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27 posts from February 2008

29 February 2008

Hot New Jewellery Designer

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Look what I made the other night! Yes, I know they're not terribly exciting but you're supposed to be focusing on the little loops with twizzly bits round them above the dark blue beads (actually just focus on the left hand one, which is much better than the one on the right).  Oh I am so proud of my little self.

This is what we learned at 'Beginning Wire Wrapping' at Fusion Beads and I will never be able to look at a piece of jewellery in the same way again. 

I went out the other day and bought the stuff to do a couple of projects from Fusion Beads' fabulous inspiration gallery.  The problem with jewellery making - unlike knitting, which can be done in front of dreadful reality TV programmes - is that I need to set aside a few hours of free time just to focus on the project and a few hours of completely free time doesn't happen round here very often. So my pretty new beads are currently sitting quietly waiting for me to interact with them.

I suppose I could always stop reading blogs...

28 February 2008

The New Coffee Table

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When we bought our rug from Emma Gardner we ordered the largest we could afford - all the while suspecting that it was really too small for the space.  It certainly didn't work with the extremely heavy curved glass coffee table which we brought from the UK, which we were afraid of even putting on the rug for fear of digging irreparable grooves deep into the pile.

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So a new coffee table had to meet quite a long list of requirements.  Child-friendly obviously - the old glass one had been great for that - and wipe cleanable.  Also preferably not wood as I'm not sure how child-friendly that is over time and we already have a lot of wood in the room. And ideally white, as we already have quite a lot of dark wood in the room. I also quite wanted something curvy to detract from all the various rectangles.

After much fruitless trawling round the Internet, we went trawling round some Seattle shops and were amazed to find something we could actually afford in Ligne Roset  - heavily discounted because it was a discontinued piece (you can take the girl out of Europe, but you can't take Europe out of the girl).  And remarkably it fit all of our criteria, except the curviness, though that was less of an issue since we'd just acquired such a nice curvy pink chair.

But it was also BIG and we were worried that it would make the rug seem even smaller and more inadequate in the space.

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I'm hoping we've solved that problem by placing the table half on and half off the rug in what we fondly hope is a Rothko-esque sort of way.  What do you think?  Does it work like that, or just look odd?

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Here's Rothko's interpretation of our living room.  Which would look extremely fab over our not so fab sofa. Apparently it's a snip at a mere $72.8 million, or the Husband has just offered to paint me one himself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here's my list of what still has to be done in this room.

  • Get rid of the egg yolk yellow walls. We have a couple of quotes from painters to paint the whole house, so I just need to finalise the colour palette and we're set.
  • Replace ugly front door that opens right into the room.
  • Do something about all the ugly TV and stereo equipment
  • Get cushions for the sofa (I've got some ideas for cushions I want to make)
  • Sort out curtains for the front window
  • Sort out the lighting
  • Organise the beautiful built-in book cases a bit better.
  • Find beautiful piece of artwork to go above the sofa, unlikely to be a Rothko

Unfortunately, because of a certain someone, we can't replace the more-shabby-than-chic sofa just for the moment. 

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27 February 2008

You know you're addicted to design when...

...you're reading your daughter a bedtime story and admiring the Marimekko wallpaper and cushion.

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From That Pesky Rat by Lauren Child

26 February 2008

You Make My Day

youmakemydayBarb of Pannifer's Food Blog and May December Home fame was kind enough to give my new photoblog Today I Am Mostly a 'You Make My Day' award.

I'm so enjoying doing TIAM - it's making me photograph more and observe more, which have to be good things - and  I'm glad it's getting a little bit of a following.

I now have to nominate five other blogs which make my day, which is almost impossible because I get inspiration from so many (and because so many of my faves,  - I'm looking at you  Cally Creates, Little Doodles, Cruststation, Designer's Block  and Hidden in France -  have already received this award).

Here, though, are five blogs which are full of visual inspiration, which I thought was appropriate given that my award was for my photoblog.

- Sprink takes the most beautiful, contemplative shots of London and her perfectly decorated flat and I know that I will get my fix of London nostalgia whenever she pops up in my Google Reader.

- Casapinka I'm so glad she's recently started posting again after moving house. Lots and lots of house-doing-up inspiration.

- Abigail Percy. Jewellery maker and one of our favourite suppliers.  I love her poetic photos of the jewellery-making process.

