Our newest offerings from Fatboy have arrived and they couldn't look better.
Fatboy has made an international name for itself as 'The Modern Beanbag'. These lounge bags are fun, functional and extremely comfortable. Throw one in the living room and bedroom for instant seating, or send one off to college for an iconic touch in a dorm room. It is the perfect place to curl up and read.
At Modern Karibou we already know how great these beanbags are (we enjoy them in our own homes), so it is with great pleasure that we share the new Fatboy arrivals with our beloved customers. The Fatboy collection has grown and now includes hammocks, beanbags, ottomans, tables, picnic mats, bottle coolers and even lamps. Fatboy's Finnish designs will make you smile.
Living in a rented or temporary space often means giving up on good design. It's hard to justify investing in a home that you do not own, and may not know how long you will remain there. There is no need give up on living in style! Make your place your own without spending a fortune.
1. When you move in, ask the property owner to repaint for you. Push for white. It will instantly clean up and brighten your temporary abode. Feel free to add some interest with painted walls, but keep in mind the possibility that you will have to paint it back before you go.
2. Invest in furniture if you plan to take it to your next place with you, but opt for used items if you don't. Buying used does not mean you have to miss out on style. There are great bargains to be had at thrift stores and online. Well built wooden furniture items can be stained or painted for a new lease on life. Forget the colour, and instead look for shapes that suit your taste.
3. Buy items that can serve double duty, or work in various rooms. Without knowing what your next place has in store, it is best to find versatile pieces. Purchase kitchen chairs that could work in a dining room and vice versa. Below is a bar cart cum side table that gives you options for how to use it.
4. Bring interest and colour into your temporary space through the use of textiles, artwork and even light fixtures. Throw pillows, bedding, carpets, lamps and wall hangings can all move with you when you relocate. In the meantime they will make your space instantly feel like home. The key is to choose art and fabrics that work together so they will make a smooth transition into your next place.
5. Don't wait. As tempting as it can be to put off making your temporary house a home, you won't regret putting a bit of cash and elbow grease into your current space. Make sure you are spending on items you can take with you. Don't work against the space. If you have ugly counter tops, make them work the best you can, but don't spend a penny redoing them. Hate the fixtures? Oh well. Part of the fun of living in a temporary space is that you won't have to live with the quirks forever.
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Oeuf knows how to make great furniture and does so with a modern aesthetic that we adore. Their collections allow parents to properly outfit their baby's room with essential items that all nurseries needs.
Oeuf's Perch bunk beds are one of our most popular items and it is easy to see why. Parents love the way they save space, are built to last, and look incredible.
Simple, clean design is Oeuf's trademark, and we can think of nothing better for a nursery. Oeuf's furniture collection meets the needs of little ones, and satisfies the sensibilities of parents too! Mix and match to your heart's content.
Oeuf Classic Crib
Oeuf Perch Bunk Bed
Oeuf Merlin 3 Drawer Dresser
Oeuf Merlin 6 Drawer Dresser
Oeuf Sparrow Night Stand
Oeuf Pure & Simple Natural Dual Firm Crib Mattress
Creating an attractive vignette does not take much more than a flat surface, like a tabletop, dresser or bedside table, and a little imagination. Before you rush out to find the perfect vignette components, look around and see what you already have. We love the way something as simple as a vignette can tell a story, or give a quick snapshot of your personality.
Start with a blank surface, and add in objects one by one. A mirror or large art piece can anchor your vignette, but so too can any brightly coloured object. The key is to use a variety of heights and shapes. A tall lamp or vase is an ideal starting off point, while a stack of books looks great and can also be used to add height when placing another item on top of it. Smaller items finish off the look, but be careful not to use too many.
While creating the vignette keep in mind your decorating style and stick to it. If your home is modern, then a monochromatic vignette will work well. Symmetry is key in a formal space, but grouping in odd numbers looks best (3 or 5 objects). Stagger your items and make sure to create depth by placing something in the front, middle, and back of the display. Your design should be balanced, even if it is not symmetrical.
