Archive for February, 2009

Artist Profile – Amos Supuni

February 28, 2009

This post is a special dedication to one of my favourite artists, Amos Supuni.

Amos Supuni

1970-2008

Thinking of you - by Amos Supuni

Thinking of you - by Amos Supuni

Unbelievably talented, Amos inspired his audience and peers alike. Amos was very concerned about social issues and saw his work as “a voice for the voiceless”, often tackling topics such as poverty, street kids and desperation. He was always very active in the community, he felt very grateful that art had allowed him escape poverty and always encouraged young artists to pursue their craft in lieu of crime and poverty. His work was complex, sometimes comical but always superbly executed.Although his life was cut far too short, I believe his talent and message will continue to speak through the beautiful pieces he created.

End of Hope - by Amos Supuni

End of Hope - by Amos Supuni

Travelling Family - Amos Supuni

Travelling Family - Amos Supuni

For more information on Amos’ work and Zimbabwean stone sculptors, contact Chapungu Sculpture Park. Currently housed in Loveland, CO, Chapungu is home to the largest and most impressive collection of Zimbabwean stone sculpture.

Amos with one of his sculptures

Amos with one of his sculptures

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Offices!

February 27, 2009
This would be perfect for my space! - Domino Feb 07

This would be perfect for my space! - Domino Feb 07

Here are some more inspirational shots on home offices from Domino…

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Hide clutter with art! - clever

Hide clutter with art! - clever

Domino Oct 07

Domino Oct 07

Office Space – Ideas

February 27, 2009

Since I’m working with a corner and not even a room, I have to maximize on everything to use the little space I have wisely.

What I am really looking for is an old console table with a bit of character, preferably with a drawer, that I can refinish and lacquer in either white or a very pale tiffany blue. Then add some fun hardware like these from Anthropologie

Izar Knob - Anthropologie

Izar Knob - Anthropologie

Medaglione Knob - Anthropologie

Medaglione Knob - Anthropologie

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Office Space – Celerie Kemble

February 27, 2009

I can’t have a post on office spaces without including one of my all-time favourites. Celerie’s gorgeous office has been on my inspiration board since I first saw it in In Style Magazine in January ’08. I just love the elegant furniture and the bright colours she used in her space.

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Office Space – Mary McDonald

February 27, 2009

I am currently trying to carve out a little home office nook and have been digging through all my archives of favourite office spaces. Of course my mind immediately goes to Mary McDonald’s fabulous office space. Let’s have a quick re-cap, shall we?

marymcdonaldoffice11Black and white and tiffany blue – what’s a girl not to love! It would be hard not to be inspired by this beautiful space!  Mary framed pictures she found in books in magazines to form the collage you see behind the desk.

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I think I stared completely gobsmacked the first time I saw this photo. Ebonized wood, white Phillipe Starke ghost chair and those gorgeous curtains!! Too much! – the curtains were appliqued by a seamstress, I’m dying to try this myself.

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That Mary is so clever! She used ceiling medalions (you can find them at a hardware store) and black ribbon to add detail to the gallery of white framed photos going up the stairs. marymcdonaldoffice31Strong black and white horizontal stripes add dramatic flair – and are easy to do – just use paint!

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Mary kept it simple, using the same theme throughout the space for a cohesive look.

P.S. Mary – I love that you wore pink for your photoshoot – you were the perfect accessory for your space.

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Keeping it crafty! Not wanting a bland, industrial looking file cabinet, Mary found an image she loved and photocopied it – then pasted it on the cabinet for a very cool, custom effect. You could do the same with any beautiful wallpaper or even wrapping paper.

For more on Mary and her stylish ways – check out her site.

All photos from Domino magazine Jan/Feb 2006.

Black/White – Bedrooms

February 26, 2009
Those who know me well, know I love black and white. Completely simple, yet always interesting enough to grab your attention. Never boring, never goes out of style.
Living Etc December 08

Living Etc December 08

The dramatic four poster bed brings plenty of drama, all you need to do is keep everything else simple.

