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.


Etsy Road Trip Sneak Peek and $100 Gift Card Giveaway

[Refuge Stud Earrings in Sterling Silver by the Angry Weather]

One of the things we love about Etsy is that it gives artisans a chance to get their handmade goods out into the world. Now, the online emporium is giving a select crew of shop owners even more exposure with the first ever Etsy Road Trip! From August 1 to 9, a group of Canadian creators will hit the pavement making stops in Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston and Toronto. We've been fans of some of these shops for ages and we can't wait to meet these makers in person.

Of course, when we go on a fantastic voyage, we like to pack light — just a few wardrobe essentials so that there's room for souvenirs in our luggage. We then add variety to our outfits with accessories. So to get ready, we've selected the following favourites from participating jewellery designers.

You can discover even more vendors on the Etsy Canada Road Trip tumblr or follow the hashtag #etsyroadtrip on Instagram. And to help you get more handmade into your life, Etsy Canada is giving one lucky reader a $100 Gift Card (keep reading for details).

[Hammered Brass Triangle Earrings by Salvage Co]

[Stained Glass Triangle Pendant by Here and Now Shop]

[Dusty Pink Feather Necklace by Noemiah]

[The Belinda Pouch by Grace Design]

Okay, the clutch isn't jewellery, but you need something to carry your bijoux in!

To win the $100 Etsy Gift Card, simply subscribe to Covet Garden between July 30, 2014 and August 10, 2014. One winner will be chosen randomly from those who sign up (it’s free and you’ll also get our monthly newsletter and have each new issue of Covet Garden delivered directly to your email box). Sorry, Canadian residents only.


Jessica's California Road Trip Style

I'm currently on a two week trip to California. I'm starting my trip in Los Angeles and making my way to San Francisco. So my goal was to pack light and stay organized. And it never hurts if your luggage looks good at the same time. Here's what I brought to California.

1. Kleenex, in a case I picked up at City of Craft a few years ago. Never know when you might need a tissue.

2. Waterproof Marimekko toiletry bag: Contains my essentials in case I get seperated from my luggage.

3. I've always been a fan of the very light-weight and durable Le Sportsac range — the weekender tote pictured at the top of this post has been my go-to for years! This patterned delight of Le Sportsac Travel Wallet has multiple pockets to hold American dollars and travel documents.

4. Snacks: Nuts and dried fruit to keep me going throughout the flight.

5. Phone Stuff: An external battery for my phone (for when I'm low on juice); a SIM card to accomodate my US calling plan (I use ROAM); and headphones for music and in-flight movies.

6. Extra bag: Baggu makes the best! It's light but holds a lot of groceries for those trips to the Santa Monica Farmer's Market, is available in so many good patterns and it folds down into 5" x 5" pouch so it doesn't take up much room in your regular bag.

7. A case with hand sanitizer, lip gloss and gum to combat in-flight pressure changes — mine is by Lovell Designs.

8. My favourite Hand & Shadow scarf to keep me warm on the freezing plane.

9. My Sony Alpha N-EX camera. It shoots like an SLR, accomodates my old Nikon lenses and is not a heavy beast so it's easy to take along on day trips.

10. To combat boredom on the plane, I loaded my iPad up with my favourite magazines. I got some from iTunes subscriptions and others from the Toronto Public Library's great online collection. (Thanks to Avery Swartz for the tutorial on downloading!)

11. Notebook and pens. My current favourite combination is a Virginia Johnson journal and a pencil case from the Paper Place filled of Le Pens!

12. Covet Garden promo cards to spread the word that Covet Garden Home is now available in the U.S.!

PS. If anyone has tips for some cool places in California that I should check out, I'd love to hear about them in the comments below.