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'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

If ever something is not available in our online shop, please email us any purchase inquiries. 


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?

 If ever something is not available in our online shop, please email us any purchase inquiries.