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January 2013

FOOD + DRINK FOR all the family

Weekly Meal Planner: Week 3

watercress salad

The reason why I started to chronicle what we ate for dinner every week was to vary our meals. So far, it is working. I don’t know if reading my weekly menu gives you ideas for what to cook for dinner to your family but, on a personal note, I see the benefits of keeping track of what’s for my dinner. You should give it a try.

Here is what we ate for dinner last week: Continue Reading

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

Current Love: Colored Lacquers on Wood Furniture

flat table peeled

Sharing similarities to the paint-dipped mini-trend, I noticed more wood furniture that exhibit strong color accents. I love it! It feels fun yet sophisticated. This makes these pieces easy to live with which means that you can justify the investment. I highlight some of my favorite pieces. I would welcome any of these in my interior.

For Your Dining Room

flat table
photo credits: Flat Table by Jo Nagasaka for Schemata Architecture Office

My ultimate favorite is the tables by Japanese designer Jo Nagasaka of Schemata Architecture Office. Which girl could resist that fluorescent pink epoxy finish? I can’t! Jo Nagasaka started to apply the epoxy coats to smooth and regulate the table tops of antique tables. I find that the effect is stunning. Continue Reading

ENTERTAINING HOLIDAY entertaining

Get These If You Plan to Propose on Valentine’s Day

my phone is off for you

Valentine’s Day is one night where many guys decide to pop the question. If this is what you have in mind, guys, here are three uncommon things — besides your caring attention, true love and good look — that will set the right mood.

First of all, tell her that she has your undivided attention with this handkerchief. And you mean it since wrapping your phone inside this hanky blocks any calls and texts. Continue Reading

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

My Home: The New Red Vases for My Living Room

new red vases in my living room

When I went to Zone last Friday for buying the small red gourde vase that I, initially, planned for my entryway, I realized that the vase would be too large for the IKEA shoe cabinet. But I didn’t waste my time since I noticed that it was the same orange red than my Eames rocking chair. Since the vases were at 50% off, I bought it and its tall companion. I was right! The color matches perfectly. I couldn’t be happier with this purchase.

The next step is to get rid of the bulky media center computer, the stereo style component under the red vases. I asked my husband to explore ways that we could do this. He is in charge of everything that is technological at home. Stay tuned for our progress.

FOOD + DRINK FOR all the family

Weekly Meal Planner: Week 2

what's for dinner mushroom risotto asparagus and trout

My toddler enjoyed every meal I made for dinner last week except for the chop suey. I have the feeling that it was because of the ground beef. Instead, he savoured a bowl of the leek and carrot soup from my frozen soup supply.

Here is the list of what we ate last week: Continue Reading

HOME + GARDEN HOME office

Gadgets that Work: EyeBods Eyeglass Holder

EyeBods eyeglass stand

I like to say that I lost my sight giving birth. The day after his birth, my arms became too short to see clearly what was on the screen. The previous day, I was able to type holding my iPhone 8 inches from my eyes — I had pictures to prove it!. Frankly, I can’t really complaint since my presbyopia occurred at 47 years old. Before that, I only had difficulties reading fine prints written with low contrast font. Continue Reading

FAMILY GAMES and Toys

I Want: DIY Play Kitchen for a Boy

play kitchen for a boy

My husband can vouch how much I am dreaming about a play kitchen for our son. Most play kitchens on the market are too girly or won’t nicely fit in our home design. Which is why I want to create my own. I found my starting point for inspiration.

Ethan’s mom Becky designed a fabulous play kitchen for his little boy. Her DIY play kitchen is full on details and realistic functionalities. A magnet keeps the oven door closed while a motion sensor light turns on when the door is opened. Awesome! Continue Reading

ORGANIZING

Balcon and Bénitier by Inga Sempé Are Now Available in Ceramic

balcon and benetier by Inga Sempe

The Balcon collection that French designer Inga Sempé created for Moustache was originally made in beech wood. A white ceramic version of the shelf to screw and the tidy to screw are amongst the few new items that Inga Sempé will present at Maison & Objets Paris 2013. The Balcon series is great to deposit small everyday objects or to hang next to your bath.

top picture: White ceramic Bénétier (a tidy) and Balcon by Inga Sempé

balcon shelf and benetier (tidy)balcon collection in beech wood for moustache
Balcon collection in beech wood for Moustache

Her new Vapeur lamps with coloured patterns will be presented at the same time. Stop by Moustache booth, Hall 8 – Stand B23 to see them.

 

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

New Uses for Picture Rails

spools of thread stored on picture rail

Picture rails are way more versatile than its name would suggest. Let’s explore ways that you could use them. Beware that reading this post may trigger a desire to install picture rails in every room of your home.

In a Craft Room or Design Studio

One idea to steal from crafter, knitter and designer Brett Bara’s studio tour is her use of a picture frame ledge to hold spools of thread. I love the burst of colors and the practical application. Continue Reading

HOME + GARDEN HOME decor

Eight Bar Cabinets: From Small Sideboards to Single Towers

Maxine Bar Cabinet :: crate and barrel

If you entertain guests often at home, you certainly appreciate the virtues of a well-designed bar cabinet. It saves you time since you don’t have to set up the bar each time that you throw a party. Living in a small spaces can be challenging when it comes to finding the right furniture. I found eight bar cabinets that would fit in any small space apartment or condo.

A small sideboard is my preferred choice due to its versatile use.  You could even consider buying two small sideboards, instead of a double sideboard. Having two small sideboards provides more flexibility if you change often your furniture placement. When the sideboards are tightly side by side, most people will not notice that you have two. Continue Reading