Wednesday
Mar192014

Postcard from Los Angeles: Hot Hot Heath

Back in January, Covet Garden's own Jessica was in Los Angeles to escape Toronto's endless winter and to explore the wonders of the West Coast. She found herself enchanted by Heath Ceramics — one of the many California potteries that popped up after WWII but one of the few still producing today. The company was founded by Edith Heath (1911–2005) in 1948 with a goal to make "simple, good things for good people."

Heath Ceramic's tablewares and tiles are iconic — you can find Edith's original designs in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Los Angeles County Musuem of Art in LA — which is what drove our Jessica to visit the shop in the first place. They have an unmistakable richness of glazing and a silky smooth finish that comes as a result of a Edith's biggest innovation — a single kiln firing, at a lower than normal temperature.

While Heath celebrates its heritage, the company is also commited to experimentation. There are four different shops, each with it's own unique design and in-house ceramicist. The Los Angeles store was created by Commune Design to showcase the actual production as much as the product.

Each location showcases our dinnerware, tile, and homeware products from like-minded designer/makers around the United States (and beyond). Jessica says that it was great to see pillows and leather/powder coated metal furnishings by Garza Marfa (pictured above) and textiles from Covey G fave Skinny LaMinx up close and in such an inspiring setting.

The LA store is also partnered with celebrated potter Adam Silverman who produces work in the on-site studio. Hours could be spent hanging out, making it a perfect place for a pottery pilgrammage next time you find yourself in the City of Angels!

[images by Jessica Reid]

 

Monday
Mar102014

Guest Post: The Leslieville Flea on Mid Century Modern

[image via All World Furniture]

The Leslieville Flea team has been asked to help design and decorate the Gardiner Museum’s upcoming Mod Mad Party — a celebration of the exhibition of the work of noted Canadian architect Ron Thom (on until April 27th). We are thrilled and honoured to be part of this fantastic event.  So it's Mid-Century Modern March for us this month. 

Mid Century Modern is an urban, clean and classic architectural interior design style that emerged out of the post-WWII middle class boom. It has enjoyed a huge resurgence in recent years, partially due to the influence of shows like TV shows such as Mad Men, but mostly because the the simple lines and bold colours and materials look at home in just about any space.  

You can collect many pieces and bring out your inner Don or Betty Draper, or you can use one or two strong items to really pop in your interior. For example, a sputnik lamp looks great in an industrial space. A sleek teak Danish Modern sideboard looks right in a rustic Southwestern setting. A futuristic chair in an arresting orange looks amazing paired with a black and white Moroccan Beni Ourian rug.

Take a look at some of these classic pieces of the MCM movement—they are just as on trend now as they were 60 or more years ago.  

[image via The Fabulous Find]

[Image courtesy Slim Pickins]

[Images courtesy Big Kev Vintage]

The Mid Century influence is also making its presence known again in fashion. Strikingly graphic eyeliner and lips, and mod silhouettes and styles have all been seen on all the runways of late.  Of course, it’s all about updating the look and keeping it modern, pairing it with more current styles or some other great vintage pieces to give you a look all your own.

This style is also quite accessible: as our grandparents or parents who first embraced the style are downsizing, we are fortunate enough to inherit these amazing pieces of history and style (or pick them up for a song at The Leslieville Flea).

In fact, we've got quite a few vendors at who specialize in this period of design. They can help you add some of these iconic pieces to your collection. Whether it be in fashion (from vendors such as Wild Things Vintage), or interiors, the trend towards mid century Modern is hot right now…. head on over to The Leslieville Flea this Sunday, March 16th to get your fill of it!

Friday
Mar072014

The Best of Etsy: Teatime of the Soul

[Thomas Germany tea service from Culver Street Vintage]

At Covet Garden, we like to look for a silver lilning in every cloud. So when life gives us an unusually long and cold winter, we make tea!

Because we like a nice hot cuppa so much, we also used our hibernation hours scanning Etsy for vintage and handcrafted cozies, cups, trays and towels to make our tea ritual even more beautiful. And then we put together this treasury of our favourites to share the warmth with you.

