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One Lovely Blog Award

One Lovely Blog Award

What a nice surprise! This weekend the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’ was sent my way ūüôā Thank you so much to Heather from¬†grillfusion¬†for the nomination! If you haven’t stopped by grillfusion, you really must! I mean seriously, you have see Heather’s¬†DIY Name Plate Sign.¬†Looove this…

What do Sitting and Smoking Have in Common?

What do Sitting and Smoking Have in Common?

As a blogger… I am sitting and working for long periods of time. Too long, in fact. I try to get up and make sure I move around, find reasons to go up and down the stairs throughout the day, pay attention to my posture,…

TAG, You’re It!

TAG, You’re It!

My friend Carol over at The Design Pages tagged me in a fun little question and answer game, and today I’m ‘telling all’ as I answer her questions! So kick back and enjoy ūüėČ ¬†But this is only part of the fun, because I get to tag a whole new group of bloggers and pass the ‘tell all’ on to them! And just a little housekeeping before we get started…


  • You must post the rules!
  • Answer the 11 questions the tagger posted for you , and then create 11 new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
  • Tag 11 people and link them in your post.
  • Let them know you’ve tagged them.

Here we go, this is what Carol wanted to know.

1. What did you do last Friday night?

My hubby and I are catching up on Mad Men, so our Friday nights start off with a martini and appies while we watch a few episodes… 3 olives, wet and dirty! Oh, and I prefer garlic stuffed olives please!!!

Source: Mad Men / Martini

 2. What is your specialty in the kitchen?

Honestly, I’d rather prep and clean up than cook! But if I had to pick, I’d say my specialty would be appies, great salads and comfort food… I leave the extravagant meals to my hubby – he loves to cook them, I love to eat them, so we make a great team!

Source: Appies / Salad / Spaghetti / Stew

3. What is yor favourite nail polish colour?

I’m not a huge nail polish person,¬†gasp!¬†I love the way it looks, but it drives me crazy once it’s on. When I do decide to glam it up, I like anything in this deeper colour palette…


 4. Dogs or cats?

I don’t have either, but I’m a dog person hands-down, and Labs are my favorite. We had 2 black labs when I was growing up, and a chocolate lab when my daughter was quite young.

5. What is your favourite computer or phone app?

When I’m working on my computer I use Jing a lot for my photos, and Evernote when I’m working on my Android tablet. My next phone is going to be an iPhone, so I bet I’ll have a different answer then!

6. Who inspires you the most?

This is a tough one! I’m inspired by different people for different reasons. My husband because he’s so focused, Candice Olson for her glamorous and functional designs, the Eames because they were just pure¬†genius, Steve Jobs for all the obvious reasons, Audrey Hepburn for her flawless sense of style… but right now I think Young House Love is a pretty hefty dose of inspiration. They have no fear in tackling just about any DIY, and that gives me confidence to roll up my own sleeves and dive in, too!

7. If you and I were going to spend a weekend together what would you plan for us?

I’d love to go thrifting, antiquing, maybe even tackle a DIY project. Of course there would have to be some great food and wine thrown into the mix!

 Source: Antique Store / Wine 

8. What was the best book you read last year?

At first this question bogged me down. I read a few ‘fluff’ novels that I enjoyed, so¬†inconsequential that I can’t even remember their titles now, but great escapes. And then I panicked thinking yikes I¬†never read anymore! But then I realized I’m reading all the time… blogs, shelter magazines, design books, articles on line… I love to get lost in a novel, but once it’s finished I move on. And I’m ready for another one… got any you’d recommend?


¬†9. What’s your biggest accomplishment of 2012?

I know we’re barely into this year, but one thing is my blog. I work really hard to put out 5 posts a week, so that feels pretty big as it takes a ton of time and commitment, which I know you know! And I’ve been working on some DIY projects, so I know as I finish them they’ll be satisfying accomplishments for me. I also just participated, along with other VISSR members, in a volunteer redesign project. We made over two classrooms for Bridges for Women in Victoria, and that was very gratifying… you can see the SHAW TV clip here.

10. Do you like to dance?

I love to dance! And learning how to tango is still on my bucket list!


11. Which is your favourite, must read blog?

Oh boy, that’s tough. Yours is definitely one of my favorites! I read different blogs for different reasons… I love the DIY-ers, I really like blogs that feature vintage pieces, great spaces, great photography, and I definitely have a special spot for our dlbWEST bloggers. I think it’s easier to say my favorite blogs are the ones that don’t overwhelm me with a ton of text. I appreciate the work that goes into an article, and yet I want to get to all the blogs I follow, so I like it when they’re not overly long.


