Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Embracing Wood and Natural Fiber Materials in Interiors: Trendspotting

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I’ve noticed the use of wooden or natural fiber accessories being used to add warmth and texture in interiors lately; be it modern or traditional interiors. I’ve always been a fan of this look and in fact, I have quite the collection of woven baskets and wooden pieces in my home. I think they enliven a space and of course, there is that instant cozy factor that come with their use.

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Yay or nay for this trend? It’s definitely a yay for me! xx
 
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Monday, August 11, 2014

This Equals That Book Review and a DIY.

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I was recently asked to review the book titled, This Equals That, from the Aperture Foundation. This is is the foundation’s first photobook and is authored by Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin. Given my fascination with photography, I was immediately intrigued since the narrative employs a sequence of photographs to convey meaning.

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This Equals That is aimed at children ages five and up. The book is also enjoyable for adults, well, I loved it. The pictures are vivid and appealing. I enjoyed discussing the relationships between photographs and Zion was happy to point out similarities in shapes and numbers.

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We love this book because of the unorthodox method used to facilitate associative thinking in children while reinforcing colors, shapes, and numbers. As a visual person, I really enjoyed just simply looking at the pictures and admiring their beauty and artistry. Publish date is September 30th 2014, but you can preorder the book here and also save 23%(pre order price).
The DIY

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Zion needed a table for his playroom since the one we had before broke. I bought the one pictured from the thrift store, lightly sanded and primed it. Then I spray painted it with a lovely green color from rustoleum(leftover from a prior project). In fact, I already had everything(except the table) at home for this diy.
 
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A very fun and simple diy. I love the clean lines of the table and its new color. Also, the size is perfect as it won’t take up much space in the playroom. Have a fabulous day everyone! xx

P.S. I received the book mentioned above to review but the thoughts on said book are my own.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Mod Furnished Villa in Brazil.

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I feel like it’s been years since my last blog post. Out of town visitors, mini vacations, mommy life, and most recently a computer that didn’t want to cooperate has made blogging almost impossible. Anyway, I managed to fix my computer using Systems Restore(i think the process deserves its own blog post).

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Vintage and mid century furniture is a favorite of mine, so of course I love this villa! Plus look at all the color!
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Can you believe Summer is almost at an end? Have a lovely day everyone. xx
 
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

There’s Something About Blue…

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Sometimes I feel like a traitor when I keep gushing so much over blue. You see, orange is my favourite colour. But, there is just something about blue….
 
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Especially the deep, navy shade that never fails to make me weak in the knees.
 
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So what is it about blue? I had to do some research about its psychology and meaning. Here is what I found from empoweryourselfwithcolorpsychology.com

This color is one of trust, honesty and loyalty. It is sincere, reserved and quiet, and doesn't like to make a fuss or draw attention. It hates confrontation, and likes to do things in its own way.
From a color psychology perspective, blue is reliable and responsible. This color exhibits an inner security and confidence. You can rely on it to take control and do the right thing in difficult times. It has a need for order and direction in its life, including its living and work spaces.
 
Hmmm, we may be onto something here. I know visually(I am a very visual person), I enjoy looking at blue. I’ve rounded up some spaces with splashes of this color in the design. Let’s take a look, shall we?
 
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Are you besotted with blue too? Do tell! xx
 
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Friday, July 18, 2014

What You Get For the $ in Antwerp, Belgium: A Converted Chapel for Sale

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When my darling friend, Anita of Castles, Crowns and Cottages decided to host another European link party, I couldn’t resist joining in on the fun. Today, we’re headed to Antwerp, Belgium to tour a four-bedroom home in a converted chapel that is now on the market for $1.51 million.

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According to Tim Van de Velde of the NYTimes(where I spotted this gem), children from the village took bible classes here.

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the library
 
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The living area boasts parquet floors with radiant heat and a fireplace designed to recirculate heat in the 49-by-33-foot loft-like space.
 
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Swooning over those windows!
 
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Simple master bedroom
 
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the master  suite features a walk in closet and bath
 
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This moated Wissekerke castle that was once occupied by local nobility is now an art museum and a local attraction for weddings. Guess what? It’s only 150 yards away from the converted chapel. Buyers should love that, right!? Please visit Anita to be whisked away all over Europe! xx
 
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