Get the look: Big statement at a small price with the Hemnes bed from Ikea. It only comes in yellow but a quick coat of paint and you’re all set!

Living Etc August 08

Living Etc August 08

I love mosquito nets and mesh canopies!  Maybe it’s just too much time in Africa, but the soft, airy sheers just add a romantic tone to a bedroom. Right now I’m missing mine. Find one at Pier 1, or even Ikea. (again, I know)

Living Etc November 08

Living Etc November 08

Fornasetti pillows… a great start to a chic space. But that’s just the beginning – I love the beautiful wallpaper behind the headboard, find it here. While you’re there, check out the gorgeous Fornasetti wallpaper too. For pillows, plates and everything Fornasetti, go to palazzetti.com

blackwhite2lenov08Spell it out! – whatever it is that you want to say, make your message clear with monogrammed pillows. These gorgeous ones are from Etsy.com

Felt Pillows from alexandraferguson on Etsy.com

Felt Pillows from alexandraferguson on Etsy.com

or go to Urban Outfitters for graphic black and white monograms.

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Living Etc May 08

A n all-white bedroom can have a rather feminine tone (see below), using strong black elements helps to ground the space and add a masculine component.

Living Etc May 08

Living Etc May 08

Just lovely. Creamy neutral walls, antiqued linens, simple Saarinen base side table, white washed headboard and lots of light – make this space like a trip to the clouds. This look is super simple to achieve – this headboard was created from wide planks, fastened together then white-washed with watered down white paint. Trip to the hardware store and you’re done. Complete the look with an antique mirror – find one with an interesting frame at an antique shop or your local Goodwill and white wash it for the same effect.

Good morning!

February 26, 2009

Photo: Flickr

Photo: Flickr

I love the Yogi tea inspirational quotes.

Hope you have a fabulous day!

My little munchkin…

February 26, 2009
Javier Mascherano

Javier Mascherano

Javier just spent the day with Shannon and she snapped this pic… just had to share!

Book Report – Crossing Boundaries: A Global Vision on Design by Vicente Wolf

February 25, 2009

Talk about Decor Amour! I love Vicente Wolf’s eclectic stylish spaces. He really defines what it means to bring the world home. His gorgeous spaces are inspired by his travels around the world from Papua New Guinea, to Africa, to Paris.

Vicente Wolf

Vicente Wolf

Simple, modern, beautiful!

Simple, modern, beautiful!

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I love Vicente’s creative use of art throughout the space. From resting them on equally stylish chairs, to leaning art on ledges and shelves. Vicente’s philosophy “When you lean art on a ledge it gives you the freedom to move it around and appreciate pieces in different areas and lights. You stop seeing art when it’s been in the same place for too long.”

Another important theme of Vicente’s is nature – it’s clearly a part of each space, whether through plants, flowers or organic material such as branches.

I love this juxtapose of old and new, vintage and modern, black and white… fabulous!

Doesn’t this nook just invite casual conversation?

Seriously sexy bathroom! (below)

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For more on Vicente’s favourite sources and inspirations click here for a video. Or go to his website www.vicentewolf.com
Pick up Crossing Boundaries here

Photos: VicenteWolf.com

Happy Pancake Day!

February 25, 2009

To celebrate Pancake Tuesday, here is a great article from Martha Stewart Living on Pancakes from Around the Globe.

Flapjack — from America
Good old American fluffy flapjacks, dotted with blueberries and drizzled with syrup, are sweetly enticing for their flavor and their familiarity. Get the Flapjack recipe.

Buckwheat Blini — from Russia
In Russia, blini, seemingly similar round, flat cakes, are a world apart. These savories were originally crumbly pancakes with a strong buckwheaty, yeasty flavor. Nowadays, a blin — what you’d be eating if you had just one, nearly impossible to do — tends to be more cohesive, subtle, and sophisticated. Served with spoonfuls of creme fraiche and sevruga caviar, blini make wonderful hors d’oeuvres alongside glasses of chilled vodka.

