New works by Jay Hodgins, Summer 2016

Jay Hodgins Summer 2016 Collection has arrived!

Senjit 2
Acrylic and Acrylic Resin on Panel
Size: 36″ x 36″


Riak 7
Acrylic and Acrylic Resin on Panel
Size: 36″ x 36″


Malu 1
Acrylic and Acrylic Resin on Panel
Size: 36″ x 36″


Malu 2
Acrylic and Acrylic Resin on Panel
Size: 36″ x 36″


Laut 10B
Acrylic and Acrylic Resin on Panel
Size: 40″ x 30″


Laut 11
Acrylic and Acrylic Resin on Panel
Size: 40″ x 30″


Road Trip to Harrison Mills – Rowena’s Inn on the River

We’ve been hearing about Rowena’s Inn on the River for quite some time and hoped to someday drive out for a visit. Last weekend we finally made the trek and were taken back by the sheer beauty of the place. Nestled amidst beautiful mountains and ancient fir trees, this beautifully restored English style manor offers commanding views of the Harrison River. The estate has the atmosphere of understated elegance and rustic luxury, a place filled with BC history. It was well worth the drive out to Harrison Mills for a day of relaxation.


Rowena’s Inn On the River
Address: 14282 Morris Valley Rd, Harrison Mills, BC V0M 1L0






Terra from Marca Corona

Terra from Marca Corona has selected and re-interpreted in a contemporary fashion geometries and patterns that get new life in the modern style.







“Interior Design – Before and After” on Youtube

A video clip of our “Interior Design – Before and After” is now available on Youtube!


Contemporary Meets Eclectic


A beautiful example of West Coast modern architecture – recently featured in the hit ABC TV show “Mistresses” & W Network “Love It or List It”.  The home is an eclectic mix of vibrant colours, objects and stories.  A warm yet sleek and sophisticated space with extensive use of concrete and glass which helps bring the outdoors in.
>> Project Photos
North Vancouver Contemporary

Image from ABC TV show “Mistresses”


Getting Ready for Summer 2016!

Sharing some of our favourite recipes – enjoy!

Cold Curried Carrot and Coconut Milk Soup
Delicious! Cold Curried Carrot and Coconut Milk Soup from Epicurious.

Cold Curried Carrot and Coconut Milk Soup


Delightfully sweet with the right amount of tartness.
Key Lime Pie in a Jar


Pea and Tomato Crostini – Easy PEAsy!
Pea Crostini


After finally getting around to seasoning our molcajete, we’re gearing up for summer by making bowls full of our favourite guacamole – Recipe from Rosa Mexicano.


ZWADA home in The Wall Street Journal June 3, 2016

We were recently interviewed by The Wall Street Journal for an article on laundry rooms. They were impressed with the interior design work showcased in the Roseburn Estate project from 2009.



“As laundry rooms move up in the house, looks are getting more important. In the laundry room of their 3,600-square-foot, six-bedroom home outside Edmonton, Alberta, Dawn and Mark Asbell used the same slate flooring as on the rest of the ground floor and outside deck. The room’s taupe-colored cabinets mirror those in the kitchen. The idea, says Don Zwarych, co-owner of Vancouver-based Zwada home Interiors & Design, which led the 2009 project, was to create flow and consistency throughout the house.

Ms. Asbell also has a double set of washers and dryers, wraparound counter space and a sink with an old-fashioned washboard for scrubbing. Five kids, three of them still at home, busy with sports and sometimes forgetful of hanging up towels, help amass 20 to 25 loads of laundry a week. An attractive, high-performance laundry room makes the chore more enjoyable, says Ms. Asbell, 51. In all, the laundry-room project cost an estimated $14,000.”


>> Read the Full Article
Posh Laundry Rooms to Make Dirty Clothes (Almost) Enjoyable


Designer Tips – Cleaning Glass and Mirrors

Cleaning mirrors and glass can be a problematic job. In spite of all of the effort, the glass still has streaks and lint and never seems sparkling clean.  We often get asked if we have a solution for this problem.  After years of trial and error, we can conclude that apart from the elbow grease, you need the right cleaner, tools and technique.  To get a beautifully cleaned glass surface we suggest the following:

1. Never use a swirling motion as this causes streaks to appear when light hits the surface.  Wipe the mirror top to bottom first, then wipe side to side.  We have found this will leave you with perfectly clean glass.

2. Cleaners – Sprayway comes in at the top of our list.


3. Cleaning Cloth – For a cloth that requires only water and has given us amazing results, we suggest the KD Cloth. This cloth is also great on stainless appliances. We love it so much, that we now carry it in our store. ($7.50)




In the Words of Jean Paul Gaultier

“It is beautiful to be what you are.” – Jean Paul Gaultier

Basalt Crackle Glaze Pottery

A rustic aesthetic collection that features modern organic shapes in a crackle glaze finish with wood accents. Designed with the thought of family and friend joining together and enjoying good food, drink and convercation.

Basalt Crackle Glaze Canister with Wooden Lid – Short

Size: 6.75d x 4h”



Basalt Crackle Glaze Canister with Wooden Lid – Tall

Size: 5.5d x 6.25h”



Basalt Crackle Glaze Pitcher with Wooden Handle

Size: 4.5 x 7.5 x 8.75h”