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At Home with Kim Vallee featured in Singapore Home And Decor Magazine

At Home with Kim Vallee featured in Singapore Home And Decor Magazine

When we say that the Web has no frontiers; it is true. I am so glad to report that my blog is featured in an interior design magazine from Singapore. I am on the December 2008 issue of Singapore Home & Design. I want to thank Ruth Chan for this honor.

By the way, seeing the Queen clock inspires me to find a cool red silhouette clock for the office. Inform me if you see something similar.

DesignDotCom Dec 2008

No More International Boundaries

On that same article, I found out about vPost, a service provided by Singapore Post. No more disappointment because your favorite online shops do not ship overseas; like it is the case for the Queen clock. The service gives you access to a US, a UK, an European or a Japanese shipping address. vPost will forward your packages to your Singapore address within a week. I wonder if and when a service like that will be available in Canada.


My Ciao Montreal Interview at Ateliers et Saveurs

ciao montreal filmed at saveurs et ateliers in old montreal

A cool thing about doing TV interviews is that you discover new shows and new places. I watched last week episode before my interview and I like it.

About the TV Show

Ciao Montreal is a show hosted by young dynamic Italian women about what is going in Montreal that can interest the Italian community. The show covers lifestyle, nightlife, music, fashion, and entertainment. Natasha Gargiulo interviewed me about Halloween party ideas for grown ups.

Ciao Montreal also recorded from a different location in Montreal. This week, it was at a fabulous cooking, mixology and wine tasting school in the heart of Old Montreal called Ateliers et Saveurs. The calendar is mostly filled with workshops. The concept is to learn while having fun.

The décor of Ateliers et Saveurs also impressed me. I captured the lights to give you an idea of the place. An event was taken place. I did not photograph the rooms by respect to the attendees. Do not worry I am planning to go back at Ateliers et Saveurs. I wish to experience their workshops and tasting events.

Custom-made lighting

Lighting artist François Legault of UNIK Sculptural Lighting designed the three light fixtures I am showing you. They were designed especially for Ateliers et Saveurs.

The spiral chandelier features 260 spoons in three sizes, and 15 incandescent bulbs. In the wine tasting room, 476 spoons and 21 Champagne flutes were used to create an impressive 7 foot-long pendant lamp over the table.

The Bar wall sconces are made out of barware. A bunch of spoons hanged from a cocktail strainer. Metal stems hold three shooter glasses at the base. The Kitchen sconces are built on a similar concept than the bar sconces. But in the kitchen, three ladles and whisks drop below the 50 spoons.

I invite you to check UNIK Sculptural Lighting online to admire the entire lighting collection at Ateliers et Saveurs.

Mark October 12th, 2008 on your Calendar

The show with my interview is supposed to air October 12th, 2008 on CJNT Montreal. I will tell you more when I received the confirmation. I wish to thank the team of Ciao Montreal for this opportunity.

+ Ciao Montreal
+ Ateliers et Saveurs custom-made lighting by UNIK Sculptural Lighting
+ Ateliers et Saveurs


Guest Blogging on Cool Message Boards

my cool message centres guest post on style sheet

A couple days before Apartment Therapy published a post about Organizing With Magnetic Boards, I spot the Wooden Memo board by Jette Scheib at MoMA store for a guest post I did for Style Sheet.

For the rest, our selections are pretty different.

More Magnetic Bulletin Board Options

I almost select the sisters and brothers of the Bird Shape-Up! Magnetic Bulletin Board by Three by Three: the Flower Dry-Erase Magnetic board for a little girl room and the Arrow Dry-Erase Magnetic board for a boy bedroom.

Remark the Three and Three does two models of magnetic board shaped as arrows and flowers. You can write with a dry-erase pen on one of the model.

About my guest blog on Style Sheet, my selection takes the form of a simple memo board up to an elaborate organization system. Check out the eye-catching memo board for your grocery list on Style Sheet.

+ Wooden Memo board by Jette Scheib – price: members $81, others $90
+ Three by Three Shape up! Bird Magnetic Bulletin Board – price: $24 USD
+ Three by Three Shape up! Flower Magnetic Bulletin Board – price: $24 USD
+ Three by Three Shape up! Arrow Magnetic Bulletin Board – price: on sale at $18 USD at Velocity
+ Via Style Sheet


Guest Blogging on Affordable Decor for Your First Apartment

Guest Blogging on Affordable Decor for Your First Apartment on Style Sheet :: blog of

I compiled a list of attractive decorative items for people on a budget. I wrote this for Style Sheet, the blog of

My guest post goes beyond the college and university students who wish to decorate their dorm. The list suits anyone who moved out of his or her parents’ house for the first time.