Rava Dosa — from India
A speciality of southern India — though dosa shops are popping up in U.S. cities, including New York City and Los Angeles — dosas are thin pancakes with a crisp exterior and a slightly spongy interior. The traditional dosa is made with a batter of rice and lentils, fermented overnight. Ours is a rava dosa, made with semolina and yogurt; it rests for only an hour before cooking. Often, dosas are filled with spiced vegetables or potatoes; we serve our spicy ones unfilled, with sweet, piquant coconut chutney and steaming chai tea.

Toad-in-the-Hole — from China
Sausages and pancakes just seem to go together, and, in fact, they’ve been a popular pairing since at least 1787, when the first reference to toad-in-the-hole appeared in an English provincial glossary, for “meat boiled in a crust.” That sounds a bit less appetizing than what this entree has evolved into: pork sausages (called bangers in England) baked in a savory eggy “crust.” Ours is flavored with fresh rosemary and a touch of mustard, and served with an onion gravy intensified by Madeira.

Scallion Pancake — from China
These crisp oniony pancakes are familiar to anyone who has set foot in a Chinese restaurant — or an open-air market in Beijing, where they’re cooked on hot griddles. They’re unusual in that they’re pancakes made with a firm, kneaded and rolled dough rather than a thin, poured batter. Still, they’re light as air and not too greasy, especially if you fry them in vegetable oil rather than the traditional lard. Dip them in a sauce, like the one we made with rice-wine vinegar, soy sauce, hot chiles, and sesame seeds. Get the Scallion Pancake recipe.

Wein Palatschinken — from Austria
These fluffy, lightly sweet stuffed crepes can be found throughout Vienna at its myriad coffeehouses and konditorei, or pastry shops. Ours are piped with a wine-cream filling that is flecked with poppy seeds and dusted with confectioners’ sugar. We used Gewurtztraminer, but any other lightly sweet white wine, such as Riesling or Tokay (a Hungarian wine), would also be delicious.

Crepes Suzette — from France
These crepes are among the most famous pancakes in the world, but their origin remains mysterious. Henri Charpentier, who was a chef at Monte Carlo’s Cafe de Paris, lays claim to their invention in his 1934 autobiography. As the story goes, he inadvertently set fire to cordials in a chafing dish while serving these crepes to the Prince of Wales, who then suggested that they be named after a young lady at his table. But the first mention actually appears in “Escoffier,” published in 1903. Either way, these filled pancakes, with their intense orange flavor, should be in every cook’s repertoire.

Socca — from France
These crisp chickpea and olive oil pancakes are local to Nice, on the Mediterranean coast, where cooks in markets prepare them in large round copper pans (and, ideally, in the high heat of a wood-burning oven) and serve them in paper cones. Also known as farinata in Italy’s Liguria, where chickpeas are a staple, these are savory pancakes. We sprinkled our variation with black pepper, coarse salt, and chopped rosemary. Serve them with a green salad as a light lunch or with an aperitif as a late-afternoon snack.

Pannukakku — from Finland
Unlike most pancakes, this cardamom-scented version hailing from Finland is baked rather than fried or grilled, giving it a soft, puffed-up interior and a delicately crisp crust. It’s particularly versatile: For breakfast, it’s delectable with lingonberry jam (or cloudberry, if you can find it); for a more savory, late-day meal, try it with the traditional accompaniment of yellow-split-pea soup. By the way, if you happen to be in Finland and want to order this pancake, the name is pronounced “bannugaggu.”

Roti with Caramelized Bananas — from Thailand
In the Far East, some of the best food comes from street vendors. Among the offerings in Bangkok are sweet rolled roti, which fall somewhere between pancakes and flatbread. There, cooks caramelize local bananas — sugary and tiny, and no bigger than your thumb — but regular bananas will do just fine. We drizzled this roti with condensed milk and served it with a bowl of rambutans. Get the Roti recipe.

Except from Martha Stewart Living April 2005

As a Canadian, I’ll be serving mine up with Maple syrup, of course!