Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I'm coveting cork furniture from Portugal

Did you know that Portugal is the world's largest cork producer? Just a few years ago cork was synonymous with wine bottles or peg boards but, perhaps because of the move to plastic corks in the wine industry, cork producers started branching out. We now have fabulous cork flooring and even cork furniture.

Cork seems to be the miracle material- soft, durable, fire and mold resistant, and it's a natural and renewable source. Need I say more?

A few weeks ago my sister sent me a link to Corque Design and I haven't been able to get some of there pieces out of my mind.

Take a look at these pieces:
 These are the Largarta modular seating system. Each individual seat is sold separately so you can combine them as you see fit. I would actually love to have these on a back yard deck, they would blend perfectly with a natural environment.
The Corque Design site says this Corqui Lounge Chair “combines comfort and aesthetic.” I do think it is definitely aesthetically appealing. And again, although they'd look great incorporated into a modern interior decor, I'd love to see these used in an outdoor decor.

And last on my list is this cork wall covering. It has both acoustic and thermal insulation properties and a vibrant pattern.

I must warn you that these products are not cheap (each modular seat is $345 and the chair is $1450) but they are made of a great durable material.

Check out the variety of products available on the Corque Design here


Friday, December 23, 2011

DIY chritsmas decor ideas: bubble wrap and clothesline wire

Last weekend I was in Quebec city (such as beautiful city- I always forget just how beautiful it really is) and I saw these two simply ingenious holiday decorating ideas.

1. The magic of bubble wrap:
In the above image the trees are created using transparent bubble wrap (with the large bubbles).

In this image they used bubble wrap with a silver color to it. It also seems as if this bubble wrap is stiff compared to the one used in the previous image. The best part is actually the flowers above the trees. Each is pierced through a light and must be so pretty at night all lit up.

2. Clothesline wire, yes, that's right!

I saw these in the fancy Chateau Frontenac hotel. I kid you not, these pretty decorations are made using clothesline wire. Grant it there is a lot of wire here, but all knotted, hanging in this fashion, and accompanied by some decorative items (the stars and crystals) it simply looks great!
I think this would make great outdoor decorations- especially using green-colored wire.


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Keep those Christmas Cards- wreath ideas

This is an idea I've had for a while but haven't had time to put it together. In reality, it took less than 10 minutes and it looks great.
A Christmas card wreath! So simple!

All you need is a wire coat hanger, your holiday cards, and some tape. Stretch the coat hanger as in the image, lay your cards along the hanger and tape them into place. That's it- you're done. Now hang where your heart desires:)

Now for some more creative and simple wreath ideas, check out these ideas:

I especially love the simplicity and loveliness of this above wreath. So pretty:)

google.ca Dream it..build it..style it! on Pinterest


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Our Christmas Tree

In November I mentioned that every year I purchase a few ornaments to add to my collection. I've been collecting for years now and some are from as far away as Vienna and Prague. I actually brought a large empty backpack with me on my honeymoon to Eastern Europe hoping to bring it back filled with ornaments. Many Eastern European countries are well known for their artistically decorated ornaments and they are so much cheaper than in North America. The backpack was not empty for long:)

In any case, here is this year's tree:

Here are some close-ups:

When I initially started collecting ornaments I wanted to stick to a few colors (red, gold, white) and a specific theme (traditional). However, when I started buying ornaments with my husband he picked ornaments that were completely opposite of my traditional theme- green, blue, purple! In an effort to include him in the tradition, I gave in. I'm happy I did because I actually love the complete mix of colors, shapes, and style. The only thing the ornaments have in common is that they are pretty. The mix is what makes it exciting and built over time. So women, sometimes our hubbies are right!


Excuse my absence...but I'm back!!!

So I've been absent from the blogging scene for over a month now. Here are the reasons why:

1. I think the picture says it all!

Yes, I'm pregnant!!! It's my first pregnancy and I'm sick all the time. My nausea builds up throughout the day and by the evening I'm very sick and unable to really do anything at all. But on the positive side, doesn't the baby look sooo cute!

2. CORRECTIONS and then more CORRECTIONS! I teach history at a college and for this semester I fell behind on correcting. I'm still trying to crawl my way out from under all the essays, tests and assignments.
This was my stack of corrections for today- I didn't finish:(
 So basically the pregnancy sickness has put me behind on corrections and also on blogging. But hopefully this will end soon.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Christmas Love! The Bay's 7th floor shop

Every year on my birthday weekend my husband and I head to The Bay in downtown Montreal to buy some Christmas ornaments. I love, love, love pretty Christmas ornaments and I have to say that The Bay's 7th floor has a vast selection of stunning decorations at very reasonable prices (and they were 25% off this weekend!). But this is really just at the downtown store on St. Catherine Street- the other store locations just don't have the same scale of decorations.