- Lola is Beauty - Fashion and France from another London blogger who helps me when I'm feeling homesick

- Making It Lovely.  Nicole has amazing taste and gets things done with enviable speed.  Her newly-decorated house is FAB-YOU-LOUS.

Editing to say that since Lola already has the award, I'm going to add Scrappy Girl - someone else who is doing wonderful things to her apartment  - to the list.

Ladies, if you wish to play, the rules are as follow...

a) nominate five other blogs which 'Make Your Day' on your blog

b) acknowledge the post of the award giver

c) let the recipients know in their comments

25 February 2008

Come Into My Garden - February

We've had a week of glorious spring sunshine here in Seattle (which of course didn't coincide with our friends' visit) and the little garden (I'm sorry, I still can't bring myself to say yard) we had built last year is springing into life.

I spent the weekend tidying it up and planting lilies and other bits and pieces acquired at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, where I spent absolutely too much money. 

There's rather a lot of bare earth on show now that the perennials have died back and the deciduous shrubs are just bare twigs, but if you look closely there are definite signs of life.

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The stars of the garden this month are the hellebores in the shade garden under the tree.

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The pansies I  planted last autumn have been flowering all winter and are still going strong and adding a splash of much needed colour.

I just wish I'd planted a few more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The flowers of the nandinas are not so showy, but I love how the shadows of the branches dance on the old wooden fence.

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We're also anxiously waiting to be able to harvest broccoli and red oak leaf lettuce, which has somehow made it through the winter snow, from the tiny vegetable patch.

And here is the very best secret surprise.  A nondescript bush at the sheltered south side of the house planted by the previous owners, turned out to be an orange tree!  The fruit itself is nothing to write home about tastewise, but it looks so exciting and makes me feel like I'm gardening in Sicily.

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Oscar Thoughts

One of the nicest things about moving to the US is being able to watch the Oscars as they happen at a sensible time of the evening instead of pinching oneself to stay awake into the wee small hours.  I do miss Jonathon Ross's snark though.

I have to say though, that I've never seen such a boring collection of Oscar frocks in my life. Mile after mile of vacuous starlets parading in slimline silhouettes and fishtail trains, their breast implants squashed into strapless or assymetrical off- the-shoulder necklines.

And the colours - or lack thereof. Last night there were apparently only three choices available - black, red,  or white/silver if you were really feeling rebellious.  If you're going to go to all the trouble of wearing a posh frock, then why would you choose black? However intricate the actual dress is, it's never going to stand out in a crowd.  And no, midnight blue is not really a much racier choice.

Though it did make me laugh to see all those girls who really thought they'd stand out by wearing red all queuing up in a long line like London buses. 

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Another contender for Best Dressed, despite being nearly three times the age of some of the vacuous starlets was Helen Mirren.  Oh she makes me proud to be British. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you're going to do the fishtail look then why not go the whole hog and turn up dressed as a mermaid a la Best Actress Marion Cotillard in Gaultier.  I was so thrilled with her win. La Vie En Rose was one of the few other movies I went to see last year and her acting was an absolute tour de force.

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Worst dressed was difficult.  Normally this would have been a slam dunk win for Tilda Swinton, who decided to turn up wearing a black bin liner.

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The Husband, who saw Michael Clayton recently, reckoned she deserved her win, but I was sad that the Oscar didn't go to 13-year-old Saiorse Ronan who managed to act everyone else off the screen in Atonement (not so difficult when you're up against Keira Knightley, more so when it's Vanessa Redgrave).

At least she managed to look ethereal and age appropriate (*cough* Miley Cyrus *cough*) in Alberta Ferretti, though the hair was a bit too severe. We will forgive her much for actually wearing a colour other than black red or white though.

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One of the only people other than Tilda, who managed to stand out amongst the personality transplants was Diablo Cody, who won the original screen writing award.  Again, I wouldn't normally advocate tats and leopardskin, but it worked, because that is clearly who she is.

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So who wins the mirrormirror Worst Dressed Award?

I'm sort of confused by Nicole Kidman's effort. Pregnancy has clearly befuddled her brains sufficiently that she decided to turn up wearing a bib made of diamonds.  It sort of looks OK here, but much worse when she was actually presenting her award as the necklace had got all askew and tangled by that stage. But at least she was trying something different.

