All posts tagged: decor

Where Can I Buy a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree in Vancouver, BC?

I’ve done it! I’ve finally found a fiddle leaf fig tree in Vancouver. After drooling about them on Instagram, Greg and I now have our very own. Take a look: Isn’t she a beaut? We happen to be Survivor fans and this season there’s a contestant named Figgy, so naturally we’ve nicknamed her as much. We bought our tree at Maple Leaf Garden Centre in Lynn Valley, North Vancouver. The last few times I’ve stopped in they’ve had one or two on hand. This visit, they had one fiddle leaf fig tree (which we bought) and one fiddle leaf fig bush. If you don’t live on the North Shore, it might be worth giving them a call in advance. Address: 1343 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver Telephone: 604-985-1784 Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Sunday and Holidays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. According to their website, there is a Maple Leaf Garden Centre in West Vancouver too. I’d wager a bet that they also carry fiddle leaf fig trees. Address: 2558 Haywood Avenue, West …

Gypset Home Must-Have: A Kilim Rug

  Hooray for the weekend! Well…secretly I’m excited beyond belief for the upcoming week. I’ve got two packages being delivered to the house and later in the week I’m heading (back) to Arizona. But right now I want to talk about my inbound kilim rug, because a) she’s a total beauty; b) it’s super gypset; and c) I’ve been craving a rug for our ‘dining’ space in the apartment for three years now. So without further adieu, here she is: What can I say? It was love at first sight. Bold design and pops of pink. It’s such a statement piece. Backing up, you might be thinking, what’s a kilim rug? Simply put, it’s a rug without piles. Look at the carpet in your home. Notice that it’s comprised of short strands? Those are piles. Kilim rugs are characterized by a flat weave, which is also how their patterns are formed. ‘Kilim’ is a Turkish word and most kilim rugs are produced in Turkey (Anatolia and Thrace), North Africa, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, …

My Melia Varadero Destination Wedding: the good, the bad & the ugly

Photos by Wild Whim Photography + Design by Wade Carr Where are all the Cuban wedding blogs? One of the greatest challenges of planning my destination wedding was a lack of real wedding blog posts. I scoured the internet and bridal websites like TheKnot.com for more resources. To my initial surprise, there were few-to-no personal stories. Presumably, this is because most wedding blog posts are voraciously penned by American brides…American brides who can’t travel to Cuba. A second challenge was Cuba’s web presence, or lack there of.  It was, and to some degree still is, offline. Official statistics indicate less than 5% of Cubans have access to open (non-state controlled) internet. Lest I conclude, Cuban vendors (venues, photographers, florists, etc) are not creating promotional web content for prospective brides. This even applied to the resort we eventually selected. There were few wedding photos apart from a small white gazebo and pictures of a dated, pink satin-draped reception. TripAdvisor had some user-contributed images but nothing which really inspired romance, wanderlust or a dreamy (modern) wedding. This …