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C&J Recommend

20
Jul
2014

Ann Banks Jewellery

Thrilled to see the new jewellery collection by our our dear friend Ann Banks. Visit Made From The Heart By Banksie on Facebook to see more of this talented artisan's work. Ann, before moving into jewellery - and associated home decor items such as curtain tie back and napkin rings - was one of our very first producers at BBC Birmingham. And it was she who created and produced our 'punch through' series - The Million Pound Property Experiment. Were it not for Ann, our career mightn't have given us that which it has. We adored her from the moment we met... even though she was very strict with us as her 'new talent'! Ann, you see, hails from the grande dame school of TV producers - she's very professional, supremely creative but VERY caring. As we settled into a new city, Ann became like a Birmingham 'big sister' as we dealt with home sickness and missing our family and friends 'up the road'. She mixed praise for our achievements (where appropriate) with stern words (whenever required) but she always found time to make sure we were 'ok'. We've been pals ever since. We wish her nothing but great success and business contentment with her exciting new venture. Colin and Justin xx


 
Tags: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Made-from-the-Heart-by-Banksie/271073406238867
09
Jul
2014

LOVE this company - we strongly recommend them as thoroughly creative artisans...

While searching through various 'makers' as possible subjects for various upcoming media projects, we found this lovely company in BC. Some stunning, hand made products and some really clever wood tooling ideas. We LOVE! 

 
Tags: http://caledoniasilva.ca/shop/
01
Jul
2014

Wayfair - Hinkley There's some cool lighting here...


And well priced too.  Take a look.  Particularly good range of outdoor lamps... C&J 

http://www.wayfair.com/Hinkley-Lighting-Atlantis-Wall-Lamp-1648TT-HD1253.html

 

 
24
Jun
2014

Sue Watson - author

You can blame Sue Watson for foisting us on the design world - it was she, after all, who gave us some of our very first gigs, years back, at the BBC. She gave us such a brilliant start. She always believed in us. Back then, as one of our producers on shows like Housecall, she worked her socks off to deliver fun, creative and informative TV. We remember her whispering to us one night, over a glass of wine, that she dreamed of becoming an author. Well... she did precisely that. And now has several best selling books under her belt. We're thrilled to inform you of this, her latest tome. Sue - you're a credit to the world of writers; a fun and energetic author who informs, excites and entertains. Your books have clearly found a place in the hearts of those who enjoy a fun, crazy read. You deserve every bit of your success. We watch on proudly with each new release. And, God damn it, we'd love a jolly good catch up when next we're in Britain. All our love... and all our thanks for what you did for us. Colin and Justin, International Style Warriors and lovers of cake, wine and cats. Happy days xx  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Lies-Lemon-Cake-Watson/dp/1909490458/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403646680&sr=1-3&keywords=sue+watson

 

 
19
Jun
2014

Muji Grand Opening Santa Monica and Muji Online

At last. Some (limited) Muji...online. To this day, we malign the passing of the Glasgow store. And we appeal to the company to try again in a smaller venue. That was then, so come on; Muji would SO work in Glasvegas. Anyway - our posting this evening describes the online adjunct for the awesome company, set up primarily for delivery in America. But, with shipping, there's despatch to lovely Canadaland. Get shopping! http://www.muji.us/store/

 
14
Jun
2014

Inside Out magazine Australia

Over the last decade or so we've edited and written for all manner of stylish home interest magazines.  In the UK we were Celebrity Homes Editors of Livingetc mag and in Canada we've appeared in numerous titles. So we're hard to impress! In Australia we really rate the Grand Designs magazine and we totally love Inside Out - which we've in fact referenced here previously.  Its a great mix of lifestyle idea and beautifully shot homes.  Shopping, tips, property porn - the lot. Take a look! We totally recommend this magazine! Colin and Justin x

 

https://www.facebook.com/Inside.Out.magazine.au?fref=nf

 
09
Jun
2014

OVERSTOCK

Ok, so you're gonna have to sift through a LOT of inventory to get to the good stuff but it's SO worth it.  Check out some great geo rugs, upholstery, awesome lighting and smart case goods.  All things considered, though, there is some good stuff.  But as we said - prepare to sift...

http://www.overstock.com

 
04
Jun
2014

CB2 - check these guys out. Some great inventory at the moment...

You'll either love these or hate these. Us? We love 'em. Reminiscent of some crazy 50's Palm Springs resort, they're right up our designer street. Doubly gorgeous. Currently figuring out where we can use them in our own place...
As we said - love or hate. You're unlikely to be on the fence...

http://www.cb2.com/acapulco-multi-lounge-chair/f9509?aff=cj

 
24
May
2014

Circa - at The Prince



http://www.circa.com.au 

Arriving in Melbourne was an awesome experience. We stayed for the first few days at a hotel called The Prince in the buzzing Sy Kilda district.  A really lovely place and we'd stay there again in a heartbeat.  WE just wanted to nod a cap of respect towards their restaurant The Prince.  The surroundings are as eclectic as the hotel itself and their menu is wonderful.  We had organic lamb which was so on point we nearly cried. GORGEOUS.  Anyway check it out if you go.  The staff were very friendly and went out of their way to make us welcome. Look out for great salads, awesome pasta and an environmentally sustainable attitude to their menu design. REALLY lovely place x

 

 

 
23
May
2014

Scout House in Melbourne

We fell in love with Australia during our recent trip.  Like REALY fell in love with the country.  One of the districts of Melbourne where we stayed was called St Kilda and, on Fitzroy St, we discovered this gem of a store that carries SO many cute found and reclaimed objets.  Such a great inventory.  Friendly staff. Check out the website...

http://scouthouse.com.au

 
06
May
2014

Poster Cabaret

We just can't get enough of this straight to the point poster company.  No fuss, just a limited collection of great wall art.  Go take a look!

http://postercabaret.com

 
01
May
2014

Sandra Nunnerley

We're very fussy when it comes to book recommendations... but this one terrific tome is an absolute beauty.  Stunning photography captures a huge collection of work by the designer. One of Nunnerley's real skills, apart form being a great modern designer, is her ability to create mood and atmosphere.

 

 
Tags: http://www.amazon.ca/Interiors-Sandra-Nunnerley/dp/1576876691/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1399605634&sr=8-4&keywords=interior+decor+book
28
Apr
2014

Design Stuff Australia

It's hard NOT to love this on line retail store.  Created originally in Melbourne, the company boasts a stunning inventory of crafts, gifts and art, etc. Sourced locally and from around the world, we're totally loving the concept...  

 
Tags: http://www.designstuff.com.au
11
Apr
2014

Bonnie and Neil

Having relocated from New Zealand to Sydney, real life and business partners Bonnie and Neil have carefully established their name as a huge force to be reckoned with on the Australian design circuit.  Covering textiles, crockery, table wares, napery and more, their inventory is an utter joy. Australia's already burgeoning design calibre is all the better for their arrival on the creative scene.

http://www.bonnieandneil.com.au/about-us/

 
06
Apr
2014

Inside Out Magazine

Really loving this gorgeous magazine.  Yup, we're getting into it like honey smacks.  Our art director Laura has been a fan for ages and recently introduced the title to us.  Here, as an example of the kind of content they carry, is a selection of spindle backed chairs, as seen in the current issue... Go leaf those pages!

https://www.facebook.com/Inside.Out.magazine.au

 
01
Apr
2014

The Woodlot

Ah, The Woodlot.  We LOVE these guys!  Based out of Essex, Ontario, we met them at a recent exhibition and were utterly blown away by their crafts. They make - amongst many other things - beautiful small objects like buttons, key rings and scarf pins. Gorgeous. Just gorgeous... Take a look! https://www.facebook.com/thewoodlot

 
15
Mar
2014

Fab bed by FAB. We're loving the wedged shape...

Breaking with the standard shape and typical lines of bed design is always a risk, but in this case it really paid off.  The sloped bars command attention and we love the natural wood tones played along side the cotton head boards.  

http://fab.com/product/coba-bed-king-375834/?ref=browse&pos=12&fref=TnL5HPStwNw-DqFLI06tq4lQwwMinxrpxg&utm_source=linkshare&utm_campaign=%3CLSNSITEID%3E&utm_type=p&ltb=off&frefl=linkshare&fref=TnL5HPStwNw-DqFLI06tq4lQwwMinxrpxg

 
28
Feb
2014

LOVE this crockery from Crate and Barrel

As lovers of an urban life AND the country idyl, we often struggle to find decorative components that satisfy both sides of our design predilections.  This crockery, however, really hits the mark. Glazed white and hand aged around 'live' edges, we totally admire its gentle hand thrown style lines.  GORGEOUS! http://www.crateandbarrel.com/marin-white-dinnerware/f40522?aff=cj

 
17
Feb
2014

Upcycling and vintage book

There are several good books on the home design market that pertain to re using old items in fun, new ways but we reckon this is one of the best titles we've seen.  With French inspired projects and lots of bold reversions this glossy tome has been put together by a trained interior designer who works with real clients on all manner of exciting projects.  Affordable tips, achievable project and easy, step by step guidance. 

http://www.amazon.com/New-Vintage-homemade-beautiful-interiors/dp/1742574262/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1397764701&sr=8-2&keywords=interior+decorating+book+Australia

 

 
16
Jan
2013

David Phillips


We have absolutely NO affiliation to this company whatsoever, but thought we'd post the link to their product collection which boasts some well priced and interesting inventory for indoor rooms and garden spaces. This funky wee chair, for instance, arrives folded up like an envelope. Have a scan; it's always useful to be in au fait when it come to new retail  destinations… http://www.davidphillips.com/products
 

 
30
Dec
2013

Today's recommendation! Stephen Sills - Decoration

HWP! Urgent! Get this, or borrow this. In whichever manner you get it in your sticky clutch - take a tip; expose your eyes to this glossy tome as a matter of design urgency. 
S T U N N I N G photography and a lovely wordy forward by the illustrious Karl Lagerfeld. What the feck is not to like? It's drop drawers gorgeous, folks. 
HW - double - P. *swoons, then faints... and then weeps a little wee bit...*  Holy Moly...

 
17
Oct
2013

Kelly Hoppen book...

Our old pal Kelly Hoppen, mega interior designer and Dragon, has another gorgeous book in the pipeline. Def' one to mark in your diaries. We love her cool approach to design and her no nonsense take on business...

http://www.amazon.ca/Kelly-Hoppen-Achieve-Home-Dreams/dp/0847842479/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1384701088&sr=8-2&keywords=kelly+hoppen

 
10
Oct
2013

Totally unique accessories - this company totally caught our eye..

Totally super lovin' this site for its damned gorgeous curios.  Okay, so some of the inventory is properly weird... but we're diggin' it nevertheless...  What do you lovelies reckon?


http://www.relique.com/oddities/ 

 
15
Sep
2013

Andrew Martin Review

This is a highlight in our year; we LOVE the Andrew Martin Review - it's like the Oscars of the interior decorating world.  When the book arrives in our office we immediately swoon.

This glossy tome, just like all its predecessors, is CRAMMED with gorgeous work from some of the world's finest interior designers and architects.  We dare you not to love it!

C&J x

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Andrew-Martin-Interior-Design-Review/dp/3832797238/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1382314178&sr=8-4&keywords=andrew+martin

 

 
29
Aug
2013

SODA STREAM at MOMA

You KNOW we've always loved fizzy drinks machines but now Soda Stream have gone one step further and designed a machine with metal detailing instead of plastic.  Okay, so it's $130..... but it'll save you a fortune in thirst quenching.  Sounds good?

All good!

C&J x

http://www.momastore.org/museum/moma/ProductDisplay?purpose=crawl&catalogId=10451&categoryId=26670&productId=162183&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=26669&keyWord=Sodastream+Source+Metal+Edition+Starter+Kit&storeId=10001

 
14
Aug
2013

Gorgeous barn door hardwares

Working on a top secret new show (deets in a week or so when the network make their announcement) and just run into this brilliant company who sell THE BEST barn door ironmongery we've ever seen.  Just take a look at the company website!

Jeeeez!

C&J xx

http://www.barndoorhardware.com/?wm_crID=14539296&wm_lpID=63977208&wm_ctID=65&wm_kwID=44333023&wm_mtID=4&wm_content=1&wm_g_crID=18171533657&wm_g_kw=&wm_g_pcmt=www.designsponge.com&wm_g_cnt=1&gclid=CI226oPxgLkCFSJlMgod3TQA6Q&wm_kw=Total+%2D+content+targeting&wm_sd=1

 
10
Aug
2013

Fab rug at Ikea

Blimey - the rug selection in Ikea at the moment is SO worth a look. We've just bought this one, with thick tufted pile.  But we're not using it on the floor - we're framing it in deepest chunky ebony and hanging it as a texture scape in a client's hallway.  A VERY affordable big statement.  Guess that's one of our most regularly espoused statements - look at things differently to accord them new and exciting purpose!

C&J x

 

http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/70230738/

 
06
Aug
2013

Naxos dinner ware range at Crate and Barrel Two

What's not to dreamy love about this range at CB2?

Gotta say the store have some great kit at the moment - this crackle glazed dinner ware in oceanic shades of blue is just part of that joy!

Check out the company website for more info,

C&J x

http://www.cb2.com/naxos-dinnerware/f7367

 

 
04
Aug
2013

Rock The Shack

Book crazy - we're pretty much blown away by this impressive title. Almost every type of cabin, shack or cottage you can think of is included in this dreamy title, expertly photographed and with a supporting text to describe all the magic.  From hillside retreats to sheds on the beach and forest hideaways this gorge book is a total inspiration.

GO BUY IT!

http://www.amazon.ca/Rock-Shack-Architecture-Cocoons-Hide-Outs/dp/3899554663/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1374099654&sr=8-1&keywords=rock+the+shack

 

C&J x 

 
02
Aug
2013

LOVE this artist!

You HAVE to check out this artist's work. This is NOT laser cut work - this is HAND cut crafting using an Exacto knife. Such a laborious effort but OMG; such beautiful results. Her name is Ali Harrison and she is the daughter of mutual friends who're staying with us at our cottage in Muskoka. When we find an artist we love, it's always a pleasure to spread the word. And Ali's work is utterly joyous, her map studies being particularly astounding...
 

 
31
Jul
2013

This promises to be a fantastic outlet for salvage and retro...

At last!  A great retro furniture and accessories destination in Glasgow.  We KNOW this outlet will be a mix of cool finds and affordability as it has been launched by the team who operate McKay Flooring, a firm we believe to be the best flooring retailer in Scotland.  We've worked with them on several projects and their stock is always utterly fantastic.


But anyway - back to the world of second hand, previously loved and retro.   'Love Salvage' will be a 'first source point' for many of our projects when we need that 'special' find or interesting piece.  We really admire companies such as these guys who 'understand' salvage, 'previously loved' and reclaim - their merchandise gives 'stuff' a second chance and, in doing so, helps the environment.   Please 'like' their company facebook  page and help spread the word. 

+44 845 100 0249 

 8 Harmony Square, Govan, Scotland

Emailinfo@lovesalvage.com
Websitehttp://www.lovesalvage.com

Cheers, Colin and Justin

 
28
May
2013

HAVE to recommend this book. It's an utter joy...

Just had to share this book!  French Accents - at home with Parisian objects and details.  A review copy landed on our desk today and we've been gripped by every glossy page. It's a magnifique feast of French influences that will take your breath away. SO lovely, so special... so read it! Colin and Justin xx
http://www.amazon.ca/French-Accents-Parisian-Objects-Details/dp/030798530X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369755301&sr=1-1&keywords=french+accents

 
17
May
2013

MADE - we've talked about these guys before cos their range is always cool...

'Made' have a brilliant collection of home wares and this range of artwork has really caught our attention.  Very much in the Great Gatsby style it's on the money.  VERY Art Deco...

At Made, aside from art, you'll find sofas, chairs, tables, lighting and a whole load more at seriously realistic price points.  Go figure!  Go spend.  Go stylish!

C&J xx

http://www.made.com/looks/art-deco/ellis-art-deco-i-gilt-print-40-x-55cm-limited-edition-by-coup-d-esprit-gold-and-black

 
09
May
2013

Blue Dot

We've specified products for private clients in the Blue Dot NYC store - and in their gorgeous LA sister store - and have looked upon the company as a 'designer secret' for some time!!  But come on; isn't it about time we dished our secret sources?  Yay!  It's time you shared the joy; the stores are expertly run and curate a really cool selection of modern homewares.  We LOVE the Scamp table as featured here.  Click on the website for Blue Dot product across Canada and further into the States...

