Archive for October, 2010

My Top 5 Design Styles

Written by on 31st October 2010 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Here are my favourite design styles…  What are yours?

Old World

Modern Country

Hampton Chic


West Coast Modern


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Just Give’n'er

Written by on 30th October 2010 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I like to think of myself as generous and even charitable, but recently I found out about a man named Paul Latour who is a total inspiration!  He organizes extreme home-makeovers (among other things) for people in need and has a vision for cities everywhere to embrace the concept of community caring and responsibility.  I couldnt agree more!!  Like many business owners in Victoria, I have offered to do whatever I can in the next project and I am Really Really looking forward to the opportunity! Should be in early 2011.

Check him out!!


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Colour App for iPhone

Written by on 29th October 2010 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

 Here’s one for the techno designer in you!  The ben Colour Capture iPhone app lets  you capture any colour that catches your eye and instantly find its match from Benjamin Moore’s thousands of colour selections!

It’s easy. Just…

  • Snap a picture of your colour inspiration, tap on the image and instantly reveal the closest Benjamin Moore paint color.
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Dining Room Light

Written by on 27th October 2010 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Another -Look What I Did – Project 

Drum shade fixtures are modern and beautiful. I wanted one, but was not able to pay $400-600 dollars in a retail store. So, as usual I made one myself.  First I went to Winners and bought the biggest drum shade I could find in white. ($15)

 I measured the diameter and then went to Home Depot and bought this fixture ($99) called Erin easylite.  I had to take apart a few of the assembly pieces on the fixture to get down to the cord, then I simply fed the cord through the hole in the shade and replaced the pieces I had screwed off.  I installed the fixture as normal, and voila. A barrel shade light fixture for $120 bucks. [The people who bought our condo stipulated that the light fixture had to stay...Ill take it as a compliment:)]

Tip: Don’t forget to use frosted bulbs – its easier on the eyes, if you look up into the shade.

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Cone Head

Written by on 26th October 2010 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

I recently sifted through christmas magazine’s and photos and decided that I wanted to go a bit more rustic, a bit more back to nature with my holiday decorations this year..and yes a bit more ‘not from the store paying the big bucks’.  And so I know it’s early to think about Christmas and holiday decor, but now is the time to start collecting foliage and other tree droppings in the forest while it’s still sunny/dry and my dog is still willing to make frequent stops.

Yesterday was my first foray into the forest and I easily filled a plastic bag with pine cones, spiders and one giant beetle.  I plan to enlist the neighborhood children in collecting pine cones too in order to speed up the process.  I may make a wreath, or I may fill glass vessels with the pine cones and other natural items I scavenge from the hood.  I encourage you to take a walk, and keep your eyes on the ground for treasures, notice the different kinds of coniferous trees you have in your area and note the differences in their cones. (Tip. I brought a pair of tongs to do the picking)


Update:  See how nice they look!!  I’m heading back to the forest to get more! (Local Tip – Gorge area in Esquimalt has nice ones!! hubba hubba)

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It’s Scary

Written by on 26th October 2010 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

It’s a Pig, …..It’s a Dog,….Oh wait, It’s Nicole with too much time on her hands…Scary

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Sunday Dinner – Raclette

Written by on 23rd October 2010 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

Sunday Oct 17, 2010

FLASHBACK – The 1970′s raclette and fondue craze has hit my house with force this season. We had an awesome Raclette dinner on the weekend which is a healthy alternative to the hot oil fondue and which was a wonderful birthday gift from my freind Jeffie! Thanks Jeffie it was so fun!

The raclette is an electric table-top grill with small pans, known as coupelles. Generally the grill is surmounted by a hot plate or griddle. The cheese is sliced and accompanied by platters of boiled or steamed potatoes, other vegetables and assorted meats. These are then mixed with potatoes and topped with cheese in the small coupelles that are placed under the grill to melt and brown the cheese.  The meal obviously takes longer than a sit-down dinner because you cook your own stuff and it is in small portions - but it is social, nifty and fun. I am planning another one soon…I feel so european:)

Raclette Items at my table included : (Use what you have)

Boiled potatoes

sliced baguette

sliced chicken breast

sliced tenderloin

raw shrimp (no tails)

sliced mushrooms

sliced peppers

Sliced Zuchinni

Bean Sprouts

Cheeses: Gouda, Fruliano and Fontina

Sauces 3 kinds: Soy based, chipotle mayo, lemon taragon concotion

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She’s so Racy

Written by on 20th October 2010 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I’m sure you are dying to know how the run went, and I am happy to say VERY WELL INDEED.  Of course I came in 2054th place overall in my race – but that’s not too bad for a slightly overwight polish girl with a bumm foot and recovering from a cold.

As usual I had the AMAZING support of my running buddy Sandra who came in 2053rd, only because her last name comes before mine. :)   In all it took us 59 minutes and 40 seconds and the best part is that we didnt stop and walk this time. We are definately getting stronger and in the post race euphoria, I may have….just maybe… agreed to do it all again soon. What a crazy way to spend a Sunday morning:)

Great job all you runners out there, it’s not easy.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Written by on 9th October 2010 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving and I am lucky to have family coming to the island to visit. I cant think of anywhere else I would rather be than with my huz, my dog and our family for the holidays. It is an amazing time for us, a time in which I am truly thankful.  My best friend just had a beautiful baby girl and everyone is healthy and thankful, I am still working..and on a project that I LOVE and for this I am so thankful, I have new friends and old freinds who make me laugh and are so supportive and I am thankful they are in my life. I am also sooo happy to have finally kicked this cold/flu that has plagued me all week, and just in time for the Royal Victoria Marathon tomorrow so I can do my 8km race.

Wherever you are, and whoever you are with this long weekend, I hope you have a great one!

Oh and PS I am thankful you are reading my blog :)

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Fireplaces – Stone Finishes

Written by on 4th October 2010 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

Finishes:  Beyond the location and style of the fireplace the finish is also VERY important.  My home is located in an area with lots of exposed rock face and protected forests and similarly I am drawing my inspiration for the fireplace from my surroundings.  If you live in a city highrise perhaps a high gloss ceramic is more your speed, a river rock fireplace screams lakeside cottage and exposed or painted brick looks amazing in an urban loft! Always consider your setting and decor style when trying to make your fireplace look and feel like the best part of the space.

 Natural stone is almost always a good choice and the cost may surprise you!  The stacked slate (shown left) I am looking at is between $7-$9 per sq ft in retail stores (your designer may be able to do better for you).  The real costs come with installation which can be upwards of $60 per sq ft for professionals.  In case you were wondering the stone for your fireplace is sold with tile etc at flooring stores and locals may be interested to look at this product I found at Pamas slate & stone in Vancouver.

Another option is to look at any number of the faux stone  products on the market.  I found this one at which run around $11 per sq ft (US).  The great thing about the panels is that they are so versatile, can be used inside or out, they are light and can be delivered UPS all over the world… and best of all you can DO IT YOURSELF!  I have chosen a color combination (shown right) called “earth” and ordered a sample before I take the plunge.  If you have any questions or want some advice on your fireplace, feel free to contact me  I will keep you posted on my fireplace project with another “Look what I did” series.

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