• August 30, 2018

    The Stone House: bathroom and guest room

    The view from the parlour towards the guest bedroom and the bathroom.


    A few views into the guest bedroom from the parlour. 


    Guest bedroom details:


    Companions Bed in walnut by Studioilse. Evidently this is the best bed ever.


    Walnut and cast iron McQueen bedside chest by Matthew Hilton (also available via Mjölk but not currently on our website).


    Carrie Lamp from Menu is battery operated and handy for walking to the bathroom or contending with bats at night
    (aka using as a night light to keep the bats away).


    Walls are painted with Belgian Wilderness lime fresco from Pure & Original Paint.
    Same as our showroom, different technique.


    Not that you can really see it here, but the blue, purple and green flatweave Swedish rug is by Judith Johansson. We were first introduced to her work at JP Willborg in Stockholm (I highly recommend a visit there), where we bought a gorgeous red and blue rug. We then acquired a brown and orange one via auction. So one could say we are fans.


    Waiting for a desk. Disappointed we cannot place a desk in front of the window but due to a second door that goes into the bathroom the bed is in the way. Mexiko Pendant from Kalmar (for some reason it's not on our website but it is available via Mjölk). A shaker box in the deep set window. Artwork found at an antique market in Tokyo. 


    A view into the bathroom. To the right of the door is a sandcast brass light switch by Oji Masanori from Futagami. We managed to get a few for the main floor. Adore them.


    New additions to the bathroom:


    The poetic Alma pendant light by Tham & Videgard for Wästberg.


    Black cabinet is a Belgian barber cabinet from the early 1800s.  Don't get me started on the trial
    that was acquiring this. 


    Striped rug was a surprising find from Ikea. We had bought a rug on Etsy and then forgot that we actually bought it, found this rug at Ikea which was perfect, then found out we actually did buy the Etsy rug. Super organized over here! Etsy rug is now bedside in the guest room.



    A view of the white oak console, with baskets from Ingegerd Raman's collection at Ikea. Towel rack and towels from Momogusa. Artwork bought in Japan, by Swedish artist Gunnar Larson.




  • August 27, 2018

    Norihiko Terayama Exhibition: Things that were arranged

    For years people have admired Norihiko Terayama's large scale flower artwork in our showroom. It was time for another visit from Norihiko and this time he brought with him some versions of this artwork to sell in his second solo exhibition at Mjölk. Unfortunately we are nervous to ship these pieces outside of Toronto, due to their fragility but there are some smaller pieces available here.


    Along with the framed works, there were flower interventions on found objects and antiques.


    Antique wooden bucket with floating flowers.


    Lidded urushi bowl with floating flowers (one left).


    Antique Lacquerware container with floating flowers.


    We had three flower rulers available as well. Turns out Norihiko has a few more back in Japan that he will send us. Please email us if you are interested. 


    Most of the Polygons sold at the event. There are a few beauties left. 


    Crust of Polygon, Object 1


    Crust of Polygon, Object 2


    Crust of Polygon, Object 3


    The opening reception was a lovely evening. It's always so heartwarming how engaged everyone is.


    Norihiko Terayama at Mjölk.

  • August 21, 2018

    Stone House: the parlour

    Ta da! New wall colour in the living room! 


    We switched out the overworked and underwhelming Elephant Grey for Pure & Original's Old Linen. We are so happy with the change. The room feels calm and warm, and it doesn't interfere with the view outside. It also has less contrast with the chair rail.


    I'm going to be honest, I am kind of sad that I am all caught up with these renovation posts. In July we got another shipment of furniture to the stone house. The vintage pieces have been loboriously aquired over the previous two years (remember we put our offer on the stone house back in 2016). 


    Furniture in the room:

    Mayor Sofa by Arne Jacobsen from &tradition in gold velvet. 

    Fly coffee table by Space Copenhagen from &tradition in smoked oak base and Pietro di Fossena marble top.

    Vintage chair by Charlotte Perriand.

    Vintage Piano by Poul Henningsen (!)

    Vintage rug Snäckorna by Barbro Nilsson.

    Vintage rug Hästhov by Marianne Richter.

    Framed drawing on left by Sean Stewart.

    Framed painting on right by Ellesworth Kelly.


    Accessories in the room:

    On the left windowsill, a candleholder gift from Malin Appelgren.

    On the right windowsill, a sculpture by Falke Svantun.

    On the table, sculptures by Masanobu Ando and Keisuke Iwata, accompanied by the Pallo vase
    by Carina Seth Andersson.

    On the sofa, a lovely soft Japanese Yak Wool blanket from Jurgen Lehl,
    which I used this past weekend outside on the new bench, a pillow by Jaime Hayon, and a pillow from Mourne Textiles.


    Vintage light fixture is by Vilhelm Lauritzen. These fixtures were site specific, for a place called Christiansborg. We actually bought one for a client project and then lucked out finding another one for our own place!


    A better view of the Hästhov (coltsfoot) rug, and a shaker stand for candlemaking.


    The unresolved corner, recently a little more resolved since we brought the second of the Peacock chairs over...

    they just begged to stay a pair though we had initially hoped to fund the purchase of one with the sale of the other.


    Kalmar Hase floor light brings quiet sophistication to the scene.


