April has arrived along with thoughts of spring, love and weddings. Writing this, I cannot help but recall my own wedding 25 years ago this month. I can remember the lead up to this wonderful day, and all the planning and small details that come together in the end to make it a day to remember.
Getting a Fresh Start in the New Year
This year, our New Year's resolution is to make more conscious choices to bring beauty into every day. By making every day special, and enjoying simplicity in day-to-day moments, we aim to bring you products that inspire this mindset.
2017 Design Tip:
This year's choice for Pantone's Colour of the Year for 2017 is Greenery: A life-affirming shade, emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality. Check out how this energetic shade of yellow-green can bring some spring into your 2017 design choices!
Want to get a head start on spring cleaning? Save time and try out a pre-made printable cleaning list! Try one out here!
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Laundry + Cleaning
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CURATING A GRACEFUL LIFE.
This Thursday, September 29, 2016, we will officially be opening our doors to the public!
Thank you to all those who made the dream a possibility! Without your love and support we wouldn't have been able to bring this unique lifestyle boutique to Winnipeg!
We can't wait to welcome you through our doors!
September is here - and what better time to start rethinking Fall entertaining! This month, we are featuring 4 products perfect for fall:
A good sauté pan is irreplaceable, especially when it comes to bringing out the flavours of fall! Made in France, The Mauviel M'héritage copperware collection heats more evenly, much faster than other metals and offers superior cooking control. It represents the total experience and heritage of Mauviel 1830, and is used by professionals and household cooks throughout the world. It's the perfect tool for perfecting fall recipes, much like a delicate butternut squash spaghetti carbonara:
- 1 ½ cup chopped butternut squash
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 10 ounces spaghetti
- 2 slices bacon
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons ½ and ½, milk or cream
- ½ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a baking sheet toss squash with olive oil. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Bake until soft, about 15 minutes.
- In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks, ½ and ½ and salt together.
- Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Add a generous handful of salt. The pasta water should taste like sea water. Cook pasta until al dente. Reserve cooking liquid.
- When squash is soft transfer to a blender along with ¼ cup of the starchy cooking liquid from the pasta. Blend until smooth.
- In a large skillet cook bacon until crisp over a medium heat. Remove and drain on paper towel. Add chopped onion and garlic. Cook until soft, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add hot pasta to the onion and garlic mixture, along with pureed squash, egg/parmesan mixture and reserved bacon. Toss until combined.
- If necessary, ladle in enough cooking liquid to loosen the sauce up. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Luigi Bormioli Optima Bottles
A nice practical touch for any table setting, is a nice bottle of olive oil or sparkling water for guests to enjoy at a meal. The Luigi Bormioli Optima collection has one of a kind bottles with registered designs that have sturdy and safe rims. Each bottle has a specific serving option and from which it is easy to fill and pour wine, water, juice, and oil. Our Italian made beautiful bottles are eco-friendly as they can be used again and again for parties and everyday use.
Costa Nova Portugese Dishes
The Friso Stoneware Dinnerware Collection by Costa Nova strips back the design of the dinnerware sets and serving pieces to their pottery fundamentals. Perfect for casual dining, the pieces in this collection are ideal for everyday use. With the artisan feel and look of thrown pottery but combined with the strength and durability of stoneware, the pieces in this collection bring simple design elegance that add an understated character to your entertaining and meal times. They are an elegant addition to any fall table setting.
Grace & Company Place Papers
Finally, and in limited supply, we have our very own Grace & Company Place Papers. Locally designed for your dinner table, G&C Place Papers can go beyond table settings and be used as gift wrap or lining a cheese or charcuterie board!
As summer comes to an end, I can't wait to see the fall colours - but even more excited to open our doors! Look out for our grand opening at the end of this month!
With the last month of summer ahead of us, the urgency for incredible patio parties is only more apparent. Here are 4 key products that will make backyard entertaining that much more impressive:
1) FORM + FUNCTION: Wire Caddy with 4 Glasses by Napa Home and Garden
Mix style, portability, and functionality with this multipurpose rustic wire glass caddy from Napa Home and Garden. This serving set will bring visions of brunch at a sidewalk cafe on a clear summer morning to your next gathering. The 4 small vintage-style glasses are ideal for juices or small parfaits, veggies & dip and other appetizers, or you can re-purpose the set as a lovely holder for fresh flowers.
2) PRESENTATION: Wild Pine Serving Boards by Epicure Table
These naturally-oiled serving boards from Epicure Table are made from certified European Wild Pine. Their stream-lined shape provide impactful presentation for cheese boards and charcuteries. Dress it up with some flowers from the garden and seasonal fruit, and you'll have stunning summer-time platter for your guests to enjoy!
3) SOMETHING BUBBLY: Punch Bowl by LSA
Beautifully handmade, the classic punchbowl gets a modern upgrade by LSA International. Punch bowls are the ultimate versatile serving-ware with hundreds of uses - indoor and outdoor - however, filling up on your favourite summer punch is a backyard party staple! For example, try sipping on this punch that pairs the Negroni, a gin-based aperitif, with summer favourites: Prosecco and Sangria!