She absolutely wins the 'worst face' award though.  She really couldn't move it for Botox when making her little speech.  She appears to be morphing rapidly into Lady Penelope.

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Sadly my girl Jennifer Hudson, of whom I have been a great fan since American Idol days and who quite often looks fab, was again let down badly by her Oscar stylist.  After last years horrific bolero, she wore a frock that made her ample boobage look deformed.  Even the Husband remarked upon it (we know now where he looks when it comes to clothes).  It seems that designers and stylists are completely flummoxed when they have to confront a pair of real breasts. As a woman of ample boobage myself,  I'd love to see her in something plunging and uplifting and in yer face which would get all the fishtailed starlets crying into their implants.  But for the moment though, she's a strong contender for Worst Dressed.

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Actress Daniel Day-Lewis and wife Rebecca Miller attend the 80th Editing to say that, now I've found a picture of it, this creation undoubtedly wins the Worst Dressed award.  What on earth was Rebecca Miller thinking?

23 February 2008

Mondrian Styling

One reason I still get the UK interiors mags is for the beautiful and imaginative product styling.

Here are some images from February 2008's Elle Deco which put me in mind of Mondrian's art. Somehow I just can't imagine seeing images like these in Domino.

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Coincidentally, the stylist for these shots is Frank Vissers whose apartment I blogged about in October.  I just love his use of colour.

21 February 2008

Book Review - The Gentle Art of Domesticity

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I've finally got round to reading a book which has been on my list for ages but which has been scaring me a bit.  I found the tweeness of the title and the cover picture tremendously off-putting, but have recently been enjoying Yarnstorm - the blog that inspired the book, and thought I'd give it a go. 

It's been the subject of quite a lot of controversy in the UK, mostly from those who think doing stuff around the house, indulging in crafts and enjoying cooking is somehow a betrayal of the feminist movement.  But as you know, I like to cook and potter in my house and garden and have tremendous admiration for people who can actually DO crafts, so I persevered beyond the horrible title and cover.

First the good bits.  The book is sumptuously produced and a hugely pleasurable read.  The chapters are short, so it's very easy to dip in and out of, and the book is absolutely chock-a-block full of photos, which are, actually, the best bit. Jane's photos are gorgeous and inspiring and I would post lots up here, but apparently I have to get her express written permission and I really couldn't be bothered, so just check out her blog instead.  But it is to her enormous credit that most of the photos in the book are taken by her and not by some anonymous stylist.

Jane's prose is also utterly beautiful, she has a very visual way of describing things and writes in a very intelligent and thoughtful way.  And the book is not just about knitting and baking and quilting, it also talks about domesticity in film and art and books, which is fascinating. It also contains an excellent list of 'Resources' at the back, including inspirational books, blogs and materials stockists.  Oh and there are lots of ideas about how to get kids involved in crafts and domestic projects.

So what didn't I like? Well the book is very personal to Jane. It is by no means an instruction manual, it is all about how she thinks about craft, how she gains inspiration, and the creative process behind her craft projects, though with no detailed instructions beyond a few recipes.  And unfortunately her aesthetic is just a bit too genteel and Radio 4 for me - the pink heart-shaped mousse on the front cover does absolutely sum it up (though the colour balance on the front cover is ghastly, there's a more subdued and nicer photo of it in the book itself). I'm a sure a ton of people will absolutely adore the stuff she makes but I'm just not an embroidered crinoline ladies sort of person. 

Does anyone know of crafters out there who are doing stuff which is a bit more well, 'fierce'? Not knitting plastic bags sort of fierce, but stuff you might want to put into a more contemporary home.

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On the plus side, the book has inspired to pick up my knitting again!  Knitting is the only craft I can do. Here's the beginnings of a bag for the Minx.  Pattern, with tweaks, courtesy of this book.  Colour choice courtesy of the Minx (and only because they didn't do this yarn in bright eyeball-searing red).

Mark My Words

This is the next American Idol. 

 

I promised myself that this was the year I wouldn't get sucked in, and I only managed to hold out until the Top 24.  Self-discipline is not my forte.

19 February 2008

Go Fug Your Room - Betsey Johnson

This next room should please the 84% of you who thought that the Kelly Hoppen-designed room was too bland and soulless and lacking in colour and nicknackery (which begs the question how on earth is Kelly H so successful?).

