My weekend + a Giveaway !

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You know when you are coming up to a weekend and you don’t think it’s going to be busy but then it is? I had one of those weekends.  As some of you math-y types like myself may know, Friday March 14th was Pi Day (3.14….get it?). My friend hosted a little impromptu dinner party for Pi Day where we ate all things Pi (or pie).  There was Sheppard’s pie, tortiere and pizza pie (complete with the Pi Symbol made of pepperoni).  We nerds really know how to let loose…..

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On Sunday I went to a fashion lecture by Danielle Meder at the Drake Hotel called “Silhouettes and Signals”. Danielle Meder is a fashion illustrator specializing in live runway sketching. The lecture was about how various things such as politics, economics, and sex has shaped the fashion silhouette over the years. The cool part was that while she presented she live-sketching on her iPad which was projected on the screen. It was really engaging format and the topic was really interesting.  Not to mentions her sketches are absolutes gorgeous.  You can check out her work on display in the lobby of Drake right now.  Her are some shots I took at the lecture:

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And I also attended the National Home Show and Canada Blooms at the Direct Energy Centre on Saturday.  It was really busy and I didn’t have a lot of time so my focus was on the Canada Blooms side since I am so excited to start my garden this year. I’ve already started some of my seeds.  Canada Blooms is the perfect spot to find inspiration for your garden.  They also have tons of experts presenting throughout the week on the main stage  providing great gardening advice.

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There were lovely walking gardens and a series of runway fashions made from flowers. And I bought some new seeds to try out this year.

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On top of it the National Home Show portion has hundreds of exhibitors as well as a ton of design, DIY and renovation experts presenting on the main stage this week/weekend including, Brian Baumler, Glen and Jamie Peloso, Jane Lockhart, Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault and more.   You can see the whole schedule here. The show is happening all week until March 23rd.

And the good news if you were hoping to go this weekend I have 3 pairs of tickets to giveaway! All you have to do is submit a comment below to enter!  Contest closes Wednesday, March 19th at 5 pm EST. Winners will be selected at random using Random.org.  Good Luck!

XO,

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St. Paddy’s Day Inspired Living Room

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With St. Paddy’s Day coming up on Monday, this morning I thought I would put together a living room design idea inspired by the holiday.  So I headed over to my Polyvore page and created this…

I used the IKEA stockholm sofa in a gorgeous kelly green as the base. Then I added those gorgeous round-back armchairs and layered it wooden and marble accents pieces. To add a pop of colour I used a dark cranberry morrocan style rug and some throw pillows. I have to say, I’m really liking the green and cranberry colour combo. What do you think?

Have a great day!

XO,

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Etsy Finds: Dreaming of Spring Colour in the Kitchen

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In the aftermath of yesterday’s new dump of snow and today’s temperatures predicted to be in the “holy crap my skin is burning” windchill range in Toronto, I’m done with winter. And I normally LIKE winter, I really do. But it’s time for it to start to show some signs of spring. I want flowers to poke up in the dirt, to smell that fresh muddy air from the melting snow and thawing ground, and to see some buds growing on the trees.  Sigh.  The good news?  I’m taking a little trip to warmer climates in exactly two weeks!  My friend is attending a conference in Phoenix, AZ and I’m going to meet her there after it’s over and we are heading to Scottsdale for 3 days of hanging out by the pool, hiking in the desert and spa time.  Ahhhh.

However, until then spring is on my mind.  And when I think of spring I think of colour. Light and bright colour to be exact. And today I’ve got a colourful, happy, spring-y round-up of kitchen and dining tools from Etsy.

Spring Kitchen copy Pink Hand Painted Kitchen Wooden Tools from Kill an Hour, Vintage Wood Bowl on a Pedestal from Oh Yeah Vintage, Large Mint Green Ladle from Shop Rethink, Vitreous Wares Bright Blue Stoneware Ceramic Shallow Bowls, Handmade Palawan Beach Sentosa Bright Yellow Berry Bowl/Pasta Colander from Extruder Girl, Neon Chartreuse and Satin White Ceramic Pottery Bowl from Vitreous Wares , Confetti Table Runner from Avril Loreti Modern Home (Canadian!)

I love the mint green ladle and the super fun table runner, but all of these pieces remind me of the colours that I hope to see very, very soon in my backyard! You can shop all of my Etsy home faves by clicking on the Etsy “Handmade & Vintage Items to Come Home To” button on my sidebar.

Have a great day!

