Category: Design

[ Picture This ] The Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair

Dressed in my most ‘artsy’ top, I walked into the Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair only to discover that my top matched perfectly with the wall exhibit at the main entrance. This is an annual show that connects artists with art lovers. It’s a forum for art lovers to learn more about the artist, their story and engage in conversation with their favourite artists. I was in awe as I walked through the aisles lined with art like a kid in a candy store.

I enjoyed exploring the beautifully curated exhibits and connecting with the artists while learning what inspired their creativity. (more…)

5 Toronto festivals & events this winter you can’t miss

Just because it’s winter, that doesn’t mean that you have to stay inside! There are tons of great events to check out and explore in the chilly months. Here are some of my favourites.

Winterlicious January 25 to February 7

Everyone’s favourite foodie festival is back for another year. This time, there are almost 200 participating restaurants. Lunch prix fixe menus can be #23, $28 or $33. Dinner clocks in at $33, $43 or $53. See all the restaurants here.

Winter Stations Feb. 18 to April 1

Walk along the waterfront between Ashbridges Bay and Balmy Beach to see interactive waterfront art installations. This year, the theme is migration. Check out the winning designs.

Come Up to My Room, January 17-20​

All four floors of the Gladstone Hotel will become an intersection of art and design. Throughout the hotel, site specific installations will be throughout the hotel. This year, there’s a permanent installation that will be at the hotel for one year that manipulates light and reflection to create new spatial experiences.

Toronto Light Festival January 18 to March 3

This totally free festival features thousands of lights and 44 building in the Distillery District. Exhibits range from fun to interactive to just plain beautiful. Local and international artists are participants.

Interior Design Show January 17 to 20

This show celebrates and promotes designs in Canada and across the world. This year the show is bigger with more never-before-seen installations and features from 10 over design and architecture firms.

Cookies, confetti and rainbows: Exploring the HAPPY PLACE

By now, you’ve definitely heard of the Happy Place. If not, you’ve definitely seen the photos of giant cookies, a massive rainbow ball pit and a confetti dome. The Happy Place is officially in Toronto, and it’s becoming more popular by the day.Taking over a small building on Queens Quay, the Happy Place hails from sold out shows in Chicago and LA.

There are different spaces to explore in the 20,000 square foot space, including world’s largest indoor confetti dome with half a million pieces of confetti, a bright yellow bathtub with a rubber ducky wall, giant  X & O mirrors, 7-foot tall candy stilettos and so much more. (more…)

Around the kitchen with Kikkerland

Kikkerland is such a fun brand. I’ve been a big fan for a long time. I first discovered the brand through their travel gear (super handy luggage scales and packable laundry bags have been a lifesaver!). Now that I’m a homeowner, I’m finding fun and useful ways to use Kikkerland day to day life.

Unexpected Essentials

Herb Multi-tool

This is the tool that I didn’t know I needed until I discovered it. I have a mini herb garden that’s constantly producing basil, oregano, mint, thyme and parsley. This handy herb multi tool is able to chop herbs with it’s curved blade, strip herbs of leaves (I’m looking at you, thyme) and can zest in a pinch. It’s also able to peel citrus and open bottles. (more…)

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