April 22, 2014

100 Dollar Decor Style Steal

Rattan peacock fan chair and macrame tables from Macrame Enchantment, 1979

Wicker glass top table and four chairs $100 
Personalize and spray paint it black

Pop by my Instagram for more style inspo

April 19, 2014

Did You Know

Pineapples don't ripen after they're picked. If your pineapple isn't ripe turn it upside down so the sugar flows to the top to help sweeten it.

If a pineapple is ripe its leaves will pull out easily.

Like the post? Share the love.

April 16, 2014

8 of The Best Decor Finds on Craigslist Vancouver April 16

 mid-century mirrored fireplace screen | Josef Hoffmann Prague dining chairs | the folding screen I've dreamt about since I was nineteen | free ficus tree
free elephant palm | Balinese wooden trunk with inlay | vintage cane chaise lounge | hammered brass pot (for the free elephant palm)

To see more of my uncovered treasures follow me on Facebook or Instagram. Thanks!

images © their respective owners

March 29, 2014

How to Make a Chick Pea of the Sea Sandwich

aka faux tuna

What you need:
  • 1 can chickpeas | garbanzo beans
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2-3 tbsps hummus
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp agave syrup
  • a couple spoonfuls of regular mayo, vegan mayo, plain yogurt or soy yogurt
  • a couple of pickles

What you do:
  • drain and rinse the beans well
  • add the beans to a large bowl
  • add all the ingredients except the pickles
  • fold the ingredients - except the pickles
  • mash - I tried using a potato masher but it was pretty useless. Use a heavy duty fork instead.
  • try a little bit and add extra lemon, cayenne or agave as needed
  • fold in the pickles - I used four

Serve as a sandwich, on crackers or eat straight from the bowl.

Makes about four sandwiches

adapted from Healthy Happy Life

March 28, 2014

Quote of the Week | Clothes and the Man - Edward Spencer

Good clothes look better when they are nearly worn out than very cheap clothes look when they are new.

March 21, 2014

From the Archives - The Duffel Bag Mystique

The Gold Rush 1898 duffel bag evolution - Chilkoot Pass Alaska

Even the word duffel bag conjures up images of three day old stubble and mud caked motorcycles all interwoven with vetiver, tobacco, musk and dirt.

Lost treasures from both Kurt Cobain and the Rolling Stones have been found in duffel bags. The duffel bag as Ark of the Rock and Roll Covenant?

Whatever it may be, the duffel bag only gets better with age.

March 19, 2014

Wink and Howie's Place - A West Vancouver Mid-Century Home Demolition

You remember this home. Back in February 2012 I posted about Wink and Howie's cute little place they lived in for 40 years. They sold in the summer of 2011 because of declining health (Brad and I bought their teak bedroom and dining suites). Well, last weekend we thought we'd do a drive by to see if the home had been restored - as we thought it would be back in 2012. Good God - no. It's been replaced by a concrete monstrosity complete with Parthenon worthy Doric columns (the most massive of the Greek temple columns) and Baroque balconies.
For the complete album please visit my Google+ page.

March 14, 2014

How to Make Vegan Raw Brownies

 Chocolate Rawnies

Super fast, super easy, super good. Just call them a breakfast energy square and there's no guilt involved. Here's the recipe:

What you need:
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds
  • 1.75 cups pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao
  • two pinches sea salt
  • parchment paper
  • food processor
  • medium size bowl
  • small rectangular glass container with cover (we used one of those glass airtight food storage containers )

What you do:
  • place walnuts in food processor and process till finely ground
  • add cacao and pinch of salt and blend
  • add dates one at a time to the running processor (through the top feeder tube) - the ingredients should look like cake crumbs yet they'll stick together when squeezed (if they don't, add more dates)
  • add the mixture to a medium size bowl and fold in the almonds
  • transfer to a parchment paper lined glass container
  • press and mold the brownie mixture into the glass container
  • sprinkle the other pinch of coarse sea salt on top
  • place in freezer for about 45 minutes
  • remove from freezer and slice into bite size servings
  • cover and store in the fridge

Makes about eight to ten bite size rawnies - double the recipe for more

adapted from Karla's Closet and My New Roots

March 13, 2014

Quote of the Week - Erich Fromm

While in our private life nobody except a mad person would remain passive in view of a threat to our total existence, those who are in charge of public affairs do practically nothing, and those who have entrusted their fate to them let them continue to do so.