XO,

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Last Week’s Loves – March 3rd to 10th, 2014

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It’s Monday and I haven’t posted my Loves in a few weeks, so I have a few loves to share with you today! Hopefully you will get a chance to check out some of these gems…

This recipe for a healthy snack idea shared by Danica at Country Chic Renovator looks delicious.  I’ve never tried whipping coconut milk before but I bet it would be delicious.  You can find this recipe here.

Photo by Danica@ Country Chic Renovator

How cool is this wallpaper by Sarah Ellsion that was shared over at Design Sponge?  See more of her great designs in their post here.

photo via Design Sponge

Considering I’ve been shopping for a vintage rug for….well, what feels like forever, I was delighted to read this very informative post over at Dans le Townhouse called Vintage Rugs 101 featuring the owners of the vintage shop Old New House.  If you have an interest in vintage or are shopping for vintage rug, you should check it out!

photos via Dans Le Townhouse

Loved Savvy Home’s Shop the Look post this week featuring Indre Rockefeller’s fun home.

And lastly, to add some humour to your Monday, go check out the Oscar Recap from Jenny over at My Favorite and My Best.  As usual, it made me laugh out loud.

Have a great Monday!

XO,

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I see a banquette in my future…

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I am slowly working on getting my dining area in my kitchen complete.  Round gate-leg table stripped and painted….check.  Two new dining chairs…..check. But the next step is what to put along the wall of the dining area. You see I would like to be able to put the table leaf down along the wall most of the time, which doesn’t really allow for 2 additional chairs on the inside…..but what just might work is a banquette. Plus, with a banquette I might be able to get some additional storage, which I’m always up for.  I’m thinking something like this IKEA hack using Expedit shelving.

via IkeaHackers.com

I would choose another fabric, but I would like something like it with a cushion seat and padded seat back. I also heard that Expedit is being discontinued, so I’m wondering if could the materials for cheaper? Hmmm. Otherwise I would build it from scratch, but that would be a bit more time-consuming. What do you think about banquettes? Yah or Nay?

Have a great Friday!

XO,

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Convert it: Fireclay Tile

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Every once in a while I come across something which allows the science-y part of my brain to collide with the design part of my brain.  I love it when that happens. Today’s “Convert It” post is one of those moments. Let’s start by admiring these beautiful soft grey tiles by Fireclay Tile, shall we?

Lovely right? Well my friends, you are about to love them even more. These gorgeous tiles are made from recycled CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) glass. CRT glass which was originally developed to create a way for projecting images onto a screen and up until not too long ago most TV and computer screens were made with this technology. CRT glass is exceptionally thick and shatter resistant which also makes is very difficult to recycle.  Fireside Clay decided there had to be a way to deal with this waste.  So they created “Phosphor” tile made from the CRT glass.

They work with a e-waste company who provides them with the CRT glass.  They then heat it up and crush it into a soft powder so it can be melted into these awesome tiles.

They started a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to buy the new molds required to make these tiles and met their goal in December.  And these recycled CRT tiles will be available for sale in Spring of 2014.

All images via Inhabitat

You can read more about this on Inhabitat, where you will find a great infographic showing company’s purpose and process for these CRT tiles.  Don’t you just love a product created with a boatload of ingenuity?

Have a great day!

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Another Milestone: Where does the time go?

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Yes, today is my birthday.  I’m 35.  I haven’t decided how I feel about 35 yet.  I mean, I’m not concerned with “aging”, per se.  I don’t feel old, nor do I look particularly old.  But I am acutely aware of time passing, and of how insanely fast the last 3 or 4 years in particular have slipped by.  However, dwelling on it won’t change it so I’m going to focus on some highlights from my last year.

Year 34 was a relatively uneventful year, no overseas trips, no big life events. However it started with a bang with a masquerade themed co-birthday party with my friend Tory which was very fun.

I went to Vegas for the first time which was a very, very fun, albeit overwhelming experience. What I wouldn’t give for some of that sunshine right now. (see posts here and here)

2. Summer vacation.  My niece Katrina came to visit me in Toronto for the first time with my mom which was great.  And then I headed back with them to spend some quality time at my cottage in NB.

In the fall, I went to Blogpodium, which was awesome.  I got to see so many of my favourite people and learned a a lot.

And that is a re-cap of year 34 according to my blog.  It was a good one, but I think 35 is going to be even better.

Have a great day!

XO,

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A Cozy Brooklyn Brownstone

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Sometimes you come across a space that is just simple and comforting. One of these spaces is the apartment of Kerri Russell.  Aside from being an actress (ahem, namely the star of one of my favorite shows ever, Felicity) she obviously also has a keen eye for design. Lots of natural materials and neutral colours make her Brooklyn apartment very cozy, but its the interesting design features like the fixtures, lighting and art that give this space high style.

