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I was lucky enough to spend this past May long weekend soaking up the sun to be found on the west coast island known as Cortes. I wasn’t sure what to expect of this little gulf island that is home to 1000 residents. Between the sun, fresh shucked oysters, white sand beaches, and amazing variety of plant and flower life, I was very much sold!

One of the beautiful structures found on the Linnea Public Library property.

A lovely visit to Hollyhock, home to a world-renowned garden and oceanside retreat.

Oh, the flowers!

Content + sun dazed.

With 2013 done and gone, I am so looking forward to 2014! Lots of changes for me in the last few months. Myself, along with Hopea’s collection, have relocated to Vancouver Island. Calgary was such an unexpectedly great place to spend the last two years, but I’m also excited to be back where my roots are on the West coast.

The Christmas trunk shows at Kit Interior Objects in Calgary and Inform Interiors in Vancouver both went amazingly well. It was great to see returning faces of customers whom I’ve come to know through these shows as well as meeting other design-appreciating locals for the first time. There’s lots of advantages to having an online store, but I do miss that face-to-face element! I’m looking forward to next year already.

A few pictures from the shows:

Jewelry Trunk Show Calgary

A few Liisa Vitali and Georg Jensen pieces…

Jewelry Trunk Show Vancouver

Kit Interior Objects, Calgary

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My lovely little corner inside Inform Interiors in Vancouver.

Jewelry Trunk Show Vancouver Vintage Gold Scandinavian Ring

Dutifully manning the booth…

Last month, Hopea and one of my favourite design blogs, April+ May organized a giveaway for Jorma Laine’s “Kala” ring. The winner was drawn from the comments and I’m just so pleased it went to such a great customer and supporter like Pippa (ouchflower).

bronze jorma laine ring
I am still in the process of replenishing Hopea’s somewhat bare store (the trunk shows really were successful!), but I’m pleased to say that I have over 50 amazing new pieces of midcentury jewelry that are currently being documented and photographed. There was a great reception for elegant, minimal gold and stone rings over the holiday so I’ve done my best to track down some more of these designs.

Here’s a sneak peek of a few:

Vintage Gold Scandinavian Ring

Nils Westerback 14k gold ring. Finland, 1960.

hannu ikonen bronze necklace

Rare enamelled Hannu Ikonen reindeer moss design. Finland, c. 1975. Currently available.

MP Christoffersen

MP Christoffersen sterling silver ring. Denmark, c. 1960.

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– Cosima

I’ve just returned from a lovely two weeks on Vancouver Island (my native home). It’s the first time I’ve been on the island in the summer time for a few years and was utterly relaxing. Fresh food, great company, beautiful weather, amazing nature – what more could you ask for? Here’s a few of my Instagrams that I snapped during the trip.