It’s been busy the last two days setting up the IKEA design competition booth. My colleague/friend Marie Kanwischer and her friend Rae worked hard to set up the teenage bedroom. We had a $2000 budget to spend at IKEA. There are three other bedrooms in the competition and visitors can vote for their favorite room as well as win the contents of it.
The inspiration for our space was from the colours in a small carpet, which became the headboard of the bed and a cushion on the sofa. Despite a few out of stock items (like the sleeper sofa) the install went pretty well. The folks in charge of the show were very helpful and so was IKEA.
The timelaps was created by Philippe Clairo, a great photographer who also provided the light house photograph in our room.
The sitting area
The Scandinavian Team
If you are reading this prior to September 25, 2011… hurry up and go to the show to vote.
Look at these fabulous 360 visuals. And one more created by Philippe Photography.
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It’s finally happening! We are building a new home. For years I have been looking at lots and homes to renovate, or even to purchase. But every home, even those over our budget are never the way I like exactly. So my parter has been saying for a while, well honey, we just have to build it. So last week we finalized the purchase of a lot in and area called Charleswood. It is close to the kid’s school, the University should they choose to go there and also steps away from an off leash park and Nose Hill (a huge nature park, 11 sq km).
The saga has begun and we are currently talking to architects and builders to try and find one that we feel comfortable with. The price tag of the initial drawings are higher than I realized they would be (of course)… So stay tuned, I will attempt to blog about the process the whole way through. Our goal is to have it all ready for spring 2013.
We are removing the existing house but using the foundation to build a two-story modern but cozy home. Not too sleek but definitely not traditional. It seems my dream of a Cape Cod house has evolved.
The front has an east exposure and a lot of trees, six of which are on City property that you can’t see in this shot (may have to keep them all). There is a large Cedar at the corner of the house that is uncommonly big for Calgary I hear. We may want to keep some of it.
House from the front
The back has a lot of trees as well. Not sure how many we will be able to keep. The plan is for a large deck at the back and a double garage. The dream is to one day have a garden on top of the garage. Unfortunately decks for entertaining on garage roofs are not allowed in our town.
The back yard slopes down with a garage below.
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It was only a week ago that my sister and I roamed the streets of Paris. Ooh good old Paris. It was not my first visit, but it has been a long time since I stayed longer than a few days (flight attendant days). My last long stay was 1982 working as a nanny. Last week’s trip was only a seven days so we really had to plan our time to be able to see the things we wanted to see. But there has to be days when you simply just walk around and happen on great stores. One of those was the British Conran store with locations in the US, Japan, France etc. The Paris store happened to be on the same street as our little apartment: Rue du Bac.
the conran shop paris
Hope you don’t have to assemble this lamp yourself…
A big wall is required for this Kartell Book Worm Book case.
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Love my pink tulips. Thanks P.
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There are some days that are so very very good, and others that are not. And it usually has to do with people (not just the weather). I recently had a client interaction that did not work out very well. Interestingly I had a very big RED FLAG indicating that I should not be pursuing work with them, I even ran it by my book club friends who all said, ”Cat don’t accept work you don’t feel right about”. And what did I do? I did not listen to my intuition nor my friends. Well, to make a long story short, I have learned another lesson. Listen to my gut, it is pretty much always right. This incident brought me down, majorly. But there is always sun after the rain. A dear client I have worked with for most of 2010 wrote me the best review ever. My heart was beating fast as I read her words. She and her husband are amazing people and although we went through a LOT together that was not always positive, Connie wrote the following review – making my day a happy happy one.
Best customer service, best follow through
February 2011 - wow! what a fabulous job Room4refinement did for us. We purchased an older condo that was actually three units combined. The transformation is amazing. During the process, I struggled as I’m not able to see blueprints. She had three dimensional drawings done up so I could visualize not only the layout of the structure, but also adding color and furniture to get a better feel. There were times when I disagreed with her thoughts, which is normal, but i always felt comfortable discussing this with her and never did she make me feel like i had no taste. She was diligent about using furniture and peices I already had instead of buying everythng new, which for obvious reasons was appreciated. Her attention to detail and her ability to see beyond the empty spaces was remarkable. She took me outside of what I thought was my comfort zone and did so in a way to ensure I absolutley loved the results. Today, I can honestly say that without her, the construction would never have been completed. My contractor got 95 percent done and then left my project to go onto his new one. It was Cat who managed to get the subs in and get the work done. Even during the main part of the construction, it was Cat, not the contractor, who spent each day at the site ensuring the subs were being managed. The amazing thing about this is that she did not charge me for all of these hours. She knew I was already paying the contractor and eventhough he was not doing his job, she did not feel it was right for me to pay twice. I have a ton of respect and admiration for the work she did and the way she valued our home. I will highly recommend her firm to others and will most certainly use her again.
This is Connie’s new kitchen. More to come in a future post…
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It was time for Ben to get a new bed and a make-over. Step 1. Sell or give away existing bunk bed. Well that took a while and once the bed was gone, Ben slept on the floor for a while. No problem when you are 14.
The blue in the bedroom was painted several years ago and was actually the wrong blue. When I got home the painter was finished I could not believe my eyes. It was the complete wrong blue. We had picked a darker blue, but I kept this one as I did not feel like dealing with the issue. Lesson learned: always check and re-check materials being used. I don’t use that painter anymore, for a variety of reasons.
Step 2: paint. Ben and I discussed the options and landed on Benjamin Moore New Hope Gray 2130-50. It would work well with some of the photos we had decided to blow up on canvas from Philippe Photography.
Work in progress…
And here is the new bed from IKEA covered with older sheets (IKEA 2000 or so) that seems to work. New pillows and the new photo on the wall.
A new ceiling lamp, desk drawers from IKEA and black chair from Nood. The cobra phone was a nostalgic purchase reminding me of my childhood. Ben thought it was silly as it was not cordless. At least it can’t get lost in the room under blankets or clothing.
Count on good old IKEA for accessories and organization. Art on wall by Calgary artist Mark Gervais.
Ben insisted on doors for his bookshelf to hide “ugly things” . He was right, it really helped make the room look more clean. Now if the room could always look this tidy, that would be a bonus.
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