We live in a mighty inspiring place, and I *love* when people use Canada as their muse for creating some lovely gift ideas – like today’s shop, BrownEyedSuzy. Created by Calgary-based Susan, this charming online boutique stocks pillows and scarves that feel oh so fall (but are fashionable year-round).
The piece de resistance in BrownEyedSuzy are the decorative cotton twill pillows ($40 each), which come in a huge range of styles, many of which draw on Canadiana inspiration. The colours are typically a basic khaki beige or black, but there are some with bright pops of colour, like this cute trifecta of word-emblazoned pillows. Although Susan has just been in business for a year, she’s already amassed a beautiful collection of styles to match any decor.
BrownEyedSuzy has also caught the attention of West Elm, which recently opened in Calgary (on 16 Ave SW). The shop is known for its ‘West Elm Local‘ program, which scouts out local artisans and sources runs of their products in-store, as a way to mix local flavour and culture into their effortless home decor items. BrownEyedSuzy is one of just a handful of local artists selected to kick the program off, and her cozy Canadian-inspired pillows can be found in store for those of you living in Cowtown. Pro tip: ask for their feather inserts (not on the floor). For just $12 you can stuff your BrownEyedSuzy pillow with soft, cuddly feathers.
Beyond the pillows, BrownEyedSuzy also stock some lovely wrap scarves for the cooler months, hand knit from typically acrylic wool. Not only will they keep you warm, they can be worn multiple ways – as a cowl, shawl, or shrug. Scarves are fabulous gifts as you never have to worry about whether they’ll ‘go’ with someone’s wardrobe, plus they serve a practical purpose in the cooler months.
Personally, I think pillows are a fabulous year-round gift. There’s a reason why major stores like Indigo and West Elm stock new lines of pillows every season – it’s not just in hopes of catching someone shopping for their first home. Peppy throw pillows can be a great way to reinvent your living quarters from season-to-season, and the neutral tones of what BrownEyedSuzy offers is a cool option to update your accents.
I’m super excited to announce that we’ll be giving away two pillow covers of your choice to one lucky reader! All you have to do is follow the steps below:
1) First of all: you must be a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide to enter this giveaway. It’s as simple as finding ‘The Gift of Gab’ box in the righthand column and dropping in your email or clicking follow. Then leave me a comment below by October 1, 2015 telling me what pillows you’re most interested in from BrownEyedSuzy.
2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around October 2, 2015 to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.
3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.
4) Bonus Entry: Like BrownEyedSuzy on Facebook and leave a comment on the wall about your favourite pillow (or scarf) from the shop!