Challenge Accepted: Lynda's DIY Tile Coasters

The other day Rona sent Covet Garden their latest Home and Garden preview package, which included their new look book, some Sico Paint samples, ceramic tiles and various other goodies. They aslo asked if I could come up with a DIY project using any of the included items. I came up with these tile coasters. 

You'll need:

• square ceramic tiles (I used 4 x 4" ones)
• decoupage glue, (I used Mod Podge)  
• paint sample cards
• foam brush
• cork or felt (I used cork)
• cutting pad
• X-Acto knife 
• ruler
• glue gun
• glue sticks
• waterproof acrylic sealer (I prefer the spray variety and I used a gloss finish)


1. Clean tiles then set aside. 

2. Cut your paper into various widths of strips, each the length of your tile.

3. Brush the tile with a generous amount of decoupage glue. Then, center your paper on the tile and press the paper to the tile firmly, beginning in the middle and working your way outwards eliminating air bubbles.

4. Continue to add strips and allow 15 minutes to dry.

5. Apply a layer of decoupage glue to the top of the paper making sure your brushstrokes run in only one direction. Let dry dry completely. 

6. Once dry, add a light coat of  waterproof acrylic sealer and allow to dry completely. Repeat this step until you get a sheen you are happy with.

7. Cut cork to the appropriate size to match your tiles. For my 4 x 4" tiles, I cut  4 x 4" pieces of cork.

8. Using your glue gun, affix cork to the bottom of the tile. Once glue has dried your coasters are ready to use.


Fresh New Finds from Xenia Taler

Like so many people, we've been spending a lot of time on Instagram. It is such a visual medium which makes it perfect for following the creative processes of some of our favourite makers. It was on Xenia Taler's Instagram feed that we spotted examples from Xenia Taler's new line for Barnes & Noble. We knew we had to share.

We want them all!

As long time fans (everyone on the Covet Garden team has at least one piece of Xenia and Stephen's work and we featured their home back in Issue 24) we know we're a little biased. But we're also impressed by how this husband and wife team continue to come up with new ways to translate their dynamic aesthetic to so many different things!

P.S. Covet Garden Home is now available at too!



Issue 48 is Now Live!

We can't think of a better way to spend the lazy, hazy days of August than hanging out in Ghislaine, Tony, Isabelle and Lukas' cool Cabbagetown home. The artfully renovated space is like two houses — the front a classic Toronto Victorian, the back a new modern space. What bridges the gap between old and new is Ghislaine's ability to mix and match furnishings and objects, creating fluidity between every room in the house.

Ghislaine's is also a maker, and her clever creations have inspired our drink, project and fashion and decor picks this month.

In other August news, we want to remind you that our print edition, Covet Garden Home, is now available online and in stores across Canada and the US. Click here for our updated list of North American stockists. And check out the Covet Garden blog for announcements about in store appearances by the Covet Garden team.


French Knit Necklace DIY

[photography: Donna Griffith]

We had such a great time creating our French Knit Name project for our August issue that we kept on cording to make this pretty necklace. All you need is some yarn, a couple of colourful beads and you can make one too!

Using a knitting dolly or by using needles (following the instructions on page 34 of the August issue of Covet Garden) and start and end with a tails of yarn long enough to give you the length you desire for your necklace. After casting on your stitches, knit desired length of French cord and cast off.

Add beads if you like and your done — easy peasy.


August Giveaway: Lori Harrison Avenue Road Cushion

[images: Courtney Lee]

When the Covet Garden team first saw Toronto designer Lori Harrison’s collection of accent cushions, we could tell she was a kindred spirit. We love that the inspiration for her fabric prints often comes from unexpected sources such as worn and weathered objects that she picks up on her travels. We also admire the fact that her down-filled, 100% linen pillows are screen printed and sewn here in Toronto.

Since then we’ve become fans, admiring her virtual visual diaries on Twitter (@Lori_Harrison), Facebook and Instagram (@loriharrisondesign).

But Harrison is more than just comfy cushions: She has just launched a collection of scarves, totes and pouches which are available in the US and Canada through her new online shop.

While it’s hard to imagine passing by Harrison’s creations, she describes her signature aesthetic as  “discovering beauty in the overlooked.” Like us, she believes that our homes and lives should be filled with beautiful, meaningful things. And to help spread that philosophy, Harrison wants to share one of her cushions with a Covet Garden reader.

In the spirit of sharing, we want you to visit and read about how her journeys have inspired her design. Then tell us which city you would most like to visit at contest @ covetgarden. com for a chance to win this stunning Avenue Road cushion. One winner will be selected at random. Contest is open to Canadian residents only. All entries must be received by August 31st at 11pm EST.