It may not feel like it now, but we are right around the corner from Spring and Summer wedding season! In our best dressed, with the sun on our backs, it's hard to not love, well... love! The day is extra special when you and your loved one are the ones saying your vows and pronouncing your "I dos!'
It's fair to say, you and your soon-to-be spouse have been busy picking out colours, flowers, dresses, suits, party favours, and everything else to make your day special and unique. And inevitably you will come to task of selecting and creating a registry. Registries have come a long way from their traditional origins of one size fits all. Here at Robert Sweep, you will be treated like the royalty you are! Full and personalized service includes one-on-one consultations with Evalina and a specially curated registry that suits you and your partner.
I sat down with Evalina to ask what she recommends as this years top gifts. Here is what she said:
1. La Cintura di Orione Pots from Alessi
My first pick is for Alessi pots; my recommendation is for the La Cintura di Orione set of pots. These are high performance and are perfect for the serious cook /chef. They are great for induction as well as other stove tops, and they are great for conductivity on regular stoves such as a gas stove because of the internal aluminum core. This also means that they are lighter weight and easier to manage on the stove top. Plus, they also look fabulous!
2. Ovale Cutlery from Alessi
I choose this style because it feels really great in the hand. It has a nice weight and grip. It is a wonderful every-day style cutlery set that is also modern and elegant enough for formal dining. The quality of the stainless steel is 18/10, which is very high grade stainless steel, so the longevity and performance will be outstanding. I like the handles – they have a clean modern shape . There are also complimentary service pieces so you can continue to keep building on the collection.
3. PlateBowlCup table settings from Alessi
I Love the PlateBowlCup. It is in white porcelain and I think this is a classic bistro style place setting that would be my essential everyday dish set. I love the fact that is not going to be too delicate for the dishwasher and it is clean and simple.
4. Mami Stemware from Alessi
I LOVE THE CARAFE! Wine tastes so much better in great crystalline glass! This would be an elegant choice for entertaining and savouring a fine glass of wine.
5. Glass Family Everyday Glassware from Alessi
Love the Italian style of everyday casual glasses for wine, water of breakfast juices. I can live like the Italians with this collection of glasses and use them without fear for outside patio dining. Also, these glasses have terrific price points and are great for casual dining. I think my fresh OJ tastes the best in the red wine glass!
6. Guilty Colour Pleasures
Basis Jugs and Asher Tumblers from LSA International.
I love this group because it is perfect for hosting a brunch or serving a summer refreshment.
The colours are fabulous and it is a wonderful way to introduce colour to the table.
7. Placemats from Modern-Twist
I think that this is a must for any home. These are incredible placemats and I would get two styles: one for everyday and the other for entertaining. I love the linen texture in fun bright colours for everyday and I would choose a clean modern marble pattern for entertaining. This product is beautiful, natural and functional. It is incredibly easy to clean, and it will always look great with no ironing required. The silicone material is a better choice for the environment too.
8. Theo Collection from Stelton
I love Asian food - Chinese, Japanese or Thai - and I am a lover of green tea. This teapot has a wonderful warmer that heats the tea with a tea light candle. The spout is also non-drip. The accents of wood are warm and unpretentious giving this set a "Zence" of tranquility. I can’t resist Theo for a lunch setting. This collection is in stoneware and has a beautiful matt finish.
Included in this photo is also the Collar Coffee Grinder. Enjoy the gratification of grinding your own beans exactly the way you love it. Always fresh. Always reliable.
9. Linens from Matouk
Please bear in mind this is in now way #9 down the list and it would read as my number 1 pick if we started with the bedroom!
If we're lucky, we spend on average 6-8 hours sleeping EVERY day. A quality sleep is one of the most important qualities of a healthy lifestyle. It's no surprise a great set of linens will have lasting benefits. A quality set of linens will last for decades if proper care is given. One should have three sets so that you can interchange them and mix and match. It's good to start with the classics and add a coordinating pattern.
My top picks would be from Matouk:
10. Milagro Towels from Matouk
Towels are essential for setting up your nest. I suggest the towels I use, the Milagro from Matouk. They are fabulously soft and absorbent, and the colour selection is exciting as well.
I would recommend keeping a white set for company – and for every day I would choose a fun colour to go with your décor. It is important to have a large bath towels to wrap yourself – this is when you really appreciate the Milagro towels.
