Convert It: The Darling Foundry, Montreal

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As some of you know I spent the Labour day long weekend with some of my girlfriends in Montreal.  Lots of food, wine and fun in a great city. Such a great city especially the beautiful Old Montreal. In today’s Convert It post, I’m highlighting an adaptive reuse project in…you guessed it….Montreal! It’s the Darling Foundry buildings.

The Darling Foundry buildings were constructed between 1880 and 1909 by the Darling Brothers for their large metal works operations in Griffintown.  At one time, this foundry was the second most important foundry of Montreal, with more than more than 100,000 ft2 of space. The Darling got its nickname, “the snake,” from the elaborate rooftop ventilation system visible to passersby. The Darling Foundry continued to prosper until 1971, when it was sold to Pumps and Softerner.  The building remained in operation until 1991 and was then was abandoned for 10 years.  The group Quartier Ephémère, which was founded in the early 1990’s, stepped in and raised funds to create a compound of art galleries, artist studio’s and workshops in the old foundry.

Photo by Lori Zimmer via Inhabitat

The first phase which included Quartier Éphémère’s offices, and the two public exhibition galleries opened in 2002 and was designed by 02, and was conceived by the architects In Situ (www.insitu.qc.ca). Phase 2, which houses artists  studios and workshops was designed by  the environmental architectural firm, “L’Œuf.

“Courte-Pointe” the visually bold installation at the entrance to the Foundry is by Philippe Allard and Justin Duchesneau, and is made from milk crates.

You can also rent out some of the space including the main hall shown below.  What a cool space for an event!

They also have an artist’s in residence program so artists from all over the world can come and create beautiful art at the Foundry.

 

Except where specified, all photos via Darling Foundry Page

On top of this being a really cool reuse of old buildings and preservation of the industrial history of Montreal, Quartier Éphémère’s vision for this place as a way to support and promote art in Montreal is pretty awesome.

XO,

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Discovery: Stan Olthuis via The Rooster Coffee House

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One of the many things I love about my local coffee shop, the Rooster Coffee House on Broadview Avenue, is that they also serve as a bit of an art gallery.  They support artists by featuring their work on the walls (with prices in case any of their customers are so inclined), and rotate artists regularly. Not only does having their ever-changing wallscape make for great decor, but I get to be exposed to new artists just by getting a coffee. Although I usually only get to the Rooster about once a week (sadly it’s not on my way to work), I get pretty excited when I see that the art has been changed up again.  The artist I’m going to share with you today I discovered on my most recent visit to the Rooster: Canadian artist Stan Olthuis.   After my discovery, I checked out his website.  Truly lovely works.  But I’m most drawn to his “Gowns” collection, some of which are on display at the Rooster.  Here are a few of my favourites:

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Pretty great, right?  The concept is simple but the pieces are anything but that.  I love all the layers, and the shapes the dresses take in these.  I’m officially a fan.  You can see more from the collection and other on his website.  Now I just need to save my pennies so I can own one of his pieces someday.  Hope you’ve enjoyed this discovery as much as I have!

XO,

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Art Interiors – Festival of Smalls

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This morning I’m excited to share with you my visit to Art Interiors last Friday for a media sneak peek of their Festival of Smalls which opened last Saturday. I have been to Art Interiors before and have always had a great experience but what I didn’t know until my most recent visit was the story and vision behind the store.  Owners Lisa Diamond and Shira Wood went to school together and upon graduating realized there was a gap in the art community in Toronto.  There were high end galleries with expensive and exclusive art, and there were print/poster stores and nothing in between.  There wasn’t avenue for people who had some disposable income and wanted to start buying original art, but who might be intimidated by price point and atmosphere of a high end gallery. So, out of their parents basement they started their business.  It look off and now 20 years later, they are still going.  They represent primarily Canadian artists, although they do represent some international artists, and in an effort to keep beautiful art accessible to more people they have a policy that nothing is more than $5000. Fabulous concept.

And on the topic of accessible art, comes their annual Festival of Smalls, which also marks it’s 20th anniversary this year.  The festival features small sized art at a price point between $55 and $250. The festival gives people on a very limited budget access to beautiful original art. And let me tell you there is SO much to choose from.  The walls were beautifully curated, but what I found incredible is the sheer volume of gorgeous smalls they have. For example, this is what is you see lining the floors…..