Lovely,

C&J xx

 

http://www.bludot.com/scamp-large-table.html

 
02
May
2013

Luxury Minimal

We'll make a big statement here; we think this is one of our favourite home interest books EVER.  Featuring the catalogue of revered snapper Fritz Von Shulenburg, it is a literally jaw droppinglyly gorgeous style tome.  Simply shot and beautifully capturing wonderful interiors you'll gasp and weep as you flick the pages.  As the title says, it's all about luxury minimal.

From the cover on, and absolute joy...

C&J

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Luxury-Minimal-Minimalist-Interiors-Grand/dp/0500515832/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369300564&sr=8-1&keywords=luxury+minimal

 
25
Apr
2013

Healing Hotels of The World

We LOVE books.  Got SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO many on shelves, in cupboards, stashed in corners etc etc etc...

But we only collect gorgeous books.  Those that contain great stories.... Or those that are pictorially beautiful tomes bursting with wonderful homes or travel destinations....

And this book doesn't dissapoint.  Beautifully written and accompanied by stunning photography that depicts these 'healing hotels'; destinations that help balance the mind and rest the soul.  Beauutiful.  Just BEAUTIFUL!

C&J x

 
18
Apr
2013

Ottawa design store

If you're a home design slave based in Ottawa, you've probably felt frustrated when it comes to tracking down cool modern furniture at affordable prices.  Well worry not; Canada's Capital can now breathe easily - the city now has a great home interest shopping destination and they've a wonderfully easy to operate website for those who want to shop form a different part of Canada.  Some really pleasing case goods cabinetry and great chairs, lighting and rugs.  Flex that mouse, baby, and get choosing!

C&J x

 
Tags: http://amodernspace.ca/
10
Apr
2013

La Cienega Boulevard Design Quarter, Los Angeles.

OMG! To say we've just emptied an LA client's design budget is an UNDERSTATEMENT!!!!

We love this shopping strip in LA.  Okay, it can be pricier than some of the quarters we visit for our US clients but there is some wicked stock to plunder.  Antique, modern, Mid Century, the whole lot...

We particularly love Dragonette where you'll find some droolsomely gorgeous stuff.  Check out the website for further inspiration.  We're SOOOO exhausted after this weeks trip (we travelled directly from NYC) but it was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO worthwhile. 

Go shopping.  Just remember to take your credit cards!!

C&J xx

http://www.dragonetteltd.com/home.php

 

 

 
07
Apr
2013

ABC in NYC

The stunning ABC Carpet & Home is an joyous emporium crammed full of carpets, furniture, lighting. sculpture etc...   If modern, traditional, funky, eclectic, antique, gothic, is (are?) your thang you'll swoon.  This is one of our favourite stores in the whole world.  And boy, we've trogged the retail sector in almost every country!  We spent the ENTIRE day in ABC during this weeks trip to NYC  and enjoyed lunch AND dinner at the ABC Kitchen.  AWESOME FOOD!  Go visit as a matter of critical, gastronomic urgency.


http://www.abchome.com

888 Broadway New York, NY 10003; (212) 473-3000

 
31
Mar
2013

THIS is a gorgeous book...

Featuring the personal home spaces of luminaries such as Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Nicky Haslam and Ashley Hicks, we swear you'll fall to the ground and weep as you lust after the pic's in this dreamy book.  WHAT are you waiting for?  Oh yeah; it doesn't publish till the 16th April.  Oh well; you read it here first.  Patience!!

http://www.amazon.com/Designers-Home-Personal-Reflections-Stylish/dp/0847840093/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365874924&sr=8-1&keywords=designers+at+home++book

 
07
Mar
2013

Go vertical!!

Cute wee 'vertical' garden system from Myurbio - www.myurbio.com This wee wall mounted system is a great way to bring the outdoor in. Whimsical, sure, but we thought you might approve? We came across it when sourcing for a solarium in a client condo. We've maxed up by covering an ENTIRE wall using these, each compartment filled with a different succulent plant. GORGEOUS! Check out the website for further images. This is a 'Colin and Justin Recommend' item without a doubt! What d'you guys think?

C&J xox

 
22
Feb
2013

Current issue of Architectural Digest

This has long been a favourite magazines but the current issue is especially wonderful.  The cover story features Elton John and David Furnish's exciting new Los Angeles home.  Perched, dramatically, on the hillside, it's an extraordinary space which was ccreated for the couple by British (but LA based) interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard.  Having interviewd Bullard about a home he designed for Cher, we understand his passion and love of design.  

Throughout the Bullard project, greens, blues and reds play out on a predominantly white background to stunning effect.  The whole home is the perfect backdrop for a stunning collection of photography and artwork by some of the world's most acclaimed designers and artists.

On news stands now.

C&J x

 
18
Feb
2013

Mono Centre Salvage and Wood

Mono Centre Salvage & Wood recenty caught our eye and we're already totally smitten.  In this day and age with so much re usable product being sent to landfill it's SOOOOO refreshing to stumble across like minded people who are hell bent on making sure that less is wasted.  We love the facebook site this company have set up and we love the caring environmental ethos.  Salvage.  We have one world.  Let's not waste it.

RESPECT.

Colin and Justin xx

 
09
Feb
2013

Property Porn

This is a GORGEOUS design tome and any self respecting coffee table should groan under its weight!!

Dripping deluxe imagery and informative text marry to give you an insight into some of the worlds loveliest homes.  Whether you're a modernist or a traditionalist you'll weep as you pore over the deelish pages...

Totally gorge.  Go buy it NOW!

http://www.amazon.ca/Pure-Luxury-Worlds-Houses-Great/dp/1864704969/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1360410909&sr=8-2

C and J xx

 
04
Feb
2013

Haus - stores in NYC and also Los Angeles

When helping a US blogger compile a list this week of our fave interior design stores, this company popped up again and again.  We've plundered their collection for clients in NYC and LA on several occasions and we're never dissapointed.  We love the simple, organic products; the imaginatively curated collection is clearly very well planned.

Check out the painted naturally shed antlers.  Cute!  Perfect, perhaps, as a wall detail in a cabin or cottage. 

http://hausinterior.com/

C&J x

 
31
Jan
2013

STUNNING store

We've meant to post this as a C&J Rec for ages! Sorry for the delay.  We spent ages in this emporium last time we were in California and it's little wonder; the store is HWP FABULOUS!!!

De•Cor stocks breathatkingly gorgeous handcrafted artifacts, furnishings, reclaimed elements and hand-woven textiles that embrace the cultural and traditional arts of the Indian sub-continent.

If you're wondering where it is then wonder no more - the exclusive retail showroom and gallery is located in Pasadena, California.  Take it from us; you gotta go!  Make the trip.  Do it!

Launched by Deepali Pareek in 2011, the showroom carries ranges that she has personally sourced during the continual travels she periodially undertakes across India and its neighboring countries.

Really - get in there NOW.  SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo col,

C&J Stle Warriors xx

http://www.de-cor.com

 
23
Jan
2013

Next Homewares

We recommended a lovely grey pin striped bedding set on our blog but further consideration of the Next website reveals that they actaully have a wonderful inventory at the moment.  Some great bedding and sofas as well as really well priced curtains, rugs and art work.  Def' worth a wee mouse about on their website.

http://www.next.co.uk/

Cheers,

C&J x

 
20
Jan
2013

Jane Lockart Designs

Some affordable designs by the lovely Jane.  Really like the yellow sofa.  Not too over played and with just enough pop to bring a lower key room to life.  We like.

Colin and Justin, Style Warriors xx 

 

http://www.janelockhart.com

 
05
Jan
2013

HomeGoods in America

Check out this facebook page of a brilliant store in America.  A mixture of big names, big ideas and big savings.  We regularly plunder their aisles when we're in the USA.  Great home design and a real treasure trove of ideas.  You literally don't know what bargain you'll uncover next! 

https://www.facebook.com/Homegoods

Tust this epistle finds you well, hale and hearty,

C and J, Style Warriors xx

 
15
Dec
2012

Living In Style Mountain Chalets

For the love of God, this is a stonkingly gorgeous book.  We've just bought a lake side holiday home in Muskoka (a couple of hours drive from Toronto) and this design tome is providing us with some fabulous woody inspiration to refit it's every nook and cranny.  From chalets to mansions and from cottages to bunkies, every droolsomely gorgeous page is laden with wonderfully arranged homes with the emphasis on relaxed glamour.  Forget concrete and acres of glass; this book is all about divine wooden homes, done properly.  STUNNING!!! 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_16?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=living+in+style+mountain+chalets&sprefix=living+in+style+%2Caps%2C275

 
15
Dec
2012

GREAT website!

Blimey - this is a great wee find.  Crammed with inspired and simple products for the home, the premise is that the range doesn't land in regular stores.  Reallly worth a look on line; there's some great kit.  Clothes, jewellery and home products line up in a crafty homespun manner.  Have a wee scan but make sure you confirm delivery and order times if you're gonna use this cute resource as a last minute shopping tool pre Christmas.  We love this pink tea towel.  We've always said; "A day without Champagne is like a day without sunshine", so we're totally on board for this product. 
Cheers,

C and J x

http://www.notonthehighstreet.com

 
08
Dec
2012

Andrew Martin Interior Design Review

http://www.amazon.com/Interior-Design-Review-Andrew-Martin/dp/3832796061/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354986113&sr=1-1&keywords=andrew+martin#reader_3832796061

OMG - this is our favourite AM releases ever - volume 16.  Showcasing some of the world's finest interior design talent, it's an orgy of beautifully shot design projects.  Some are monochromatic, some colourful, some private, some commercial but they share one link; they're all individual and beautifully imagined. 

L O V E.  Get this massive glossy tome and weep softly till you fall asleep into the blissful world of dreams.  Gorgeous.  Just gorgeous! 

Colin and Justin xx 

 
30
Nov
2012

Upcycling heaven...

This is a great book that demonstrates loads of ideas to transforrm everyday domestic objects into funky new home wares.  Well shot and info heavy it'll inspire you to get uber creative.  Can you feel your DIY juices flowing?

We're on a real 'upcycling' jag at the moment; it's a great way of saving money AND being good to the environment.  Actual factual.

http://www.amazon.com/Junk-Genius-Stylish-Reinvent-Everyday/dp/1908170832/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1354300321&sr=8-2&keywords=reclaiming+style

C and J xx

 
29
Nov
2012

The Wallpaper Book by Genevieve Brunet

Wallpaper seems to fall in and out of fashion more than any other home detailing aspect, but we've always been big fans.  For those, like us, who enjoy its potential, this book will be a useful tool.  Packed with paper styles spanning modern to traditional and chintzy to whimsical the book will inform and inspire.

Give it a wee read and roll it out!

C and J xx

http://www.amazon.com/The-Wallpaper-Book-Genevieve-Brunet/dp/0500516073/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354181268&sr=8-1&keywords=wallpaper+book

 
26
Nov
2012

Lamps Plus

This is a brilliant American retailer and we've used them on several Stateside projects.  Great lighting and some really, really inspired product.  From table lamps to chandeliers and from side lamps to floor lamps this retailer has something to suit every job.  And they're well priced too...

C et J x

http://www.lampsplus.com

 
18
Nov
2012

Toronto Home Magazine

We really LOVE this magazine.  In a nutshell, it affords a nosey parker peek into some of Toronto's loveliest abodes.  You'll be green with envy and there are loads of ideas to provide awesome inspiration.

In this issue you'll see all manner of condo's and houses but a particular strong point is the home of our pal Les Tomlin.  It's a sky high condo with amazing outdoor space and views to die for. 

Def worth a look!

C and J x

http://www.torontohomemag.com 

 
02
Nov
2012

Dragon Tastic!

http://t.co/QuqAMhr 

Yay! At last the third book is out! These stories are SO SO wonderful and, for us, they are amongst the best written modern books available today. Damnation that we didn't grab our copies before leaving for Cayman! We would DEFO recommend these titles to anyone who likes fantasy dragon type tales. Gorgeous; just gorgeous. Colin and Justin xx

 
25
Sep
2012

Reclaiming Style

SUCH a good book. We interviewed the writers Maria Speake and Adam Hill of Retrouvius many years back and are thrilled to see them doing so well. With the UK economy somewhat dipped, this style tome has lots of clever design ideas to help make ends meet.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Reclaiming-Style-salvaged-materials-elegant/dp/1849752672/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348643818&sr=8-1

 
30
Aug
2012

The Iconic Interior

http://www.amazon.com/The-Iconic-Interior-Architects-Designers/dp/1617690058/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346413278&sr=8-1&keywords=the+iconic+interior

The Iconic Interior features 100 of the most important and influential interiors from around the world. Designed by a broad spectrum of fashion designers, artists and architects, set designers and decorators, these private spaces represent a wide range of styles, periods, and aesthetics. Here are such unforgettable spaces as Billy Baldwin’s design for Diana Vreeland’s New York City home; Edith Wharton’s famous New England house, The Mount; Coco Chanel’s legendary Paris apartment; Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House; Tony Duquette’s California estate, Dawnridge; and Piero Fornasetti’s Villa Fornasetti. Organized chronologically, many of the interiors have been photographed specially for this book. Along with the lush photographs, each description is accompanied by a short biography of the owner/designer. The Iconic Interior is a complete guide to 100 years of influential, gorgeous design.

SOOOOOOOOOOO worth a read!

C and J x

 
28
Aug
2012

We LOVE these tanks...

Really love the unusual 'floating' nature of these aquariums.  The stockist have various different styles but this is our favourite.  As always, when buying anything electrical, check it all out carefully.  But it's SO cute, huh?  We love fish so LOOK AFTER yours properly.  They're pets, after all, not accessories...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fluval-Edge-Aquarium-Set-Pewter-/380462414046?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item589553b8de

 
24
Aug
2012

Cocoon

Somehow, even though these guys are based out of Toronto, we had so far managed to miss them!  That said, while visiting The New York Gift Fair earlier this week, we came across their friendly team and were rather taken by the interesting product range.  Touching pretty much every sector of home wares, the Cocoon range is fun and affordable.  Go visit!

Cheers me dears,

C and J x

http://www.cocoonfurnishings.ca/products/public/casegoods.cfm

 
24
Aug
2012

We have been fans of Kit Kemp for as long as we care to remember...

Having stayed in many of the hotels she has designed in both London and New York, we're uber fans.  Glad there's now a book to showcase some of her style.  Kit mixes old and new while playing with scale and colour, to create gorgeous commercial and residential interiors every time. 

Stunning.  That said, God damn it, the hair raisingly gorgeous book won't be out for another few weeks.   Place your orders NOW!  And gird your decorative loins...

C and J x

http://www.amazon.com/Living-Space-Kit-Kemp/dp/1742703933/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345918393&sr=1-1&keywords=kit+kemp

 
22
Aug
2012

ETSY

LOVE this site.  With the emphasis on 'one off' or 'boutique' run items, the merchandise is cute, often hand made and, well, pretty much gorgeous.  We stongly recommend you take a peek.  Just prepare to be inspired! 

C and J xx

http://www.etsy.com/

 
03
Aug
2012

This designer makes GORGEOUS stuff...

From lamps to jewellery and from objet d'art to copper and glass multi faceted homes for your oxygen plants, we're in love with this stuff...

And copper is SO now.

Double lovely.

http://www.abjglassworks.com/

 
01
Aug
2012

The Bowl Mill

Jeez - could the concept be any simpler?  Beautiful bowls, hand made in Vermont.  We just love this company.  No fuss.  Just bowls... and a few other bowl related items. 

Easy taught me,

http://www.bowlmill.com/cgi-bin/bowlmill

 
30
Jul
2012

London

A wonderfully well produced book that showcases London in all its various guises.  From royal weddings to raves, and from palaces to bedsits, this photographic tome is big and loud, just like the great city itself.  Covering affluent and more basic life it's a gripping read that reminds us just how much we have to be proud of with this city as our Capital.

Published last week it'll provide you with a fantastic insight into one of the worlds most electrifying destinations...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/London-Portrait-City-Reuel-Golden/dp/3836528770/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343693119&sr=8-1-fkmr0

C and J xx

 
26
Jul
2012

My Haus

Wow - we strongly recommend you check out this company for a massive range of accessoriies and designer smalls.  This ink blt plate is only one thing that caught our eye.  Finished in 22 carat gold.  Joyous.

http://www.myhaus.com/?wpsc-product=rabbit-ink-blot-plate

Have a wee browse,

C and J xx

 
18
Jul
2012

Painting and decorating book...

If we had a pound or a dollar for every time we're asked for tips and guidance on painting we'd be squadillionaires.  To help you guys we recommend this title.  Full guidance for decorating as well as tips and techniques to make life easy.

Defo' worth a read!

