Bathroom Update – Peonies and Sparkle

I’m not a fan of my bathroom. I’d love to rip the whole thing out and start from scratch, but unless I win the lottery that’s unfortunately not a project I’ll get to tackle any time soon. I made some changes way back in 2011 (which tackled the ugly blue plastic shelving), and I’ve recently made a couple of other small changes.

The shower curtain rings I had were simple chrome spheres. They were nice enough, but after a few years the humidity was making them discolour a bit. After a bit of searching I replaced them with something with a little sparkle.New Bath curtain hooks

I, like a lot of other people, am quite fond of Peonies. Last year I was lucky enough to win a beautiful ‘Stop and Smell the Peonies’ print by Stephanie Sterjovski and Anna Agiropolous (of Anna with Love) through Tim at Design Maze. Being the queen or procrastination and indecisiveness it took me a while to decide where to put it, but now that it has finally found a home I couldn’t be happier. Every morning when I’m getting ready for the day it’s a pretty reminder to find time to enjoy and appreciate the small things that make me happy.New Bathroom Art - Stop and Smell the Peonies

They’re small changes, but I think they’ve both dramatically improved my space.

Monday Morning Love – David Collins Livingroom

Good Morning! Are any of you wondering where the weekend went – I know I am. I think it’s because last weekend was a long one due to Thanksgiving, and I’m rather partial to long weekends so wish every weekend was at least three days long.

I came across this image a while back and I fell instantly in love. This was the living room of David Collins, who was an Irish Architect and Interior Designer based in London.

Living room by David Collins. Image from AD Spain, Dec. 2009 found here

Living room by David Collins. Image from AD Spain, Dec. 2009 found here

I love how the room is comprised of mostly blue hues, but with a small pops of gold, and the stunning purple artwork. It’s a very masculine space, and even though it was designed 4+ years ago I think it’s timeless. I’m quite smitten with the royal blue sofa upholstered in velvet and want to curl up on it with a good book.

What do you think? Do you like this space as much as I do? If you could use one thing in this room in your home what would it be?

PS – I couldn’t find the original image on the AD Spain website. It and more shots of David Collins’ apartment can be found here.

Monday Morning Love – Paper Dresses

A month or so ago I was scrolling though my blog reader when I happened upon a post from Apartment Therapy. At first I couldn’t figure out why the post caught my eye as it was about a nursery which isn’t something I normally read, but then I realized it was the art on the wall. This is it:

Restoration Baby and Child - Hand Folded vintage Map Dress

Restoration Baby and Child – Hand Folded Vintage Map Dress

Can you believe this dress is made of folded paper? It’s stunning, and I don’t really care that it’s from Restoration Hardware Baby and Kids – I want it for my place. Unfortunately at $600US it’s not a purchase that I could justify.

I bit of Googling located a shop in New Zealand called Annex that sells a travel wardrobe of paper dresses and purses. The dresses here are $195.

Annex.net - Travel Wardrobe - Hand Folded Vintage Map Paper Dress

Annex.net – Travel Wardrobe – Hand Folded Vintage Map Paper Dress

I wonder how much it would cost to ship from New Zealand, and how much to have it framed?

What do you think? Would you buy a paper dress to hang on your wall?

Hello? Is There Anyone Out There?

Wow – it’s hard to believe it’s been three whole months since I posted last. My apologies, but life sort of got in the way of blogging. Did you miss me? Please say yes ;)

While I’ve been away I’ve been working on some projects, and I hope to share them with you in the next little while (If I can find the pictures – more on this below). In order to catch you up on some of the stuff I’ve been doing I thought I’d share a few Instagram pictures.
Computer failure screenDirectly or indirectly this was the start of my blogging hiatus. I had a small computer malfunction which I though I fixed. A few days later and I was proved wrong and I had to format my hard drive. Luckily I think I was able to save all my pictures. Unfortunately they’re currently on SD cards because I’ve been too busy/lazy to reorganize them on my computer.
Vintage painting - flower still lifeI bought a painting at an antique store on Queen east for $40. I love it, but like all my other pictures it’s not yet hanging anywhere. At least this one is currently sitting on the back of my couch so I can see it instead of hiding in a corner with the rest of my stuff.
Missing chunk off a furniture legI started to work on my hutch only to discover the damage to the foot was a whole lot more expensive than I thought. This cheap and easy project got a lot more difficult and expensive.
Stripped Louis XVI chairs - ready for paintingI finally did something with my Kijiji chairs – I took them to Paint it like New for a bit of paint.
At the end of March I celebrated 3 years of owning my condo – where has the time gone?
How did my hair get so longI’m not a morning person, so it’s very rare for me to do anything with my hair – I usually just tie it back. I was rather surprised how long it’s gotten when I straightened it one day, and I’ve been plotting a cut since. How short should I go?
White rug with a black trellis pattern from HomesenseI found a lovely rug at HomeSense that I planned to use in my bedroom and then drove all over the city looking for the right size. I bought it, and before I could return with a bigger car to bring it home returned it when I couldn’t justify the cost ($300 +tax) given I had some big expenses coming up (see the last three pictures).
New art - cute cows in a meadowI bought more art simply because the cows are cute – is that weird? This piece cost just $18, but I’m going to have to find a frame for it.
Running the 2013 Camp Oochigeas 10K down Yonge stWithout going out once to train, and with a doozy of a cough I ran the Camp Oochigeas 10K race down Yonge street. I didn’t post a great finishing time, but I’m happy I completed it.
First Homework Project - Intro to DraftingI decided that since I rather enjoy this interior decorating stuff that maybe I should learn more – I enrolled in my first course at Seneca college – intro to drafting. It’s quite a bit more work than I thought, but I’m enjoying it. Who would have thought I’d go back to school?
I went to Camp GroundedI attended Camp Grounded in California for a long weekend,
Standing in front of the Golden Gate Bridgeand then I played tourist in San Fransisco for a few days.
New windows going in!Lastly, as of Monday, the new windows in my building are finally being installed after over a year of consultations and negotiations. The old windows are bright white aluminum sliders – the new ones are a dark brown fiberglass window with a double-hung cottage split with divided lights on top. Hopefully they’re a bit more historically accurate, but no matter what I’m going to be so happy when they’re complete – they were a lot of work.

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