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And the festival has become so popular they are constantly replacing items that have sold from the walls with the stacks on the floor. But now I want to give a quick summary of some of my faves of the Festival of Smalls:

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  1. Richard Herman – Don’t these look like photographs?  Ah, no, these are paintings if you can believe it. The detail and colours make them so life-like, you really have to see them in person.
  2. Gabriella Collier –  I am always drawn to colour so I immediately gravitated to these colourful landscapes.  They are both bold and subdued at the same time.
  3. Sheri Kaskrow – At the time of my visit this painting had not yet been set up in the space and was on the floor near under a thingy that holds the unframed art (yes this is the technical term for it), and I’m so glad a spotted it.  I just love it.  The colours, the style….everything.
  4. Lori Doody –  How fun are these pieces with the Fisher Price style toys?  Perfect for a kids room!
  5. Jack Joel – An architect by trade, this artist does beautiful pencil drawings.  It’s hard to tell from the photo but the detail is phenomenal up close.  If you are in the store, ask how they came to represent this artist, it’s a great story!
  6. Christine Breakell-Lee – Another set of smalls that drew me in based on colour.  These are slightly more modern than the art I would normally be attracted to, but the colours really got my attention.
  7. Charlene Serden – Being from the east coast I always appreciate photography of ocean harbours, but these are more than typical. The use of the fog, especially when lines up together, makes these photographs gorgeous and unique.
  8. Amy Friend –  This lovely pieces is actually a framed artist’s palette! These were made specifically for the Festival of smalls by the artist, whose other work I also really liked.
  9. Maureen O’Connor – This may have been my favourite piece of the show, although that is a tough competition. This is an old vintage photograph on silver gelatin (not sure that is the right term) from probably the 1940’s or 50’s. It is a picture taken of a photo shoot of a topless model from behind.  I like that there seems to be a story behind it and, as some of you know, I’m a fan of art that shows the human form.
  10. Jet Melencio – these unique paper art sculpture birds are awesome, and would be a real conversation piece in your home.

Buying smalls is a great way to start a collection and is a great gift idea for someone on your list this holiday season. The Festival of Smalls runs until December 24th.  Most of the small are available online, but I would strongly recommend going in person if you can. It’s a great way spend a couple of hours.

And if you are looking for larger original art they are still in store during the festival.  On a previous visit I purchased these pieces by Mel Delija.  (Sorry for the poor picture quality).

 

 

I framed them myself (poorly) but one day I’ll have them framed professionally, but until then I get to enjoy these pieces and I didn’t need to break the bank to do it. I almost bought more of his work when I was there this time!  That is the thing about this place – you are instantly comfortable when you go in.  The staff are helpful, highly knowledgeable but not pushy.  And you just get the feeling that they truly just want you to find art that makes you happy.  Now if that isn’t a business model for success, I don’t know what is.

XO,

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A New Discovery: Photisserie

Good Morning!

Are you ready for some visual gorgeousness this morning?  I was perusing a post from This is Glamorous from earlier this week where she shared the blog Photisserie by photographer Kathreinerle. The name of the blog is a combination of photography and pâtisserie.  O.M.G. I have been scrolling through these beautifully simple photos and I’m in awe.  Beautiful photographs + food, recipes and travel = SIGN ME UP.  Here is just a tiny taste of the gorgeous you will see.

all photos via Photisserie by photographer Kathreinerle

Tell me these are not simply gorgeous photos.  Nevermind, I know you can’t. Thank-you a million times over to Roseline for sharing this blog.  It has made my day. I was already planning on taking a photography course “at some point”, but now I’m inspired to get on it!  Oh and I’m also now very hungry.

Have a great day!

XO, Lindsey

Discovery: Society6 iPad Mini Cases

Good Wednesday Morning to you!

I recently purchased an iPad mini and so far its super fun. But I still need a case for it… I already purchased the standard Apple magnetic screen cover that turns into a stand….but I’m looking for a pretty hard case for the back.  Then I discovered Society6. I had heard of it through social media but I hadn’t actually been to the site.  The premise is that an artist creates a piece, and Society6 will produce and sell products made from your art. They produce various products; stretched canvas prints, iPhone cases, bags, pillows and more.  And, lucky for me, they have amazing iPad cases! Here are some of my current favourites:

Carnivale by Minagraphy

Night Lights by Elle Moss

Promenade by Cassia Beck

 Mix03 by Georgiana Paraschiv

Untitled (Cloudscape) by Tchmo

The Button Collection by Cassia Beck

Yay it Away by RichCaspian

Five in a Row by Cassia Beck

I’m sure there are hundreds more I could add to this. Now the only problem is making a decision…stay tuned.  Which ones do you like best?

