Monthly Archives: June 2011

Summer Fun

Hello Everyone, hope you have been having a fabulous week so far!

I have been so busy on vacation, but just wanted to drop by and say hi.

Today I got a chance to explore little vintage shops. More on that to come.


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You might call it, T.O., the 4-1-6, T dot or T Dot-O-Dot. But for me Toronto was just home.

And now I am counting down the minutes till I get onto a plane and head back to OHHH CAAAAANNNAAADAAA. I can’t wait!

I’m so exicted to spend time with my family and roam around my old town.

There are so many things that I love about Toronto. I went to university there, lived and worked there, met my husband there and even got married there!

So I’m really looking forward to checking out the downtown again and seeing what new little shops have opened.

There’s really so much to explore in the city, but here are some of my favourites.

The Skyline. There’s nothing like seeing the CN Tower all lighted up as you approach the city. And the sparkling reflection of all the buildings on Lake Ontario.

It’s so much fun to wander the busy streets on a warm summer day. There’s so many shops. I might sound like a bit of a snob, but I really think that the people of Toronto know how to dress well!

Toronto is arguably the most multicultural city in the world. There’s Little Italy, Chinatown, Little India, Greektown, the list goes on. You can dine on pretty much any world cuisine and explore nearly every country right in this City.

I am hoping to find some fun decor goodies when I’m there.

Architecture. Toronto has many beautiful historic buildings and lovely older homes. I”m sure it’s a nightmare to update these residences, but they sure do have a tonne of character.

Ahhhh now I am even more anxious to get home. I’ll be taking pics of all my adventures in the city and will try to post while I”m there.

I’ll also be meeting with many fellow bloggers at the Canadian Design Blogger Meetup. It will be so nice to chit chat with others who share my passion for design and to pick their brains. hehe.

Talk to you all soon!


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So Wish I Had This Room

I don’t consider myself a complete girly girl. I mean I do love painting my nails and doing my hair.

But I was not all about wearing pink and dresses as a kid. I liked to ride my bike and search for frogs in the ponds instead.

But lately I just can’t seem to get enough of pink. A soft, feminine pink that feels so very romantic.

I wish sooo badly that I could have painted my office this colour, but I really don’t think my husband would have been onboard. Usually I can get my way when it comes to design stuff in the house, but this is one request he would have squashed quickly!

This is not the little girl pink of the past with ballerinas and ponies. This hue is all grown up and classy.

I”m in love… sigh.

What do you think of pink? Would you paint a room pink?


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Foo Foo

I don’t know when, and I don’t know how, but I am seriously in LOVE with foo dogs.


I kept running into various shades of these little guys everywhere I went, but to my disappointment I never bought any. Now that I want to get my hands on some, I can’t seem to find them.

No offense to the pet lovers out there, but I’m not even a dog person.

Still there’s something about these Chinoiserie beauties that brings in a touch of the ancient and exotic.

Can you spy them in this gorgeous room?

And they come in all kinds of shades.

They look right at home on bookshelves, guarding your precious treasures.

The pop of the turquoise against the black is A-MA-ZING!! I am soooo tempted to paint a wall black now. After I find a foo dog that is.

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Plain to Perfection

Everyone’s trying to save a buck these days. So if you’ve got the time, then pull out some paint and brushes and get to work.

Although affordable, Ikea pieces can sometimes lack personality. But not with a little imagination!

Can you believe we are looking at the same piece? I’m drooling beyond belief right now. This Greek Key dresser would look perfect pretty much ANYWHERE in my home. I want it! Great job Bri!

Jaimee took this functional Ikea dresser…

And turned it into fabulous!

This birch piece was lacking personality…

But Design Manifest added a coat of paint and Chinese brass accents.

Design Manifest

And check out this Dorothy Draper-esque makeover a la Marcus Design.

I think I’ll be making a trip to Ikea pretty soon!

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Thank You Dad

I think many of us would argue that we have the best Dad.

Mine motivates me to follow my dreams, is a shoulder to cry on and is a constant source of happiness, inspiration, information and guidance.

As time goes by I realise more and more what a gift it is to have parents that love and support me.

So to all the great Dad’s out there, Happy Father’s Day!

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Can’t Get Enough

I’ve been busy with projects again. I just can’t seem to get enough of stencils now. I am looking around the house, wondering what I can add my stamp to next. I just won’t let myself rest!

Here’s a sneak peek at what is going on in my office.

There’s still a lot more work that needs to be done, but I’ll show you all when it’s over.

Have a great weekend!


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