Lynda in Mexico

Covet Garden's Lynda Felton is taking a three-month sojourn south of the border. While she is exploring the sights and sounds of Mexico, she is still diligently working on Covey G — and sharing her discoveries with our readers. You can also track Lynda's adventures on her Tumblr. Here is her first dispatch!

On the first leg of my adventure I spent a wonderful week in Mexico City's Centro Historico.

The Centro Historico area is bursting with fabulous buildings designed in Art Deco, Spanish and European Colonial and even Art Nouveau styles. Its not hard to tell why the architecture here is a must see. But I soon started to see another common design statement and that was the use of brass and bronze. Its everywhere, in the smallest if details and in grand statements and I have to tell you, I liked it.

Take for example the beautiful bird public seating in the main shopping area in Historico Centrol on Isabel la Catolica (pictured above).

This bronze statue in Plaza Garibaldi honours the the mariachi bands that gather daily. (A side note: People hire these groups for birthday or anniversary parties. You can also just sit their and have them play a song or two for you.)

Or the refined brass detail of the entrance to the Bank of Mexico on 5 de Mayo.

Even this street performer in the Zocalo has the bronze touch!

[photos, Lynda Felton]


What To Do At ToDO 2015

[New work from graduates of Sheridan College’s Furniture Craft and Design program at Craft Ontario.]

Welcome to the weekend and part two of Covet Garden's Design Week coverage. Today, we have a round up of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival. TodDO kicked off on the 19th and we still haven't managed to take in everything, but based on what we've seen, this is the event's strongest year yet!

The Festival unfortunately ends tomorrow, so here's our guide to getting maximum ToDO impact in just two days!

[Vancouver Outside the Box window installation]


We began our own explorations with a stroll along Queen Street West between Bathurst and Gladstone. There are lots of great window installations showcasing local talents as well as designers from across Canada. We were particularly enamoured of the objects in the display for Vancouver Outside The Box.

In between window shopping, we stepped into the Craft Ontario Gallery to see student work from the Sheridan College Furniture Craft and Design program. So much good wood!

We finished our Queen Street crawl with a visit to Come Up To My Room at the Gladstone Hotel. This year's collection of designer decorated rooms and public space installations was vibrant, colourful and a little over the top. But it was fun to navigate — especially thanks to Denise St. Marie and Timothy Walker's "Innerventions" signage.

[Andrew Reesor chair at the Untraditional exhibit at Made]

[Liz Eeuwes rug and Jamie Wolfond shelf at the Untraditional exhibit at Made]


Dundas Street West between Bathurst and Grace was another great ToDO destination. Several storefronts and cafés played host to DODesign — a 24-7 display of contemporary designers. At the Corner of Dundas and Manning, MADE played host to a show called Untraditional, featuring the work of Liz Eeuwes, Jeremy Hatch, Andrew Reesor and Jamie Wolfond. Exploring the theme of ideas of tradition, the designers each created two new objects, one large and one small in scale.

Next, we hopped on the Dundas streetcar and headed down to the Junction. Topping our not miss list is the Smash Conservatory at Smash. Inspired by Victorian garden conservatories, our favourite craftician Kalpna Patel  converted the shop into a lush botanical retreat. It also features works by artists such as Shannon Gerrard.


Interior Design Show 2015 Preview

[The High Table by EHOEHO from the Studio North/Prototype exhibit]

It's design week here in Toronto, with both the Interior Design Show and the Toronto Design Offsite blowing into our wintry town like a much needed chinook.

We'll talk about ToDo later this week, but first, here's our list of must-see designers, exhibits and speakers at IDS15:

[Dalvay chair by Geof Ramsay (top) and the Coude chair by Evan Bare & Aaron Duke]

EXHIBITS The Studio North and Prototype section is always a highlights of IDS. This collection of objects by emerging and independent designers (such as the ones pictured here) lets us peer into the future of furnishings, and also connects artisans with buyers to help promote these fine talents.

[Wanda Jelmini (top) and Thom Filicia]

SPEAKERS We can't wait to hear talks by Wanda Jelmini, the Creative Director of T&J Vestor for MissoniHome, the always insightful designer and potter Jonathan Adler (who is always a hoot, to boot), and interior designer Thom Filica.

EVENTS The designboom mart is is a design bazaar where visitors can purchase hundreds of unique objects including household items, jewellery and accessories to small furniture items, directly from their designers.

IDS Toronto runs from January 22nd to 25th at the Metro Convention Centre North Building. It's open to the public on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $19 online and $22 at the door.


Best of Etsy: Red and Pink

[1. Mummiquilts Marimekko fabric pillow 2. Roddy and Ginger Pink Daisybird screenprint 3. Scandinaviavandesigns vintage Laurids Lonborg coasters 4. Topaz Turtle resin bracelet 5. Happy Cactus Designs Love card 6. Foutu Tissu ottoman.]

Valentine's Day is coming up but instead of gushing all over heart-shaped boxes and cute little cupids, we've fallen in love with the colour combination of pink and red. At time, this pairing has a romantic retro fifties feeling. In other instances, scarlet and blush feels bold and new.

Since Etsy is a marketplace that emphasizes both freshly made and vintage pieces, we've spent hours searching for objects that satisfy our rouge et rosé jones. And we've created a list of biggest crushes and called it Pink and Red. Check it out and fall in love with these hot hues! 


New Issue!

[photo by Donna Griffith]

We're starting 2015 off with a terrific tour of food stylist Claire's West End home. We love Claire because she has all the confidence and gumption needed to create a space that's tailormade for her lifestyle. She is what we would call a "Yes, And" type of person. Not only is she not afraid to say yes to new things, she also ups the stakes by adding creative ideas of her own. And we also love Claire because because she is such a strong supporter of local artists and makers.

Claire's space has inspired us to work on some new ideas and directions for Covet Garden. We're making this a double issue so we can brainstorm and hopefully execute future projects. We'll be back in March with a brand new space to explore. In the meantime, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Etsy and our blog for regular doses of inspiration!