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Building Block

Stack ’em to create centrepieces and bookends or display them on a bookshelf. Whatever you choose, Sancal’s solid-wood Icon blocks (from $85 each) will take you back to playtime in the sandbox. pompandcircumstance.ca

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Queen's Guard

Board-game night goes high design with West Elm’s acrylic chess set ($209). It’s an object that will challenge your mind as much as it will jazz up your coffee table. westelm.ca

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Day by Day

Stay on track with the mountain cabin desk calendar ($28) from Vancouver’s Cabin
and Cub. The handmade birch-wood base comes with 12 calendar months and is laser-cut with outlines of evergreens for a hit of West Coast cool. 
etsy.ca

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Dine In

Take the KISS principle—that’s keep it simple, silly—to the kitchen with Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over ($34) by New York Times food columnist Alison Roman. Filled with easy-to-pull-off recipes and bright, beautiful imagery, it’ll be your new secret weapon for dinner parties both big and intimate. indigo.ca

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Tea Party

Scandi simplicity meets Japanese sensibility in Stelton’s Theo line (from $41 for mug with coaster to $130 for coffee maker), now available in a soothing sand hue. The matte finish and natural bamboo accents make the stoneware pieces apropos for afternoon cuppas and grand tea ceremonies alike. providehome.com

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Breaking Dishes

Vancouver-based Fable makes modern, high-quality dinnerware, including the Aesop dinner plate ($60 for set of four in speckled white or noir), at an accessible price point. Plus, a portion of each sale goes toward helping end youth hunger. fablehome.co

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Beam Me Up

A light beam reimagined for the tabletop, the Beam lamp ($349)—designed by Vancouver-born Tom Chung for Muuto— emits adjustable levels of brightness from both ends of its cylindrical body. shop.vanspecial.com