Monday, January 25, 2010

Little Gem




I'm going to be moving later this year, so I've become rather obsessed with MLS. This place really caught my eye. How cute is this? So refreshing to see someone put so much care into making a very basic apartment into a lovely little home. I especially like the front hall - what a great color on the front door! Nice work MLS #C3407461... whoever you are...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Built for Speed


Do you live in Calgary? Could you really use some help from one of the city's top designers? Are you a little short on cash to hire one of them? What if I told you that for a mere 89 bucks you could have one evening to pick the brain of a number of hot shot designers? No, no, my dear readers, this is no fantasy. This is Speed Design - a genius idea from the peeps over at Avenue Magazine. It's like speed dating - except you'll go home happy and inspired instead of depressed and craving cookie dough ice cream. Get yourself a ticket and you'll have the chance to spend 10-15 minutes each with some of Calgary's biggest design talents. Oh yeah, there's also free stuff. And wine. Need I say more? For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Home Sweet Home


It's been a rather stressful week. I have not just one, but three spectacular leaks in my ceiling. There are buckets and towels all over my kitchen - a room I haven't really been able to use since Sunday. My ceiling is damaged, as are my walls, baseboards, and floor. The roofer's previous patch attempts have clearly failed, and while it's the responsibility of our condo company to handle the repairs, I worry about how long it's going to take and what kind of ordeal it will be. Fun times. But as upsetting as it is, I know it could be much, much worse. As my best friend reminds me, at least I have a roof over my head (albeit a leaky one). Yes, I have to remember all those in Haiti who have lost their homes - and sadly, many have lost much more than that. So I'm going to keep things in perspective and make a donation to the Red Cross to help those whose problems are so much more real than mine. I suggest everyone reading this do the same.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

They make me so happy.

These are my new boots. I have wanted a pair of boots like these for a long time - I just never found the right ones. Until I spotted these. And they fit my not-so-slender calves. And they cost too much. At least until after Christmas when they went on sale for HALF PRICE with FREE SHIPPING! (Well, they were half price - the price appears to have gone up again.) I love them so much, I have a hard time not staring at my feet all day. I swear I'm really not as shallow as this makes me sound...

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Unexpected Inspiration


A few weeks ago at work I was assigned a new showhome - and it's contemporary. Yay! That night I was hanging out at my friends' house watching Funny People, and something about this apartment kind of inspired me. I liked the green-gray wall with the brown, the warm wood and the retro feel. It's quite masculine, but not so masculine that women would hate it. I think I may do a similar color scheme in my showhome - but maybe a more teal-ish green. (For the record: I have my doubts that three struggling male comics would ever actually live in an apartment this nice. Or this tidy.)

Friday, January 1, 2010

Wait! Don't toss your tree yet!

image via Readymade


If you had a real tree this Christmas, how 'bout turning it into this funky coat rack? I like - but I admit I'm not crazy about the tree stand at the bottom. I'm thinking there's probably a better way to do it. So somebody try it and let me know. (I didn't have a real tree - fire hazard when you live in an apartment building.)