All photos via Elle Decor.  Photographed by William Waldron

I really, really want to have a soak in her tub….which says a lot since I don’t even like baths!  Also, all the natural light in this space is phenomenal.  Lovely indeed.

XO,

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Etsy Finds: Napkin Rings

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Now that my table is finished, I’ve started to work on the tablescape.  (I have to make the table look pretty BEFORE I photograph and share it with you, obviously….).  I’ve been looking at table runners, chargers, plates, napkins, aaaand the topic of today’s post, napkin rings. As usual, Etsy comes through as an amazing source for vintage and handmade tableware.  So, I rounded up a few super fun napkin rings that just might make it onto my new kitchen table soon.

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 Vintage Fenton Hobnail Milk Glass Napkin Rings from 2numerousSolid Brass Napkin Ring Holders Aula Pinnior, Vintage RHINESTONE Gold Napkin RingsPairpoint figural Asian Fan Silver Plated Napkin Ring Signed from Just Sparkles Beucler Napkin Rings from Dress my RoomPorcelain Swan Napkin Rings from Red Ted Road,  Oco geodes on Lucite acrylic napkin rings from Mapleton Drive Vintage Expanding Napkin Ring in Copper with Faux Pearls from All Things Brandy

I am kinda sorta in love with the porcelain swans. Swoon.  You can shop more of my Esty Home favourites by clicking the Etsy “Items to Come Home To” button on the sidebar.

XO,

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Masters of Furniture: Charles and Ray Eames

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Since was talking about the Eames molded plastic chair in my last post, I thought it seemed appropriate to have Charles and Ray Eames as the subject of today’s Masters of Furniture post.

So I’m a little embarrassed. Although I know their designs very well it was only this week that I discovered that Charles and Ray Eames are in fact a husband and WIFE team, not two brothers. Ray is woman. Perhaps everyone else knew that already, but I had no clue.  But I suppose this is why I’ve been posting this series, to learn more about these designers.

photo by Christian Newton via Flickr CC

Charles Eames, Jr was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Charles studied architecture for two years at Washington University in St. Louis on an architecture scholarship. and then left the university. Many sources claim that he was dismissed for his advocacy of Frank Lloyd Wright and his interest in modern architects. However, less publicized sources indicate he left because couldn’t balance his studies with his part-time work at a local architecture firm.While at Washington University, he met his first wife, Catherine Woermann, whom he married in 1929. They divorced in 1941.  They had one daughter.  Charles worked in his own architecture firm in St. Louis until Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen (one of his great idols) invited to further study architecture at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.  He became a teacher there and later the head of the industrial design department.

Ray Kaiser, born in California, graduated from Bennett Women’s College in Millbrook, New York, and then moved to New York City, where she studied abstract expressionist painting with Hans Hofmann.  In 1940, she began studies at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.  That is where magic began!

Charles had became close friends with Eliel’s son Eero Saarinen and together they designed prize-winning furniture for New York’s Museum of Modern Art “Organic Design in Home Furnishings” competition. Their work displayed the new technique of wood moulding.  Ray was working on design drawings for the competition.  Charles and Ray married a year later to Los Angeles where they would continue designing furniture.

I’ve highlighted some of their most famous and influential designs below which are still in production to this day by Herman Miller.  You will recognize most of these pieces, in particular the iconic Eames lounge chair and ottoman.

670 Lounge Chair, 1958

Aluminum Group Tilt Swivel, 1958

 

Dining Sideshell Wire Wood base  or DSW, 1954

Dining Chair Wood or DCW, 1948

Dining Armchair Wood or the DAW, AKA the shell chair, 1954

All product photo above from Herman Miller

They also designed some toys using molded wood, like the Eames Elephant!

Photo Source Design Within Reach

Outside of furniture design they were still involved in architecture projects. Most notably, Charles and Ray designed and built the Eames House, as part of Arts & Architecture magazine’s “Case Study” program.  Case Study House #8 was hand-constructed in a matter of days out of entirely prefabricated steel parts and it is considered to be a milestone of modern architecture to this day.

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The couple also were involved in other creative ventures over the years such as films and textile design. Charles Eames died in 1978 and Ray died 10 years later. You can read much more on the Eames and their designs here.

Even if modern mid-century style pieces aren’t your go-to design style, I think most people can certainly appreciate how much the Eames designs have influenced today’s modern furniture design.  You can see my two previous Masters of Furniture Posts, here and here.

Have a great weekend!

xo,

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