Monday, April 27, 2009

Bright Metal

I am in love with these stairs by Product and Design Metalwork which I found over at Remodelista. I love the way they have a solid and heavy presence, but allow the light to come through so nicely. The clean simple lines, with the interesting triangular detail on the bottom add some really neat interest! Does my love for these stairs make me a modernist?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Wrap me up and loop me around....

I totally forgot about my love for afghan's until I came across this post.....

All images via Smosch

My great-grandmother used to make afghans, so we have a few back at my parents home. They are all made with a black background, and until I saw this one, I thought that was the only way, but I love the white, it is so fresh! Oh, I wish I had an afghan of my own - I love looping the knots over my fingers and toes when I curl up on the sofa. These blankets got me through a lot of sick days...

The talented Sandra from Smosch recently finished hers (as seen in the images). I would love to be able to do this one day.... I wonder how much time it took...

Friday, April 17, 2009

Misc Items...

I love minimal clean design.... but I just can't seem to make it work in my life! I live in a relatively small apartment with a roommate, so the only real space that I have to myself is my bedroom. I have some storage, and try to organize all of my stuff so that it fits within the confines of the storage but I always seem to have extra things popping up here and there and creating a clutter! For example, I have a birthday present that I am waiting to give someone, all wrapped up, my gloves, which I don't have to wear everyday but still need some mornings, an inspiration board that I need to cover with fabric, spray paint cans that I have to return to the depot, some magazines that I use for ideas every now and again, pens and pencils, mail that I need to deal with, my pile of bags, I take a different one to work almost every day, pillow covers that need to be sewn, the list could go on and on and on.

Oh and I forgot about the constant pile of clothes that need attention! This one looks good though! Via Dwell

I clean everything up, but it all way, and then I turn around and it is all back like this! Via Dwell

What should I do? What do you do? It is getting to the point where it is keeping me up at night. Last night for instance, I had to get up and clean my whole room because I was feeling like I was sinking into a pit walled with clutter. (I think I have a clutter fear!)

My pit walled with clutter.... Via Apartment Therapy

My only solution is setting up an entrance area (if my roommate is cool with it) where we can put our miscellaneous items... Or is that just diverting the clutter? Should I just give up on many of these projects and throw the items away? I don't know what to do... I think it is time for a good spring clean.

West Elm makes it look so easy to be organized! Via West Elm

What do you think? Do you have the same problem? Is your home bursting at the seams with stuff?....

I wish I had an extra room to store all of my unfinished projects! Unfortunately they have to reside in the same room that I do! via Doorsixteen

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The End of Regular Posting

I love blogging. I also love the blogging community, the inspiration, positive comments and open and honest sharing of ideas and thoughts. I love reading other people's posts and being inspired. I'm always so excited to post something and see if anyone will comment. The interaction through comments is so fulfilling. I spend a lot of joyous hours thinking of new ways to convey ideas and articulate my opinions. The act of blogging has helped me figure out a lot about myself and how I want to express myself in this world.

Right now however, I need to concentrate on my local community, finding and sharing inspiration with people around me. I am at a bit of a cross-roads where I need to concentrate on my current state, and figure out what I am going to do.... I need take the time to research and MAKE my next step. I have been avoiding making decisions and taking action in my real life by diving into the blogging world. It is much easier for me to take a risk in my blog content then in my career or personal life. I wish I could juggle both and put the thought and time into both, but I am not that good of a multi-tasker.

Honeybee Design on Etsy

So I say good bye to regular posting. I hope this will be more of a see you later, rather than a farewell. I will still be posting at random and of course reading all your lovely posts from time to time. I will miss your daily inspiration so much....

Until the next time..... xo

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Lux for the day

Do you have those days where you want to throw all your frugal thoughts and sensible money management out the window and just be extravagant? Today is one of those days. To make sure I don't break the bank, I have securely locked my credit card away, and I am not approaching any stores, not even the grocery store (its very possible that I would come out of there with a 40 dollar cheese!).

But a girl must treat herself once in a while, right? I'll image indulge today....

Today I am going to take the day off work and stay in this hotel room. I'll take the time to read near the fireplace, write some thank you notes on my custom stationary, order room service, have a team of professionals turn my room into a private spa... if I am not too worn out I'll get all dressed up for some cocktails down in the lobby bar, before retiring to my plush bed....

Images via La Dolce Vita of the Lancaster Suite at Blueberry Farms
If the day did wear me out too much then I will opt for this lovely bath, watching a wonderfully overindulgent movie and sipping on Champagne by candle light...

Image via Living Etc...

Ah, so lovely and restful. Thanks for coming along on my dream Luxury day!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Ready To Wear Folds

Remember my Origami post a couple weeks ago? Well I have found some lovely ready to wear pieces from Banana Republic's Monogram line! I just love how they have incorporated layers and folds to add detail.
I love this oversized jacket collar with folds radiating from the neck, it draws your attention to the face, which is always a great thing!

How ideal are these folds? While it is a bit too Christmas party of me with those colours, I love the bow like folding detail at the neck line, and the folds in the skirt, they complement each other so well!

The next time I'm going shopping, I know what I am going to be looking for!