C and J xx

http://www.amazon.ca/Painting-Decorating-Derek-Butterfield/dp/1444335014/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1342696871&sr=1-1

 
14
Jul
2012

Daniela Nardi - Espresso Manifesto

Had the joyous pleasure of a private impromptu performance by Daniela at a Toronto dinner party last week and she blew us away. Accompanied by her husband, celebrated pianist Ron Davis, she held our small group in utter awe. A really, really really special vocalist. Check out Daniela's website for info on Espresso Manifesto, her exciting album. It's SERIOUS aural plesasure  Cheers lovelies,
C and J xx

http://www.danielanardi.com/ 

 
13
Jul
2012

Fire Pits

Having just come back from a weekend at the cottage we're inspired to give you our recommendation for fire pits.  This company do brilliant work - there's so much insubstantial rubbish on the market but these fella's have put together a rocking selection.  Big, weighty designs.  Can't you just imagine gathering round one of these?

http://www.woodlanddirect.com/Outdoor/Fire-Pits-Wood-Burning

 

SOOOOO impressed,

C and J x

 
08
Jul
2012

Alberto Pinto - World Interiors

JEEEEEEEZ!  This guys is a REAL hero of ours.  In this sumptuous book, Alberto Pinto excels at creating a perfect harmony of volume and space by bringing fresh inspiration to established design principles. He assembles an unprecedented range of styles by merging his client’s tastes with his own flair for creativity.

With an unobstructed view of a white sandy beach and shimmering turquoise water, a sprawling apartment in the exclusive Ipanema enclave of Rio de Janeiro is decorated in subdued earth tones, punctuated by animal prints and vibrant works of modern art. The interior of a classical orientalist residence in Kuwait reveals elaborate marble tile and wood details, while more modern spaces are furnished predominantly in black and white with judiciously placed accents in red. The details in a Monaco apartment subtly remind us that the home is perched above the Mediterranean Sea, while an ornate white-and-blue residence in New York is distinctly European in its rich use of antique furniture, ceramics, and ornate moldings. Other striking and sublime spaces include a palace in Riyadh and a home in Santa Rita, as well as grand yachts and private jets. 


Blurb aside, we're weeping like baby kittens as we scan the shockingly gorgeous pages.  Whatever you do and whichever other books you buy - grab yourself a copy of this tome as amatter of extreme and critical design urgency!

Published by Flammington, $85.

Sobs and faints with a glamour overload,

C and J xx


 

 
08
Jul
2012

West Elm - good news!

Good news?  Yup, the lovely company now ship to 95 countries which means that, pretty much wherever you are, you can enjoy the wonderful range.  Think Restoration Hardware (but less expensive) Habitat (from Britain) with an edgier touch and a wee spot of Pottery Barn flung in for good measure

We were in the Liberty Village branch in Toronto today specifying some lighting for a private project and were reminded just how cool a lot of West Elm stock actually is. 

Great sofas. brilliant crockery and a stellar range of lighting.  HWP?  Count us in!

Go on, treacle - treat yourself!  You know you want to, you dirty birdy!

C and J

http://www.westelm.com

 
08
Jul
2012

We're always being asked where we find our design treasures...

Blimey - clearly we have to trawl the high street on an almost daily basis to keep abreast of trends and product but there's one company who never fails to deliver - HOMESENSE.  When we're in Britain we use TK Maxx (these guys are the same team) and when we're in Canada it's straght to Homesense.  In the US we're never out of Marshalls - again, same company.  The ranges are SO of the moment and the collections are well priced and luxurious. Go on - step instore and lust after the full homewares collections and wonder why you didn't find them sooner! http://www.homesense.ca/en/index.asp

C and J xx

 
31
Dec
1969

Revive Magazine

We visited the Port Perry home of Revive magazine editor yesterday and discovered his lovely lifestyle title. Featuring some great ideas for health and welbeing, it also covers home design and a feature with BT's Jen Valentine.  A great read!

http://revivemagazine.ca/

 
25
Jun
2012

Dream Icons

Really impressed by this company.  From modern bar wares to sofas and from kitchen accessories to contemporary clock design these guys have a well curated range at affordable prices.  Plus their website is really easy to navigate.  We're fans.

http://www.dreamicons.com/ 

C and J x

 
17
Jun
2012

The Balcony Gardener

Isabelle Palmer's work has featured in Marie Claire and The London Standard which is no surprise given that she's a veritable expert on small scale outdoor gardening.  Patios, terraces, pots - the lot; she's your girl!  The cute as you like book featured a host of ideas to max up in minimal surroundings.  We like.  We VERY like.

C an dJ xx

http://www.amazon.ca/Balcony-Gardener-Creative-ideas-spaces/dp/1908170182/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340056507&sr=8-1

 
12
Jun
2012

Think you know Hurry Bros?

Well think again.  You probably thought they only repaired windows but they are also wonderful fabricators of all things glass and glazed.  Coloured glass splash backs, ballustrades and furniture etc; they can do the lot. 

Ahead of your next project, check them out,

C and J x

http://www.hurrybros.co.uk

 
12
Jun
2012

Retro Villa

Cute wee blog/store with the emphasis on alll things retro.  Step back in time, baby!

C and J x

http://retrovilla.dk

 
12
Jun
2012

Vintage Remix by Kishani Perera

JUST GORGEOUS! Kishani is one of the busiest designers in Hollywood... and with good reason - we love her style. Mixing antique and retro with newer kit too, her store, 'Rummage', in LA is already legendary.  And this is a bloody gorgeous book.   http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vintage-Remix-Interiors-Kishani-Perera/dp/0810997673/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1339604489&sr=8-1 We're swooning over every page... xxx

 

 
11
Jun
2012

Tubes Radiatori

Some fascinating radiator design here, for both gas and electrical supply.  We love the tall white structures as illustrated on the accompanying pic here.  And we also really admire the wheely portable electric rad; in various colours it has just the right amount of whimsy - and practicality - to raise a smile on two scotsboyz faces...

C and J x

http://www.tubesradiatori.com

 
11
Jun
2012

Design Heure Lighting

Yup, we loves us a good lighting supplier.  Not gonna lie; these chaps have some stellar kit.  But it's pricey.  Helluva pricey! That said, if budget permits, go flex your wad.  Cos it's all GORGE!

http://en.designheure.com/c17-pendants.html

C and J xx

 
08
Jun
2012

Check this out...

We love the whole abstract thing and this guy is a champion in his field. Lushly gorgeous and a def' big statement in the correct space.  Scan the site, lovelies,

C and J x

http://cinaart.com/

 
08
Jun
2012

Niche Modern Lighting

We are SO super lovin' these guys.  Perhaps one of the best lighting sources out there.  SUPER cool ideas and a beautifully curated collection.  We are already planning which of our clients will be lucky enough to have us specify from Niche.  Go look!  Urgent, baby, URGENT!

http://www.nichemodern.com/?gclid=CNWr2bbGwbACFU4lfAodp3HsWA

 
29
May
2012

Mr Perswall custom papers

Nearly jumped out of our tights when we discovered these guys.  You can choose paper from their catalogue designs and modify pattern, scale and colours, etc as required.  Or you can provide your own image and they'll do the rest.  What's not to LOVE? Possibly the most HWP wallcoverings you'll ever need. We are SO impressed.

http://www.mrperswall.co.uk/

 
27
May
2012

Cool candleabras

http://dunesandduchess.com/?page_id=54

Super loving these guys.  As manufactureres of soy wax candles (visit our site at www.candjhome.com) we love it when ancillary products catch our eye.  These are substantial and well made and defo just a wee bit different than others we've seen at recent trade fairs. 

Hope you like 'em!

C and J x

 
22
May
2012

Acquire - Boston

Loved this cute store, a lush wee retail haunt which we espied on a business trip to Boston earlier this week.  A wonderful mix of home goods make it a must see on the design trail.  Check out the website!

C et J xx

http://www.acquireboutique.com/TheGoods.html

 
14
May
2012

Alberto Pinto - World Interiors

http://www.amazon.ca/Alberto-Pinto-World-Interiors/dp/2080200933/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337121362&sr=8-1

From holiday homes in New York, haciendas perched above the Med', to slick villas, planes and yachts, this interior tome is breathtaking.  Alberto's work is sensational and we fall at his feet to worship.  Stunning.  Absolutely bloody stunning...

C and J x

 
01
May
2012

'Masseria - The Italian Farmhouses of Puglia'. OMG - this book is STUNNING!

Located on Italy's sun drenched southeast coast, the unique and rustic farmhouses of Puglia speak of a historic past.  We swear to God this book is a veritable knee trembler.  Utterly packed with 'farmhouse chic' info and gorgeous imagery we're wiping away tears of joy as we scan the pages.

Gorgeous.  Just gorgeous.

C and J xx

http://www.amazon.ca/Masseria-The-Italian-Farmhouses-Puglia/dp/0847835901/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335998791&sr=8-1#_

 
27
Apr
2012

Living in a Nutshell

We are very picky when it comes to recommending books - especially crafty, project led titles - but there's something absolutely dreamy about this wee tome.  It's all about homes that appear larger than they are due to clever projects and intelligent decorating and it's CRAMMED full of useful ideas.  A REALLY fab book that we'd strongly suggest you read!

http://www.amazon.ca/Living-In-Nutshell-Portable-Decorating/dp/0062060694/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335648509&sr=8-1

Colin and Justin xx

 
23
Apr
2012

Our shows air on Fox Lifestyle in Oz so here's a C& J Recommend especially for our fans down under!

This store is SO brilliant.  Scan the website and prepare to weep...

C and J xx

http://www.mudaustralia.com/

 
21
Apr
2012

Blue Dot shelf

http://www.bludot.com/new/wonderwall-desk.html#.TyCjUkTe-PBL

Can't help loving this shelf.  Ergonomically designed to hide cables etc, it's wall mounted and would make a compact home office surface, or a handy hallway stash point for keys and paperwork.  Pricey at $499, but kinda cool nevertheless,

C and J x

 
12
Apr
2012

British Interior Design

Just browsing this lovely wee book and thought we'd post it for you guys.  Containing some super inspiration for anyone who enjoys British influence in their design, the book is packed with great ideas.  Cute.  Very cute!

 

http://www.amazon.ca/British-Interior-Design-Galindo-Michelle/dp/3037680547/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334309468&sr=8-1

 
11
Apr
2012

Sale at House Of Fraser - good kit at bargain prices!

http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Kenneth+Cole+Brooklyn+black+pendant+ceiling+light/145638051,default,pd.html

Def' worth checking out...

Some great bargains, sich as this ceiling fixture by Kenneth Cole for just £18.  Worth a look.

C and J xx

 
05
Apr
2012

Creative Designs, Ayr - a wonderful kitchen company.

Seven years ago we purchased a beautiful Alno kitchen from the team at Creative Designs in Ayr and we still marvel at just how well the cabinetry has held up after years of wear and tear. It still looks PERFECT and the installation was such that it remains absolutely rigid. In a world where it's often easier to grumble than it is to offer praise, we just coul...dn't resist recommending these guys; even after all this time. And for any cynics who think we're maybe working with these guys; we can assure you we are not. We're just excercising our right to do that which any consumer might want to; to offer an oppinion on a great Scottish company who went out of their way to make sure our kitchen was perfect in every way. Cheers! Seven years down the line! C and J xx

 
03
Apr
2012

Fashion For Home

http://www.fashionforhome.co.uk/

A wickedly good value home furniture resource which we reckon has some of the best deals around today.

Check 'em out!

C and J x

 
28
Mar
2012

BDDW

http://bddw.com/homep.html  American furniture - HWP!!!!  Super lovin' these guys.  In particular their tables.  Visit them in NYC or scan their website.  Either way you'll have a nosebleed.  In a GOOD way.

C and J xx

 
25
Mar
2012

Dean and Deluca. Check out this online resource for all manner of cooking and baking kit. LOVEE LOVERTON!

And we particularly love this test tube spice  rack which includes forty differently filled tubes.  A great way to start experimenting with food flavouring.

http://www.deandeluca.com/herbs-and-spices/herb-spice-collections/dean-andamp-deluca-spice-rack.aspx

Cheers,

C and J x

 
23
Mar
2012

HWP!!!! SUCH a gorgeous book!

This, lovelies, has to be one of the best London style books we've come across.  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Living-Style-London-Geraldine-Appony/dp/3832796150/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1332545042&sr=8-1  Absolutely crammed with bed wettingly lovely rooms you'll weep and faint as you read it.

Cheers,

C and J xx

 
17
Mar
2012

LOVE this book.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Interiors-Martyn-Thompson/dp/1742702341/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1332026893&sr=8-1-spell

We're careful not to recommend too many books as there are loads on the market that are pretty similar, featuring many of the same photographs over and over again.  But this style guide is different.  Read the amazon blurb for all the details. 

A truly inspiring title by a highlly regarded photographer who has access to some of the worlds finest homes.

Cheers,

C and J xx

 
16
Mar
2012

Okay, so the likeliehood of getting into an outdoor pool in either Glasgow or Toronto is slim, for the timebeing anyway...

But no worries!  This 'Poolside' collection will get you into the mood so that, when the mercury's vertiginous ascent does finally happen... you'll be ready!  Gorgeous!!

http://eskayel.com/shop/category/collections/the-poolside-collection/

C and J xx

 
09
Mar
2012

Here's a novel idea - buy your kitchen from TESCO!

We've had a look at these kitchens and they actually seem well designed... and the price points are certainly realistic.  Yup, a good affordable range

http://www.tescokitchens.com/

Every little helps, right?

C and J x

 
09
Mar
2012

Brook Farm General Store

OH, for thre love of God, this home and accessories store is SUBLIME!  With the emphasis on artisan, hand made and great value goods, brought to market in one clever retail cocktial, these guys are ones to watch.

Cheers,

 

C and J xhttp://www.brookfarmgeneralstore.com/

 
02
Mar
2012

This is the book you HAVE to buy if you'd like to move into the interior design business.

There are a million and one great interior tomes out there but if you want a comprehensive introoduction to the design business we'd recommend this one.  AFTER you've bought all of OUR books, of course!

Available for pre order now.

Cheers, C and J xx

http://www.amazon.ca/Foundations-Interior-Ankerson-Katherine-Slotkis/dp/1609011155/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1330649310&sr=8-6

 
02
Mar
2012

Reproduction antler chandeliers - this company has GREAT value designs

If we had a dollar for everytime we're asked about antler chandeliers we'd be loaded!

Have a look at this company; the antlers are cast from resin so you don't have to worry about ethical issues.  Very realistic and great value designs.

Cheers,

Colin and Justin xx

http://www.antler-chandelier.net/

 
23
Feb
2012

Kaufmann Mercantile. Things, SO many LOVELY things!

http://store.kaufmann-mercantile.com

Darn it - we want SO many of the products from this cool as you like resource.  You need a gadget or a vessel, a pot or a pan?  KM are your peeps!

C and J x

 
21
Feb
2012

Modern Sense Furniture Toronto

Called by this store recently and wowed over a great selection of furniture.  From credenza's to sofas and from mirrors to artwork it's all there with a distinctly modern aesthetic.

Certainly worth a look!

C and J x

 
Tags: http://www.modernsensefurniture.com/index.php?osCsid=a27fcd37084ea3a06a2dfa2581334eaa
19
Feb
2012

Some great ideas, via these chaps, for window coverings with a twist!

We ran into this company at the recent IDS show in Toronto, and really like their product.

http://www.sunproject.com/home

Cheers,

C and J x

 
17
Feb
2012

Martin Lawrence Bullard - Live, Love, Decorate

Quite possibly one of the loveliest books we've read of late, with stunning work from British LA based decorator to the stars MLB.  At homes with Elton John and Cher simply add to the glamour overdose!  Gorgeous!

http://www.amazon.ca/Martyn-Lawrence-Bullard-Live-Love-Decorate/dp/0847836762/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1329441965&sr=8-1

C and J xx

 
17
Feb
2012

Blackbird Vintage Finds

Being positioned down in The Distillery District seems the perfect home for this wonderful vintage store.  If retro is your thang you'll have an eyegasm in here. 

Get down there as a matter of critical home styling urgency!

http://blackbirdvintage.com/

 
15
Feb
2012

Homesense sale

Hell mend us this store just gets better and better!  There's a sale on at the moment with as much as 50% off regular (already massively) dicounted prices.  It ends Feb' 26th so get on in there and start your treasure hunt!

http://www.homesense.ca/en/index.asp

Goood luck and happy shopping,

C and J xx

 
14
Feb
2012

Venetian plaster effects. Take it from us, a VERY difficult craft to master...

