CITY HOME – Full Bloom’s Faves (& possibly your last minute gifts)

Two days of shopping left! Haven’t gotten a gift your for interior design-inclined friend? Check out the favourite items of these four experts that spend their time beautifying abodes. Meet our first from this year’s issue of City Home.

Erin Carmichael, Full Bloom Floral Design. She honed her skills on the West Coast, studying with celebrated floral designer Hitomi Gilliam, then developing her own voice as a creator of bountiful wedding bouquets and centrepieces. Erin Carmichael, owner of Full Bloom Floral Design, recently transformed a former garage in Little Italy into a bright, light-filled studio and shop.


Fort Knox_GoldI’m really into gold and brass right now. We have a Fort Knox globe suspension lamp in our hallway. The Modern Shop.

Ottawa Magazine

Blankets from MacAusland’s Woollen Mill [in Prince Edward Island] are so warm! Ours is grey and white and looks perfect draped over our black Eames chair in the living room. Viens Avec Moi.

Ottawa MagazineWe’re big home cooks, so we’re crazy about the knives at Knifewear, especially the Masakage series, which are hand-made in Japan.

Nacoille tableCCI love the work of woodworker Matt Wallace of na Coille Studio. He only works with reclaimed wood. He’s making us a narrow walnut end table.


My husband, Matt Somers, makes great aprons through his company Wove & Grain. He sells a lot to chefs, but they’re also perfect for floral arrangers. I have three! It keeps me clean and it’s nicely fitted, so it looks dressier than most aprons. Also, it doesn’t tie around your neck, so your neck doesn’t get sore.

CeramicClylinder-WoodStand2I’m obsessed with the Case Study planters by Modernica. I just started carrying them at Full Bloom — I especially love the walnut bases, but they also make beautiful metal stands for outdoors.

Ottawa MagazineCeramic camp mugs from Drake General Store are the perfect size for my morning and evening cups of tea.