Blog Archives

Feeling Reflective

Hi there.

January has come to an end. That means that we are already one month into the New Year. And yet, for me, I feel like the New Year is just starting. A few weeks ago New Years resolutions dominated the story of the day. But my head wasn’t in it.

I’ve never been good with resolutions. They always seemed to be like signing up for something that might not be attainable. So many times I have put resolutions out there and felt like a failure because I didn’t achieve them. Maybe they weren’t realistic enough. Or I was aiming too high. Do you ever feel that way?

I have been thinking about goals and resolutions a lot in terms of my business and where it is going.

I came across a great post by Seth Godin that he wrote at the end of last year. He talks about remembering where you stood a year ago. He suggests that “New Year’s resolutions rarely work, because good intentions don’t often survive a collision with reality. But an inventory is a helpful tool, a way to keep track of what you’re building. Drip by drip.”.

So where does that leave me? Well, if I look back to a year ago I have moved forward by leaps and bounds. I’ve worked on kitchen renovations, apartment lobby renovations and teamed up to draft out plans for an elevator installation. I’ve designed custom furniture, decorated basements and turned a former restaurant into usable office space. That’s pretty cool if you ask me. Drip by drip … it’s moving forward. I’ve worked harder this past month than I ever have. Which leaves me excited and energized for the rest of the year.

So, am I setting goals for this year? I probably should. But I think, for the next few months at least, I’ll take the reflective approach. Instinctively I know I’m moving in the right direction.

What about you? Do you set goals and resolutions? Or, do you reflect back on where you’ve been?

Outdoor Dining … A little whimsy for a Friday

Maybe it’s the gorgeous weather we are having right now but I am feeling dreamy for a meal outdoors …

Do you have an outdoor meal planned for this weekend?

all images via

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas

It’s been pouring rain here. I heard a great line from a friend today that went something like this: Start humming “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” but instead sing “It’s beginning to look a lot like Vancouver!”.

No snow. No cold. Just rain and grey. Being Canadian and all I kinda prefer that white stuff. Well, really only around Christmas – then it can take a hike and warmer weather can return. But for now … I’m dreaming of a white Christmas.

So today, enjoy some winter white prettiness.

I love the romantic side of winter and these images capture that feeling.

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?

 

images via here

Deep Breaths …

I’ve been AWOL this week from de blog. I’ve been dying to write. Didn’t realize what a creative outlet it’s been to write and post my musings, inspirations and dreamy thoughts.

It’s been a nutso week. I’ve got a project under construction and another at the design concepts stage. And, since I am not working totally full-time at this point it’s been a little busier than I bargained for at the start of the summer. Older kids in camp and one fantastic mother’s helper and wonderful family have aided in my madness but I’ve been running a little regardless.

Today, I want to get back to my dreamy place and so I’m sharing some things I’ve come across that I either love or make me chuckle.

Shoes!


Love this tree wallpaper

Fun Laundry Tub

A canoe on the ceiling

Blistering Sun

A cosy third floor

I’m gonna remember this mantra more often … work on letting things roll off my back and …

Happy Friday everyone … hope you enjoyed a little randomness today. Have an excellent weekend!

 

all images via here

A Sense of Community

I went looking for inspiration. I went looking to learn.

What I found most of all was an amazing sense of community. I found myself in a room full of people who loved the same things I did and loved sharing it with others.

On Saturday night I attended the Canadian Design Bloggers MeetUp at the fabulous Brassaii. The group was full of the whose who of the Canadian Design blogging community. Sponsored by Ikea Canada, Delta Faucets and CIL – the room was literally buzzing with chatter, laughter and more than a few squeals.

Tommy Smythe, the hilarious and insanely talented HGTV star was the keynote speaker for the evening. Tommy & Sarah (that’s Sarah Richardson – to be clear!) are known for creating amazing spaces in shows such as Sarah’s House & Sarah 101 to name a few. When I had my photo taken with Tommy I nearly melted (insert stalker fan visual here) when he said that I could be his “Sarah” for the night. Ahhh!

Sarah (as in me - not the other Sarah) & Tommy!

Tommy opened his presentation by observing that we shouldn’t be called just “bloggers” but rather “bitches who blog” – brought the house down! I am still laughing at that line!

He shared photos of his recent trip to Scandanavia with us. I was wowed not only by what I saw on the screen but also his commentary and the inspiration he found. He showed us one picture of a building that he wanted to use as inspiration for a headboard – the windows in another building suggested a design for a rug. Did you know that there are hardwood floors in the Copenhagen airport?!

It gave me pause to look at buildings for more than their detailed finishes and focus on the overall image a building or facade portrays and how it looks in it’s environment.

