I was featured on Deconome – a French Canadian blog here in Quebec. My bathroom mirror which I made myself, has been featured. Take a peek and for those of you who dont’ speak French I will be posting a how to maket his mirror yourself! If I can do it – with a drill, some screws and some old tiles you can too!

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Elena est une décoratrice et designer très talentueuse avec qui j’ai collaboré pour le magazine JE DÉCORE. Elle a toute sortes de bonnes idées pour faire du neuf avec du vieux. Chez elle, je n’ai pu m’empêcher de remarquer son immense miroir de salle de bain qu’elle a fabriqué elle-même à partir de vieilles tuiles de plafond embossées récupérées d’une vieille maison.

Fabriquer miroir tuiles embossées métal étain

On trouve encore parfois ces vieilles tuiles qui, au début du XXe siècle, étaient très populaires pour recouvrir les plafonds des maisons canadiennes, car elles coûtaient moins cher que le plâtre. Elles étaient ornées de toutes sortes de motifs embossés dans plusieurs finis (laiton, cuivre, étain). Aujourd’hui, elles sont redevenues populaires et on en trouve de nouveaux modèles dans la plupart des quincailleries ou chez certains ferblantiers comme A.R Lussier à Montréal.

L’idée d’Elena est donc assez facile à reproduire. Si vous ne trouvez pas de tuiles…

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Takes two to tango

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It takes two to tango.  I should know.  I really do tango!  I have been dancing for more than fifteen years now, have danced in the tangueria’s of Buenos Aires, know the difference between an ‘ocho’ and ‘gancho’ and speak Spanish.  Tango is not something I am unfamiliar with.   It is full of passion, romance, energy and drama.  The perfect description for Pantone color of the year, Tangerine Tango.

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It didn’t surprise me when I read that the reason tangerine tango was picked  as quoted by Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it, reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, it marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

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For interiors : “Energize interior spaces with Tangerine Tango patterned home accessories. Pillows, bedspreads and tabletop accessories in this high-impact hue add spice to any room”.

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“Or incorporate Tangerine Tango appliances and personal electronics for an unexpected pop of color.  Looking for an inexpensive way to perk up your home?   Paint a wall in Tangerine Tango for a dynamic burst of energy in the kitchen, entryway or hallway.”

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This vibrant color can be seen on the market already, in not only home furnishings such as bedspreads, picture frames, vases and lamp shades, but all over the fashion runways and on daring fashionistas.

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Afraid to go whole hog?  No need to!  Use this hot hue to spice up your life, by adding dashes of it as seen here in an interesting vintage piece from from Etsy website’s shop housewarming101  or an occasional chair, that you will not tire of for a long time to come.

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Below, a staircase invites you to come on up and see what’s happening on the landing above.  Notice the bold stripe painted onto the wall, like a bold highway lane.

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This little number below can easily be repainted when perhaps next year’s color of the year grabs your fancy.  An easy do it yourself (diy) project, it can transform any room in your home within a few hours!  The striped orange rug adds texture and more pizazz.

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Pops of this delectable hue can be found in jewellery, hats, handbags, shoes and everybody’s favorite – bright lipstick shades – are being spotted on women who are aching for an early spring.

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Orange is more versatile than people think.  Below it is paired with a cream background and turquoise armoire,  Pantone’s color of the year of 2011!  Tangerine can be paired with hot pinks for an Indian feeling of exoticism, or browns for a trendy 70’s vibe.  Use your imagination, that’s what experimenting with color is all about.

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You can energize your senses and take a leap of faith as seen in the great room below, and the edgy art decor inspired bar by Steve Gambrel.

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Strongly more muted shades for those of us who don’t have the desire to be drenched in color, but do long for a bit of a punchy perk can be seen below.

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I can tell you this much, you have to be a little daring to put on those strappy dance shoes and find the local tangueria, so if you’ve got that kind of passion, I am sure you can paint a wall or two this cheery color!  Heck,  maybe  it will inspire you can pick up a tango lesson or two in the process.


