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Saturday
Feb182017

A cool house (a rarity) in Ottawa

My husband was looking at Ottawa real estate the other day and came across this gem on a real estate agent's website that has since sold. I'm guessing judging by the awful decor that the original owners from the 70s finally decided to part with it. It needs a helluva alot of work but cool houses do not exist in Ottawa, except I think I just found one. :) It is 2100 sq ft and sits on an acre of land. 

Original front door. Funky. I would keep it but paint it black, replace the tile and rip out the carpet on the stairs. 

Ah mah effing gawd will you look at this octagonal room!!!! I am seriously dying over this space. DYING!!!! (I cannot believe how this is decorated. Such a shame) And more on what you can see on the left side later :) :) :)

Another angle of the awesomeness. I'm baffled that they mirrored all those walls. WTF were they thinking?!

THE LIGHT!!! And that wood is so pretty! Painted white though?

REDO! REDO! REDO! It does lead onto a beautiful deck with views across the backyard. 

DEAR GAWD IT HAS AN INDOOR POOL!!!! In the middle of the freaking house!!! Unfortunately it's surrounded by astroturf but switch that out for some slate or some fabulous graphic patterned tile and rip up all the carpet in the adjacent room.... As you can see on the left most rooms lead out onto the pool area. :)

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Super cute spacious bedroom. (Why did they paint that pipe thing blue???)

A massive basement. The man cave. Since there's about 3 living rooms upstairs, husband this could be all yours!

Gorgeous deck. Look at the size of that tree trunk!

House is pretty retro looking on the outside. Could look fabulous redone.

Oh, did I mention there's a river at the back of the property?! This house just keeps getting better!

You're pretty close to the neighbour on the right but whatever, there's lots of trees and a huge hedge to provide privacy.

Handy access to the god-forsaken suburbs to do errands but far enough away you can pretend it doesn't exist. 

I want this house SO badly. I wonder if the current owners have done anything to update it. 

Saturday
Dec172016

Martyn Thompson - creative genuis

I have been a fan of Australian photographer Martyn Thompson for some time, and when his SOHO loft was featured on The Design Files back in 2015 my admiration for this creative genius multiplied tenfold. Then came Martyn Thompson Studio: a multidisciplinary outfit that has branched out from Thompson’s distinctive photography practice into a number of creative expressions. An aesthetic, anchored in the touch of the hand, stems from Thompson’s love of craft, and runs through his studio’s work, defined by a tactile and painterly language that is a visual push me, pull me between nostalgia and now. The studio has evolved to include textile and wallpaper design, homewares, limited edition art, as well as art direction for editorial projects. These textiles, lamps and artworks are totally blowing my mind. Sooooo stunning. 

Tuesday
Nov222016

Can't stop listening and watching

Sunday
Oct302016

Cindy Zell and her beautiful fiber-based art

I came across LA artist Cindy Zell's fiber-based sculptures recently on Instagram and was instantly smitten. I keep thinking how fabulous one of these would be over my bed (I'm tired of having nothing hanging there). Every bit is handmade/hand-dyed/hand-spun. So pretty!!!

Friday
Sep302016

Fairouz

Last night my husband and I went for dinner with my cousin Jocelyn (we hardly ever see each other) who was in town from Toronto on a business trip. She suggested we dine at Fairouz, a restaurant located in a beautiful century old home on Somerset St. that serves Middle Eastern cuisine a bit more upscale/refined than you typically find. We spent nearly 4 hours chatting, drinking and eating what turned out to be an awesome meal, while surrounded by a gorgeous interior. Some of the small plates we shared: pita with labneh, warm olives, sesame crusted falafel, halloumi with apple, heirloom tomato salad with melon, cauliflower and ice cream bars. 

The decor was amazing and not at all industrial/rustic like just about every other restaurant in the city is doing. Kudos to Kayla Pongrac for knocking this one out of the park, and her murals in the stairwell are incredibly beautiful. Unfortunately it was very dark so I gave up trying to take photos so these are from Kayla's website. 

The food was to die for (the best pita I have ever had), the service was great and the prices were totally reasonable. We will for sure be going back.