Using the “Lack” sidetable from Ikea as an example, Tommy pointed out that good design at whatever price point will always be relevant. The “Lack” table can be found as much in student dorms as in million dollar homes.

After Tommy’s presentation it was mix and mingle time. I was able to meet face to face with writers of blogs that I’ve been reading and admiring such as Rambling Renovators, Life Begins at Thirty, Decor Mentor, Little House Blog, First Time Fancy, Bijou and Boheme and Decor Happy.

I also met new faces behind blogs such as Recreated, Buy Borrow & Style, Yummy Mummy Club, Mod Missy and Not A House But a Home to name a few.

Check out these blogs – you will drool with inspiration!

The evening was organized by Vie of Verdigris Vie and Daniela of Dress, Design & Decor and what a fabulous job they did. I was so grateful to be among such an inspirational group.

Then … the icing on the cake. I won the draw for an iPad2. I was so stunned it took me a minute to react and I basically walked around the rest of the evening with a dorky grin on my face.

Today I am one inspired and motivated lady. Can hardly wait for the next meetup.

Have you ever been to an event and walked away with a newfound sense of community?

Images via moi, here, moi & here

Thinking about Home Office Space

I work from home. It’s great in so many ways – no commute, can let the dog out whenever and am here for courier deliveries.

One of my biggest challenges is carving out a dedicated workspace that I don’t have to pack up and move when the kids come home and one where I can keep all my samples, project boards and client files.

I had originally created a workspace on our main floor, just off the kitchen, which is mostly great but results in a lot of crap being dumped on my desk (I have a filing system … everyone in the house just needs remedial training!).

This is what I had originally envisioned for my quiet corner of workspace on the main floor but see the “everyone’s crap lands here” comment above …

A few months ago I moved my office to the third floor of our house and love it. There are two skylights, tons of airflow and it is a bright, cheery space that I can escape to. It needs some colour as it is currently a sickly pale bluish, grey colour but it’s perfect otherwise!

A future post will be about the transformation of my home office but for today I wanted to share some home workspaces that inspire me …

Love the painted brick and angled bookshelf; the wide open desk invites creativity.

A quiet corner carved out …

This view is stunning but might do some serious damage to my productivity!

I love all the angles and the crisp white walls & ceiling in this space

Probably not a home office but I love the high ceilings & industrial vibe

I just love the clean, organized and colourful space created in this home office.

If you work from home, how have you carved our your own space? What inspires you?

images 1 – 6 via here, image 8 via here

A Stylish Camera Bag – puhleeze!

Seriously. How much uglier and unstylish can your good ‘ol traditional camera bag get?

Functional, durable, bleh

I get that they serve a specific purpose but it just doesn’t work for me style-wise.

Anyone who has known me for any period of time knows that I love handbags. And lately, huge bags! They really do work hard for me though. Between carrying around my laptop, my decorators toolbox plus an assortment of kid-related crap the bag gets tested daily.

What I’ve struggled with though is how to carry my DSLR camera around in a way that is stylish and makes me happy when I look at the bag.

I had almost given up hope. But then I found …

The “Clover” bag from Epiphanie

Look at the inside – it holds camera, laptop, extra lens, charger, wallet, phone & keys!

Or, what about the “Paris” bag also from Epiphanie

Then there is Kelly Moore with the “Libby” Bag …

Or what about the “Hobo” bag again from Kelly Moore

If I was only carrying my SLR there are a ton more stylish options out there. But those are cute and petite. I am neither cute or petite and it is definitely reflected in my handbag preferences!

I am currently lugging around this tote bag from Jeanne Lottie but it doesn’t have any protection and only one spot to hold things so ends up being a black hole – but I love the sparkly gold!

I’m leaning towards the bag at the beginning of this post – the “Clover” by Epiphanie. What would you choose?

images via here, here and moi

Dream Outdoor Pools …

Water has always been a part of my life and there is nothing like swimming in an outdoor pool. Diving in, looking up at the blue sky … it’s like living in a dream.

Today I am dreaming about exotic swimming pools. Enjoy …

Living the California Dream … I could curl up with a book and perhaps a glass of wine by this pool


I would love to rent this villa in Positano, Italy if only for the stunning view poolside

There is nothing like diving into a perfectly still pool for a hard workout

Rob Lowe is stunning … so it only makes sense that his pool should also be a thing of beauty

Heading back to Italy, this time to Tuscany. This might be heaven on earth.

Do you ever dream of diving into an outdoor pool? Where would your dream pool be?

Have a refreshing weekend.

images 1, 2, 4 & 5 via here, image 3 via here