October 27, 2010

Our first day in Vancouver was spent on a Designer Day tour, that was organized by the lovely Sharon and Yvonne of Layers and Layers. While all the places we stopped at were fabulous, here are my three faves:

I have long been a fan of 18 Karat accessories, but it was really great to get to see their flagship store on Granville St. in Vancouver. This two level shop features the extensive 18 Karat range of accessories on the main floor, with their furniture collection showcased on the lower level. My top three picks at the store were:

These incredible 100% alpaca throws. Incredibly soft and finely woven, these throws will keep you cozy during the coldest winter days.

I think that the planters offered by 18 Karat are one of their strongest product lines, but these Cava vases were my favourite. Made of resin, these planters are lightweight, and make a great statement with the organic folded exterior.

The Oscuro line of cookware had many of us swooning. These lightweight clay pots are traditional cookware from Columbia. Despite their outward appearance, they are incredibly durable, and were very reasonably priced.

While we do have a Peridot store in Calgary, we all agreed that the Peridot location in Vancouver was much stronger. Peridot showcases a wonderful collection of unique furniture, accessories and lighting. The store also featured stunning paintings by Vancouver artist Patricia Larsen. Next time you stop in, check out the following:

This Sabine Desk Lamp is perfect in it's simplicity. I love the clean lines of the brass stand, with the organic drop of glass to create the shade. Divine.

No living room is complete without one quirky piece, and this Elephant Side Table is just the ticket to create a perfectly eclectic mix. The white gloss finish keeps this piece fresh in any style space.

I am a total sucker for gold lately. This Log Cocktail Table is formed out of resin, and would add a wonderful touch of sparkle to any seating area.

A fairly recent addition to the Vancouver design scene, this lovely shop features many beautiful kitchen wares and accessories for the home, and are the exclusive stockist for many of their lines. I really appreciate that point, as their products will be truly unique to them, and not found at other retailers. I hate buying things on vacation, only to discover them for sale back at home a few weeks later.
Here are my picks:

These Original BTC lights are quite stunning in person. Unlike so many similar fixtures you find today, these lights are impeccably detailed and beautifully finished.

The Fog Linen collection from Japan is stunning in it's simplicity. High quality linen napkins, table cloths, and aprons are the central pieces of the collection, which also included wood and resin table wares, and some clothing pieces.

This fabric from Cecil Beaton immediately caught my eye ;) How gorgeous is that?


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