Pantone Colour of the Year 2013: Emerald 17-5641

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again. Yesterday PANTONE announced their choice for the colour of the year 2013. Their choice is Emerald (17-5641) which they describe as a lively, radiant and lush green – a sophisticated and luxurious colour which is also the colour of growth, renewal and prosperity.

As I did with their choice for 2012 – I thought I’d gather a few ways you could add some of that lively green to your life right now:

From top left: Pot, Napkin, Clock, Rug, Ring, Rug, Pillow, Plate, Pillow, Chair, Rug

I cannot tell you how excited I am that a shade of Green is the colour of the year. I LOVE green, and not just because I’m Irish ;). I’ve had this picture pinned forever and I love it – the emerald green is a lovely contrast to the cream and black.

I’ve got bedside lamps with green dots on them, and I’ve been trying to put together my bedroom for a couple of years, but I’ve found green rather hard to find in fabrics and linens (at least at the stores I frequent). Hopefully this will change as the year goes on, and green will be easier to find as retailers take their cue from Pantone – just like they did in 2012.

What do you think of their choice? Are you loving it like I am, or are you wishing they picked something else?

It’s Awards Season – Oscars, Liebsters, and Homies and More

Did you watch the Oscars on Sunday? I did. I don’t have cable, and after some frustration searching for a feed online I discovered that if I placed my antenna in the middle of my coffee table, and didn’t move an inch from one spot on my couch I got perfect over-air reception. Unfortunately I don’t think my efforts were worth the trouble – the show itself was a bit of a bore. There were a couple of redeeming moments, namely Christopher Plummer winning his first Oscar for his role in The Beginners (excellent movie BTW), and sporting his Order of Canada lapel pin while doing it!

Christopher Plummer accepting his well deserved Oscar image: Kevin Winter/Getty images

There was of course the Oscar fashion, but I won’t really bore you with that (as I’m sure you’ve already seen all you really care to see about it) except this one picture of Michelle Williams:

Michelle Williams – Oscars 2012 Image: Getty images

I love Michelle Williams’ style, but the reason this picture caught my attention isn’t the dress, although it’s gorgeous, it’s the haircut. You see, back a few years ago I had a similar style:

Sept 2009 – The day I chopped off all my hair for donation. Should I cut my hair again?

I’m thinking about cutting it short again as my hair unfortunately now looks a bit more like this:


Okay, enough about that. You may recall I recently posted about my being awarded a Leibster Blog award by Janet at ‘Housefour‘. Well since then I have been bestowed with a few more:

April at ‘Money Pit Love’ gave me the 7×7 award which asks for 7 facts about me, and I need to pass the award on to 7 other bloggers.

Michelle at ‘The 236‘ gave me the Liebster award which as you know needs 5 facts and 5 nominations. Jo at ‘As Is‘ also gave me the Liebster a few days later.

April at ‘Money Pit Love‘ also ‘Tagged me’ which means I should give you 11 random facts about myself and ‘tag’ 11 other blogs.

As you can see, I’ve run into a wee problem. Each of these blogger bestowed awards asks that you nominate some other blogs and share some facts about yourself. If you’ve been keeping score that means in total I should nominate 28 blogs and share 28 random facts about yours truly with you. The wee problem I’m experiencing is I don’t know of enough smaller blogs to nominate, and coming up with that many random facts is incredibly hard without resorting to what I had for breakfast this morning (tea and a toasted bagel with cream cheese).

I didn’t want to ignore these wonderful bloggers so please go check out their blogs even though I won’t be able to fulfill the requirements of these lovely awards. They are all talented ladies.

While you’re off checking out new blogs be sure to check out some of the blogs that have been nominated so far for this years ‘Homies’ on Apartment Therapy. Quite a few of the blogs I read everyday have been nominated already and I look forward to discovering some more.

And to close – here are 5 random facts about me:

  • I had a goldfish named ‘Chubby’ as a child. Three guesses as to why ;)
  • I am the first of two children
  • It’s my birthday next week :(
  • I am a MAJOR chocoholic
  • I speak French although it’s a bit rusty from disuse. Would anyone like to send me to Paris so I can brush up?

I’d Like to Thank the Academy . .

Last week, Janet over at HouseFour very kindly awarded me the Liebster award! The award is awarded by fellow bloggers to blogs with fewer than 200 followers to introduce them to a larger audience.Anyways, when I heard about this me first thought was ‘What the heck is a liebster’, so being the pseudo-nerd that I am I turned to the all-knowing wizard otherwise known as Google and asked. Apparently leibster is a German word meaning sweetheart, beloved person, darling or liked very much.

When you’re awarded the Liebster award there are 5 rules that you must follow. They are:

  1. Choose five up-and-coming blogs to award the Liebster to. These five blogs must have fewer than 200 followers.
  2. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
  3. Post the award on your blog.
  4. List the bloggers you gave the award to with links to their sites. Leave comments on their blogs so they know about the award.
  5. Share 5 random facts about yourself.

Anyways, I mentioned at the start of this post that Janet gave me this award last week, and you’d think that I’d immediately do a post about it. I would have except for one wee problem – it turns out that most of the blogs I read on a regular basis are quite well established and don’t qualify as much as I’d love to recognise them. What was I to do? Well, I did what any self-respecting blog addict would do, and set out to discover a few new-to-me blogs who might qualify. So, after poking around quite a number of blogs over the past few days I’ve managed to round up a list of 5 blogs I really like. Some of the blogs below I’ve been reading for quite some time, some are fairly new to me – I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Anyways, here is the list of blogs I like (In no particular order)

(If I’ve awarded you this award and you have more than 200 followers I apologise – sometimes it’s really hard to tell)

Okay, and on to that boring part of ever award show – you know, when those uncomfortable looking accountants come out and explain how the results were tabulated:

5 random facts about me:

  • I was born in Montreal, but grew up in Toronto
  • I HATE the cold. This can be a problem given I live in Canada
  • I was a synchronized swimmer growing up – even going to Nationals
  • I don’t float, which makes the preceding random fact rather ironic
  • I LOVE to travel – the list of places I’ve visited is fairly long, but the list of places I want to see is even longer.

IDS12: Part 3 – Studio North

Studio North, the ‘show within a show’, was held at the Interior Design Show for the 10th year. The premise behind the show is to introduce the public to great Canadian design talent. I was incredibly impressed with the range of items these talented designers showcased – below is just a sampling of what I saw.

Jeremy Kehoe

Jeremy Kehoe is a furniture designer and woodworker from Toronto who uses as much sustainable and domestic woods as he can.

I loved this table

Nomo Creations

This Orbit table from Nomo Creations received quite a bit of press during the show. The father and son team us materials that can be separated for recycling, and their products are designed to be able to shrink so they can be shipped in smaller packages.

Orbit Table - Nomo Creations

Brothers Dressler

Twin brothers Jason and Lars Dressler are woodworkers from Toronto. Most of the wood seen in the dining room below was created using the wood from one tree that died in 2010.

The table and light were made from one tree.

Tyler MacKenzie + Bettie Cott

I love the lines of Tyler MacKenzie‘s Radius Lounge chair, and Bettie Cott‘s Peaks and Valleys coatrack is whimsical and practical – I can easily imagine it in a child’s room.

Radius Lounge Chair and Peaks and Valleys coatrack

Kino Guérin

Kino Guérin‘s pieces are made from bent wood, and are stunning in person.

Knot bench

Recycled slate blackboard

That’s the last of my pictures from IDS12 – I hope I managed to show you some of the great things there were to see at the show, and maybe encouraged you to make a visit to the show next year – I know I’ll be going – I can’t wait to see what is new then.