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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.


6 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.


1 Goodbye Summer Pie: Nectarine + Blueberry Pie With Sweet and Salty Oat Crust

Contributor post by Lyndsay Sung of Coco Cake Land

Fall is arriving which means it's time to CRANK THAT OVEN! One of my favourite cool weather things to bake and share are PIES, beautiful pies. With the last few weeks of summer fruit and a craving for a crumble-like dessert, this easy nectarine and blueberry pie came together like a sweet and salty dream, loaded with fruit, sprinkled generously with streusel topping and served with a perfectly large scoop of vanilla ice cream. The beauty of this fruit pie is you can substitute fall's favourite friend, the mighty apple, and it will be just as spectacular. So dig in, friends! It's high time for pie!


I adapted this recipe from The Four and Twenty Blackbirds pie book 

Makes 1 9 inch round pie

Oat Crust ingredients 
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed golden brown sugar
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinammon
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Stir together all ingredients except the butter in a large bowl. Add melted butter. Press evenly into the bottom of your pie pan. Freeze until solid; 15 minutes. Bake on the middle rack at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes; if it puffs up at all, simply press back into the pan and let cool before using.

Filling ingredients 
5 medium nectarines, cut into slices
2 cups of blueberries
Juice of half of a small lemon
1/8 cup granulated sugar
pinch of kosher salt

Mix all of the ingredients together. Place filling into oat crust.

Streusel ingredients
1 cup all purpose flour
3 tablespoons golden brown sugar
4 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Stir together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the butter and mix until combined; it will be clumpy looking. Sprinkle generously all over the fruit filling.

Set the oven to 375 degrees; bake for 40-45 minutes until fruit is happily bubbling and cooked through and the streusel topping has browned nicely.

I fell seriously hard for this delicious pie and I hope you will too. You can also de-flour this beautiful oaty fruity pie by substituting spelt flour for the all purpose flour in both the crust and the streusel topping. Happy baking, friends!

Meet The Contributor
Lyn­d­say Sung is a baker and blog­ger at Coco Cake Land. She loves super cute cakes, sweet design and snacks. She lives in Van­cou­ver, Canada with her hus­band and tod­dler son.


1 Book Preview | Home Style By City

Home Style By City
Ideas and Inspiration from Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles and Copenhagen by Ida Magntorn

One of Chronicle Books' newest releases this month, Home Style By City by Ida Magntorn (out September 23rd/14) is the English version of her popular Swedish book, Urban Vintage which is filled with heaps of inspiration and ideas from homes in Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles and Copenhagen. From character and cultural heritage, each section offers up tips for decorating in this eclectic-bohemian style from where to shop (flea markets) while in these cities to "get the look" ideas and DIYs to create your own favorite city-inspired look.

A unique collection of spaces from a former editor-in-chief of the Sydsvenskan (home and living section) as well as the antique and flea market pages of various magazines. Ida is also a freelance reporter and a blogger for Elle Decoration.  This book is a definite fave! Let's take a look!

Home Style By City by Ida Magntorn  is available after September 23rd/14.  Click here for more info.