So yesterday was the day! Here are some images of the event:
This year, as the elevator doors open, you are greeted by a massive dear. Pretty dear!
A must is to grab a shopping basket in which to place the ornaments. There was a lot of people shopping yesterday so it took me some time to hunt one down!

I'll take on of these:)
And some of these!
Oh, and some of these!
The basket is filling up quickly!

 I forgot my camera so these are taken on my Ipod- sorry not the best quality:(

So if you are in the Montreal area and love Christmas decor, I strongly suggest you stop by The Bay's 7th floor Christmas shop (585 Sainte-Catherine Street West).

Next post I'll show you the beauties that came home with me.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Juju hat- what a beauty!

Have you heard of the Cameroonian juju hat? I first discovered it on a Dear Genevieve episode a while back. Since then, I've been dreaming about owning one but the cost has held me back. 

I just came across a post at Odi et Amo titled The JuJu Hat: Are you over it? Well, I must say that I am totally not over it! I love the look of it, it's ability to make a statement in any decor and the cultural meaning behind it. 

So despite it's price tag in the hundreds I think it deserve at least one post on my blog:)

Love it? Can be purchased at L'aviva.
Love it, but can't splurge on it? Check out a tutorial on how to make a much less expensive version at Flutter Flutter

Halloween decorating begins

Hope you are all as excited about Halloween as I am- the candy, the costumes, the decorating...oh, my!!!
Here is a glimpse at the decorating that's begun at my place.

 Can't wait to do more decorating during the coming week:)


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Versatile blogger award- Thank you!!!!

I have the pleasure of being the recipient of "The Versatile Blogger" awarded by the fabulously talented blogger  Krista Artista. Thanks you!!! I'm giddy with joy:)

The rules for this award is:
1. Thank and link back to the person who gave the award to you
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Send it along to 15 other bloggers and let them know you have awarded them!
My 7 Things:
1. I love the smell of old books
2. My favorite color is red
3. My husband and I met in a club when I was 17 and he was 19
4. I'm a great carpenter- who would have known?
5. Four years ago, I borrowed a compressor, nail gun and miter saw from my brother and never gave it back! He jokes that he'll send me the rental bill soon:)
6. I love renovating but hate putting up drywall!
7. My shoe size is 5
I'm awarding:
I've chosen to send this award to 15 DIY inspirational bloggers. Some are well established while others are just getting started. In either case, their projects are great:

* Remodelaholic *
All Things Thrifty
Blue Velvet Chair
Conspicuous Style Interior ...
House of Smith's
Inside-Out Design
Miss Mustard Seed
Piorra Maison Inc.
Rambling Renovators
The DIY Show Off
The Exchange
Polish the Stars

Please check out the above blogs to get the wheels of creative inspiration turning:)

Thanks for reading:)


Vestibule done- 4 years in the making!

A few weeks ago I posted about my search for a full length mirror with a curved top for my entrance hall. Unfortunately I didn't find one - actually I fortunately didn't find one. Here is why:

One merry little day as I went through my blog roll I saw this picture

I then said "Hey, I have that mirror! Where is it??? Oh, it's hidden behind the bed in the guest bedroom!" I dropped the laptop, ran into the bedroom, moved the bed, pulled out the heavy mirror, ran into the entry hall, held up the mirror and did a happy dance. I loved the look of the old mirror against the wood paneling. The mirror belonged to my mother in law but I kept it thinking that I could use it in the bathroom remodel- luckily it didn't work in the bathroom.

So here is the result:

Here is a close-up of the mirror: 

Other little items were added such as:
 The little bench purchased at Finnegan's Market in Hudson for 30$ and this umbrella stand (actually a tall vase) purchased at Home Sense for 25$.

And the cherry on top- this deer head key hook purchased at Zone on St. Denis for 9$. I love it! 

So let's review this little halls transformation:
In 2006 when we purchased the house.

In 2008 after completing the wood paneling to mask the ugly tiles seen above.

 Today- 2010. 4 years in the making:) I like the wood but found that it was maybe too much. I find mirror cuts the all the wood, softens all the hard edges and adds some visual interest.

Read the posts about the wood paneling inspiration and DIYing here
Thanks for reading and I'd love to know what you think.

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