XO,

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Swiss Miss Volume I: Zurich

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I have landed, caught up on my sleep and and I’m excited to start sharing my Swiss adventures with you! Zurich was my home base during my trip.  Specifically, the home of my fabulous friend A and her hubs.  I couldn’t have asked for more generous hosts.  For realsies. They literally MADE my trip. It was so incredibly kind of them to have me and I’m very grateful. Sending them buckets and buckets of thanks and love for all they did.  I spent a day and half exploring Zurich and really enjoyed it. It’s a very clean, very organized city which, as a tourist, is appreciated. It is a smaller city, but due to the high volume of high end business travelers, it has all the amenities you would want and more.  And it’s very picturesque, especially after a snowfall. Zurich 1 copy

Yep, oodles of pretty.  Oh wait, more pretty…

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The last photo in this collage is the steeple of the church in which A and her hubs were married in July. Oh ya, and their reception was in a castle.  She HATES it when I say that (which makes me say it more).  It was actually held at the Dolder Grand Hotel but you tell me this does not look like a castle to you…

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’nuff said.

I traveled around using the Zurich and Swiss train stations.  As is usual with European cities, their transit system is SO much better than cities here in Canada. My friends live in Horgan, a suburb about 20 mins outside of Zurich’s downtown core, but it seems much closer because everything is so much more efficient there.  Sure I had some problems with it (mostly of my own errors), but overall a pretty great way to get around.  Below is a picture of Zurich’s Hauptbahnhof or Central station, as well as my home “home” station of Horgen Oberdorf.

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And here are more shots of Zurich…

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We also spent a couple of hours at the Kunsthaus Zurich, where I discovered a Swiss artist whose work I love.  Mr. Giovanni Giacometti.

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Yes, this gruff looking SOB created some very lovely art.

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Love his stuff.  And I love discovering new art.  Now I just need more wall space in my place so I can get some of his prints.

And that’s my overview of Zurich, though more Zurich will come up in my other trip posts!

Have a great Monday!

XO,

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Last Weeks Loves – Online Shops Edition

Good morning!  Monday again, so you know what that means….my last weeks loves are up!  But today there is a little twist…instead of last weeks posts I loved, today I’m featuring online stores that I’m loving which I’ve only recently discovered (i.e. in the past week!).  I’ve come across these shops/stores either through searching for specific items or through other blogs, but all have items I would buy on the spot….if I only had unlimited funds and storage.

First up….

I love the great vintage housewares found at High Street Market – the shop is very well curated with lovely pieces with pretty details, and they appear to be in great condition.  Some of the beauties I’ve found are…

I want this lamp for my desk

I love this bold brass lamp with the plain white shade.

And I love this modern brass bowl.

I found Have You Met Miss Jones through this post by SF Girl by Bay.  This great online store is full of beautiful bone china, clay pottery and recycled glass art for your home.  I love the bone china lighting in all sorts of interesting shapes and forms, as well as their beautiful vases….like these ones….

And this adorable little doe nightlight, how cute would that be for a kids room?

And I love these handy yet pretty white china paper bags

Part of the reason I love upholstery is because I get to make old new again.  Which is also why I really like Found Design Miami.  They take old furniture and make it new again, by refinishing, redesigning and/or reupholstering. How could I not like that?

This piece called “Paige’s Curiosity Cabinet”, is so unique…..I can’t even think what kind of space I would put it in, but there is something about it that I’m drawn to.

I love a chairs with good shape, which this one definitely has, and I love the simple fabric with the detailed wood frame. Great piece.

I occasionally randomly search for vintage items on Etsy and during this weeks perusal I found Loverly Vintage.  Beside an amazing name, this store has a really neat collection of vintage items from housewares to accessories.

Hot pink and vintage go hand in hand, right? OK, maybe not normally, but this piece challenges that for sure. Love it.

ummm, pretty copper cups…gorge, totally gorge.

