Showing posts from October, 2012

A creepy little kid

- who is actually me - wishes you a Happy Halloween

A favourite place for inspiration in Vancouver

check out that front door

chandelier bits

vintage doors - great for tables

army canteens and weather instruments
plant skeletons
Heritage Home Supplies - 3662 West 4th Ave.

Vintage Calvin Klein


Considering I do not own any

Source: via Pinterest
Wallpaper by Melissa White

© style.comDolce and Gabbana FW 2012

© Melissa White

© Melissa White

© Frédérique MorrelA piece by Frédérique MorrelBack in high school I had a pair of pointy tapestry flats from Le Chateau. I found a pair at VV in Nanaimo on the weekend -  unfortunately, they were too small.In the 90s I had a tapestry bag that the ex that wore the bandanahated. I didn't care.At the current moment in time I have nothing tapestry but if I were to consider owning something tapestry it would be something from the selection above.

My Monday Was Spent on the Lawn

at the B.C. Legislature

The West Coast Vernacular Home

Built on steep slopes in wild landscapes West Coast Vernacular - with its sloped roofs and natural wood siding - was a natural fit for our Pacific Northwest rainforest.
Not to be left just for the privilege of the cliff dwellers, the 1970s saw toned down designs making their way into suburban neighbourhoods like West Vancouver, (not to mention an awful lot where I grew up - Langley or Brookswood more specifically).

The ultimate West Coast Vernacular home - Merrick House. Built 1974.
Currently in the draft stages ofa conservation plan by the District of West Vancouver and Birmingham & Wood Architects.

The Granddaddy of West Coast Vernacular, Charles Moore's Sea Ranch - a movement referred to as Bay Area Modern.

Just Because You Wear a Tie - From the Archives

Originally published June 6th 2010

images 1 & 2 Dolce and Gabbana @ - note the length of the tie and fit of the shirt, including the sleeve length
image 3 - the loosened tie makes him look drunk but at least his shirt fits him.

doesn't mean you look 'professional'. You can actually come across looking sloppier than you would without one. If you're going to make the effort to look 'professional' by throwing on a tie please take the time to make sure the whole package comes across as 'professional' - meaning that your clothes fit you.
get a shirt that fits - which means one you didn't buy at Joe's Tent and Awning or Costco. go for a collar that flatters your bone structure (see my post on collar styles).your tie looks best if it touches just the top of the waist on your trousers (see photo).thoughts on undershirts under white shirts (see photo)? They creep me out but that's just me.pant hems are more important than you think (see m…

I went looking for jeans and found 145K art instead

Tuesday was a great day, number one - it was the first day I hadn't had a headache in a month and number two, I stumbled upon an exhibition of BC Binning, Karel Appel and Alexander Calder paintings - for sale. As I was starting my search for jeans on South Granville I walked by a space with a midcentury Danish modern living room set in the window and back tracked - then I caught a glimpse of a BC Binning piece on the wall and in I went. I was greeted by Kate Barron, the gallery manager, who let me wander around in peace. The further into the space I got the more I was blown away by the caliber of art on exhibit. When I reached the back of the room and saw a Binning work, that I'd previously only seen in books, I couldn't handle it anymore, I had to ask Kate what the heck was going on.

The current exhibition is entitled, 'ABC: Outlining Abstraction'. What should we expect from it?

Everyone who comes to visit us should expect to see a world-class exhibition. We have …

Today is my birthday

and I will be kind to Little Stacy.

When I deleted the blog

A few weeks ago I deleted Bijou Living and all the social media platforms associated with it. Why? Well, I was in one of my moods and felt it was time to move on. The next morning I had some emails wondering if I was ok - unfortunately some were sent on Google+ and because I deleted my profile I couldn't respond (thanks Anne). The notes were greatly appreciated! I put the blog back up but because I blocked my Flickr account all the images on the blog that I'd embedded with Flickr vanished. Good times. Another thing that vanished was the ability to leave comments. I've gone in and activated the comment section but for some reason it won't show up. I think I need to install Disqus for comments instead. I miss my regulars - Dana, Claire and Pret! I've noticed, however, that the Facebook Recommend button is being used regularly. This is great because it lets me know what kind of posts you like and you get to keep your anonymity.

Writing a blog is a guessing game. I ha…

Manhattan Town House by Modernist Architect Max Gordon

basement kitchen

Max Gordon designed mirror, sink and tub

images © John M. Hall
source Elle Decor No. 18


Karl Lagerfeld

The Wright Stuff

from left: "Prairie Mirage," "Liberty Weave," "March Balloons," "Tulip Tapestry"
You know those times when you hear about something and then you keep hearing more interesting things about that something within a matter of days? I've had that happen with Frank Lloyd Wright over the past couple days. First, Eddie shared a post on my FB page about a recently turned up collection of German and Austrian prints collected by Wright, and rather matter of factually, his lover Mamah, on a trip through Europe at the turn of the Century - read more here. Then yesterday, while perusing through Elle Decor No. 18, I came across a story about the fabrics and decorative wallpapers he designed. In 1955, he released the Taliesin Line, in conjunction with F. Schumacher and Co. Schumacher then released another Wright collection in 1986 and yet another in 1991 (shown above). Finally, today I received an update from French Architectural Digest urging me to sign th…

Vancouver's Best Veggie Burger with the Best Deck to Enjoy It On

Numero uno in my books! Venture across that gorgeous Lion's Gate Bridge of ours and head West to Whytecliff Park. I've found a lot of places are swapping their veggie patties from healthy veggie based ones to sodium salt lick soy patties (ie The Galley at Jericho) - gross. The concession at Whytecliff serves up a juicy old school patty fully loaded in a fresh kaiser bun - and with the option of yam fries. The concession is only open weekends from 10-3 so hurry up and go before it starts to rain. Mind you, even in the rain you can't beat that view.

October 8th update - took my parents there on the weekend and, to my chagrin, the concession is now closed for the season.