Archive for July, 2012

Mondays

Written by on 29th July 2012 in Blog POSTS with 5 Comments

Good Grief. I would give just about anything for any of my favourite shows to be on this summer (Jeff Lewis Where Are You??) …something…anything to distract me from the paint…hate…repeat cycle that has become my One Room Challenge (ORC).  I’m not sure what I’m going to do to that darn wall but this is how I spent my weekend….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I I should add that I haven’t really even started on the bling…you know the pretty non dusty dirty part of this adventure that I actually like (or at least I think I still do). Don’t get me wrong Ive got lots of stuff and lots of ideas…just running out of steam I guess.  Sigh… manual labor is exhausting and not nearly as rewarding as you might think.  I’m going to get a sign made to remind myself in case I get any bright ideas in the future! Something like this. I hope it doesn’t scare off potential clients :)

OK, so this is where I pull out all the stops, try my best..fire up the old camera, put all my website problems from last week behind me and get’er done.  I know my fellow ORC peeps are doing the same.. Can’t wait to see everybody’s rooms on Wednesday! I hope you’ll come back and check it out!

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Missoni Homewear

Written by on 26th July 2012 in Blog POSTS, Design & History with 2 Comments

This Miss – Oni Need One of these to be over the moon happy!! Check them out from Provide in Vancouver

 

 

Did you know that Missoni’s first fashion collection appeared in Milan in 1958?

 

In 1981 Missoni collaborated on their first textile and home collection which was the beginnings of the Missoni Homewear Collection.

Missoni is a family run company and while the products, colours and patterns have been celebrated the world over they have always considered it art.

A collection of glass wear (vases etc) was also developed in 2006.

I don’t know about you, but I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of Target in Victoria (Tillicum in 2013, Hillside in 2014) because they have a line of Missoni products that caused quite a shopping frenzy down south last season. Everybody loves a good old shopping throwdown at Target right?! :)

I really want to renovate my bathroom in white and use these Missoni Towels! Love!

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One Room Challenge – Week 5

Written by on 25th July 2012 in Blog POSTS with 11 Comments

This is the part where I get sad that it’s almost over… I love the One Room Challenge!  If you would like to see my progress click week 1, week 2, week 3 or week4

This week I finished a few projects and in this final week I am expecting to get the outstanding electrical work taken care of, get the walls closed up and paint.  Delays!!!!!

I am planning to tackle the drywall myself..good grief I’ve really gone nuts!!  But the fact is I’m outa time and outa funds for this project so I just have to get’ er done. Thank goodness for Youtube “how to” videos!

Take a look at the marble work top I finished this week…before / during / after

And the card catalogue drawers before and after…

 

Sad to say this is all I can report since my WordPress is refusing to upload any more images….I swear I can cut, nail, paint anything…I have the energy for it. But when it comes to the computer stuff I am at a total loss.  I’ve done all I can tonight, it’ll have to wait till tomorrow…HTTP Error you suck!

Be sure to come back next Wednesday for the FINAL REVEAL…I’m so excited to see it all together!

…until next week…now go and check out the other challengers and see the progress on their rooms!

Julia – Pawleys Island Posh – Office

Beth – Chinoiserie Chic – Kitchen

Lauren – The Cottage Mix – Husband’s Office

Sherry – Design Indulgence – Living Room

Lindsay – Everything LEB – Bedroom

Barbara – Hodge:Podge – Living Room

Kim – Kim Macumber Interiors – Keeping Room

Lisa – Lisa Mende Design – Family Room

Tiffany – Living Savvy – Boy’s Room

Bethany – Powell Brower Home – Bedroom

Jessie – Mix & Chic – Master Bedroom

Linda – My Crafty Home Life – Master Bedroom

Alison – My Little Happy Place – Office

Danylle – Nana Moon – Master Bathroom

Jennifer – The Pink Pagoda – Family Room

Lindsay – The Pursuit of Style – Stairway

Emily – Rue de Emily – Living Room

Lindsay – Sadie + Stella – Office

Lisa – Trapped in North Jersey – Living Room

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Weekend Warrior

Written by on 22nd July 2012 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

Wow, this weekend I pushed myself to get some work done because we have guests coming tonight for a few days. Here’s some highlights of what I accomplished…

Card Catalogue drawers -$8 at the Langfrod Swap Meet -  Before: Orange Stained Oak – After: Gray barn-board stain and new hardware from Lee Valley.

