Ringing In The New

[image: Friends of Type]

Before Christmas the Covet Garden team met up at Nadège for some tea and treats. During our chat, we realized that if 2014 taught us anything, it was to embrace change. So instead of making resolutions for 2015 we have decided to be supple like the reed, to bend like the willow and to find the beauty in all of life's adventures.


Here's an allegory of my 2014. I decided to make a bold move and paint my stairs yellow. I built a little corral to keep the cat downstairs while I painted. I forgot to check that the cat was in his corral. He was not. Long story short: I had to to add another day to the painting schedule, the attempt to clean paint off the cat ended up looking like a scene from Dexter and I am still finding little yellow paw prints all over the house. But the struggle makes me appreciate my brighter, more colourful staircase even more.

What I'm trying to say is that I experienced a lot of things for the first time this year. They didn't always turn out the way that I planned but in the end I'm glad I said yes to change. In 2015  I want to continue to embrace new experiences. I'm pretty sure the cat would like to maintain the status quo, though.


Last March I spent two weeks in Oaxaca, Mexico and fell instantly in love with the city and its people. I couldn't stop thinking about what it would be like to live there and so mid-summer I decided to make a bold move—literally—to find out.

I booked my flight and three months accommodations without much thought about how I would pay for this adventure and then began to panic...what was I thinking, what would I do there? I'd have to turn down work, was this all a mistake? I was sitting in my office trying to see just how much money I would lose if I had to cancel the flights and other bookings when I looked up and saw an excerpt of the poem "Last Night As I Was Sleeping" by Antonio Machadostuck to my bulletin board. It read:

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.

I've had this poem hanging in my office for years and always thought it was such a lovely way of looking at things. But this time as I read it I felt excited. I was ready for this move, I was ready to be nervous, worried, and stressed. I was also more than ready for adventure, learning, pushing myself to be alone with myself and any errors made would be marvelous ones. I leave January 5th (don't worry — we shot our future issues in advance and I'll be reporting from sunny Mexico).


I decided recently to start living with more intention. In all aspects of my life, I found I was getting so caught up with putting one foot in front of the next that I lost sight of not only the pleasure of the journey, but the point of my destination.

As a team, we have decided to take a good look at Covet Garden in the new year—at what is working and fuelling us with inspiration, and what is dragging us down and no longer serving us. We will be calling on you, our lovely readers, for input and revamping things, so stay tuned for some exciting changes!


Happy Holidays!


Drive By Photo Shooting

[photos by Jessica Reid—mostly taken from my car (when stopped!)]

LA. The weather can't be beat, and it's gorgeous by the beach, but I have had a hard time appreciating the rest of the city until now. As an east-coaster who loves to walk, the driving culture in LA has always made it a bit difficult for me to love the place, but this time was different. Instead of seeing the dingy strip-malls and lack of people on the streets, I came to appreciate the vast blue skies, the vintage signs and the bits of Old Hollywood that remain. 

I even found some great neighbourhoods to explore on foot. Here's what I recommend checking out if you go.

1. Silverlake: Great boutiques like The Dream Collective, Clare VivierMollusk and Reform School. Amazing Thai food at Night Market Song and Taiwanese food at Pine and Crane are just the beginning!

2. Larchmount Village: This sweet little neighbourhood features a great kids' boutiques, the not-to-be-missed Salt and Straw ice cream from Portland and local institution Chevalier's Books, which has been on the strip since 1940.

3. Atwater Village: I love me some fabric, so I had to check out Sew L.A. I was not disapointed by their selection of textiles and patterns. And Proof Bakery across the street had tasty sandwiches and pastries.

4. Rosebowl Flea: If you happen to be in Los Angeles on the second Sunday of the month, and you like looking for treasures, you can't miss this massive market! 

5. Little Tokyo: You must check out Kinokuniya for an amazing selection of art, craft and design books in Japanese and English and more beautiful stationery items than one can possibly handle. There are also tons of great places to grab a bite, as well as a Japanese grocery store and Anzen Hardware — an old school emporium where top restaurants come to buy kitchen supplies. A nearby shop that's also worth a visit is the design-driven housewares shop Poketo.

6. Santa Monica: Closer to the beachyou'll find this amazing, twice-weekly farmers' market. Or head down to Venice Beach, stroll along the shore and then take a walk down Abbot Kinney Boulevard to explore the shops and restaurants and check out the nearby canals. 


Best of Etsy: Party All The Time

[1. Mid Century Modern Teak Ice Bucket, Stonesoupology; 2. Glitter Fringe Garland, Elisabeth Nicole; 3. Hooray Flag, Larkspur and Linen; 4. Paper Straws, Pomtree; 5. Dixon Tea Towel, Avril Loretti; 6. Retro Drinking Glasses, Variety Retro.]

While we're deep into the festive season, here at Covet Garden we like to find reasons to celebrate all year long. And presentation is a big part of living life to fullest. We totally subscribe to the idea of having beautiful objects on hand to help make any occasion — from a New Year's Eve event to trying out a new recipe — feel more special.

Etsy is a one stop shop for things to dress up your next fête. You can toast your guests with bubbly chilled from a sleek modernist ice bucket or you can wave your flag with a handmade pennant. Follow Covet Garden on Etsy and check out our Celebrate list of party favour favourites for many more ways to dress up your special days!


Sponsor Love: 401 Frolic

[Very Big Cat Studio]

401 Richmond has been headquarters for happening art and events as long as we can remember. This restored industrial building in downtown Toronto is home to over 140 artists, cultural producers, microenterprises, galleries, festivals, and shops. And 2014 marks the centre’s 20th year as an exciting arts hub that is open to the public year round.

And each December, the creative folks at 410 Richmond celebrate the space by throwing open their doors for a Frolic

[Jennifer Rong Designs]

[Alice Kreger]

The annual Frolic Open House and Artists Marketplace features a rad selection of contemporary art and gifts from the centre’s galleries, studios, artists, shops and other local makers. It’s a fun way to meet 401 Richmond’s artisans and to get extra insight into your purchases in an unintimidating atmosphere. You'll find handmade crafts and original, affordable works of art for everyone on your list.

And if you attend the Opening Night party on Thursday, there will be tasty food, a bar and live printmaking demonstrations at Open Studio.

The Frolic runs from December 4 to 7. The fun begins at 11am everyday. Check out 401 Richmond’s website for specific hours for shops, galleries, and artist open studios.