Ebay find ... begging for an "after"

Check out these chairs I found on Ebay! They are begging for an "after" à la So Sylvie of Blossom Home. These are a couple of her makeovers for sale or previously sold in her California shop:

Depending on what type of look you are attempting to achieve, there are several different ways in which you could breathe new life into these chairs. If you like a soft, relaxing look, I can picture the chairs refinished in a fresh coat of white and new upholstery in a bright, fresh floral. Or perhaps you want a look that's refined and preppy in which case you could upholster the cushions in something like a simple but pretty green such as the fabric used for the chair featured on Turquoise LA's website. Or, maybe you are going for something more bold, like the Hollywood regency style. Then why not paint them a smooth black and reupholster the cushions in a bright red, kelly green, a bold, modern pattern or lush velvet?(both chairs also Turquoise LA).

However, I think that due to all of the curves and bulges in the lines of these chairs, they'd work best in white. I think that they would need straighter lines to be more suited to the Hollywood Regency look ... but what do I know?


Happy Turkey Day

I'm off to help serve food to the homeless ... through an organization that my friend's mom runs called the Lazarus House!
Enjoy your family, friends & food!


fall flavors

despite the cold temps ... it is still fall! and this is one of my favorite fall flavors treats — butternut squash, sage and goat cheese pizza!

the recipe:

2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
1 butternut squash cut up into 1 inch cubes
2 shallots finely chopped
approx 30 fresh sage leaves
pizza dough - I use the pre-made (not frozen) dough available in
the breads/pastry section of the grocery store

heat oven to 400°
warm butter and oil in a roasting pan for a few minutes
add squash, shallots and half of the sage leaves
toss to coat (you may want to drizzle some more oil over the top)
roast for 20-25 minutes (until nice and tender)

in the meantime ... stretch the dough out on a baking sheet
or ceramic pizza stone

and make a simple white sauce:
melt (on low) two tbsp butter
slowly mix in 3 tbsps flour
slowly whisk in 1 cup of milk
add some salt and pepper to taste

it will look thin and not "saucy" ... give it a few minutes (keep stirring)
once it has thickened, spread it over the dough

then, spoon out the butternut squash/shallot mixture onto the pizza, crumble the goat cheese and sprinkle on the remaining sage leaves

cook for 15-20 minutes or until crust is golden!



sooo busy

I've been so busy lately ~ at work, at home and everywhere in between. I haven't even had the opportunity to blog about a few things in Toronto that are now going to be forgotten. But here is a lovely foto of the CN Tower!


my favorite *healthy* sandwich

I first had this sandwich in Amsterdam at a café by the Centraal Station. I don't have the name of the café but it had a big mosaic wall, the bathrooms were completely (I mean ceiling to floor) done in a gorgeous mosaic and the bar had delicate, Art Deco scrollwork.

So the sandwich ... the main ingredient is smoked salmon (well-being) and if you make a smart choice in choosing your preferred variety of smoked salmon, even better! Other ingredients: cucumber (health and complexion) and a creamy spread (in accordance with the serving guidelines)>> can be something as simple as cream cheese, or I found a light dill cucumber Alouette spread that's really tasty - but finding a variation that suits you and your dietary needs is best ~ could even be goat cheese << on a good 100% whole wheat bread (health) such as that from (for Boston locals) Nashoba Brook Bakery

"it's a good thing"


New Feist poster

I just received this lovely screenprint from largemammal! It's so nice and quite large at 19"x25" ... for only $20.

I've also got my eye on this poster over at Delicious Design League. I think it would be a nice compliment to the Feist poster and together, they can hang in my dining room!

For more great concert poster art visit:

Aesthetic Apparatus
Dan Stiles
Guy Burwell
and Flatstock designers for a list and links for some of the most popular poster designers out there.

Make My Logo Bigger!!

This is a must-see for any creatives who work in the design studio/advertising world.


Toronto Bound!

I'm being sent to Toronto for work! I will fly out Thursday AM and spend the rest of the day and all day Friday taking photos of our Emirates billboards and other such work. I'm also going to stay the weekend since I've never been to Toronto and I might as well check out the city while I'm there ... considering work is paying for the flight.

photo credit: King Dafy on Flickr

Piet Hein Eek furniture

2 years ago, I visited The Frozen Fountain during my trip to Amsterdam. The store is full of gorgeous items from a range of contemporary Dutch artists/designers. I loved everything there, but there were a few items that really stood out and one of them was this table.

It is made from scraps of wood that have been carefully pieced together and layered to form a beautiful patchwork tabletop. I love the fact that this really substantial and quality piece of furniture was created from a pile of scrap. Yayy recycling!

Anyway, when I was at the store, I drew the table in my sketchbook but forgot to write down the name of the designer. I didn't forget about it though. I came across a photo of the table (1st photo) in Japanese Vogue and have been holding on to it since ... but I still didn't have the name of the designer (I can't read Japanese).

So when I read that sfgirlbybay blogger Victoria was going to Amsterdam, I was hoping she would also visit the store, that they might still carry this designer's work, that she would be just as impressed by it as I was and that she would then blog about it! And lo and behold, that's precisely what she did! And so I am pleased to finally have this designer's name.

It is Piet Hein Eek and they have a large collection of furniture (as well as lighting and ceramics) made from a variety of materials >> scrap wood to plywood to aluminum. They even have a steel version of the table!

So this is what blogging networks are all about!


happy saturday

from my baby ~ Riley ... sure wish I had her to cuddle with on this yucky rainy morning!



Ok, I apologize for bragging ... it's not what this blog is meant for, but my photo (blogged about here) is a U.S. finalist in the Metro Global Photo Challenge!! It was featured today in the center spread of the New York Metro! Cool, huh?!

Considering that I just entered on a whim because the winning prize is 2 tickets to Paris ~ I'm pretty pleased and quite surprised by the outcome thus far! You may now begin submitting pleas to be my companion ;)

It's also really neat because one of the judges is a Getty Images representative ... which is nice because it offers validation in addition to what I've received from friends and family. And it means that there is a possibility that I could have a successful side gig selling my photography to a stock house.

What a nice end to a looooong week.


new table ~

ok ... i think i have an unhealthy addiction ... to furniture.
Tonight I'm going out to pick up my imitation Saarinen Tulip Table (Ikea)—found on craigslist. Yes, I could just as easily go to Ikea or order it from the site, but this way I don't have to pay for a Zipcar or shipping. AND it's cheaper than the listed $150 since it was bought last year (but still brand new as it was only used in a real estate ad!).

This table will go in my entranceway which is just one big, awkward space. It is open to both the living and dining rooms and our three bedrooms also link to the space. So this table will sit in the center of the space and have a pretty vase on it and some fresh flowers ... as often as possible.
Ikea version on the left and the real deal on the right. The base of the real thing is all one piece. But because of the nature of Ikea products ... their version comes in a couple of pieces which creates a "seam" in the material. The relationship between the thin and thick of the base is also not as nice, nor is the edge of the table top. So, it's not as elegant as the original Saarinen ... but it will have to do!