Baleal, Portugal

July 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Happy Canada Day, eh!

July 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

We’re celebrating our 145th birthday… built on peace, order and good government. We’re not a flashy bunch. But we know what we have is special. And that’s what we celebrate today.

So happy birthday to all my fellow Canucks!

Happy Canada Day!

Andy, My Mini Cooper…

June 14, 2012 § 7 Comments

Six years of zipping around in my Mini Cooper (I named him Anderson Cooper) is coming to an end. It’s time for a change. Sniff…

I’ll miss the little voice in my head that squeals ‘oh, you’re so cute’ as I approached you each and every time. I’ll miss your seatbelt warning bop, your oval-shaped side and rear view mirrors (again, oh so cute). I’ll miss the changeable interior ‘mood lighting’ (which, admittedly, I changed according to my own mood ALMOST each and every time). I’ll miss parallel parking in teeny, tiny spaces and being the envy of all other normal sized vehicle drivers. I’ll miss our road trips to Montreal and New York and all points in between. Most of all, I’ll miss how everyone else gushes over you and wants to know what you’re like to drive when they see me pull up (I actually loved that!).

Yes… you are a sporty, attractive, little go-carting, wonder machine!

But imagine driving a go-cart everyday for six years!? Yup. It’s time…

Farewell, my dear Andy. May your roads be smoothly paved wherever your new owner takes you!

***UPDATE: I just realized that I’m really going to miss zipping around in my underground garage pretending to be in the movie The Italian Job. Sigh…

Interiors: How Do I Love Thee…

May 17, 2012 § 13 Comments

Seriously obsessed over this Stockholm interior! It has all the things that dreams are made of (or at least my own home interior dreams).

Let me count the ways

  • beautifully detailed crown mouldings and extra high baseboards (I love thee to the depth and breadth and height…ha!)
  • large windows, high ceilings and spacious rooms (the trifecta of dreamy interiors)
  • striking wallpaper (this is what inspired my Elizabeth Barrett Browning poem angle… so very Victorian)
  • sleek, modern kitchen
  • sleek, modern bedroom armoire (love its weightiness in the room)
  • and my most favourite obsession right this very minute… billowy, soft sheers… so light and airy… just like a dream!

Sigh… Any of this make for dreamy obsessions on your part?

Mother’s Day

May 13, 2012 § 2 Comments

Hydrangea Macrophylia… for my mom.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Calçada From My Tia Anita

April 23, 2012 § 18 Comments

Calçada Portuguesa – Portuguese Stone Pavements by Ernesto Matos

If you’ve ever been to Lisbon or anywhere in Portugal, or any of its colonies (Brazil, Macau and Gibraltar), you’ll be familiar with this very distinct form of ‘street art’. Calçada is the Portuguese word for pavement and the roads are literally paved with cobblestones (like most European cities). Here, they use a combination of white limestone and blue/gray basalt (in some cases pale pink as well). Inspired by Roman mosaics, the city was literally repaved after it suffered a devastating earthquake in 1755. Today, municipalities continue to expand the art form, making it the basis for urban renewal and a form of cultural expression.

I received this beautiful coffee table book from my Tia Anita. It quickly became one of my treasured books. And with my love of drawings… this book reveals some of the details and sketches necessary for these inspiring two-dimensional designs. Love… love….

For more images and specific locations, this is a great article on Lisbon’s 10 Most Beautiful Pavements (though, in my mind… there’s definitely more than ten). The book is titled ‘Calçada Portugesa – Portuguese Stone Pavements’ by Ernesto Matos. Photos of the book are by designchickee.

Oh, can I live here? DVF

February 24, 2012 § 2 Comments

Diane von Furstenberg’s (aka DVF) penthouse residence in Manhattan… Her corporate headquarters just below. Sigh… what a dream!

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