US fashion designer Betsey Johnson's maximalist apartment was featured in last August's UK Elle Deco and has since garnered a surprisingly positive reaction around blogland.

I have no real idea who she is, beyond what I've read on Wikipedia though I did like what I saw of her last collection.  She looks like she's trying to be 'zany' in a Zandra Rhodes-ish sort of way and 'more is more' is definitely her byword, when it comes to home furnishings at least.

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I do like the mix of romantic French and vintage mid-century pieces and love the idea of accenting pink with yellow, but surely this is TOO pink? It's not even a tasteful pink but bubblegum pink.  Mixed with fuschia.  With a pink shag carpet.

And am I the only person feeling sorry for the person who does the dusting? And who is getting mightily bored with Arco lamps? (Though I presume Betsey might have acquired hers from Andy Warhol rather than Ebay).

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18 February 2008

An Entirely Satisfactory Evening

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A bowl of linguine alle vongole  from Nigel Slater's The Kitchen Diaries (the clams in this part of the world are so good and so cheap).

A bar of Green & Black's Almond chocolate (if you couldn't get this in Seattle I would have returned to the UK by now).

The definitive BBC version of Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle (the perfect Lizzie Bennett, eat your heart out Keira Knightley) on the telly.

Some knitting.

No, I've not exactly become American quite yet.

17 February 2008

Instant Contraception

We've been doing the tourist thing this week, as friends from London have been visiting, which has meant three kids aged three, two and one in the house.

I take my hat off to any mother who has more than one child - one child can be considered an excusable mistake, but any more is sheer lunacy.

Anyway, they went yesterday and this morning the Minx is out with her father and I am revelling in the quiet and trying to make sense of the chaos.  And recovering from the terrible cold which is of course inevitable when you hang around kids.

They can occasionally be cute though.

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I'm a Lucky Girl - part deux

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I also got this gorgeous little necklace from Hannah Made, which features a tiny photo of a collage made by Michelle Caplan for her Collage Lab project (I have to admit that the Husband needed to be gently led in this direction).

I just love how this is a collaboration between two different artists in very different media, but who have combined to make something so unusual and pretty.  It's currently hanging on my inspiration board just so I can look at it.

The postcards are from UK photographer Donna Compton, who takes the sort of flower photos that I aspire to take (found via Decor8) and the marble magnets in Amy Butler prints are from the Purple Pear.

16 February 2008

I'm a lucky girl - part 1

Sometimes the Husband gets things so right.

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Bouquet from Fleurish - the best florist we have come across in Seattle.  I love how they enclose a little card telling you what's in the bouquet.

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Also much loving the use of ripening blackberries in the bouquet - though I have no idea where they get them at this time of year.

14 February 2008

The Saga of the Fireplace

Once upon a time some people bought a house in Seattle.  And it was mostly a very nice house, if you ignored the fact that it had been painted by colour-blind people.

The living room, for example, was painted bright egg-yolk yellow accented with a pillarbox red fireplace.

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The woman who bought the house really wanted to do something about the fireplace as soon as they moved in, so she set up a poll on her blog asking whether she should just paint it white or strip back the paint.

Despite 49% of her readers telling her to paint it white, she decided to strip back the bricks to see what was underneath using a fabulous paint stripper made from soybeans.

First of all the fireplace looked like this

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And then a friend announced that she would be coming for a visit and the owners of the fireplace decided that it really should be finished before she came.

So they set to work with a vengeance and got it looking like this with just one week to go before adding the final touches.

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And finally the fireplace was finished.

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Yes, after all the anguish and elbow grease we decided to paint it white after all, and are delighted with the result. I'm wishing we hadn't spent quite so much time and effort coming to this conclusion though, and  I promise I will never, ever ignore you guys ever again.

There's still much to be done, but finally I'm really starting to like this room. We'll be talking paint colours next week.

13 February 2008

Sketch-y

There are two things in this world that I would love to be able to do and that is sing and draw.

Those of you who can do the latter might like to see excerpts from a fabulous article which appeared in February's Elle Deco UK, where they asked an illustrator to illustrate four rooms from literature. 

It really makes me want to get reading and drawing and researching historic trends in interiors. And living in The Great Gatsby.

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Images from Elle Decoration UK, February edition. Illustrations by Yoco.  Click on the images to read the text. 

I'd never heard of Yoco before, but here are some utterly gorgeous illustrations from her website.

