Thursday, July 30, 2009

I couldn't help myself.

It's getting kinda late and I didn't know what to post, so I thought I'd share this pic of my best friend's boys on their summer vacation. How can you not smile at that? I'm such a sucker for these two little monkeys.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Going Trad

image via Otis & Frank

image via Living Etc

image via Flickr

I found out at work today that the showhome I'm about to start working on has to be "traditional". If I were to describe my personal style preferences, traditional is not a word I would use. So I looked through some of my bookmarked pics tonight for a little inspiration. Now for my new mantra: I can do trad, I can do trad...

Monday, July 27, 2009

A little gin with that tonic would be good, too.

All images via Tonic Living

Tonic Living is a Canadian company with a website full of fun and colorful fabrics. They also have great pillows and futon covers. I am not the biggest fan of futons, but if you've got to have one these will certainly help you make it more stylish. Their prices seem pretty reasonable, too.

Friday, July 24, 2009

And in the "Why didn't I think of that?" category...

Check out this nifty little cell phone holder. It comes in a whack of fun colors and it's only $5.75. A small price to pay for something so damn useful. Learn more about it here.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

I may never get over it...

Pic is from here.

I used to work for a great furniture store here in Calgary called Ellipses Design. It is the only store in town that carries the Beijing Cabinet. It is beautiful. This pic doesn't really do it justice. The design and proportions are taken directly from a traditional Chinese cabinet and recreated in polished stainless steel. I used to drool over it daily. I will likely never be able to afford it in this lifetime. Maybe I should stop by the store to visit it. Did I mention it's so big I could even store my vacuum cleaner and ironing board in it?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Blogging Martha

images via Martha Stewart

Suzanna Bierwirth's Lincoln Park row house is featured on the Martha Stewart site, but I think it originally ran in Blueprint. (All the good design mags biting the dust... sigh.) Her place is just so lovely. Great use of color, don't you think?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Hall storage for the spacious and not so much.

This is the Aaron Storage Table from Wintercheck Factory. As it suggests on their website, you can combine multiple tables to make a bench. Great storage idea if you have an entryway large enough for a bench. (Perfect for stashing shoes and stuff.) I like the that they're individual boxes so you can separate or reconfigure them. So simple, so clever.

If your hall is too narrow for a bench, the Arthur Coat Rack is another option. I like that you can store coat, bag, shoes, and keys all together. You'll be in and out in no time.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Amy Butler is all over the place.

images via Bed, Bath & Beyond

I discovered on Decor8 the other day that Amy Butler has a new line of bedding at Bed, Bath & Beyond. This is exciting news because I am a big fan of Amy Butler AND we are getting a Bed, Bath & Beyond here next month! A full set might be a little too girly even for me, but I think it could be fun mixed and unmatched with other bedding. Then, I see on Arren Williams Design Lab that Amy Butler is coming out with a line of wallpaper for Graham & Brown! Nice.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

And Then I Would SLEEP on My Porch.

image via Apartment Therapy

... after some rousing games of Connect Four, I could settle in for a good snooze! Yes, I think my house should have a screened-in porch. Via Apartment Therapy.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Lazy Day Time-Wasting Activity

Pier 1 Import's outdoor four in a row game

Did you play Connect Four when you were a kid? Pier 1 has an outdoor version. It makes me want to hang out on the front porch with a glass of lemonade and play a few rounds of this good old classic. I guess that would require a porch... which would require a house...

Monday, July 13, 2009

Tea Set

I love this tea set. You pull this out and you are really having tea. None of this old-freebie-mug-with-a-string-hanging-over-the-side business. You can find it here at Green With Glamour.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Oh My Malm.

Like seemingly 99.9% of the population, I have the Malm Bed from Ikea. (Mine's white.) I've always liked it for its clean lines and low profile. The only thing I neglected to consider about this low profile is how impossible it makes it to store my crap under it. (A fact I was reminded of today while trying to clean out my closet and find a place to stash my winter clothes.) I looked everywhere for storage containers flat enough to fit. The only thing I found that worked was to get some of these jobbies and not fill them too full to squish under the bed frame. A little tip: attach a piece of foamcore to the bottom of the bag so it will slide easier - especially on carpet.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Hedgehog Toasting Marshmallows

Bunny with a Boombox

Birds on a Road Trip

Looking for some art for a kid's room? How freaking cute are these? Find them at Barking Bird Art's Etsy shop. Be warned - you'll have a hard time picking a favorite... or two.. or three.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Could I go there, please?

This old fishing shack in Portugal has been turned into a charming vacation home. I love that the decor feels like it has naturally evolved. I think I could handle spending a little time there. But why take a lovely holiday to Portugal when you could stay home and work for the rest of the summer? Good times.

Friday, July 3, 2009

So maybe cowboys can be cool.

If you are at all familiar with Calgary, you probably know about the Calgary Stampede. The 10 day event kicks off today. I've got to be honest - as a native Calgarian, for me the Stampede lost it's lustre many years ago. I can't stand country music, I'm not a fan of rodeo, and midway rides give me motion sickness. One of the few bright spots in Calgary's cowboy culture is the work of local artist Drew Sage Hunter. (He also happens to be a friend.) Drew's Cowboy Series turns typical western art on its ear. His work is bold, with a great use of color and pattern that is totally modern. And fun - with titles like "The Good, The Plaid, and The Ugly" and "Dead Men Don't Wear Floral." Designer Sarah Richardson has one of his paintings in her dining room, which has been featured in Canadian House & Home and on MTV Canada's "Cribs". You can see more of Drew's work on his website. Now, If I could just find a way to get me a bag of mini donuts without actually attending the Stampede...

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A Little Canadiana

In honor of Canada Day, I thought I'd pay tribute to one of the most iconic Canadian symbols and a design classic - The Hudson's Bay Blanket. As it says on The Bay's website, "the Hudson’s Bay Traditional Point Blanket has been around since 1779 when the first 500 sample blankets were created. It is known the world around for outstanding craftsmanship, luxurious texture, superior warmth and long lasting beauty." You really can't go wrong with the traditional point blanket - it's a classic for a reason - but the new color options are quite nice as well. Check them out here.

Happy Canada Day!

Hey hey my fellow countrymen! Happy Canada Day! And if you're not a citizen of the bestest country on the planet, celebrate with the Canadian in your life. (Chances are you probably know at least one, right?)