March 31, 2011

Online Design Mags

There has been such a boom over the last year with online design magazines! I am definitely LOVING the fact that I can easily and quickly access amazing issues chock-full of great design info at the click of a finger - not to mention, they are easy on the chequebook. And who doesn't love that?!

If you've been enjoying Lonny, Rue, High Gloss, and Domino - to name just a few - on your computer, you will want to check out Dabble. Edited by Toronto's Kimberley Seldon, Dabble is no-doubt on my must-read Canadian publication list, along with Canadian House & Home - which also has an online version although it's not a freebie!

March 29, 2011

A Springy Weekend

Bunches of my favourite variety of flower (ranunculus or persian buttercup) are waiting to freshen up my home at every local grocery store I visit these days. Their curvy stems ooze casual elegance - I just can't get enough of their organic lines and gorgeous colours. I'm currently loving my pink & yellow blooms...

We also enjoyed the decent, albeit cloudy, weather with a bit of playing in the sand and surf, and watched a family of dolphins doing the same...

And someone has been enjoying an early birthday present. This Schwinn roadster is a great tricycle for toddlers! It looks adorable and vintage, is solid and sturdy, and handles well. With big and wide rubber wheels,  it's hard to tip. This biker-babe approves...

March 23, 2011

Elbow Grease: One Dresser, Two Ways {Ikea Rast}

Do you know what I love? How many amazing design blogs there are out there, waiting for me to discover them and be inspired. I seriously CANNOT keep up with reading current favourites and finding new ones! It is really sad because I know I am missing out. 

Today, however, I did stumble on a great blog - and what makes today even better? The fact that I found this great blog through an amazing DIY furniture makeover. Two scores!

On the left is the fabulous Dorothy Draper style dresser by Vancouver blogger Nancy from Marcus Design (the blog I just found), and on the right is the equally remarkable two-tone dresser created by Toronto blogger Lindsay from Aubrey + Lindsay (who copied the Rast dresser she saw in Style at Home magazine). I would honestly love to recreate both of these dressers, just need to find the right room for both of them!! It seems that Canadian girls are really stealing the show when it comes to Ikea Rast makeovers - these are stunners and look pricy! Who knew a  $30 DOLLAR DRESSER, with a little elbow grease, could look so good!?

Can you believe they started like this?
And don't they look exactly like their $$$ counterparts?! I am in love.

{via & via}

For full step-by-step details on how these ladies went about their makeovers, check out Marcus Design and Aubrey + Lindsay. They have many other great projects too!

March 19, 2011

Shiny Surroundings

Some of you may remember my November post (see below) over at GEORGE ID about beautiful, glassy and glorious lacquered walls. Well, the good news is that Alisha and Carsten have jumped on board, and we are moving forward with this wall treatment for their office. I've been a little busy helping them pull together a design for their space and will be revealing bits & pieces over the next few weeks...stay tuned!


My girlfriend Alisha has been asking for my input while designing her husband's office. She has great taste, so she only requires a little guidance from GEORGE. BUT when I see her this week I am going to pressure advise her to lacquer the walls. I think it could make all the difference to his wee study, and in only the best way!

Don't you love when you have a friend who you can design one of your dream-rooms through?!

{not my photos!}

March 17, 2011

Titch of Green...

As I mentioned last year, my favourite colour is green so I was happy to collect some fun green kitchens to mark this St Patty's Day! I think green is such a fresh and versatile colour - perfect for the kitchen.  

Go can go dark and vintage...


...soft & rustic...


...vibrant & shiny...


...or clean & subtle.


As long as you work with the style of your home and, of course, your personal tastes, you can't go wrong with a green kitchen!

Happy St Patrick's Day!

March 14, 2011

March 12, 2011

Welcome to Fun


I just LOVE how this large, convex mirror adds a perfect dose of fun and whimsy to the otherwise clean and simple entry space. My daughter - ok, and myself! - would enjoy "moonwalking" in this thing!  

March 10, 2011

Easy, Fast & Tasty Cauliflower Soup

I arrived home to find California dark and rainy on Monday - but I can't really complain because spring has officially arrived in SoCal and it is now too toasty outside! On Monday, however, this was not the case, and so a homey soup was the perfect choice for dinner. I have been loving one pot soup wonders ever since reading about this tomato soup on Southern Exposure, and while it remains a staple in our dinner rotation, I ventured out to find an amazing cauliflower version.

If you have 30 minutes, give this soup a go! DELISH!

Silky Cauliflower Soup w/ Parmesan

1 head cauliflower
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 quart low-sodium chicken stock
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Remove the leaves and thick core from the cauliflower, coarselychop, and reserve. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan or soup pot over medium heat and add the onion and garlic. Cook until softened, but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add the cauliflower and stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until the cauliflower is very soft and falling apart, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and, using a hand held immersion blender, puree the soup, or puree in small batches in a blender and return it to the pot. Add the Parmesan and stir until smooth. Season, to taste, with salt and black pepper. Keep warm until ready to serve.
{recipe via}

So, what's for dinner tonight in your home?
I'm planning to make this (but with chicken - soooooo yummy!) & this.

March 8, 2011

I've Been Busy Busy Busy

I am finally back from our trip to Canada which was supposed to be six days yet swiftly turned into 16 while we were away - whoops! I wasn't prepared for blogging from my iPad, so it has officially been nearly a month since my last post, but I'm now back and ready for heavy duty blogging.

While braving the chilly North, we...

1. CELEBRATED OUR 5th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY in Quebec at Mont Tremblant with our good friends. My husband was thrilled to spend the weekend with his three groomsmen and their young families. 

{Reportage Photography}

2. With five kiddies under four, it's no surprise that more than half of the Tremblant lot GOT SICK, including my daughter and hubby, so we laid low for a few days after flying from Montreal to Toronto.

{My daughter mid jump - but really appears to be attempting some sort of Michael Jackson impression}

3. Next I soaked up the sights and sounds of my hometown. I truly love Toronto, and urge everyone to visit! There has been so much building going on since we moved to LA five years ago, and GAWKING AT TORONTO's NOTEWORTHY ARCHITECTURE which is nicely sprinkled throughout the city, was one highlight of my visit.

{Clockwise: Sharp Centre for Design (OCAD) - Alsop Architects with Robbie/Young + Wright Architects, Art Gallery of Ontario - addition by Frank Gehry, Royal Ontario Museum - "crystal" addition by Daniel Libeskind, Four Seasons Centre - Diamond+Schmitt Architects} {ps. these are not my photos!}

Now I'm home and back to the daily grind...and there will be more on that to come!