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Housewarming season! February 25 2017

New year, new things.. We've had a few people come in searching for housewarming gifts, and you know we got you covered! Here are a few things in the shop that do great gifts for just that. Check it out!

Sagaform rocking whiskey glasses // simple and elegant set of 6 whiskey glasses, great for whiskey but fun for other beverages as well! // $35
 

Menu bottle grinders // inverts traditional salt and pepper mills by putting the mechanism on top so no mess, adjustable sizing of grinds // $97.95
 

Boards by Joel // housewarming favourite! made from a variety of hardwood trees native to Minnesota, finished with food grade mineral oil, perfect for a cutting board, serving tray, trivet, or whatever you fancy // 10" $32, 12" $38
 

Menu wire pots // beautiful Danish design planters! wire base made of powder coated steel with removable pot, available black and white // medium: $125.90 large: $146.90
 

Areaware knotted & coiled rope bowls // unique table top display, fibrous rope knotted and cast into a bowl, made of resin and marble, great for adding some dimension to new house // knotted: $120 coiled: $80
 

Hollow Tree 1871 candles // a new local favourite! hand poured soy wax with cotton wick in a ceramic container, beautiful selection in store from the four collections // $42
 

Izola bar kit apron // includes black canvas apron with slots for stainless steel: stirring spoon, ice cube tongs, muddler, measuring cup, and strainer // $125
 
Menu wine breather // 34oz wine breather carafe adds 10x more oxygen to your wine in under two minutes, easy to use just place carafe on top of bottle & flip it so wine pours into decanter, keep wine in the carafe or flip back over into the bottle! // $69.95
 

Hope this sparked some ideas! & like always, we're more than happy to help you find that perfect gift. 




Embracing Coziness October 16 2014

There's nothing like looking at pumpkins to get you ready for the season. Well, maybe not staring directly at them, but remembering everything that surrounds the appearance of the almighty pumpkin definitely excites me, and I'm not talking about PSLs (is that a dictionary term yet?).

Yes, Vancouver has finally settled into the cooler weather and the colourful leaves of fall are swirling around us. Here at Walrus we're thinking of different ways to get cozy and warm and personally, there is nothing I enjoy more than being in a state of coziness. You'll be hard-pressed to find someone with a larger cardigan and silk scarf collection as myself. OK, Prince probably has more silk scarves than I do, but I digress. I'd like to paint you a picture, a picture of Walrus-themed autumnal warmth (out of words, I am no artist). So sit back and grab a coworker/friend/stranger passing by to read this for you so you can close your eyes and really get into it. I won't judge if you peek at the photos though.

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Crunch, crunch, crunch. The evening is slowly setting in and you're walking up to your fabulous home after work. The wet leaves at your feet release an earthy fragrance that begins to untangle the stress of the day behind you. You walk into your house and kick off your Fitzsimmons Native shoes. It's so great how dry they keep your feet, plus the inner lining is so comfortable.

As you put your things down, you look around and realize that someone has cleaned up! What?! You try to remember if maybe it was just you but no, someone has taken the initiative to make tidy up for you. Not only that, but the angel who cleaned for you is also an expert baker and left a sheet of cookies out to cool (score!). You pick one up and bite into it - still warm. This is your chance, the perfect moment to 'coze out'. You run to your room and change into the most comfortable outfit you own (silk pajamas? That basketball tshirt with the hole in it?). You slip into your Glerup slippers and it feels as if hundreds of little sheep are hugging your foot. You then think back to the story of Nanny Glerup on her farm in Denmark, toiling over the perfect pair of slippers - then to her family,  supporting her and helping her create a successful family business. It's amazing that the natural wool is antibacterial, water resistant, and able to produce five times the heat of any other textile fabric when in contact with moisture. It's for that reason that they work so well with bare feet. You stare down at your toes lovingly. 

You head to the kitchen to grab a glass of wine and some cookies, then to the living room to grab a book. You flop down on your couch and grab your favourite animal pillow from Areaware. You love that the print looks just like your dog "(insert your dog's name here. Or your best friend's dog's name, or maybe you don't like dogs and you love zebras, imagine that instead.)". You flick on your super cool concrete lamp that all your friends always ask about and light your Malin and Goetz tobacco candle. You love the intoxicating layers of chestnut, honey, bourbon, vanilla and ylang ylang that begin to fill your home. Plus it's an added bonus that these babies burn for 60 hours, that's one full hour of 'me-time' every day for 2 months! You settle in and begin to read.

After a while, the mystery person that cleaned and baked for you arrives. They say that they want to take you on a walk - aw! You get up and put on your Rains jacket, purple (or red) Obbaki scarf, slip on your Instance socks and get back into your Natives. You step outside and your angel friend pulls out his/her Stanley flask and offers you a sip of whisky (or maybe you hate drinking and it's hot chocolate). Wow, this person must truly be an angel. You walk around together in the brisk autumn air while making jokes and pointing at squirrels. 

  

You turn the corner, and suddenly your friend whips out two plane tickets. That's right - You're heading to Vegas, baby!

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Okay, I didn't know how to end the story but you get the picture! Come in and visit us to check out all the fun, cozy items that were described and maybe find something else that could make an autumn evening even cosier than I could imagine. 

To lovers of the 'coze',
-Lauren (inspired by Fall and Iris)

 

Fitzsimmons Native Shoes - $108
Glerup Slippers - $90-$100
Areaware Animal Pillow - $27-$42
Concrete Lamp + Bulb - $48+$27
Malin + Goetz 9oz Candle - $59.90
Rains Jacket - $110-$135
Obbaki Scarf - $29
Instance socks - $11-$37.50
Stanley Flask 8oz - $32.90
Tickets to Las Vegas - Priceless?

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