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Creature Comforts Blogroll

About a hundred years late as per usual - it's already been extensively raved about elsewhere in the blogosphere -  here's what mirrormirror  looks like on Ez's fabulous illustrated blogroll on Creature Comforts - easily the most beautiful blogroll on the web.

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I was intrigued to see which images she would choose from all the random pics I've posted up, and whether they would capture the 'brand' that mirrormirror has - in my own head at least.

I LOVE what she's put together, if anything it's nicer than I would have put together myself.  It's very clever how she's pulled together the yellow, aqua and grey colour palette  (what a great and unexpected colour combination) and juxtaposed the silhouetted and cut-out leaf shapes

Interestingly I wouldn't have chosen those actual images,  but the use of colour and pattern, the mix of contemporary and girly and the clean lines are all what I would love mirrormirror to exemplify, so I'm so glad Ez picked up on them.  A career as a 'brand psycho-analyst' clearly beckons for her.

09 February 2008

Washington counts

jimmy smitsFor the first time I think in like EVER, Washington state gets a chance to influence the presidential nominations (usually it's all sewn up by Super Tuesday or even before, and this year nobody thought that Super Duper Tuesday would be anything other than decisive).  All the candidates were in town yesterday, and people I've been speaking to seem really excited that they get a chance to make a difference.

I'm loving the fact that the 'script' for this election appears to come courtesy of the West Wing's scriptwriters - young, idealistic, minority Democrat v. old guard, maverick, not completely insane Republican.  Though even the WW didn't think to throw a credible female candidate into the mix.

Interestingly Washington votes via the public caucus system, which means that everyone has turn up at a neighbourhood location and vote in person. There also appears to be a state primary, but that doesn't apparently count for anything, so just colour me confused there.

Here are local bloggers Not Martha and Decorno's takes on the matter.  I really wish I were eligible to go to a caucus as it would be a fascinating slice of American life. 

As a woman I still believe it's an honour and a privilege to vote, so if you're a Washingtonian just get out there and do it.  I don't really care who you vote for (as long as it's not Huckabee) but if anyone fancies casting a vote for Obama on my behalf then be my guest.

Interesting discussion here, via Swiss Miss, on what the fonts used by the different candidates in their campaign literature say about them.

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06 February 2008

Super Tuesday

Tonight we were mostly...

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In one little corner of America, it was Pancake Day.

Two Countries Separated by Common Bed Linen - Part 2

sheetsAs an amusing postscript to our previous discussion about the difference between a duvet and a comforter, Metafilter asks, 'Do British people use sheets?'.  Cue lots of Americans horrifed by insanitary British habits.

05 February 2008

Garden Projects

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Heavy Petal is a great gardening blog based in Vancouver BC and thus full of tips for the Pacific Northwest gardener.  She found instructions for making this gourd birdhouse on craft blog Two Straight Lines and I'm going to have try it.

Surely even someone as craft-challenged as myself can manage this, particularly when you can buy the gourd ready drilled and cleaned from here?  I have ordered my gourd and will keep you posted.

It appears that I should also be buying tomato seeds about now. I want to try growing heirloom tomatoes this year and am thinking about trying them in Topsy Turvy planters hanging round the house.

04 February 2008

Go Fug Your Room - Kelly Hoppen

With apologies to the Fug girls.

I have been discussing with Elaine from my new BFF blog Decorno the importance of having opinions, of which she has many very forthright ones.

As a cynical Brit I do find the 'hearts and puppies' stuff you find on some other blogs a bit difficult to cope with, so I've been thinking for some time of doing a 'rooms I hate' series on here.  Though I was gutted to find that Elaine already does this (and much better), if you want more snark.

But I digress. Today's room is from the doyenne of British interior design Kelly Hoppen.  Ms Hoppen has built an empire on designing rooms for people with so little personality that even colour is considered to be freakishly avant garde.  She has even produced a range of beige paint. Her rooms shriek 'good taste' so loudly that they end up having not much taste at all.

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This example from Homes and Gardens is apparently part of a new London house built for an American client.

I have to say that I do like how she plays with different textures within the neutral palette, and her signature black wenge floors and the subtle pleated pelmets at the top of the curtains which work in a room this big and imposing.

