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1 Studio North at IDSwest

Studio North at IDSwest is always something we look forward to.  Next week's event will showcase limited edition collections by Canadian and international designers featuring one-off and custom collections of furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, textiles and surface design.  We thought we'd preview a few exhibitors in Studio North this year a little closer. 

Along Came the Fold

A small business based in Vancouver that makes paper products for the home: from stationary and gifts to lamp design.

Endeavour Neon

Neon signs, of all shapes, sizes, and colors created by Andrews Hibbs.


A contemporary object design studio, Gamla handcrafts sophisticated furniture, conceptual objects, and physical brand experience for select clients.

Landon Dix Design + Craft

A studio of handmade goods and furniture through a variety of mediums and techniques.
Designed and crafted by Landon Dix in North Vancouver.

Shipway Design

Modern west coast furnishings created through an explorative material driven design process that enables forms honest to their nature.

Lori Harrison

Lori Harrison Designs integrates art and design to create home d├ęcor, textiles, custom furnishings and artwork.

WFOUR Design

WFOUR Design is a small furniture design + build company based in Nevada, USA creating hand-built and made to order furniture using solid domestic hardwood.

IDSwest will be celebrating its 10th year this year and runs September 25 - 28/14 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.  For more information visit www.idswest.com.


0 Pigeon Toe for Cedar & Moss

Portland-based designers, Pigeon Toe and Cedar & Moss announced today their collaboration and debut of the Wyatt line, porcelain shaded lighting and walnut features.

The line celebrates clean lines and a modern aesthetic and are finished with brass hardware and locally sourced walnut parts. A brass shade option is also offered if you're looking for an alternative look.

The Wyatt line is available exclusively on the Cedar & Moss website.

0 Vancouver Modern Home Tour

135 East 17th Avenue

Vancouver Modern Home Tour is happening again this year during Vancouver Design Week and in conjunction with Western Living Magazine’s Design Week.

Curated by Western Living Magazine Editor-in-Chief Anicka Quin and Modern Home Tours, the second annual Vancouver Modern Home Tour offers tour  goers the opportunity for a rare look inside some of the most cutting-edge dwellings in the city.
DATE: Saturday, September 20, 2014
TIME: 11:00am – 5:00pm
COST: $30 Online in advance, $40 Day of
LOCATION: Click HERE for a link to the tour homes’ locations
TRANSPORTATION: Self-driving, Self-paced

Click HERE for tickets and more info.

A few featured homes below:

135 East 17th Avenue

Architect: LWPAC – Oliver Lang
Builder/Interior Designer: Vanglo Sustainable Construction Ltd.

3140 West 23rd

Architect: Frits de Vries Architect Ltd.
Builder/Contractor: Natural Balance Home Builders
Structural Engineer: Chiu Hippmann Engineering Inc.

5012 Marguerite Street

Architect: David Thom, IBI Group
Interior Design: Hodgson Design Associates
Home Builder & Interior Millwork: Stirling Millwork
Pool: Transolini Pools

Visit modernhometours.com for tickets and more info.

0 Retail Readiness Workshop With Rena Tom

We're super-excited to have Rena Tom, founder of Makeshift Society, (a coworking space and clubhouse for creative freelancers in San Francisco and Brooklyn) in Vancouver next week facilitating her Retail Readiness Workshop in our shop. The workshop is super-helpful for anyone trying to get their product into shops and we still a few spaces left if any of you wish to join us.

Do you make and sell products to a loyal following online or at craft shows but want to see your work on the shelves of your favorite boutique? It takes more than having great products to earn a retailer's interest, trust and money. Learn how to approach stores and make it easy for them to buy from you.
During this workshop, you'll re-evaluate your business through the eyes of a buyer, learn how to research the right stores to approach and how to edit your line for maximum appeal. We'll also look at the content of your line sheet and catalog, discuss what makes a compelling pitch and how buyers find out about new lines, and talk about the importance of establishing a good relationship with your stores.

The class will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:00am - 12:00pm) at Poppytalk which is located at109 East Broadway, Vancouver, B.C.

Click here to register or for more information.

(Related)  Rena will also be speaking at IDSwest while she's here, speaking Friday (Sept 26 - Trade Only).  Click here for the speaker schedule.


7 10 Rad DIY Art Ideas for Your Walls (From Printables to Painting)

From free printables to painting your own, we've collected a few gems to decorate your walls for the fall.  Check them out below!

1.  Arrows Printable
by Printable Randoms

A printable on Etsy that you can instantly download. Click here for more info.

2. Easy Ombre Art
by Remodelaholic

A simple project by adding white to one colour.  Get the instructions at Remodelaholic.

3. Gold Leaf Map Art
by Sugar and Cloth

Make a set of prints using gold leaf and map prints.  Get the instructions at Sugar and Cloth.

4. No-Sew Inspirational Words Banner
by Breathe Happiness

Make a banner to inspire.  Get the how-to at Breathe Happiness.

5. Ombre Art DIY
by Two Delighted

Another ombre simple project - this time painted on a stretched canvas.  Get the instructions at Two Delighted.

6. Hip Hip Hooray Party Sign
by Melanie Blodgett for Julep

Make a sign for a party or for permanent hooray-ness!  Get the instructions at Julep.

7. Free Art Printable
by Creature Comforts.

Click here for the free printable art template.

8. Free Pineapple Printable
by Oh So Lovely

Pineapple fans alert! Here's a pretty golden one you can print to hang.  From Oh So Lovely.

9.  Jane Austen Quote
by Printable Randoms

A pretty print for the boudoir. Click here for more info.

10. DIY Watercolor Abstract Art
by Setting for Four.

These stylish graphic prints are made by pulling a photo into the Waterlogue App and then printing them out, framed in IKEA RIBBA frames.  Get the how-to at Setting for Four.