- 4 cups assorted fresh fruit (such as berries, pitted cherries, and pitted sliced apricots and peaches)
- 2 to 4 tablespoons sugar (optional)
- 1 cup Campari
- 1 cup sweet vermouth
- 1 cup gin
- 2 750-ml bottles chilled Prosecco
- Ice cube
• Place fruit in large punch bowl. Sprinkle with sugar to taste, if desired; stir and let stand 10 minutes for sugar to dissolve and juices to form. Add all remaining ingredients except ice cubes. Divide punch among 8 tall ice-filled glasses and serve.
Recipe courtesy of Epicurious.com
4) STORAGE WITH STYLE: Lock Eat Food Jars by Luigi Bormioli
This Eco-Friendly line of Lock-Eat jars by Luigi Bormioli are as innovative as they are stylish. Not only are they reusable and recyclable, they are perfect for storing all types of food and drink after entertaining guests. The removable glass lid also allows you to use the jars for the presentation of single-servings (amuse-bouche), and the carafes for single servings of multiple types of drinks. Lock Eat jars are easy to fill and easy to pour. When the fall rolls around, they are perfect for all canning and preserving of fruits and vegetables. The possibilities are endless!
Renovations have already begun at our Academy Road store, meaning, we are getting closer and closer to opening our doors this fall! I can't wait to continue sharing with you these findings. Have a happy August + enjoy the patio!
"Take Pie Anywhere (and Cake Too!)"
PieBox™ is the perfect reusable (aka eco-friendly) solution to transporting baked goods. From pies to cakes to cookies, PieBox's simple design and sturdy structure will get you where you need to go intact and in style!
While PieBox creator Adrienne was in pastry school, she found herself in a sticky situation—she suddenly (and frequently) needed to transport baked goods around town, but didn’t have a dependable, sustainable, stylish way to do so. Unwilling to compromise on an inferior carrier, she and cofounders Carol and Steven began to work with a small team of woodworkers to create the PieBox™. From there came the CakeBox™ and CookieBox™!
I'm so excited to be able to bring PieBox™ to Winnipeg! These beautifully crafted and lightweight boxes will definitely be a hit amongst our confection-loving city! Only available in 4 cities across Canada, get yours before they're gone!
It seems like time is flying by! June is here and we are nearing the end of our landlord's renovations of 556 Academy Road. We're officially in the home stretch.
Although spring may be drawing to a close, there will never be an end to spring cleaning. But (fortunately) a line like The Laundress' line of economical, green, and easy to use home cleaning products make life just a little bit easier (and more beautiful).
Developed by Gwen Whiting and Lindsey Boyd, The Laundress was founded through their frustration of having to settle for fabric damaging laundry products as well as disappointing and toxic home cleaning products. I'm sure many of us have felt the same, and I've found great joy in using some of these products in my home already!
For your laundry, I love the All Purpose Bleach Alternative as a more gentle option to traditional chlorine bleach. This non-toxic, highly concentrated, biodegradable and fragrance free product works just as nice in your wash cycle as it does on your floors, tiles, sinks and other surfaces.
For your home surfaces, I would definitely have to recommend the Glass & Mirror Cleaner for a streak free shine. This non-toxic, unscented formula combines a high concentration of active ingredients, leaving windows, mirrors, and other glass surfaces clear, shiny, and free of residue. They say a few sprays will improve your entire outlook (literally).
Summer (and our grand opening) is just around the corner, stay tuned!
It's all happening!
Over the past few weeks, the beginning stages of repurposing the space have been taking place at 556 Academy Road (the future home of Grace & Company Ltd.). As an interior designer, I know that no renovation happens without its hiccups and delays, however, the feeling of seeing a project like this slowly come to life is both exhilarating and intimidating.
As summer draws closer and closer every day, I grow increasingly more excited to share with you some of the carefully chosen products we will have in stock. One product in particular, Match Italian Pewter Tableware, has easily become one of my newest obsessions. Match Pewter is handmade in northern Italy by high skilled artisans and pewtersmiths who use the knowledge of their craft which has been handed down through the centuries. Traditionally a Medieval material, pewter has been used for over 5,000 years to make dinnerware, home decor, and other useful products.
Since every piece of Match Pewter is made by hand, you truly will own a one-of-a-kind, heirloom, and high quality petwer collectible.
Keep staying updated with me as opening day draws near! I can't wait to share these fine products with you.
Spring is here (minus the snow) and our new space is now in possession!
556 Academy Road is currently under demolition and renovations will be underway shortly by Cibinel Architecture. Our designs are going for tender soon and are sure to be beautiful!
One of the fun things about this project is getting to test some of the products. As the weather changes, I've found comfort in a line of plant-based body care called Northlore. This bath and body line is seasonally wildcrafted from the forests and prairie grasslands of the Great North and use loacally sources raw ingredients and homegrown botanicals. Through time-honoured folk techniques, Northlore's natural and sustainable body care will be a welcomed eco-friendly addition to the body products carried through Grace & Company.
As I sort through my mountain of papers, this is finally all starting to look real. Keep staying connected for updates (Instagram, FB) on some of the wonderful new products I've been adding to the collection.