Because I prefer buying stuff that can stay with you for a while, I selected items that would look great in your subsequent homes.

To prove it can fit in a grown up home, the first item is an IKEA hack done by one of my girlfriends in her apartment. I want to thank the photograph Elizabeth Delage for taking the pictures.

I invite you to have a look at my finds and to share your opinions on Style Sheet.


Guest Blogging on Desk Chairs


Style Sheet, the blog of, published my latest guest blogger post this morning.

I went on a hunt for three desk chairs that would look great in a home office.

I selected three styles that suit three budgets from home furniture stores across Canada. If you enjoy, leave a comment on Style Sheet.

If you wonder, I sit all day on an Aeron chair by Herman Miller. I felt for this icon ergonomics chair ten years ago. I feel that it is money well spent since I passed long hours at my desk.

Via Style Sheet


Come to my Sessions at PodCamp Montreal

podcamp montreal unconference 2008 :: fall foliage print by sixhours on etsy

I will go sidetracks today for my first post. I wish to talk about what is happening in my life.

Some of you may be aware that I worked for 15 years in the IT and Web industry. I gained a pretty good understanding of the challenges and processes governing the online and offline universes.

I coupled my Web expertise with my design skills to build and operate At Home with Kim Vallee. My husband is a bright system architect and Chief technical officer. So I am still connected to that previous career. All this brings me to my participation at PodCamp Montreal this fall.

What is Next?

The world of social media is so exciting. For the first time in the history, non technical people, like most of the bloggers in our circle can participate actively and build a business around their passion. The female and mommy blogs are booming at an accelerated rate. It is normal that women embrace social communities because we like to converse.

I am reflecting about that because I am preparing for the two sessions I will give at PodCamp Montreal on September 20-21, 2008

  1. Beyond the Blog – How to Better Serve the Woman Market Through Social Tools: I am really excited by this topic.
  2. Managing the PR Beast : Building Relationships With PR Practitioners While Maintaining Credibility With Your Audience. This is a panel made of Michelle Sullivan, Rayanne Langdon, Eden Spodek and Kim Vallee. I am lucky to sit on a panel with these three talented women.

August 22, 2008 Update: The PodCamp Montreal schedule is out. My first talk (Beyond the Blog) is at 3 pm on Saturday and then at 4pm, it is the panel. So I got a busy afternoon.

Register for PodCamp MTL

The line-up is incredible at this unconference. So register, the event is FREE and you will get to visit the beautiful Montreal. The weather will still be nice but bring a light coat as nights are colder.

Love Links

Since I am talking marketing and bloggers, why not share blogs I enjoy reading but that are in a different sphere.

I feel guilty that I did not respond earlier on my blog to Renée from En Direct Des Iles who awarded me an Arte y Pico at the beginning of the month. I do not follow the rules on her award but I respect the spirit. Here are five blogs outside the niche of my blog that I enjoy for their creative thinking.

  • Six pixels of separation by Mitch Joel: I listen to Mitch’s podcasts while I do my daily exercises. If you see me smile or laugh at the gym, this is why. Mitch Joel has two upcoming sessions. His company, Twist Image is a major sponsor of PodCamp Montreal. First Mitch will talk with David Usher, the singer about the music industry. Then, his second session will be with C.C. Chapman, a new media maven living in Boston.
  • By the way, David Usher has a blog on art, technology and the communications revolutions called CloudID. There are good discussions on David’s blog.
  • Problogger by Darren Rowse: I go there for tips on how to build a more successful blog.
  • Innovation Playground by Idris Mootee: I enjoy his blog because it talks about innovation, brand development and consumer experience in an easy to understand way. It is easy to read.
  • Community Divas: Introducing a newcomer by veteran bloggers. Community Divas is the new podcast started by two of my friends from Toronto, Eden Spodek of Bargainista and Connie Crosby. Eden and Connie are doing a session at PodCamp Montreal about her podcast.

I will go back to my original programming now. But first, do not forget to register for PodCamp Montreal if you are free for a week-end of great networking, sharing and learning. If you there, please come say hello.

+ Sessions at PodCamp Montreal
+ Fall foliage – 4×6 print by sixhours on Etsy – price: $10 USD


I Talked about the Wii Fit on The Radio

Kim Vallee and Karine Larose at Sans Détour with François Bugingo :: Wii Fit

Friday morning,  I did an interview for Sans Détour, a show on Radio-Canada hosted by François Bugingo. I was there as a fan of the Wii Fit. Karine Larose, a fitness expert at Nautilus Plus, participated to the discussion.

