Friday
Jul182014

More Nina and Melissa Inspiration

1. Susan Terai Folding Chair 2. Stacked Paperback Wallpaper 3. Amphora Lamp Base 4. Coral & Tusk Circus Cocktail Napkins 5. Mara Hoffman Rug 6. Filomena Mixing Bowl

We simply can't get enough of Melissa and Nina's space in the July issue of Covet Garden. Of course, it took them decades to source their decor objects, so we wanted to take you on an online safari to find similar treasures that would look right at home in your house.

We're also incredibly excited to announce that Covet Garden Home is now available at select Anthropologie stores in the US and Canada. To celebrate, we hunted for Nina and Melissa inspired finds from Anthro.

As for Covet Garden Home, you can get your copy through Anthropologie online or at one of these locations: Newport Beach, Santa Monica, San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego and Glendale, CA; Greenwich, CT; Washington, DC (Georgetown); Miami Beach and Tampa, FL; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Indianapolis, IN; Boston and Burlington, MA; Kansas City, MO; New York Chelsea Market, NY; Tulsa, OK; Toronto, ON; Portland, OR; Pittsburgh, PA; Nashville and Knoxville, TN; Dallas, Southlake and Austin, TX; Salt Lake City, UT; Seattle, WA; and Madison, WI.

Monday
Jul142014

Lynda's Hot for Horchata Ice Cream 

Horchata (pronounced or-CHA-tah) is a traditional Mexican beverage that is super-yummy and guaranteed to put out any fire in your mouth as a result of spicy food.  Its main ingredients are rice, almonds and cinnamon, and when combined with water and sugar result a wonderfully refreshing drink. 

On my trip to Oaxaca I enjoyed horchata daily both as a beverage and as an ice cream and now that I'm back in Toronto I've been craving it bad.

Because it just happens to be humid and 38 degrees here in the city, I've decided to transport myself (in my mind) back to Oaxaca by making a batch of horchata ice cream. 

[photos: Lynda Felton]


Ingredients:
½ cup white rice (I tried jasmine rice and loved the result.)
3 cups whole milk
¼ cup sugar
½ cup of raw honey
pinch of salt
1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cinnamon stick
5 large egg yolks
1 cup half-and-half or heavy cream
 

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a 2-quart baking dish, mix the rice, milk, sugar and salt. Add the vanilla bean (scraped right into mixture) and the cinnamon stick. Cover dish with foil and bake for 1 hour. 

3. Remove rice mixture from oven an uncover. 

4. Finish scraping the vanilla bean and remove it (leave the cinnamon stick in). Stir in the honey and bake uncovered for another half hour, until rice is tender.

5. Remove the dish from the oven and take out the cinnamon stick. Quickly whisk in the egg yolks all at once. Whisk in the half and half or cream. 

6. Purée half of the mixture in a bowl and then add the rest of the mixture to it and and sprinkle with ground cinnamon.

7. Chill custard thoroughly in the refrigerator, preferably overnight.

8. The next day, churn according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer ice cream to container and chill in freezer for at least 3 to 4 hours before serving. Makes about 3 cups, or 6 servings.

 

*THIS IS A SPONSORED POST FROM KITCHENAID®.

From July 11 until July 25, buy a KitchenAid® Artisan, Architect or Pro 600 Stand Mixer and get a free Ice Cream Maker Attachment (value $129.99). This offer is available in Canada only. And don't forget to check enter our We All Scream for Ice Cream contest!

Friday
Jul112014

Best of Etsy July: Art on Etsy

Last weekend, Covet Garden took a trip to the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition—one of Toronto's best opportunities for the general public to discover up-and-coming talents as well as revisiting familiar artists. It came as no surprise that many of our favourites from this year's show—photographer Becca Wallace, ceramicist Julie Moon (pictured above), printmaker Margaret Rankin, fibre artist Marta Mouka, illustrator Nessleee — all have shops on Etsy.

These artists are multi-talented and their Etsy shops often also feature smaller pieces, affordable multiples or other objects such as jewellery (like Moon's floral earrings, pictured above).

One of the great things about the TOAE is getting to meet artists like Moon and Nessleee in person. Here, Nessleee is pictured in front of her favourite paintings and ceramic sculptures. Below, her wearable artworks (our own Lynda is a big fan and sports her Auntie Mapo and Uncle Stan brooches everywhere she goes).

