Thursday, September 30, 2010

My love for books...

My love for books in a home made me a tumblr sensation overnight. You all know how much i love the use of books as decor or simply just the presence of books in a home. See a post here. It's also no secret that i have a design tumblr. Well, yesterday i posted to my tumblr and took the day off from this one. That was a great idea!:-) I didn't even know that i had become a "superstar." My girl from Cabbage Rose who has the greatest tumblr was the one who sent me an email to tell what was going on. I had made the radar(tumblr jargon). Suffice it to say that  my followers have now passed the 900 mark(that's giddying) and that picture above has received 3,378notes/likes and counting. Awesome, isn't it? I guess my design addiction is reaping its benefits(so to speak).

 Here, it's still raining. In fact, the schools are on a two hour delay because of the weather. So, today, i'll be trying to stay dry:-). Also, thank you for your very lovely comments on my sneak peek. Have a great Thursday my friends. XX

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A sneak peek into my home.

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          I mentioned last week that things were hectic around here and that i would be filling you all in on what’s going on. Well, my house is officially for sale because i found and fell in love with a lot. Therefore, we’re going to embark on building a new home. Exciting, right? I really didn’t want to move, however, our home has only three bedrooms and since we hope to expand our family in the future, we decided to take the plunge. In addition, we almost always have visitors. Of course, since i am very picky, i know that no house would suit me, hence the decision to build(plus, i really fell in love with a lot on a cul-de sac). I know that we could always make a home our own, but we did that with this one(i put all my love and tlc into it), and really didn’t want to go through that process again. I have been having back to back meetings with realtors and the builder, having minor repairs done on the home so that it “shows well.” Needless to say, things are a bit chaotic right now:).
      I decided to give you all just a bit of a sneak peek before we move. In addition, the house as you’re about to see it is not complete. As a designer(yes, i do consider myself one), my home is always dynamic and evolving. My mind literally never stops with the ideas. I thought i should really post the before pics so that you can get a better idea of the renovations that were done. However, those pictures are on an external hard drive in my “closet office” and i’m sitting elsewhere-basically, i’m just lazy to get up. We can revisit the before pictures later:-).

Misc2 116 Well, i’m sure you expected to see orange everywhere. I also don’t follow design rules-i basically go with what i am passionately in love with and the look usually works cohesively. The coffee table was purchased in a furniture store in Bolzano Vicentino, Italy, the chaise was a gift from me to my hubby and was purchased in Nove, Italy. The couch is i believe the Axis sofa from Crate and Barrel.

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One thing i'm looking forward to in the new home is a smooth ceiling. When i just moved here to NC or rather this part of NC(since i am not sure this is common in all of NC), i couldn't fathom what was so "fashionable" about textured ceilings. Most of the builders seem to use that finish on their ceilings. It's not popcorn, but i absolutely hate it. I also had plans of getting rid of that fan too(builder's basic), but other things in the home took priority. I still love this room though. It's big and open with lots of natural light.

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I am smiling as i look at this pic because if you look carefully, you can see some pillows on a lamp in an adjoining room. They are there to be tucked safely away from baby Z, although he still climbs up to try to get to them. Oh, and that’s Ginger(our lovely dog) chilling in her favourite spot.

      I had posted about my office being in the closet here. I mentioned revisiting it then. Well, i had the idea to place it in the closet because i knew that we would be trying for a baby soon and since baby Z's prospective room was being used as an office, i thought, why not place our office in this closet? It is deep enough and we really didn't use it as a coat closet. In addition, because of it's location, it still received lots of natural light from the windows in the great room and the entry way. We also have wireless internet which enables us to use our laptops anywhere in the house. I painted the interior a day before the closet people came to install the shelving. It's a cozy office and it's quite efficient. I had to store most of our books away, but that was a sacrifice worth taking. Now, baby Z has his own room, not a nursery/office:-)

Misc2 139 I am a big fan of the artist Joan Miro' and that is one of my pieces from him. Of course below is the Eames bench which i purchased from DWR.
 Misc2 117 That piece is called a Soggiorno in Italy and i bought it and the same store where i purchased the teak coffee table. If you notice, it’s sparsely decorated because baby Z would be scattering everything in all directions.

Misc2 146I actually had this storage piece in my classroom that i had built to house my students’ books. When i took leave from teaching, i brought it home, painted it with Benjamin Moore Aura(no VOC) paint and voila, it is now housing baby Z’s books and stuff. The books never look neat because he’s always tossing them around which is fine with me:-). The containers are from the Land of Nod.

Misc2 147 The dots were from and i’ve been meaning to change that wall since he’s now a bit older, but haven’t yet.

Misc2 148 Another creative use of books, wouldn’t you say? Since baby Z is so curious, mounting his camera on the wall was out of the question, so i decided to use one of  my Pier one vases and since it still wasn’t tall enough, i added two of baby Zion’s books and created the perfect height to place his monitor for ultimate viewing.

Misc2 149 The framed piece is one of two that i have in his room. I bought the Olli and lime prints from and had them framed at Michaels. The mobile, i bought at It’s from the Bla bla kids line which i love.

Misc2 156 The crib is actually from Walmart Baby Mod line. I decided to splurge on the mattress which is from Naturepedic and is totally green. Of course the paint is Benjamin Moore Aura(custom colour). Believe it or not, i bought the paint online at perfect I have a Benjamin Moore store here, but they don’t carry the Aura paint. You can customize your shade at perfect colour and customer service is great. The paint is usually promptly delivered too.