My Assessment

I am happy to have one. The Wii Fit has great value as a motivator. It is fun to see the avatars of your friends while you are bouncing the soccer balls.

Wii Fit also scores all your exercise performances. I noticed than when I did not execute well the exercises, my score is lower. Like any computer game, higher marks or playing for a certain time will open new exercises.

The Hula Hoop is quite fun and can make you sweat. I enjoyed doing the balance exercises of the Wii Fit program. The balance exercises are the most playful. The slalom ski, table tilt and ski jumping are my favorites so far.

I used the Wii Fit regularly after my surgery to gain back my balance. I used to put less weight on my injured leg and the Wii Fit spotted this fact. It forced me to correct my posture.

Right now, I do not use it every day because I already follow a strict exercise routine for my ACL rehabilitation. I do not like going to the gym. Once I am back in form, I am planning to practice yoga and a program with the Wii Fit. By that time, new sport games will probably use the Wii Fit Board.

Click here to listen François Bugingo interviewing Karine Larose and I. Take note that the interview was done in French.

Picture: Kim Vallee and Karine Larose in the studio of Sans Détour
Wii Fit Pictures by Nintendo


Guest Blogging about Color Trends for | News Flash

summer 2008 colour trends in style sheet from

I am talking about summer 2008 color trends on Style Sheet, the blog of

Go ahead and learn about my color ideas for a fashionable home this summer.

English from Canada

You can spot the British heritage of Canadians in the way we write colour. And the Canadian spelling is grey instead of gray. We also follow some American rules. For example, we prefer organize to the British spelling (organise).

If the topic interests you, the Cornerstone’s Canadian English Page summarizes the specifics of Canadian English.

Why I write in US English instead of the Canadian English? The answer rests in the fact that the majority of my readers are from the United States.

Via: Summer 2008 Colour Trends [Style Sheet]


At Home with Kim Vallee is a Favorite of The Nest magazine

favorite blogs from the nest magazine summer 2008Nestie’s favorite blogs are must-reads and guilty pleasures from the staff of The Nest.

The summer 2008 listing is out. I am glad that At Home with Kim Vallee is listed as a “favorite” under Entertaining.

Nesties’ Favorite Blogs

I share this honor with three other amazing blogs:

The Nest magazine is only available through subscription for delivery in the United States. I was looking for an issue so I want to thank Katie, a Public Relations Manager at The Knot for sending me this material.

I also want to thank Heather, Alex, Carole, Melanie, Nathalie and Colin for trying to find the magazine in a newsstand.

+ Subscription to the Nest Magazine – price: $14.99 USD for 4 issues
+ Nesties’ Favorite Blogs


I am featured on The Gazette Montreal Today

planning an outdoor party :: The Gazette montreal outdoor living section

I was interviewed two weeks by Ian Howarth for a story about planning an outdoor party.

Ian interviewed before me Kelly Deck who hosts Take it Outside on HGTV for a segment of outdoor rooms and high-end barbecues. I spoke about her show when I gave you my 5 design tips for the perfect backyard for entertaining.

You can also learn useful tips from Leslie Hoppenheim of The Party Planner who is used to plan big events. My published contributions relate to down-to-earth tips when you host a casual outdoor party.

The story is on a special Outdoor Living section included on the May 28, 2008 edition of The Gazette. There is some type to grab a copy at the newsstand. Otherwise, The Gazette is one of those friendly newspapers that published their stories online.

I want to thank again Ian Howarth for this opportunity. I enjoyed talking with him.

>>> Sourcing:
Learn more:  Planning a party by Ian Howarth [The Gazette]
Learn more: BBQ & beyond: patio parties go high-end by Ian Howarth [The Gazette]


Call for Help with The Nest Magazine

featured in The Nest magazine Summer 2008

A Montreal Girl Geek told me last week that At Home with Kim Vallee is featured on The Nest magazine. As far as I know, my blog is the favorite blog of their readers and staff in the Entertaining category. Sadly for me, this magazine is not available in Canada.

I just sent an email to a Public Relations Manager at The Nest Magazine. We will see what they answer. In the meantime, I am asking for help from my US readers.

Did you read that article? Can someone send me a copy of the Summer 2008 edition of the Nest magazine? I will send a thank you gift. If you interested make sure to fill the email text box (not published) and write a comment.

>>> Sourcing:
Learn more: The Nest