Behind The Scenes: Lynda's House

Here's the first behind-the-scenes peek at one of our Covet Garden Home features. It's an extra special treat because these shots also represent the first time any of the Covet Garden team has been brave enough to share the inside of one of own homes — in this case, feast your eyes on co-founder Lynda's amazing abode.

Of course, it helps put us all at ease when photographer Donna Griffith is behind the lens. Working with Donna made the day feel more like a girls' hanging out, super fun time.

There are so many reasons we wanted to share Lynda's space with you. First of all, blog readers who followed Lynda's Garden or Square Foot posts will want to see how those projects have taken hold and blossomed. Secondly, there isn't an inch of Lynda's space that doesn't radiate some aspect of her personality. We believe that every room in every home tells a story. Part of our plan for Covet Garden Home is show readers ways that they can use decor to tell those narratives. And Lynda's space really expresses who she is and what she believes.

[Images: Jessica Reid]

The Covet Garden team has spent many hours hanging out at Lynda's talking about what beauty means to us and how important it is to share the creativity and talent that this city is teeming with. I'm getting a little misty here, but Lynda's place, filled with fun finds as well as treasured mementos from friends and family, kind of encapsulates that energy. Now if you'll excuse me, I think I have something in my eye.


Sponsor Love: Back To School With Camp Tech

We welcome Camp Tech as a Covet Garden sponsor because they love technology as much as we love interiors. Founder and lead instructor Avery Swartz wants to bring that love of knowledge to anybody who has every been flummoxed or just plain initimidated by tech speak.

We like to think of ourselves as students of life. And after launching an online magazine, an Indiegogo campaign and figuring out social media to promote our upcoming special print edition, Covet Garden Home, we learned that everybody could use a little help when it comes to figuring out the interwebs.

That's why we are super excited about Camp Tech's upcoming fall classes. From Facebook for Small Business to Wordpress for Beginners, there's a course designed to quench your thirst for knowledge. You'll also get the opportunity to network with other folks with interests in creating an online presence.

There are six cool courses coming up this fall, so check out Camp Tech's site and sign up for one today.


Fall In Love With Local Fashion

Now that you've had a few days to view the new issue of Covet Garden, we think you'll agree that Janna and Dean, our featured home's owners, have a pretty cool sense of style. We also love the fact that, fashion-wise, Janna supports local designers. So we asked her to list some of her favourite Toronto-based labels, and then we picked a sampling of some of the chicest looks from their fall collections.

For example, we love the elegant lines of the suit and dress from Comrags pictured above. We've been fans of designers Joyce Gunhouse and Judy Cornish's for ever simply because their clothes are feminine without being frilly and they are so well made that they last forever (which is lucky, because the duo's slightly retro sensibility means that their garments never look dated, either).

Janna is also an admirer of Trish Ewanika's chic and modern clothing. Ewanika's style in almost minimalist, but is so well cut that the fabrics still suggest a sophisticate silohuette. Her Bathurst Street boutique also stocks simpatico labels such as M6 by Margeila and Hope Stockholm.

Another must-stop shop for Janna is Gaspard on Queen Street. This jewel box of a store is run by Jennifer Halchuck and Richard Lyle of the label Mercy. While Gaspard is dedicated to bring new European labels to the city, we adore Mercy's own forward-thinking take on such quotidien objects as men's shirts (pictured above).

While Comrags, Ewanika and Mercy are well established businesses, Janna also likes uncovering new talent such as jewellery designer Shilo Rapp. We fell in love with Janna's Kokeshi Doll necklace when we shot Janna and Dean's place and haven't stopped thinking about it since. One day we will have one too!


Issue 37 is Now Live!

[Illustration: Jessica Reid]

Covet Garden is back and feeling refreshed and ready to celebrate our third anniversary with a tour through Janna and Dean's incredibly thoughtful Little Italy home. Everything about it, from the green roof to the neighbourhood friendly footprint, was designed to demonstrate that an urban building can be sustainable and downright livable at the same time.

Janna and Dean are also big supporters of local artists and designers. We think you'll find that they have done a pretty good job of filling their home with fantastic finds from nearby shops and makers, family treasures and very cool ideas about how to make the most of a small space.

To further celebrate our birthday, we've also got some great herbal-infused projects, and archi-sexy style inspiration.

We also wanted to let you know we've also spent our summer vacation lovingly preparing our special print edition, Covet Garden Home. We are getting closer to completion and are pleased to announce that you can now pre-order your copy (for delivery in November) in our new store! Don't delay, order your copy today!


Ahead Of Our Time?

Leafing through the new Ikea Catalogue we spotted this layout pictured above. Which reminded us of Dennis' foliage-filled living room in Covet Garden Issue 3 from November 2010 (shown below). What we're trying to say is that if you haven't perused our back issues, we can assure you you will find plenty of inspiration for your rooms in our past pages.

Catalogue vs real rooms. What do you think about this look? We'd love to hear your views in the comments?