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The Daybed had me at hello

I cannot deny that one of my favorite things in the world, is to sit down with a pile of magazines, a notebook, my laptop and maybe my puppy on a lazy Sunday afternoon.  What better way to spend a Sunday that with a latte on a daybed?  I should know, I own a daybed, and a puppy, not to mention a chaise lounge.

I surfed a bit and didn’t have to go far to pick a dirty dozen daybeds for this entry.  What about lying down on one of these?

Opulence doesn’t have to mean you have no comfort.  Those feather filled pillows scream, have a seat already! Reach over to one of those gorgeous coffee table books and you’re set with plenty to entertain yourself with. There’s even a peacock in the distance for those  of you with a good eye!

daybd7Unaffordable you say?  Nah…a little imagination, and a few free wooden palettes found on a street curb can create a moveable day bed, for any garden setting!  I always knew I could do something with those palettes, now I know what!  A little shabby chic here.

This exotic wonder is not exactly a day bed, but couldn’t help but show the lovely wall arranged photography, and the global feel.  Exotic is made easy,  just by those prints  and that rug alone, you got the feel of it.  If you were to subtract those 2 elements, your room could easily be transformed to something less ethnic more sleek.  Use your imagination.

Another opulent beauty.   The honey coloured walls create a warmth and cocoon like environment.  Surrounded by interesting ikat fabric, purples and mauves, stacks and stacks of coffee table books and a purple throw make you feel like you’re transported to some sub Saharan country. Notice the green garden stool?  Ideal for a coffee cup or wine glass perch.  Heck you might never get up again!

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Glorious wallpaper, in a strong geometric combined with a black painted wall (yes black!), and yet the first thing you’d say about this room would be it’s colourful!  That pop of raspberry in the pillows and the strawberry field rug definitely brighten up the room.  The chartreuse chaise lounge is sleek but inviting.  Appropriately paired with a glass and chrome side table for electronic apparatus, mags or mugs of coffee!  A home office could be ideal with these colors to inspire.

In Greece when I was a child and travelled to my father’s birth place, the island of Halki,  I noticed these terrific beds created high above the stony ground.  There they called this kind of  a setup a ‘soufa’, accent on the “A”.  I loved them!  My grandmother’s home  had 2 of them, and I instantly knew even when I was 8 that I  wanted one of these great beds!  The designer in me even then was searching for inventive ideas.    These beds create a sense of play, of children perhaps playing ‘house’.  A nap here is just what the doctor ordered.  No alarm clock in sight. Yipeee.

This gorgeous zig zag day bed is all clean lines and pattern.  Makes me think of  a maze.  Easily paired with a variety of colors in any  room, it no longer seems sleek,  but playful and fun.

A nook is a terrible thing to waste.  Wall to wall day bed above.  Easy, clean and comfortable.

Another soufa like bed, this one nicely appointed with intricately carved stool, crisp white and cool grey inspire dreams.

The yellow pillows and green leaves beyond the windows inspire sunshine.  Sea grass rug, and wicker like day bed makes you think summer is here!

A lodge like feel in this room, makes you think you want to have cabin fever!  Simple, mish mash of fabrics makes this inviting and friendly.  The intricacy of the Indian carved bed enriches what otherwise would be a simple cabin.

Sleek, heavenly West Elm, always does a great job.  The pop of red in the metallic lamp with it’s adjustable frame makes all the difference in taking look from serious to silly.

Class, class class.  Beautifully appointed linen ‘greige’ fabrics are layered here.

A sensual feel in orange and pinks to pamper any princess or tired business woman after a full day of dealing with clients, babies, and bills!  Gorgeous.

Enjoy!

elena


“This wallpaper will be the death of me!” Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900), playwright and original thinker in his own right, was quoted as having said

“This wallpaper will be the death of me – one of us will have to go”

Nowadays we no longer have to consider killing ourselves over bad wallpaper.

Take a gander at these beauties, I’m sure that Oscar is rolling in his grave, green with envy at what he has missed out on!

Take your queue from these pigment drenched papers! Enjoy!