Fresh flowers, plants, or other natural materials are a beautiful way to add the finishing touch to your vignette. They also allow you to bring in colour, or keep with the monochromatic theme. Once you think you are done, stand back and rethink it all. Did you leave some negative space to avoid a cluttered look? Is it picture worthy? Are you happy with the result? If not, simply edit or start again. The most wonderful thing about the vignette is how easily it can change.
Surya's Alameda rug was recently spotted in a home tour on The Everygirl featuring Kate Arends' Minneapolis apartment. Kate is the creative mind behind Wit & Delight, a blog that we love! The light-filled apartment is modern, but her style is a definite mix of old and new. It's always nice to see products available at Modern Karibou completing incredible spaces.
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Modern Karibou is proud to present a Canadian company of distinction. OnOurTable’s butcher blocks, boards and kitchen accessories exemplify the term ‘form meets function’. Their considered products are crafted to inspire people to savour the experience of cooking, eating, and sharing food.
The smooth contours of the solid walnut or maple boards provide an impressive backdrop on which to serve your guests. Breadbaskets are fit for display, while knife shelves are almost statuesque. These Canadian-made wood-worked masterpieces will demand attention and elicit praise. Display them with pride.
At Modern Karibou we are always searching for the perfect gift. A charcuterie board will impress anyone who loves to host and entertain, the walnut bowl makes an ideal housewarming gift, and the butcher board is the perfect wedding gift for a couple with gourmet taste. Don't forget to treat yourself too!
The goal of OnOurTable is "…to collaborate & create original, functional objects handcrafted to be used everyday and passed down for generations.” I, for one, want their products OnMyTable immediately. Check out the full collection here.
Designing a nursery can be a daunting task, especially if your first little one is on the way. With so many considerations when welcoming a new member into the family, it is easy to feel overwhelmed at this busy time. Modern Karibou is here to help! We have tips and ideas for making your nursery a restful place to be.
1. Create an oasis with a comfortable sleeping place.
Pick a safe and attractive crib for your wee one with a quality, natural mattress that allows for proper airflow. This furniture item will typically be the largest in your room so be sure to love it. Bedding adds a punch of colour and comfort without the commitment so it can easily transition from one baby to the next.
Babies don't stay small forever. When choosing dressers, armoires, and change tables it is best to buy pieces that will transition through their life stages. Look for drawers and cupboards for diapers and cleaning supplies. Opt for quality and be sure to err on the side of more storage than you think you may need. You can never have enough space to hide things away.
Babies don't initially differentiate between colours, nor can they see very far at first, but the ability to do both develops rapidly. Give them something to look at. If you don't want to commit to a bright wall colour there are still plenty of options. Wall hangings with bold geometric designs and graphic images are a perfect choice. Hang a mobile or wallpaper the ceiling so your little one has something to look up to from the crib. Modern homes tend to be white, so use accessories and textiles to bring in the bright.
4. Create a relaxing feeding area.
Unfortunately, new parents are guaranteed to be up a lot during the night for a while. Make sure you have a comfortable place to sit back and relax. Gliding chairs and ottomans will be your saviours in the middle of the night when it is feeding (or just plain crying) time. A little couch can also serve as a place to lay back and enjoy the new bundle.
Babies sleep. Sometimes this happens at night, but it also occurs during the day. Make sure you have blackout curtains or blinds to block out the sunlight when it is nap time. A night light will help you see in the darkness without startling your newborn. Bright overhead lights are useful during changings, but a table lamp will come in handy when preparing for bedtime.
Nuans presents a young, fresh and unique line of seating options that takes furniture design to the next level. Their collection of modern chairs is created in Turkey and follows exacting European design standards and specifications.
There are so many reasons to covet Nuans furniture. At Modern Karibou we are most excited to offer a collection of chairs that has European flare, yet fits seamlessly into modern homes in North America. Nuans uses creative colour and material combinations to turn heads and revitalize spaces.
Nuans has accomplished something extraordinary - a collection of modern chairs that are instant classics. Whether you are looking to redo your dining room, update your office space, or overhaul your kitchen, the Nuans collection is your key to success.