The hand towels are essential for the vanity. The fingertip is perfect for the powder room and one should always have the wash cloth size. This grouping is wonderful because they have matching colour bath mats in all colours.
11. Kitchen Mat from Pappelina
Well, we all have a front door, kitchen sink, or stove that is in a high traffic area. My pet peeve is buying an area rug that looks dull and dirty after a short period of use. Pappelina solves this problem with machine washable indoor and outdoor mats. These truly are appreciated after you clean them for the first time. They come out like brand new! The patterns are so happy and bright, this is one item that I would highly recommend for a bridal registry.
Our home will always have a Pappelina rug. I love the Asta because it reminds me of a bright Norwegian sweater print. Go bright or neutral. There are so many patterns and colourways in various lengths that suit all purpose.
Wow, so much to choose from and so many different options. Thank you Evalina!
If you are interested in meeting with Evalina to discuss a gift registry, please call us or fill out this form here.
We look forward to helping you with all of your gift registry needs.
Happy New Years! Thank you everyone for a wonderful 2017. We couldn't have done it without you and we're looking forward to a bright and successful 2018. We love to embrace change and search out the latest and greatest in home design, decor, and gadgets. To make room for new products in our showroom, we're clearing out some larger furniture pieces along with some smaller items. All sale prices reflect in stock items only. We hope to see you soon.
SALE SALE SALE SALE
This Moooi Pig acts as both as table and conversation piece. $2199 (Reg $3700)
Show off all your treasures and books in this beautiful Libra Bookcase from Tonelli Design. $2199 (reg $3900)
Options are endless with the Quiller Consolle also from Tonelli Design. $2498 (Reg $4500)
Bigger can be better, especially with the Bonaldo Big Table. $3499 (Reg $5700)
Chase away the dark with a Giant Floor Lamp from Anglepoise. $2999 (Reg $5600)
And if there's no room for a Giant Floor Lamp, we also have some Anglepoise table lamps available. $299 (Reg $570)
Stay sharp in the kitchen. All in-stock Stelton kitchen knives are 50% off.
Gratitude is always in season, all in-stock Sugar Paper stationaries are 50% off.
Is time real or imagined, and does that matter if your clock is stylish? All in-stock Leff Amsterdam wall clocks are 30% off.
And that's not all! We also have the following items available:
Large willow baskets for $49 (Reg $100)
A Vanguard club chair $1499 (Reg $4500)
A large Pappelina area rug $699 (Reg $1100)
A Vanguard custom sideboard $1399 (Reg $5500)
All sale prices are for in-stock items only.
Join our team! We're currently looking for a Part Time Administrative Assistant/Sale Associate.
Administrative Assistant/Sale Associate P/T
The successful applicant will be expected to:
Qualifications, skills and experience sought:
Position is part-time with potential growth into full time or full time for the right candidate. Please forward your resume and cover letter to Mr. Robert Sweep firstname.lastname@example.org No phone calls please. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, and maybe even something special just for you! Explore our guide below of gifts over and under $100!
Top 10 Gifts Under $100
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock $65.85 (large) $53.75 (small)
Retro Alarm Clock $35.88
KEKO Tablet and Phone Stand $31.25
Versailles Rectangle Blue Tray from Jonathan Adler $93.60
Pulcina Coffee Maker from Alessi $90
Stick Candles $44.80 (short) or $48.85 (tall)
Liquid Station from Lexxon $41.50
Alessi Dressed Serving Spoon and Fork $47 Each
The Napkins Set of 20 for $20
Sparklz Critters Wind-Up $21.88
Top Ten Gifts Over $100
Alicia Adams Graydon Throw $476.90
Braun Weather Station $236.25
Gear Clock $237.49
Lafco Reed Diffuser $176.50
Matouk Cairo Robe $293
Matouk Liana Linens $241/pair pillow cases - $386 fitted King sheets
Stelton 1L Vacuum Jug, Metallic $201
Jonathan Adler Versailles Maze Vase $402.65
Studio Cheha Bulbling Light $211.66
Alice in Wonderland Pillow $156.90
It's not every day I get to sit with a former bridal couture designer, but today I find myself in the presence of Evalina Schmidtke, who's left the field of bridal couture, and is entering a new, exciting focus at Robert Sweep, building a new Bridal Registry!
