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West Vancouver Home Demolition Before and After

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Remember this beautiful old gal with the solid bones and amazingly restored hardwood floors? I posted about her back in November 2013.

Well, this is what replaced her. To think the contractor told me the new home 'wasn't going to be that big'. What a friggin' ugly house.



Quote of the Week - H.P. Lovecraft

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I have frequently wondered if the majority of mankind ever pause to reflect upon the occasionally titanic significance of dreams, and of the obscure world to which they belong. Beyond the Wall of Sleep

From the Archives - The Business Wardrobe

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I was recently contacted by a gentleman who is changing careers. He's confident in his decision but not his current wardrobe. He asked for some suggestions on where to start. These tips are gender neutral!

let's start here:
Know what you like and what you don't like. What suits you and your style of living. This particular individual didn't want a baggy suit. He liked the mod suits from the 60s but not the super skinny trousers. He told me he liked Diplo's suits, Booth's suits from Bones and Terrence Stamp's suits (see my post on his classic look here).Know your clothing's priorities and each day's sartorial demands. Meetings, luncheons, golf (an unfortunate part of business, my apologies to golfers), and the cursed casual Friday. You want to be sharp and dressed appropriately for each. What are the corner offices wearing? Take cues from them and notch it up by one.Versatility. Maintain a flexible wardrobe. Back in my retail days we were taught the …

A (Bed) Room of One's Own

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Brought up the topic of separate bedrooms this morning to be greeted with, 'Should we each have our own house too?' Geesh, sensitive.

Architectural trends reflect our culture but how far do these trends reflect our instincts?

My first thought - the shared bedroom is a socioeconomic thing. Lots of money = lots of house. Not so much money = not so much house. You know what I'm talking about so let's not go into tiny house living choices, or the cost of a 435 s.f. apartment in Vancouver, because I'm simply talking about the concept of the shared bedroom.

My second thought - brought into fruition by a comment regarding prudery - is an image of a lovely Homo erectus couple snuggled up under a musk ox blanket in front of their amber hued, crackling, cave fire. The shared bedroom now becomes a mammalian instinct. Stay warm, stay safe, have sex, (in whichever preferred order).

My next thought - Lucy and Ricky's bedroom - sure it was fictional (somew…

Wallpaper is Wallpaper

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The other night I dreamed of wallpaper. Well, not really. It was actually an image during a little gong meditation journey I was on.  Eighties lovers sculpture comes to life in a Fauvist equatorial rainforest (think Henri Rousseau). The backdrop was amazing and I want wallpaper like it! It was so vivid that I thought for sure I must've seen it before. I'll leave the philosophy of consciousness dialogue alone right now.

Similar vibe to this Rousseau painting.

It was black with sparsely placed tropical leaves but not palm fronds.

More like ficus leaves

and they were electric green.

This pair of tights is pretty close

but on a larger scale.

This shirt actually might be a closer fit than the tights but without the flowers and more vibrant green.
Whatever, it was a rewarding journey and I'll get hit with deja vu soon enough.


PS I hate how wallpaper isn't wallpaper anymore - according to search engines.


Another West Vancouver Significant Home Demolition

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image stacy reynaud I'm in a dysfunctional relationship - with West Vancouver. You know I moved out of West Van in July, right? I was just getting too bitter about the clash of ideas in regards to housing, being ripped off in rent, and all the bloody traffic on Marine Drive. Well, I'm moving back. 

Turns out I'm not the only one that's getting fed up though:

West Vancouver Council moved unanimously to commence community consultation and draft a bylaw that would address form and character in West Vancouver homes.Jeremy Shepherd,  North Shore News. 

You can watch the 'boisterous' council meeting on video and read the full meeting agenda from October 20th here.


Thanks to Brent Richter's Twitter feed for bringing this meeting to my attention.

I touched on this topic back in February 2014  when West Van held its first public Info Session. What came from the Info Sessions were recommendations from West Vancouver's Manager of Community Planning, Stephen Mikic…

Ingrid Bergman on the kiss

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A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.

Quote of the Week - Leonard Cohen

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from the collection of stacy reynaud There are always meaningful songs for somebody. People are doing their courting, people are finding their wives, people are making babies, people are washing their dishes, people are getting through the day, with songs that we may find insignificant. But their significance is affirmed by others. There’s always someone affirming the significance of a song by taking a woman into his arms or by getting through the night. That’s what dignifies the song. Songs don’t dignify human activity. Human activity dignifies the song.

more Cohen from the same interview here

Trend Spotting - The Equipale Chair

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Back in 2012 I spotted some equipale furniture in a late 60s decorating mag and within the last month this Mexican handmade leather furniture is popping out at me right, left and centre. Traditional Equipal furniture is handmade from tanned pigskin and cedar or rosewood strips - each piece is unique, and like all unwaxed, natural leather, will get better with age.

Take a look at the different styles. I can't decide which one I like the best - probably the lounge chair and peacock chair (of course).

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10 Ideas for Living Windows

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Cynthia Wood A million years ago, (2009 actually), I did a post on How to Accent Windows - let's consider this post the 2014 version. Vintage paned windows are perfect for framing your plant collection for both indoor and outdoor appreciation.

Marion Berrin Make sure you pull the dead stuff off - that is of course if they're dried flowers. If you follow feng shui decorating practices, make sure you keep the energy fresh and the meaning special - don't let the dried plant simply become a dust collector/clutter. Esther Less than ideal view? Use the plants as a living wall. They're much better than keeping the blinds down or the curtains closed. viciouslycyd.tumblr.com
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archisculpture Lucky enough to have a window like this in your washroom? Block your sexy silhouette from the snoopy neighbours by hanging a plant in front of the window. Ferns love the humidity from the shower and if your window is facing east even better!
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Architecture - and spectacles - Expo 67 Montreal

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Impressions of Expo 67 by William Brind, National Film Board of Canada
One of my UBC art history papers, way back when, was on Moshe Safdie's Habitat 67, (he was working on the Vancouver Public Library at the time). Safdie originally conceived the project as his Master's thesis in architecture at McGill and it went on to become a thematic pavilion at Montreal's Expo 67 (in which the main theme was Man & His World - with housing as a subset).
Already having a fondness for the architecture of Expo 67 - based on my past research, as well as spending a few summers teaching Québécois university students English - I was quite interested in The National Film Board of Canada e-newsletter that arrived in my Inbox this morning. Impressions of Expo 67 is an eight minute promotional video for what was considered to be the most successful World's Fair of the 20th Century.
As I mentioned, it's the architecture of Expo 67 that interests me but it's difficult to find a tho…

From the Archives - Momo the Cat and Kevan

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Three cheers for Kevan and Momo!

Calgary flood June 21 2013 - a full list of organizations looking for volunteers for the clean up can be found here.

all images © Jordan Verlage/Canadian Press
photo set at CBC

Originally published June 24, 2013

Quote of the Week - Kierkegaard

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Boredom is the root of all evil - the despairing refusal to be oneself.



10 Best of Craigslist Vancouver June 18th

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