    We have been debating moving an artwork to this wall from home. It's a Joshua Jensen-Nagle piece, all moody and the right colours...but is it too glossy?


    What do you think?  (let us know via Instagram @mjolkshop or @juli_at_mjolk or @john_at_mjolk)

















    The kakelugn looks right at home in this 1840s Georgian parlour room.












  • August 15, 2018

    The Stone House: First Sleepover

    Our first sleep over at the stone house occured over a kid-free May long weekend.


    On the way we stopped at Yorkdale Mall to buy some linens for our bed, only to discover that RH only sells via online (despite their new lavish mall showroom). Scandalized, we grabbed a bite at Jamie Oliver's restaurant, which was actually quite good. We are Jamie fans. I preamble with this to say that we didn't really arrive until about 3pm.


    We set up the bedroom. Well, at least the kids who aren't here with us are all set up.  We slept on the mattress cover.


    The upstairs woodstove didn't end up where we had planned, which is making the space cramped in one corner. Kind of annoying but where we wanted it we had to install the kakelugn, who's pipe comes right up through the floor to the roof. We had really wanted a sitting area for in front of it but now I am not sure what's going to happen.


    The kid's beds are from Ikea.


    Early kitchen set up: it's called making do. We have a fridge, a bar cart, a stove and a kitchen table. Keen eyes will note that our table is the Enfield Table, our own production. Early review: we love it.


    Here John is firing up the wood cook stove for the first reheat our leftover pasta from earlier in the day. 


    While we unpack our meagre kitchen items we realize we forgot one essential: mugs for our morning coffee. It's getting late in the day as far as small town life is concerned so I do the 7 minute drive into Stirling and find a little candy/novelty shop that is open. Success and relief! The town provides.


    While we wait for the stove to fire up, we go on a walk about.



    Our lawn maintenance pal Mike makes sure to mow us a path through the meadow, as well as a few openings to the stream, making it quite pleasant to wander around and check out all the sights.


    Look at that copper trough. So. worth. it. 


    We were in total awe of the light on this particular evening. It was the warmest of welcomes. The trim, having been painted recently from white to drop cloth, was the perfect choice.


    Walking through our small orchard that is comprised of about 5 apple trees, with I think two varieties of apple. Last year we didn't get any apples but the year prior we had some really tasty ones.


    You can see the drive shed in the background. To the immediate left would be the farmer fields (not our property). To the right is a tiny sliver of a forest, and then the stream.


    This was the first time we experienced spring at the stone house.  Apple blossoms!


    Two more angles.


    A peek inside the drive shed, with feed bag ghosts.



    Dinner is served, in Jicon dinnerware.


    Time for another walk about. The view from what will become a corn field (not ours).



    That night we watched some Westworld and then a bat woke us up at 3am.


    Our first morning waking up. I am shocked that this photo was taken at 9:52am, seeing as how the sunlight just comes right on in, and we wake up to the vistas that surround us. Then again, we continue to be sleep deprived parents, in this case, without said children to deprive us.


    Coffee table is the Fly with Pietro di Fossena top.



    The gloomy day was actually lovely to experience. We anticipate many gloomy days ahead. Lighting is essential. 


    Left is the Kalmar Hase floor light and a Castor oil lamp
    which is one of our favourite things to use at the stone house.


    Right is the inaugural kakelugn lighting...base plate to follow this coming weekend!


    I think we just puttered about after breakfast. John installed stuff, I scraped the paint off some windows (the exterior painters sure made a mess of them!).


    Lunch time already? Keeping it simple.


    Very pleased to see a lilac tree out the living room window. This was the first window I cleaned and I loved sitting on the sofa just gazing out this window.


    Time to walk about! This is from the driveway. John has Piet Oudolf meadow dreams for this space.

    Spoiler alert: grass won, not by our choice but by its sheer tenacity.


    View from the road. Farmer's field is not ours. Our land is kind of triangle shaped. To the left of our drive is a little bunch of trees and a stream and the property widens out past the house.


    Took a walk to check out all the lilacs growing roadside. Can you smell it?



    The old pasture and holding pen, lined with lilacs.


    Foraging some dandelion leaves.


    What are these yellow plants? Pretty in the spring but they run absolutely WILD and take over.

    They are next to the stream.


    Heating up dinner. I mentioned it's all about slow living right? I am literally posting photos in order that they happened. This was our day. Puttering, eating and walking about.


    I can't get enough of this oil lamp.


    Dinner is served, courtesy of Matty Matheson's leftover summer stew that he served at Mjölk's Brian Richer exhibition opening.


    On this evening, we were also visited by a bat. I will assume it was the same bat as the first night. There always seems to be one bat. I of course know there are like 50 bats, but there is only ever one at a time inside. It's like they stumble in accidentally, I can't even figure out from where because we sealed so much up. Anyway, this time John managed to get it downstairs and out the door, using a Jaime Hayon Pillow.


    On our last day we grudgingly decided to get the primer painted. We added water to the can because the paint is quite thick (suggested) and used a regular roller for this part, just like you would with regular paint.


    Not gonna lie, painting always seems like a great idea, like no big deal when you start, but it always takes longer than expected. Then again, the results are worth it.


    Final lunch of the weekend. Riveting.