Etsy is a super showcase for artists from all over the globe. In fact, there are so many great creations that it can be hard to navigate through the all of the works that are available. To make it easier, we've made a list of amazing and affordable masterpieces to help you start or add to your collection. We'll keep adding to this treasury as we discover more great works, so follow our boards for updates!

[1. Unicorn Wall Sculpture by Macheanimal; 2. Half Moon pendant by Julie Moon Ceramics;3. Bee Paper Sculpture by Elsita; 4. Bronze cuff by Tiny Armour; 5. Sakura Spirit Bear by Mount Royal Mint; 6. The Future Is Bright Banner by Jimmy Marble; 7. Auntie Mapo pin by Nessleee]

Wednesday
Jul092014

Sponsor Love: Presto! Paper & Home

Tory Wright of Presto Paper & Home has been a supporter of Covet Garden for years now, so this post is both a thank-you note to the Toronto-based designer but also a notice of her delightful brick and mortar store on Yonge Street in Summerhill Village. Wright is also a champion of designers she discovered during her 28-year-career in career in the gift and greeting card business. We stopped by the shop last week to check out the latest arrivals in the store.

Wright opened her Summerhill Village store in 2013. She has sourced a selection of stationery and writing implements as well as housewares such as candles, mugs and shopping bags from all around the world. This summer, the Presto! shelves are stocked with journals, planners and other stationery items in super saturated hues of coral, orange, purple and pink. We love the bright palette in this photo, so we had to take a shelfie!

Of course we're big fans of Wright's own creations, such as her Tab-a-lets — clip on metal letters and symbols that are great for decorating gifts or making personalized garlands. We are especially taken by the colourful new collection pictured above. 

While paper goods are the shop's mainstay, there is a nice little collection of prints and other art objects, such as this oversized, arrow-shaped, hand painted wall charm by Great Lakes Goods.

[images: Jessica Reid]

You can visit Presto! Paper & Home online or at 1011 Yonge Street, Toronto (416-513-1011).

Wednesday
Jul022014

Guest Post: The Leslieville Flea on Outdoor Spaces

 

[Vicki Bell's garage from Issue 12. photography by Tracy Shumate]

Summer is finally here! After the long winters we endure—and this last one was particularly long and cold—we all love to head outdoors to enjoy our fleeting warm weather.

Entertaining and relaxing outside make the most of those hot summer nights. Creating an outdoor space that is inviting and beautiful can be so much fun. You can play with colour and materials in ways that are totally creative and even a departure from the style of the rest of your home.

Making whatever outdoor area you have (balcony, porch, garden or yard) an extension of your home gives you another “room” to call your own—and any found space is super-important, if you have a smaller city home or condo.

When designing an outdoor space, try using traditional indoor pieces to extend the interior look outdoors. As long as the space is protected from the rain and direct sunlight you can use a few of these items to really make the space feel like another part of your home. Using vintage pieces in your outdoor space is a great idea because they’ve already proven they can weather the elements. Old dressers can function as sideboards and store your outdoor linens and tableware.  

Dressing up your outdoor “walls” with art is another great way to make the space feel inviting. Mirrors and wall art made with vintage and reclaimed materials add sparkle and style to any fence or outdoor wall. This great piece of art made from an old broken bench is a fantastic piece with loads of character. 

[wall art from Pure Dutch]

Using textiles in interesting patterns and materials will add interest to your outdoor space too. A cushion made from an old coffee bag will work great on outdoor furniture and will withstand the rays of the sun without rotting or fading. Jute is a super-durable, natural fibre that can withstand wet and sun. These jute pouches, originally intended for indoor organizers, become instant gardens for a small space when they are planted up with herbs and smaller plants. 

[vertical garden jute pockets from Avani Creations]

Try charming herb markers made from silver-plated and silver spoons. The spoons are sourced from a variety of places, flattened with a sledge hammer and then hand-stamped. They also make great gifts for gardeners and cooks. They should be brought indoors at the end of the season and can be cleaned easily with toothpaste and a rag.

[herb markers from Creekwood]

However small your outdoor area, and however short our summer season, you can create a space that is functional and interesting. Get creative, be bold and have some fun with it.

You will find all sorts of great items to decorate and use in your outdoor space at the Leslieville Flea at Harbourfront Centre this Sunday, July 6th from 10am-5pm.