Monday, May 7, 2012

You know I'm right.

When I first saw this cake tray in the newest issue of Rue, I thought it was a dining table. I mean c'mon, wouldn't that be a kick ass table? 

Monday, April 30, 2012

So my neighbours won't think I'm a shut-in.

A.  Pillow from Twisted Goods

B.  End Table from Superstore

C.  Umbra Loft Chair from Canadian Tire 

D.  Planters from Homesense

I never used my balcony last summer. Not once. I never got around to furnishing it. At all. I also have a habit of keeping my drapes closed. A lot. It's partially due to an irrational fear of being spied on by my neighbors. But it's also because looking at an empty balcony is depressing. So this year I plan to do something about it. See exhibit A thru D above - items I have recently purchased for said balcony. I'll post more photos when it's actually all on the balcony. When we have some consistently warm weather. Which will hopefully be soon. Hopefully. 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

New Showhome

A duplex project I completed last month - black & white scheme warmed up with walnut furniture, red accents and colorful art. Turned out okay, I think. But the pic of the master bedroom is driving me crazy. See the art leaning on the cabinet? A co-worker found these and thought I might like them. He left them there for me and I haven't had a chance to go back and hang them. So there they sit. Taunting me.

Oh, and I had more stuff on the kitchen desk than that - I don't know where it went...

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Uptown

Images by Judith Umbach via Calgary Public Library

The cover article from the latest issue of Swerve is one that really resonated with me. Written by Jeremy Klaszus, the article is about the hard times that have fallen on Calgary's first skyscraper, the Barron Building, and the Uptown Theatre. This great building and its equally great theatre are stuck in the middle of a messy court case. The Uptown has had to close its doors, and its future is uncertain. (You can find out more by reading the Swerve article for yourself right here.)

I loved the Uptown. It was my favorite movie theatre in the city. I loved the character and history of the place. Its grandeur may have been slightly faded, maybe a little rough around the edges, but that only added to its charm. I'd rather see a movie in that great old theatre than some shiny new megaplex any day. I have great memories of seeing great films with great friends in that theatre. I hope I will be able to again someday. A Facebook page, Save the Uptown, has been set up. If you feel like I do, maybe you should check it out.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Nurseries On the Brain

Babay's Room 2

No, no, no, I am NOT pregnant. But my little sister is!!! (Congrats Christie & Mark!) I am so excited. And of course Auntie Tara is itching to decorate "Wee Annett's" room. That may pose a bit of a challenge given that I'm in Alberta and my sister lives in Ontario. But we have our ways. What did we do before the Internet?

Mom & Dad to-be have decided to keep baby's gender a surprise, so we are going to have to keep it fairly neutral. (Although I personally find the whole pink is for girls and blue is for boys idea rather outdated. As a friend of mine once declared in defence of his new pink T shirt, "Kanye West wears pink". And I'm a girl who loves my blues. But just for the record, I would never in a million years name my daughter after said color. Just sayin'.)

My sister sent me a link to some crib bedding she really likes, so I went on Polyvore to see what I could put together with it. This is already Version 2. I'm sure there will only be about 50 more. Oh and Sister, if you are reading this, I paid absolutely no attention to how much any of this stuff costs. But Mark won't care, right?

Friday, January 6, 2012

I'm just not sure how I feel about this...

So you know those toilet paper roll covers that Cottonelle has been advertising? I have to say that I really thought this was a dumb idea and a lame marketing ploy - this whole "respect the role" thing. I honestly didn't think people were going to seriously buy these things. Then I'm watching TV yesterday, and there is a new Cottonelle commercial advertising these TP covers designed by... Jonathan Adler!? I. Just. I mean. What? I like Jonathan Adler. I think he is a talented designer - bright, cheery, and fun. But licensing his patterns for toilet paper covers? Really? Is J.A. just in it for the money or is he really a supporter of roll covering? Maybe this is just his sense of humor. Or maybe I just need a better one.

