Waterslides

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAbout a year ago I met Lisa at my local coffee shop.  She was the barista serving me my delicious latte – we got to talking and realized we were both creative people who tend not to act on their impulses.  The “procrastinator club” was born – a club where nothing gets done.  ever.  Until last weekend….  Lisa and I decided to be procrastinators no more and drag our cameras out of dormancy to explore the industrial sector of Hamilton, Ontario.  We met at the cafe on a rainy afternoon, when I though that the day was going to be lost, but the rain let up and we headed down to explore the desolate weekend industrial area.  It was desolate alright, but there was not a lot of opportunity to pull our car over and explore as there were signs posted everywhere “not trespassing”. We drove by this parking lot full of colourful plastic pieces – it was like a candy store, a giant candy store!  the gate was unlocked and there was a man working inside the building – I asked if he would mind if we wandered around to take pictures, he was cool with it so off we went!  Turns out it was a fibreglass manufacturing company that makes waterside for all over the world!  They were working on slides for Disneyland, China and many other theme parks- how cool is that?!

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Nerding Out

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I have found my new favourite hang out in T.O. I stumbled upon it while Lee was at his accountants doing tax stuff. It looked pretty interesting so I wondered in and was pleasantly surprised that it is the brother cafe to my old local espresso joint “Thor”. @Odinhus cafe+bar is such a thoughtfully designed space. The detail put into the design is impressive from the extra thick letterpress business cards, to the alto water jug.

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From the honeycomb white tile backsplash to the angular carpentry, this place got my design brain firing on all cylinders! Also the fact that it doubles as bar makes me really happy!

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The first thing I noticed when I came through the door was how modern the espresso machines looked. Knowing that Thor has a “Roles Royce” espresso machine, I asked the barista what type of machine these were. I was informed they are called MOD. Whatever they are, they are gorgeous. I opted for a cold brew coffee, but next time it will be an Americano I want to see the machine in action! The barista in me wanted to jump the counter and take it for a spin…

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Shaaaaaaa wiiiiing! I love me a beautiful Bertoia chair 🙂

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Unless you look up, you would probably miss this cool air plant installation. I love round orbs, especially floating above my head.

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Here is that honeycomb tile I mentioned earlier. And THAT turntable…. *swoon*

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I never realized how cool Corktown has become. I too heart Corktown. I also love the t-shirts they sell.
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I am really loving the colour palette of the ottomans. Mustard-ish yellow? What do you call that colour?

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A little out-of-place, but charming non-the-less  a piñata highlighting the fact they sell frozen pops. I was tempted, but opted for the cold brew instead. This is a pretty cute little cooler though!

Anyway, if you are in the King East neighbourhood, make a point to pop in and nerd out on all the design details that make this space awesome. You might see me there!

Check out Odin HERE