[Cloud tray from Oelwin]

[Triangle pattern cream and sugar set from E Benotti]

 

[Vintage Laurids Lønborg tin tray from Thrift Machine]

[Lionel Richie cream and sugar set from Mugoos]

We like tea all year-long, so keep following Covet Garden on Etsy for more teatastic updates!

Wednesday
Mar052014

Issue 43 is Now Live!

[cover photo: Donna Griffith]

In this month’s issue of Covet Garden, we hope to bring you a sense of spring with the colourful  space of fashion designer Joyce, production designer Rocco and their offspring, Wiley and Sally. One of the things that knocked us out about their home was the way that they use colour to creatively imprint their personality onto the rooms. Another is their mix of cool modernism and homey granny chic.

We also love that they have so many handmade objects in their home. Almost all of the art in the home was created by family and friends. Every picture truly tells a story in this Toronto home.

The family has built a cozy nest, but they also believe in getting out of the house and contributing to the community. Joyce and her Comrag's partner Judy Cornish recently made the costumes for a production of Anton Chekov's The Seagull at the Berkeley St. Theatre (in performance from March 7 to 28).

Monday
Mar032014

Bring Home Covet Garden Home (UPDATED)

July 17 Update: Covet Garden is thrilled to announce that our print edition, Covet Garden Home, is now available online in Canada and the US through Chapters, Indigo and Coles, amazon.caamazon.com, anthropologie.com and barnesandnoble.com. We are also available in select Anthropologie stores across the US.

We're also available at several brick-and-mortar stores across Canada, including select Chapters, Indigo and Coles (click here for a store near you), but copies are selling out quickly. Here's a list of confirmed stockists (we'll keep updating as more names are added):

 

CANADA

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Bookingham Palace Bookstore, Salmon Arm, BC

Talewind Books, Sechelt, BC

Homework, Prince Rupert, BC

Laughing Oyster Bookshop, Courtenay, BC

Albany Books, Tsawwassen, BC

Galiano Island Books, Galiano Island, BC

The News Group, Vernon, BC

Monahan News Agency, Vernon, BC

Mosaic Books, Kelowna, BC

Bolen Books, Victoria

Hager Books, Vancouver

 

ALBERTA

Steeling Home, Calgary, AB

The News Group, Calgary, AB

 

MANITOBA

McNally Robinson, Winnipeg

 

ONTARIO

Living Lighting, Kitchener

Swipe Design, Toronto

Labour of Love, Toronto

Book City, Toronto

Good Egg, Toronto

The Workroom, Toronto

Easy Tiger, Toronto

Crown Flora, Toronto

Likely General, Toronto

La Merceria, Toronto

Type (Queen West), Toronto

Bookhou, Toronto

Mrs. Huizenga, Toronto

Anthropologie, Toronto

Periwinkle Flowers, Toronto

Mags & Fags, Ottawa

Boogie and Birdie, Ottawa

Novel Idea, Kingston, ON

Mixed Media, Hamilton, ON

The News Group, across Ontario

 

QUEBEC

Librairie Bertrand/Bertrand Bookstore, Montreal

Librairie Clio/Clio Bookstore, Pointe-Claire, QC

Paragraph, Montreal

Buropro Citation, across Quebec

 

NEW BRUNSWICK

Westminster Books, Fredericton

 

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

Yellowknife Book Cellar, Yellowknife, NWT

 

USA

CALIFORNIA

Builders Booksource, Berkley, CA

Mrs. Dalloway's, Berkley, CA

Warwick's, La Jolla, CA

 

MISSOURI

Left Bank Books, St. Louis

 

MASSACHUSETTS

The Book Loft, Great Barrington, MA

Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MA

 

NEW YORK

Book Cove, Pawling, NY

Kinokuniya Bookstore, New York City

 

OREGON

Powell's Books, Portland and Beaverton, OR

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Horizon Books, Philadelphia

 

WASHINGTON

Village Books, Bellingham, WA

Magnolia's Bookstore, Seattle

Queen Anne Book Company, Seattle

Third Place Books, Seattle and Lake Forest Park

 

Covet Garden Home is also available at the Vancouver Public Library and the Burnaby Public Library.

 

We couldn't have done it with out our loyal readers and the fabulous folks who sponsored our successful Indiegogo campaign. Here's some behind the scenes pictures of Covet Garden Home at the presses, but you guys are what really makes it happen!