The Friday Find: The Perfect Mid Mod Teak Cabinet from GUFF

If you are a fan of mid-century modern and/or Scandinavian design and you are in or around the Toronto area, chances are you've heard of GUFF Furniture.  I personally have a house full of gorgeous finds from this Leslieville vintage shopper's staple, including the dining room table I'm working on right now! 

I pop onto the GUFF website at least a few times a week to see what's up and then I spend the next several hours fighting myself to keep from buying everything. My house is already in over-teak and though I'm quick to justify it by citing my Danish bloodline, there really does come a time when enough is enough. 

This cabinet though? COME ON. How strong to I have to be?! Those perfect proportions for a smallish space and cheerful smiley face drawer pulls? Add the fact that it's a two-piece and top and bottom can be used separately as required/desired and I'm actually in the car right now forget you read this it's mine... 

...okay fine I'm not in the car. I haven't a square inch left to devote to this cuteness. But if you do, get cracking! And if it's already sold, as it might well be when you read this (sorry), we would be beyond delighted to hunt down something equally perfect for you and your space. Call us! 



The Friday Find: H&M Home—10 Finds Worth Fighting For

Okay so maybe I can't take credit for "finding" H&M Home. I'll concede it's probable that every single person in the GTA (world?) already knows that the Swedish fashion retail giant opened the doors to it's newly renovated flagship store at the Toronto Eaton Centre this week. And that as part of this unveiling they have also brought their coveted and affordable home goods line to town. FINE. I didn't find it. But I did find a few items among the collection that I think are worth fighting the mobs for. 

  1. Bedspread, Double; $119: Just the right mix of boho and trendy, this would be amazing in a modern guest room or super cool for a teen. 
  2. Printed Cushion Cover; $12.99: Just so you know, I will be buying all of the pillow covers. 
  3. Laundry Basket; $39.99: I will also be buying all of the baskets. 
  4. Hanging Planter; $39.99: I mean, I've avoided the hanging planter terrarium trend for long enough already. At this price, resistance is futile.
  5. Linen Dressing Gown; $39.99: M'kay maybe not exactly home decor but who cares I need it and so do you.   
  6. 2-Pack Hooks; $6.99: Meant for a kid's room but I would use these anywhere—foyer, bathroom, laundry room, studio, play room... need I go on? 
  7. Metal Vase; $19.99: Perfect for any style of decor. ANY STYLE. I need a million of them. 
  8. Round Metal Tray; $29.99: It is a well known fact of life that you can never have too many trays. 
  9. Paper Napkins; $3.99: I have been known to drive all the way to IKEA just because I'm out of napkins (also, because meatballs). Well, IKEA, there's a new napkin in town. 
  10. Metal Candlestick; $29.99: You guys, it's a palm tree and a candlestick. Need I say more?

In all seriousness, it takes some skill and practice to inject a home with trendy prints and accessories. It's all about balance. Need some help finding the right amount of whimsy and fun for your space? Call us and let's getting shopping!


Merry & Minimal

Allow me to preface this by saying that while it's no secret that I'm a Scandinavian minimalist at heart—by blood and by choice—my own home looks NOTHING like this at Christmas time.

My tree is fat and dripping with toys and tiny pre-school handprint ornaments. My mantel is laden with lights and pom-poms and whimsical (some may say gaudy but I prefer whimsy) woodland creatures. Our stockings have penguins and reindeer and felted balls everywhere! It's a riot of colour and crafts. 

But inside my brain? Inside my brain, the holidays look exactly like the above. Maybe one day I'll stage the Scandinavian Christmas of my dreams, with spindly unadorned trees in baskets and nothing but wooden bead garlands strung about with calculated (yet somehow also casual?) precision.

Until that day arrives (never) I'll just enjoy the images above, breathe a deep sigh of calm-yet-joyful happiness, and share these pretty ideas with you. 

  1. This stick tree from ReTreeJoy won't shed needles all over your house and it gives you the perfect perch for when you feel like putting a bird on it. Obviously it's completely sold out due to its utter perfection.
  2. The Nordic sensibility and graphic symmetry of traditional Finnish Himmeli decorations are what I see floating behind my eyelids while drifting off to sleep at night. This brass interpretation would make an excellent gift for me (in case you were wondering).
  3. I can't imagine anything more perfect to drape, just so, over that little floating Rhino head. This is Scandi  mantel perfection and I'd leave it like this all year long. If you need me, I'll be out collecting pastel coloured wooden beads. 
  4. Many have made attempts at a perfect decorative Advent calendar and failed, myself included. You probably shouldn't ruin this one by putting any treats in it but if you feel like just receiving a tiny numbered white bag each day in December, this one is for you. 
  5. Unless your home is entirely white with nothing in it at all except for a beautiful brass bunny, do not even attempt this tree. People will think you  gave up on Christmas half way through decorating. 
  6. Wrap everything in craft paper. This woman glued her fingers together to achieve this look so do not consider this the easy way out. 

We'd love to help you achieve the holiday look of your dreams—whatever that may be. Call us!  

Happy Holidays!