HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA
146 YEARS YOUNG!
Photo taken by Modmissy – Banff, Alberta, Canada
Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield came back down to Earth last week.
Commander Hadfield, NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn and Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko made the return journey packed like sardines into the Soyuz capsule and safely landed in Kazakhstan after their 5 month stay aboard the ISS (International Space Station).
To be honest I was nervous about the landing. A little apprehensive. After all Cmdr. Hadfield has been an important part of my life for the last 5 months. I have been following him via Twitter as he shared his daily experiences and his many, many photos taken aboard the ISS.
With 144 days on the ISS, 2336 orbits around Earth and covering almost 62 million miles there was a lot of great photo ops!
The view from Cmdr. Hadfield’s camera lens was ‘out of this world’. Here are some of my favourites.
Thank you Cmdr. Hadfield for making the Earth appear like such a beautiful and wondrous place.
All images via Commander Chris Hadfield
I have this childhood memory of sitting in the backseat of my parent’s car while on our way to someone’s cottage. (Not sure who’s cottage – my memory’s not perfect!)
The sweltering heat of July was blowing in through the open windows (non-existent air conditioning!) causing us 4 kids crammed in the back seat to stick together but it did not matter because somehow I had won the coveted position of a window seat. I had an unimpeded view. Happy, happy!
On our journey I remember passing by a roadside motel, with a name something like Lakeside Motel or Three Lakes Motel, and thought it funny that there was no lake in sight although there was a pool out front. The motel was a long, 1-storey stucco building painted bright white with green roof shingles and blue painted doors. To the side of each blue door was a very ‘mod’ looking chair in bright orange.
I have never forgotten this image – colourful yes, but it was the groovy orange chairs that I fell in love with.
The designers were recruited by an injected-molding plastics company, Industries Provinciales Ltée, of Quebec to produce a comfortable and stylish modern indoor/outdoor chair. The chair was designed in one weekend! The chair fell off the ‘design radar’ for a number of years but has recently made a big comeback. The Solair chair is now in production and distribution by Industries Emile Lachance Ltée
I recently came across these chairs for sale in a rainbow of colours at The Hudson Bay Company in downtown Toronto.
A feeling of nostalgia came over me especially when I realized that my childhood memory is now an iconic piece of Canadian design. (The chair, not my memory!)
All images via Modmissy
Recently returned from a fabulous Caribbean holiday in beautiful St. Lucia – a holiday of sunshine and colour!
I hung out for a week with my teenage son and had a lot of fun.
The resort we stayed at had a very relaxed vibe and I attribute that a lot to the style of the lodgings. All the accommodations were cabana-style with lofted ceilings, white painted bead board on the interior and a view to the garden and/or ocean. The cabanas were colourfully painted on the outside; turquoise, orange, yellow, green and blue.
St Lucia is a very photographic island with beautiful topography. One of the best ways to see the island is aboard the water so we took a ride aboard a catamaran and sailed up and down the coastline.
Is there anything more beautiful than a white sail against a blue sky? Truly the reason why we try to capture the feeling of ‘nautical’ in design.
All images via Modmissy
SPRING – it has finally arrived!!
Kick winter to the curb and do the ‘happy dance’! You deserve it.
At this time of year the days are longer and brighter.
People just seem happier. I attest this to colour – with the arrival of spring comes colour; bright, happy colours.
After a long dull winter colour is the mood booster we all need.
Colourful spring bulbs are popping up from the ground. This photo was taken from my neighbour’s south-facing garden – and the white stuff is snow! If you don’t have any spring flowers take a stroll through a retail venue and get your hit of colour from store displays. The Hudson Bay Company is totally decked out for spring with colour everywhere throughout the store and a SPRING STARTS HERE event now on.
While shopping for a desk lamp for an executive client’s office last week I came across this colourful display. Unfortunately not what ‘Mr. President’ required but it made me pause and smile.
I love this colourful crockery display at Homesense.
Spring spring is a wonderful thing,
All the colours make your heart sing.
Vibrant green and bright sky blue,
And hits of purple, pink and yellow too.
I adore this wonderful time of year,
It makes me happy and full of cheer!
All images via Modmissy
Do you like going to the spa?
Being personally pampered and indulged in all things comforting, calming and relaxing. Totally therapeutic – right?
I had a few girlfriends ask if I would like to join them for a day at the spa during my week of ‘stay-cation’.
I am not a spa girl.
For me my ‘therapy’ is visual. I would rather spend a day strolling about just looking and seeing.
Often that ‘looking’ involves retail, admiring window displays and set designs that constantly change to reflect colour and trends. I love to visit art galleries and see the beauty there. I like to walk about different neighborhoods admiring homes. I enjoy walking around downtown viewing the architecture of commercial buildings, skyscrapers – both historical and modern.
I have come to realize that I am not a ‘spa’ girl but rather I am a ‘spatial’ girl!
Here is what I saw while on my stay-cation.
An early morning walk to Lake Ontario revealed a scene of tranquil beauty.
This home renovation made me smile with its colourful plywood framing.
The beautiful blue skies made St James Cathedral seem even more magnificent.
I thought this was really cool how the glass building seemed to disappear into the blue sky!
Of course a visit to the AGO is always a must even if it was to just appreciate the Henry Moore sculpture on the outside of the gallery.
The cantilevered portion of the OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design) building in downtown Toronto always makes me pause. And look….there’s the CN Tower peeking through!
The view from the floor to ceiling windows atop the Sheraton Centre is a great place to get a view of downtown Toronto.
Last week I had a wonderful stay-cation in Toronto seeing all the sites and visiting with family and friends.
All images via Modmissy excluding spa photo: www.blog.invitationbox.com
With the February blahs behind us and almost mid-way into March I find I am craving for colour.
Next week is school break for our household. My boys head off to the Rockies for a week of skiing and I am staying home; a stay-cation as I like to call it.
I prefer to set my sights on somewhere warm and colourful.
This photo I took last summer is a retrospect in blues and a reminder that Lake Ontario located at the end of my street can sometimes look like a ‘tropical’ getaway.
So until I book that ‘colourful’ getaway I will just have to imagine.
Have a great weekend!
Image via Modmissy
Will you be mine……….
Eames Eiffel chairs are red,
The Pascal Tarabay clock says its ten to two.
A very cool bamboo magazine rack,
And a Jonathan Adler pillow just for you!
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!
Image designed by Modmissy