A few weeks ago, our dishwasher broke. Before I go on, I recognize how giant of a first-world problem this is, but I'm used to having it so when it broke down, I broke down too!

Then last week, I attempted to replace the vent to our dryer after being terrified by an online article about the fire hazards of dryers, but ran into problems with the vent cover outside. While I was waiting for the appropriate labourer (ahem, husband) to fix it, I decided to use the clothes line. It rained every single day last week! The laundry pile grew and grew. And then, this week, our washing machine broke.

It's like a series of signs from the Pioneer gods. "For goodness sake, woman, figure it out. We washed our clothes in a bucket outside with our hands. The only dryer we had was the sun, and if it didn't shine, too bad. Dishwasher? We had one of those. Her name was Mom!"

I get it, we're spoiled. But last year when our refrigerator broke down and we went 18 days in August without one, I got a taste or the life of our forefathers and mothers. And I didn't like it!

I saw this article recently about how France enacted a law stating that appliance manufacturers have to tell customers how long a product will actually last before they buy it,  so obviously I'm not the only one with appliance woes.

Then I read this article about trendy appliances and their poor ratings. I know when we went out to buy a new vacuum a few years ago, we were romanced by Dyson and all the claims they made, but after quite a bit of research, found that the reviews for Dysons are actually pretty bad. Same with the super sexy washer/dryers that come in gorgeous jewel tones and promise to do everything include make dinner. What I found particularly interesting was that despite the quality concerns many people had with the trendier products, they are still the most likely to be recommended. Does that mean our society is in fact more concerned with aesthetics than with quality?

Tell me, if there's one appliance you couldn't give up, what would it be? Fridge, washer, coffee maker? What are some personal favourite brands and products? I'd love to know.

Schumacher fabric. My new fave.


For the longest time my favourite fabric has been the Chiang Mai in aquamarine from Schumacher. It's gorgeous and filled with colour. I've wanted to use it in my home for ages but haven't bit the bullet, mostly because I'm still busy fending off milk spills and crushed Goldfish crackers from the furniture.

But last week I was out sourcing fabric for one of my clients and I found this new Schumacher pattern that I can't stop staring at. It's Citrus Garden and it's been released again recently after having been taken out of production for many years. It was originally designed by Josef Frank in 1947 and is now part of the Schumacher 125th anniversary collection.

My client is having drapes made in it (swoon). I would like a roman in my kitchen. Here are another few ways it's been used.

Blurry, sorry, but worth showing. Image

Collecting Vaseline Glass

You guys, I have a new obsession! I was at a fantastic antique show over the weekend and spotted a collection of stemware that has me swooning. It was neon yellow and fabulous in every way (except for price!).

I've been doing some online hunting and I think it must be Vaseline Glass. Have you heard of it? 

According to, "Vaseline Glass is a particular colour of yellow-green glass that is made by adding as little as 0.1% to 0.2% Uranium Dioxide to the ingredients when the glass formula is made." Apparently when you shine uv light on it, it will always turn a bright fluorescent green.  

I have a thing for colourful glass (colourful anything really) but I've never ventured into collecting anything in the neon family. Before any serious purchasing is made, however, I have some homework to do so I know what to look for, average prices, and how to tell a dud from the real thing. Also, I'm a wee bit concerned about the speculation of radiation emissions due to the chemicals added, but hopefully more research will prove that to be a myth!

I am partial to the stemware, but here are some other pieces found on Because it was made in the Victorian era until WWII, they tend to be more ornate. The images below are honey pots, marmalade dishes and decorative pieces. 

What do you think? Do you like it? 

Vintage Stamps as art

I recently worked with a client who wanted a gallery wall in her dining room. Whenever I put a gallery wall together I try to mix a variety of elements and art types to keep it interesting and dynamic. In her case, we had a few special photos to put up but it was so fun pulling other elements together. Like this vintage stamp piece.

There's a fantastic store downtown called The Paper Place. They sell the most beautiful papers by the sheet and anything else paper-related like notebooks and cards as well as party supplies. Have you shopped there? I went there to get some papers to frame, but while I was there I found these packets of vintage stamps. They were inexpensive and came 5 or so to a bag. All random Canadian stamps dating way back to more current.

I just bought an Ikea frame and arranged a few of the stamps on a white piece of card stock then stuck them in the frame. Super simple. The wall is a rich blue and I love the way the white frame and small hits of colour pop against the wall.

I was so happy with how this little project turned out. I hope they enjoy it too!

Black cabinets in the kitchen

I've talked before about my love of dark blue kitchen cabinets, but now that I'm really starting the think about fixing up our kitchen, I'm being drawn more toward black lower cabinets. I've rounded up a few images that make me swoon.





I especially love the combination of black lower cabinets with simple tiles and butcher block counters. The glass and brass light fixtures make me pretty happy too!

Hopefully this will be my reality sooner than not so stay tuned!

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