Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday finds ...masks...

I'm not a big costume person and I usually just end up wearing some sort of mask. Sometimes they are creepy, sometimes strange and sometimes cute.  Here are some picks for your own Halloween


 | 4. | I wore one of these two years ago and really creeped people out.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Spotlight on: Linda Trenholm Design

Next up in my Calgary designer spotlight is Linda Trenholm Design.

Linda Trenholm, a graduate of Mount Royal's Interior Design Program (can I just say that the MR program seems to be giving Calgary some serious design talent?!), has been creating inspired spaces for clients for the past 10 years. While she calls her own style "contemporary with an Asian feel, very organic" she's designed spaces covering a wide range of styles and enjoys traditional design with a contemporary twist.

Love, love, love the blue in the above two images!

All images courtesy of Linda Trenholm Design.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Local designers donate services to non-profits

I picked up the October issue of Avenue Calgary yesterday and came across an article about some local companies and designers that donated their time in order to renovate three local non-profit spaces.

 The renovated "spa room" at Hospice Calgary made a huge impact on the comfort of residents.

The three organizations that were highlighted are Hospice Calgary, Aspen, and Highbanks Society. One of the designers that donated her time was Jacqueline Corea who I recently featured here.

What a fantastic cause and use of local talent!

Read the whole article in the October issue of Avenue or on their website.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Spotlight on: Corea Sotropa

If I had a touch more talent, education and drive there are two careers that have long peaked my interest, the first being chef and the second being interior designer. I am truly in awe of those that can look at the bones of a room and instantly have a vision and the means to execute it. On that note, I decided to spotlight four Calgary interior designers/firms.

Up first is Corea Sotropa Interior Design. Lead by principal designer's Jacqueline Corea and Reena Sotropa, both graduates of Mount Royal's Interior Design program, they take on projects as large as full home renovations and as small as furniture placement. Judging by their portfolio, these are two incredibly talented ladies!

All images courtesy of Corea Sotropa Interior Design.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday finds ...rosy...

I chopped my hair off recently (and am thinking about going even shorter) so I've been looking for cute hair clips and headbands and have fallen in love with fabric and paper rosettes. Here are some Etsy picks to make your Friday a little more


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Drowning in bedding

Now that we have two guest bedrooms to furnish and dress I have been on the hunt for bedding.  There are some amazing options out there and, of course, most of what I like is way out of my price range and will remain firmly on my wish list. If you, however, are willing to shell out more for a duvet cover than I am, here are some lovely choices.

 I will forever be in love with this Draper stripe in ash set from DwellStudio.

 Persian bedding collection from John Robshaw Textiles. Hand printed in India!

 This flower blossom duvet cover by Orla Kiely is another favourite.

This Kew Green duvet set is just one beautiful offering from Blissliving Home.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday finds ...go, go kitchen gadgets...

I recently discovered the wonderful invention known as the French butter keeper or butter bell.  How did I not know this existed before? We keep a small amount of butter in a dish in the pantry but even at room temperature, it's not soft enough to spread easily. I think the butter bell will solve all of my hard butter woes.  Here are some other gadgets that I find indispensable in the kitchen.
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 | 2. | I love that these vintage Pyrex mixing bowls have a little pouring spout. Makes life much easier!
 | 3. | This Kuhn Rikon serrated tomato knife is AWESOME. I found mine at Winner's in hot pink and I use it everyday. Their non-stick paring knives are also fantastic.
4. | I make a lot of soups and my immersion blender is my best friend. There are others with more attachments but this little guy will do exactly what you need it to do.
 | 5. | A good fine grater (Microplane or generic) will make you wonder why you ever tried using a box grater for citrus zest and ginger.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Dexter posters

So a case of bronchitis knocked me on my ass this week which forced me to skip Friday Finds this week.

Anyway, I've been seeing mentions of these Dexter inspired posters everywhere (@makingitlovely and @younghouselove specifically) and I LOVE them.  We are obsessed with Dexter and I think they perfectly capture each season. I think Season 4 is my favourite.

Check the rest out at Mattson Creative.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

E-Magazine round-up

The number of quality e-magazines out there is getting larger everyday. Here are a few that I have been enjoying.

Covet Garden (Canadian!!)

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Kate Spade : Twirl

Loving these items from Kate Spade. The outfit was inspired by the new Twirl perfume.

Galleria Bette dress (Love the colour, the bow, the silhouette!)

Chariot shoe (I'm a sucker for cute animal print shoes.)
Twirl Margie bag (Sparkle! Perfect for a night out.)

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Friday finds ... foxy...

A sick little girl at home yesterday means that Friday finds are Saturday finds this week. Oh well, such is life.

This week's theme is


They seem to be everywhere lately - maybe even usurping owls??

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