Vintage copper coloured beaded belt….pair this stunner with a LBD and you’ve taken your outfit from plain to fabulous.

It is crazy how many great online shops are out there, and these are just a tiny sampler.  Also, Miss Christine over at Bijou and Boheme featured two great blog shops this week, The Enchanted Home Shop and Recycled Consign and Design.  Go check out her post to see the fabulous items you will find in those shops, and then check them out for yourself! (Oh ya, and keep your peepers peeled for Christine’s shop in the coming months…with her talents, how could it not be fab?)

Have a great week!

XO,

Giveaway Time!

Good Morning!

It’s an exciting day here at Recreated, for you AND for me…I am hosting my first giveaway!  YEA! And it’s coming to you thanks to the talents of Beatrice over at

Her blog is a fantastic read and it features some excellent DIY projects she has completed…like this fab headboard

(yes, I know, soooo predictable for me to choose to feature her upholstery DIY…)

But back to the giveaway – you see, Miss Crafty Bee is not just a talented blogger, she also has a lovely Etsy shop called

where she sells her own art prints. If you haven’t already checked out this gem of a shop, you should!  Here are some of my personal favourites….

Awesome, right? I especially love the last one….that Dr. Seuss really has a way with words.

And Chocolat & Cherries is giving away TWO 12 x 16 prints to Recreated readers! And yes, my friends, that means TWO winners!  Let’s start big on this giveaway thing, right?

To enter:

1. Leave a comment below about the giveaway

For extra entries:

(In order for your additional entries to count, PLEASE leave a separate comment for each of the things you do below)

1. Go to Chocolat & Cherries and then leave a comment saying which print is your favourite

2. Make Chocolat & Cherries one of your Etsy favourites

3. Follow The Crafty Bee on Twitter

4. Become a follower of The Crafty Bee

5. Tweet the giveaway  “{Enter to win a Chocolat & Cherries art print from @becadoblogspot and @lgrecreated http://recreated.ca/2012/02/13/giveaway-time/ }”

That means you could have up to 6 chances to win!

Giveaway will close at 9 pm on February 19th, 2012 and winners will be announced on Monday February 20th! Giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents.

XO,

All photos via The Crafty Bee or Chocolat & Cherries except “Good Luck” found here

Courtney Khail Stationary

Good Morning and Happy Friday!

Today I’m sharing with you some of the prettiest stationary I’ve ever encountered, courtesy of the amazing talent of Courtney Khail of Courtney Khail Stationery and Design. I discovered these little pieces of paper heaven when I was lucky enough to receive two of them in my swag box from Alt Summit.  She also taught a course on watercolours at Alt. I didn’t attend that session but, after looking at more of her work, I wish I had!  Courtney and I only met briefly at Alt, but she instantly came across as a genuinely nice person.  This impression was only solidified when she recently sent me an email just to tell me that it had been nice meeting me at Alt! How totally sweet is that?

But now back to her amaze-balls stationery.  Each individual card or invitation is created with a combination of hand-drawn illustration, ink, and watercolours resulting in a one of a kind piece of art.  I love the use of bright colours and the beautiful flowers illustrations. My personal faves are the ones with the peonies and zinnias. Courtney certainly has a boatload of talent…and I’m talking a cruise ship not a dingy.  I’m pretty sure you will feel the same way when you see these…..

All photos via ©Courtney Khail Stationery and Design.

What did I tell you?  Absolutely gorgeous, no?

Have a great weekend!

XO,

Furniture Photo Art

Good Friday Morning! Today’s post I’m featuring some some photographs I’m considering framing and using to accessorize my bedroom.  I wanted photos to reflect my passion which is furniture and upholstering, and as you will see, the ones I’ve chosen show upholstered furniture in various forms and photographed in various locations. Some pieces are completely deconstructed while others are constructed. Some are in rooms while others in unusual places. But all are beautiful in a simple and minimalist way.

Jessica Turnbow & Holly Ouellette (Chez Jolly) via Etsy

Sarah Ann Loreth via Esty

Blandy Snorhal via Etsy

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Pamela Klaffke via Etsy

Alyssa Moore via Etsy

Lisa Civitiello via Etsy

Jennifer Glass, Bespoke Modern Photography via Etsy

rebecca catherine via Flickr

Jay of Polalove via Etsy

Have a lovely Friday! XOXO