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0 Friday Links + IDS15

IKEA + House and Home Magazine - photo -instagram/houseandhomemag

IDS15 in Toronto is happening this weekend and a few images are popping on our radar.  We loved IKEA's booth where Canadian home decor magazines, House and Home, Style at Home along with IKEA created three different takes using IKEA's new SEKTION cabinets.  Check out Rambling Renovator's blog for a bit of early coverage of the kitchens and a few more from opening night. Also you can follow a few on instagram over the weekend or check out the hashtag #IDS15 or #torontodesignweek:


A few other links this week worth checking out:
Paris Fashion Week through the eyes of Totokaelo
DIY Tassel Basket 
Watercolour Tableware DIY
These rugs from Finland
Ever wonder how to make a twig pencil?

Happy Friday!


6 7 DIY Projects of the Week

Friday is rolling up fast and it's almost time for a weekend project!  Here's some of our favorites we've come across this week!

1.  Nested Clay Bowls
Using air-dry clay, make a set of nested bowls. By This Heart of Mine.

2. Printable Calendar
Grab a free printable calendar with some lovely patterns from Oh The Lovely Things

3.  DIY Washi Tape Geometric Heart
by Homey Oh My!

4. DIY Desk Calendar
by Anna by Annabode for Homemade by Carmona

5. Printable Valentines Cards
by Almost Makes Perfect

6.  DIY Woven Stool
by The Learner Observer

7.  Easy Glittery Banner
by Blitsy


2 The Vipp Shelter | Now you can live in a Vipp!

Vipp, the people that brought us the much-loved waste bin, have just launched a plug and play getaway with their pre-fab Vipp Shelter. Escape the urban chaos in this 55m2 space that can essentially be installed at your lakefront or forest lot within 3-5 days. Everything is taken care of, furniture, lighting, tableware, towels, bed linen; it even has a fireplace! A simple steel grid structurally supports the two level space, where only the bathroom and and bed loft is shielded from the main living space. Let's take a look!

The price is 485,000€ / 585,000€. For more info on the Vipp Shelter, visit Vipp's website at vipp.com/en/shelter.


10 DIY Flower Incense Bundle

Contributor post by Erick and Emily of Heidi's Bridge

Now that winter has finally settled in, that means below-freezing temperatures and grey skies are the norm in the Northeast. Although we cozy up to steaming mugs of tea and thick socks to beat the chill, our thoughts are of a warm spring breeze and flowers beneath our feet. To combat the winter doldrums, we made this DIY Flower Incense Bundle to remind us of sunnier days ahead.

You Will Need:
Assorted Dried Flowers: Lavender, Rose Petals, Safflower, Calendula flowers, Chamomile buds
Honey (or water)
Charcoal stick
Bamboo sticks, cut to 4 inches
Wax paper
Dried Lavender Stems
Palo Santo
Kitchen twine

1. Add a 1 tsp of each flower into mortar and pestle and mix together. Grind flowers with mortar and pestle until they are small granules.

2. Using pestle, grind about 3 tsp of charcoal into mortar with ground flowers.
3.Slowly add honey into other ingredients until it forms a putty that can be formed around the bamboo sticks. Add more honey if mixture is too crumbly and more herb powder if too sticky. Note: This will be messy so do this step over a surface that is easy to wipe down.

4. Let the charcoal sticks dry on wax paper a few days until completely dry.

5. Once charcoal incense sticks are dry, it's time to make your incense bundles. Bundle two sticks with a small piece of palo santo and a sprig or two of dried lavender. Tie together with kitchen twine and enjoy!

Meet the Contributors
Emily Hirsch and Erick Steinberg are blogging duo behind Heidi's Bridge, a lifestyle blog with a focus on DIY projects, recipes, and travel. When they're not blogging or working as 2/4 of the creative agency Jolly Bureau, they moonlight as locally sourced sandwich vendors in Philadelphia, PA.

0 Sneak Peek! February Issue of Inside Out Magazine

We received a bit of lush greenery in our inbox today from the folks at Inside Out Magazine! It's always nice to get a dose of summer midst our dark and wet winter days; and coincidentally just what the doctor ordered after the rainy weekend we had here! With their February issue coming out this Thursday, Managing Editor, Lee Tran Lam explains all the green inside:

Styling by Jessica Hanson. Photography by Craig Wall.
"There's our 'Best Buys' on plant stands, which shows all the ways you can sneak a little greenery into your house (or to add a cheery flourish of foliage to your office). Styling by Jessica Hanson. Photography by Craig Wall.

And if you worry about having a bad plant-killing record, you can always paint them onto the wall and never worry about needing to get out the watering can. That's the look that the 'mini Matisse' in our kid's room story has conjured (OK, in reality, it was the paintbrush of Leah Bartholomew of Beneath The Sun,  that really made that mural flourish). But it's cute to think that that little girl could be such a prodigy that she could pull it off all alone! Styling by Jessica Hanson. Photography by Amanda Prior.

Styling by Jessica Hanson. Photography by Amanda Prior.

Styling by Leeann Yare. Photography by Larnie Nicolson.
 I also love the bright, thriving green that 'climbs' all over the wall of this home, belonging to New Zealand designer, Alex Fulton. She also plants lots of colour throughout – like in the spotty kid's room, which she's decorated with stationery dots and vibrant accessories, or the bathroom where she keeps a 'fruit bowl' of paper food above the sink. Styling by Leeann Yare. Photography by Larnie Nicolson.

Styling by Leeann Yare. Photography by Larnie Nicolson.

Styling by Leeann Yare. Photography by Larnie Nicolson.
 And while it would be a tricky stretch to claim any kind of plant-related connection, I do love this string of tea towels that our stylist Jessica Hanson picked for our 'Best Buys' section. They might bring a little cheer to a chore that no one ever is in a hurry to do. Styling by Jessica Hanson. Photography by Craig Wall."

Styling by Jessica Hanson. Photography by Craig Wall.

Thank you Lee Tran!  The February issue of Inside Out Magazine is out Thursday and is available at newsagents or digitally via Zinio, Google Play, iTunes & Nook.