Sunday, October 30, 2011

Two of my Favourites

Camille Styles guest blogged on La Dolce Vita.  Since these are two of my favourite blogs, I figured I should showcase the beautiful dream home that Camille has put together.  Periodically, Paloma invites guest bloggers to put together their dreamhomes on her blog.  I love checking out the different styles of her blogging friends.

Check out the rest of the images at La Dolce Vita

Profile: Murchison-Hume

This is an Australian Co., but you can order online I believe.  It’s getting great reviews...

I really want some of the "Boy's Bathroom" Cleaner.  This would be a great stocking stuffer for my son who thinks that fairies come in at night and clean up his bathroom.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Wardrobe Update: Casual White Cargo Pants

I have a pair of these pants and wear them all the time on weekends.  They’re so comfortable...
Just in case anyone was beginning to think I’d forgotten about Ralph.  And yes, I do wear white pants in the winter.  Scandalous I know, but I like them with turtlenecks and cozy sweaters.

Lofty Kitchen

If I lived in a loft ... this would be my kitchen.
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If anyone knows where this image is from, please let me know.  I had no idea that I had so many images that I simply can’t remember where I got them from.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Simple, Classic, Serene

Aren't these flowers lovely.  Simple, classic, serene. 

We've had a really rough week at work this week.  Almost everyone of my close co-workers suffered a personal trauma this week and we're all feeling pretty beat up and emotionally drained today.  I dove into Camille's blog and saw these flowers.  They perked me up instantly.  I need more of this in my life.  Keep up the great work Camille.

Images from Camille Styles


Time for some additional miscellaneous inspiration...
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Nicole Kidman for Vanity Fair

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Angelina Jolie for Vogue

Angelina Jolie for Vogue

Thursday, October 27, 2011

What's for Dinner? Sesame Ginger Salmon

Hmmmm.  This looks delicious.  Tomorrow night I'm definitely trying this.

Image from Barefoot in Boston

Scents of Jo Malone

A favourite - they have such heavenly scents and their candles really last...

Courtney Cox, Serene in Malibu

Say what you will about her break up from David Arquette, but I understand her need...
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Citing a need for "peace and stillness," the "Cougar Town" actress added that she's "kind of all over the place, and I need grounding. I want to be calm. I want to change a lot. It's nothing with David. It's just what I'm searching for."      Excerpted from US Weekly

This is same emotion that started this blog for me.

She recently purchased and built her personal dream home on the cliff tops of Malibu.  After living with David and his crazy antics for so long I think she just needed a place of tranquility in her life.  I think she'll find it here.

 All Images Elle Decor

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Paper Work of Art

I'm a champagne kind of girl.  It's my favourite drink of choice, but alas it's not something I can afford regularly.  My budget allows for special occasions only and sometimes not even then.  However, I like to try different kinds and this bottle design of Perrier-Jouët has always been an attraction.  Their most recent ad campaign showcases the paper designs of Jo Lynn Alcorn.  I'm envious of people that have this much talent and artist style.  The patience that it must take to create something this amazing is just beyond me.

"She began in her Connecticut studio quickly cutting from white Canson paper, forming flowers, vines, fruits, and the typography for Perrier-Jouët by hand.  The artist used an electric paper cutter for the precisely detailed architectural forms of the House of Perrier-Jouët and its doors, drafting even the most minute of details to match it exactly.  The pieces are nearly precious, ephemeral, and delicate like the nature they are inspired by. The frescoes (in parts) were flown to France where Alcorn worked closely with Japanese photographer Kanji Ishi to photograph them. A large roll of the same white Canson paper was ordered and used as a backdrop to the installations that were built in studio, sometimes reaching up to four feet in length and height. Alcorn worked consistently through the shoot building each fresco one day ahead. The series of frescoes depict a range of scenes: white anemones draped over the house of Perrier-Jouët, white garland with robust bursts of green, strawberries and an alluring rose, spiraling flowers, dancing butterflies, honeycombs, and golden blooms."

"The results are, in a word, breathtaking. They illustrate the freshness, intensity and delicacy of Grand Brut champagne, the generosity and aromatic richness of Blason Rosé champagne, the fresh, floral character and remarkable elegance of the cuvée Belle Epoque, the floral character and extraordinary aromatic richness of the cuvée Belle Epoque Rosé, and the exceptional finesse and aromatic subtlety of the cuvée Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs, a champagne made from 100% Grand Cru Chardonnay. Rendered in crisp white with hints of color to describe the character of each piece without overpowering it, the final product truly captures the wine style of Perrier-Jouët: floral, stylish and diamond cut."

Images and text from Whitewall Daily

New Bedding is Required

Everything is getting threadbare so I’m thinking something like this would be good...
I like the idea of having linen with my initials embroidered into it.  It’s so sophisticated but crazy for everyday.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Cozy up from Barefoot in Boston

The weather is getting colder up here in Canada and this past weekend I noticed that with most of the leaves are now off the trees, the temperatures are cooler, especially at night (I had to finally break down and turn on the heat), and we're entering the part of fall that I'm not too thrilled with.  The cold spell.  When it's this time of year, I just want to curl up and cocoon at home.  Every once in a while I have to venture out and trying to find something stylish isn't always easy.  Then I remember something I saw on "Barefoot in Boston" and immediately zoomed into the upper right hand corner and now I'm on the hunt for something similar.  Love these items.

There are other great items in this collage, but these were my favourites.  Click on the Polyvore link above if you'd like to see additional choses from Barefoot in Boston.  Courtney has great taste.

Designer Profile: Thomas Pheasant

If you’re in the Washington, DC area this is your guy...
I’ve admired his designs for quite some time, but his principal residence in Washington is my favourite.  Do you think he would mind if I moved in?
I’ll happily move into the pool house if he’s uncomfortable with me taking over his main residence.

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