Monday, June 1, 2015

Au Lit Fine Linens

At the end of April, I went through the process of applying for a senior graphic design position with a bedding company called Au Lit Fine Linens. The role was to manage the brand online, in print and everything in-store as well. I absolutely adore the brand which is so elegant and beautiful with a French sophistication and was thrilled for the opportunity. As part of the interview process, I was asked to design a print ad, create a blog post and photograph my bed to showcase my skills and abilities for the position. It was so much fun and the following images are the results of my effort — styling and photography.

My Bed
Luckily, I really love my bed with the tufted upholstery headboard, so this was an easy assignment to do. I have always wanted to put up wallpaper to create an accent wall in my bedroom, so this was my chance to see what 'Petal Pusher' by Oh Joy would look like. Fantastic! And yes, that is my baby stuffed bunny.

The idea behind the blog post was featuring Au Lit products, such as a new embroidery pattern. In this case, I used my own shams and duvet with a 'Laurel' pattern for illustrative purposes. By promoting new products, it is an opportunity to inspire customers on how to create their own bedscape, just like they would see in the store. Just by swapping out pillows and accessories, it showed how the pattern was so versatile integrating into so many different looks.

Although I was told I was 'far and away our top candidate', the company ultimately decided to outsource the role to a branding & marketing agency. I must be honest and say that I was really sad for missing out on this dream-job opportunity. I do wish the owner of Au Lit Fine Linens much success and I appreciate that they will keep me top of mind for freelance work in the future.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Treasure Hunting in Munich

At this time last year, I was in Munich, Germany, visiting a good friend of mine. It was just before Easter and it was such a delight to see all of the stores decorated with bunnies and colourful eggs. So now this year, Easter here in Canada is reminding me of my time in Germany.

Of course wherever I go, I just love checking out the local flea markets. Although I had to venture out on my own that day and I don't speak one word of German, I managed to find the flea market at Olympia Park and purchase a few finds.

This outside flea market is on the parking lot grounds of a sport stadium and it was row upon row of merchants selling stuff out of their vehicle. Generally, there has never been a flea market I did not like, but I must say that my first impression of this flea market seemed 'trashy'. Luckily, as I went deeper into the market, things got better and I found a few treasures that caught my eye.

These huge gold candle holders might seem a bit over-the-top on their own, but I could envision them transformed with a new coat of spray paint in a trendy colour. Or even black to take them to being classy and elegant. But alas, they were GIANT and looked like they weighed a ton so they definitely did not come home with me.

Everywhere I went, I saw tons and tons of mounted animal skulls. Seeing the sheer amount of so many seemed a bit creepy at first. But they eventually grew on me and I packed a little guy with me in my suitcase (not shown here). 

Later that day, I stumbled across an antique store in the heart of Munich. Everything in this store seemed like it was hundreds of years old, and it most likely was. I also got the feeling that everything was worth a gazillion dollars which was a sharp contrast from being at the flea market. I instantly fell in love with this dresser of drawers and the tassels hanging from the giant keys. I think it would be the perfect statement piece in any room of the house. I have yet to see anything close to this in Canada. But when I do, it will be a glorious day! 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

My Favourite Flea Market Find

I was asked by my friend Janine of  Uppercase Magazine to share the most memorable or meaningful thing that I have found while scavenging. Thanks for thinking of me — I am the perfect person to ask this question! 

But then I quickly realized how hard it was going to be! For someone who has 'scavenged' at flea markets all over the world and I am fortunate to have found so many meaningful things on my travels — how do I just pick one thing? For a collector (and hoarder) like me, it was a tough assignment. Is it going to be my stuffed toy bunny from Paris? Or the celestial prints from New York? After much debate, I submitted the following…

In 1998, I worked in Stockholm for three months. At the Loppmarknaden located in
Vårberg, I discovered a large black folio titled ‘Kasvisto’. I had no idea what the title meant until I opened it and found a collection of pressed flowers and plants from the 1950’s. It reminded me of when I was a little girl and how much I loved collecting pretty flowers from the garden and pressing them in between large stacks of phone books. I was so happy to bring the folio home with me and is a dear reminder of my time in Sweden.

Have you heard of Uppercase Magazine? It is a magazine for the creative and curious which was founded in 2009 by publisher, editor and designer Janine Vangool. It has been so inspiring for me to see this publication take flight from day one. And it is really impressive that Janine 'wears pretty much every hat imaginable' to make each issue happen. If you have the chance, pick one up if you can — it will truly inspire you to create and spark the courage to live your creative life to the fullest!

Available in Chapters/Indigo stores across Canada and many other independent locations here in Toronto including: Good Egg, Kid Icarus, Swipe Books and Type Books.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Xmas Treasure in Dubai

It was such a pleasant surprise when I was contacted by a picture editor from a magazine called Emirates Woman located in Dubai. The magazine was doing a feature on festive christmas wrappings and she asked permission to use an image from a previous post called X-mas Treasures

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sketchbook No. 1 - Birthday Inspiration

Last night, my dear friends (Barb, Kelly, Lori) took me out for a birthday movie and drinks afterwards (It was also Lori's B-Day too the week earlier). We went to see Farewell, My Queen....since Barb and Kelly just got back from Paris. What lucky girls! We were expecting an epic drama, but unfortunately, the movie was definitely a 'sleeper'......but the costumes and decor were divine!

Farm Chicks

I know that Farm Chicks was back in June....and I am only getting around to posting it now. Totally retarded I know. But my life has been a roller coaster ride since making the decision to move from Calgary to Toronto. And this is also why I have not posted on here for such a long time. Anyways, the months have now ticked down to weeks and now it is just 35 days away!

OK, now back to Farm Chicks. All I can say is A - M - A - Z - I - N - G!!!! Had a great road trip with one of my best buddy gals, Kelly (of Everything Toile) and her mom. Here are a few little tidbits of things I found interesting. Brought home some goodies too!

As you can see, I was totally loving nests! But who doesn't? 

And these booties with little nests tucked inside are so cute!

And anyone who knows me knows I LOVE bunnies!