But everything, from the immense table, to the huge black armoire and the heavily bevelled mirror is just so stolid; and a room without colour would drive me me mad in about thirty seconds (just one little hot pink flower arrangement somewhere PLEASE); and I hate that this is a brand new house but filled with repro details; and the way the knick knacks have clearly been bought in by the yard and there's not a single thing in here that is treasured or has history. And most of all I hate that the chairs are wearing dresses.

Didn't chair dresses go out in the 80s?  Weren't they just things in 'Ideas for Soft Furnishings' books that no one ever made?  Or if you did make them it was to disguise the fact that your chairs were all mismatched and rickety and came from a junk shop?  Which I hardly think is the problem here, since the table apparently costs upwards of £50,000. And the wonky seam on that chair with its back to us is driving me nuts.

What do you all think?  Get dissing discussing in the comments.

Where to go in Mexico?

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We're thinking of going to Mexico in March and April, but don't know where to go. Any suggestions?

We need a nice beach for the Minx but would also like to find somewhere with a bustling Mexican vibe and traditional Colonial architecture, but not too touristy - which I think rules out Acapulco, Cancun and possibly PV -, and not too remote either as I fancy sitting in little cafes and restaurants and watching the world go by.

And any recommendations for beautiful, smallish (and cheap!) boutique-y hotels would also be much appreciated.   It is possible that the things I desire are not actually available in reality.

Let me know all your ideas - I know next to nothing about Mexico, so the smallest bits of information would be useful. Thank you!

02 February 2008

For Mothers Everywhere

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It seems like ages since I've given you any update on what we're doing with the house, mostly because nothing at all has been happening.

But I've started to get traction again in the last few weeks, so I've a got lots to tell you about.

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This is where we'd got to last week.  Note fabulous new Emma Gardner rug has arrived. Note that very heavy glass coffee table is not on top of fabulous rug, because we are terrified of making deep grooves in said rug. Note that horrendous nursing chair and egg-yolk yellow walls are still in place.

If you remember I wanted to replace the nursing chair with a curvy chaise longue.  I also wanted the chaise longue to be in raspberry sorbet pink but could only find it in various shades of beige.

So imagine how excited I was to find this little beauty in very hip Seattle store Inform (which appears to have a very groovy looking sister store in Vancouver, BC) in exactly the shade of pink I was looking for.

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The chair is a 'Little Rock' by Canadian company Bensen and is wildly comfortable. We clearly have a thing for pink rocking chairs. 

The chair is accessorised with a glorious cushion from Swedish designers Adam & Viktoria made from raw linen with very dark chocolate cutouts.

I'd never heard of them before but they're actually featured this month in Elle Decor.  I love their stuff and am going to look into getting some of their cushions  in for 'mirrormirror'.

 

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I was pleased, but also a bit worried to see in Elle Decor that chartreuse - the colour of the rug, together with the Ikea curtains and Crate & Barrel runner in the background - is the new colour for spring.  I'm worried because it will clearly be tremendously passe' next year - and we certainly can't afford to replace the rug, like, EVER.

 

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Stay tuned to find out what our new coffee table looks like, when I'm going to organise those shelves a bit better, why we haven't finished the fireplace *blushes*, and what colour we're going to paint the walls.

Tune in next week also for an update on the colour scheme for the Minx's room - somewhat embarrassingly featured today on Ohdeedoh.com (which appears to be the new name for Apartment Therapy Nursery).  I wish they'd waited until we'd painted the walls a colour I actually like!

01 February 2008

Resolution Watch

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So how am I doing?

Get thin - I've lost a stone (14lb) since mid November! Still a ways to go though, but thrilled since WeightWatchers really does seem to be working.

Get dancing - Not quite yet, but have just completely Rolfing session 4 and can't describe how much better my whole body is feeling.

Get organised - Bedroom/office still a tip.  Top priority at the moment as we have friends from the UK coming next week and it's EMBARRASSING.

Get making - I've done my beading class.  Need to find another beading project to make.  

Get going on the house - Have got various meetings lined up with remodelling people, architects and painters.  Have bought nice furniture (of which more anon) and have decided on colours for main room and Minx's room (of which also more anon).

Get photographing- launched my daily photo diary Today I Am Mostly

Get blogging - still don't seem to have time to do all that I want with the blog 

Get rich - January's revenues were up about 40% on last January!  But then last January was very, very bad for some reason.

16 January 2008 in Ramblings | Permalink