Snack Attack

Written by on 20th October 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

Crispy Curried Chickpeas
This yummy recipe is from Covet Garden, one of my FAVOURITE design magazines and blogs.  Make it this weekend! (Pic is the link as usual)

1 can (540 ml) chickpeas
2 cups sunflower oil for frying
3/4  tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp cumin (ground)
1/2 tsp coriander (ground)
1/8  tsp masala
1 1/4  tsp Cajun spice mix
1/2 tsp salt

Rinse and drain chickpeas then pat dry with paper towel.  In a medium sized sauce pan, heat oil on Med/High heat.
Fry Chick peas in three or four batches until golden brown and crispy (about 3 mins)
Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel.
Once each batch has been fried and blotted but are still warm, toss in a bowl with remaining ingredients.


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Free Tree

Written by on 19th October 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Friends of mine on the lower mainland were on a walk in the woods when they stumbled upon a large fallen tree that had been cut down and into several large stumps.  They rescued two of them and added them to their mid century minimalist apartment and the results were amazing.

As a table or as a perch for conversation these stumps are great accessories to their modern decor.  They placed them on hockey pucks to preserve their flooring and allow the wood to breathe/dry out.We’ve all seen stump and tree trunk reproductions that sell for hundreds of dollars like this bronze number from Chintz & Co

Or the smaller side table version, like this one from West Elm

There are lots of tutorials online on “how to” do it yourself and get a rock’in stump for your space. Check it out…but whatever you do, don’t cut down a tree.

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Watch for this…

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

Local Design Happenings! A new show.


Design District Trailer from Kevin Scromeda on Vimeo.

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Flea Market Finds

Written by on 13th October 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Example No. 2. Japanese Glass Float

I picked up this Japanese float at the Langford Flea Market on Goldstream and Veterans for $15. It is in perfect condition and has the original rope netting affixed to it. I knew these collectables were gaining popularity last winter when I saw them on Nate Berkus’ show used as accessories in a room…

I didnt know just how popular they had become until I started writing this post. I knew pottery barn sold them…starting at $52 cad for the small ones.

But on eBay it’s crazy. This one is exactly like mine and doesn’t have the netting and it is on auction for $125. US

I’d say I found a great deal on this one!

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Flea Market Finds

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

With Market season winding down I am reflecting on some of the items I picked up over the summer.  If you have a good eye you can really find some great stuff at a fraction of the price in popular decor stores. Some of my friends and family have also made some great buys with me this summer, so I thought I had enough examples of great bargains that I would do a series showing the deal and its expensive cousin.

Example No. 1. Cheese Dome

I bought this little dome for $2 at the Langford Swap n Shop

This Cheese Dome from Pottery Barn starts at $25-38.

Pair it with a wood cutting board and voila, your cheese never looked better.

Stay tuned for the next Flea Market Find……

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Mix Master

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

Designer Thom Filicia may be best known for his role in Queer Eye for the Straight Guy where he transformed the sad spaces of clueless dudes across America into swanky pads.  Thom’s been doing pretty well for himself since then, and I have become a huge fan of his cheerful & sophisticated approach to design.  His ability to mix styles and periods is really fantastic.

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First Furniture

Written by on 5th October 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Last weekend I commented that was disappointed that I didn’t see any First Nations exhibitors at the Interior Design Show.  I saw a display by Sabina Hill, a Vancouver based designer who is inspired by First Nation motifs…and I certainly noticed this stunning chair…

…but I didn’t write about it because I’d rather write about west coast Aboriginal artists.  Long story short, Sabina Hill collaborated to design some furniture pieces with amazing artist Andy Everson.  Sometimes there is more to the story than first meets the eye. I was too quick to judge.


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Written by on 26th September 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

It’s fall, and the not the fall I love where my hair stays straight and I walk around in the cool sunny weather wearing corduroy and sweaters. Noooo this is the pouring rain wet dog smell in the car, no chance of straight hair weather that most west coasters dread, but accept.

Acceptance….In the fall I usually make a wreath for the front door, it’s part decoration and part procrastination because I know there’s lots of other things I could be doing around the house to get ready for winter…but it can wait till next weekend.  I’m inspired by a few cute wreath ideas from DIY diva’s around the net.

like this one made from the pages of books, but could easily be made form wrapping paper, scrapbook paper etc.

And this one which looks like felt..pretty.

Of course I also have my old stand-by’s made of  natural elements, a bit chunky and earthy. That’s how I like’em.

This is the one I made the other day, I embraced the feather trend and incorporated a few. She is called Awreatha or Urethra depending on who you ask in the house:)

All the brown balls etc are two potpourri sets I bought at Superstore for $2 on clearance.  I placed each one and glued them onto a willow wreath…and bonus…it smells good when you walk in…that is until the wet dog smell hits you:)   Happy Fall Season!


Don’t forget to click flyerland  to get your michaels coupon. Don’t leave home without it.

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GIANT deal

Written by on 24th September 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I visited the new kitchen of friends in Victoria this week and had to tell you about the amazing deal they got on their cabinetry.  If you follow me, you know I recently updated part of my old kitchen using Ikea cabinets and let me tell you, I’m a bit jealous.  Not only were these cabinets they bought solid wood but they were delivered to Canada ON TIME.  Like Ikea, you assemble the boxes yourself, but that’s no big deal for decorating junkies like us right!  The only drawback that I can see is that the style selection favours traditional and country style doors…but let’s face it most kitchens are traditional.  Check it out and see for yourself…I’m actually thinking that these cabinets  might work great in a bathroom renovation I have on the radar.  Think outside the box…built in home office…entertainment centre…at these prices  you can afford it.

  • Bets prices I have seen for quality cabinetry
  • Fast Shipping to Canada
  • Excellent customer ratings (my friends are also raving about them)
  • Easy to Assemble
  • Look really great!


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Pic Chick

Written by on 22nd September 2011 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

Lately Ive been photographing jobs for my portfolio on the new website.  This is a recent bedroom look I did…a little boho /casual.  The website is coming along and I’m looking forward to launching it this fall!

Lamps random score!; Accessories: Winners; Pillow Fabric, Chintz & Co; Pillow made by moi.

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