Canada conjures many iconic symbols, from toques and canoes to beavers and loons, but our favourite has to be the most patriotic of all shapes: the maple leaf. And so, from show stopping charcuterie boards to plump decorative pillows, here’s how to wave the flag.
by Christy Wright
Cup of Cheer
Good morning Canada! What better way to start the day than with a maple leaf mug? And, Canuck bonus, this one sports trad red and black plaid. Upgrade your shelves and cupboards by replacing that old mish mash of mismatched mugs with six or more of these hot bevvie holders. Made from stoneware, they’re dishwasher and microwave safe.
Not only is this fab charcuterie board gorgeous, it’s also one-of-a-kind and crafted in St. Catharines, Ont. by Rustic & Resin, a family-owned woodworking shop with a contemporary twist. This all-Canadian operation uses locally sourced timber in its designs (they also make showstopper custom river tables and live-edge benches) and the resin detail witnessed here in the red leaf feels upscale amongst the walnut wood. It’s the perfect patriotic perch for your Canadian comestibles.
Float of Arms
Take your leaf game outside to any one of Canada’s 31,752 lakes with this fun floatie from Float-eh. Designed to comfortably fit one adult, this red and white charmer is made from durable phthalate-free vinyl that’s up to 40 per cent stronger than the average float. There’s also a loop for anchoring, an electric pump for quick inflation and, so thoughtfully Canadian, even a small patch in case of a leak.
We found this outdoorsy must-have at Nicole’s Gifts in the sweet town of Verona, Ont. With the look and feel of an authentic canoe paddle, it’s an easy decor addition to any cottage or cabin. While it looks at home resting on the mantel, it comes ready to hang so can be affixed to any wall in a jiffy. We lean to hanging it vertically and love it for zhuzhing up transitional spaces like halls and entryways.
The Cutter’s Edge is a savvy source for stellar furniture and stylish decor (we’re especially fond of their light fixtures). The multi-generational family biz may be best known for its beautifully handcrafted furniture, but they also turn an expert eye to simple everyday items. Case in point: these super absorbent maple leaf dish cloths. Totally cottage chic, they’re crafted from cotton and cellulose and are 100 per cent biodegradable. They make a thoughtful dinner party gift too.
Toronto artist Peggy McEwen creates what she calls “comfortable art” – satin-microfiber slip pillows featuring digitally designed images with a special focus on all things Canadian. What sets them apart is the “full” design – both the back and the front of each cushion bear related images so you can choose the side that fits your mood (kind of like two pillows in one). We’re thinking of augmenting this maple leaf style with a cushion featuring three Mounties, both from the “Canadian Eh!” collection. Bonus: all come with a generously puffy insert of hypoallergenic synthetic down.
Christy Wright is a freelance writer and world traveller. ChristyWrites.ca