Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Stuff I don't love...Bitchin' Kitchen

I admit I really enjoy a good cooking show. I am a fan of Michael Smith, Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsey, Laura Calder and Lynn Crawford to name a few. However, one 'chef' that I cannot stand is Nadia G, host of 'Bitchin' Kitchen'. I find her absolutely ridiculous. She appears to be entirely manufactured from her "punk-rock" style to her New York Italian accent (she is from Montreal!). I admit I have not watched much 'Bitchin' Kitchen' as it irritates me but I just don't get it. I cannot focus on what she is making as I am just so distracted by the silliness of this show. I am sorry but if the food network needed an edgy chef...get Anthony Bourdain. That guy has more attitude in his pinky and he is a lot more interesting and relevant.

So, I ask the question...who is watching this??!??!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I'm Going to Disneyland!

It is true. I shall be away for the next five days with my mom, brother and sister in Disneyland. Should be a great time but alas I wish my husband could come...damn work!

Fun and handy DIY: Inspiration/Bulletin Board

Today on Apartment Therapy they featured a DYI inspiration/bulletin board. I think I might do this for my home office. I adore the buttons turned push-pins!

For instructions click here.

DS Before and After

Here is beautiful before and after of a bathroom renovation that was posted on Design Sponge today. I love love love the wallpaper. I want it in my home.

See more about this reno here.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Intriguing Interior

This fun and mod studio/office was converted from an old and very decrepid airstream trailer. Check out more pictures here.


Check out this simple DYI in which you easily make a tank top (or two) into a really cute carry-all.

Wes Anderson

One of my favorite filmmakers of all time has to be Wes Anderson. I was first introduced to his films in 1998 when I saw Rushmore at the theatre. I was 16 and learned at that point that I was definitely not the only little quirky weirdo out there.

Anderson creates new worlds where his oddball characters can co-exist. At times you can't quite pinpoint when the films take place as the costumes are often throwbacks to previous decades and the settings are not telling either. The soundtracks to his films also contributes to the questionable decade feel. Most of his films are scored by Mark Mothersbaugh who incorporates his distincitve instrumentals with a healthy does of bands from the 60's and 70's including The Who, The Clash and The Rolling Stones. In "The Life Aquatic" one character plays and sings slow acoutic versions of David Bowie songs. While in "The Darjeeling Limited" (not scored by Mothersbaugh) Indian music is used prominently to better illustrate the feel of their travels through India.

Here are my favorites:

Rushmore (1998)

"Rushmore" chronicles a year in the life of Max Fischer, a student at Rushmore Academy, one of the finest schools in the country. Max loves his... "Rushmore" chronicles a year in the life of Max Fischer, a student at Rushmore Academy, one of the finest schools in the country. Max loves his prestigious school. He is the editor of the newspaper and yearbook; founder of the debate team, the dodgeball society, and the Max Fischer Players; and president of the French club, German club, chess club, and practically everything else. Max is applying for early admission to Oxford. Harvard is his safety. However, he is also one of the worst students in the school. Threatened with expulsion, Max begins a new pursuit: falling for a first-grade teacher. But when Max's tycoon mentor starts an affair with the teacher, it triggers a war between Max and his friend.

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children--Chas, Richie, and Margot--they were a family of geniuses and then they separated. Chas started buying real estate in his early teens and seemed to have had a preternatural understanding of international finance. Margot was a playwright and received a Braverman grant of fifty thousand dollars in the ninth grade. Richie was a junior champion tennis player and won the U.S. Nationals three years in a row. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure and disaster. Most of this was generally considered to be their father's fault. The tale follows the family's sudden and unexpected reunion one recent winter.

The Darjeeling Limited/ Hotel Chavelier (2007)

THE DARJEELING LIMITED, starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman, is an emotional comedy about three brothers re-forging family bonds. The eldest, played by Wilson, hopes to reconnect with his two younger siblings by taking them on a train trip across the vibrant and sensual landscape of India.

The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

It is the story of one Mr. Fox and his wild-ways of hen heckling, turkey taking and cider sipping, nocturnal, instinctive adventures. He has to put his wild days behind him and do what fathers do best: be responsible. He is too rebellious. He is too wild. He is going to try "just one more raid" on the three nastiest, meanest farmers that are Boggis, Bunce and Bean. It is a tale of crossing the line of family responsibilities and midnight adventure and the friendships and awakenings of this country life that is inhabited by Fantastic Mr. Fox and his

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Month in a Museum??

The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is currently looking for someone to live in the Museum for 30 days and nights, 24 hours a day. At first I thought that you had to stay in a little boxed room and let people observe you but that is not the case at all. As The MSI website states, "From October 20 to November 18, 2010, this person's mission will be to experience all the fun and education that fits in this historic 14-acre building, living here full-time and reporting your findings to the outside world." This actually sounds kinda fun. Not sure if I could do it as I might start to go stir crazy but who knows? 14 Acres is a pretty large amount of space to adventure in. Could you do it?

Click here for more information.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Film I love: "Inception"

This past weekend Will and I saw Christopher Nolan’s new film ‘Inception’. As soon as I saw the posters for it while waiting in line to see Iron Man 2 I was intrigued. Then I saw the trailers and was even more intrigued. I had a general idea of the premise of the film; there are spy-like people in the future that can go into people’s dreams. Essentially, that was what the film was about and so much more. I won’t ruin if for those of your who have not seen it but I was fully impressed with the cast, story and cinematography.

