I had to say goodbye to an old friend.
So I bought a new car.
While discussing colour options with the car salesman he made the comment that you were not getting your money’s worth when choosing ‘white’ because “you weren’t getting any colour”.
Is white valueless?
It’s been a long time since I wrote last (many apologies) and much has happened.
During that long sabbatical I renovated my kitchen.
Actually making the decision to renovate took a very long time because I wasn’t sure I could live with a white kitchen.
I knew white was the right colour (experts say it adds $$$ to the sale of a home) but I was trying to envision myself in a white kitchen.
I decided that I wanted as much white in my kitchen as possible.
And so I chose,
White (Floratta) granite,
Even the flowers outside my kitchen window in full bloom are white.
Needless to say I jumped in with both feet – in white!
I love my new white kitchen and by the way, I did not buy a white car!
We have a candidate sign for the upcoming Federal Election on the front lawn of our home.
My son wanted to make a political statement so it was his doing.
Bravo I say, be involved.
Of course not everyone will agree with the ‘colour’ of our sign.
Different political party, different colour.
Unfortunately, someone in our neighbourhood disagreed with our choice and hung a bag of dog poop on our political sign.
I say…..Freedom of choice has gone to the dogs!
Imagine if we all chose the same colour whether it was for our political party or the colour of our homes décor.
Where would the individuality be?
Given the choice my recent clients have all chosen grey sofas for their living rooms.
Beautiful I say.
But my living room sofa is not grey; in fact nothing in my home’s décor is grey.
However that did not make me want to place dog poop on my clients’ heads.
When working with my clients we choose what makes them happy!
So on Voting Day get out there and vote. Choose your color and make your choice!
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The unofficial rule states that summer ended on Labour Day and wearing white post-LD is gauche.
The white rule is so ingrained in my brain (my Mother’s decree) that I do make a conscious effort to refrain from donning white.
I have written many times about white; white accessories, white art, white food.
I even wrote about the decision of choosing the ‘right white’ when it came to paint colours. I stated that “sometimes climbing a mountain is easier than choosing a paint colour” and of course I included a photo of myself and hubby climbing Cascade Mountain in Banff, Alberta, Canada.
Fast forward 25 years, hubby and I were once again climbing Cascade Mountain.
(Different jacket, same colour. And surprise, surprise…..it’s orange!)
But this time we climbed that mountain with our son.
This past August we took a road trip with our son through Alberta and British Columbia, Canada and returned to those wonderful mountains.
We hiked and biked, biked and hiked, then biked and hiked some more! If there was a mountain we climbed it. If there was a pathway we bike it.
And oh look….glacier white.
A truly breathtaking holiday. More to come!
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Today is Earth Day.
A day when over a billion people in more than 192 countries give thanks to our tiny orb and demonstrate awareness in support for the environment.
This year my nod to Earth Day occurred on my way to the recycle box.
In an “OMG” moment I realized that something I had barely used I was throwing out. Truly a blatant waste of the earth’s resources! Sinful right?
The item plaguing me with guilt was a fabric sample brochure from Keilhauer; a company whose corporate goal is to be ‘environmentally benign’. Far be it for me to mess with a company Mission Statement!
Surely I could think of some way to ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’.
Back in the house I went with brochure in hand.
And got my creative juices flowing.
I started with this,
I really liked these,
But then was inspired by this,
Came up with this,
Which finally ended up looking like this,
Let’s all try to make the 3R’s part of our daily lives.
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!
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Today is the first day of Spring.
Or at least that’s what my calendar tells me because where I live the temperature keeps dancing around the freezing mark.
Mother Nature teases with blue skies and sunshine, And due to the piles of snow in my back yard I certainly could not entertain the idea of setting up my patio furniture this weekend.
But one can anticipate. And plan.
Actually a few weeks ago I attended a few Spring Previews showcasing what’s on trend for Spring 2015.
The Home Depot’s campaign of ‘Spring Starts Here’ certainly brightened a cold, snowy day in February. A fabulous lineup of outdoor furniture, colourful BBQ’s and zippy looking lawnmowers helped chase away the winter blahs. Then I sledded (still lots of snow) across town to Loblaws Outdoor Living 2015 Spring preview for a glimpse into what’s hot for this year. These gorgeous colourful beach towels are Loblaws’ interpretation of “A Heat Wave”, “Soft With a Pop” and “Very Vivid” colour palettes introduced into their outdoor furniture and accessories. As for this season BBQ’s, Loblaw’s knows that backyard cooks get personal with their BBQ’s so each one has been named based on their character; the Ami BBQ is trustworthy and petit while Troy is tough, powerful and big. Choose as you may! Anyways I’m glad spring has finally arrived and with it the onset of COLOUR.
Bring it on!
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Recently my hubby and I met friends, Jane and John Doe, for a fabulous dinner out at a local bistro.
The bistro had a very relaxed rustic-chic décor and served French-inspired cuisine and locally inspired fare.
Of course as one always eats with one’s eyes first our appetizers did not disappoint – there was colour, height and texture.
Sounds amazing right?
When our mains were delivered Jane and Hubby had meals that did not disappoint. They were ‘beautifully delicious’.
Unfortunately, John and I who ordered the same item were crestfallen. Our meals were delivered and they were ‘void’. There was no height, no texture and no colour.
On a white plate, we were served a white parchment wrapped package, and inside was a piece of white fish on a bed of white onions.
White was not what I expected.
Although there is nothing more beautiful than white,
And even white snow,
But on my plate, served in a French bistro is not where I thought I would see white.
I ordered chocolate cake for dessert. It did not disappoint!
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A brand new year is upon us. Fresh and full of opportunities.
Anything and everything lies ahead. It’s exciting!
So instead of writing about binding New Year resolutions I thought the year should be about encouragement and breaking free or as Ralph Waldo Emerson remarked,
Be unique. Create your own.
Climb great heights,
Reach for the top,
Make your space sing with colour – choose a colour that’s outside your comfort zone,
After all, 2 of the industry leaders in the world of colour, Pantone and Benjamin Moore, announced their Colour of the Year 2015 – total opposites on the colour wheel. So anything goes!
Find your balance,
Take time to smell the roses,
Find your happy! (a ’66 Chevy Impala)
But honestly, at the end of the day it’s all about finding your peace,
Here’s hoping that 2015 is a stellar year.
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“What’s in a name?”
That iconic question asked by many.
But none so famous as that asked by Shakespeare’s Juliet when it came to her lover Romeo,
“O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name;”
A conundrum for sure as the name meant (spoiler alert!) death for the star-crossed lovers.
Names are important.
Just as Juliet asked, “that which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet?” would a name of an item influence your choice or sway your decision?
The reason I ask is that while flipping through a recent Sears® catalogue I found it interesting the names now used for colour choices of décor items such as furniture, linens and drapery.
(Boring) beige is now named Moon Rock, Bamboo Beige and Shiitake Mushroom conjuring up something more contemporary.
(Mundane) grey has been pumped up to Volcanic Grey, Molten Lead and Fossil Grey. Feel the excitement!?
(Blah) brown is now Earth and Dark Fudge. Sound yummier?
(Stale) green has become Shale Green and Smokey Sage. Sexier?Even the automotive icon, Porsche® known for its truly distinctive design and breathtaking dynamics has given emotional impact to yellow with the 2014 colour option Racing Yellow. Can’t you just feel the race-inspired colour philosophy!?
Got me swooning!
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