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.

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