Small House is two sisters. Small House is Valerie Marchand and Heather Marchand. Both work out of their home studios in Torontom, Ontario. Any given day you will find either or both sisters sewing, drawing, painting, gluing and cutting. Both Valerie and Heather have educations in Fine Arts and are most happy when creating something. Aesthetics and function are carefully considered concerning all items made for Small House.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Cover of the Rolling Stone...

If you haven't already looked at this amazing online magazine I am giving you 2 really good reasons to check it out.

1. It's amazing.

2. December's issue features This is Small House and our in home studio.

Oh right, it's not Rolling Stone... it's COVET GARDEN

"Covet Garden is for folks who are curious about real spaces. We take a peek into the homes and lives of some of the city’s most interesting people—spaces that have not been styled by interior decorators. Covet Garden is inspirational, not aspirational." Covet Garden.

If you haven't seen the magazine yet the great thing is that Covet Garden launched in September so there are now some back issues online... you know the feeling you get bringing home season 1 of Madmen on DVD... yeah, same thing.

We can't wait for the December issue to launch (we haven't even seen it finished yet). We DO know that we loved having 4 lovely ladies into our home to snoop, look, question... frame and photograph our world.
I myself am a bit of a homebody and require at least 3 distinct areas in my home. That is somewhere to sleep, somewhere to relax and somewhere to work. It will be interesting to see how this translates to the page.

Here is a little taste of what's to come. (Heather in our home studio).


Monday, November 1, 2010

An Afternoon at Ransack the Unvierse...

"Ransack the Universe,
A strange and Wonderful Smorgasbord of Unique Treasures."

Recently I spent the afternoon exploring, guarding and selling the treasures that have been collected at Ransack the Universe. This shop can be found on the lower level of the 69 Vintage Collective, 1207 Bloor St West. This collective is 3 floors and 7 stores full of unique and carefully curated items.

There is so much to take in at Ransack the Universe I have chosen some of my favorites. Guess which of these items I brought home?!

Origami Earrings, by Maggie Krawczyk, $20

Spoon Rest, $3.50

Vintage Tins, various prices, apx. $12 - $25

Paper Coasters, 25 for $2.50

Field-guide to... , Set of 4 for $35

This is Small House is available at Ransack the Universe along with many other original and re-purposed crafts by over 30 local artisans.