Thursday, July 1, 2010

Shop Like a Design Blogger: Haute Design

Today I'm thrilled to have Sarah Klassan from Haute Design here today to share with us some of her favorite sources, including a good many wonderful Vancouver resources, which make me want to visit Vancouver immediately. Haute Design is where I go to get my daily fix of pretty (where Sarah finds so much wonderful fashion and interiors photography is beyond me) and I'm thrilled that she was willing to share some of her secrets on where we can get a little bit of our own pretty.

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Hello! This is Sarah from Haute Design, sharing my favorite shopping spots with you today. If you read my blog regularly, you will know a bit about my style already. I am passionate about decorating and handmade items, and prefer to slowly and carefully build upon my space, filling it with items, pieces and tokens of things I love…I like a careful mix of modern, new, clean lines with more ornate, vintage and European antiques, and pieces with character. I love the subtleties of milk glass, time–worn mirrors, charming tea cups, and can often be found looking through various antique shops with my Mum. I also like to give new life to worn furniture pieces. About half of my furniture has been sanded, painted, and given new knobs, handles, and a fresh new look.

In general, I do not purchase from big–box stores. I’m truly a boutique shopper at heart, and would rather have a blank spot in my home, and wait for the perfect item to arise, than fill it with objects that I am lukewarm about. That being said, a few of my more functional pieces have been purchased at IKEA, such as my modern book cabinet and armoire. I look for the best quality that I can find and afford, and balance it with real investment pieces that I love and enjoy so much.

And with that, take a little shopping trip with me today!


18 Karat: a fantastic local design company that has now gone international. They have a strong line of accessories, created with a respectful influence of nature and organic lines, combined with more modern furniture. I love their hand soaps and sprays—all created in France, as well as their beautiful vases, plants and Christmas ornaments.

Montage: a wonderful local boutique, filled with many 18 Karat products, some beautiful jewelry, lighting, dishes, books, and more! Montage is a contemporary boutique, and one of my most favorite (nearly weekly) stops.

Inglenook Décor: some really sweet and lovely finds here. Their online shop is a delight to visit. One of my favorite products to purchase is Linnea’s Lights. There is nothing like them… they burn beautifully. My favorite scents are: Cashmere and Linden. I highly recommend them as gifts and for your home.

Anthropologie: though they are not considered a boutique, I like that they support artisans all over the world, and in that sense, they take on a bit of the personality and appearance of a boutique. I adore their accessories—their hooks, knobs, books, etc. and really enjoy their unique mix of products… and never seem to leave without a bag full!

Peridot: a pretty local boutique, filled with a delightful array of soft furnishings and accessories. For the romantic at heart, and lover of fine products, this is a must-see! (she also carries some items by textile designer Carolyn Quartermaine!)

Designer’s Guild: what can be said? They have the most vibrant and beautiful color combinations., textures and patterns. I love their luxurious towels, design books, scents, throws, and fabrics. The quality is just fantastic.

Scott Landon Antiques: this was difficult for me to share. This is my most treasured shop… they are purveyors of fine antiques, mainly from Canada. From exquisite, 10 ft. tall doors, to old, old shop counters, to industrial cabinets, to the most stunning chandeliers, this place is like Tiffany’s — a feel–good shop full of unbelievable finds/investment pieces. They are incredibly knowledgeable, quite innovative, and will often be seen creating a new piece from industrial parts, or innovating something and making it fantastic. They also work on a great deal of custom projects, with the movie industry, interior designers all over the world, as well as celebrities. On a side note, they are always ahead of the trends. We recently purchased four wire outdoor chairs (remarkably similar to those at Anthropologie) which were crafted in Argentina. They are a frequent stop in between meetings or just because...

Bailey Doesn’t Bark: one of my favorite little Etsy shops! Their iconic Postcup is a part of my daily coffee routine, and I adore their fun, handcrafted line…

Vancouver Special: a great, modern local shop brimming with cool, design–y items. They are my must–stop shop for Pantone products and modern office accessories.

Henry Dean: an amazing glass designer located in Belgium. His line is so beautifully shaped, colorful, substantial, and gorgeous. A few pieces are a must–have in my books!

