Posts tagged ‘local artist’

June 2, 2011

creature of aesthetic pleasure.

I’m finally sitting down to put some words to the proverbial paper on here. The week has been busy and I’m looking forward to the weekend. My sister is staying with us while my mom is out of town, so I hope we can watch a girly movie and just veg out for a while.

The Lilac Festival on Sunday was a delight! I ran into an old friend and got to catch up for a little bit. Isn’t that such an topper to a great day, seeing an old friend? It sure is for me. I also managed to pick up a print from a local artist, Chika Ando, which is too adorable not to show you! 

Image via Chika Ando

I also finally got a pair of earrings from Cloud + Lolly, an Edmonton based accessories designer. Their stuff is too cute to pass up, so I got a pair of bird earrings. I saw their stuff at a Market Collective previously and coveted all their stuff but alas did not purchase any. So now I have some of their jewelery and am more than pleased with them!

My finds from the weekend tie into my current find of this week: a “new” set of night tables and dresser! I’m so beyond pleased with them – we found them used via Kijiji (seriously, the people who invented this site are pure genius!) and scored them for a great deal. After a year of nagging, the hubs finally agreed to letting me get some different bedroom furniture to replace the gross early 90’s pressed wood with gold handle ones we’re rocking now. The dresser needs a bit of work as the drawers stick quite bad, and unfortunately all the pieces are too big to fit in our bedroom! The Hubs solution is so router down the size of the table tops on the night stands because the overhang is like 3 inches all the way around. They’re over 2 feet wide a piece! And the dresser is just over 6 feet long – they are MONSTER pieces! But so worth it =) The photo isn’t great, but it gives an idea of what they look like!

We’re planning on adding a bit more cream to the all over colour because they’re too dark still for my liking. 

To add to our list of finds this week, we scored a patio set for cheap from a golf course that’s redecorating. It’s a small glass table with 4 white wrought iron style chairs. They’re lovely! I’m thinking of painting them a robin’s egg blue.. Not too sure yet =) And we are also finally getting a bedframe!! Hooray! Unfortunately this one is just from Ikea, not a great find haha. But it’s a white wrought iron frame, so it’s going to match the look I’m ultimately going for in our room. 

I’m so happy that all these home decorating ideas are finally coming in fruition. Sometimes it’s hard for the hubs to understand why I want to put nice things in our home and decorate it so have a hard time finding compromise on it. He sees the things like having a deck, or new crown molding as the important items in the house. I do too, but I also want our house to reflect our personalities and be welcoming to our friends and family. I’ve been itching for months to get creative in our house and make it our own. We painted part of the kitchen/entrance way about a year ago or so but nothing since then. A large part of it is that I’m a very visual person and my environment affects my day to day attitudes and such. So for me a home that reflects who I am is the ultimate comfort because then I know it’s truly me through and through. I want to know that I feel safe and happy when I walk in my front door because of my husband and also because of my home. I’m super visual, so having interesting and inviting decor makes my home that much more cozy to me.

Speaking of home, I need to write out a meal plan/grocery list for tomorrow’s hunt. Wish me luck!

Real gold fears no fire,

Torrie xoxo