Lately Ive been listening to music as I research my decorating projects and I realized that I am totally inspired by music, lyrics and even music videos. I figured I could illustrate this inspiration through my blog posts and we could both listen to some great tunes and review some of my decorating and design inspirations. (sorry if you’re at work peeps, plug in your headphones…it’s worth it!)
This Temper Trap Song and Video have the dubious distinction of being my first example.
The song makes me feel like summer and the video’s flourescent bulbs are a great use of light and movement. It is all about the lights! And many designers, including myself are obsessed with finding the right light and the right amount of lights in order to visually balance and soften a room. The vertical bulbs remind me a little of Johnathan Adler’s Meurice Light.
I can imagine these hipster dudes hanging out in a corner like this….
I forgot to update on my Half Marathon adventure in Ucluelet a week ago! It was really good, and while I didn’t win (ha ha that’s a good one!) I finished without injury and I had a great time! I took this photo with my iphone on the forested trail portion around the 16th Kilometre. It was truly beautiful.
We stayed at the Black Rock Resort and Spa which was also a beautiful destination…too bad we were just in and out for the race. We are heading back in October with friends to enjoy some storms and some wine…can’t wait.
I’ve had a challenging few weeks, but as always my decorating projects and design blogging is far far away from the madness. I’m happy here! Thought I would look at some beautiful blue today and listen to a little of the eternally cool Miles Davis.
Feast of Fields – a gourmet wandering harvest festival – is FarmFolkCityFolk’s annual fundraising event. With a wine glass and linen napkin in hand, you can taste the very best of BC from chefs, vintners, brewers, farmers, fishers, ranchers and food artisans from across the province – some think of it as a 35+ course meal paired with wine and beer! Feast of Fields highlights the connections between producer and chef, field and table, and farm folks and city folks. Feast of Fields is a gastronomic journey towards a sustainable, local food system.
I’m not super busy at the moment, so took the opportunity to take some photos of my Kitchen. The only remaining items to complete are the decorative side panels on the cabinetry and the toe kick. I’m sure you can see past the imperfections:)
In the event that you are not already aware that I am crazy…and that I have trouble saying no…. Let me inform you that these two character flaws do have consequences and have landed me in a half marathon this weekend in Tofino. I’ve been training…sorta…and I have a very generous running buddy who doesn’t mind that I’m slow. Wish me luck!! Good grief what have I gotten myself into?
OK, so my kitchen is a labour of love. I should be finished by the time company arrives in August. I did a final coat of paint and installed the hardware on the new glass doors this weekend and bum bum bada bum…I got a rug!!!!! The search for the right rug has been a long process and because I have been careful not to pay too much and have held out for a true antique it has been tough to find. Allow me to introduce my lovely Kashkay Rug from the southern region of Iran. It is approx 70-80 years old and look’in good!
The real story is that I fell in love with this rug in February when I was going hard looking for a rug to complete my kitchen. At that time the dealer told me it was around $2000 and so of course I went home empty handed. None of the other rugs really compared and it was a total fluke that on Saturday I walked by the same store with my husband, and it was still there. This time the store was closing out all the stock and after a little clever negotiating by my husband (a negotiator by profession) we walked outa there with THE ONE for a fraction of what he quoted me a few months ago. Don’t get me wrong, he wasn’t happy to let it go for so low, and he drove a hard bargain but eventually gave up the fight.
I guess the moral of the story is that patience pays off when looking at a big ticket item. Watch it for a bit and see what happens. And also, if you can bring along a negotiator, or “bad cop” when you go shopping, that doesn’t hurt either:)
Send me a private message and I can tell you the store and location in Victoria. There are some great deals to be had peeps!
So the Canadian premier of Million Dollar Decorators was on last night, did you catch it? It’s on the “W” channel. The premise is, of course, that they don’t work with a budget less than a cool million.
I’ve blogged before about my affinity for the designs of Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Kathryn Ireland and Nathan Turner but seeing them act like pumped up, botoxed elitist queens with weird accents and entirely too much time spent “hanging out”…. left me wanting more. I guess I had hoped it would be more of a show about the process, and I was not prepared for every character to be such a bitch. Here are a few of my favourite (or more accurately, shocking enough that I wrote them down) quotes from last nights episode to give you a sense of these diva’s.
Mary McDonald – On her client telling her she and her husband were getting divorced. “Oh god, I thought you were going to tell me something really bad, like you lost all your money or something.”
Martyn Lawrence Bullard – On getting angry “I don’t lose the plot, but when I lose the plot, which is rare, THEN I lose the plot!”
Kathryn Ireland – On her children at the BBQ “Now darling that’s $100 of tuna so don’t…[trails off]”
Nathan Turner - On his store “Can most people afford it? No. But they can come take a look”
Jeffrey Alan Marks – On work “Sometimes I think my job is more important than the president of the United States.”
Of course, with all that said, I’ll still watch it again next Sunday, and probably all season, but I’m sad because it could have been so much more. Doesn’t Bravo have enough shows like this already? It’s time for something new in Design TV. What did you think?