We have pleasure in recommending this fashion forward company to you guys.  Masters of their craft they offer the best effects service we have ever come across.  Certainly worth a look if you want to achieve perfect results that will take you straight back to days of master craftsmanship.

Ten out of ten from us,

C and J xx

http://www.hsvenetianplastering.com/

 
09
Feb
2012

Cult Furniture. Mind your consonants!

Go check out these guys.  Great ranges and super value.  We like!  Loads of quirky, modern stuff with bold shots of colour and flair.

Jump on line and let us know what you think?

Cheers,

C and J x

 
Tags: http://www.cultfurniture.com/
05
Feb
2012

MADE - what is not to like? 50-80% off high street...

Just found these guys.  Really impressed by their collection.  This table is just one special deal.  Whatever you do today... have a look at their website!

http://www.made.com/?OVMTC=content&site=brightbazaar.blogspot.com&creative=7960418456&OVKEY=the+conran+shop&url_id=18195992&adpos=none&gclid=CK-n2ba0h64CFWIntAodZkj73Q

Colin and Justin xx

 
05
Feb
2012

Some wonderfully colourful cushion designs. Rather joyous, actually!

Take a browse at these chaps.  You won't be dissapointed!

C and J x

http://webstore.mariskameijers.com/

 
01
Jan
1970

Atomic Ranch Mid Century Interiors

Having just returned from a spectacular trip to LA where we stayed in the most amazing ranch bungalow overlooking the sea, we felt compelled to show you this STRUNNING book.  Capturing the essence of Mid Century architecture, we're literally weeping as we scan the pages. Two words; Gor Jus.

http://www.amazon.ca/Atomic-Midcentury-Interiors-Michelle-Gringeri-Brown/dp/1423619315/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1327013319&sr=8-2

Read it and weep with us!

C and J xx

 
19
Jan
2012

Bo Concept sale

Up to 60% off selected merchandise and great reductions on floor models.  We've used this brand on our TV shows in Britain for as long as we care to remember and are thriled that the brand has now arrived in Toronto.  There's a lush Skandiwegian feel to their range so if you need low slung, modern lines, pop in store or jump on line.

http://www.boconcept.ca/

C and J x

 
19
Jan
2012

Pouffes! Ahem, no comment!

Super lovin' these cuties.  Great colours and affordable prices.  Go take a peek!

http://www.bohemiadesign.co.uk/moroccan-pouffes-b45?gclid=CM_Hv67t2q0CFUbCKgod1BWxkw

C and J xx

 
18
Jan
2012

Visitor Parking, King East, Toronto

http://www.visitorparking.ca/

Great store in Toronto through which we prowled yesterday.

Really like their selection of trunks and cases.  Defo' worth a look. 

Inventory includes credenzas, beds, sofas, side tables, consoles and more plus a good range of art and objets.

Pop in if you get a mo,

Cheers,

C and J x

 
13
Jan
2012

Down Under

http://www.downunderbedding.com/ 

In response to your requests for top end suppliers of duvets, quilts and pillows, we've tracked down these guys. They have some excellent deals and a great range of home accessories curated across their various stores. 

Products are well manufactured and the choice is really inspiring.  Have a browse at the company website and let us know what you think?

Cheers,

Colin and Justin x

 
11
Jan
2012

GREAT source of stools and chairs.

Check out these guys to help solve that elusive chair search.  Some really interesting designs...

http://www.chairsource.ca/catalogue_detail.asp?page=2&catalogue=exclusives&catalogue_detail=is_exclusive&special=&sku_search=&sku_engine=&advance_search=&sku_pass=CS%2DWINDSOR%2DCOUNTER%2DSTOOL

C and J x

 
11
Jan
2012

New issue of Canadian House and Home

An especially good issue of this magazine, featuring a cover shot of a project in orange and blue, as designed by Tommy Smythe.

Go grab a copy!

C and J x

 
08
Jan
2012

Ballard Design

LOVE these guys.  This antiqued mirror sconce is a real cutie at $59.99.  Check e'm out!

http://www.ballarddesigns.com/directoire-candle-sconce/accessories/candles-candleholders/218771

C and J xx

 
07
Jan
2012

Stumbled across this great store in LA

Blimey; we loved this place, a real Californian gem who'll happily arrange shipping.  So, wherever you are, you can join the designer party!

http://www.modani.com/?gclid=CIyt6t7Ovq0CFaQbQgoddxiKCA

C and J x

 
07
Jan
2012

Stumbled across this great store in LA

Blimey; we loved this place, a real Californian gem who'll happily arrange shipping.  So, wherever you are, you can join the designer party!

http://www.modani.com/?gclid=CIyt6t7Ovq0CFaQbQgoddxiKCA

C and J xx

 
07
Jan
2012

EQ3- some great sofas

Some great sale kit in EQ3 at the moment, and we really like the sofa collection too.  http://eq3.com/cat-eq3/process/locale/en_CA/currency/en_CA/page/30001-01.html

Check out this red fellow.  At $1199 it's a great buy.

Cheers, Colin and Justin xx

 
07
Jan
2012

Hugo - the movie

Guys; go see this cute film!  Directed by Martin Scorsese, and starring Jude Law, Christopher lee and Emily Mortimer, it's an interesting tale.  Here's the gist...

Twelve-year-old Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric girl and the owner of a small toy booth in the train station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy.
We loved it.  And, what's more, it's directed by Johhny Depp!
Hope you enjoy it!
C and J xx

 
07
Jan
2012

Great wee website

This one caught our attention with cool furniture from Canada and the States.  Have a browse!

C and J x

 
Tags: http://fab.com/sale/
18
Dec
2011

Making A House Your Home

Go read this book; full of great projects and lush photography this cute title really grabbed our attention.  Easy to follow and crammed with 'aspirational attainable' ideas, we reckon you'll love it.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Making-House-Your-Home-Homemaking/dp/0857830627/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1324232967&sr=8-1

Cheers, and lovely biscuits,

C et J xx

 
15
Dec
2011

Suck UK

We interviewd these guys a few years back for one of our British TV shows and have been thrilled to watch their company grow. 

These wall dart coat hangers are whimsical and fun and surprisingly sturdy. 

 Enjoy, C&J xx

http://www.suck.uk.com/products/dartcoathooks/?category=house

 
15
Dec
2011

Love this outdoors illuminated side table from Debenhams

Really into these funky garden lights/ tables.  Have a peek and let us know what you think?

C and J x

http://www.debenhams.com/home-furniture/furniture/garden

 
03
Dec
2011

Typhoon

A lot of the Asian food accessories we see are a little bit 'cash and carry' but this collection by Typhoon is SO SO cool and very realistically priced.  Check out the website for a whole new take... on take away!

http://www.typhoonhousewares.com/TyphoonSite/pages/home/default.asp

 
03
Dec
2011

Margaret Boyd Interiors Glasgow

Working from Toronto on a project in Glasgow (the re design of a lovely couples living rrom) we discovered Margaret Boyd Interiors and have fallen in love with her hand painted firniture colllection. Check it out!

http://www.margaretboydinteriors.co.uk/view-category.asp?cid=4

 
03
Dec
2011

Atelier Abigail Ahern

Hells bells - if we can't have ALL of these lamps NOW were gonna freak right out.  The lamps are so quirky and have been designed by Abigail A who seems to be the doyene of the cool style magazine circuit.  SOOOOOOO  cute!!!

http://www.atelierabigailahern.com/lightingbridge.asp

 
01
Jan
1970

Globe - tastic!

We love Chapters Indigo and their accessories are often as interesting as their book stock.   And, BTW, we're SO having one of these for our Toronto office!  Priced at $39.50 this antique inspired brass 'antler' globe is as cute as a button!  A great pressie, perhaps, for your global travelling friends?

http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/gifts/Antler-Globe-Antique-Brass/882709047117-item.html?ref=by-shop%3alifesyle%3alifestyle-the-study%3astudy-globes%3a1

 
17
Nov
2011

Mark Heyes Academy

We first met Mark many years ago when he still lived in Glasgow and have watched his career grow from strength to strength on ITV.  A trusted regular on Lorraine Kelly's shows, he's adored by millions and has shown legions of people how to make the very best, in style terms, of what they have.   And he's a confidence builder into the bargain -  he makes people feel special.

Recently Mark launched his own Style Academy and, via his careful masterclasses that cover pretty much every aspect of looking good, you'll be able to learn many of his trade secrets.   Enrol now to find that 'new you'!

Cheers,

C and J x

http://www.markheyes.com/MH/home.aspx

 
08
Nov
2011

Republic Revolution at The Warehouse!

Great OZ store.  Brilliant home designs.  Check 'em out! Merchandise in this Australian mecca is really well priced.  Some inspiring collections.

http://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/red/catalog/homewares/republic-revolution

Cheers, Colin and Justin xx

 
07
Nov
2011

Craft Fairs Scotland

Evening chaps.  Having immersed ourselves in the candle making business we have discovered a whole host of like minded folk in Scotland who are working hard on the crafting scene and making some lovely, inspired products.  If you use facebook please click on this link and find out more.

Cheers,

Colin and Justin xx

http://www.facebook.com/groups/WOS.craft.fairs/

 
05
Nov
2011

Architecture Now! Houses.

This is a WONDERFUL book.  We just reviewed it for The Sunday Mail and thought we'd share it here too.  Featuring some STUNNING modern homes it's actually a total drool fest packed with inspirational contemporary homes. Property porn at its best.  Enjoy!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/280-8272141-9831312?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=architecture+now+houses

 
27
Oct
2011

Rapport International Furniture

This is a wonderful store we stumbled across in LA with a walloping great inventory of cool home kit.  From dining to reclining it's all there! 

http://www.rapportfurniture.com

 
27
Oct
2011

Z Gallerie

There are lots of branches of this cute store across Southern California and we'd def' recmmend popping by.  We love the whole brand and particularly like their nickel button detailed dining chairs and wooden furniture.  Rush in, babies; rush in!

http://www.zgallerie.com/storelocations.aspx

C and J x

 
27
Oct
2011

Room and Board

LA has some astoundingly good value home shopping!

Room and Board; wow - this is a great store.  From mid century modern lines to present day modern and with a whole load of retro styling points slung in for good measure this super large furniture unit has some greatr value selections.  We are well impressed.

The comprehensive webiste will give you an idea about what you'll find,

http://www.roomandboard.com

Cheers, C and J xx

 
27
Oct
2011

Electric Karma

WOW!!!  went to this resto last night on West 3rd Street in Los Angeles and it was really EXTRA special.  Wonderful curries, perhaps the best nan bread we've had to date and brilliant service into the bargain.  A really authentic Indian experience in terms of style, food and decor'. Okay, so it's a real celeb' hangout in LA... but deservedly so. 

Next time you're in LA give it a go!

http://www.electrickarma.com/

C and J xx

 
22
Oct
2011

Paws Decor

While headlining the West Coast Womens Show in Abbotsford we ran into the team behind Paws Decor, a fab company who create really cool furniture for your pets!  Def' worth checking out!  Woof!  Miaow!

http://www.pawsdecor.com

C et J xx

 
18
Oct
2011

Some brilliant home wares!

This store is a pioneer of classic and modern furniture and their collections are super exciting.  Jump on line and start lusting!

http://www.classique.net.au/

C and J xx

 
18
Oct
2011

MUD

Great news!  Sydney based ceramicists MUD have just opened their first store in Melbourne.  Really excited to see this great company expanding and we absolutely love their ranges.  Have a peek!

http://www.mudaustralia.com/

C and J xx

 
14
Oct
2011

toronto HOME

Here's a great new mag' we picked up today.  Showcasing the best in high end toronto interior design and architecture it's a visual feast!

Check out the website,

C and J xx

http://www.torontohomemag.com/

 
12
Oct
2011

Chair Table lamp

Kevin Austin, the owner of this lovely Toronto store, has considerable experience buying and selling lovely antiques and interesting decorative accessories. 'Chair Table Lamp' is a veritable Aladdin's cave of classics like faux bamboo pieces, credenza'a, chairs, tables and more.  Mixed in are loads of rustic objets that effortlessly bridge the gap between country and industrial.

Go take a peek; you won't be dissapointed!

http://chairtablelamp.blogspot.com

C and J xx

 
12
Oct
2011

Il Fornello

Just HAVE to tell you about this amazing retaurant at Queens Quay in Toronto.  We LOVE Italian food but this place is that little bit extra special.  Had dinner there last night and it was SO good we've re booked for Saturday!  Brilliant wood oven baked pizzas and wonderful pastas as well as a whole host of other gorgeous dishes that really impressed our party.

A definite ten out of ten from us!

http://www.ilfornello.com

 
11
Oct
2011

Homesav

Gotta say that we're really impressed with the decor and design home bargains from these guys.  AWESOME deals and some wonderfully inspired collections!

Click on our link for more info and to learn how YOU can start saving!!

https://www.homesav.com

 

Cheers, C and J xx

 
10
Oct
2011

Prepare for the winter - we've got designs on your health!

We've joined forces with Intanza to experience a flu clinic like no other!  Join us this Thursday from 10am till 2pm at the Design Exchange, 234 Bay St, TD Centre,Toronto for FREE $30 flu shots and get ready to fend off the chills this winter!  The best bit, for us, is that the needle is less than 2mm's long so you hardly feel a thing!!  It's a JABolution!

10 Reasons To Get A Flu Shot

1. It’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the flu and its consequences.
2. There are no more excuses - even a micro-needle option exists if you’re afraid of needles!
3. It’s the best way to protect your family and those around you: young children, adults with chronic conditions and the elderly.
4. Flu is a socially transmitted disease and can have serious consequences.
5. Too busy to Stop: No time for Flu.
6. Globetrotters remember – it’s always flu season somewhere in the world!
7. It’s easy: go to a vaccination clinic, a pharmacy, a travel clinic or ask your doctor about the latest options.
8. You don’t have to be inconvenienced by the associated muscle pain: not all vaccines are injected into muscle.
9. You won’t have to wear aflu mask.
10. It’s more than just a trendy thing to do; it’s the responsible thing to do.


Check out all that's new, fresh and fabulous in our world at www.colinandjustin.tv

For more click on www.intanza.ca 

 
05
Oct
2011

Hickory White

Get your second morgages ready - these guys aren't the cheapest furniture retailer but we LOVE LOVE LOVE them.  Sure they're on the expensive side but their ranges are wonderful. 

http://www.hickorywhite.com

Have a look and let us know what you think?

Cheers,

C and J xx

 
05
Oct
2011

Valspar Paint

We're often asked who we recommend when it comes to paint products and, whilst we've used many over the years, we've been using a lot of Valspar products lately and they represent great value for money while offering excellent coverage.  Check these guys out as a smart alternative to the brands you perhaps use by default.

http://www.valsparpaint.com/en/index.html

Cheers,

C and J x

 
04
Oct
2011

This week loads of you have asked us for mirror store recommendations so here's one of the companies we use...

These guys have been in operation since the 1960's and we've visited their stores on several occasions.  They stock a whole host of ornamental mirrors and such like but they're also a great resource for mirrored walls, shower screens and alll other glazing requirements.

Happy shopping!

C and J xx

http://elysglass.com/showrooms.asp

 
03
Oct
2011

Great rug store

You guys have been asking for a modern rug supplier - here's a company we've used for some time.  Hope this helps! http://www.modernrugs.co.uk/

Cheers,

C and J xx

 
01
Oct
2011

Polls Apart, an utterly brilliant read written by our pal.

‘Polls Apart’ by Clare Stephen Johnston. Despite a shattered, abused childhood, Anna Lloyd achieves the near impossible by becoming a famous actress + wife of a political party leader. But when a general election is called her past as an escort girl returns to haunt her and her hubby is urged by aides to cut her out of the picture. When the public learns of her tortured youth, Anna becomes a heroine, again beating the odds to become the most influential woman in the land. But at what cost? We both read the book in one sitting and it’s gripping to the max!

 
Tags: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Polls-Apart-Clare-Stephen-Johnston/dp/0857283553/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1317595277&sr=8-1
01
Oct
2011

Who do we recommend for kitchen accessories and appliances?

Hamilton Beach! We've used these guys fantastic products on many of our TV shows and often reference them in our newspaper columns and blogs in Canada.  The product range mixes value, style and function.  AND - items have a five year guarantee.  Now there's peace of mind - have a look and let us know what you think!  With such a big market for kitchen wares it's always re assuring to learn of the best!

