A spa bathroom is the kind of place to spend long afternoons. Wood, white and windows seems to be the foolproof equation for a great space, but consider using black or greys as well. Here is our most serene round up yet.
Modern Karibou has the solution to your gift-giving dilemma. Your mom is unique and knows what she likes. Isn't it time you got her something that she is sure to love? Start by considering her hobbies.
Does your mom spend hours in the garden? A modern watering can, a bird feeder, or a flexible plant container will put a smile on her face. Is she happiest curled up with a great book? A magazine stand, cozy blanket, and an adorable throw pillow will exceed her expectations. Our gift guide has got it all.
Flowers are sweet, but your personal gift will surely show your mom how much you care. Shop online anytime from anywhere. Modern Karibou can help you honour the lady that has always been there for you.
Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 11th. Get your mom the gift she deserves!
Are you getting tired of a winter that never seems to want to let up? Head south! Sunny Puerto Vallarta is the perfect spot for a family vacation or a romantic getaway. You won’t need much more than a swimsuit, some sunscreen, a few outfits that can transition from day to night, and some shades. Get packing…
PV, as locals know it, has so much to offer. This charming part of Mexico is notorious for glorious beaches, verdant mountains, and an abundance of coastline. If the natural beauty isn’t enough to tempt you, then the world-class restaurants, outstanding accommodations and upscale shopping will.
Puerto Vallarta is a charming, historical city with modern amenities. Charter a sailboat for a day of snorkeling and whale watching, enjoy a sunset walk down the Malecón promenade, and spend your evening enjoying some of PV’s vibrant nightlife. The Wednesday night 'Art Walk' allows you to peruse the local galleries while sipping on a glass of wine.
The weekends are a great time to browse the farmer’s markets where you can pick up unique gifts and sample delicious food. The ocean side ‘Mercado Del Mar’ market is a bit of a drive but has tons of vendors and is the place for fresh seafood. A day trip to the nearby surf town of Sayulita is highly recommended. Walk the vibrant streets and grab a margarita for the ideal laid back afternoon.
There is no reason to stay in Nuevo Vallarta, the new part of town. Instead opt for a hotel or rented apartment in the ‘South Side’ or ‘Zona Romantica’. For an upscale dinner in a perfect setting try the contemporary Blanca Blue with its impressive wine selection and breathtaking views. Hacienda San Angel is a must for a sunset meal. A full mariachi band will serenade you as you enjoy the historic property, look out at the ocean, and take in a view of the mountainside. ¡Buen viaje!
It’s that time of year again when Pantone announces the new ‘it’ colour for the annum ahead. Get ready to see Radiant Orchid on fashion runways, in designer homes and on retailer’s shelves. This purple with pink undertones is markedly different from the jewel tone Emerald that ruled in 2013, but don’t be fooled: Radiant Orchid is still a regal color. Purple has long been associated with royalty, power, luxury and creativity.
Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, described the choice for 2014 as “a color that encourages us to innovate.” So how can you best incorporate the muted hue into your modern home? Radiant Orchid will easily work with all of the most popular neutrals including grey, white, beige, black, ivory, taupe and even olive. If you appreciate more contrast and bolder design try pairing Radiant Orchid with turquoise, teal, deep greens, and complimentary yellows. Happy decorating in 2014!
The plummeting temperatures have me dreaming of hibernating in my warm, comfortable home for the long winter we are certain to face in Canada. Sure, I could bundle up and brave the cold, but getting cozy and taking a nap sounds so much more appealing.
Recently, on a cold wintry day, I recalled an article that I read earlier this year about nap time in Scandinavia. It was published by the BBC and totally amazed me. In it the authour, Helena Lee, talked about how Swedish parents leave their babies outside to nap in sub-zero temperatures and how effective it is for rest time. Parents cited better health and longer sleeps among the benefits of outdoor napping. With a climate so similar to ours, I wonder if this approach may work for our babies too. Would you give it a try with your child?
Get out and enjoy the countryside! Navigating back roads searching for flea markets and antique stores is so much fun. But what should you look for when sifting through potential treasures?
With a little effort you should be able to find some great wooden pieces. Look for quality craftmanship by opening drawers, examining undersides, and peeking on the back of potential purchases. You don't want to find pressboard or synthetic materials. Dove tailing, mortise and tenon, dowels, wooden pegs, and square nails are all good signs. Wooden planks on the back of old dressers should be wide and thick. Wetting the wood will give you a better idea of the grain.
Wooden Pegs | Mortise and Tenon
Look for quilts, embroidery, weaving, linens, and braided rugs. Some pieces will be perfect for daily use while others may be more suited to interesting artwork for your walls. Your best bet is to buy natural materials like wool, cotton, and linen. When examining textiles open them up. Be on the lookout for rips, tears, stains, and discolouration. Lemon juice can be used to take old stains out of white textiles.
Quilts and Hooked Rug
Embroidery and Linen
Beautiful old mirror glass has a daydream-y charm. Look for beveled glass and wooden or plaster frames. Often there will be a piece of wood in the back with newspaper between it and the glass. Checking for a date on the daily can give you a better idea about the age of the mirror. Lovely old windows make handsome mirror frames as well.
Wooden Framed Mirror
Glass and Dishes:
Old glass may have imperfections like bubbles or waves in it, but don't let this put you off. Look on the back of plates or on the bottom of glassware to see where the item was made. Depression glass, carnival glass, cranberry glass, and Indiana glass are available in a range of delightful colours. Wedgwood dishes, Fiesta dinnerware, Limoges porcelain, and Flow Blue china are just some of the beauties you may find.
Sitting precariously in the Rif Mountains you will find Chaouen, a blue washed wonderland of narrow streets weaving up and down the mountainside. It is a curvy and scenic ride up with lots to observe en route. Hop on a bus in Tetouan, or better yet hire a grand taxi. For a reasonable price you will find yourself riding luxuriously in an old Mecedes with the windows down and the breeze through your hair. There are numerous accommodation options, but you will want to be sure to have access to an air-conditioner and/or a heater in case of sweltering Moroccan days or cold mountain nights. This place is otherworldly and charming at once. Hike to the nearby waterfall, watch women commonly scrub laundry on the edge of town, or merely meander and dream in blue.
Recently the Modern Karibou team found itself slithering through the ancient streets of Morocco's oldest imperial city. Fez, aka Fes, is renowned for it's beautiful blue and white pottery, a historic medina, and corner after corner of unexpected surprises. Enjoying the charm of Fez is amazingly easy to do.
I came to Morocco for the riads - homes built around a centre courtyard to provide security and an oasis within the city walls. Dar Bensouda is beautiful example:
Fassi pottery is typically blue, but there are so many options to choose from. It's hard to decide when everything looks perfect grouped together and piled high.
Take a peek into the courtyard of the Karaouiyine Mosque established in 859. The ablutions basin is carved from a single block of marble:
Sofitel Fes Palais Jamai offers panoramic views of the winding medina sitting in the valley below. It is a former palace featuring traditional Moorish decor.
Layer upon layer of carpet and tile add interest to a bedroom floor.
Interiors range from ornate and elaborate to simplistic and modern.
The Riad Laaroussa Hotel is in a perfect location to navigate the medina. Listen to the call to prayer from a rooftop living space: dream in a room with a soaring ceiling and double-story wooden doors. The service is absolutely impeccable.
The souks offer a dizzying array of glitzy gowns, nuts and candies, leather wares, sparkling lanterns, olive vendors, muling mules, colourful djellabas, fragrant spices, used shoes, musical instruments, pungent perfumeries, and on and on...
Turn into tiny courtyards to find pottery shops with all sorts of wares.