I also spent some quality time at Rona getting lumber and trim for my work station top. The marble tile is Venetino from Tenor Tile. Yikes Marble is expensive but I wanted it soooo much so I compromised to get the look for less.

I got this 3/4″ birch board for $2 because it was in the off cut (free pile) and they charged me to cut it to my size…sweet!.  I also got some small lumber to construct the cleats…

The cleats were installed into the studs and the board installed into the cleats…

It was all going well, My darling husband cut the marble for me, I dry fit the tiles before the mortar, and then presto bango it was all in…next the trim…

This is where I fell down a bit. I guess I was getting tired because I miscalculated the mitre cut and my corners didn’t meet up. booo. One more trip to the lumber store and this project will be done!

 

This One Room Challenge has been Challenging!! I hope it all comes together! What did you get up to this weekend?

 

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Best Laid Plans….

Written by on 21st July 2012 in Blog POSTS with 3 Comments

In life, and in design, we make plans and sometimes it all goes sideways.  This past week I had to give up plans of six small pot lights in my new office because the joists are so close together supporting the garage + car + 10 years of very important junk hovering just above my sweet little head. Sad :( . The cost of having an electrician install them and the cost of putting humpty dumpty back together again was gonna be more than 2K and I know that I better be selling ALLOT of custom pillows if that’s going to happen.  So the plan is done, scrapped, Finito. A new approach is required.

This is what I have to work with – Light Junction Box in the worst possible spot  for my furniture plan.

Or maybe I should switch the floor plan to this?

I do not want to keep a flush mount fixture there so I figure my options are a track / rail system or a discrete swag from the existing box so a pendant will illuminate my desk. Hmm.

The only up side to this conundrum is that I can shop a little…but the budget is tight peeps…And I will be in Vancouver next week for work so maybe one of these little fellas could work? Pics are the links as usual

CB2.

$79 and $99

 

…or Budget Friendly Rona or McLarens?

$39 and $79


 

Obviously I am drawn to a wide range of  fixtures…but there is nothing traditional about this space so don’t let the chandelier fool ya!  Any thoughts on what a cash strapped, outa time designer should do to make the new office fabulous? All suggestions welcome!! But hurry…I’m up against the One Room Challenge clock! tick tick tick. Can you hear it?

 

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To Paint or not to Paint – The Stairs

Written by on 19th July 2012 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

My lovely and talented friend Jenn is renovating her house in Whitehorse and has posted on her blog that she and the mister are in a dilemma.  They love bold bright designs but they are having trouble pulling the trigger and painting their wood stairs.  Below is the inspiration pic they both loved and their actual staircase (avec chien).

Jenn’s Inspiration The World of InteriorsJuly 2009 

Jenn’s Actual Stairs

There is a case to be made for the colourful stairway.  However, I think the verdict might be that it works better outside in the bright colour palettes shown here.

Nice open spaces and large scale walls help these steps take a cheerful tone rather than a jarring one.

So what to do? You want some colour, but maybe don’t want the forever commitment that comes with painting your stairs.  A couple of options include:

 

  1. Paint the Risers Only (Less commitment – still keeping some of the wood tones).
  2. Stain the wood, or bleach it so you still have the wood look but a totally different feel.
  3. Add carpet strips or runner to get pop of colour without painting.
  4. Paint or wallpaper the walls with light and bright colours and patterns and leave the steps wood.

Lets go through the options:

1. Paint Risers Only.  I like this idea. White is a classic choice. … (side note their home is influenced my mid century design and they love white)

Houzz

Although you could go with a colour, a combo of colours, or even an ombre graduation of colour as shown here. Tip: use a semi gloss or gloss paint. No eggshell for this treatment.