Hope this tip is of assistance!

http://www.hamiltonbeach.ca

Cheers,

C and J xx

 
30
Sep
2011

Bowring

This is a great resource for home bargains in the classic contemporary style.  We particularly love the drinks serving cart reduced from $199.99 to $99.99. Very Hollywood.  Just add cocktails!

http://www.bowring.com

C and J x

 
30
Sep
2011

La Nuit Blanche

If you get a chance you should head to La Nuit Blanche in Toronto this evening.  Its a multi disciplinary arts event and always a fascinating way to see the city! Check out the link!

C and J xx

 

http://www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/

 
23
Sep
2011

Teatro Verde

There is nothing we don't love about this cool Yorkville store.  Okay, so it's not the least expensive shop on the North American retail sector but blimey; the product range is gorgeous and the two floors bulge with exciting product.  From quirky to traditional and from modernist to classic the merchandise is well chosen and spans large piece upholstery to case goods and accessories to fresh flowers. 

Get in there!

C and J xx

http://www.teatroverde

 
14
Sep
2011

EQ3 + Vitra

EQ3, already one of our fave Canadian outlets, has now partnered with a growing list of iconic designer brands.  Currently featuring Vitra, Herman Miller, Alessi and more they're worth checking out.

http://www.eq3.ca

C and J xx

 
14
Sep
2011

Calligaris Toronto Store

We're much admiring some of the modern furniture on show at Caligaris Toronto.  Click on the company website to see some really inspiring ranges. Long rectilinear credenza's funky beds and great sofas.  Definitely worth a look,

http://calligaristoronto.ca/collection.html

Cheers,

C and J xx

 
10
Sep
2011

Bon Bon!!!

We're SUPER lovin' this clever range of furniture by Bon Bon.  In this day and age it's about time that a cool collection of discreet folding beds and storage was available and these guys certianly tick the box.  If you need extra guest accomodation... look no further!

http://www.bonbon.co.uk/

C et J xx 

 
05
Sep
2011

FAT GIRLS AND FAIRY CAKES by SUE WATSON

Several years ago, while working on the BBC show Housecall, we made a great friend in Sue Watson, our then producer. This spirited woman guided us towards our dream and always taught us that anyone who truly believes in themself can conquer the world.   Back then she always said she'd write a book...  Spool forward several years and her new title is the darling of the weekly glossies. It's an AWESOME read. Reading it now we can't help but wonder if it's based on her own wonderful life.  You can be the judge by reading her bio... and then reading the book.  Go Sue - you SO deserve the buzz that's already happening with the book! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fat-Girls-Fairy-Cakes-Watson/dp/0956536824/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1311071904&sr=1-1

Cheers,

Colin and Justin xx

 
02
Sep
2011

BINGO!!!!

This is exactly the paper we're gonna use in our own Glasgow master suite!  And we'll post pics when we've completed the job.

Check out the wallpaper company's site; there are some great designs to choose from.  This one, Augustus, costs £37 per roll and it's available in various colour ways.

http://www.clarke-clarke.co.uk

C and J xx

 
02
Sep
2011

Vintage Repro

By now many of you are probably going crazy for the whole vintage look but the problem is that much of what's available is SERIOUSLY expensive.  But worry not; we've tracked down a company who market some seriously inspired faux retro kit that looks as good as the real thing!

http://www.vintagerepro.co.uk

It's SO worth checking these guys out.

Hope you find something to bolster your dreamy 'industrial days gone by' look!

Cheers,

C and J x

 
28
Aug
2011

Geovin Canada

This store, while you might not like everything they sell, have some great deals on dining and living room furniture.  Defo' worth a look.  But bear in mind that if you want to order things to arrive in time for Christmas, then you need to be planning it all soon!

www.geovin.com

Good luck,

Colin and Justin xx

 

 
25
Aug
2011

Marquis Fireplaces

Blimey - these guys have some hot kit; literally.  Check out the company's website for a host of warming ideas.  We particularly love their long sleek inbuilt fireplaces that appear to float in the air.  Let us know what you think via our forums,

Cheers,

Colin and Justin xx

http://www.marquisfireplaces.net/

 
25
Aug
2011

Union Lighting Toronto.

These guys don't only stock a host of illuminating ideas; they also carry a superb range of modern and classical furnishings, cool accessories and many other 'must see' decor items.  We've used them for some time now on our TV shows and often recommend them in our written work too. 

Hope you like what you find.  They're a well kept TV designers secret... that's slowly getting out!

http://www.unionlightingandfurnishings.com/

 
19
Aug
2011

Restoration Hardware

Really like the new collections at RH although some items, such as this incredibly grand button tufted sofa, are rather expensive.  But if it's avarice that you're after - you're gonna love this beatiful chesterfield.  Have a scan at the website; we're swooning as we write.

http://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/category/products.jsp?link=Slide1&categoryId=cat1580034

Cheers,

C and  xx

 
17
Aug
2011

Schumacher

This is a GREAT wallpaper company.  We particularly love this print which is available in a host of different colourways.  Def' worth a look.  After you've checked this design out have a browse at their other collections.  VERY Miami, darlings, very Miami!

www.fschumacher.com/search/ProductDetail.aspx?sku=2707210

C and J xx

 
17
Aug
2011

Sun Pan Imports

These guys have an awesome inventory of glossy cabinetry, some fabulous button tufted leather sofa's and a whole range of modern case goods and dining furniture.  They're a wholsale operation, but if you haven't already found them they are so worth checking out.

http://www.sunpanimports.com/

C and J x 

 
15
Aug
2011

STACARO

With stores in Toronto, Vaughan, Montreal and Ottawa these guys are a great shopping resource.  But now you can also shop on line which means that WHEREVER you are in Canada you can still get the Stacaro look at home. 

Check out www.stacaro.com

Stacaro sell brilliant case goods, wonderful armoires, lighting and sofas as well as a host of accessories and artworks.  Very 'gentlemans club' in aesthetic, the mood is woody, black, flickering candle and gorgeous.  Have a look at let u sknow via our forums what you think!

Cheers and happy shopping,

Colin and Justin xx

 
13
Aug
2011

TV display

We're often asked by our clients for recommendations -  and media storage and TV and audio display are a frequent conundrum   Check out Structube in Toronto for the answer to your prayers.  These guys have a great range of product and are one of our trusted suppliers.

http://www.structube.com/en/catalogue?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=902&category_id=250 

Hope this lead helps!

Cheers,

C and J xx

 
13
Aug
2011

Walmart home wares

This shelving set caught our eye amongst a surprisingly good selection of wares.  Great value at 98 bucks.  Check it out!

http://www.wallmart.ca/Home-Office/Furniture/Living-Room-Furniture/Hometrends-Leaning-Wallshelf

C et J x

 
09
Aug
2011

Dessin

http://www.dessinfournir.com 

Check out this lovely company.  Their website has been newly reworked and contains some really interesting pieces.

Hope you like it,

Colin and Justin x

 
03
Aug
2011

Pimlico Design Gallery, Toronto

If you're looking for whimsical art, cool accessories and really interesting objets, this is a must stop shop.  Bright and inviting, the Toronto store is well arranged, the staff are super friendly and the product range really exciting.  Mostly modern and always good value - def' worth a look,

C and J xx

http://pimlicogallery.com/

 
01
Aug
2011

Cole and Son Wallpaper

This is a great resource for graphic wallpapers and organic designs.  We particularly like 'trellis'.  Have a browse and you might just find something you like!

http://www.cole-and-son.com

Cheers,

C and J xx

 
31
Jul
2011

NOOD FURNITURE - August sale

We use this company for lots of our projects and, with some 40% off deals currently available, you should take a peek..  Mixing modern, Scandinavian and Mid Century Modern these guys have assembled a brilliant range of sofas, tables, credenza's and other home furnishings to make your home that little bit sweeter.  Go check 'em out!

Cheers,

C and  x 

 
30
Jul
2011

Salvo

We're often asked for advice about salvage sources as far as radiators, doors, church pews and lighting are concerned.  Salvo, a great on line resource, are truly magnificent so we'd have no problem in recommending you check them out.

www.salvo.co.uk

Good luck and happy antique - ing!

Colin and Justin x

 
30
Jul
2011

Ollaberry

Flutter by Scottish lifestyle experts Ollaberry's online store and pick up a couple of beatiful butterfly vases from just £18.50 each. These white vases are sprinkled with 3D butterflies making them delicate and lovely.  There's also a host of lovely gifting to look at.  We love small independent retailers and these Great Scot's are really creative.

Cheers,

C and J xx

www.ollaberry.com

 
30
Jul
2011

Fancy a cut price coffee machine?

These guys have reconditioned models for substantially less than normal price.  Defo' worth a look if you're in the UK and if you lust after the real taste of fresh brewed coffee. 

Check 'em out!  www.espressocrazy.com

Cheers,

C and J x

 
28
Jul
2011

Wallpaper Direct

We're often asked, via our website and social media sites such as twitter and facebook, for a great search engine for wallpapers... and they don't come much better than these guys.  Sanderson, Timney Fowler, Cole and Son - they're all on here... Plus many, many more.  Hope this helps!

http://www.wallpaperdirect.co.uk/

 
28
Jul
2011

BLVD store closing sale - up to 70% off

Really sad to see this store closing. Having sourced product from these guys for many years, we're sad to see them go.  However - there are some awesome sale bargains to be had so they're worth checking out. Great deals on chairs, tables, credenza's etc.

BLVD - 570 Queen Street West, Toronto.

http://www.blvdinteriors.com

 
27
Jul
2011

Interiors by Marcel Wanders

OMG - what a GORGEOUS book.  And take it from us; we read pretty much EVERYTHING on the market.  Marcel Wanders distinctive output combines a flair for the theatrical with a unique understanding of space that has vaulted him into the top ranks of contemporary design. His interiors projects range from iconic hotels like the Mondrian South Beach in Miami, to fairy-tale private residences in Amsterdam, Mallorca, and Jakarta. 

Yup, this book really caught our attention; informative text and a host of dripping deluxe projects make it a must read for any self respecting style devotee!

Find it at www.amazon.ca (or .com or .co.uk )

 
19
Jul
2011

Kiosk - 288 King Street East Toronto

http://www.kioskdesign.ca

This stunning store specialises in particularly high end product, much of which has an Italian or Scandinavian feel.  We have to admit being pretty much blown away by this awesome company; with informed and very friendly staff, they've pretty much hit the nail on the designer head and are already becoming a must see stop off point for anyone in Toronto's design fraternity.  Admittedly you're gonna need a second mortgage for a lot of Kiosk's merchandise... but take it from us it's absolutely worth every penny. 

DEF' worth a look next time you're downtown,

Cheers and good luck,

C and J xx

 
15
Jul
2011

Dobbies Garden Centre Braehead

Though we don't have a huge garden in Glasgow, we are nevertheless proud of our wee outdoors space and always looking for good sources of inspiration and product to bring it alive.  Anyway, we stumbled into Dobbies today after a trip to Ikea and have to say we were SO impressed by the company's product range and by a friendly and informed staff.

Dobbies currently have some BRILLIANT garden furniture on offer, plus one of the best outddoor planting areas we've come across in a long time.  PLUS we fell in love with the aquatic centre which boasts a stuuning selection of marine, warm water and cold water fish.

And did we mention the restaurant?  We don't remember garden centre food being this good!  Go check it out!

Cheers and happy gardening,

C et J xx

http://www.dobbies.com/

 
15
Jul
2011

Nancy Smillie

Check out this wee design haven, just off Byres Road, in Glasgow's West End.  Some of the furniture is a wee bit too chunky for our own tastes but it's a popular destination, nonetheless, for West Ender's who like good quality hand made design.  What we like about this store is its eclectic mix of smaller accessories and lighting.  Certainly worth a wee look! 

www.nancysmillieshop.com/

C et J xx

 
15
Jul
2011

Stacaro

We featured this store last year in our Toronto Star column as a 'hot shopping' destination and now, with new branches, they're going from strength to strength.  They'll help with shipping so, wherever you are, check out the inventory list for some great home inspiration.  We love their credenza's and their artwork and use them for loads of different projects.

Visit www.stacaro.com for more info!

C et J xx

 
12
Jul
2011

Asda daybed

Okay, so it's pricey at £200 but we really like this unusual item.  The funky bed features cream seat and back cushions and damson colour scatter cushions. The Day Bed features adjustable side shades. Also includes a summer protective cover and a PE (polyethylene) weather resistant cover.

Check out www.asda.co.uk 

 
12
Jul
2011

Nina Campbell's Decorating Secrets

We interviewed Nina several years ago and she truly is the Grande Dame of British decorating.  Classic in style and utterly talented when it comes to creating the true British 'look' in the style of 'great houses', she takes our breath away. 

Go check out her fab new book - it's crammed full of top tips and beautiful photography and will help you no end in that quest for deluxe home glamour.

http://www.amazon.ca/Nina-Campbells-Decorating-Notebook-Insider/dp/140005172X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1310574962&sr=8-1

C et J xx

 
10
Jul
2011

Gloster Furniture

Without a doubt these guys rank amongst the best suppliers of seriously cool garden furniture we've ever used.  We've posted a pic of the modular chairs we've just taken delivery of and they are bang on the money.  Ours are actually in creamy white (we couldn't find a pic' so we've illustrated this with the grey version) and we got loads of sections so we've put together a sofa and two loungers configuration as well as complimentary coffee and side tables. 

We'd been looking for totally NON run of the mill garden furniture for our roof terrace and we have to say this company were so easy to deal with and offered speedy, friendly delivery and value for money.

Check out the website for serious inspiration.

www.gloster.com

Cheers,

C and J xx

 
08
Jul
2011

www.tch.net

Check out this cute wee company for some great fun home kit.  We LOVE this simple retro larm clock at just £9.99

http://www.tch.net/sale-home-garden.irc

Cheers,

Colin and Justin xx

 
08
Jul
2011

RONA!!!!

Check out this link as we settle into our exciting new relationship with Rona in Canada!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9QtG1dOadk

 
24
Jun
2011

Partylite

Really like the ideas behind Partylite.  Treat yourself to some of their lovely products or host a party and earm commission into the bargain.

Some great candles and loads of innovative display ideas.

Cheers,

C and J x

 
24
Jun
2011

Homes and Interiors Scotland

While this is still some time away, we recommend you find space in your diary to visit this brilliant exhibition.  Now in its seventh year, it promises to be even bigger and better than before.  A great mix of home inspiration and big ideas, you'll lust at every turn.  The ultimate in property and design porn!

http://www.homesandinteriorsscotland.com/exhibition/visit.php

 
18
Jun
2011

OOPS - a little pricey...

This is a C&J Recommend - IF, that is, you win the lottery.  We swooned at this company's website but nearly fainted when we saw some of the prices.  This particular chandelier is £30,170 and based on Ruben's 'The Fall Of The Damned', an art work that depicts sinners falling into hell.  Designed by Luc Merx it has also been displayed at the V&A...

Have a scan at the site and be inspired by some stunningly beautiful (and often wildly priced) home design. 

http://www.within4walls.co.uk

Colin and Justin xx

 
18
Jun
2011

Berry Red

Wow - this is a great wee online resource.  From lighting to candles and from cushions to wall plaques you'll find a range of wonderful kit to inspire you.

 http://www.berryred.co.uk/

Cheers,

C and J x

 
06
Jun
2011

Pet beds - GORGEOUS!!

Have a wee browse at this company and lust after their range of unique pet beds!  We're totally sold! Really good to see some very NON run of the mill options for your fluffy pals!

http://www.pinkwhiskers.co.uk/

 
05
Jun
2011

The Clock Factory

SUPER lovin' this amazing clock company.  Brilliant product and an absolutely staggeringly good range that spans quirky to traditional.  It's TIME you checked these guys out!

http://www.theclockfactory.co.uk/

 
29
May
2011

Cleaning and caring for leather upholstery

Confused about how best to care for and clean your leather sofa? Well panic no more - Scots stain guru Steven O'Neill recommends cleaning and protecting on a regular basis with water based products.  This action will keep your leather furniture hydrated and supple.  If you use a good quality leather protector, your leather will crack less and your sofa will look lovelier for longer.  Simple!

Say goodbye to upholstery and carpet stains at -

http://www.scotcleanservices.co.uk/

Good luck,

Colin and Justin xx

 
27
May
2011

Reface Scotland

LOADS of you have ben asking who, in Scotland, we'd recommend for kitchen updates, using existing cabinetry.  There are various companies who'll add new doors and countertops, but the best, as far as we see it, is Reface Scotland.  Quicker and more affordable than starting from scratch you should check these guys out!  Loads of different styles and appliances to choose from. 

http://www.refacescotland.co.uk/

Good luck!

