I thought I’d start the week off with some exciting news! (exciting for me at least!) I was invited to attend a party in this beautiful backyard last year, and the party has made its way into this months (May issue) of Style at Home Magazine! I didn’t want to say anything until I had a copy of the magazine in my hands and saw it for myself, and now that I have I thought I’d share some behind the scenes pictures of the night that you won’t see in the magazine… so here goes!
I’ve been to many parties since starting my blog, between media events and blogger meet ups, but this one will forever be a highlight. My friend Tracey Ayton is the amazing photographer behind all the photos for the article, and she also happens to be the owner of this lovely home! Our friend, and talented interior designer, Karla Amadatsu styled the backyard for the event and cooked up an amazing meal for all of us to enjoy. It was a beautiful evening, thanks to all their hard work, and I am so happy that I was able to be a part of it. I couldn’t resist taking some pictures on the sly with my iPhone at the end of the evening just to capture the moment.
You can see Danielle, Karla, Victoria, Stephanie and Andrea in the pictures above, but also at the event were Barbara, Lily, Sheila, Carol, Colleen, Sari, Amanda, Michelle, and Nancy. An amazing group of talented women, that I’m happy to call friends.
Photo Credits: Top (cover) & Middle, Tracey Ayton. Bottom two, Rosa Pearson.
Well, it’s been a busy week for media events, with two store openings back to back! On Wednesday night I was invited to take a peek at the new Bouclair Home store in Coquitlam, and I couldn’t resist sharing some of the goodies that followed me home. The store was full of pillows, curtains, baskets, etc, but it was the little things that caught my eye that night.
I found this small ceramic bird in the kids section, but I personally think he’s more of an all ages kind of bird. I love him. And really, with a blog named Flutter Flutter, how could I not? No, the Tivoli radio was not from Bouclair… but it will be his new perch. I guess that makes him a bit of a song bird? The other ceramic piece is perfect for serving crackers or a baguette at the next family dinner. I think the little handle holes are great!
I was really excited to see the slate serving tray in a variety of shapes and sizes. I’ve been keeping my eye out for one since I first saw them used by a food stylist as a backdrop in a photo shoot. Food looks really pretty on them, as do ceramic birds! Down the aisle were these slate coasters, and I plan on filling up that empty wine glass sitting atop them tonight! Jason has been away on business all week, and he’s flying back into town today! Happy Friday indeed! Bring on the weekend! I can already smell those Saturday morning pancakes…
I was invited for a sneak preview of British Columbia’s first Marshalls store on Tuesday night. Great brand names, combined with great prices, made for a great time shopping with some of my blog friends! Tracey, Danielle, Janis, Jan and I all bumped into each other while scoping out the shoe section. There were actually shoes large enough for my size 11 feet! Thank you Marshalls!
For the event, local fashion expert Luisa Rino put together these four mood boards above, showing her take on the distinct neighbourhood styles of Vancouver. (I love the Guess shoes in the Gastown board, with the faux tiger print inside.) I’m curious what kind of board she would put together for suburbia? Hmm. Wherever you’re located, the Grand Opening of Marshalls is on today, so now you can shop too! Enjoy!
Located at: 8137 Ontario Street (at Marine Drive) in Vancouver
Photo Credit: Rosa Pearson, Jeff Vinnick. Mood Boards: Luisa Rino
We had a lot of fun in the snow last week, and I’m missing it, so I’m looking forward to taking the boys sledding and to snowboarding lessons next week! I may even strap on some skis myself!
Do you like my attempt at a winter garden? There are six cabbage plants hidden under the snow too, but I’m guessing the likelihood that they are still alive is quite low. It was a lot more fun to run outside and grab kale for my morning shake when it was summertime! Brr!
If you have a moment, be sure to pop over to Rambling Renovators to check out Jen’s “Great Reads 2012″ today. I’m thrilled to be included on her list! Have a great weekend everyone!
The pictures above show some of the moments that have been happening over here lately:
- This cute container held yummy treats from The Last Crumb from West Elm Market. How cute is that sweet little gingerbread house!
- What did party hosts do before Pinterest inspiration!? That’s where Jamie saw this Christmas tree veggie tray idea!
- I’ve been emailing out Printable Holiday Gift Tags this week… thanks for all of your orders!
- This is how the boys looked when they saw Santa this year. I picked them up early from school on the day of the Newtown tragedy, let them choose what they wanted to wear, and spent the afternoon enjoying them. Dressing up just didn’t feel important this year. I’m so happy that today is the start of two weeks off from school!
