Issue 56 Is Now Live!

[photo by Marina Dempster]

Welcome to the June/July issue of Covet Garden. There is plenty of summer lovin' in Sara, Daniel and Adelaide's Roncesvalles Village home. The family took an earth-friendly approach to decoraton when they moved in, opting to work with their home's features and adapting their favourite furnishings rather than doing a big reno. We think you'll love the way they brought it all together.

Also in this issue: Sara shares her simply delicious salads; we get inspired by wonderful woven objects and our take on Dan's urban country gentleman style.


Auction Fever

The Design Exchange is holding its first DX Design Auction on Friday May 29th and we couldn’t be more excited about the event.

First of all, it’s an amazing opportunity to view iconic examples of design from the personal collections of many local and international designers, such as Brian Gliuckstein’s Russell Spanner chair. There are also items by Mooi, Philippe Starck, Kelly Wearstler, Bang & Olfusen and Hans Wenger.

Secondly, the auction also features so many collaborative pieces. For example, one of our favourite people, artist Alanna Cavanagh, has teamed up with West Elm to customize one of their side tables. In classic Cavanagh style, her hand-lettered Hemingway Martini Table is a real conversation piece. We also love the lovely Patrice chair by Canadian company Statum Designs in collaboration with Bluebellgray.

Thirdly, the auction looks like it will be a social event of the season. You can hobnob with people who are passionate about design like auction committee co-chairs Arren Williams, Raymond Girard and Tommy Smythe. If you don’t need any more objects in your life you can also bid on experiences such as a Trip to Fogo Island and Design Exchange memberships.

And lastly, it’s all for a good cause — supporting DX's education programs, curatorial initiatives and the permanent collection. Tickets are $50 for general admission and $100 for the Champagne Preview. Click here for a sneak peek.



Best of Etsy: Get Hitched

[1. Why The Hell Not? typography poster by Alphonnsine; 2. Save the date card by Mooseberry Paper Co.; 3. Antique engagement ring by Eric Originals; 4. Letterpress coasters by Ruffhouse Art; 5. Double pearl earrings by The Tidal Collective; 6. Ceramic caketopper by Melabo; 7. Custom cushion by Apple White; 8. Retro typewriter (for typing messages to the bride and grrom) by Petars Vintage.]

Wedding season has already begun but if your big day is still a month or so away, you can still find lots of inventive gifts, garments and decorations from Etsy. To help you find sort through all the nuptual niceties that are online, check out ovet Garden's Wedding Planner treasury for fantastic finds like the goodies pictured above and much, much more.

PS> We think that "Well Why The Hell Not?" poster makes for great inspiration after the vows have been exchanged


You Spin Me Right Round

[Marimekko pattern designer Sanna Annukka illustrated one of Jessica's favourite album covers]

It was Canadian Music Week in Toronto last week. Which got the Covet Garden team to thinking about music. And since we are a visual lot, the conversation soon turned to album cover art.

Lynda's favourite record covers are Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive ("I kissed the lips off my copy," she says) and Sonny & Cher's The Two of Us, if only for the gatefold sleeve depicting the couples 1970s haute hippie home.

Jessica's an art director so it makes sense that her picks include New Order's Power, Corruption and Lies. The title of the album was based on a bit vandalism by German artist Gerhard Richter and the image is a detail of a painting by Henri Fantin-LaTour. And of course New Order was on Factory Records, which was famous for having everything they produced—from record sleeves to founder Tony Wilson's tombstone—designed by the legendary Peter Saville. She's also a big fan of illustrator Sanna Annukka, which is what drew her to the cover of KEane's secon album, Under the Iron Sea (sometimes when you judge a book — or record — by it's cover, it pays off with great tunes too).

Rhonda has a framed copy of the Rolling Stone's Sticky Fingers hanging on her office wall. The artwork for the album was conceived by Andy Warhol and photographed by fellow Factory artist Billy Name. Basically, it was a black and white closeup of a gentleman's tightly bejeaned family jewels with a working zipper stiched in. "it's the closest I'll get to owning a Warhol," says Rhonda.


Art Director, Art Collector

[images: Jodi Pudge]

One of the things that we love best about Colleen’s place in the current issue of Covet Garden is that she loves her art collection. The images that hang on her walls may seem like a diverse grouping, but they all hold a personal connection for her. It just makes us so happy to observe the amount of joy she derives from these pieces — individually and as a grouping — that we wanted to take a deeper look at her collection.

When we asked Colleen which artwork was her favourite, she said, “I’d have an easier time choosing which orphaned puppy to save from a house fire (which is to say, please don’t ask me, I’d rescue all of them.)”

“On the job I'm ruthlessly decisive,” Colleen adds. “But at home, I enjoy not having to pick one creative over another in order to advance the narrative because the parts tell the story.”

Colleen’s entryway is a salon unto itself. Two of our favourites are a black and white photograph of John Lennon by British photographer Barrie Wentzell and a colourful WAV File painting by Toronto’s own Kurt Swinghammer (who was featured in our April 2011 Issue).

Prints by Colleen's good friend, illustrator Alanna Cavanagh, are well represented throughout the condo. Cavanagh's "An Empty Belly" is the focal point of the sitting area, but the cute coffee maker pictured above perks up the kitchen.

“I collect a broad mix of work by local and international artists,” says Colleen, “but strangely, it's the Norval Morrisseau print ["The Great Mother"] over the desk that causes the most division among guests.”

One of the things that Colleen loves about art is how it has the power to create dialogue. “I often find myself passionately defending it,” she says. “As a result, it's pretty dear to me. Its glass has broken twice during moves, too, so it demands a gentle touch.”