Friday, February 26, 2010

Great house. Great read.

all images via Dwell

As I think I've confessed before, I spend more time looking at the pictures in design mags and on blogs than I do actually reading them. (I know. Shame, shame.) But I did actually read the entire article on this San Francisco home over at Dwell. And I am pleased to report that I enjoyed it as much as the excellent photos. It was written by Deborah Bishop, who lives here with her husband and two children. You can read it for yourself here.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Friday, February 19, 2010

It was all good.

Soooooo, last night was the Speed Design event. I would love to show you some swell photos from the evening, but as I've mentioned before I'm a crap photographer and I won't assault your eyes with my lame attempts. For the inaugural evening it all seemed to go pretty smoothly and the turnout was quite good. The general concensus from everyone I spoke to was that it's a brilliant idea, and both the designers and attendees were excited to be a part of it.

As I wandered around and maybe ever so slightly evesdropped on the occasional consultation, I could see the attendees were making the absolute most of their 45 minutes. (They each got three 15 minute consults). We're talking folders full of photos and drawings and swatches. These people weren't messing around. But it certainly looked like the designers were ready for them.

The BoConcept store looks great, too. Neutral furnishings punctuated by pops of vibrant color in the art and accessories. Lots of black stained wood, which is a refreshing alternative to all the espresso we've been seeing for so long, and some great walnut pieces too. I'm a total sucker for walnut.

If you didn't make it out last night but you're thinking "hey, I'm intrigued by this Speed Design thing. How can I learn more?" Then you may like to know that at next weekend's Home & Garden Show there will be a Speed Design feature on the HGTV main stage - Saturday at 4pm. You're welcome.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Lamp Love

Mitchell Gold + Bob William's Nola Lamp

I just saw this lamp in the March issue of Lucky. I love this lamp. Yes, yes, I do. Really a lot.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Be There

image via BoConcept

Have you been to the new BoConcept store in Calgary? I must admit I haven't had a chance yet - but that will change this Thursday. The store will be hosting Avenue Magazine's Speed Design event. (I wrote about it not too long ago, remember?) I'm gonna be there! I've been invited to scope it out and dish the details on this little 'ol blog of mine. So have you got your ticket? C'mon, we can all pull ourselves away from Olympic coverage for one night, can't we?

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

How have I not blogged about this show before?

Pure Design is a great show on HGTV that happens to be Canadian. Host Samantha Pynn is fantastic. I love everything she does. I also love that she focuses on green, sustainable design. Not that you would ever really know it by looking at her work - she manages to pull it off without ever sacrificing on style. It also makes me so happy to see how she reuses existing kitchen cabinets. Yes, even really bad cabinets circa 1980! Proof that you don't have to gut your entire kitchen and spend a fortune on new cabinetry to have a fresh new space. One example is Olivia & John's new kitchen (episode 8) above. She also used the existing cabs in Colleen's kitchen reno (episode 11). You can find more examples of Samantha's stellar work here.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


The Emptiness Left by a Denial of the Use for which it was Intended by Colin Blakely

Untitled (Let's Get Lost) by Shaun Sundholm

132 Birds Leaving AMNH (Response to Jason Polan) by Jane Mount

Untitled (Santa Barbara) (2008) by Liz Kuball

Photographer's Dilemma by Tatsuro Kiuchi

Kind Intruder by Michelle Arcila

(limited editions x low prices) + the internet = art for everyone

This is the formula Jen Beckman uses to make art accessible to the masses on her great site 20x200. Every week two new pieces of art are introduced in three sizes at three price points - the lowest price being $20! I love this idea so much. Above are a few of my faves.