Thursday, August 26, 2010

Amazing Home

This past weekend my husband, my parents and I stayed at our family friends, Stella and Paul's place in Coquitlam. Their home is located on Westwood Plateau and it is beautiful and huge (8600 sq/ft). I felt as though I was staying in am extremely gorgeous and welcoming hotel. Their home is always in pristine condition as it is currently on the market which is a common trend for Stella and Paul. They buy or build a fantastic home, fully furnish and decorate it themselves and then sell it (usually with all furnishings). Check it out!

Front of Home

Formal Main Floor Living Room

Dining Room

Master Bedroom Sitting Area

Master Bedroom

One of Three Guest Rooms (we stayed in this one!)


Kitchen Pantry and Bar Area

Upstairs Living Room (my favorite room in the house!)

In-Home Theatre (Will and I made sure to watch a movie in here)

Pool and Lower Deck Area

For more information on this property and to see more pictures, click here.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Adorable Car- Nash Metropolitan

I spotted this cutie-patootie little car last Saturday parked outside of the Jacklin Road Trading Post and General Salvage. I don't think I have ever seen a car of this type and had no clue what it was at the time. All I knew was that it was adorable and I could see myself happily driving it. I have googled it and found that it is a Nash Metropolitan circa 1955-1961.

I have always had an affinity for smaller cars from the 50's-60's. I think one day when I can afford it I may need to indulge. My only concern is how expensive and much work is it to maintain an older car??

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

DIY: Paper Flowers

I think I am going to have to make these gorgeous coffee filter flowers. I have been meaning to go out and get some sort of non-ugly or non-outdated fake flowers to put on my dresser in my bedroom but I think I might try these instead. You could really do them in any colour but I am definitely on a yellow kick right now!

See instructions on Design Sponge here.

Home I Love

This is so how I would love my own home to look with all of the modern yet cozy details! I absolutely love the couch and table.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

DIY Paperback to Hardcover Book

Ohdeedoh (sister site to Apartment Therapy) posted instructions on how to turn your paperback books into hardcover books. This is an amazing way to preserve soft cover books that you love or create some awesome books to decorate your space with! I think you could do some great things with different types of fabrics, patterns and fonts.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Blog I Love: The Catorialist

I am a follower of the fabulous fashion blog The Sartorialist so I got a kick out The Catorialist when my friend Bronwyn sent me the link. Check it out!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Flea Market Decorating

Apartment Therapy posted a great how-to on choosing flea market items and using them in your home. Check it out here.

Blog I Love: Crap at my Parent's House

Check it out...hilarious! I am sure all of us have come across some treasures at our parent's or grandparent's homes!

Coveted Covers on Classics

I am a lover of books for both reading and decorating so obviously I was thrilled when I came across a post today on Coco and Kelly about Penguin Books jacket cover designer Coralie Bickford-Smith. I absolutely love her cover designs with their simple patterns and creative design. I would love to pick up some of these for myself. In the mean time I may have to go book thrifting!

Design Sponge also did an interview with her here.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

My Own DIY Necklace Rack

My necklaces are always a tangled mess and deserve a better method of storage. This weekend I decided to build my own necklace rack.

The materials used are:

-pretty cabinet knobs with matching screws (choose any that tickle your fancy just make sure that they are the type shown below)

-piece of wood (I used the top piece from the back of an old chair)

-black spray paint (I used black because I already had it and it goes well with my bedroom decor but you can use any colour you like or none at all if you prefer the look of the wood unpainted)

-8" section of Chain and 2 1" screws (I used an old bracelet)

I picked up the cabinet knobs and the wooden chair piece at General Salvage in the Basement of the Jacklin Road Trading Post. This is an amazing source for rare and hard to find old furniture and building materials. They have drawers and cabinets full of old cabinet knobs for very reasonable prices. The knobs and wood cost me a total of $14.50 with tax. I did splurge and buy a beautiful glass knob for $6.95 to be my centerpiece while the others cost a mere $1 to $2 each. The black spray paint I already had but would typically cost about $6-$10 for a can.

Here is the process that I used:

-Dusted off the wood piece and broke off the dowels that were sticking out from each side. I probably should have sanded the sides better but I failed to have sandpaper on hand.

-Sprayed the wood piece on one side, let it dry and then sprayed the other side and let sit until dry.

-Marked the locations of the knobs on the wood and then had my husband give me a lesson on how to use his DeWalt drill. I then drilled the holes for the screws to go through. The holes must go all the way through to the other side.

-Slide the screws through the back side of the wood and then attached the knobs on the front.

-Marked the two locations for the chain to be attached at the top of the wood and drilled the two screws (with chain attached) into place.

Here is the result:

Friday, August 6, 2010

Free Outdoor Movies in Victoria

There seems to be a trend to return to the old days of the drive-in movie theatre. Most cities (including Victoria) no longer having a permanent operational drive-in theatre. Now they are setting up inflatable movie screens here in Victoria in the Mayfair Mall parking lot, Beacon Hill Park and Centennial Square. The best part is all the movies are free!

Mayfair Mall started their parking lot drive-in last summer and have brought it back for three Thursdays in August. They will be showing: Top Gun (Aug 5th- last night...sorry), Say Anything (Aug 12th) and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Aug 19th). Movies start at dusk and the parking gate is open from 6pm-8pm and you have to make sure to pick up a parking pass at the concierge desk in the mall starting on the Saturday before the movie.

The Victoria Film Festival has organized The Free B-Film Festival. This one is not a drive-in so they recommend bringing your own blankets and snacks. The films will start at 9:00pm in Beacon Hill Park on Fridays Saturdays during the month of August with the exception of August 13th and 20th when the films will be shown in Centennial Square. I really want to go to the first night (tonight!) where they will be showing one of my all time favorite movies, Edward Scissorhands.