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Who: Kim Johnson, Ottawa
Why visit: Total looks from the
world’s top designers.
The scoop: Johnson met Australian
Jo Walker when they discovered
each other’s interior design posts on
Flickr. In January 2007, they decided
to turn their obsession into a blog.
Local shopping: Ottawa vintage
store Found Design often has
authentic pieces by Harry Bertoia,
Paul McCobb and Eero Saarinen.
Canadian artisan: I’ve been eyeing
the scarf bedspreads by Vancouver’s
Look for 2009: Wicker or rattan
chairs painted a bright colour like
green or yellow.
Who: Marie-Eve Best, Montreal
Why visit: Tips and trends for
dressing, dining and decorating.
The scoop: Since April 2008,
this newcomer-to-watch has been
uncovering trends in interior design,
food and fashion. Posts range from
a roundup of party invitations to
how-to tips on gangsta chic and the
recipe for perfect eggs Benedict.
Local restaurant: Brasserie les
Enfants Terribles contrasts vintage
chairs and old barnwood walls with
graphic black and white accents.
Canadian artisan: Nathalie
Antoine handmakes clay cups
inscribed with hilarious French
Look for 2009: Calvin Klein’s
women’s Spring 2009 collection
inspired me to fall in love with
beige all over again.
Who: Arren Williams, Toronto
Why visit: An insider’s look at
the Canadian design scene.
The scoop: A freelance stylist and
regular H&H contributor, Williams
began blogging last summer about
great decorating products, events,
rooms and ideas, and poses “5
Quick Questions” to interior
design personalities like Jonathan
Adler, Kelly Wearstler and our
own Suzanne Dimma.
Local restaurant: Terroni on
Adelaide St. I love to be wowed
by good food and good design, and
both come together beautifully in
this historical courthouse location.
Canadian artist: Helen Acraman’s
surreal, dreamy, colourful drawings
make fab gifts.
Look for 2009: Bronze, aged brass
and warm silver finishes, as seen
on Christophe Delcourt’s stools.
(above) is a
$550. At Ouno
pas pire cup
(above), $9. At
Who: Jan Halvarson, Richmond,
Why visit: A mostly Canadian
marketplace of fine design.
The scoop: Halvarson has blogged
about new and emerging Canadian
designers and artists for four years.
PoppyTalk also offers a marketplace
where artisans sell their wares.
Photography by Jordan Craig (Kim Johnson portrait, store)/Felix Wedgwood (scarf bedspread)/Angus McRitchie (Marie-Eve Best portrait)/Virginia Macdonald (Arren
Williams portrait, framed print, stool)/Janis Nicolay (Jan Halvarson portrait)/Joao Bravo (cup)/Dan Lecca (clothing)
Local shopping: Emily Carr
University of Art + Design’s student
art sales are a great place to find
art at reasonable prices.
Canadian artisan: Bookhou
Design in Toronto does simple
yet beautifully designed furniture
Look for 2009: Anything authentic,
beloved and personal, like Toronto-based Handmade Wallpaper’s
Parkdale Twistypine pattern, which
is graphic yet looks hand-drawn.
— JENNIFER HUGHES
print, $48. Twistypine wallpaper,
Through Etsy. $219/roll. Handmade
Christophe Wallpaper. Felt
stool, $1,040 $220.
to $2,085. Bookhou
At Avenue Design.
H&H JANUARY ’09
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