New &Tradition in the Showroom at Mjölk

September 13th, 2017

The autumn air has blown some new pieces of furniture from &Tradition into the showroom this week.

We also recently received some new Tomiyama Koichi pieces as well (Fuuka Big Circle tray pictured above).

The Moor Rug by All the Way to Paris in Red Heather.
Fly Table SC11 with smoked oak legs and gorgeous Pietra di Fossena top.

Touch tray by Stusdioilse.

A detail shot of the Mayor sofa and brass Bellevue floor lamp by Arne Jacobsen. Mayor sofa fabric is a mole mohair, with smoked oak legs.

 

The Catch lounge chair by Jaime Hayon.

 

 

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Child’s Bedroom Update

September 11th, 2017

As our daughter heads into the school years, her bedroom was in need of an update. On our last cottage weekend of the summer we popped by our favourite local shop Lilli’s Antiques. She happened to have the most perfectly sized little writing desk and chair. Now our daughter has a space to reflect, practice writing, do some drawing, and have some quiet time.

Accompanying the desk is a bulletin board from Svenskt Tenn. We got her a Fuji Instax for her birthday so it’s a good little spot to display her photos.

In other home news, we moved the glass topped Luc cabinet to the entry and it serves a better purpose there. New art includes an Axel Salto print.

The other major updates to the room are the String shelving in white oak and a new bed. We had been coveting the low wood loft bed by Oliver Furniture and because this room is left open to the hallway during the day, we didn’t want to compromise. It’s unfortunately not rated for North America so there are no retailers here. We had to order via Illums Bolighus in Denmark.

You can see the Svenskt Tenn wallpaper peeking in from the shared closet area.

Last on the agenda for this room is figuring out the window treatments (we’ve had two fails thus far so I am reluctant to explore anything further) and doing some planting in the lower courtyard. Although the bamboo is still alive all the leaves are higher up, so there isn’t much to look at from the lower level.

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Prince Edward County

August 11th, 2017

The other week we made a quick trip to the County, about a 2.5 hour drive from Toronto. It’s a pretty talked about weekend getaway spot in recent years, with a hot real estate market and many fed-up creative Torontonians fleeing to build their dream. This was our third visit and we have yet to explore everything that the County has to offer.

Our friends Laura and Dale introduced us to the Lake on the Mountain area, which has a unique landscape. On one side is a lake, at the same level as the land. On the other is an escarpment that overlooks Picton Bay below. Standing in between, there is an eerie sense of unfamiliarity, whereby you are experiencing two bodies of water at different levels. There is a parklands for day use, a resort and several restaurants.

We chose The Miller House because it offered a beautiful view of the escarpment below to Picton Bay and the Glenora Ferry. Their menu offers a variety of charcuterie platters and other sharing dishes.

The Inn across the street offers another menu, in a more cozy atmosphere. I would think it’d be perfect in autumn and it overlooks the lakeside.

It’s not a visit to Picton without checking in on Alex Fida‘s project House of Falconer. What a labour of love this place is. He is currently busy building a coach house in the back but in the front there is usually at least one pop up shop to check out.

I bought a lovely black ceramic necklace from Cylinder Studio.

It’s not a visit to PEC without a bit of antiquing…

…and farm animals!

I must share with you where we stayed this time. We usually prefer the anonymity of a hotel stay but since following The Wilfrid Boutique Farmhouse on Instagram, I had been wanting a little bit more of a bucolic experience. Nancy and Frank were absolutely lovely, and their home is lovingly decorated and very comfortable. What I liked was that they maintain a separate area for themselves, so you don’t feel like you are in their private space all the time.

  

Frank was very excited about his new tractor so John gave it a try.

Adored the chickens that were wandering free range around the property.

A comfy living room to hang out in.

The breakfasts were epic. John and I were the early risers out of the three available rooms, so we got to drink tons of coffee, chat and peck away at all the goodies on the table for quite some time. With a passion for cooking, you won’t have a bad meal!

We booked last minute so the very spacious double room was available (no kids allowed, doesn’t matter, we like to travel solo). It was very comfortable and charming, with an ensuite bathroom.

