Archive | March, 2011

Lazy Monkey – Friday’s Smile

25 Mar

Received an email from my sister last week with these pictures attached.  Don’t know the photographer, installation artist(s) or even the city where it all took place.  If you know please share!


Can you tell what this lazy monkey is made of?



Imagine walking into the park and……..what the heck is that?  Picture time!




This installation is huge!  Look at the size of the feet!



Can you see it yet?  Love how he is just lazing around, soaking up the sun.



Yes, flip-flops!  How cool is this installation!  Dying to know how many shoes it took.



Thanks to my sister for sharing this flip-flop monkey (it is a monkey isn’t it??) – It made me smile!


Wishing you a safe & happy weekend.


Not all green food is good for you!

19 Mar

I’m not Irish but I too got caught up in the St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

There is always a coffee break at our quilt guild meetings and last Thursday it was my turn to take some treats.



my photo



The recipe for these cupcakes was actually called “St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes” and called for a box of pistachio pudding mix to make them green!  Topped with cream cheese icing they were delish (even if I do say so myself).



via Better Homes & Gardens



What would St. Patrick’s Day be without Shamrock cookies?  I was wondering if my cookies  would turn out like the magazine photo…



my photo



My photo was taken after baking and I think they turned out pretty good!  Would use more food coloring next time to get more green but the peppermint flavoring was a big hit.

Recipes available here.


Green food (especially those loaded with sugar!) – makes me smile.

Have a safe and happy weekend.

Friday’s Smile

11 Mar

There you are walking through a home admiring the beautiful graphic wallpaper, gorgeously banded drapery and the ‘to-die-for’  fabric on the chairs and ………. is that a 4 foot pagoda in the corner?????



Andrew Raquet via House Beautiful


I love the idea of adding an item to your décor that is going to stop people in their tracks.

Visual interest.  The unexpected.  Sense of fun.  Whatever you call it ………I’m a huge fan.  It makes me smile.


Simple Changes or Complete Transformations – design simply works.


Flying High with this Aviator-themed Pendant.

10 Mar

Just spotted this unique light fixture at Home Depot(.ca).  Fixture particulars can be found here.

Hampton Bay CP4103SN via

If you have an aspiring aviator in your midst, I think this light pendant would be a perfect room accent.  Pretty hip with its frosted glass, acrylic wings and satin nickel accents – not your usual toddler piece that gets old after a couple of years!  No need to wonder if it will fit in with your color scheme either – bonus!

Next time I’m at Home Depot (love this store) I’m going to see if they have one in stock.  I’m contemplating how this would look in a grown-up’s game’s room?  What do you think?

Simple Changes or Complete Transformations – design simply works.


Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

9 Mar

via Google Images

During our recent short trip to Edmonton, AB. we drove the scenic route through the Rogers Pass and Banff National Park.  While tootling around the town-site my husband made the discovery that I had never been inside this National Historic Site and immediately drove us over there to rectify the situation.

Although it looks like a castle, it has never really functioned as one.  Built by the Canadian Pacific Railway it has always operated as a hotel.  When Fairmont Hotels & Resorts bought the hotel, they did extensive renovations and corrected a construction mistake made when the  entrance and lobby were located facing the river side. (The architect is said to have declared “you built my hotel backwards!”)

Built in 1887 following the plans of architect, Bruce Price, it was originally a 4 story wooden structure in what has been described as Scottish Baronial Style.

circa 1902 via google images

From 1903 to 1928 there were many wing and tower additions, a couple of fires, wing duplications and the addition of stone cladding from nearby Mount Rundle.


This photo (above) was not dated but appears to be before the 1906 reconstruction.  That’s Mount Rundle in the background.

circa 1929 via

The plans for the central tower is credited to Walter Painter, the chief designer for the Canadian Pacific Railway.     The hotel was winterized in 1968 and has been opened year-round ever since.

my photo

Don’t you just love that stone!

my photo

This is the lobby where I’ll check in next time I visit Banff!

my photo

Sorry for the grainy quality of this photo (just had my pocket digital) but I love, love, love this chair.  The back on this baby is veeery high.

via Google Images

via google images

via Google Images

How about these bedroom interiors for some inspiration for your next reno or refresh project???

I know that a lot of people just jump to the design magazines for decor inspiration (nothing wrong with that!), or stop in at every show home they see (also one of my favorite things to do), but don’t pass-over the opportunity to stop and drool over the interiors (& exteriors) of hotels – historic or not.

via Google Images

Simple Changes or Complete Transformations – design simply works.

High Self-esteem? – Friday’s Smile

4 Mar

I enjoyed watching the t.v. series “Sex in the City” if only to see what outrageous outfits Carrie would appear in!  The two subsequent movies didn’t disappoint either and I watch the first one over and over whenever it appears on my satellite channels.

I’m sure no one is happier than Candace Bushnell who wrote the novel that started it all.  If she was a starving writer before she certainly isn’t now!

I recently ran across an article in House Beautiful where Candace is interviewed regarding the renovation of her New York apartment.  Of course there were fabulous pictures but this one stopped me dead in my tracks.



via House Beautiful


Yes, that wallpaper in the powder-room is Candace’s face repeated over and over, again and again.

What does her husband think (really) ?  What do you think?

Quite frankly I’m flabbergasted……. and it makes me smile.



Lame Name.

3 Mar

So far it’s working name is “Drop” but hopefully this contest will get the creative juices flowing and someone will come up with a better name for this funky looking hook.  Could it be you??



via Normann Copenhagen



Simply go here to read the contest rules and find out how to enter.  Eezy-peezy.   Don’t wait too long though because it seems that if multiple people come up with the same cool idea, the winner will be the one who posted on N.C.’s Facebook page first!

Thank you Dwell magazine for alerting me to this neat new hook design by the Swedish design firm Asshoff Brogard.   This next picture may take a minute to load…..but it’s worth it.



via Asshoff Brogard



Good Luck!

Simple Changes or Complete Transformations – design simply works.