ART LAB. in Kyoto

Cotoiro, one of the five lines under from ART LAB. which is a Japanese fragrance brand in Kyoto, and Cotoiro is particularly inspired from the four seasons in Kyoto, Japan.

They have a selection of incense, diffusers, oils, and holders to choose from.
If you are planning a trip for next year’s Olympics, this will be a wonderful stop.

Cotoiro with a picture taken in Kyoto, Japan.

One particular item that is lovely and compact for souvenir purposes is the seasonal incense. It has incense sticks and a beautiful glass bead that acts as the incense holder.

The collection has scents from Japanese flowers, such as cherry blossoms, camellia, and hydrangea; as well as inspired from nature like the moon and evening breeze. The glass bead can also be bought separately.

Glass Beads - TONBODAMA
Handmade glass beads can be used to hold incense sticks as well as to make phone straps, hair ornaments and a wide variety of other accessories.

If you are purchasing incense only, there are fruity scents such as yuzu and peach to choose from as well.

Seasonal Incense
Seasonal Incense is ¥1,200/ ~USD$11.00/ ~CAD$14.55 with glass bead,
and ¥500/ ~USD$4.60/ ~CAD$6.00 without glass bead.

The Bamboo Diffuser is inspired from the Japanese folding fan. Only the center part of bamboo is selected for the fan, since it is softer which makes absorption of the fragrance more efficiently and aromatically.

wanoka - Bamboo Diffuser
It comes in 4 floral scents is ¥1,500/ ~USD$13.80/ ~CAD$18.20.

Origami sachets inspired from the shape of kusudama which are Japanese decorative paper balls. Each sachet is crafted by hand and can be placed with hangers or to decorate the entrance to your home.

Origami Sachet - kusudama
Origami Sachet – kusudama is ¥600/ ~USD$5.50 / ~CAD$7.30.
Duration of the scent lasts approxately 3 to 4 weeks.

Their shop address is at 16-2 Shinomiya Taishogun-cho, Yamashina-ku, Kyoto, Japan, and it is closed on weekends and holidays. The wonderful thing is that it is a one stop shop to visit their 4 other lines in one visit.

There are many other flower diffusers to choose from :-

PORTE BONHEUR - Flower Diffuser
PORTE BONHEUR Flower Diffuser from their other line, ESSENCE & FLEUR
Porte Bonheur is a French word referring to a bringer of happiness and protection, and this collection was inspired by the naturally lush French countryside.
LES COULEURS - Flower Dif fuser
LES COULEURS Flower Diffuser
(duration of fragrance is about 2 to 2.5 months)

Their products can also be found online here.

(All photos from ART LAB. – no affiliations and not an ad.)

Lit inspired nail collection

The Taiwanese brand, et seq. Nail Polish, has a collection of literature inspired coloured nail polish.

Literature Collection:

Anna Karenina (NT$350/ USD$11.65/ CAD$15.30)
“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.”
Pride and Prejudice (NT$350/ USD$11.65)
“We are all fools in love.”

The Classic Collection:

The Wizard of Oz (NT$350/ USD$11.65)

They also have a UV & LED nail polish collection.

The Edgar Allan Poe Collection:

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe (NT$450/ USD$15/ CAD$19.70)

Are these in the colours that you have imagined? Please leave a comment!

All photos from et seq. No affiliations were made with them.

Go Cuckoo, Cuckoo Clocks

With the use of cellphones and other tech gadgets, cuckoo clocks may seem quite ancient in the modern home. However, minimalist cuckoo clocks are great additions to a room.

Muji – Cuckoo Clock :

Cuckoo Clock S White
Muji’s handcrafted cuckoo clocks are simple and modern.
Cuckoo Clock S White
The cuckoo calls every half an hour and the clock will play natural sounds for each hour.
Cuckoo Clock Brick L
The red roof looks like it could be Snoopy’s house.

This minimalist cuckoo clock from Nendo gives off a Muji vibe, but it can also be used as a book organizer or a decor piece.

Nendo – Cuckoo Collection :

Nendo designs collection of unconventional cuckoo clocks
Nendo’s cuckoo clocks comes in 3 different designs.
Nendo designs collection of unconventional cuckoo clocks
The bookshelf /bookend version.
Nendo designs collection of unconventional cuckoo clocks
A more traditional look with the cuckoo peeking out from the side.
Nendo designs collection of unconventional cuckoo clocks
This rotated cuckoo clock gives it an unconventional look.

Interior Picks: White Night Lights/ Lamps

Night Lights for the young at heart:-

Miffy First Light,  high quality design - soft silicone. Design lamp from Mr Maria. Front view
The Miffy First Light (30cm) from MR MARIA (€ 75.00) is made from soft silicone, and soft to the touch. It is 30cm tall.
Miffy XL Rabbit Lamp 80CM, turned on. Design from Mr Maria with stepless dimmable LED light - setting interior photo, little girl with red dress giving Miffy a kiss.
The Miffy XL Lamp by MR MARIA ( € 199.00) is made from polyethylene. It is 80cm tall.
Brown S Lamp a character by LINE, shaped into a fun dimmable LED design lamp by Mr Maria. Brown brings warm light - Side view
The Brown S Lamp by MR MARIA ( € 129.00) is made from polyethylene and 31cm tall.
Brown XL Lamp a character by LINE, shaped into a fun design lamp by Mr Maria. Brown brings warm light, full front view
The Brown XL Lamp by MR MARIA is part of their collaboration with LINE FRIENDS (€ 189.00). It uses dimmable LED lighting and is 52cm tall.
(Photo credit: MR MARIA)
Moomin Night Light - Anglo-Nordic - The Official Moomin Shop
Moomin Night Light – Anglo-Nordic by Moomin (€ 25.90) is 9cm tall.
It runs on for 15 minutes before turning off automatically.
The Hattifatteners lamp medium - The Official Moomin Shop
Hattifatteners lamp medium by Moomin (€ 299.00) is made from polyethylene, and 50cm tall. (Photo credit: Moomin)
Pineapple Lamp by Simons Maison (CAD$18.00) is made from porcelain and is 18.5cm tall and includes batteries.
(Photo credit: Simons)

Any that you like from our list?

What’s on our July playlist

for KING & COUNTRY – Burn the Ships :

The music, lyrics, scenery, and cinematography are simply beautiful.

Yoonmirae – No Gravity :

Solid song with good vibes and vocals.

Hillsong Young & Free – Every Little Thing :

A song to remind you that every little thing’s gonna be okay.

Chris Howland – I’ll Remember This (Ft. Matthew Parker) :

Sweet summer feels for replaying again and again!

Ava Max – So Am I (Ft. NCT 127) :

Catchy song which anyone can relate to.