Modern Jane

Decor Adventures

Prairie Perch

Home Bunch

The Simply Inspired Home

2 Jacs

Row House Nest

Wooden Spoon Editions

Dans le Townhouse

Inspire Me Heather

Bella Lime


  1. What’s the biggest compliment you could be given as a result of your blog?
  2. What gets you out of bed in the morning, keeps you awake at night?
  3. How do you recharge?
  4. What is your most cherished family tradition?
  5. If you could pick anything on any menu, what would it be?
  6. What’s in your closet that’s seen better days, but somehow you just can’t let it go?
  7. What’s a lasting lesson your mother (or father, grandparent, or…) taught you?
  8. Are you seeing a make-up trend that you’d rather see gone?
  9. Boots. What style is your style?
  10. If you inherited an antique piece of furniture, would you modify it in any way? Where would you draw the line?
  11. What’s hot, what’s not in decor?

Thank you Carol for including me! I loved learning more about you, and can’t wait to learn more about the others too!

Let’s Connect!

Let’s Connect!

With the news that Picnik will be¬†closing on April 19, 2012… From www.picnik.com And this great post, ‘Blog Housekeeping: Subscribe & Follow Options‘ by¬†{aka}|design, I thought it was a good idea that I do a little housekeeping myself. Back in November 2011, Google announced they…

Want A Critique of Your Blog?

Want A Critique of Your Blog?

Want some feedback on your blog? As in maybe there’s a lot to like about it, and maybe there are some areas that could use improvement, but you’re just not in the ‘know’ either way! Heather from¬†Inspire Me Heather is hosting an ingenious ‘link up’…

Blogging Just Keeps on Giving!

Blogging Just Keeps on Giving!

From everything I’ve been reading, I know I’m not alone when I say I’m feeling so grateful and lucky for the good things that came my way in 2011. Who knew the life of a blogger could be so rich and rewarding? And I mean that in the soul sense, but there’s a lot of good luck and timing that wove its way through, too.

Like connecting with the amazing group of bloggers, Canadian Design & Lifestyle Bloggers West.

This group is dynamic and full of talented, ambitious personalities. All you have to do is read the blogs of our DLBwest members to know I’m not kidding! Do you remember the idsWEST weekend I wrote about here, and my interview with designer Kelly Deck, here? Well these opportunities wouldn’t have been possible, this fusion of social media and design…

…without the hard work of our incredible DLBwest organizers, Victoria Lambert, Nancy Marcus, Barbara Marek-Matson, and Karla Adamatsuread more here.

And if not for blogging, I would not have even known about, let alone entered, the fabulous giveaways hosted by fellow bloggers and gifted creatives alike. Which means I would not have been the lucky winner of the giveaways I wrote about here and here. And seriously, there were a ton of jaw-dropping giveaways!

If not for the amazing world of blogging I might not have been as informed about these design books that found their way onto my wish list…





And are now scratched off because my awesome hubby put them under the tree! Well, he put the first 2 under the tree, and gave me a gift card to Chapters for the last one because he wasn’t sure if I seriously wanted all 3!!! And I know I’m not the only one who got to add a few of these books to the coffee table collection!

Blogging has given me so many tips and a ton of information that’s often hard to find. Where would I be without the tutorials, the go-to’s, and the do not do’s that might not otherwise arise? Because of blogging I have taken on projects I probably wouldn’t have attempted before, like the summer and the fall Pinterest challenges!

Speaking of Pinterest, that’s a whole other world that’s a blogger’s delight! But it’s not limited to bloggers, oh no, not at all. Have you stopped by? Oh, and I heard whispers in the fall that there will be a winter challenge coming some time in January! Do you think you might join in the fun? Keep an eye on Young House Love blog, because that’s where the details will be.

Reading blogs can be a one-stop shop, and trust me, I’ve discovered a world of resources literally at my fingertips… you know, clicking across the keyboard can open some magical doors! Do you know how much information is packaged in a blog and tied up with the visuals as if they were the bow? Blogs are pretty to look at, and practical to read!

Blogging is the doorway into the hearts and homes of others. I know, because it’s your comments that touch my heart, your decorating ideas that fill my home, and your recipes that I want to try. Post after post, the inspiration to try new ideas, to get things done, the eureka moments when you learn something new, and just to share and share alike is what makes blogging the special community that it is.

What do you love about the land of blog? What would you like to see?

It’s about coming home… If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

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Guest Post at hodge:podge

Guest Post at hodge:podge

Happy Sunday! I know you don’t usually find me here today, but I stopped in because I’m super excited to be guest posting over at hodge:podge, and wanted to let you know. Have you read Barbara’s ‘So Canadian, eh?’ That’s where you’ll find me… click…

A Story Unfolds for Bloggers, CDLB West at IDS West

A Story Unfolds for Bloggers, CDLB West at IDS West

I’m back from Vancouver where I attended the IDS West show this past weekend… and what a show it was! There’ll be a whole lot more coming, but this post is about the incredible planning and organizing by our amazing CDLB West group leaders, Victoria…