Archive for May, 2011

Crossing the Line

Written by on 31st May 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I headed down to Seattle and the premium outlets in Tulalip last week for a little shopping. I didn’t intend this to be a design inspired trip…I was on a mission for clothes…but I did see some cool stuff in my travels…

At the premium outlets there is a restoration Hardware outlet that should be visited by anyone reading this blog or interested in design. They had some great items…like these Copenhagen chairs…

Next stop was Seattle where we stayed right downtown in the heart of the city. It was bright and clear and we toured the Pike Place market which was filled with touristy booths selling jewellery, art and gourmet fare.

I was totally blown away by the flowers though! They were outstanding and so inexpensive!! Lucky Seattle!

I visited some cool little shops like the Seattle Paper works which sells vintage advertising posters, magazine covers, maps, photos, post cards and other memorabilia. I stayed as long as my allergies would permit…it was cool.

I also satisfied my current obsession with Suzani’s and ethnic prints by visiting Hands of the World where they sell nik naks and ethnic textiles from around the world.

I managed to keep myself well caffeinated at the original Starbucks in the Pike Place Market where entertainers amuse you while you wait.

I managed to find some nice pieces to augment my wardrobe, but my favourite store hands down was Anthropologie. I could have stayed all day but I kept it to an hour and came away with some great new Ikat tea towels for my “almost done” kitchen.

Thanks Seattle, I’ll be back in the fall! And thanks to my travel buddies Sandy, Gerda and Christina, it was fun!

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Seattle Bound

Written by on 25th May 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I’ll be away this week.

Have a good one!

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Roll With It

Written by on 19th May 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

Recently Ive been looking for a bar for a client (and secretly for myself too). You know, a cool and preferably movable creature with a slight edge in terms of its design.  Enter the wheels, cranks and other odd industrial materials…these ones IMHO are worthy of a look. (Pictures are the links as usual)


Vintage Industrial



Get Back Inc

Get Back Inc.

Some other coolios on rollios:


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Bangle Wrangle

Written by on 18th May 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

If there was ever any doubt that fashion and interiors draw inspiration from one another….. Check out these lovelies from Cassis


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Moody Spanish

Written by on 17th May 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

This house has been on my radar for awhile. I love Spanish style architecture and the contemporary decorating achieves the right amount of tension to create an eclectic interior (which I love) in an overall look I would call moody Spanish. Enjoy. Home by Ownby Design

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Members Only

Written by on 12th May 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

You might have guessed that I poke around the Internet a fair bit checking out what’s new and what I can’t live without. Lately I’ve been coming across a lot more ‘Members Only’ websites that offer exclusive members only access and pricing on designer goods.

At first I was all insulted…thinking to myself that the Internet was the ultimate levelling force in the universe where we could all shop and talk together without artificial barriers…What’s next an online class system?? I’m not well connected in the web world…what will become of me?? I wont stand for it and I certainly will not join!

…..  cut to a few days later when I was confronted once again with a members only home decor site and comments from a favourite blogger of mine about how wonderful the world of online exclusivity can be. So, in the name of research I decided to sign up and go INSIDE………

First thing you will realize when you try to join is that many are not Canuck friendly :( so I was shut out of One Kings Lane, 2M Collective, Gilt Groupe and although you can join Joss & Main and Eziba they do not ship to Canada so what’s the point.

I was able to join :

The Foundary which offers members home products from established and emerging designers and brands at savings, up to 70% off retail….not bad.

And here’s a kicker. Achica is another similar flash sale site that is international but does not ship to the USA. That’s pretty funny.

The business model for these types of sites is based on steep discounts resulting from group buying and flash sales . It remains to be seen if I ever actually buy anything from these sites. There seems to be a general reliance on the fact that the “Members” are obsessed with designer labels (which I am not) and have significant name and brand recognition abilities in order to know what is being listed. Maybe I’m a little thick, but for many of these things, if there’s no picture honey, I don’t know what the heck they’re selling.

Now that I’m signed up for a couple I’ll keep you posted on my opinion as to whether these sites are worth the effort.  They begged for my email contact list and friends from facebook too…ughh …trying to bribe me with currency credits for each sacrificial lamb.  Don’t worry peeps I didn’t sell you out, ….not yet anyway.  Another unpleasant side effect of the whole thing is the artificial hubbub they are trying to generate with their Armageddon countdown clocks and urgent email alerts. Yawn…I may just start a slow design movement…after my nap of course.

Have a Great Weekend!

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My Cool – Six Pack

Written by on 11th May 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I often get asked what I like and although it changes I assembled six things or ideas here that I am really drawn to….or saving up for…at the moment.

To me, these items or themes are current and cool but also represent good value as investments and timeless style that can be re-used in other areas of the house forever. Great style is versatile!

1. Distressed Danish Modern Chair – By Design Modern Is it wrong to love a chair this much??

2. Thomas O’Brien Hicks Pendant – Chintz & Co.  Looks awesome in my dining room!!

3. Kilim Rugs – eBay. I am drawn to the reds and the bargains online.

4. Hammered metal – Accents DeVille I’m into metallics period. Period metallics even better!

5. Simple Wood Console – Monarch …timeless

6. Books and more Books. I love rooms with Books.

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Play Room Perfection

Written by on 9th May 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

This fabulous playroom was deigned by Jeff Andrews and featured in the premiere issue of Trad Home in April. I immediately sent it to my clients and friends with kids and have done a mood board and shoplist for anyone who would like to re-create a room using it as inspiration.  Of course you can always contact me for help too!

The paint colour really makes this room special I think it resembles Benjamin Moore 2035-40 Stokes Forest Green.

Accent Pillow – Relish

Green Links Fabric - Robert Allen

Cartwheel Saffron Farbric – House Fabric

Rocking Horse – Design within reach

Wooden Toy – Lavish and Lime

Stuffed Monkey – Amazon

Shag Carpet and Storage Box – Ikea

Sectional & Ottoman - LoveSac Modular Sectionals

Pendant – Design within reach

Mohair Blanket – Irish Gifts

Fun Fact – The canvas is covered with the lyrics to Madonna’s Little Star – Can You Say DIY??

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Design District Event

Written by on 6th May 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I’m headed to this one next weekend. Are you going to go? (Image is the link as usual)

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Kitchen – My Take

Written by on 4th May 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Here is another room in my series showing you how to achieve my eclectic style using resources on Vancouver Island.  Some of you may recall that I’ve been re-decorating my kitchen over the past couple months and was inspired by a Los Angeles kitchen featured in my March Crib Crush.  I wanted a slightly retro vibe, but more than anything I wanted to add some character to what I considered to be a badly laid out and predictable light maple cabinet kitchen.

See my painting cabinets post to see how I painted the cabinets.  Here was my design inspiration mood board for the kitchen project.

Rug – eBay (it is so hard to choose!)

Cabinet Paint Colour – Niveous – Benjamin Moore

Light – Home Depot (in store only)

Hardware – Richelieu – Rona

Tiles – White Subway Style – Tile Town (Grout colour Dove Gray)

Faucet – Price Pfister – Rona

Counter – Diresco Quartz (Beach Black) – FloForm Countertops

Breville – Mine was a Xmas gift 6 years ago – great investment!! Check Home Outfitters, Sears London Drugs & Costco.

LeCruset Pot – Costco

Wooden Salad Bowl – Metchosen Cafe Gift Shop.

Portuguese Rooster – Havent found one yet

Basil Plant – Haven’t killed it yet!

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