Saturday, November 12, 2011


I just realized it's been a while since I've posted any pics of my work. (Well, yes, it's been a while since I've posted anything at all, I know.) This is a duplex showhome I did earlier this year. It's kind of sparkly and glam - what with the sequined pillows, crystal light fixtures, zebra prints and what have you. Not necessarily my personal style, but it was fun. Decent photos too, right? Yeah, that's because I didn't take them. They are the professional photos that were shot for the company's website.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Oh Ikea, why do you torture me this way?

I need counter stools. And I want red ones. So when I stumbled upon these red Ikea stools while surfing the net I was so excited. They would be perfect. Except there's no sign of them on the Ikea website. I'm pretty sure they've stopped carrying them. I might cry.

Monday, August 15, 2011

There is progress!

Okay, so I finally have some pics to show of my place. (Sorry about the quality. Too much coffee = jittery hands = slightly blurry photos.) But look! Pretty decent, right? In case you've forgotten what it looked like before I bought it, here's a reminder:

So what have I done? Had the walls repainted, replaced the appliances, painted the cabinets and bought new cabinet hardware. Painted the countertops (with melamine paint that is holding up not too badly. This was really meant to be a temporary fix until I can afford new counters.) I covered the chipped white backsplash tiles with mosaic Smart Tiles. So easy - just cut, peel & stick! Other than the appliances, I didn't spend much money. Some paint, inexpensive cabinet hardware from Ikea, Smart Tiles from Home Depot, and a few inexpensive plates on the wall to add a bit of color. (Really inexpensive - the red & white one was $2 at Home Sense.) Has my fresh new kitchen inspired me to cook more? One step at a time people, one step at a time.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Of course I squeezed in some shopping!

There wasn't a lot of time to shop on the trip, but I did manage to pick up this amazing cushion cover in Budapest. There was this lovely little shop called Folkart Craftsman's House that sells original Hungarian handicraft products. This felt piece is embroidered with a traditional applique design. I'm rather in love with it.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Vacation Photos!!!

So I'm back from my trip to Hungary! I didn't mention before that I was going cuz it's probably not the best idea to advertise on the internet that your home's going to be empty for a while... It was a family vacation - my sister, brother-in-law and I took my Dad to see the country his family came from. It's been a lifelong dream of his to see where his parents grew up, and I'm so glad we were finally able to make it happen. This also happened to be my first trip to Europe! It kind of blew my mind a little ;) The pics above were all taken in Budapest. Such a beautiful city with so much history. I was taking pictures like a crazy person. Here are a few. I'm still trying to organize them so I'll share more later.

P.S. Jet lag sucks.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Mothers' Day

My Mom & Me - 1977

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. Work has been beyond busy and I just haven't had the time. With Mothers' Day coming up this Sunday, I did want to take a moment to pay tribute to my amazing mother I lost seven months ago. My wonderful sister beat me to it with a lovely tribute on her new blog. She expressed everything I wanted to say so beautifully that I decided to link to her post instead. If you are fortunate enough to have a great mom who is still with us this Mothers' Day, be thankful. And TELL her you're thankful! Go call your mom, peeps.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Tea Time

image via Anthropologie

I was checking out the Anthropologie website the other day and came across these Six Sister Spoons. This colorful set of six teaspoons are made from laser-cut acrylic. Aren't they just so pretty? I think they'd look really cute mounted in a shadow box-type frame -- wall art for the kitchen or dining room. Just a thought.

Monday, April 11, 2011


I saw these India Mahdavi stools in a Ralph Pucci add in Elle Decor. Aren't they just glorious? That's really about all I have to say.

Monday, April 4, 2011

My New "Dresser"

The doors before

I drilled holes in the middle and added cabinet knobs. Then I used contact cement to attach ceiling medallions and added a bead of caulking around the edges to fill in any gaps. (The knobs and ceiling medallions I got at Home Depot.)

The finished product

My bedroom isn't really what you would call spacious. I like to think of it as cozy. I needed a dresser, but placing one in front of my baseboard heaters would take up too much space. I found these wall cabinets at Ikea and mounted two of them above the baseboards. The doors needed a little something, so I added cabinet knobs and attached ceiling medallions to dress them up. Now I just need to tweak what's going on above the cabinets. I think I might repaint the mirror again. I just need to decide on a color...