Colin and Justin xx

 
31
Dec
1969

Lovely design store in Sydney, Australia

Really impressed by this amazing store! Check it out for acclaimed designer homewares, expert interior advice and an Aladdin's Cave filled with colours and textures in home furnishings, wallpapers and over a hundred exquisite fabric samples from greats such as Marimekko and Jim Thompson.

http://www.cheesoonfitzgerald.com/

 
21
May
2011

Looking for outdoors inspiration? Check out 'Absolutplanters'!

We just happened across these guys and they have some awesome kit.  Have a browse for inspiration.  We're about to dress our roof terrace and patios and have plans to use loads of their lovely kit!

http://www.absolutplanters.com/

Good luck,

Colin and Justin xx

 
20
May
2011

Homes And Interiors Scotland

REALLY impressed by the current issue of this magazine.  The mag' is packed with fantastic shopping and amazing homes and is, perhaps this month more than ever, a step by step style guide that'll help you get the best from your nest.  Some particularly great one off modern spec' homes are featured, and there's a wonderful ground and basement conversion article.  Alll good... and on newstands now!

 
19
May
2011

Macdonald Furniture Galleries, Glasgow

Thought we'd suggest these guys as a great source of furniture in Glasgow.  When you think of Macdonald's you may initially think of more traditional styles like Ercol, and in fact the company do indeed carry a lot of stuff that is very grown up...  BUT it may surprise you to find they also have some wonderfully modern stuff like the Content By Conran ranges.  Have a little browse for some wicked inspiration.  Tell 'em we sent you!

Cheers,

C and J x

 

 

http://www.macdonaldfurnituregalleries.co.uk/

 
17
May
2011

Sliderobes

Really delighted to recommend these guys if you're looking for wardrobe solutions that are affordable and stylish.  We're actually having them fitted in the dressing room at the moment in our Glasgow house and they're just fantastic.  We'll post pics soon!

http://www.sliderobes.com/

 
13
May
2011

A great wee book which caught our eye.

Style Bible: Decorate – 1,000 Professional Design Ideas for Every Room in the House by Holly Becker & Joanna Copestick, £30 published by Jacqui Small

 

Ideas, ideas, ideas – we believe it’s not how much money you spend on your home…but how much time and imagination you spend (to make it uniquely yours and ultimately stylish) that makes the biggest difference.  So this book featuring great home ideas from some of the world’s great designers is worth its weight in gold.  The likes of Jonathan Adler, Kelly Hoppen, Rita Konig and Abigail Ahern reveal essential tools of the trade, from where to put your furniture to how to dress a room with your own individual style.  Divided into sections, ‘Space Matters’ has a blank-canvas approach, showing you how to best assess space and work out its specific decorating needs.  ‘Setting Your Style’ profiles a huge range of different interior styles, while ‘Room by Room’ and ‘Attention to Detail’ sections provide exactly what they promise…

 

 
09
May
2011

Salvation Army Store, Dumbarton Road, Glasgow

Guys!  You GOTTA get in there!  We recentlly picked up a Robin Day dining table and six chairs for an astonishing £80 - and that was after we paid double ticket price because we thought we were getting such a good deal!

Of course letting you in on our Sally Army destination means we have to share the potential bargains with ever more people but it's such a good cause.  Happy shopping! x

 
09
May
2011

Ocean Lighting

These guys are AWESOME!! Check out this site - they have some wonderful table lamps and a whole host of ceiling fittings.  VERY us!

http://www.oceanlighting.co.uk

 
04
May
2011

These guys have some SERIOUSLY cute accessories. Go take a look!

We've just had a scan at this site and they have a great range of well priced home shopping.  Hope you enjoy!  http://www.lindsayinteriors.co.uk/

 
23
Apr
2011

Mjolk, Toronto

This is a great wee store that brigs Scandinavian design alive.  From case goods to ceramics it's all in there.  And they've got the cutest yellow tea sets ever!

A lovely Toronto store and great service x

 

 

http://mjolk.ca/

 
13
Apr
2011

Condo Life

Go grab a FREE copy of Condo Life and check out EXHIBIT.  It's on page 46 and is a crazily shaped twisted condo block.  We're LOVIN' this building up on Bloor!

 
12
Apr
2011

Trad Home on line FREE mag!

Guys - this title is FANTASTIC!!! Lonny Online and Traditional Home have collaborated and the result is this wonderful online mag.  And it's all FREE!!!

It makes for really good reading and contains some wonderful inspiration. Check it out! 

http://lonnymag.com/issues/19-trad-home/pages/1#p1

 
04
Apr
2011

Quooker Tap!

Imagine having 100 deg C water on tap at the flick of a switch!   That's precisely what we've become accustomed to while filming Celebrity Masterchef for the BBC.  We can't say too much about the show until nearer broadcast save to report that the taps used in the kitchen are just wonderful.  They supply water at 100 degrees and cost only 3p a day - a saving of up to 55% compared to a regular kettle.

So we've tracked them down to post as a C&J Recommend.   We're really impressed by the product... Easy to install and energy efficient.  Check them out!

http://www.quooker.com/07/site.html

 
29
Mar
2011

Lighting - One for our friends in the trade...

These guys are a trade opeartion but if you're buying in bulk for a store or showroom they offer fantastic value.  Cheers and good luck,

http://issuu.com/asiandesignhouse/docs/natural-luminaire-2011?viewMode=magazine&mode=embed

C et J x

 
29
Mar
2011

Abode

Some remarkably inexpensive dining table options from the guys at Abode.  Great choices from £199!

http://www.abode-interiors.co.uk/

 
31
Dec
1969

Atelier

As our lifestyles become increasingly compartmentalised, division by function is reflected in our homes. Today even modest homes are divided into living rooms, dining rooms, family rooms, breakfast rooms, kitchens, laundries and so on, increasingly in larger suburban homes – gymnasiums, libraries, bars and games rooms are installed. Based upon new lifestyle desires, advances in technology and an increasing demand for distinctly modern structures, Atelier have gone to the next level in the design and construction of highly efficient garden structures as more appropriate alternatives to existing architectural typologies namely conservatories and garden rooms. Blimey - we LOVE these guys and their wonderful product!

http://www.atelierzone.com/

 
17
Mar
2011

Fancy a really good cook book?

Okay, so this is generally a home related blog but when something catches our eye we need to tell you guys.  So here goes...

Just found an amazing cook boook called Cooking With Balls featuring a whole load of chefs cooking with some top sports celeb's.  Beatifully shot and well written it features sporting heroes such as Jonny Wilkinson and chefs like Raymond Blanc.  DEF worth a read.  It's published by Network and costs £25.  Step up to the hot plate!

 
10
Mar
2011

Webster's in Airdrie, Scotland

These guys are really interesting.  More like a London supplier in terms of the way they operate and source.  Trade only.

www.cwebsterandsons.co.uk

Go check out this company for amazing home deals.  They've just relaunched their showroom in Scotland and some of their prices are amazing.  Lighting, furniture, mirrors, case goods.  You name it, it's there!

 
09
Mar
2011

Natuzzi

We're regularly asked about who we use when sourcing leather upholstery.  There are several stores that we favour but we're particularly keen on Natuzzi whose motto 'It's How You Live' kind of sums them up.  Great European design notes, stunning build quality and good delivery times.  Check out teh wesbite for more info and a store near you.

http://www.natuzzi.co.uk/

Cheers,

C and J xx

 
09
Mar
2011

RUME!

http://www.rume.co.uk/

These guys proclaim they make some of the best English furniture available and while it might be nice if they said 'British' or even added some Scottish proclamations... we still like their collections and while they're not the least expensive out there, their ranges of accessories and homewares are great.  Def' worth a browse,

Cheers,

C and J xx

 
09
Mar
2011

Wallpaperspace

Just run into this great wee company who take wallpaper to the next level.  We're SUPER lovin' the Union Jack murals and their grand scale prints.  Yup, wallpaper has evolved to the nth degree courtesy of these chaps! 

http://www.wallpaperspace.co.uk/

 

Cheers,

C and J

 
09
Mar
2011

Highland Collection candles...

Check out this beautiful range of candles from Scottish waxy supremo's 'Shearers'.  We're proud of this mob as they make some of the worlds finest candles and they are based in Glasgow.  They have a great onsite store at their factory where you'll be spoiled for choice.  Love 'em!

http://www.shearer-candles.com/Highland_Collection

C et J xx

 
07
Mar
2011

A FABULOUS book title

Urgent!!!!!  Go get this book immediately! One of the dreamiest coffee table tomes we've ever espied, you SO need this book if you crave that relaxed informal country style that is currently doing the rounds.  Crammed full of informative prose and wonderful narrative it's a real voyage of decorating discovery.  Published by Merrel, written by Johanna Thornycroft and photographed by Andreas von Einsiedel.  STUNNING!  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dream-Homes-Country-Inspirational-Interiors/dp/1858944740/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1299539643&sr=8-2

 

 
06
Mar
2011

Taylor B, Vancouver

Came across this great furniture store in Vancouver and like them because they have a rotating stock of really interesting furniture ideas from crisp modern aesthetics to Andrew Martin style global home kit.  Father and son business and really easy to work with.  Check 'em out!

 

 
Tags: http://taylorbcanada.com/concept.php
27
Feb
2011

Source Outdoor Furniture

http://www.sourceoutdoor.net/catalog.pdf  Spotted these guys at The Toronto National Home Show.  Some really lovely ideas for weatherproof all year roound outdoors furniture.  A mix of modern and traditional styles.  Def' worth a look.  We LOVE their pricing structure.  Very fair.

Cheers,

C and J x

 
15
Feb
2011

You gotta see these tiles...

Wanna re tile but without a lot of hassle?  Well this could be the answer.  SLIMTECH ARENARIA tiles are laminated porcelain and they're micro thin and micro light.  And they're available in sizes up to 3 x 1 metres.  Costs from approx 376per sqm. 

http://www.ceramichelea.it/acm-on-line/en/Home/products/collections/slimtecharenaria.html

Loads of different styles, colours and finishes are available.

A REAL problem solver.  Contact http://reedharris.co.uk  for further info.

 
15
Feb
2011

Base Classics

http://baseclassics.com/dining-tables 

This company, Base Classics, have a brilliant range of chairs, tables and occasional funiture.  You'll recognise some classic styles and desigers, but you WON'T recognise the priing structure.  Base Classics are REALLY good value,

C and J x

 
09
Feb
2011

An awesome tome full of wonderful homes. Property porn at its best!

100 Houses

Guys - you gotta read this book.  Showcasing some staggeringly beautiful homes it a resource of the worlds best architects and designers.  GO BUY IT NOW!!!! 

  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers Ltd
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 1858944694
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858944692
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 25.9 x 3.3 cm
  •  
    06
    Feb
    2011

    S T U N N I N G!!!!!!!!!

    OMG - these wallpapers are frickin' STUNNING!!!  Check them out as a matter of design urgency!

    http://www.ericawakerly.co.uk/ 

    We're using the monochrome block print in our Glasgow bathroom and will post pics soon...

     
    05
    Feb
    2011

    You asked us about this 'face' wallpaper

    http://www.cole-and-son.com/home.asp

    This is the link to the paper we used on a recent show.  And while you're at it check out all the wonderful desoigns from Cole and Son.  A GREAT source for modern and traditional wallcoverings!

     
    05
    Feb
    2011

    http://www.lights2go.co.uk/modern_3.html

    Some FAB lighting ideas.  We've used these guys on 60 Minute Makeover and they always come good with delivery etc.  Great prices, some great styles, too!

     
    05
    Feb
    2011

    Gerard M Burns

    We LOVE this artists work and have found a really good website that showcases some of his work.  Have a browse! 

    http://www.gerardmburns.com/

     

    C et J x

     
    01
    Feb
    2011

    Lladro?

    OMG - check out this fab new METROPOLIS collection by Lladro.  Never thought the day would come where we'd be recommending these guys... but along with the more typical Lladro styles which aren't remotely 'us', the smart thinking company have gome just a wee bit FABULOUS!  We LOVE LOVE LOVE this skyline collection.  LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
    Tags: http://www.lladro.com/
    26
    Jan
    2011

    We're LOVING Kelly Hoppen's website!

    Have a browse at this site, by a designer we absolutely adore.  A former Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of The Year, Kelly's pages are full of inspiration and her trademark style.  Great shopping sections and a whole lot more. 

    We're perfectly happy sending you to look at another designer's projects as we reckon she's one of the best in the business.   And there's space for all of us - it's a big world!

    Enjoy!

    C et J xx

     
    Tags: http://www.kellyhoppenretail.com/
    20
    Jan
    2011

    Sliderobes!

    http://www.sliderobes.com/    Okay, so you wanna up the storage factor in your home... but you're not sure where to start? Well panic not.  Sliderobes are a comapny we've used over and over again on our various TV projects and their solutions are inspiring, of the moment and affordable. 

    Check 'em out and get into the closet!

    Good luck,

    C and J xx

     
    18
    Jan
    2011

    Designs For Small Space Living by Jennifer Hudson

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Designs-Small-Spaces-Jennifer-Hudson/dp/1856696618 

    WOW!!!!!!!!!  We LOVE this book.  Urban living is becoming increasingly crowded. Small space living is no longer a lifestyle choice but a necessity in most cities where property is expensive and space is at a premium. Design for Small Spaces will bring together over 500 cleverly designed products that provide stylish and functional ways to make the most of a living environment with a limited footprint. A brief introduction discusses how interior design and spatial planning are key when every square inch counts, including top tips to maximize space efficiency. The primary function of the book is to aid the consumer to source suitable objects for his/her home and each product selected will be in production or available to order directly from the designer as a custom-made item. Detailed measurements are given, as well as full contact details of both designer and manufacturer.

     
    17
    Jan
    2011

    Jali

    We LOVE LOVE LOVE this company.  http://www.jali.co.uk/

     

     Perhaps best known for their radiator covers and window shutters, they've now ventured into custom cabinetry and bespoke items.  You provide a sketch and they do the rest working to your measurements.  Really impressive use of MDF.

    Take a peek at their website for further inspiration.

    Good luck,

    C and J xx

     

     
    01
    Jan
    1970

    Wallpaper Direct

    http://www.wallpaperdirect.co.uk/

    Finding a browser site for todays best wallpapers can be tough... but these guys are the biz!

    All our favourite suppliers can be found on this site with traditional and modern styles taking equal place.  Go on - have a browse!  Especially now there's up to 30% off...

    C and J xx

     
    14
    Jan
    2011

    SURFACE VIEW

    http://www.surfaceview.co.uk/two/?SubPage=0&C=99

    These guys are AWESOME!  BRILLIANT range of window dressings, wall art, murals, window film and SO much more.  REALY impressive range of products that has, quite literally, blown us away.  Well not 'literally', otherwise we wouldn't be able to type this posting... but you know what we mean!

    Log on and lust!

    C et J xx

     
    13
    Jan
    2011

    Brick Slips

    http://www.handmadebrickslips.com/about.html 

    We've used these brick 'slips' as a wonderful way to add texture to plain walls on many of our projects both on and off scrreen.  Approximately a third of the thickness of standard bricks they're easy to apply and create a realistic brick wall look.  Def' worth considering if you'd like to add a little rustic charm to your home. 

    Good luck!

     
    12
    Jan
    2011

    CUPCAKE

    Thnks to our pals Fhiona and Gordon who sent Colin some cupcakes yesterday morning for his birthday. 

    WE HAVE to recommend the company who made these sweet lovelies as the cakes were the best we have EVER tasted.  Moist, yielding and deliciously sweet.   Darlings, we've eaten cupcakes around the world (!) but these are teh best EVER!

    CUPCAKE - 70 Bell St., Glasgow 0141 552 2195

      http://www.cupcakeglasgow.com/

     
    10
    Jan
    2011

    Resident Evil Afterlife

    Perhaps a strange recommendation on a generally home related blog, but neverthelss...you GOTTA see this film.  Mila J is captivationg and the 3D effects are awesome and the story is compelling.  We're HUGE Mila J fans and this great film doesn''t dissapoint.

    Blimey - we feel very of the moment; the Blueray 3D film only came out today on DVD!  Get us! xx

     
    07
    Dec
    2010

    Some super lighting ideas from this company.

    http://asiandesignhouse.com/download/catalogue/lightingforless.pdf

    Illuminating ideas so get shopping!

     
    07
    Dec
    2010

    Elle Deco

    Without a doubt the BEST issue of Elle Deco EVER is currently on the shelves.  Packed full of our favourite grey and black colour scheme, it's a mid century marvel with amazing homes and stunning product.  Rush to WH Smith while you can still find a copy!  BEAUTIFUL!

     
    Tags: http://www.elledeco.co.uk/
    01
    Dec
    2010

    Some great deals on lighting here here!!!

