IDS12: Part 1

January 31, 2012

After attending BlogPodium on Friday I went upstairs to The Interior Design Show and walked around, and around, and around. There was SO MUCH to see!

I fully intended to compose an informative post on all the marvelous things I saw, but after looking through the pictures I took, I think I'll let them do the talking for me. You'll forgive me right? I hope so. Where possible I've listed the website of the exhibitor


IDS2012 - How do you live exhibit
How do you Live? Exhibit
IDS2012 - Gresham House Lighting
Gresham House.
IDS2012 - Am Studio Lighting
AM Studio -
IDS2012 - Am Studio Lighting
AM Studio.
IDS2012 - AM Studio Lighting
AM Studio

Outdoor Living

IDS2012 - How do you live? Exhibit
How do you live? Exhibit
IDS2012 - Sung Outdoor
Sung Outdoor.
IDS2012 - Eliile Lounge
Eliile Lounge.
IDS2012 - Andrew Richard Designs
Andrew Richard Designs.
IDS2012 - Hauser Designs
Hauser Designs.


IDS2012 - Dee Dee Taylor Hannah
Dee Dee Taylor Hannah.
IDS2012 - Bloomsbury Fine Cabinetry
Bloomsbury Fine Cabinetry.

I think I give your scrolling finger a rest for now. I'll post more fabulousness tomorrow.


BlogPodium: Blogs + Media

January 28, 2012

Yesterday morning I had the opportunity to sit in a room full of fabulous bloggers and listen to an excellent panel discuss the role of blogs and traditional media.

BlogPodium was created by two Toronto based bloggers - Jennifer Flores of Rambling Renovators and Lindsay Stevenson of Little House Blog, and it's purpose is to bring together design bloggers and industry representatives from design magazines and television shows to share ideas about how blogs are influencing traditional design media (and vice-versa), and what blog writers should aim for when striving to make their blog successful. Yesterdays panel was the first of what will be a quarterly discussion about blogs, with the aim of educating and encouraging bloggers to create the best blogs possible.

This first discussion was held at the start of trade day at the Interior design show (which I explored after the talk), and there were excellent speakers on the panel:
Blogpodium 2012 Panelists
The BlogPodium panel: from L to R: Lindsay Stevenson, Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault, Jennifer Flores, Kimberley Sheldon, Kate Moore, Margot Austin (my apologies for the fuzzy cellphone picture)
The discussions were incredibly interesting - here is some of what the panel had to say:
  • A good blog has an original voice,and original ideas.
  • Don't just post pictures and say 'wow - this space is awesome' - explain why you think it's a great space.
  • Don't let your blog get too serious - blogging is about content and entertainment.
  • Make use of all forms of Social Media - you need exposure along with great ideas to grow your blog.
  • If you dream of being invited to do a guest spot on a design show include video on your blog so producers of shows can see the real you.
  • Set a good regular schedule for posting - 3 to 4 posts a week - once is not enough(eeps!)
  • Try to keep you posts to under 500 words (Double eeps!)
  • If pitching your idea - consider the vehicle - know the audience - if the magazine features mostly homes decorated by professional designers using high-end products they probably won't be interested in your DIY projects.
  • Editing is key - stick to your core message.
  • If you use the work of others in your blog (photographers, designers, etc), always, always credit the source.
The panel made some excellent points, and I will try to work on some of them: posting 3-4 times a week and keep posts to about 500 words - both of which will be really hard.

BlogPodium's next topic will be the Business of Blogging and will be presented in May. I'm sure it will be just as enlightening as yesterdays, and I'm planning on attending, and if you're in or near Toronto I hope you will consider coming as well.

This afternoon I'm heading to Canadian Design bloggers meetup so I won't be able to share today what great things I saw at the Interior Design show - hopefully I'll be able to do that later this week.

PS - Word count: 529 :(

Before & After

CB2 Arrives in Canada

January 21, 2012

Last night I attended the opening of the new CB2 store on Queen Street west. Housed in the newly rehabbed building at the corner of Queen and Bathurst streets, the store is a bright space filled with furnishings that will surely be popular with Toronto's condo and loft dwelling residents.
Queen and Bathurst - the Original building
The original building at the corner of Queen and Bathurst (image source:
The building now housing CB2 was first built in 1878, and originally housed a Masonic temple on the upper floors. Seventy years later the mansard roof was removed and it became the Holiday Tavern. In the 1990's the building became known as the Big Bop - a live music venue that saw the likes of Billy Talent and Alexisonfire play its stages before they 'made it' and moved on to larger venues. While the Big Bop was famous in Toronto as a music venue, it was infamous for its garish purple exterior.
Big Bop's purple exterior
The Big bop's Purple Exterior (Image source:

When it was originally announced that CB2 was moving into the location there was some fear that the introduction of the American chain would dramatically alter the vibe of Queen west. While the area has changed in the past couple of years (not only due to CB2 - the recent additions of Loblaws, Joe Fresh and Winners have also played a large part), when the big white tarp that had been hiding the building from view during renovation came down last week I don't think anyone in this city could fault the restoration that was done.
Queen and Bathurst - the restored building
The new home of CB2 in toronto (image source:
The opening night party was a crush of people enjoying the new space and, if they are anything like me, coveting the furnishings and accessories that until now were only available to Canadians by crossing the border or shopping online. Here are a few of the items that caught my eye. 
CB2 - Idle/Go clock
CB2 - Idle/Go clock - $149

