The Moroccan courtyard is a sanctuary protected within the walls of a home. Atria face inward for privacy and provide safe havens in the cities. In a courtyard you will often find lemon or orange trees, a cooling fountain, and an open roof. These five riads are in Rabat, Fez, and Marrakech.
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?
Brrr! The days are getting shorter and colder. Bundle up
your baby to protect them from wind, rain and snow with a ‘Le Sac Igloo’
designed by Studio 7 A.M. Enfant. We are giving away a large, pink ‘Le Sac
Igloo’ (suitable for 18 months to 3 years) and you could be the lucky recipient. Entering the draw is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Summer is the perfect time to entertain. There is something magical about sitting outside, eating barbecue, lighting candles and having that cool breeze blow through your hair. If you're looking for a quick way to spice up your patio set before having the Johnsons over, try these MK quick tips.
If your table is looking weathered, cover it with a long tablecloth and put down a few "nature inspired" place mats.
Most of the time you will need additional lighting when eating outdoors, so in order to create a cool ambiance, use a couple hurricane lamps on the table and place a few torches and lanterns strategically around the yard.
Although plastic seems like the obvious choice for dinnerware, break out some nice glass tumblers and some simple and elegant plates to keep your outdoor "dining room" classy.
Lastly, decorate your table with various wild flowers from your garden. Check them twice though, or you might have some unwanted dinner guests!
Gardening can be a real challenge if you work full-time or are planning on vacationing over the summer. However, if you would like to exercise your green thumb without worrying about harbouring the neighbourhood weeds, keep your gardening simple and focused.
Try growing a small herb garden in some plantersor in a couple of smaller pots on your windowsill. Herbs are very easy to maintain, smell great, are fun to nibble on and can really spice up your cooking. Basil, chives, oregano, thyme, parsley, cilantro, rosemary and many more simply delicious herbs can be found in your local market and usually cost very little at this time of year.
If you feel like you aren't taking advantage of all your planted specimens, try making some herb infused olive oil! Click on the read more link below for our famous infused olive oil recipe!
Summer is finally starting to settle-in and to celebrate great weather and warmth, we have added a wonderful new product to our online store; The Fatboy Flowerpowersol. Fatboyhas collaborated with renowned Finnish textile and design company, Marimekko, in creating a bright coloured parasol with a bold flower print. The large parasol is approximately 3.5 meters in diameter and comes in two timeless coulours; unikko red and black. The fabric is water resistant and anti-fungal so you don't need to worry about getting your beautiful bouquet wet. To boot, the parasol comes with a cute little Fatboy logo weathervane. Check out theModern Karibou Storefor more details about this great summer product!
In addition to this exhibit, Marie created four spaces (at marathon record-breaking pace) that featured hot new dining room trends. She showed her designer chops by proving that creativity in Ottawa need not be safe and predictable.
Rustic and woodsy
Hot pink jewel
Fresh and zesty
If you're in search of an exciting and innovative designer with a modern aesthetic in Ottawa, be sure to check out her site and blogs: MOOT& M2JL STUDIO.
Even if I don't believe in that kind of thing, I'm starting to think that maybe Canadian design company HERO 365 somehow had a glimpse into the future when they came up with the idea for the RC-1 Rain Collector. With all the rain we've been getting here in Ottawa since the start of ‘’summer’’, their rain collector could not have come at a better time.
They’re also proving that they have a finger on the pulse of what’s to come with a design that is not only beautiful, functional, forward-looking and eco-friendly, but also has the potential to change the way we live.
On the practical side, it can hold up to 45 gallons of water (meaning it could be filled at record speed in our part of the country), so you can water the garden, wash the car and the dog or even the kids! Ok, maybe I’m being overly enthusiastic, but you get the idea. You can use it to fill your watering can or even attach a hose to the stainless steel spigot for bigger jobs.
Aesthetically pleasing, it will add a touch of whimsy to your outdoor space. It comes in your choice of monochrome white or monochrome brown. You can also choose to have a brown tank with white legs, or a white tank with brown legs.
Innovative and sustainable, it conserves one of our most precious resources – water – and is made of recyclable materials. Didn’t I say Hero 365 could see into the future?
Now if only we could ship some of that rain to BC!