    Really like this lighting superstore.  We've just specified a raft of their deals for one of our projects.   Great value opportinity to add some serious edge to your home.   Go check 'em out!

     
    Tags: http://www.thelightingsuperstore.co.uk
    26
    Nov
    2010

    Cushion Parlour

    Tired of searching out those 'last layer' finishing details?  Well worry not.  Check out 'Cushion Parlour' for a very special range of plump lovelies.  These guys have a wonderful collection of product and we just though we'd share the secret!

    http://www.cushionparlour.com/

     
    23
    Nov
    2010

    Living Modern - The Source Book of Contemporary Interiors

    This gorgeous book really delivers what it promises with loads of inspiration on how to create a design conscious home.  You'll quickly grasp that understanding modern interiors is all about clean lines, elegant colour combinations artfully displaying design objects and open areas for lounging, cooking and dining.  The book also features a useful directory index of designers and architects with a list of stockists to help you recreate these spectacular spaces. 

    Def' worth a read!

    £24.95.  Written by Phyllis Richardson and  published by Thames and Hudson

     
    20
    Nov
    2010

    LOVE YOUR HOME FOR LESS

    Some great product for pretty much everywhere in your home courtesy of www.loveyourhomeforless.com

    Check 'em out.  We've been sourcing from here for various media projects and are very taken by the inspired product range. 

    Happy shopping,

    Colin and Justin x

     
    Tags: http://www.loveyourhomeforless.com/
    19
    Nov
    2010

    Dwell

    Def' worth checking out.  We've blogged about these guys before but reckoned that, with so many good deals currently on offer, that they warranted a C and J Recommend mention.

    http://dwell.co.uk/

     
    11
    Nov
    2010

    Dave Thomas Junior

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBviKl78xvc LOVING this track as sung by Dave Thomas Junior. His work is appearing as part of the soundtrack on US TV show Brothers and Sisters . Look out also for a track called The Prize. AWESOME!! The guy's destined for massive success and his music is so heartfelt and beautiful that he deserves every bit of what lies ahead... xx

     
    01
    Jan
    1970

    How to manage that important design job.

    If you're tempted to run your own interior design project, this is the perfect title to help you learn what you need to know.  A pretty much foolproof guide to everything you should consider when planning that large- or small - design job.

    The BIID Interior Design Job Book by Stephen Yakeley and Diana Yakeley

    £47.75 from Amazon.co.uk

     
    Tags: Interior Design
    03
    Nov
    2010

    Thank God we found Mural Direct. These guys are MAJOR problem solvers!

    Having just watched Sex And The City, a fabric pattern in Mr Big's codo caught our eye.  And we fell in love, wondering, as we did, if we'd ever find that pattern as a wallcovering.  After much searching we found a virtually identical paper via an AWESOME company called MuralDirect.com and, after a quick email exchange, it was delivered to us in Toronto.   These guys have a HUGE library of designs and will ship next day.  Do yourself a favour and check out the new Sex and the City inspired paper that we chose for our own Toronto pad at
    Essentially what these guys do is supply designer wall fashions direct from 'in-house' to 'your house' with their wonderful designs set on breathable, removable, prepasted paper with black and white versions and custom sizing available for every wall space.  Shop at www.muraldirect.com
    Have a look on line - these chaps are wonderful.
    Best wishes,
    Colin and Justin xx

     
    03
    Nov
    2010

    We recommend you enter for your chance to win a $15K FREE makeover!

    "Good news! One of you lucky peeps could win a $15,000 FREE design makeover from ourselves, in conjunction with Glade! Yup, we've teamed up with our favourite air scenting brand to find Canada's most 'design negative' room! When the contest closes we'll search through all the entries to discover the winner and then ...we'll draw up plans, in association with you, to battle your bad taste room into designer submission. You can enter by buying any Glade 'Plugins' Scented Oil product and if you visit www.glade.ca you'll find all our competition rules. So come on; get the aromatic balance in your home just right... to be in with a shout of a visit from our good selves. That means our time AND $15K's worth of - for example, and according to our prescription - furniture, flooring and accessories! And remember - you gotta be in it to win it! Good luck!"

     
    01
    Nov
    2010

    West Elm

    This is a great store - in fact we regularly plunder its inspired product range for our TV and magazine projects.  Covering pretty much every room in the home you'll be inspired the minute you jump on line.  Enjoy!

    Colin and Justin, Patchers of Potty Pads xx

     
    Tags: http://www.westelm.com/
    29
    Oct
    2010

    TERRONI

    Quite possibly the BEST pizza's and Italian food in Toronto?  Not even sure why we put a question mark at the end of that statement as the fare in Terroni's is astoundingly wonderful.  We had dinner in the Queen Street West location last night with friends Shaun, Shalini and Tina and we all agreed it was awesome.  This resto chain have several branches in the city but this one, at 720 QSW, is extra special.  If you're heading over, expect that you'll have to line up.  The wait will be SO worth it though as the scran is delicious.  Beautiful surroundings, friendly staff and a great wine list all add up to a super - yet casual - night out. 

     
    29
    Oct
    2010

    Homesence, Sherway Gardens, Toronto

    Inspired by the opening, this week, of the massive new Eglington Homesence, we're off out to our FAVOURITE branch at Sherway Gardens.  We've long since been using this location for loads of our TV and magazine projects but today we're heading off to the magical aisles to find some interesting pieces for our own condo!  We're doing a shoot on Tuesday for Canadian Home Trends magazine and we need a few extra lovely things.  This branch is stocked full of amazing deals on linens, glasswares and small furniture items so we're gonna spend, spend, spend!   But the good news is that the pricing mechanisms at Homesence are astoundingly good value.  So we'll be finding, we imagine, maximum bang for our buck...

     
    29
    Oct
    2010

    STRUCTUBE

    We happened into Structube's Toronto Store today and were pleasantly surprised by the rich, varied stock.  These guys specialise in affordable home design and, as far as sofa's, chairs, tables, lighting and artwork are concerned, they're pretty much a one stop shop.  Loads of high gloss finishes, brilliant vases and simple affordable accessories give this store a winning touch.

    There are loads of branches in Quebec and Ontario so visit http://www.structube.com/en/our-stores  for your nearest location. 

    Happy shopping!

    C and J x

     
    28
    Oct
    2010

    Klaus by Neinkamper

    This four level home design store in Toronto's East end is absolutely wonderful.  Moooi and Tom Dixon feature heavily as do a host of other wickedly cool designers.  Sure, it's not the city's least expensive destination, but it's SO worth a visit for brilliant inspiration.  Located in one of Toronto's best design districts, you'll weep with longing for pretty much everything in store. 

    Go check 'em out as a matter of critical design urgency!

    300 King Street East, 416 362 3434

    www.klausn.com

    Good luck,

    Colin and Justin xx

     
    26
    Oct
    2010

    Glade! In association with our good selves and Glade, your home will smell MUCH sweeter!

    We've teamed up with GLADE, our favourite air freshening brand, to give someone the chance of winning a FREE C&J room makeover to the value of $15,000.  The comany's 'PLUGINS' smell beautiful and are easy to refill when the time comes.  So click on the link to stand the chance of winning this awesome prize!

     
    26
    Oct
    2010

    Attention 'specifiers' and interior designers. Some great deals at ROOTS, Canada.

    Todays BEST buy is a fourteen foot Canadian pine table with an angular black iron base and a lovely hand made feel.  We spotted it in Roots on Bloor Street.  Okay, so it's $2,200 (wholesale) but that's actually more than fair for a statement piece of furniture such as this.  Because it's 'custom' you can upsize or downscale according to your own space and the price would adjust accordingly.  The home department of Roots is small but perfectly formed and they specialise in unique one off 'vintage rural' pieces and all manner of precious country inspired benches, tables and accessories.  Cushions are a particular strongpoint.  Go check 'em out. 

     
    26
    Oct
    2010

    Teatro Verde, Toronto

    We LOVE this jaw droppingly beautiful store.  Okay, so it's not the least expensive store in Toronto but it is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful and thoughtfully merchandised.  From artwork to candles and from florals to luxe upholstery we'd suggest popping by as a matter of design urgency!

    Here's some text from Teatro Verde's website which kind of explains the store in a nutshell...

    Teatro Verde is a newly renovated Georgian mansion. 2 floors, over 9000 square feet of retail space, six designer room and 3 new collections.

    Bridgland Estate is named in honour of the original owner of the Georgian mansion and has the feel of an old family home. Silver, gray and smokey tones are combined with velvet, linen and leather. This collection is home to the grand velvet banquette.

    Boutique is an eclectic mix of scale and style. Chinese Fu dogs adorn an Empire cabinet while French print negatives are surrounded with Damask. Unexpected and intriguing this collection draws you in.

    Era has the glamour and sophistication of Hollywood in the days of noir films. Dragons adorn rugs and tables while the velvet and silk pillows are edged with black feathers and studded with Swarovski crystals. Indulge yourself with Era.

    Teatro Verde, 98 Yorkville Avenue

    Phone - 416 966 2227

    www.teatroverde.com


     
    26
    Oct
    2010

    Restoration Hardware, Yonge St, Toronto.

    Major rebrand of store interior makes an already lovely shopping experinece that little bit better.  We LOVE these gys and their ranges are inspirational.  Saying that, the New York store, fitted out as it is in a fusion of soft greys, is still our favourite branch. 

     
    26
    Oct
    2010

    Priscilla Queen Of The Desert

    Priscilla Queen Of The Desert - at The Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto.   We went to the premiere tonight and witnessed a  respectful stage version of the film.  REALLY worth a visit and SO much better than the London version which we saw three months ago. Feathers, glamour and fun. To the max.   The Toronto version, that is.  NOT the London show which was a little overpowering.  Thrilled it's as good as it is and we'd def' recommend that you go see it!  Fetch! xx

     
    18
    Oct
    2010

    Jacksons Upholstery in Glasgow...

    In a state of mild panic (to complete a guest wing in our Glasgow home) we dashed round the city trying to find an upholsterer that could make us a deep buttoned bench using lovely Calzeet tartan.   The main problem is time; we need this in a jiffy.  Just as we were about to give up we found Jacksons on Argyle Street and a lovely chap called John who is making us the bench in just two short days.  The price he quoted is staggeringly good and the company have the most brilliant build quality from example we were shown.  DEFINITELY a top tip from us.  These guys are the business! 

    Tel: 0141 2210178

    359 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8LT

     
    07
    Oct
    2010

    A funny C&J Recommend but this SO tickled our fancy...

    We DEFO recommend this wee clip.  Proper laugh out loud stufff...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaCPlKlFqXg&feature=player_embedded

     
    05
    Oct
    2010

    Our own wet room problems solved...

    Working on our Glasgow property we've already had wonderful success with our regular house bathrooms, but we've been struggling to find a good wet room solution for our basement bathroom.  However  Aqua Dec by Impey have helped us problem solve.  We'll post pictures of the finished room asap!

    Great products at affordable prices and a really reliable service.  We'd have no hesitation in suggesting them as a great supplier!

    Good luck,

    Colin and Justin x

     
    Tags: http://www.impey-showers.com/wetrooms-introduction/
    24
    Sep
    2010

    A BRILLIANT cocktail book...

    Really impressed with the recipe's, but just as impressed with the wit displayed by Dee, the author, with whom we've recently become friendly.  if you wanna make THE BEST Martini's, this is the book for you!

     
    Tags: http://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=libations+of+life
    23
    Sep
    2010

    Beautiful Verona!

    If you get a chance to get over, here's our hot tourist tip.  Many people say Verona is second in beauty and architecture to Rome, but we vote joint first for that particular accolade.  We've just come back and have to report that this particular Italian city is VERY special.  With just 260,000 residents it's not to big and not too small.  Packed with wonderful galleries and awesome museums (not to mention hot shopping and wonderful terraced restaurants) this is a city we'll be returning too VERY soon.  Try Jet2 as a great and affordable way of getting there.

     

     
    09
    Sep
    2010

    We're LOVING this candy store...

    Lick your lips and get ready to chew!!

     
    Tags: http://www.gummychews.co.uk/
    28
    Aug
    2010

    Winnipeg!!

    We like to straddle as much of Canada as we possibly can.  In fact we've got one leg in Toronto and the other leg in Vancouver.  And with Manitoba being half way between both, what does that leave in the middle?! Lol!

    We'd defo' recommend that anyone who hasn't been gets over that way.  OK, so it's flat as a pancake, but the people are lovely and there are some lovely resto's and interesting galleries etc.  Weather is breezy, but that keeps the temperature down a little.  We've just come back and, while it was absolutely roasting, the locals advised us that in winter it gets down to -40.  Blimey... Won't be wearing the kilts when we visit next time as that chill factor could turn the Scottish boyz into laydeez.  Yup, we're talking serious retraction!

    So jump across to Winnipeg.  Its a super friendly town with clean air and a good buzz.  And more tattoos, per capita (from what we could see, certainly) than anywhere else in Canada!

    Cheers,

    C and J xx

     
    24
    Aug
    2010

    Glade air fresheners...

    We've been using Glade products to scent our Toronto condo and their candles and air fresheners are second to none.  Really natural aromas and long lasting results.  Check 'em out!

    www.glade.com

     
    17
    Aug
    2010

    Craig McMurdo

    Excellence in entertainment is an under sell - cos this guy is AWESOME! Big band, variety, jazz, blues: Craig, an internationally acclaimed performer, sings like a total superstar and we've had the pleasure of seeing him perform several times in the last twenty years.  As a corporate entertainer he is perfectly positioned to pull your event together and create a little extra gloss for your guests. 

    Go check out his website!

    www.craigmcmurdo.com

     
    07
    Aug
    2010

    BRILLIANT fireplace company

    http://www.livingfires.co.uk/

    We'd highly recommend these guys as installers of really wonderful fireplaces.  Whether modern or traditional, they're one of Scotland's premier 'go to' companies.  We worked with them on our Glasgow home and they couldn't have been any easier or more proffessional.  From drawings and plans to seeing them lighting up our rooms, they got it SO right.  Check 'em out!

    C and J xx

     
    03
    Aug
    2010

    Janelle Monae. OMG - we love this!!!!!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwnefUaKCbc  SUPER lovin' this gorgeous girl and her catchy track.  Thanks to our gorgeous friends LaLa Fowler for finding it! x

     
    01
    Aug
    2010

    Get the party started...

    http://www.save-on-crafts.com/   Check out these guys for a a host of party and craft ideas.  From flowers to vases and from feathers to artwork, this company are market leaders. 

     
    31
    Jul
    2010

    Crazies

    A remake of the classic 1973 thriller/horror, this is a great wee movie to grab on DVD.  Great effects, good story lines and well played by all central cast. 

    Briefly - poison gets into the water supply of a small American town and slowly and surely the whole town goes utterly crazy, as per the title.  Culminates with an end of the world style nuclear meltdown and chillingly real effects. 

    Kept us screaming and on the edge of our seats last night.  Now go rent it and report back what you think via our forums?

    Cheers me dears,

    Yours in terrified trauma,

    C et J xx

     
    26
    Jul
    2010

    Andrew Martin at South Kensington

    Could there be a more heavenly homes stores?  These guys are genius.  A clever mix of tribal, Pan Asian, retro and classic styles.  If you only visit one store in S. Ken, make it this one.  GORGEOUS!!!  We interviewed Martin Waller, co owner, some time past for a newspaper editorial and his forward thinking nature is testament to his designer vision.  All GORGEOUS!!

    www.andrewmartin.co.uk

     
    23
    Jul
    2010

    www.bosch-home.com

      www.bosch-home.com

      This is one MOTHER of a washer.  Def' worth a look for our fans in the US and Canada... x

      • EcoSmart Technology features an intelligent network of sensors making Bosch the most efficient brand in America
      • EcoAction™ Option Reduces Energy Usage by up to 20%
      • Bosch Washers Exceed Federal Energy Standards by up to 102%
      • Exceeds ENERGY STAR® 2011 Guidelines - Uses only 130 kWh/yr
      • ActiveWater turns 13 gal. into 400 gal. of washing power
      • Bosch is the most water efficient brand in the U.S.
      • Bosch is the 2009 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

        Performance -

        • 15 Wash cycles for more flexibility and the greatest variety of load types
        • ActiveClean engineering for better cleaning performance
        • 1200 rpm max spin for drier clothes and efficient drying
        • Stain Removal Option targets the widest variety of stains in just one cycle
        • XxtraSanitary® heats wash water up 170F
        • Comforter Cycle to deep clean bulky items like comforters
        • Quick Full cycle cleans any size load in just 45 min. every time
        • ActiveWear cycle designed to clean sports & exercise clothes
        • Allergy Rinse option removes any trace of detergent
        • BabyCare cycle cleans with extra water & high temperatures
        • Dark Colors cycle cleans and prevents fading for dark fabrics
        • Drain/Spin cycle drains and spins moisture out of clothes
        • Soak Option soaks clothes before they are washed
        • Wool/Handwash cycle for gentle treatment of sensitive fabrics

          Thoughtful Engineering -

          • AVS Anit-Vibration System for near silent, smooth operation
          • Virtually silent: 52 dBA
          • AquaShield® leak sensor prevents major water damage
          • NSF Certified kills 99.9% of most common household bacteria
          • Backed by Good Housekeeping Seal - two year limited warranty

       

      Price $ 1,649.00

       
      22
      Jul
      2010

      Creative Designs, Ayr.

