la plume de ma tante
a fine way of living
Monday, November 25, 2013
Many thanks to the Apartment Therapy folks for featuring my little space last week as a "House Call". It is fun to see it up there on the big internet screen. I have really enjoyed putting it all together over the years and am always pleased when other people appreciate my choices as well.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
One of the other things I do in my life other than decorating spaces, sewing pocket squares and refurbishing furniture is acting. For many years I've somewhat made a career of it, dabbling here and there on stage and screen. I realized that I rarely refer to my acting biz world on my blog as it is a place I've mostly dedicated to aesthetics and the things I enjoy making. I've been a longtime collector of vintage clothing as well as wares. I thought this would be a fun pic to share of a commercial I shot recently. I got to be an elite traveler parading through the airport in style with an entourage of 6 gorgeous model pilots. I love the vintage Catch Me If You Can vibe of this spot. And as for the company - I have to say my career was made all in one day. I can now retire happy.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
I've been working on this antique lady's parlour accent chair for the past few weeks and I am pretty happy with the result. I love this Robert Allen ikat giving this very traditional chair a modern spin. I finally mastered my own double welt chord for a polished professional upholstered look. This beauty is for sale if you know someone looking. It would also make a lovely christmas or housewarming surprise.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Well...I'd like to take credit for the title but it comes from my mother who suggested I start a new business making pocket squares. I'm not sure I'm there yet, but I'm having a pretty good time putting these together. I had made a couple of pocket squares as a birthday gift a couple of months back and they have apparently gained some notoriety around the workplace so I have been making some more to distribute. I happened upon some fat quarters of Liberty of London fabric at the Workroom and was able to get a couple out of each piece. The fabric is 100% cotton but is so finely woven it almost feels like silk. I've now learned how to miter corners, which is also a pretty great skill to have in your back pocket.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
These little babies are getting a lot of attention lately. Thanks so much to apartment therapy for adding them to their before and after files a few weeks ago. Also, thanks to all those apartment therapy readers who took the time to give feedback. Your kind words were very much appreciated. We are all blushing. Catch the full feature here:
Thursday, October 3, 2013
I was a little overwhelmed by all the colour in the corner of my living room, especially one said ikea cushion. I wanted something a little more put together and liked how all the blues worked to compliment each other. Since I have been working on a bunch of different cushion covers over the past couple of weeks, I whipped one out in this really great blue and white geometric. The pillow behind it is a navy blue velvet and the deer in front is the same as before. Kinda fun and a little more sophisticated.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Sunday, August 25, 2013
There were many pics of this gallery wall collage in my living room on the 'ol world wide web this past week. Many thanks to Design*Sponge and EQ3's blog Inhabit for doing some features on my designs. Max at Design*Sponge did a great piece on the two Mid-Century Modern chairs that I redid and Inhabit was kind enough to feature some of my living room details along with the Reverie sofa I purchased as a gift to myself for Christmas last year. Thank you so much to both sites for your kind words. I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to share my ideas with the world, outside of this blog.
In case you missed it here are the links :
In case you missed it here are the links :
Friday, August 16, 2013
This kitchen is quirky. When I moved in my landlords assumed that they would have to buy a new stove for the tenant. I imagine they were somewhat overjoyed to find out that I was really excited by the old Findlay model - four years later and it's still cooking with gas. The layout of the kitchen isn't the most convenient space to work in, but what it lacks in function it makes up for in cheerful charm. I love the character of the old 50's cupboards and wouldn't trade them for the sleekness of any new model. They just wouldn't work in here.
Monday, August 12, 2013
It was indeed a moody Monday. The weather was all over the place, it didn't quite know where to go, but I'm content that the crazy heat hasn't hit us again. I've been working on several mood boards for various projects over the past little bit. I thought I'd take a few minutes to put a couple up here.
the sophisticated baby nursery...
and some living room glamour...
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
I've been giving these little packs of cards as gifts lately. Wonderful designs by Frausto & Co. Each card has a fruit, veg or herb on the face and the back gives you detailed instructions for growing success. They are perfect for playing a hand of bridge or for knowing how much to water your carrots. Win win. They also have really great packaging.
I've spent the past couple of weeks visiting my Mom and Dad on the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. I feel very lucky to been able to take this time with them and to have the ocean as my backyard. They live in one of the most picturesque little villages I have ever visited. Just across the water from Annaoplis Royal, Granville Ferry is a unique piece of the world. Nestled between a wooded mountain and a sheltered portion of the Fundy shore, the houses are an interesting mix of captain's houses, classic Victorian and Georgian Colonial homes. I take a walk through the village everyday to collect the mail at the Community Hall. The other day I decided to snap some pictures as I went. Here is a selection of some of my favourites. I really could have kept going for pages. There are so many little gems here. The little red one just below is the workshop of a cobbler that makes shoes for Broadway. Also in my pics are a converted church house, a captain's house with a model ship in the window and my Mom and Dad's, soon to be painted, mustard and green porch - the best in the village I'd have to say.