Tuesday, February 24, 2009

busy bee

Sorry I've been so busy. Work has been hectic, my b-day was last week and I had my annual Oscar bash on Sunday. So please enjoy this clip while we wait for a normal schedule to return.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

A game of cards with my valentine

I love this picture because of the random flower pot and the cigarette my grand-father is holding on top of my head. My grand-father Jean-Paul was a huge influence in my life. Even if we were not related by blood (my Dad was adopted by him and my sweet grand-mother, his mother's sister), I see a lot of myself in him. He was very loyal to his friends and family, had a dry sense of humour, loved gadgets, had a short fuse and never met a garage sale he didn't like. He's the one who really got me into vintage stuff, flea markets and rummage sales. After a long, happy life, he passed away a few years ago and I am still reeling from it - it was so sudden. So this Valentines day, I'll be playing a little game of solitaire with his old Glamour Girl cards, thinking of him, and sending him a big kiss. I love you grand-papa!

Grand-papa's cards in Danish dish

Friday, February 13, 2009

Why my new chairs are awesome

New dinning room chairs

1- they look like ghosts
2- they grab my ass like a fifties ad-man hitting on his secretary
3- they confuse my cat
4- they are super comfortable to sit on
5- they came in a box that I can turn into a fort

New dinning room chairs

My loft, featured on Lake Jane

My loft was featured on Lake Jane today. I'm very honored to have been approched by this kick-ass blog. Go check it out!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Welcome to my laudry room

Well I'm calling it: my laundry room is finally DONE! This is the before look: plain and empty, with no storage equipement.


My goals were to organize some storage solutions, hide the ugly water heater and electric box and change the light fixture. I started by installing a towel rack and a wire basket to dry dish clothes and hold Ziplocs, cling film and foil paper. I also put some hooks to hold bags and my grocery cart. The litter box is also hidden behind the door.

Drying station and a wire basket for the Ziploc bags and cling film

Bag and basket station on hooks behind the door

Litter box and extra drinks are stashed behind the door

Next to the water heater, there was just enough room to fit an old Ikea cart. It now holds cleaning products and cat food. On top of the water heater, I installed two Ikea shelves to hold bottles and paper stuff like tissues and paper towels.

Cleaning products and cat food are hidden behind the curtain

Behind the curtain: water heater and shelves to stack drinks and the Braun kitchen robot

Behind the pillar, I keep the ironing board as well as grocery bags that I use to take the recycling downstairs to the building's bin. The space between the wall and the dryer was just wide enough for me to install a few hooks to hold the broom and mop, as well as hide a few folding chairs that I use when company comes over.

Extra bags and the ironing board are hidden behind and around the pillar

Brooms and extra chairs are hidden next to the dryer

Stackable Duet washer and dryer, topped by the air purifier

The electric box is covered with magnets that hold souvenirs from my last trip. On the door, I installed a vintage ACME sign that I painted red.

The electric box is next to the alarm box.

On the door, a vintage Acme sign that I painted red

Finally, I made (by hand) a curtain using fabric from ReproDepot, and had a nice print framed to add a pop of colour. The last touch was the fixture from Hip Haven. I like that the light is soft and highlights the fabric and print.

The new light is from the good people at Hip haven

And voilà! A laundry room nice enough to have guests sleep in it. Well, almost.

The laundry room as viewed from the dinning room

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Panton chairs: my precioussssssss

They are coming!

I can't wait to see my new Panton chairs around my Saarinen table! Come on FedEx, take them home!

I feel very smart because just as I was about to click "complete purchase" on the Gabriel Ross Web site, I googled the store to see if any coupons were floating around. And it's a good thing I did, because I found one! Now it's your turn to use it: Code VISA2008 will give you 10% off any purchase when you use your Visa card. And if you are interested in a classic Knoll piece, they are also having a sale and you'll get 15% off. But act fast: the Knoll sale ends tomorrow!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Tricks for home sellers

Pretty basic, uh? Well, a lot of people still don't undestand that if their home is not selling, it's probably because the living room is purple, the Russian nesting dolls collection is gathering dust and pictures of winning show poodle Marcel are not the best choice to decorate a bedroom. So get crackin'!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Corners of my home - where the antelope rests


What do you do when you have a very cool vintage piece but the finish is damaged? Hide the stain with a book and place an antelope to guard it with her life!

Antelope wood sculpture: Hudson flea market ($2)
Lamp: Urban Outfitters (65$)
Vintage 40's dresser: from grandma's set (free)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Into the blue

Saputo Stadium, Montreal


El train station, Chicago


I'm looking for a vacation destination for next April. Got any idea where I should go skippin' around in my Adidas?