Pinterest

2. Stain Dark or Bleach for an all over non-colour change. Keep in mind that stain is not just light or dark brown anymore. There are some new gray stains that look very cool and create almost a barn board effect. (may look awesome on that beadboard I see at the landing.)

Both from Houzz

3. Carpet Strips or runner for hit of colour?

Pinterest

Tip: My dog is getting older and having trouble with our wood stairs so instead of a full runner, I bought three of the same rug from Winners and sliced them to the depth of each step. After cutting I zig zagged the edges with my sewing machine so they would not fray. Ikea has some great options that are inexpensive so you wont feel bad cutting them up..And the third one…well its just pretty and I like it, but I would not slice and dice it.

4. Paint or wall paper treatment on the wall without painting the stairs. How about these from Marimekko? Or any number of stripe or chevron patterns you can dream up with paint!

I also love this wall panel set by Keith Haring

So there are a few options to bring in some bright happy shapes and colours into your stairway.  If you were to ask me…my vote would be for white risers stained tops and a graphic wall treatment.

Hope this helps Jenn! I have to get to your house soon!! I already love it!

Anyone else have any thoughts on treatments for stairs?? What do you like best?

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One Room Challenge – Week 4

Written by on 18th July 2012 in Blog POSTS with 16 Comments

Wow the weeks of the One Room Challenge are flying by! 6 weeks, 20 bloggers, 20 rooms and lots of action!  If you would like to see my progress click week1, week2 or week3.

Reno Reality

This week has been busy with several little projects…some finished…some abandoned. Such is Life.  I had to scale back some of the lighting plans until a later date and waiting for the quotes that ultimately decided this for me has set me back a wee bit. No worries I’m a workhorse and I’ll get’ er done.

This week I sourced the marble for my worktop, painted my sewing table (in progress) and refinished some card catalog drawers I bought at the flea market. I still need to build the work surface and install it, finish painting the sewing table and buy some hardware at Lee Valley for the little drawer fronts a la the inspiration pic below… it will all get done eventually.

Venatino

Inspiration from The Painted Hive via Pinterest

 

So, what I DID get finished this week was a DIY mat and frame up of a vintage poster.  I got this poster from my husband who got it from a colleague who used to work at the Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump site in southern Alberta.  When he learned that I’m a historian and that I also love buffalo (just like him) he insisted that my husband give me this as  a gift.  The buffalo is my totem animal and symbolizes abundance in life.  As always my totem provides… this poster is SO me. It is slightly retro, bright and bold with references to historical and cultural practices of First Nations and it’s slightly damaged along one edge but still beautiful. I’m going to love staring at it.

Here it is – Vintage Charm

I measured and cut a window out of a large $9 mat board from Michaels and voila.  I also got the frame from Michaels and with coupons it was 75% off. Bam!

And here it is all framed

 

If you want to see it I found a 30 second visual of the jump.

…until next week…now go and check out the other challengers and see the progress on their rooms!

Julia – Pawleys Island Posh – Office

Beth – Chinoiserie Chic – Kitchen

Lauren – The Cottage Mix – Husband’s Office

Sherry – Design Indulgence – Living Room

Lindsay – Everything LEB – Bedroom

Barbara – Hodge:Podge – Living Room

Kim – Kim Macumber Interiors – Keeping Room

Lisa – Lisa Mende Design – Family Room

Tiffany – Living Savvy – Boy’s Room

Bethany – Powell Brower Home – Bedroom

Jessie – Mix & Chic – Master Bedroom

Linda – My Crafty Home Life – Master Bedroom

Alison – My Little Happy Place – Office

Danylle – Nana Moon – Master Bathroom

Jennifer – The Pink Pagoda – Family Room

Lindsay – The Pursuit of Style – Stairway

Emily – Rue de Emily – Living Room

Lindsay – Sadie + Stella – Office

Lisa – Trapped in North Jersey – Living Room

 

 

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Bad Dog – Good Market

Written by on 15th July 2012 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

Homsav

 

This weekend my husband and I took advantage of the lovely weather and sat outside on Saturday evening with the neighbors. Meanwhile the dog remained in the house having been walked, fed and watered.  We figured what could go wrong?…Apparently he thinks we have one of these (see hydrant) at the top of the stairs. grrrr not impressed.

