June 25, 2011

This whole week felt like Friday to me, so I was surprised when the real Friday crept up on me and I realized I didn't have a post prepared. Oh well. So this will be Fab Saturday!
  • I Love My City print by Judy Kaufmann on etsy. Love the vibrant red, and it perfectly represents how I'm feeling about Calgary these days.
  • This week Cantos revealed the design plan for the new National Music Center! Allied Works Architecture have designed a stunning structure, surrounding the old King Eddy Hotel and is complete with an incredible bridge that spans 4th St SE.
  • And my new favourite hometown musician, Chad VanGaalen, who I saw this afternoon at Sled Island in Olympic Plaza. Here's the song he sang for me:

Now get out and enjoy your city in the sun, and all the wonderful things it offers.
Happy Weekend!

June 19, 2011

Next weekend is the Sled Island Festival in Calgary, and one of the acts I definitely won't miss is Twin Shadow.

Who are your can't miss acts?

June 17, 2011

I've had a pretty crazy week, so I am ready to just relax this weekend. I hope the weather cooperates, and I can lay back in the sun for a bit. And take some time to check out this great stuff!
  • Wurst now open! (little sneak peek photo above) Make a reservation. It was already jammed last night.
  • I first heard about Dieter Rams through mjolk. He was the head of design at Braun for many, many years, and has an amazing portfolio of iconic products. This new book from Phaidon is a comprehensive look at his career and the incredible impact his work has had on the world of design.
  • Do What You Love / Love What You Do prints from coniLAB on etsy.
  • Check out these incredible shoes from Andreia Chaves. They are manufactured out of nylon using a 3D rapid print machine for the external piece with an internal handmade leather shoe. Wow.
  • We've been looking towards our summer travel plans, and The Brief is a great new travel website, outlining the hip, must see stops in great places around the globe.
Happy Weekend!

June 13, 2011

Off of our kitchen we have a small pantry area. It features a big window, and is actually quite a nice little room. The last owners really weren't using it to it's full advantage though. It was being used as a pseudo pantry/closet, as this house doesn't really have coat closets at the entrances.

Here's the before shot. It featured the same mustardy yellow paint that the rest of the house had, and a shoddy metal shelving system. There were also those black shoe storage boxes mounted to one wall. While the room is adjacent to the back door, we didn't really feel it necessary to have coat and shoe storage here. We were also lacking storage for small appliances and the like, and decided to turn the room into a proper butlers pantry.

Ta da! Here's the after! We are so super happy with the transformation. It feels so much bigger now. We first painted over the mustard with Classic Grey (OC-23) from Benjamin Moore, which is a slightly antique white colour.

We didn't have a big budget for this space, as it was just the kitchen pantry, so most of the items you see are from Ikea. The shelving unit is the Varde, which has a nice butcher block top, and stainless steel shelves below, which is great for cleaning. The floating shelf is the Ekby system, and the little stool is the Bekvam. The aqua sisal rug is from Steeling Home.

I picked up these galvanized letters when I was at Orling and Wu in Vancouver. I also purchased the wire basket there as well.

The wall hooks are from Anthropologie.

I purchased this old window from an Antique shop awhile back. After a good clean, I painted the glass panels with blackboard paint, and added some eye hooks along the bottom for hanging keys, etc.

Glass storage jars from Crate and Barrel. I love their kitchen section, which is full of classic pieces at reasonable prices.

This mint plant is the only house plant that I have managed not to kill. It grows like a weed, and needs very little attention. It adds some nice greenery to the room.

I think the room needs a little bit more art, and I would love to replace the light fixture with an antique schoolhouse style fixture. Other than that, this little makeover is making me even more eager to tackle the rest of the kitchen changes.

June 10, 2011

Friday, Friday! This week has seemed very long, don't know how it felt for you. Here are some faves from this week:
  • Heath Ceramics is one of my favorite suppliers and I have been intending to do a full post dedicated to them for some time. In the meantime, they launched a new collection of house numbers that are just perfect. I hope to see these adorning my home soon!
  • The new edition of Sweet Paul magazine launched today, full of yummy summertime goodness and beautiful photography, as always. One of my favorite online magazines.
  • I discovered Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams earlier this year, and her website had my mouth salivating with all the tasty and unique flavours they offer. She now has a cookbook, showing you how to make their flavours in your own home.
  • I've been reading the blog, forty sixth at grace, for awhile now. Nikole Herriott writes the blog, and while she doesn't post often, the posts are filled with beautiful photographs, and long spare columns of text. Really lovely to look at. Nikole is also behind the fabulous Herriot Grace, which sells handcrafted kitchen goods.

June 8, 2011

It's going to be one of those Wednesdays, so I'm going to rely on my iTunes to get me through the day. Today will feature one of my old faves, Mayer Hawthorne, in heavy rotation.

Mayer is from Detroit and continues that city's tradition of great R&B music. I saw him at Coachella two years ago and almost died, he was that good. Get ready to swoon ladies.

June 6, 2011

I'm a big fan of painterly abstract art, so it was no surprise that the portfolio of Michelle Armas had me swooning. The beautiful, bold colours combined with the movement of the brush strokes is a really winning combination in my books. See for yourself:

Michelle Armas' work is available in her online shop, and she is also represented by Gregg Irby Fine Art in Atlanta.

June 4, 2011

So Fab Friday is Fab Saturday this week. I've been a touch busy. Nevertheless, you still need some stuff to look at this weekend, so here's where my head has been at.
  • I have convinced myself that my life will be incomplete without seeing the Savage Beauty Exhibit at the Met in NY, about the life's work of Alexander McQueen. After speaking with a friend about it last night, I've decided it's a necessity. Plus, I could knock NYC in the summer off my life list. Perfect. There's a book to accompany the exhibit too; it went into wide release this week.
  • There was some controversy this week regarding the online shelter magazine industry, after an article appeared in the NY Times, and the subsequent mass rejection of its contents. Grace at Design*Sponge had some really great thoughts about the issues.
  • Speaking of online magazines, WLWL came out with their 7th issue! Plus it features Lori's house, which I actually got to visit in person last night!
  • One thing on my life list is to renovate a bowler trailer, and last night I met the charming Capri, who introduced me to her 1964 Travco Motorhome, Myrtle. The blog follows her renovation and restoration, and I will be spending lots of time picking up tips for when I get to finally restore my own traveling home away from home.