I say goodbye – you say hello!

You can’t say goodbye without a hello soon after. But here we are, getting ready to say good-bye to 2011. Even as somebody who loves to organize a party, I must embarrassingly admit, I am not much for the hoopla of New Year’s Eve.

Some of my favorites have been the silliest of all, pj’s with a best friend on the roof top of my urban condo – in the snow throwing wishes to the wind. Snuggling with my guy. Buenos Aires and tooting horns. A fire escape at a tango bar watching fireworks atop Mount Royal beckoning 2000.

They were all a cocktail of love and sharing, closeness and warmth, surrounded by people I loved.

Alas the new year is upon us, and we reflect on the past, this past year, bygone years, accomplishments, disappointments, hopes and dreams.

The most touching of all of these is that when we finally get to say good bye, we can eagerly and with hope and wide eyed wonder reach out to say hello to what might be, as we let go of what might have been.

Goodbye 2011. Thanks for the memories.

Elena


Valentines = Love

Valentine’s day = Love.

Instead of hearts and flowers, here are some of my true loves

Jet black 40’s attire,  veiled hat, and gloves.  Anything era 1940 makes my day.  I  am enamored by this look, this era, this feeling.  Ooooh the glamorous!
Dramatic Love.

Imagery.  These spools created in  a heart shape made my own heart flutter.

The imagination it took, and in only a  few moments they were gathered, one snap of a camera et voila.

Photography (+) Creativity =  Artsy Love.

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Bold, graphic fabric, upholstered chair in a high gloss finish.

Trend Love.

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The word, love.  In an elegant simple and clean ring for my pretty manicured nails.
Simple Healthy Love

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Type.  In any form.  Here on the versatile burlap turned into pillow.  Especially if it evokes a smile, or makes me think twice.
Wickedly Wise Love.

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Battered, vintage, much traveled luggage (+) destination (-)  minus GPS.

Adventurous Love.

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The color turquoise (+) secluded beach (+) Greece.  Land of my ancestors.  I haven’t been to this beach, but my friends have.

Longing Love.
With a big pinch of envy.

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Holding hands (+) Friendship.  With family, with my best friend, with the love of my life.

Helps me get through anything.

Essential Love.

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An beautiful woman, taffeta gown (+) tresses loosely gathered into a chignon.

Elegant feminine love.

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Dance (+) 1940 Hollywood (+) hottie hoofer! Here Gene Kelley, his toned sexy body, charming look, and his gifted ability to make it look oh so easy.
Vibrant Love.

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The innocence and beauty of a sleeping infant.

Maternal love

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Knitted grey sweater (new love) ( + ) steaming cup of coffee (old love).
Addictive love.

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Wise, intricately woven books that make you want to dive into them and never come up for air.  Too many favourites to mention.  Words are for me the beating of my heart.

All Consuming Love

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Finnigan, my little schnoodle.
Truly deeply infinitely.
Puppy love.

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Boy  (+) Girl  (+) Baby  (+) Dog (+) books  (+) 1 home  (+)  travel (+) friendship

 (+) lots coffee  equals :

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1love  noun \ˈləv\

Love is currently in the top 1% of look ups and is the 15th most popular word on Merriam-Webster.com.
1 a (1) : strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties <maternal love for a child>  (2) : attraction based on sexual desire : affection and tenderness felt by

lovers (3) : affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests <love for his old schoolmates> b : an assurance of affection <give her my love>

2 a : warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion <love of the sea>

3 a : the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration <baseball was his first love> b (1) : a beloved person : darling —often used as a term of endearment (2) British —used as an informal term of address

4 a : unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another: as (1) : the fatherly concern of God for humankind (2) : brotherly concern for others b : a person’s adoration of God

5: a god or personification of love

6 : an amorous episode : love affair

7 : the sexual embrace : copulation

8 : a score of zero (as in tennis)  — at love : holding one’s opponent scoreless in tennis

9: capitalized Christian Science : godin love : inspired by affection

 
With much love:

elena