B&B Italia at InForm: a fantastic, large, open store, housing some of the top European modern furnishing brands in the world. I drool over B&B Italia pieces, specifically, and dream about the day when I can bring one of their sofas or cabinets home. Also, they have a large library section, and carry a great deal of design books and magazines from all over the world(just in case you are paper obsessed like myself).

Thomas Hobbs Florist: I believe that no home is complete without nature! This English looking shop is beautiful and houses some of the most incredible flowers I have ever seen.

These are just a few of my favorite places to shop. In truth, I think I would need a small book in order to share all of my sources and favorite places! On another note, there are many items in my home that I have not sourced here… such as a large fashion canvas, painted by my boyfriend, an oil painting of the Champs Elysees I picked up in Paris, gifts, flea market/thrift store finds, and items that have been passed down to me… items such as these truly make up the flavor of the space, I find.

I hope that you enjoyed my décor shopping secrets, and that you discovered something new. Thank you so much for having me!

Next Week's Guest Blogger: Liz from It's Great to be Home.

21 comments:

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

These are some seriously inspiring and stylish resources! I saw those pantone coffee cups recently in a museum shop, almost picked up a couple! Wonderful post...now I'm headed over to take a look at your blog! Janell

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

Even more wonderful resources! Yikes, I'm getting nervous about next week! :)

The Shiny Pebble said...

This was really fun to see how our Canadian friends shop. Very unique boutiques. I wish we had more of that around where we live. There is a brand new gorgeous all glass building off of Sienna Parkway (where I live) that has been sitting unused for two years. It would be awesome to have a huge boutique shop there. Unfortunately I don't think that the "build it and they will come" approach will work in today's economy. But as we can see from this post, there is always the internet...

Karena said...

Really wonderful array of shopping venues!! I love Sarah's site!!

Karena
Art by Karena

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Sarah you didn't let us down - truly fabulous sources. I love how you included high-end all the way to etsy. Great post and can't forget to say 'Happy Canada Day'! x

Kathysue said...

These are some wonderful finds,it is so fun to shop with someone with such wonderful style and taste. I have to go and visit her blog, Thank you Averill, you know how much I love these post!! Kathysue

Cristin said...

What a great resource list... love the mix of online and local.

xo,
cristin

Sasha {Everything Fabulous} said...

ohh mine thank you Sarah for sharing such a fantastic list of places!! I am off to check them out!! Hope you are having a fabulous Canada Day today!!

Laura@JourneyChic said...

What a cool list! I hadn't heard of most of them, so it's great to be introduced to some new eye candy. Thanks for sharing!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I think I need to book a vacation, so many great boutiques to visit. I have my favorite boutiques in my hometown too. It's always more fun buying in boutiques where there are one-of-a-kind or unusual pieces available.

Silver Strands said...

Wow, what a wonderful sense of style she has! I loved everything!


GREAT blog, by the way! So glad I found it! I'll most definitely be coming back :)

SogniSorrisi said...

Yay! I love Sarah and her blog. She has listed some great shops here.

Dustjacket Attic said...

I just loved reading this post by the wonderful Sarah. It was so informative and inspiring, a real reflection of a gorgeous person.
xxx DJ

Sarah Klassen said...

Thank you so much for having me, Averill! This was so much fun to put together :)

Splendid Willow said...

That girl has the best taste! (I am looking forward to exploring Vancouver in her foot steps). And she is the most wonderful person.

Lovely being here today.

And happy 4th Averill!

ox, Mon

LindsB said...

I love the Linnea’s Lights candles- the Yuzu one is to die for!

Have a great long weekend!

Absolutely Ladylike said...

I love Sarah's blog and her shopping guide...she has an absolutely exquisite taste!

maureen @ The Inglenook Decor said...

Awww, thanks so much Sarah! you're a doll...your blog is truly one of my inspiration & yes Canada shopping rocks!I loved Zone Maison when I visited & Beige. This list is amazing! Averill, I can't wait to do my post, I'm gonna have to do it Texan style, a homage to our wonderful state!

Hello Lover... said...

Great sources! I love that pendant light from montage!

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

Now I just need to visit Vancouver so I can see these shops - well except for Anthropologie, which we have here in Toronto.

Trampolines said...

Hi, it's an amazing and interesting post.
Thank you.

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