See that gorgeous blue knit pillow in the background from the “city collection”? That’ll be making an appearance on my bed this winter.
So much to see. So few good pictures to share. Check out Chapters Indigo come November for a first hand look at all their winter goodies. I may just run into you there.
Recently Pantone announced “radiant orchid” (read: pinky purple) as the colour of the year but personally, I’m on the hunt for persimmon (read: red-orange. It’s a fruit, who comes up with these names?). My pursuit of persimmon began with this Robert Allen fabric:
Robert Allen’s Ming Dragon in Admiral
Love. Love Love his twist on florals. I plan on using the fabric for some throw pillows to bring a splash of bold, but not bright, colour to my couch. I’m a serious colour-phobe but it is my ambition to introduce colour into my very neutral home. I’m going to rely on indigo blue (the background colour of this fabric) as another neutral and have some fun with green and persimmon accents (you can spot just a bit of the red-orange colour in the fabric in the top right corner). I’ve been searching out products for bringing the persimmon out in my living room and I love these curtains from Crate and Barrel:
Okay, so they are still mostly white but baby steps you know.
The rule of thumb for accent colours is that you are supposed to have at least three hits of the colour in a room so I’m on the look out for a couple more. In the meantime I’m inspired by these beautiful rooms:
Wish I knew where the persimmon nick-knacks on the bookcase are from. Love the bookends.
Painting the window frames: a funky and low cost way of introducing colour to a room. And that couch! Gorgeous.
I’m contemplating going a bit wild in my powder room and painting it a colour like that wall. We’ll see…
If only there wasn’t a tot kitchen under my bar counter…I’d have stools like these.
Ooh la la, if I lived a different kind of life I wouldn’t mind a dramatic dining room like this.