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Saturday
Sep162017

Working (out) on a Saturday

Whether you're working or working out on a weekend my mantra stays the same. It helps if you do it somewhere stylish. One Hot Yoga Sydney and One Hot Pilates Melbourne by Rob Mills Architecture and Interiors.

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Friday
Sep152017

Glebe House Tour 2017 - House #2 part 2

Continuing the house tour from my last post, here is the rear of the home on the main floor, including the kitchen that I fell in love with. 

Through the cut-out from the dining room a beautiful piece of glass becomes a shelf. Carol wants to find a very tall glass vase to display here but in the meantime she uses it to display a vase she brought back from a trip to Sweden. 

A cool, modern piece of art leads you into the kitchen. This is by Maryann Camps depicting Rideau Street at night. 

AH! This kitchen is like a breath of fresh air. Modern, simple and perfect. Maybe it's because I am super frustrated with my tiny, dysfunctional kitchen but I wanted to give this space a big hug and never leave. Details, details, details! Just on the right of the photo above you'll see a Kartell step-ladder. Made of polycarbonnate, it was chosed to just blend into the wall. It is so fabulous though I personally would have bought it in orange/red and made it a feature, and now I want one badly. 

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Friday
Sep152017

Glebe House Tour 2017 - House #2 part 1

The other day I shared one of the homes in this year's Glebe House Tour and I have one more to feature before the tour is held this Sunday. WOOT!!! Ottawans, you've got to get yourself some tickets and come out to this event. It is SOOOO much fun. This neighbourhood is filled with so many incredibly beautiful homes that people have lovingly restored or renovated and it is a wonderful opportunity to get to see the creativity and blood/sweat/tears these homeowners have put into their homes. Out of all of the personal tours I have done over the years, this one might be my favourite. Why? Because when Carol showed my husband and I around her home, I was totally blown away at the attention to detail and the pride she showed in her home. I'll share some of those details with you and you'll understand. :) (Stay tuned for part 2 of this home where I share the rear of the house including the kitchen I was dying over). 

This house is 120 years old. Carol and her husband (and their adorable dog) have lived here for 25 years. Having worked in property management for many years, the idea of renovating was nauseating until Carol (now a personal trainer) sold her business and got up courage and energy to tackle updating the house. The renovation began last year and the entire first floor was gutted. They got rid of ALL of furniture they had and purchased all new pieces - many of which were custom made for their space. 

There are lots of little details throughout that I really love that add a little something special. Like this strip of terrazzo at the front entrance. And Carol explained that the contractor accidentally ripped out a piece of wall that was supposed to block the side of this cabinet, so to avoid an unsightly and boring view of that while walking down the stairs (see next photo) the cabinet maker created this wood detail which includes a built-in bench to sit and put on shoes. Brilliant! And it is stunning. Also, I love the glass detail in the door and window above. I don't have many sources for the items in this home (I can add them after the tour) but I do know that all of the gorgeous glass details throughout this house are by Delfina Falcão. I'm told I REALLY need to go check out her studio. 

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Friday
Sep152017

Maison Bergdorf

Part cuckoo clock kitsch, part hipster cool all wrapped up in a historic Holzchalet in Interlaken Switzerland, Maison Bergdorf is the perfect guesthouse for our weekend virtual getaway. With 8 bedrooms, 3 parlours, fireplace and verandahs we can rent the entire house. Now whether to relax and do nothing, put on the hiking boots and head into the great outdoors or wind our way along Interlaken's Straßen. Time to brush up on my schoolgirl German.

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Thursday
Sep142017

Kitchen, lounge and bathroom beauties

I am smitten over these kitchen, lounge and bathroom spaces also by Sims Dilditch and had to share.