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25 Ways to Savor Summer

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[caption id="attachment_5820" align="aligncenter" width="446"] Image courtesy of Carla Aston Design[/caption] Once mid-August hits, we begin to mourn the end of summer. Although there are still a good few weeks left, we know that school days, fall fashion, turning leaves and that lovely crisp air is just around the corner. Instead of crying over these last weeks of warmth, we're choosing to savor summer with these 25 ideas: 1. Try a new restaurant in your city and book a table on the patio. 2. Host an amazing summer dinner party (try these instead of boring burgers!). 3. Spend a night under the...

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5 Inspiring Things on Our Radar This Week

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[caption id="attachment_5817" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The psychedelic world of Indian truck art[/caption]   Here are 5 things we were inspired by this week and thought you would be too! 1. Wearing your heart on your truck - amazing and beautiful Indian truck art. 2. For the list-lovers out there - 10 Lists to Success 3. This chrome browser plug-in keeps you focused on 25 minutes of uninterrupted work.  Impossible, I say! 4. Why your time in the shower can set the tone for the rest of your day. 5. You'll never guess how many days make the perfect vacation length...

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From Online to Offline: The Story Behind Our First Shop

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  About three months ago, we opened the doors to BRIKA's very first standalone shop here in our hometown of Toronto.  After successful pop-ups at Hudson's Bay and Hallmark among others, and enthusiastic feedback from our customers (that's you!), we decided it was time to bring BRIKA to life in a permanent spot.  We couldn't be more thrilled to join the line-up of amazing independent boutique, coffee shops, bars and restaurants that encompass the neighborhood of Queen St West. In our light, warm and welcoming space you will find a curated assortment of the well-crafted goods from all the categories we feature online. You'll be...

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5 Inspiring Things On Our Radar this Week

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[caption id="attachment_5776" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The Tree of 40 Fruit[/caption] Here are a 5 things we were inspired by this week and thought you would be too! 1. The Writing Assignment that Changes Lives 2. Even if you're not a designer, these movies will inspire creativity in all forms. 22 Movies Every Designer Should Watch on Netflix  3. More Reasons Why We Love Our Home City of Toronto 4. A New York art professor designed this beautiful tree that bears 40 different kinds of fruit. 5. Danielle Laporte on what happens on the other side of big pain.

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Our Q&A with Xenia Taler

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Xenia Taler and Steven Kablinky work together to create beautiful coasters and tiles that are truly modern heirlooms.  Xenia designs the images while Steven crafts the tiles in their Toronto studio. Each tile is handcrafted and all glazes are mixed from scratch.  Their designs are a BRIKA bestseller online and in our shop! We sent one of our favorite photogs, Kayla Chobotiuk out to interview Xenia in her Toronto studio. Where do you find your inspiration? Art and  culture in general, it can be quite random.  I like to look in places that are neglected or overlooked sometimes that means...

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