Erich Fromm, To Have or To Be

March 12, 2014

The longest year in history

was 1972.

Remember the power of three? There's one of those going on again, this time it's with the year 1972.

First off - Moody Blues, Nights in White Satin - a song I thought, from the very first day I heard  remembering hearing it, was a cheesy 70s rambling poem song about King Arthur so I paid no attention to it. Anyway, it popped up at me on the weekend and I took the time to listen to the lyrics - which are everything but knights in white satin. New old favourite!


Then I was looking at old Honda motorbikes online and came across this vintage ad from 1972. The truck and camper (and mini bike) equate to the elimination of the living in a van down by the river scenario created by the Vancouver rental pool.

Finally, Tuesday night I was looking at residential architecture and up pops this beauty. West Vancouver's Helmut Eppich house designed in 1972 by Arthur Erickson Architects (and sold in 2010 for $4.8 million.)

March 4, 2014

Vintage Chanel

Christy Turlington

February 24, 2014

Things that confuse me

  • Efficiency committees

  • Initiatives that take the initiative out of initiatives

  • February 22, 2014

    Quote of the Week - Lao Tzu

    The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long.

    February 21, 2014

    A Community Plan that Defeats its Purpose

    information on issues relating to McMansions and possible District actions to make new housing better fit existing neighbourhood character.

    In West Vancouver there's this mentality that renters are an unruly, degenerate dirty bunch who will settle for anything (as interpreted by the state of the rental portfolio and letters to the editor of the North Shore News). Those of that particular mind set aren't reading this blog so telling them to get their heads out of their (gl)ass (house) won't matter. It also shouldn't give them the right to try and rent us a termite infested crack house off the highway for $3000 a month (such as one on Palmerston & 14th we saw recently) or this black mold mid-century we looked at in 2012.

    Just because we live in West Van doesn't mean we're going to pay you more to rent your 'tear down' house you just bought until you can afford to put up your 'trophy house'. You know what we see when we're out there snooping around at architecture, kids (usually baby boomers) whose parents just died that are eager to sell off what they perceived as the tacky family home they grew up in. Don't just blame the buyers of these properties for the 'ugly' neighbourhoods that are transforming West Van, take a look at the sellers.

    Generation X is just now hitting the peaks of our careers and we are all looking for homes - homes that we can rent and live in for many years. We can't afford down payments for overpriced homes - remember, we moved out of our parents' house when we graduated from high school, worked three jobs and put ourselves through university instead - because that's what you did. We'd love to rent your well loved, well kept, clean, tacky family home and make it our home but we're also not stupid enough to pay over $3000 a month for it  - the bloody thing was probably paid off forty years ago. So West Van, if you want to keep, or try to attract, a younger demographic with extra money to spend in the community (not on renting a crappy house) get it together because we're getting fed up with this -  and because we rent - we can just up and leave, whenever we want. You're losing your history and your future community all at the same time. 

    Check out the Facebook group, I Grew Up in West Vancouver.

    Interested in moving to West Van to rent but you're not sure what's going on here?

    The first of two info sessions on the state of West Vancouver housing is happening: Monday, February 24th 4-8pm at the West Van Community Centre.

    See you there.

    PS coach houses shouldn't cost $1.0 million or $4500 a month to rent.

    February 11, 2014

    You Know This Pile of Dirt - Another West Vancouver Home Demolition

    The Baker Residence
    built 1958 - demolished 2014

    The home was listed as a significant West Vancouver support building. 
    The West Vancouver Survey of Significant Architecture 1945-1975, (West Vancouver, BC, 1994), pg 88. 
    Architect - Peter Faulkner-Smith 
    Date - June 1, 1958 
    Location - Altamont, West Vancouver, BC 

    I'll post a photo of its replacement once it's built.