If I needed a new pendant I'd have a hard time choosing between these:
CB2 - Upcycle and Victory Pendant lights
Upcycle ($249) and Victory ($179)Pendant lights
Love this - but where could I put it?
CB2 - Ostriches Print
Ostriches Print - $299
CB2 - Versus Galvanized Trunk
Versus Galvanized Trunk - $179
I think perhaps this lamp will eventually end up in my living room:
CB2 - Twine Floor lamp and Parlour Atomic Orange chair and Ottoman
Twine Floor lamp ($229) and Parlour Atomic Orange chair ($799)and Ottoman ($449)
Love these acrylic shelves. I think they'd be neat in a bathroom or kitchen:
CB2 - Format Acrylic Shelves
Format Acrylic shelves - Cube ($30) and Shelf ($80)
Love both of these displays. I prefer the look of the gold, but my wallet would prefer the glass ones:
CB2 - Hanging decorations
Whirly hanging candleholder - $5ea, Ous hanging candleholder - $100ea.
CB2 - glass vase display
4-some vase - $10ea., 3-ring vase - $20ea.
It was nice to see this:
Old Big Bop sign
Toronto History preserved - the old Big Bop sign
I'll be returning in the next few weeks to purchase some (or maybe all) of these:
CB2 - things I covet
Labra hold 5 candleholder - $25ea., Coup clover pillow - $35ea., Tread bowl - $35ea.
For those of you in or near Toronto, CB2 is giving away a shopping card worth $500 every day until February 29th to celebrate the opening of their first international store so there's even more incentive to come check out the store.


It's My 1st Blogiversary!

January 10, 2012

cupcake with birthday candle - IMAGE VIA THECUPCAKEBLOG.COM
Happy Blogiversary to me! (image via
Today is my first blogiversary. It's hard to believe that one year ago today I decided to share with you my little corner of the world. I'd like to thank each and every one of you who take a minute or so out of your busy days to read my ramblings and offer feedback on the things I work on - I can't tell you how much it means to me! Without you I can't be sure this blog would have made it to this milestone.

I'm excited to get started on my 2nd year of sharing my little projects with you, but before I start I thought I'd go over a few of the numbers from my inaugural year.

1st post - January 10, 2011 - The Beginning (What an original title!)

1st comment - January 26th,2011 (Thanks Dad!)

1st International subscriber - April 7th, 2011 (From Texas, USA)

1 - Number of computers that died in pursuit of this blog

25th Post - May 3, 2011

38 - Most comments on one post: DIY - Dollarstore White Lion Bookends

50th Post - November 2, 2011

63 - Number of blog posts (including this one)

100th comment - October 10, 2011

268 - The number of pictures I've uploaded

673 - Number of views my blog had on its busiest day - December 27, 2011

2859 - Number of views (to date) of my most popular post: DIY - Dollarstore White Lion Bookends

23,753 - The total number of views my blog had at 12am today.

The first project of year two is well under way (and giving me fits - as per normal), but I hope to be able to tell you about it before the end of the week - wish me luck!


Resolutions, Goals, and To-Do lists

January 02, 2012

Freakin Never Ending To Do list via Etsy
Freakin Never Ending To Do list via Etsy
This year I wasn't going to resolve to change anything - mostly because I've realised that like a lot of other people my normal resolutions (like go to the gym) fall by the wayside long before spring arrives. This year I've decided to do something different - I'm going to talk about them.

I've been lagging a bit when it comes to completing home decorating projects, so I thought I'd actually write out what I hope to have accomplished at home by December 31st, 2012 in the hopes that the internet is better at holding me accountable. Ready? Here we go (in no particular order):

Stuff to finish
  1. Repair (or have repaired) the ceiling in the dining room.
  2. Paint the walls in the dining room
  3. Spruce up the kitchen
  4. Get some additional storage for the dining room
  5. Come up with a better furniture layout for the living room
  6. Finish my dresser project
  7. Paint the living room a colour other than white.
  8. Get actual window coverings for the bedroom, living room and dining room
  9. Get or make some art for the walls
  10. Actually hang the art on the walls!
  11. Get a rug for the foyer that can fit under the door when it opens.
  12. Get bedside tables that are not two different sizes.
  13. Get a prettier TV console
  14. Add some more storage to living room
  15. Purge my bookcase
  16. Paint my bedroom
  17. Get a rug for my bedroom.
  18. Refinish those chairs I bought last spring . . .
  19. Install my dining room light
  20. Remove doors into dining room and living room.
  21. Get more lighting for the living room
I'm also going to share some goals I'd like to reach when it comes to this blog:
  1. Consider a move from to
  2. Learn to take better photographs
  3. Increase average posts a week from 1 to 2.
  4. Reach 100,000 views (Currently at 22,000)
Okay, maybe I'll toss in some personal ones too.
  1. Start taking my lunch to work EVERY DAY (okay, 4 out of 5 days)
  2. Get back into running, and do at least one 10K race in 2012
  3. Buy myself flowers every so often 'just-because'
So there they are - my resolutions, goals and to-do lists for 2012. I'm going to try to report on my progress periodically, and hopefully I'll soon be able to start crossing things off.

What about you? Have you made any resolutions for 2012, or have you resolved not to make any this year?

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