Thursday, November 27, 2008
This beautiful living room is featured in his portfolio, found here.
This beautiful kitcken (LOVE IT) is featured on apartmenttherapy, found here.
I have recently started a mirror collection in my dining room AND in my bedroom - I love bevelled mirrors...that said, I also have this long, empty stairwell with a beautiful windown at the top - I think this type of thing would look beautiful!!
Friday, November 21, 2008
The federal government officially closed the door on no-money-down mortgages Oct. 15, but exceptions remain that allow buyers to effectively finance 100 per cent of a home purchase.
Federal finance officials announced the changes in July, to take effect Oct. 15, banning 100-per-cent mortgages and loans with 40-year payouts. They called the move "a responsible and measured approach," to "reduce the risk of a U.S.-style housing bubble" in Canada.
Except Invis mortgage broker Paula Siemens counts three ways in which buyers can still get 100-per-cent financing or skirt the 100-per-cent rule by borrowing a down payment or taking so-called "cashback" mortgages.
The article (via househunting.ca) is here.
Check it out: http://pondpine.blogspot.com/
However, the report says that a major drop in housing prices, as seen in the U.S. following the sub-prime mortgage crisis, is unlikely.
While home sales in Canada are down about 15 per cent off last year's record highs, prices have yet to dip -- in fact, they are up five per cent.
More of the article here.
1. Know what you want
2. Be hospitable
3. Give them space and don't ask stupid questions
4. Pay them appropriately and don't ask too many favours
5. Let them do their jobs and set realistic guidelines
The article is here.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
We always get invited to the exhibits hosted at the Galerie d’art Jean-Claude-Bergeron - definately our favorite art gallery in the city! The owner is great and always very considerate of budget and style. Go check it out!
Galerie d’art Jean-Claude-Bergeron is proud to present an exhibition of new works by
from November 6 to 23, 2008
Who is Alex Wyse? Painter? Sculptor? Printmaker? He is all of that! For this exhibition, the artist has created very elaborate drawings, invented intricate constructions just for the sake of fantasy. Alex Wyse has not exhibited his work in Ottawa since 1998. His new work is, as always, very impressive and still disarmingly charming.
Alex Wyse’s works can be found in important public collections such as:
The Art Gallery of Ontario, the City of Ottawa, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Le Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, The Ottawa Art Gallery, The Vancouver Art Gallery, The Canada Council Art Bank, The Agnes Etherington Art Gallery etc.
We finally found a barrister bookcase - or I should say that we finally managed to beat everyone else and buy one off of usedottawa.com. So frustrating!!! It was pricey but exactly what my hub has coveted for his office for forever. Here's to hoping I can find two more (with four instead of three) to complete the look...
Monday, November 17, 2008
We painted our living room this weekend and now I want new cushions. To be honest, I have cushion forms but am just too lazy to make my own (how bad is that!!). Cruising etsy, I found Marie's Cosy Cushions - her stuff is so fantastic AND affordable!!! I have four cushion forms - now I just have to pick the style. What's your fav??
Friday, November 14, 2008
About the author:
1980 born Lebanese-Mexican, expat in Italy since 1998, married to APM (a perfect man) since September 2005, cook, economist, artist (self proclaimed), full time mother (!!) of the sweetest little baby since January 2007, living on the Alps, design-junkie, borderline, straightforward outspoken anally extrusive daydreaming eternal teenager, bloody reckless, narcissist, hungry for all things beautiful (and delicious), keeping track of life.
Monday, November 10, 2008
I dream of cottage country though not really here in Ontario - the more we talk about it, the more we want want WANT a home far away from the city. So for that, I religiously read the tinyhouseblog and recently they featured these awesome cabins.
All about them:
Tay Log Cabins offer:
Custom made cabins from wood so any design can be achieved
Planed logs (95mm x 120mm) which can be assembled in standard designs measuring - 3m x 3m or 4m x 4m
Precision manufacturing for ease of building and come complete with all wooden components and shingle roof
Free design service
The info is from here.
The Third World Bazaar is a family business that purchases products from around the developing world and sells directly to consumers in the Ottawa area. We operate a Bazaar over a six week period where our products are sold in a large barn, with a festive atmosphere. We bring to our customers a wide range of exotic and interesting home décor, garden, musical instruments, art, furniture, and a wide range of other products.
We buy the majority of our products directly from the Artisans and Craftsmen in the source country. We try to maintain very low operational costs; for example we handle all shipping and transportation ourselves; wherever possible we reuse packaging and integrate old materials into our operation. This is a barn we are operating from!
Location: Manotick!! Only open ONE MORE WEEKEND, so go already!
For more information, click here.
Found via desire to inspire.
Friday, November 7, 2008
In the summer, we visited a couple that had a guestbook which they insisted we sign. When I looked through it, I discovered that they had been using the same book for over twenty years and they told me that they had started it with their wedding. They explained that anyone that visited had to sign the book, provide their address and leave a note. They actually used it for their address book! I loved the idea and soon after, we bought our own. It's hard getting into the habit of having people sign it and I have to admit that I think some guests feel foolish. That said, I still love it and plan on doing it forever!
Book found via Sribes Delight.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I have a thing for gray - we've been talking lately about painting our whoooole house gray, the only problem is I can't pick a shade. It's really hard and I'm not very decisive!!!!
Maybe I should just go for this wallpaper I found via apartmenttherapy.
HERE: The Carleton Community Art Show
7 – 10 November 2008
Carleton University Art Gallery, St. Patrick’s Building
Opening reception: Friday, 7 November, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) is pleased to announce HERE: The Carleton Community Art Show, which will display artwork made by the students, staff and faculty of Carleton University.
Diana Nemiroff, CUAG’s director, says, "We see the art gallery as Carleton’s cultural hub and this exhibition lets us reach out to the community in an inclusive way. We look forward to being surprised by the hidden talent on campus!”
All members of the Carleton community – students, staff, and faculty – are invited to submit artwork to display in this groundbreaking exhibition. Each artist can submit up to three (3) examples of his or her work, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, textile arts, and prints.
More info here.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Come see us at Larose Flea Market - open WEDNESDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY, 9 AM to 5 PM.
La Bouquinerie de l'Encan
We sell, trade and buy books, CD's and DVD's
Larose Flea Market, Local 502
110 Georges Street, Masson-Angers
(from Gatineau-Ottawa: highway 50, rue Georges exit, turn left, a minute drive)
Saturday, November 1, 2008
John in Embassy Suites
Originally uploaded by proxyindian
I hope John doesn't mind me using this picture for art deco inspiration. Check out that headboard, that mirror, those legs!! ;) I wonder if I can etch this pattern into a mirror...
london art deco interior: The Lansdowne Club 1930s
Originally uploaded by mermaid99
Check out this detailing!!! I love the shell shape and think that would be super cool to do in a bedroom.