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Shopping in Calgary October 26, 2009

Filed under: design,shopping,travel,Uncategorized — ravennagirls @ 10:42 pm
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Whilst in Calgary, I had several hours between ceremony and reception to explore some of the recommendations I found on Design*Sponge Calgary Design Guide. It was FREEZING out, so i pretty much had to run from storefront to storefront, but it was great to get out and walk around a bit.

I started in the morning in the Kensington neighborhood which was nearby the church. I had a great cappucino, then stumbled upon this great little vintage home decor and gift store called Honey B’s (and the name was so fitting!). I picked up a few butterfly refrigerator magnets and ogled some vintage glassware that i wish i could have carried on the plane. In Kensington i also found Urban Barn which is apparently a Canada staple. Great little place – according to one wedding guest they sell metal mooses should you ever be in the market (although same wedding guest advises against trying to carry these on the plane).

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After the ceremony i stupidly decided to walk back to my hotel (it didn’t look that far on the map!) in a dress with no tights. After promptly changing back into jeans and cowboy boots (when in rome.  .  . ) , I hopped a cab to the design district. I started at Chintz + Co. The best way to describe this place was like Pier 1 on crack. Flowers, candles, lighting, home accessories, everywhere! I snagged a couple Christmas gifts (can’t post for fear of ruining the surprise), but i also took a few snapshots of some pretty pieces. Loving the driftwood mirror and the capiz chandelier. MMM beachy.

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Then, my find of the weekend: NOOD, which stands for New Objects Of Desire. Think. . . CB2 + Ikea + West Elm and you get nood. Affordable, clever. . .wonderful. And, cleverly, they have a membership program where you get to be called a noodist. If only i lived in Canada. Picked up a few clearance items that were plane-worthy (again, can’t ruin the surprise), ogled a bunch of furniture and tableware, and told myself I’d be back soon.

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Walked back to the hotel from there and passed a few fun things on the way

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It was a great fall afternoon of wandering and exploring and I found a few fun treasures to bring home. I would have like to make it to some of the thrift stores on the Design*Sponge guide – but alas, i had pierogis to eat 😉

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