Misc2 173 This kitchen has seen a major overhaul. There was a hideous apple wall paper in here when we bought the house and vinyl floors. There was also no island. We basically upgraded almost everything. Well, we didn’t get stainless steel appliances since the ones that were here worked just fine. This is where i spend most of my time. The room across from the kitchen is actually the formal dining room, but we use it for baby Z’s play area(which is perfect because i can always see him).

Misc2 167 Misc2 174   Usually, this is where i hang out and read your blogs with a cup of coffee. Although i removed the  hideous apple wall paper that i mentioned before, i couldn’t resist wall papering this one wall with the Ferm Living Wild flower wall paper.
Misc2 164 FYI- I painted every single wall in this house. I love to paint and i feel i could definitely get hired as a professional painter because i am very meticulous(which is why i don’t allow my hubby to do it) Sorry darling. Hopefully, you enjoyed my sneak peek. :-). XX

The winner is...

Congrats to Patricia. I will be contacting you shortly!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Soggy Monday + Award.

“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”  Robert Burns

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      Well, my plans to have a picnic most certainly didn’t come to fruition. I always have a plan B as implied by that quote so the weekend was not ruined.  Why not a picnic you ask? Well, Saturday was still too hot and it has been raining nonstop since yesterday. Lesson learned: do not believe your meteorologist:-). Oh, i almost forgot, baby Zion had his first bad accident on Friday. Yep, he fell and busted his lip(it seems as if his top teeth dug into his bottom lip and it was not pretty). There was blood everywhere(gory-sorry) and somehow i held it together long enough to “doctor him up.” I assessed the wounds and determined he didn’t need stitches so we didn’t go to the ER. Later on as he slept, i cried like a baby when i was telling a neighbor what happened. I didn’t sleep Friday night because i wanted to make sure he was still breathing and you can imagine all the thoughts going through my mind. Anyway, i knew that he was fine when i heard a banging on the wall the next morning(that’s my wake up call from him and did i mention his bedroom is next to mine? because we share a wall:-) ). He is back to climbing and running(he never walks) and my sweet baby boy will be just fine.
   I hope your weekend was accident free and that you all had a terrific one! The wonderful Kelly over at Life at 5 feet has awarded me the 101 award. We are becoming fast friends and it’s uncanny just how much we have in common. I also look forward to visiting her blog each day as her posts are usually filled with such wit and humour.  I can’t imagine anyone not knowing about Kelly, but if you don’t, time to get “in the know” and give her a visit.
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*On receiving this lovely award, i am to do the following:
*  I am to thank the giver.(done:-))
*  List 10 things I like.
*  Pass on to fellow bloggers and let them know via comment

101 I am a huge fan of Bob Barley(it has nothing to do with the fact that i’m Jamaican either). His music and lyrics transcend generations and eras. Irie man:-)

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You all know that i love the colour, orange:-)

1012 I love the golden cast in this photograph, the hair and the bohemian appeal

1013 Stark contrast from the one above, however, i love everything about this pic too.
tiramisu I can’t get enough of this goodness-I Love Tiramisu!

1017contempo this gorgeous architectural beauty of a  house in Singapore-via the contemporist
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10113 I am a big fan of the Weeping Willow tree and this divine structure with that bed under the Willow has my heart palpitating! Thank you to my girl at Cabbage Rose for this sweet, sweet eye candy.

Ok, now time to pass this  award on to my fellow bloggers. I would love to pass it to the following lovely ladies:
Hollie of & Baby makes three
Signe of  SignePling
Jeanette of Everton Terrace
Tina of Komma- hem
Heather of A measure of
Kelli G of Bug Miscellany

1016sabisandhotel Thank you again Kelly! Muah! Happy Monday my friends. XX

PS. I will be announcing the winner for the giveaway either later or tomorrow!

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Have a great "wagonny" weekend!

Hi my darlings. It's the first official weekend of fall and these station wagons filled with luscious goodness are inspiring me to get out with baby Z in the backyard and have a picnic. Although we're in fall, it still feels like the heart of summer here because it's still so hot! Alas, we got up to 99 degrees yesterday! However, Mr. Weatherman promises lovely weather for the weekend so fingers crossed maybe, i can have a picnic:-).

Wine anyone?

What are your plans for this first fall weekend? Whatever you do, have a blast! XX

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Glamorous reflections.

Isn’t she gorgeous? This is Drew Barrymore in the October issue of Harper’s Bazaar. This post is really about my love for mirrors and how besides expanding a space, they can also add an element of glamour.  I love the array of styles available to suit any design palette too. Check out these lovely “mirrored spaces.”

housewife5 glamReflections2livetcWhite open plan living room dining room area French windows table and chairs  real home L etc 05/2007 not usedglamReflections1 glamReflections7 Dark grey dining room black round circular antique traditional style table stained floorboards set table tableware and glassware convex mirror unusual white porcelain chandelier fireplace with lit candles L etc 01/2008 Pub OrigglamReflections6 glamReflections9maison glamReflections10habit glamReflections8 glamReflections5livetc glamReflections11habit Do you have a thing for mirrors too? Happy Thursday my friends. XX

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