On Sunday my luck turned when I hit the Island Mavins Vintage Market in Vic west. It was slightly misty outside but the show went on and I found a few new treasures and so did my friends! Super nice relaxing way to spend a Sunday morning. We even took time to have tea and scones and take a tour of the historic Point Ellice House on the property…how nice is that!

Hope your weekend was great! Lots of One Room Challenge work going on around here this week! I’ll report on Wednesday as usual. See you then!

Here are some pics of the market…

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Petit Seat – Miniature Designer Chairs

Written by on 13th July 2012 in Blog POSTS, Design & History with 0 Comments
Phot from OneFortyThree Blog

Micro chairs by OneFortyThree

 

 Petit Seat

I have recently become captivated by miniature designer chairs. They are so cute and cool that I can hardly imagine who wouldn’t want one! The popularity of miniature chairs among collectors has not gone unnoticed and in 1992 the Vitra Museum of Design in Germany started a collection of designer chairs covering a period from the mid 1800s to the present. To date, they have taken 80 significant designs (with license agreements) and scaled them down using all the same materials and methods to 1:6 the original size.

Not to be mistaken for dolls house furniture, which is often 1:12 or 1:24 of regular furniture, these miniature chairs offer a quality representation of iconic designer pieces that is anything but kid stuff.

The prices for these tiny thrones are out of reach for most chochky collectors (ranging $100 – $750)….but the buyers are out there.  I easily found Vitra miniatures for sale on eBay and at Gabriel Ross here in Victoria with no effort at all.

One of the main uses for these puny perches, apart from collecting dust on a select few bookshelves,  is as teaching aids or models for design schools and those studying furniture design.  Since Vitra has gone to great lengths to remain true to the historical construction, materials and colours of the miniatures they are indeed useful in this respect.

Check out the tiny museum exhibits at the Vitra Gallery:

But what of other miniature furniture? Of course there are more affordable options available to scratch the itch of wanting one (or ten).  Magic Pony in Toronto carries  some super cute 1:12 replicas for less than $20 each (below):

I also  found these little cuties by Bento Zakka for less than $10 each on Etsy.

So, what’s the verdict on the small seats?…They certainly make a great gift for anyone who is obsessed with design. But in my opinion I can honestly think of many many more worthwhile things to spend several hundred dollars on than a replica chair…no matter how cool.  If anything, I would probably try my hand at an eBay auction for one of the Vitra chairs on the premise that I would get a good deal and know that  it will appreciate.   But maybe I’m OK with just admiring pretty pictures of these mini marvels for the time being.

I reserve the right revisit my verdict and this post closer to the arrival of Santa Clause….if I’ve been good that is!

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Celeb Style – Joel McHale

Written by on 12th July 2012 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

 The Soup Style of Host Joel McHale

Joel McHale is the host of a weekly ripping of popular culture and television called “The Soup” and I don’t ever miss it! The base humour amuses me and I love it because it’s a guaranteed way to hear my husband laugh out loud:)

One thing I didn’t know about the irreverent host was that Joel and his wife and kids live in a tres chic LA home that I am certain you are going to love!

The house was decorated by Elizabeth Gordon, of Los Angeles.  It’s a little glam for my taste. but I do appreciate the eclectic touches that keep it from going over the top regency style.

Prepare to be surprised! (Photos from Houzz)

 

There are some bold decorating choices….but if you look closely you can see that she has used very classic design elements for the grounding features such as the built ins and the floors (wood and marble) so this house has so much versatility if they want to alter their style in the future. Well done. I was not expecting it.

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