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5 IKEA introduces the ÅRGÅNG collection

Today, IKEA launched the ÅRGÅNG collection. To celebrate 70 years, the Swedish retailer introduced 26 pieces based on some faithful old servants from the 50s-70s in the IKEA archives. It's a limited edition collection and includes everything from furniture and lighting to textiles and tableware. It’s a great trip down memory lane for everyone interested in interior design. The collection is only available while supplies last, and is not available in every IKEA store. Please check local stores for availability. Let's take a look!

3 7 Beautiful DIYs of the Week

These weeks just before the holidays fly by don't they? We're deep in finishing up our annual holiday gift guide, hence the posts here are slim. But we managed to mine a few beautiful DIYs of the week that couldn't be missed. Check them out!

A Modern Day Dream Catcher
by Sugar and Cloth

Give Thanks and Eat Pie Stencil
by The House That Lars Built

Dipped Gift Tags
by The Crafted Life

A Gold Paper Storage Sack
by The Red Thread Blog

DIY Bench
by Manhatten Nest

DIY Planter Shelf
by Vintage Revivals

A Winter Wreath
by The Purl Bee


15 Knit a Scarf! A Beginners Guide to Knitting

This post is sponsored by Roots Canada, whom we are excited to be partnering with this holiday season!

Mary Maxim began with hand knit designs in the early 1950s, influenced by the beautiful wildlife of North America. In celebration of their 60th anniversary (!), Roots Canada created a nostalgic collection featuring the iconic curling sweaters and accessories that are just as quintessentially Canadian today as they were then.

We tried our hand at the Roots Canada by Mary Maxim Knit Kit - an adorable DIY kit that teaches you to knit your own Roots Cabin Scarf. We decided to help get you started by breaking down the simple knit stitch.

Step 1: Follow your Knit Kit instructions for casting-on (this is essentially a method for creating interconnecting slip-knots).

Step 2: And now the knitting begins: insert your right-hand needle into the first stitch on the left-hand needle, always keeping your yarn in the back of work.

Step 3: Bring yarn under and over the point of your right-hand needle.

Step 4: Draw through stitch, allowing stitch on left-hand needle to slip-off, leaving new stitch on the right-hand needle.

That's it! That's knitting. To complete the scarf, you could simply knit through it or for you more seasoned knitters, follow the pattern provided in the knit kit. No matter your skill level, this is a fun weekend project that’s a guaranteed way to get into the holiday spirit.

Roots is offering Poppytalk readers free shipping on any order within Canada or the U.S.A.  Enter Promo Code: POPPYTALK.

Promo Terms: Enter promo code POPPYTALK to receive free standard shipping on any order size within Canada or the U.S.A. Not redeemable for cash, nor is it valid for any previously purchased merchandise. Offer cannot be combined with any other discounts, promotion or offers (unless otherwise specified). Offer valid from Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 to Tuesday, December 16th at 1:30PM ET. Offer subject to change.

Shop the Roots Canada Mary Maxim Collection.


2 Sneak Peek | Inside Out Magazine December Issue

Styling by Jason Grant. Photography by Grace Cassio
A little blast of the sun today from our friends at Inside Out Magazine as they head into their summer; we could all use a bit of warming up here in the Northern Hemisphere we think.  Managing Editor, Lee Tran Lam gives us the details:

"The cover story is on Debbie and Eugene Tan, the lovely couple behind the super-popular Aquabumps surf photography site, (aquabumps.com). Their home, accordingly, is right by Bondi Beach and is so wonderfully sun-drenched that you may need some SPF30 while looking at the feature. Styling by Jason Grant. Photography by Grace Cassio.

So it might not seem very 'cool' to live with your mother, but architect Andrew Benn proves that wrong with his brilliant renovation – which took his own house and his mother's home (situated right next door) and completely made them over to make the most of the close proximity and family connections. A sneaky passage links the two homes and they bring each other food, share resources or sometimes his mother will walk Andrew's dog. Not only was this a personal project, but it also won a NSW Architecture Award for his firm, Benn and Penna (which he runs with wife Alice). In fact, they won the award the same day that Alice discovered she was pregnant – so it was a two-in-one celebration (even if she had to skip out on drinking champagne)!
Styling by Claire Delmar. Photography by Prue Ruscoe.

Styling by Claire Delmar. Photography by Prue Ruscoe.

Styling by Claire Delmar. Photography by Prue Ruscoe.

Bless stylist Phoebe McEvoy for actually making setting the table seem like a lot of fun in her 'Dinner Date' feature for us. I love all the different tabletop schemes that she flirts with in this story. Photography by Craig Wall.

Styling Phoebe McEvoy. Photography by Craig Wall

Styling Phoebe McEvoy. Photography by Craig Wall

Styling Phoebe McEvoy. Photography by Craig Wall

And as an unreformed colour addict, even I was won over by the black-and-white Scandinavian look in our Kid's Room shoot (not that it was very hard to win me over!). Styling by Jessica Hanson. Photography by Craig Wall."

Styling by Jessica Hanson. Photography by Craig Wall
Thank you Lee Tran!  The December issue of Inside Out Magazine is out Thursday and is available at newsagents or digitally via Zinio, Google Play, iTunes & Nook.

0 Dispatch from Sweden | New Prints by Stina Persson

It's been a while since we heard from Swedish illustrator, Stina Persson, so we were delighted to see she has just released a couple new prints through Wonderwall this season.  Stina tells us,  "Le Kid" (above and just below) is her colourful cure for the November blues and "YSL" (bottom two) is the more sophisticated stocking filler. We love them both!

More about Stina :

Stina Persson fuses the traditional with edgy for a look that is appreciated by numerous clients, including Louis Vuitton, Absolut Vodka, Sony Music and Nike among others. Not to mentions illustrating countless issues of Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Elle. Her work has been exhibited in several shows in New York, Stockholm and Tokyo.
After 15 years spent in Japan, Italy and New York, she is now happily based in Stockholm, with her three sons, journalist husband and cat.