Entries from October 28th, 2011

Owls in the House



Ever since I saw Heather’s owl cake I’ve been seeing owls everywhere! I thought I’d share some of my favourites from around the web with you:

  1. The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle, is simply inspiring me!
  2. Gingiber’s 2012 Illustrated Owl Calendar is so cute! (via Paper Crave)
  3. And a felted owl! How great is this little guy by felt jar!!
  4. Or this amazing owl sweater by Kate Davies, via ThreadBanger.

We’ll be starting off the weekend with this owl DIY! Toilet paper roll anyone?!

Happy Friday!

Best Ever Chili Recipe



I am trying to become more organized with meal planning, because currently I’m more of a “what’s in the fridge that I can make a meal out of” kind of girl. Don’t get me wrong, I throw together healthy, yummy food most of the time, but it’s always a race to the finish kind of event. Planning meals for the week, and shopping for all the ingredients on the weekend is not a new concept, I know, but it is to this house! The idea that I won’t be running out every day for random forgotten ingredients is very exciting. Ideally I’ll spend less time thinking about meals altogether!!

This blog won’t become a food journal; but, as meals become more intentional, I may throw some favorites your way… such as tonight’s amazing chili. Oh my!!


  • 1.5lbs ground beef
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 red peppers, chopped
  • 3 cups mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 28oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 5.5oz can tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tsp each: chili powder, oregano, coriander
  • 2 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp each: cocoa powder, brown sugar
  • 1 14oz can each: kidney beans, black beans, chick peas

Saute onion and garlic in olive oil until onion softens. Add ground beef, and cook until no longer pink. Add everything except the beans and simmer for 1 hour or more. Add beans, and simmer for another ten minutes. Serve and enjoy, with sour cream and grated cheese of course!

Recipe & Photo Credits: Rosa Pearson

Hello Friday!



The latest issue of Uppercase Magazine arrived in the mail this morning, and I just had to share the cover with you!! These crayons are carved by artist Diem Chau. I mean, really, carved crayons!! AMAZING! A colourful way to start off the weekend! Have a great one!

Office Light Fixture



Do any of you remember this amazing chandelier that was featured in Season 1 of Sarah’s House? It has been ingrained in my head ever since!

So, of course, it’s no surprise this similar beauty caught my eye when I saw it on Anne-Marie’s fabulous 10 Rooms blog.

And you can imagine my excitement when I found THIS in the clearance section at my local GARDEN store!!! Yes, people, I may have squealed. Oh, and did I mention that it was reduced to $5, from $75, because the white fabric inside had come loose. Yes, FIVE DOLLARS!!! I can say without a doubt that this is the best deal I’ve ever found on lighting! You will see this baby hanging from the ceiling in my office very soon!

Here & There: NYC



Welcome back to another edition of “Here & There”! This time I’m featuring some fun finds from the stores I shopped on my trip to New York. And, as always, it wouldn’t be complete without an inspiration picture to show you how you could to use these items to add style to your own home!

Fishs Eddy was a treasure trove of goodies! So many collections of fabulous items! I took so many pictures inside this store!! I wish I could go back now that I’m seeing things in my pics that I didn’t notice while I was there!

I was so excited to see this wall of vintage letters on one of the upper levels of ABC Home. The inspiration picture was designed by well known New Yorkers, the Novogratz family!

Happy Thanksgiving to all the other Canadians celebrating on this long weekend!!

Photo Credits: Small Image, Rosa Pearson, Large Image, Tara Sloggett via Susan Hoover. Bottom Small Image, Rosa Pearson, Large Image, via HGTV.

Cuckoo for Cuckoo Clocks



When I was in New York one of my priorities was to visit the overwhelmingly fabulous ABC Carpet & Home. There are so many levels in that store that I’m not sure I even saw everything! But one of the things I did see, and fell in love with, was on the wall downstairs in The Conran Shop. Isn’t this contemporary cuckoo clock by Pascal Tarabay amazing!! I’m absolutely smitten. Functional and beautiful, all wrapped up into one!

I think my obsession may have started when Layla, over at The Lettered Cottage, posted about Camp Wandawega. Just look at this wall of painted traditional cuckoo clocks!!!

Or maybe it was when Sarah first posted the pic of this simple red cuckoo clock framed on her wall, and I thought “of course!”.

And, you can always count on the makers of the world to satisfy any odd sort of decorative cravings. Whether with string art or printed versions, the options to feed my addiction are endless!

IDSwest & Blend



I have to start off by saying that I don’t have weekends like this very often!! Thursday’s IDSwest Opening Night kicked the weekend off to an early start, and the momentum pretty much stayed strong until Sunday!

On Saturday I got to hear Suzanne Dimma and Mark Challen banter back and forth while discussing her & and husband Arriz Hassam‘s amazing cottage (above), which is featured in the current House & Home magazine. I found this H&H video if you want to hear some more about it too!

Then, I spent some time interviewing Brent Comber, who definitely deserves his reputation of being a great guy. That will be coming soon!

Fast forward to Saturday night, and after a wardrobe change, the Canadian Design Bloggers West met up for Blend!! Suzanne Dimma, Mark Challen, and Kelly Deck all came out for the party! And IKEA Canada, who sponsored our entire party, was there too! And you should see the huge swag bags we took home… wow!!

Members Erica, Tracey, Sarah, and Tamara, all looking fabulous!!

Suzanne has such an amazing sense of style. It was great to chat with her!!

And of course, this post would not be complete without a huge thank you to Barbara, Nancy, Karla, and Victoria, who organized the event! I look forward to doing this again next year!!

Photo Credits: 1. Sari McNamee 2. House & Home 3. Jacqueline Mavin 4. Sari McNamee 5. Rosa Pearson 6. Michelle Molinga 7. Sari McNamee

IDSwest Opening Night



Do you remember my post about IDSwest Preview Night? Well, last night I headed to the Vancouver Convention Centre for the Opening Night of IDSwest! It was amazing!! All the best in interior design right there in one space – my kind of night! And it was great to meet up with other bloggers and tour the show floor. IKEA, the premier sponsor, set up the space above… the lighting above the bistro kitchen definitely draws your eye to their show space!

IKEA is also sponsoring a party that is happening tomorrow night, and I am beyond excited!! Fifty of us bloggers will be making our way from IDSwest to the Loden Hotel, for a cocktail party ripe with food, drinks, and many special guests! Can’t wait to tell you all about it!

I thought I’d share some of the many things that caught my eye last night…

… such as these lights by Bocci. Fabulous!

Salsa Lounge Poofs from Salari.

Provide Home caught my eye… especially these gorgeous pillows!

There is really so much more to see, but I can’t possibly post it all! I will be posting an interview I’m doing with an exhibitor whose work I’ve admired for years though, so watch for that!

Have a great weekend!

PS – Let me know if you’re going to the show tomorrow, and maybe we can meet up at the Tom Dixon Pop-Up Bar!

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