Spring Inspiration

Just when I thought Spring was almost here, Vancouver got blasted with snow for 3 days. My winter blahs set in again, (made worse by unemployment), I was in need of a pick-me-up. So I did some online window shopping. Here’s a few colours, textures and objects that caught my eye. Enjoy!

spring inspiration 2014

Anthropologie, Native Shoes, AldoHershel SupplyThe Beautiful Project, Urban Outfitters, visualheart on Society6, ArdeneBarefoot Contessa, Old Faithful Shop, Frends HeadphonesWest Elm, CB2

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Art needed

Coming from a background in fine arts and a career in graphic design, you’d think i’d have plenty of awesome art on my walls. The truth is I struggle with having my own art on our walls. I do have a few paintings up from my past, but in all honesty I only have them up there so I don’t have to put them in storage. I’d rather have some unique illustrations or typographic prints. There’s something kind of sad about having paintings on my walls from 2005, which is probably the last time I picked up a paintbrush. I’ve been trying to find unique graphic prints for our walls and I recently came across Minted. They have art prints created by independent artists, so it’s pretty awesome to be able to get something unique! Check them out: Limited Edition Art Prints

Hopefully I can find something to put in our bathroom to replace some images I ripped out of an old magazine. Having real art would be nice.

Here’s a few prints i’d had my eye on, but there’s so many to choose from it’s hard to figure out what I want.
Feathered Arrows by Pistols,  To the Ski Slopes by b.wise papers, Paris Street Shop 3 by The Lovely Letters, Little Houses on a Hillside by The Lovely Letters

minted art prints

Refrigerator Thoughts

refridgerator
Lets take a moment to talk about refrigeration. It’s been on my mind a lot lately. When we bought our place it came with a late 1970’s refrigerator that was in decent enough shape to keep, but we definitely weren’t in love with it, we just didn’t have the budget to buy a new one since we had to get a new stove and dishwasher among  other things.

fridgadaire

So we decided to do a mini makeover on the fridge and paint it a fun colour. You can read more about that process here. About a year later, the paint is still holding up, but the fridge handle is wearing pretty badly. Not only is the paint starting to wear, but the fridge is too.
kitchen-loft

Sometimes in the middle of the night i’ll be jolted awake by the loud motor turning on or off. Or i’ll be watching TV and i’ll have to turn up the volume to drown out the sound of the motor. Other times, we’ll have guests over and the motor will turn on and people will be like “what the heck is that noise?” and that’s when it hit me, I think the fridge is on it’s way out. I’m dreading the day of coming home from work, opening it up and discovering a fridge full of warm rotten food.

So, i’ve been loosely fridge shopping online the last few months, trying to find a brand I like, incase the inevitable day arrives where we have to rush out and buy something in a panic.

smeg

Andrew and I have always been into retro styled fridges, specifically the SMEG (isn’t everyone in love with it?). We lusted over it for years, dreaming of what colour we’d like in our kitchen, but we had never seen or touched one in real life. Then one day it happened, West Elm Market opened up a shop here in Vancouver and we finally got to put our hands on one. From a distance it was beautiful, shiny and fun, but then I reached out and touched it’s smooth shiny surface….. PLASTIC?!! I was so extremely disappointed to discover that the entire thing was made from plastic. It felt so cheap, it felt like a $400 Home Depot fridge in a cool modern/retro disguise. I was sad. I expected a solid fridge with an enamel painted body. I couldn’t believe it. How is it possible for a fridge to cost so much but have so little.

After a few weeks of mourning our loss, we had moved on. (kind of, I still dream about it in photos I see on Pinterest, but then I snap out of it and remember reality and the fact that we need a larger freezer.)

We’re still not really sure what brand we’ll be getting, as most are pretty ugly these days. I think my main issue is that it needs to be simple. No ice machines, no water machines, no digital stuff, no crazy compartments with many doors. It should also be energy efficient, but I  think most are these days.

My latest concern is that most new fridges are slick and stainless steel on the front, but the sides are black and ugly. Our fridge is free-standing and exposed in our kitchen, so it’s necessary to have a nice looking side.

Here’s a few models i’ve looked into, but realized that a quality fridge is pretty dang expensive.

fridges

1. GE  2. Maytag  3. Samsung  4. Viking

Got any refrigerator you’ve been lusting over lately? Share some links, i’d love to check them out.

Nightstand Before and After

It’s hard to believe but we’ve been living in our new place for almost a year. We’re really settled in and happy, but i’m always looking for small new projects to work on around the place. I love updating old furniture, it’s just so satisfying to give something a new life. But don’t get me wrong, I love buying something new too. I’ve had my eye on a set of nightstands from West Elm, but they’re just way out of our budget and not really a priority purchase right now (we need to get a new mattress and probably a new fridge soon).

The nightstands at West Elm are stunning, mid-century style with a modern twist. They come in wood and white, I really love the wood, but our hardwood floors in the bedroom wouldn’t go with it, so i’d have to go with the white. But like I said, we can’t afford them, so this is very much so a wish-list item.

nightstand-west-elm

 

I’ve had my eye on craigslist, watching like a hawk, hunting for a matching pair of mid-century style nightstands, but unfortunately in this city, it’s almost impossible to find a deal, it seems like all mid-century furniture has gone up in price in the last year. Last week, I came across a little gem for $20!! Although, it’s not true mid-century, and it was only (a) one nightstand (haha), but something told me I just had to buy it. Check out the before and after below:

nightstand-before-after
The plan is to keep our eye open for a similar style nightstand, paint it in the same way, that way the look will be cohesive. It’s not about being matchy-matchy or spending big bucks, it’s about character and style. So now I just have to cross my fingers and hope I find our lonely nightstand a friend.

 

 

Summer 2011 Patio Inspiration

Well it’s offical, today is the first day of summer. Although i’ll be honest it doesn’t feel like summer in this city, the weather is chilly and it’s been pretty rainy.

Anyway i’ve been getting into the frame of mind for summer by thinking about my patio. It’s small, but I still love spending time on it in the summer. We Barbeque and eat dinner out there when it’s really warm out. It’s in need of a face lift, but not in a big way. So here’s a few items i’ve picked out that may be fun to add into the mix and brighten things up. (The Bodum BBQ is just a dream, but it’s it cute??)

Lemonade decanter: West Elm, Floor pillows: Urban Outfitters, Green BBQ: Bodum, Lanterns: Homesense, Chain lighting: West Elm Modern Lighting, Wood floor tiles: ikea

Some other random inspiration, my apologies, but I didn’t keep track of where these images came from, a lot of them are from Helen Enkelt , I take no credit for them, I just hope to inspire your outdoor spaces as well as my own. Happy Summer!