We picked up this tent from Ikea for Clara’s room, and she adores it. She puts her stuffed animals in with her, pulls the flaps shut, and reads books (often out loud which is hilarious and adorable). Did you have a tent or a special spot as a kid? I had a treehouse, which was just the best. Even as an adult, I’m kind of jealous of Clara’s special place.
I just ordered a whole bunch of promo material for Camp Tech (business cards, stickers, mailing labels) from Moo.com. They’re having a 25% off sale for everything on the whole site (including the really thick “luxe” products). The sale ends at midnight tonight, so get your order in.
Yes, that’s a trite blog post title. But seriously, space is so cool. Earlier this month NASA released a high-definition image of the Andromeda Galaxy from the Hubble Space Telescope. You can’t see the image (it’s over 4 gigs!) but you can watch this video that YouTube user daveachuk made, zooming in on and panning around the picture. Mind blowing.
Have you tried accessing the free online magazines you can get through the Toronto Public Library? There’s so much great stuff on there. In addition to the big titles (Vanity Fair, Wired, The New Yorker, etc) there are some great lesser-known magazines. The one Ian and I have really been enjoying lately is mental_floss. It’s a little bit of culture, a little bit of science, a little bit of art. They describe themselves as “mental_floss magazine is an intelligent read, but not too intelligent. We’re the sort of intelligent that you hang out with for a while, enjoy our company, laugh a little, smile a lot and then we part ways. Great times.” I encourage you to check it out.
This gorgeous linen scarf is by my pal Avril Loreti. I get compliments every time I wear it, including earlier today. She makes the most wonderful things (remember these pillows?). Would you believe we went to high school together?
PS- I know I’ve been away for a while. But I’m back to blogging now!
Isn’t it funny how little things in your house can drive you nuts? We’ve lived in our place for over 6 years, and I’ve always hated the wall that runs through our living room and up the stairs. It was beige and so boring. And our stairs were looking pretty tired too – the paint was chipping in many places, and the carpet runner had seen better days. It took a consultation with Joanne from Resolution Design to finally get us to do something about it… and I’m so glad we did. Here are a bunch of before and after pictures for you to see the difference. There’s fresh white paint on the stairs and railings, a new carpet runner on the stairs, and (obviously) the boring beige wall is now a gorgeous teal blue. Yay!
Earlier tonight, we took Clara to have her annual photo with Santa. Every year, a wonderful coffee shop in our neighbourhood, Tango Palace, hosts an evening for the neighbourhood. They have a great Santa and encourage you to bring your own camera for photos. They give out candy canes and hot chocolate, and it has a wonderful neighbourhood feel (instead of the expensive and synthetic-feeling mall scene).
I realized this is our fourth year (!!!) with the same Santa, and thought it would be fun to put the pictures next to each other, to compare. Note the photo from last year, when she was so upset by Santa, I had to sit next to her or she wouldn’t allow any photo at all!
I love that Clara is giving Santa the exact same look this year as she did when she was 9 months old. Side-by-side evidence is below. What a little boss. Thank you Tango Palace – we love being in Leslieville with you.
I saw this link on SwissMiss’s blog. 4-year-old Hawkeye Huey (first picture, above) is a photographer with his own Instagram account. He shoots analog (using a Fujifilm Instax 210 camera) and his dad, a National Geographic photographer himself, uploads the photos to Instagram. His pictures are amazing. See them yourself here.
Ian and I went to see Gone Girl on the weekend, and during the scenes in the lake house, I turned to Ian and whispered, “OMG that house!” I looked it up, and it’s a real place – a gorgeous home in the hills of Southeast Missouri, designed by architects Maurice Jennings and David McKee. Those are pictures of it, above.
What is it with modern houses appearing in creepy ways? Here’s a list of 10 Modernist Houses in Scary Movies from Azure magazine. They’re all swoon-worthy. Especially the one in The Ghost Writer (which is a surprisingly good movie).
Wow, wouldn’t you love to live here? It’s a two-story penthouse apartment in NYC’s West Village, including an amazing rooftop. The design is by Ghiora Aharoni (who has some other drool-worthy pieces of architecture in his portfolio). Swoon.
[via NY Magazine]