I want to take a moment to wish you all a wonderful Christmas season. I hope that your holidays are full of love and laughter with your family and friends. I also want to say a big thank you for visiting me here over the last year. I appreciate your comments and support so much!
PS – I’m over at Recreated sharing one of our family’s favourite Christmas traditions today, in case you’re curious.
I was so excited to attend the Grand Opening for my friend’s new store in Abbotsford on Friday night. Spruce Collective is the bricks + mortar collaboration between Elisa of Home Sweet Nest, Jessica of Trove Vintage Rentals & Handmade Affairs, Kevi of Twig Home, Monica of Red Wicker and Lily of Birch + Bird. A huge congratulations to all of you on a fabulous job!
Lily and I met almost two years ago, when we were both pretty new to blogging, and it has been great getting to know her better! It’s been fabulous to witness the success of her blog, and now this beautiful store! I love it when genuinely nice, talented people succeed!
How cool is the little nook for the kids! They know what makes moms happy!
The store is filled with beautiful vignettes, and all sorts of treasures, not to mention a big room at the back for classes! You can see more pics on their site, or better yet, stop by and see it for yourself!
I had the pleasure of spending a couple of hours with other media people at Indigo’s Fall Holiday Preview at the Cactus Club Cafe today. Would you like a sneak peak at what’s to come? Well, here you go!
Someone did an amazing job styling all the beautiful items on display! I’d love it if they’d come hang out at my house and work their magic.
And guest of honor, Chef Feenie, he kept us nibbling on his wonderful creations as we wandered around. He was kind enough to pose for a picture with his new cookbook, Rob Feenie’s Casual Classics, Everyday Recipes for Family and Friends. I’m looking forward to making his Leek, Tomato and Garlic soup!
It feels good to blog about the upcoming holiday season in the middle of a heat wave… somehow I feel a little bit cooler now.
PS – If you follow me on Twitter you’ve already seen my other #IndigoFaves!
Photo Credits: Rosa Pearson
There is a party going on, and I thought you might like to know! After 35 years in Richmond, IKEA is celebrating the opening of a brand new store today! If you’re the lucky first-in-line you’ll be holding a $10,000 gift card!! And the first 1,000 fans after that will receive mystery envelopes!
I got to check out their inspiring new store at their media cocktail party, and also had some fun with my blogging friends. The new store is 334,000 sq.ft. so my recommendation is to wear comfortable shoes. I know I’ll be wearing runners next time! My feet still hate me. But don’t worry, if your feet get tired there are plenty of places to have a seat…
oh wait, wrong picture, hee hee. There may have been some crazy shenanigans that night… but I won’t name names. Maybe if you need to take a break you’d be better off sitting here…
You may see me there if you’re heading down, since I won a $100 IKEA gift card over at hodge:podge last week and plan on heading back to spend it! Thank you Barbara!! And a big thanks to IKEA!
WHERE: 3320 Jacombs Road, Richmond
WHEN: April 25th, 2012. Opening Ceremonies begin at 8:20am.
Doors open at 9:00am.
Photo Credit: IKEA Canada (except for the picture of the lambswool divers, that one would be mine. And it might just be Tracey & Andrea.)
I’ve been interviewed by Barbara of hodge:podge for her “So Canadian Eh” Series! You can check it out today right here!!
Here are some other things that I think you might enjoy:
- I am probably the worst dinner guest, but this might help!
- This is the cutest breakfast idea, and kids can make their own.
- I want to try this Swiss Army Inspired DIY.
- For the photography lovers out there, this one‘s for you. (Thnx Kathy!)
Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!!
PS – I took this pic while prepping a salad last weekend. I love Spring! The fabulous turquoise backdrop is actually one of my new dish cloths from 2jacs!
I have been amazed by the talent of bloggers lately! I thought that I’d share some of the inspiring DIY art projects I’ve been seeing. First up, Lindsay, of Little House Blog created this fabulous abstract art last week. Her tip: Start by painting the background black first. I’ll be trying this!
The Homemade Home has it dialed in when it comes to DIY art! Ashley made both this stencil art, and their family sign!
Children can take part too in Merilee’s DIY Circle Punch Art on Mer Mag!! I may try this with the boys in the next few days since the teachers here are on strike… no school!
Style at Home featured David Barclay’s home, and the simple, bold art he created for it. Choose your favorite color, buy a large canvas, and go for it! (Photography: Stacey Brandford)
And, although not recent, I had to include this fabulous typographic piece that blogger Alisa Burke created using black shoe polish!! Shoe polish! What a great way to bring a meaningful quote into your home.
I hope these projects have inspired you to create some art of your own!