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Encounter with a fellow blogger

I have known Jocelyn (via the internet) for about a year now, having met on Flickr. She lives here in Ottawa, and also has an interior design blog, decorate it darling. She recently posted photos of her new loft apartment on Flickr and blogged about it, and I recognized her apartment as being in an incredible historic building called the Wallis House. It started as a hospital in the 1800's, then a Catholic seminary, then was taken over by the military, then almost demolished until a developper bought it in 1994 for $320,000 with a promise to restore it. It became home to 47 lofts. When the Wallis House lofts went up for sale in October 1995, they were all sold in fewer than twenty-four hours. Jocelyn is fortunate to know someone who owns one of the lofts, and while the owner is in Haiti, she is renting it. She is one lucky girl let me tell you. The amazing thing is each loft is unique. They have different layouts, and each original owner chose the finishes. So here's a peek into Jocelyn's new loft in the coolest building in Ottawa.

Jocelyn was kind enough to invite me over to check out her amazing space, and to see her artwork that caught my eye when I saw her photos. They are her own creations, and she is VERY talented. I bought one from her, and I am ecstatic about it. It is GORGEOUS, and I was stunned to learn she doesn't really sell her art unless someone happens to ask about them when visiting her. Jocelyn, I have one word for you - ETSY. You'll recognize my new Jawcey original from her hallway photo. (I'm not sure where it will end up - in the photo below it's propped up on my thermostat). Thanks so much Jocelyn, and it was so much fun to finally meet a fellow blogger!



WINKS - weekend links. Here we list what has come in during the week, things we've found and things we think you'll want to see. If you'd like to see your blog or website featured email us and if we think it fits with our readers we'll link you. I am not dying of laryngitis so I thought I'd pick up where Jo left off, instead of doing my usual Flickr finds post.

  • Kim McCabe sent a really sweet email thanking Jo and I for our hard work on the blog so I thought I'd reciprocate the love and post about her super Etsy shop called Curiouser & Curiouser where she has some really cute prints and collages, such as the one above. Go check it out. (Thanks Kim!)
  • Deborah emailed about her cool indoor/outdoor graphics:
    Stick these outdoors or in, graphic stickers adhere to any glass or plexi surface.
    Perfect for balcony guardrails, patios, windows or doors.
    A great alternative to curtains and a modern touch on your terrace.
    Available in white opaque or 'frosted' (lets the light pass but blocks the view).
    Sold as 11 x 17 inch sheets (A3) but custom sizes are possible.
    Using several sheets creates lovely leafy patterns, and yes, you can still wash windows normally.
  • Peggy started a design blog called Design FormuLA at the beginning of the year and I think she's off to a great start. Have a look here.
  • Patrick has a brand new site that sells ultra modern furniture and other modern furnishings. It's called Go Contempo. Fabulous stuff Patrick!
  • Chris Brown of Urban Prairie emailed about Refueled, Alt Country Style + Design, his new online zine that debuts in the spring. Read more about it here.
  • Sabine has launched an online shop that features some very creative wallpaper in gorgeous colour combinations. Lots to look at here.(Thanks Sabine!)

  • Jessica, from Toronto has a great blog called The World According to Jessica Claire where her topics are mostly design-related. She posted the other day about a phenomenal artist, Andrea Marcus, and thought our readers would appreciate her talents as well. WOW!! (Thanks Jessica!)

  • Fabio emailed with a link to YouTube videos he uploaded that shows the production of hollow furniture. The song playing in this video had me chuckling (it does that to me every time). Thanks Fabio!


New at Ikea

Peggy emailed us from Ikea to give us a preview of new items coming out in April. I had to post some photos because there is some great stuff on the way and I thought you all might want a peak. Despite the fact that I'm trying to weed out alot of Ikea from my house (it's only because I've recently gone on a vintage binge and can't stop myself), Ikea still rocks for basics and I'll never stop getting excited when their catalogs are released.


News from my death bed

OK so I'm sick right now (see pathetic excuse below) but it didn't stop me from thrifting and painting during the week. It has however stopped me from finishing anything. The painting will have to wait till next weekend. The planter will be home to a fabulous fern (house plants are SO 70s) and that rattan child's seat is actually one of a pair and is destined to be painted, cushions made and given to a good friend's 3 year old daughter. A couple of thrones for some princesses to take tea in. I've managed to find a doll's chair and a child's chair. Now I just need to find the adult chair. Fingers crossed. I did find two other rattan chairs for the ridiculous price of $30 the pair but the delivery guy didn't turn up today. They'll have to wait till next week for photos. Bye all! I'm off to bed again.



WINKS - weekend links. Here we list what has come in during the week, things we've found and things we think you'll want to see. If you'd like to see your blog or website featured email us and if we think it fits with our readers we'll link you. My apologies for a shorter WINKS today. I'm almost dying from laryngitis and a bad chest cold as well as internet connection problems but the show must go on! So what's in this week?

  • Erin for Design for Mankind sent me this email and it had me quaking in horror. You see I hate having photos taken. I'm a very private person especially in the last few years. My friends joke I must be in a witness protection program. Here's what Erin wrote, "To honor Design for Mankind's new look and NEW site to be released next month, I'm hosting a Yearbook Blogger Party. That's right, a trip down memory lane for the bloggin' folk! So, regardless of whether you were homecoming queen or the chess club prez, you lucky ducks get to re-live your high school past!

    Here's what I need from you:
    An old high school yearbook photo (can include senior portraits, 'voted most likely to...'s and anything you don't find potentially incriminating).
    A current portrait photo (can be self portrait, but do your best to make the shot clear and hi-res)
    Your vote for Blogging Homecoming Queen and King (among others: class clown, best dressed and most likely to succeed).

    I'll be compiling a yearbook of the greatest '08 moments to be released in March!"

    OMG!The gang at 17
    I'm 18 here but at least I cut my hair!Annie Hall was big OK.

    So OK Erin here's a couple of photos from my senior year. We don't have year books in Australia. They're old and faded just like I am now but I think it's rather brave of me to own up to a yellow tracksuit and hair like that. It was 1979. ARGH!!! Yes I admit it I'm 46 this year. The newer photo is not that new, a few years old now. My one and only attempt at selling work at a market. Thank god a shop picked them up straight away. The photo is not that clear but remember it's rumoured that I'm in the witness protection program. Good luck Erin! I hope others play more fair than I do.

  • Carolyn emailed to introduce her blog Hello my name is Carolyn, AKA Carolyn - the project blog. She loves to make things around the house and boy has she come up with some great ideas!

  • This in for ABC Home, New York. "ABC Home makes transitioning to a healthier, green lifestyle easier than ever with the opening of Home & Planet—a destination located on the third floor of ABC Home that merchandises our beautiful and cutting edge sustainable offerings in one location. Curated to take as much of the guess work out of decision making as possible, Home & Planet delivers a range of choices in a variety of areas. These are integrated into a museum-like setting to help customers make the most educated choices possible, protecting themselves and our planet at the same time." Please if you live in New York check it out for me. It looks amazing and I like to live vicariously.

Once again sorry for a shortened WINKS. If I'm alive next weekend I promise it will be longer!