The cinematography throughout the film was breathtaking. The dream scene that takes place in Paris with Leonardo Dicaprio and Ellen Page is awe-inspiring and similar to a an M.C. Escher drawing. Joseph Gordon-Levitt's scene that took place in the hotel hallway was particularly mind boggling and flawlessly filmed. I was so intrigued as to how it was even possible to film it that I had to google it when I got home. If you are intersted, here is what i found. I am so glad that Nolan chose not to jump on the 3D bandwagon. This film did not need it and I think it would have just made a great film a little cheesey and overdone.

The cast was essentially perfect. It is great to see actors slip into their appropriate characters so well. It is also refreshing to see female parts played so well by skilled actresses that can be more than just eye-candy. Marion Cotillard was beautiful as usual but also very skilled and often terrifying. While Ellen Page definitely held her own among many seasoned actors. I am also so happy to see that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has made such a great comeback. I really enjoyed him on Third Rock from the Sun and am glad to see that he has the skills and lasting power to transition into adult acting and not just indie roles (not that I don't appreciate those too!). Leo was great as usual and will likely get another Oscar nomination that he will not win...I think the Academy hates him but don't worry Leo, I think you're a winner! The rest of the supporting cast (Cillian Murphy, Ken Wantanabe and Dileep Rao) are fantastic as well.

Go see it and let Nolan take you an his amazing psychological journey.

Library Style Ladders

I am always drawn to rooms that feature ladders of sorts. As a child I always dreamed of having a huge home library where I could zip around looking for titles on my rolling ladder. Being a fairly petite person (I am only 5’2” or 157cm) the home ladders also have a very pratical application. I love the idea of ladders worked into pantry spaces, offices, libraries and other storage areas. Here are some great examples:

Alaco Library Ladder

Marie Antoinette's Ottoman Ladder

Friday, July 16, 2010

Pregnant in Paris

I love the way the French can look so stylish even when very pregnant.

Amazing Kid's Bedrooms

I am not planning to have children any time soon but over the last couple days I have come across some rad kid's rooms that I would love to one day have in my home.

Check them out!

This last one is my favorite. I love the way the tree spreads across the walls and on to the ceiling. I would suggest viewing the rest of the pictures of this playful yet tasteful and inviting home.

See more creative kid's bedroom ideas on Ciao Bella and Design Sponge.

Karim Rashid's Wildly Colourful Modern Condo

Apartment Therapy posted an article from Interior Design Magazine about home accessory designer Karim Rashid's New York condo that he shares with his wife. I think that this would have been my dream condo when I was a teenager or maybe even a place that I would love to have if I was in a position to have multiple homes. Although, I don't know if this design really says 'home' to me.

The whole place is so fun and colourful (obviously). Rashid decorated the home with mostly his own creations which as Interior Design writer, Craig Kellog stated, "If you stop to think about it, he and his wife practically live in a Karim Rashid museum." I am not sure if this is self indulgent or a stroke of genius as Apartment Therapy noted that "he likes living with his product designs because it teaches him about how they function in the real world and what can be improved."

Fun Fact: Rashid was born in Cairo but raised in Canada. He completed his BA in Industrial Design at Carleton University.

View full article on Interior Design here.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Today I made cupcakes for my office since one of our own is leaving and moving on to greener pastures (ie. a lucrative job in Vancouver). They are lemon cake with fresh lemon icing topped with mint leaves and a raspberry.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Today on Design Sponge they did a feature on best bathrooms. Here are two that really caught my eye among the many listed:

The painted 'wallpaper' looks amazing. I am sure would be a lot more cost effective then wallpaper and looks fantastic.

I think that this is an ingenious and creative use of storage in a part of the bathroom that would typically be completely unused space. Also, the layout of the cubbies and the ladder really add an interesting element to the room.

Stripey Clothing

I love love love striping on clothing when done well. The other day I picked up a great cotton Belted Nautical Striped Dress from the GAP. This man featured on The Sartorialist is also doing a great job rocking his stripes:

He also has a fantastic mustache!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Music I Love: A Tribe Called Quest

Let it be known that I am one the least gangster gals on the planet. Will makes fun of me whenever I attempt to listed to rap/hip-hop etc. Fortunately for myself and the world I don't really listen to a ton of rap, hip-hop etc. However, there is one group in particular that I make exception to, A Tribe Called Quest. Their brand of hip-hop is quite lyrical and features a myriad of different instruments creating a distinctly jazzy backgroud sound. Every time I hear them I get swept away to a hot sticky summer day on the streets of Brooklyn (or at least what I imagine it to look like as I have not been there yet). I think much of this imagery comes from the films KIDS and The Wackness. Both films are set in the mid-nineties and include A Tribe Called Quest in their soundtracks among other similarly slow groovy (my description) hip-hop. KIDS was actually released in 1995 while the Wackness was released in 2008 but set in the summer of 1994.

Some of my fav A Tribe Called Quest tracks:
"Check the Rhime"
"Can I Kick It"
"Luck of Lucien" (featuring some awesomely bad french)
"Scenario" feat. Busta Rhymes
"Electric Relaxation"

Also, my favorite Beastie Boys track "Ill Communication" features Q-Tip from Tribe.

The Wackness (2008)

Kids (1995)