I totally forgot to bring my actual camera for this little jaunt (hence the instagram style photos in this blog post). As such, we were really excited to receive a Fuji Instax to use during our stay at the Farmhouse. It’s included with the room and you can keep all the photos, with the requirement of leaving one photo behind for their photo wall. This is the first time ever we have had actual photos of US from a trip, as opposed to the usual random arty fare.

My love, at The Courage in Wellington. We stopped here for lunch on our way out of the County. Our friend @modernmod djs here on occasion, which would be a good time to check it out I would think.

If you are thinking of visiting the County, there is plenty to see and do.

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Mami Hasegawa cottage visit

July 28th, 2017

We were happy to have Mami Hasegawa (middle), her son Seikichi and friend Fuchi Uchida come stay with us at the cottage, to get the full Canadian summer experience. First stop is our favourite local shop, Lilli’s Antiques.

We ate well during the visit.

One new item we really enjoyed using was this new to the shop large stone grey bowl by Cecilie Manz.

Smoked fish bought locally, caught from Georgian Bay.

We were also treated to some informal tea ceremonies, which the kids took an avid interest in (maybe due to the “treats”).




The girls had the opportunity to give it a try. Poor kids, trying to learn something new and all the grownups have to photograph every moment. Modern life!

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Mami Hasegawa Exhibition at Mjolk

July 23rd, 2017

On July 12, 2017 we hosted Mami Hasegawa’s first international solo exhibition at Mjölk. For those who could not make it out, here is a virtual tour of her beautiful work in our showroom.

A selection of works are currently available online, with more to follow soon.

These oxidized copper wall hangings are certainly show stoppers!

   

On the black tabletop is work by Mami-san’s husband, Takejiro Hasegawa. He was trained under National Treasure Shiro Sekiya and we are honoured to have a selection of his pieces available as well. His work is now available online here.

     

 

 

 

Mami-san (on right) talking with a guest.

Mami-san’s son Seikichi Hasegawa, who continues the family tradition of metal working, and friend Fuchi Uchida.

Mami Hasegawa’s personal tea ceremony set.

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A visit to the Umbria region of Italy

June 27th, 2017

A week and a half ago I spontaneously took a much needed solo trip to Italy. My friend Kiko was posting some beautiful photos on Instagram and I commented, and she suggested I join her. Normally I wouldn’t follow through, however I was in the process of trying to work through some things (as one is want to do when they have children pushing their buttons every ten minutes). The next thing I knew, I was on a plane, on my own for the first time in 10 years (!).

I arrived in the exact place I needed to be. Locanda del Gallo is located in the mountainous Umbria region of central Italy. Specifically, I was there for a yoga retreat run by YuMee Chung and Pat from Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Centre. If you ever have the opportunity to attend something run by these two, I suggest you do it. I am relatively new to yoga and felt included and supported. Not only that, these two teachers really surround themselves with likeminded, kind people, so socially there was a really nice open vibe. The day started with two hours of yoga, then free time, lunch, free time, two hours of yoga, dinner. There were opportunities for one on one sessions, massage therapy and even a pasta making class. Mostly I just did yoga and hung out by the pool.

The main stone house (John and I are a bit obsessed with stone houses).

Where I spent all of my free time, reading, lounging and swimming.

So heavenly it deserves two views.

My spacious room, with several different views and a lovely cross breeze.

 


 

Day trip into Gubbio, about 30 minute winding drive away.

Obligatory gelato.

We stumbled across a cable car to the summit of Ingino Mount, where we found St. Ubaldo’s Basilica which hosts the remains of the saint.


 

We also visited the town of Bevagna during their Mercato delle Gaite Medieval Festival. Here I am with my friend Kiko, looking uber relaxed.

 

We found a cute little bar/cafe called La Bottega di Assu’ for dinner. It has an artistic youthful vibe (picture of Frida Kahlo marks the entrance) so it was right up our alley.

This restaurant was in the best location, looking over the main square where some performances were happening.

 

After dark, romantic Italian side street wanderings.

Italian scaffolding.

Some kids dressed up, working the outdoor patios.

The town was really dressed up for the occasion.


 

A picture window I would pass many times a day.

Although sunny the entire trip, the last day we awoke to fog.

What an amazing opportunity this was. Thank you to my inlaws who took care of the kids for the week, and to John for encouraging me to seize the day. I may just have to make this a yearly thing…

The soundtrack to our stay. All day long.

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