      Gotta give a wee shout out to this mega talented kitchen design company.  We installed an Alno kitchen in our Glasgow home a few years back in association with Creative Designs, and, to this day, we recognise it as the best money we've spent.  Enduring style, brilliant service and a very European design ethic.  Call the team and speak to Tom, the 'switched on' director.  Good luck! 

       http://www.creativedesignsayr.co.uk/

       

       
      21
      Jul
      2010

      A Goddess, as far as we are concerned...

      We've long since been admirers of Kelly Hoppen and would urge you guys to have a look at her retail site.  It's wicked!

      Praise be the Queen of Design!

      http://www.kellyhoppenretail.com

      Colin and Justin xx

      PS - plus she has THE MOST dreamy hair.  What's not to love?

       

       
      19
      Jul
      2010

      INCEPTION!!!!!!

      An alarmingly good sci fi thriller movie, although you'll need every ounce of concentration to keep up with the story as the gripping plot moves along.  In a world where technology exists to enter the mind, Leonardo is on top form, chasing his family, as this dream invasion epic gathers pace.  The CGI is astounding.  Well composed, gritty and challenging, we were on the edge of our seats as the finishing line drew near.  That little spinning top, without spoiling the story, is crucial so keep it in mind throughout.

      And then there's the bonus of Michael Caine.  We're MAJOR fans and, although his is a small role, he's a lovely character.  Kind of playing the same role as he does in Batman he is a welcome addition to the narrative.

      Or in other words: what a bloody brilliant film.  Go book your tickets now! You WON'T be dissapointed!

      C et J xx

       
      18
      Jul
      2010

      www.coco54.co.uk

      This is a super on line shopping resource with a host of good value home interest.  BUT... you'll have to rush by all the shocking naughty pine kit that has somehow managed to find its way on to the site. Go check 'em out!  Just be very choosy... xx

       
      17
      Jul
      2010

      As far as we're concerned, these are the BEST carpet fitters in Scotland. By FAR!!

      We've just had 400 metres of carpets installed in our Glasgow house, and 'James Hughes Flooring Contractors' made it an absolute pleasure.  An extremely high standard of fit and a curteous reliable service were order of the day.

      We'd highly recommend this team.

      Contact 0141 885 2106  or mobile 07768 947839

       
      15
      Jul
      2010

      Sweet smell of soap...

      We use LOADS of different soaps but these guys have particularly lovely product.  Hard to say which of their refreshing varieties we like best 'cos they're all just so darned gorgeous!

      Visit www.soaperstar.com  for more info and further cleansing inspiration!

       
      14
      Jul
      2010

      The new Kylie album, APHRODITE

      Blisteringly fabulous.  End of.

       
      14
      Jul
      2010

      Chaplins http://www.chaplins.co.uk/

      These lovely peeps have supplied us with furniture for various TV shows, and, as well as their extensive product range they were utterly charming and product aware.  In this day and age there are companies who simply don't 'get it', and then there are those, like Chaplins, who simply do.   This company SO deserves the success they have already garnered.  Go check 'em out and prepare to split the designer atom!

      http://www.chaplins.co.uk/

       

       
      Tags: http://www.chaplins.co.uk/
      10
      Jul
      2010

      We're blown away by this guy's furniture design...

      Purchasing of any of these items might be an act of avarice, but OMG - this is one SERIOUSLY talented furniture maker...

      http://www.kennethcobonpue.com 

      With so much furniture, in current manufacture certainly, being similar in style, it's always refreshing to come across product composed of an altogether more individual nature.  Which, losely translated, is design speak for:' 'Well blow me, dolly, this kit is freakin' awesome...'

       
      09
      Jul
      2010

      So you need glass or mirrors? The best supplier in Scotland is Forsyth Wilton Glazing.

      These guys are AWESOME!  We've just used them to create shower enclosures in our own home and they did a spectacular - and very good value - job.  Give 'em a go!

       
      03
      Jul
      2010

      Glade air fresheners...

      We're often asked about home scenting and candles and so on and so forth.  And so, while in Canada, we've been doing a wee bit of research to find the best on the market.  And the results of our extensive research?  GLADE!  Go plunder your local store and stock up on one of the many products created by these guys.  Fresh, invigorating and naturally scented, the products represent great value for money.  Enjoy!

       
      03
      Jul
      2010

      Galletly Tubbs

      http://www.galletlytubbs.com  This is a great wee designer resource on Great Western Road Glasgow's West End.  Occupying the site previoulsy run by Back Street Pine, the owners are a clever pair who seem to be pretty much on the money as far as design is concerned. Okay, so iIt's not the cheapest store in Glasgow but it nonetheless has a wonderful stock list and we've been plundering its resources for our own Glasgow home.  Def' worth a look! 

       
      02
      Jul
      2010

      Season Three, True Blood

      Oh for the love of God you gotta watch this. Seasons 1 and 2 were shockingly bliss, but season three?  BEYOND awesome.  But meanwhile; we're now properly frustrated as it's not on in The UK yet... so we've missed ep' four as we're home in The UK for a bit.  Still - we'll watch it on 'catch up demand' when we're back in Toronto and we'll still be ahead of all our pals in blighty!  Yay! 

       

       
      27
      Jun
      2010

      Pepsi Cola!!!

      Now while this may be an unusual 'C and J Recommend', it's nonetheless a relevant observation of one of the things we love!  We've been guzzling Coca Cola (both regular and diet) for years, but today, as a change, we had some Pepsi.  And d'you know what? It's altogether nicer.  The diet version is smoother than Diet Coke and the regular variety has a much more refined flavour.  So we're off the Coca Cola wagon and firmly on board as Pepsi fans! Cheers! 

      C and J xx

       
      18
      Jun
      2010

      The Drake - Woodlands Road, Charing Cross, Glasgow

      This fab new venue is named after one of our fave hotels in Toronto so we were instantly drawn...

      Great food, lovely ambience and a really buzzy crowd.  The owners and staff are really fantastic so if you want a great meal or just a few shandies, head on over.  We're MAJOR fans.

      We wish the team every success!

      Good luck - hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

      C and J xx

       
      11
      Jun
      2010

      The Cross Keys, Kippen. You heard it here first!!!

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2010/jun/12/cross-keys-pub-kippen-stirlingshire You may remember us enthusing about this wonderful place some time ago. Well, there's been AWESOME ongoing press (Gastro Pub Of The Year etc) and now The Guardian, too, have wised up to the charms of The Cross Keys. A fantastic family run business owned by our good pals Debs and Brian. It really is a very special atmospheric venue with a fantastically well composed menu and loads of rural charm.  Go visit! Colin and Justin xx

       
      07
      Jun
      2010

      Reid Furniture

      Colin McAllister Justin Ryan

      Happy face!  www.reidfurniture.com  Found a great website today and popped in store this afternoon and found LOADS of really nice things. You guys always ask us for hot shopping destinations so we're spilling the beans. Reid - they're really on trend and have a fabulous collection of homewares. Go check 'em out! xx

       
      05
      Jun
      2010

      REALLY good restaurant...

      Awesome! Aside from the fact that the exterior of this restaurant is shockingly ugly, The Butcher Shop Bar and Grill in Glasgow is SO on the money. Featuring the best fillet steak we've had in ages, a well composed wine list and really lovely interior design, it really hit the mark. And there was a welcome blast from our past in the shape of Ryan, the venu's manager. Without a doubt a great resto'. We'll SO be going back. Give it a try! C et J
      PS - it's st the bottom of Kelvinway on Argyle St. 

       
      03
      Jun
      2010

      Please have a look at this site and join up! Cheers, guys! C and J xx

      http://www.facebook.com/rbcbluewaterproject?m2w Hi guys - this is an AWESOME project that has really caught our attention. We'd love it if you can all join it too. Simply click, read and then 'like'! Cheers,

       
      27
      May
      2010

      Ideal Standard

      http://www.ideal-standard.co.uk/press/consumerpr/general/Article2693.aspx

      Check out this interesting press release.  We've been working with this fab company for years and, with the bank holiday approaching, we though we'd fill you in on all the news. Now get ready to renovate!

      Cheers,

      C and J xx

       
      24
      May
      2010

      www.ellenoire.com LOVE this company which is run by our pal Noelle.

      Go check out this website. Beautiful grooming products and curly hair specialists.    And we LOVE the standing up to pee gizmo for the gals!  Brilliant indulgent gifting ideas and self pamepering for anyone who likes to be spoiled!

      Fab!! xx

      www.ellenoire.com

       

       
      23
      May
      2010

      WICKES

      We get hundreds of emails each day from people asking us to reveal our secret sourcing points for DIY projects.  In the past we've used all the different DIY multiples but thought we'd present you with our top tip - WICKES.  These guys seem to know exactly what their customers need and they've created a wonderful shopping environment with friendly, informed staff in each branch.  We use WICKES on all our TV shows and have been nipping in and out of their UK branches to pick product for our homes in Scotland and London.  Now if they'd only open a branch near our condo in Toronto we'd be sorted, both sides of the pond!  Check out a great range of product at  www.wickes.co.uk 

       
      23
      May
      2010

      PAINTWORKS

      This company is considered by most industry experts to be London's leading paint finisher.  We'd strongly recommend these guys for any paint job you have in mind.  Whether big or small, on site, or in their Camberwell workshop, these are the guys you need to create that professional finish... whatever your job.  Featured recently by George Clarke from C4's Home Show,  Paintwork's reputation is solid and their back catalogue of returning clients speaks volumes. 

       
      16
      May
      2010

      Venetian plastering!

      http://www.italiplaster.co.uk/

      Check out this great company.  We love this specialist effect.  But it's often difficult to track down proper artisans.  Well, problem solved!  We feel a spot of special smoothing coming on!

      Good luck and happy plastering!

      Colin and Justin x

       
      14
      May
      2010

      New restaurant in Debenhams, Glasgow!

      Managed a sneek preview of the new restaurant which opens next week in Debenhams, Glasgow.  Forget Macaroni and cheese in store type food - this cool new place is more 'ladies who lunch' style glamour.  Well designed, comfy and offering a great menu it's the perfect stop off point for a little RnR as you shop till you drop!

      Enjoy! xx

       
      07
      May
      2010

      Trees R Green - www.treesrgreen.co.uk

      We've just had fake box hedge installed in our Glasgow house by an amazing company called Trees R Green.  Brilliant service, VERY realistic product and great prices.  We'd highly recommend these guys.  Best, by far, in Scotland.  25 window boxes installed in no time and they're BEAUTIFUL! xx

      www.treesrgreen.co.uk 

       
      05
      May
      2010

      SLANJ KILTS

      Way and beyond fantastic.  We LOVE LOVE LOVE this company.  They are, as far as we're concerned, Scotland's premier Scottish outfitters with heaps more style and proffessionalism than any other supplier on the West or East coast.

      We've been togged by these guys for years for projects in Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales and in France, Canada and America. 

      Why do we like them so much? Cos they really care about their standards and we admire their family business attitude.

      Check them out at www.slanj.co.uk

       
      04
      May
      2010

      Quidest Florist, Glasgow

      Go visit Eleanor at Quidest in Glasgow.  She's at 77 Hyndland Street and is, without doubt, Scotland's premier floral artist. We've used this boutique on a million and one occasions and never been dissapointed.  Call 0141 334 2120.  Particularly famous for her 'hand ties' and elegant bouquets, Eleanor is a true artist! xx

       

       
      31
      Dec
      1969

      Boss Furniture

      http://www.facebook.com/#!/album.php?aid=152682&id=269152269248&ref=nf   Need furniture inspiration? Then click on this album for Boss Furniture.  We were really impressed when we ran into these guys recently.  A brilliant family run business with beautiful hand made product.  Enjoy! xxx

       
      10
      Apr
      2010

      Reface Scotland - Budget kitchen updates...

      We reccomend REFACE SCOTLAND for an affordable update to your existing kitchen.  They'll replace doors, counters etc at FAR less than the cost of a brand new kitchen.  A VERY reliable company with a sound reputation for good work.

      www.refacescotland.co.uk

       
      07
      Apr
      2010

      Fantastic interiors book

      Check out Jasper Conran Country, published by Conran Octopus, £50.

      OK - so it's a pricey tome but the stunning imagery and compelling text by our old pal Jasper is a winning combo.  Cottages, mansions, stables, gardens, factories... in fact the works.  REALLY gorgeous book.  Enjoy!

       
      07
      Apr
      2010

      Sabrina Washington OMG Out Now!

      Our very own jungle diva, Sabrina Washington has a new track in stores now.  OMG is a delicious slice of robofunk sprinkled with just a hint of 'Snap' for good measure.  Buy it on itunes.

      www.sabrinawashington.com

       
      31
      Dec
      1969

      New York, New York!

      OMG - New York City is the perfect getaway!  Been ages since we were here... and now it's even better than before.  Now that Times Square has been pedestrianised it just got better.  Amazing galleries, theatres, deli's, cool bars and all manner of seriously chic people.  Come on by!  But Glasgow and Toronto are still our favourites!

      Happy Easter!

      Colin and Justin xx

       
      27
      Mar
      2010

      Dadeo Diner on Whyte Avenue, Edmonton

      SUCH a great scene kicking off.  Worth checking out.  Brilliant food and wicked service.  Real diner style ambience.  Make sure that Vampire looks after you - he's a quiffed dude with awesome earings and a winning smile.  We'll be back!

      C and J xx

       
      25
      Mar
      2010

      A GREAT site to visit! http://tinadostie.blogspot.com/

      This site, from a pal of ours in Montreal, caught our attention.  Some fab work, eh?  LOVE the outsized florals! xx

      http://tinadostie.blogspot.com

       

       
      25
      Mar
      2010

      Edmonton Home and Garden Show

      Come on by and see us at the Edmonton Home and Garden Show!  We've been down at the event all morning... and it's MASSIVE!  A mix of big names and big ideas it's all the inspiration you'll need to live beautifully - outdoors and in!

      We're on at 2pm and 6pm Friday and Saturday.

      www.edmontonhomeshow.com

       
      25
      Mar
      2010

      Rush to The Rushton!

      We've recently discovered a fab wee resto' called The Rushton.  It's in Toronto on the junction at Rushton and St Claire.  Went  there last month with Gale, our editor at The Star and again this week with our good friends Cherri and David.  All agreed it was  really lovely.  Try the Maple Syrup Prawns and the lamb shank.  Great service, friendly staff and a lovely room.  Enjoy!

      xxxx

       
      16
      Mar
      2010

      A Great Night's TV

      Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful People.  Awesome!  We've just watched season one and two and it's SO gorgeous.  We fell in love with the simple, funny, observational story and were captivated by the time the first few scenes had played out.  We reckon you'll fall in love with EVERY character.  Beautifully written by Mr Harvey (whose name you'll recognise from, amongst other things, scripting Corrie) and based on the musings of Simon Doonan.   Find it on Amazon.  A really special wee show.  When you've watched it PLEASE petition the BBC to make a third season. Love Colin and Justin x

       

      www.amazon.co.uk

       
      15
      Mar
      2010

      The Bakari Collection from Harlequin

      Inspired by the organic textures and physical elements of the natural world,  Bakari is a gentle, laid-back collection with a tranquil and contemporary twist.  Presented in seven versatile colour stories, this delightfully undemanding and timeless collection will work well in all areas of the home.

      http://www.harlequin.uk.com/collection.aspx?ID=55&P=3&C=0 

       
      Tags: Interior, Design, Harlequin, Contemporary
      15
      Mar
      2010

      Hot Chip - One Life Stand

      Improve the sound of your home with the fourth studio album from Hot Chip:  One Life Stand is a mix of softly delivered vocals over an electronic landscape that trips into 1980's electro and then spills its lovely sounds right into the 21st Century.   We love Brothers, One Night Stand and Thieves In The Night and you will too!  Available at

      www.amazon.co.uk

       
      Tags: Hot Chip, Music, Vocals, 1980's, Sound