Archive | April, 2010

LIVING, URBAN Living | April 30, 2010 | by Kim Vallee

Smoking and societies

a bar car on the New Haven line in 1968

As I read the story on the International Herald Tribute yesterday about the probable end of the bar cars on the Metro-North Railroad line that connects Manhattan to the suburbs of Connecticut, I am amazed to see the contrast with how we approach smoking in public places today. I am so glad that our attitude [...]

LIVING, TRAVEL | April 29, 2010 | by Kim Vallee

Nishiki Market in Kyoto

nishiki market seafood

This is a typical shopping street in Japan. What makes those special is that the street is covered. Therefore, you can shop even when it rains. In fact, that what we did a very rainy day in Kyoto last week. We went to the Nishiki market with more than one hundred shops all related to [...]

HOME + GARDEN, HOME decor | April 27, 2010 | by Kim Vallee

Small Spaces can be Spacious

gary chang's hidden bathroom and his kitchen on movable partitions

We are used to living in spacious rooms in North America. When I traveled to Japan, I noticed how lucky we are. But this does not mean that people who live in tiny condos have to give up on living well in their limited space. One architect who certainly demonstrated that you can accomplish a [...]

GIFT IDEAS, Gifts for HER | April 26, 2010 | by Kim Vallee

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

silhouette family portraits and handmade soaps as mother's day gift ideas on etsy

Think about family portraits and little things that give her time for herself for this Mother’s Day. They might be the most original gift ideas but you are certain that it will please her. On those categories, I suggest: + Custom Personalized Family Silhouette Print that you will take the time to frame $22 USD [...]


April 26, 2010 | by Kim

4 Simple Centerpiece Ideas for Mother’s...

kitty grass centerpieces anne sage

The first idea is inexpensive and clever. You dress up a kitty grass by adding one or two blooms in each pot. [...]

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April 26, 2010 | by Kim

Ink & Iron’s Letterpress Cards | Etsy...

ink and iron letterpress cards on etsy

I came across the original work of Ink & Iron on Oh So Beautiful Paper. I like how her imagery adds a [...]

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April 23, 2010 | by Kim

The Aritsugu knives

Aritsugu cooking knives at the Nishiki market in kyoto, japan

My shopping list to Japan included the purchase of one cooking knife. I did not know which one I wanted until I [...]

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April 23, 2010 | by Kim

Feeding the deers in Nara

deers at nara in japan

One of most delightful experiences all travelers to Nara, Japan should try is to feed the protected deers. They are 1200 deers [...]

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April 22, 2010 | by Kim

Farmers Market Baskets

bone china farmers market baskets at jason home and garden

These adorable fruit baskets would add a nice touch to any outdoor party this summer. The Farmers Market baskets are made of [...]


April 22, 2010 | by Guest

How to Make the Open Kitchen an Enjoyable...

open kitchen design

I asked my friend Line Atallah if she would like to write a guest post about open kitchen living. Line lived with [...]


April 21, 2010 | by Kim

Blofield Inflatable Bathtub

Blofield inflatable bathtub

Now, you will be able to take a stylish bath under the stars anywhere you want to. The same Dutch company that [...]


April 21, 2010 | by Kim

Heath Ceramics at the Ferry Building in San...

heath ceramics at the san francisco ferry building

Heath Ceramics opened a small 500 square feet store at the historic San Francisco Ferry Building, which is a great place for shopping. The [...]

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