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Friday
Nov212008

Auction for cancer

Roan emailed Jo and I, and I had to post about this because he is a fellow Canadian, and my parents are both cancer survivors:

"I was hoping you'd be interested in perhaps blogging about my annual Cancer Society charity auction of 20th Century Design and Decorative Art. This will be the 5th year of the auction, with sales helping generate vital funding for cancer research and emotional support programs for those living with the disease. Held in support of the Canadian Cancer Society, a portion of every sale will be donated to the cause.

The auction will take place on eBay, with items to be listed throughout the week of November 28th, with all listings to end in sequence on December 8th.

This year's collection includes works by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Eero Saarinen, Hans Wegner, Jean Prouve, Charlotte Perriand, and many more. As well, some interesting art pieces by Takashi Murakami, Larry Clark, Mark Gonzales, and Jeff Koons are also in the mix.

The complete catalog is online now at: ModernLove "

The items up for auction are absolutely incredible. I seriously had a hard time not grabbing every single photo on the website. I love every single piece. Below is just a small sample of what is available. Wishing you lots of luck with the auction Roan!!




Friday
Nov212008

What's behind the gates? Stalking in NZ


Often something spectacular is hiding behind simple walls. This is just a sneak peek at a stunning Auckland home on the market now. This tantalising preview (read real estate agent MUST take more photos to keep me happy) taunts you with the spectacular view, the luxurious finishes, the unique architecture and the hint of a livable family home. (Do I sound like a real estate agent myself?) What you can't see is the private beach at the bottom of the stairs. Perhaps if there were more images I'd be in danger of hyperventilating. See it here while the link lasts.


Friday
Nov212008

Peter Pennoyer


Peter Pennoyer is a classicist in the manner of the master nineteenth century gentlemen-architects - "elegance in the manipulation of traditional forms". His buildings are beautiful and classic based in historical fact, referenced by historical taste and style but truly livable and relevant in the twenty-first century. Beauty, utility, fitness - words that his multifaceted and holistic architectural firm hold as central principles


Thursday
Nov202008

Lavender Hill

It's grey and dreary these days as winter approaches, and while I prepare to hibernate, I look for inspiration in homes like this one. It's bright and warm and eclectic which I am always drawn to.






Photos from Light Locations

Thursday
Nov202008

Arrival of cabinets

This blog chronicles my entire kitchen renovation from start to finish. Greentea Design has provided me with their solid wood kitchen cabinets, and I'm taking care of the rest.

If you'd like to be brought up to date, check out my kitchen remodel blog for an archive of previous posts. I posted recently about the flooring, and now.....the cabinets have arrived!!!

I was sooooooooo excited for the day the cabinets were to arrive. Since Greentea Design is based in Toronto, I had only seen the cabinets on their website, and got a tiny sample (about 3 inches) sent to me in the mail to help with my countertop selection. Friday was the day....and it turned out to be bright and early. There was a bit of chaos early that morning as I scrambled to get some extra hands out to my house ASAP to help me unload the truck, but was quickly forgotten once I got a glimpse of the cabinets. The unloading only took about 20 minutes (once they got a system going it was easy peasy). I wasn't able to take photos of them being unloaded because it was raining that day. The first photo I managed to take was of all the cabinets stacked in the living room.


The cabinets were left there for the majority of the day because I wanted to get the walls and ceiling painted before getting the cabinets in place (turns out the walls weren't ready and needed more sanding - but we found this out after 3 coats of paint and after the electrician got the potlights working). For several hours the cats had a ball climbing all over them.


WOW - they were packed so carefully. I worked for moving companies for a few summers during my university years and I have never seen anything packed like that. For each cabinet there was styrofoam on the corners, then a box that wrapped all the way around, then moving blankets wrapped and taped (with perfect corners, like how us women wrap presents), and then shrink-wrapped. It was like Christmas morning unwrapping each piece. And not a scratch or mark on any piece. What a relief!

Is the suspense too much to handle? Then click HERE.