Design

RANDOM DESIRES: What we love, where to find it, and sometimes why

Food as Art

Edible flowers, delicate golden manti, and a dollop of fresh ricotta. This is just one of the fresh, fun, and so instagrammable dishes that lure ambitious home cooks to Supply and Demand for pasta-making classes with chef Steve Wall. Here’s hoping it looks that good when you try it at home!

Supply & Demand
Supply & Demand

Creative Clutter

Lot 7 is a Hintonburg decor store where vintage finds rub shoulders with modern treasures. At the helm of this promising jumble is BobbiJo Doyle, who honed her picking skills in Boston, where she lived before coming to Ottawa. Behind each buy are two simple questions: “Do I love it?” “Would I be happy to keep it if it doesn’t sell?” The name Lot 7 is a nod to Doyle’s East Coast roots. Both her parents are from Prince Edward Island, in an area where the properties are divided into lots. They both grew up in Lot 7, and Doyle spent many happy summers there.

Lot 7
Lot 7

Chic Clay

A weekend hobby has turned into a thriving business for Jessica McAulay, who launched Blue Peaches Furniture in 2017 after she ran out of space for all the furniture she was updating and repainting. The local retailer for Canadian-owned Country Chic Paint and Products, McAulay uses the clay-based paints on all her fixer-upper furniture pieces, which she finds at garage sales, on Kijiji and, often, on the side of the road. “I tend to find furniture that’s on its last legs — I love giving it that second chance,” says McAulay. DIY keeners looking to upcycle their own treasures should check out her workshops.

Blue Peaches Furniture
Blue Peaches Furniture

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