Gelato On The Brain

August 8, 2012 § 4 Comments

What’s more summery than gelato?

Duh…nothing!

After visiting Artegelato & Cafe (my new favourite hangout) and thoroughly enjoying the sugar free Pistachio (yes, I said sugar free),… I seem to have ‘Gelato Brain’. Nothing but gelato on the brain! Where nothing I eat even comes close to the yumminess and tastiness of that pistachio goodness.

So… I’ve decided to forego dinner in the summer and have gelato every night. Who’s with me?

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Snapshots: One Hundred

June 12, 2012 § 3 Comments

Evening Windmill

Much Music building

Ontario College of Art & Design

Umbra Flagship Store

One hundred Instagram photos. And this… my one hundredth post!

You all keep me here… so I want to thank you all for reading and checking in with me. Your spirit, feedback and theories give me so much pleasure and I hope we can continue on for another hundred more! In the meantime… above are some Toronto highlights from my ins and outs in the city I call home.

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Inspired: Vera Wang

May 31, 2012 § 8 Comments

We’ve had a lovely run of Sprummer weather (as if spring and summer were one season) here in Toronto these last few weeks. However, it seems we’re to have a turn this weekend… clouds, seasonal temperatures and rain (the latter of which is much needed so really…this isn’t me complaining or anything).

So… In an effort to stay in a ‘Sprummer State of Mind’, I thought I’d share these lovely sketches by the very talented, Vera Wang. Swirling. Blossoming. Sultry. Exuberant. Radiant. Feels like Sprummer to me!

Want to see more and be even more inspired? Click here.

Inspired: Eva Zeisel

May 15, 2012 § 4 Comments

I met Eva Zeisel several years ago when she hosted a book signing here in Toronto. I loved her ceramic pieces and rushed to get in line that day, excited to meet a living legend. If I’m not mistaken, she was in her late nineties though you would never know it… her spirit and energy was undeniable. She died last year at the age of 105.

She summed up her role as ‘maker of useful things’. She believed not in invention. But re-invention. She was concerned with making things look beautiful and she loved round, organic shapes. My favourite quote… “Even the air between my hands is round.”

Her ceramics are pieces that you want to touch… hold in your hands… turn them over and around.

I won’t go into detail here about Ms. Zeisel… Follow the link to her TED profile and you’ll soon find out that she had an incredible life. I would highly recommend watching the video of her TED appearance too. You’ll see what I mean about her spirit and energy.

All photos by designchickee.

Templar Hotel, Toronto

May 6, 2012 § 9 Comments

Would it be strange to book a hotel room in your own city? ‘Staycations’ aside, I’ve always loved hitting the sights just like any newcomer or tourist… but never gone as far as to book a hotel room! This may have to change…

The Templar Hotel is set to open in a few weeks in Toronto’s Entertainment District and I’m giving a standing ovation to its designer, Rhed, for delivering on details, details and more details.

Some of those details include…

  • Poliform lacquered walls… (sigh… beautiful)
  • Open bookcases as dividers of space… (not a novel idea but one that should be used more often)
  • Wood floors imbedded with cowhide inserts… (hello! that’s novel and they seem to be magnetic for some reason)
  • Massive floating reception desk… (stunning)
  • Contemporary artwork… (Damian Hirst…look him up)
  • Excel, the large floor lamp seen throughout… (I want this in my living room right now)

Toronto the Lucky

April 14, 2012 § 6 Comments

Lately, I’ve been completely overwhelmed with all the construction in my neighbourhood. I don’t just mean minor road work. This is major upheaval! Infrastructure upgrades, railroad overpasses, retaining walls and of course, building a condominium or two (or a thousand for that matter). The noise, the dust, the traffic delays… all of it was really starting to get under my skin. I decided to go out and look at it from a different, more positive point of view. Thru my lens, I realized, there’s beauty everywhere – if you look close enough. The setting sun really helped too. :)

And then, there was this shot…

I’m pretty lucky to live in a city as beautiful as this. I heart Toronto.

Wanting: Vintage Industrial Lights

April 11, 2012 § 2 Comments

Vintage cage lights are really popular these days. Loads of character and yet so simple in their design. Form meets function and nothing more. I love that kind of simplicity.

And the Edison-Filament light bulb completes the look but there’s always the Plumen bulb for a more eco-wise choice.

Some links… if you’re interested:

Plumen – designer low energy light bulb

Eclectic Revival – vintage fixtures and so much more (here in Toronto)

Commute Home – great store (here in Toronto) where they make cool everything

West Elm – cool light bulbs (to complete the look)

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