'Twas a Dark and Stormy Night... November 03 2014

The nights are getting longer everyone! I hope you were able to change your clocks back without getting "If I could turn back time" by Cher stuck in your head, or at least remembered before you had to leave for work this morning.

With the days being so short (and the weather being so wet), many of us are passing on the idea of going outside after work and opt for the warmth of a cozy living room, or kitchen, or an underground library if you're Batman. I find when the nights are long that it's a great time to get personal things done like art projects, organizing, cataloging your dog's extensive toy collection - things that you normally wouldn't have time for. For me, it's a great time to get writing done, but like any great writer I require the preliminary procrastination of setting up "my space" so I feel comfortable enough to stare at all the nice things around me when I get a block (which is quite often). It's a moody and contemplative kind of month, especially with Starbucks constantly reminding us that Christmas is two entire months away, and I like having a space that reflects that. I've taken a some of my favourite pieces from the store and have compiled a list of a current dream space, perfect for the month of November. 

 

Bronze Antler Candlesticks

Modern and rustic, these babies are the perfect accompaniment to a big glass of wine and the yellowed pages of a well-loved classic - or they'd make a great replacement candlestick in the boardgame Clue (they're heavy!). Cast from real whitetail deer antlers, they look strikingly beautiful in any room. 

 

Owl Lamp

The owl is an ancient symbol of wisdom and intuition, and if that's not enough to inspire you, they are known to be very cute as well. This ceramic light casts a warm glow and won't eat your trail mix like a real owl would. 

 

Workman's Lantern

Okay, so lighting is important to me. Nothing sets the mood to write like lots and lots and lots of candles. This lantern in particular has a nifty hinged door, allowing you to insert any candle you'd like. 

 

Batle Studio Graphite Sculptures

 
 
various shapes, click here for details

Now this is a writing utensil. Batle studios from San Francisco sculpts graphite and seals it in a way that never rubs off on your hands, only onto paper. The beautiful and intricate designs come in different sizes, and every box is signed by the artist who sculpted it. It's a great gift for someone who has everything, as each of these are one of kind. 

 

Midori Traveler's Notebook

No dream writing room would be complete without something to write on! Made in Japan, the Midori notebook has a vegetable-tanned leather cover, with replaceable and various notebook inserts. The leather is meant to last and take on character the more you use it. 

 

Ok, the scene is set. Now to get over this writer's block..

-Lauren

 

Bronze Antler Candlestick - $72-$85
Owl Lamp - $165
Workman's Lantern (round) - $65
Batle Studio Graphite Sculpture - $22-$82
Midori Traveler's Notebook - $59.90

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