With 15 years background working directly with brides and manufacturing and delivery Calgary-made couture gowns, she brings industry knowledge and experience like no other. She has an eye for quality crafted merchandise, which is going to be the focus at the new store, showcasing high quality, high style and great value.
The new Bridal Registry at Robert Sweep is set to launch April 1st, and will feature iconic brands such as Alessi, Stelton, Sabre, and Leff Amsterdam. There really isn't a full service bridal registry in Calgary that showcases these must-have and sought-after product lines.
and they would share their dream dress ideas with me. I would help them choose from couture brands such as Vera Wang, Badgely Mischka, Claire Pettibone, Priscilla of Boston, and some of the top couture brands from New York. I set up my salon like a boutique and would spend a full hour in the spa-like environment; peaceful and serene. This experience was fully dedicated to them and their dreams."
This is truly a highlight for brides as their plan for their special day, and the Registry experience is just as exciting and fun!
Starting in March, Robert Sweep will be taking reservations for couples to book their private sessions with Evalina. We can't wait!
sunny afternoon, and we had also never met! I was so eager to ask her a million questions, but knew we only had time for a handful. So thus begins the informal interview of Cat Hackman; interior ninja and mompreneur/owner extraordinaire of Room4refinement (the title I think she should have, not the one she gives herself, haha!)
Me: So Cat! When did you move to Canada?
Cat: I came to Canada from Finland in my early twenties. I landed in Toronto and lived there for seven years. During this time I worked for a company selling Finnish products to mostly architects, designers and design savvy home owners who then, in the late 80’ appreciated Scandinavian design such as Alvar Aalto, Marimekko and products from Arabia and Iittala, products that now, 30 years later are so popular in North America. I always loved decorating and have been dabbling in it as long as I can remember.
Me: What did you do before getting into Interior Decorating?
Cat: After moving to Calgary in 1991, I decided to go back to school, but Interior Design seemed to me to not be a career for someone who can’t draw free hand. Instead I chose Communications and Marketing, which in my current business of design, has helped me tremendously. I loved the world of marketing, but kept wondering what my true passion was. Eventually in 2005 I started to entertain the idea of switching careers. I took a course in New York that set the stage for starting my own business, Room4refinement.
Me: What kind of architecture or art do you enjoy using most in your design?
Cat: Naturally I am drawn to a Scandinavian esthetic of simple spaces with a lot of light and white. But what is also important to me is functionality and personality. A person’s treasured belongings need to shine, given the right place in the home, but not surrounded by meaningless clutter. I work with any style, but always sticking to basic design rules to help my clients achieve that “I love to come home” feeling. With all my clients that are refreshing a space I ask: is it functional for your lifestyle, do you need it and do you LOVE it.
Me: Do you have any tips for the aspiring decorator?
Cat: For any aspiring designer or decorator, I would say, always listen carefully to what the clients say, and think about how you can make their life better through good function and design.
Cat lives in Charleswood, Calgary with her husband Philippe, kids Emma, 22, Ben, 20 and poodle Gus 9. To see more of Cat, check our her website, and look for her on a design panel at the Calgary Home and Design Show, September 24 at noon.
She came in wearing an airy black blouse and oh-so-stylish patterned puffy shorts paired with light suede platform ankle boots. A black blazer, bold triangular necklace and piercing grey blue eyes. This girl was already interesting.
There's a reason why Lindsay Rempel is Calgary's next big personality! Her bubbly enthusiasm and energetic presentation only makes her work more desirable. We were already blown away by her beautiful paintings that she turns into various textile pieces, like tea towels, cushion covers, scarves, baby blankets, linens and more, but if you experience Lindsay first hand like we did, you'd fall in forever-love!
Her husband Jeff and two children live in Okotoks, AB. When I first met Jeff, he told me a story about Lindsay that took my respect for her to a WHOLE new level!
Back when Lindsay and Jeff had their second child, Jeff came home from work one day and found Lindsay bouncing their fussy baby boy in a baby carrier on one side, telling a story to her daughter on the other side, all whilst painting a canvas BEHIND her with her LEFT HAND! Lindsay is NOT left handed, haha! He said she had begun the most stunning landscape he had seen thus far in her painting career. This was when he knew she HAD to pursue her talent full time.
We are very honoured to feature some of Lindsay's pieces in the windows of our showroom, and even more excited to carry exclusive items JUST FOR US! To see her work, stop by our showroom, visit our e-store, or check out her website at www.lrempelart.com.