Friday, February 26, 2010

Postcard • Paris

What about a rustic look ? {decor - how to}

I find these wood wall very interesting. Great for the country home.
Here is a creation by Bleu Nature located near Lille, in Northern France. They have a very nice collection of furnitures and lightings. With material like driftwood, pebbles, lacquered wood,  and petrified wood, Blue Nature creates unique design.

If a wood wall fits your decor, there is several tutorial on the web to create them and here is interesting links;

Martha Stewart 
Birch poles sliced into disks and glued to plywood panels to create a graphic wall mosaic.
Easy and simple, could be a nice weekend project.

City line - Recycled tree art project

Monday, February 22, 2010

Unique furniture

I visited this shop last summer and I was so impressed by the style of the furniture they sell. The creators of the Artemano boutique, Shimon Finkelstein and Eyal Shoam propose a vision of interior design to soothe and nurture the spirit with genuine harmony.
Furniture made of recycled teak wood or lovely rosewood can fit any design, from contemporary to exotic. 

I bought 2 chairs last summer and as I am planning the redecorate this year, I will visit the shop again soon. Well I need to budget first, otherwise I could very well spend the entire decorating budget there.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Postcard • Beach - Turks and Caicos

Who else miss summer today ?

Memories from Turks and Caicos

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Project Quilt {french general} - part 1

Ok, I have a day job, and quite a full life.
But when spare time comes around, or when I organize my schedule for spare time, I love to try new stuff. I always have several projects started.
At present I have decided to learn how to quilt. So I tried small projects to get the idea of it, and I attended two very basic courses. Now I feel ready for a big project so I am trying to create a bed cover for a very large bed in our country home. My first quilt will be a traditional Log cabin pattern and hope it will work.

I have bought the fabric from the Rouennerie collection at French General.
My block pattern come from a very helpful site the Quilter caches - Log Cabin.

And I started to put together blocks a month ago.

Very slowly.

After experimenting with various combinations here are the first pictures.

Now I have 16 blocks done and 20 to go.
I will keep you inform as move along.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Unique furniture {vintage}

I found about Mosaicwares in a design magazine. The collection offers furniture, accessories and even jewel box made of pieces of vintage china and tiles. The mix of textures and colours is wonderful and dramatic. Mosaicwares was founded by two sister with real style.  I can easily see one of their creation in my home.

Visit Mosaicwares

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

In need of color ? Shopping - Couch (vintage)

I love this idea ! Restored furniture with a difference.

Colourful and innovating, every piece of furniture here can be the star of a room.

Couch specialises in producing exquisite furniture with a difference. Period furniture sourced from around the world, lovingly restored and finally upholstered to the highest standard so as to produce a finish that is electrifying, sumptuous, and totally unique.

The Couch business philosophy is to combine innovation with the highest levels of quality to produce uniquely vibrant period furniture for the discerning homeowner.

Friday, February 12, 2010

We all like free stuff

I love The Graphics Fairy blog !!! There is a huge collection of vintage and antique prints. Selections will include old wallpaper, early photos, advertising pieces, Victoriana scraps, and other assorted ephemera. These images are suitable to use in your collages, for scrapbooking, or as clip art for web design etc and they are free!
There is wide choice of categories everything you need to be inspired.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

What do we eat tonight ?

Ever wonder what to cook for dinner ? Need a bit of inspiration for your next meal, or you just love to find a great food blog.
There is so many very nice food blog around it hard to choose.
I have the answer: Tastespotting

Tastespotting is a collection of eye-catching images that link to something deliciously interesting on the other side.
Navigate by category, popularity or try the random feature to get the surprise of a tasty ideas.
Have a great weekend cooking  !!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Dog therapy

My dog is, as all dog are, the best.
The New York Time reader's dog photo is very nice.
Visit New York Time Dog photo page

Shopping - GoldenHook {handmade}

Create your own design and your creation will be hand knitted by a team of expert grandmothers.

 Fantastic idea !

Visit Goldenhook

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Postcard • Nature - Papermint flower

Well it is only Feb, and I am already thinking of summer.

Shopping - French General {vintage}

 From home decoration to jewelery, this shop offers a vast choice of French vintage stuff. I love the fabrics, but papers and books are very nice too.
Visite French General 

I have bought a bunch of fabric from the Rouenneries collection and I am starting my very first Quilt. For fun only, if result is good I will share it on this blog.

French General: Home Sewn: 30 Projects for Every Room in the HouseFrench General: Handmade Soirees: Simple Projects for Special OccasionsFrench General Labels & Stickers

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Postcard • Nature - Bird watching

Is there a better way to relax then watching birds ? 
These Coal Tit are fascinating to look at. It was nice to watch them today. 

I am a novice at bird watching, mostly because I don't have the time.  However now that our bird feeder is set, we have visitors all the time. Wonderful !

Friday, February 5, 2010

Best of the web this week (1st feb 2010)

Well this is not the best ever of the web but really my take on some pages that I consider interesting.

What I want to buy

This computer case are lovely, vintage looking and seems very solid.
BookBook is a one-of-a-kind, hardback leather case designed exclusively for MacBook and MacBook Pro. Looks great.

Best Gift and Craft idea

From Design Sponge as always, several idea of gifts with food.
These packaging and gift idea are wonderful. Wish I had time to put some together for friends.

Nice post
Read this from Eat, Drink and Chic nice idea of packaging.

Museum of craft and folk art
I was amazed by this Open Source Embroidery project.
"Through participatory networks over 500 people from across the UK, Sweden, USA and Canada have contributed their creative skills to collectively make works in the exhibition. Including the Html Patchwork of 216 patches each stitched with their RGB colour code."

Watch the video - here

Postcard • Prague

Sometime looking up brings great discovery. This ceiling is part of a small chapel in Prague.

To learn more about fresco
Other cool links
Antique Art of Fresco Wall Decorations

Prague Museums, Galleries and Attractions
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