A shift from Scandinavia to the Southwest
The e-commerce website Etsy says there’s been a pronounced shift in décor trends for 2019: In place of the Scandinavian-inspired design of the past few years, the palette has warmed up and shifted to the Southwestern U.S.
Those visiting the site for handmade and vintage items are looking for big and bold. Think burnt orange, turquoise and desert inspirations, with earthy tones and natural fabrics.
Tie-dye is part of the colour being splashed around, but a little more subtle than the psychedelic fabrics you may have seen in the past; the deep indigo of Shibori dying and pastels are a common theme. Other patterns are proving popular, too, including geometric shapes and Art Deco influences.
Adding in colour and pattern doesn’t have to be a permanent decision, even when it comes to modifying walls and furniture. Etsy reports a surge in popularity for peel-and-stick decals and tiles that can be easily applied and removed from walls, backsplashes, and furniture. Now you see it, now you don’t.
Shipyards Night Market returns to North Van
The Shipyards Night Market is once again taking over Lower Lonsdale in North Vancouver on Friday nights this summer, with a combination of live music, food trucks, a beer garden and vendors offering artisan goods for sale.
New this year is the double-decker Buddha-Bus, offering organic, vegan, gluten-free cuisine from North Shore mainstay Buddha-Full. Another new addition, Truckin’ BBQ, will cover the other end of the spectrum with southern BBQ offerings. Returning favourites include Tacofino, Reel Mac & Cheese and a host of dessert options.
Vendors include a mix of returning and new sellers, demonstrating the strength of the relationships developed by Shipyards Night Market’s original founder, Ingrid Doerr, who died unexpectedly last fall.
This year’s market is a labour of love for her sister, Monika Doerr McLachlan, who has taken over as market manager. She notes that efforts are underway to find a long-term way to honour Doerr’s contributions, such as putting up a plaque in Shipbuilders’ Square.
“We’re trying to continue her vision—she had a lot of big ideas,” says McLachlan. “She was really passionate about being local, supporting new businesses just starting out, and being green. She started the trend of compostable containers for night markets—this year, we even have a food cart where you eat the dish!”
In keeping with that theme, the market will have “Green Team” ambassadors guiding visitors through recycling, composting and discarding items. McLachlan is also urging people to take transit to get to the market, rather than driving.
The market continues until September 27. Entry is free. Well-behaved, on-leash dogs are welcome.
Wrapped in ethical luxury
The Vancouver-based online shop Droplet Home Goods has launched its first collection of towels and blankets featuring organic, ethically sourced cotton from Turkey.
The inspiration for the business came after founder Aleeza Khan Bradner had her son in 2016; the idea is to relish being wrapped in luxury, even if it’s only for a few minutes. She says it was important to pursue certifications ensuring no chemicals were used on the cotton at any point during processing.
The goods come in white and a range of blues, with the addition of bold red striping on the Turkish towels.