Jun 20, 2014

Quote of the Week - Kierkegaard

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

Jun 11, 2014

Quote of the Week - Edgar Allan Poe

 from the collection of stacy reynaud
 It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream.

Jun 4, 2014

One of The Most Important Chairs of The 20th Century

If you've been following my adventures on Instagram and Facebook you're already aware of my dream kitchen dining area and my three chairs for $25. The chair above is one I sold last year. If you follow me on Twitter, you know we're moving again (bipoloar, ADHD or sane decision - you decide). I also decided to sell my mid-century dining table and chairs - which has left us - once again - without a table or chairs.

So, now is the perfect time to acquire my dream kitchen dining area! Out with the old, in with the new!

As I was perusing Craigslist for Best of Craigslist Vancouver content, I thought to myself, 'There sure are a lot of those Marcel Breuer Cesca chairs around. How can I tell what's a fake?' Well, turns out the Cesca chair was never patented, (blame it on Mart Stam), and is therefore in the public domain. Le Corbusier is turning in his grave. 

There are actually two Cesca chairs - the B32 manufactured and mass produced by Thonet from about 1930 to the end of WWII, (stay tuned for my Thonet tubular steel rocker adventure) and the cheaper version manufactured by Knoll from the 1950s to present.

1928 designed version:
  • warm beech patina
  • back and chair each made of a single bent piece (bentwood)
  • back has a marked curve
  • caning was done by hand and sewn into the bentwood frame
  • slight incline to the front edge of the seat
  • curves of the tubular steel frame are even
  • large bolts
After the war, Breuer made some changes to the original design. The seat back and chair were altered, the bentwood frame thickened and the size of the bolts decreased.

All that's left of the more expensive original 1928 design:
  • hand-caning
  • chrome plated steel caps on the tubing
  • rods inserted to maintain the curvature of the tubular steel shape 
For a fun read on comparing multiple copies of the Cesca - and a Cesca chair checklist - check out this article from the New York Times archive.

last image: B32 version via the V&A

May 9, 2014

Quote of the Week - Herman Hesse

 stacy reynaud
There is no reality except the one contained within us. That is why so many people live such an unreal life. They take the images outside of them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself.

May 7, 2014

12 Best of Craigslist Vancouver May 7th

Glass and chrome table with chrome cantilever chairs - and sumptuous ruby velvet cushions
Folding Indian table aka nomadic furniture
 one here too

Bentwood antique theatre chairs
An old door - throw some wheels on the bottom and voila - a table.
and a 1971 VW van-cum-juice bar

May 5, 2014

Before and After - West Vancouver Home Demolition

1930s American Bungalow - interior images and the story here
I'd originally posted about this home on November 5th 2013

When I spoke with the contractor back in November he told me the home would be small as the woman and her two sons didn't want anything large. I'd hate to see their interpretation of large!

May 2, 2014

When She Came There The Cupboard Was Bare

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You remember that guy back in 2002 that survived a week trapped in his car living off fast food condiments found in his glove box right?

This is my go to recipe when I have no food in the house. It's similar to my Leningrad Stew that I lived off when I was very, very short on money and unemployed. I remember having to stretch $10 in grocery money over a week (thankfully, it was just me). You can buy a lot of rice, beans and nearly rotten vegetables for $10.

What you need:
  1. 1 can mixed beans
  2. juice of half a lemon
  3. 3 tbsp olive oil
  4. 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  5. 1 tsp crushed garlic 
  6. salt and pepper to your liking
  7. plus any veg you may have around  - I use cucumber and celery
  8. for extra protein add one hard boiled egg and some crumbled feta
What you do:
  1. rinse beans until all the bubbly foam stuff is off
  2. combine oil, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl
  3. add beans
  4. toss until all the beans are well covered
  5. add optional veg and toss again
  6. let marinate for a few hours if you have time
  7. serve at room temperature topped with cheese, hard boiled egg, tomatoes - whatever
  8. keep some fresh sour dough bread on hand to soak up the saucy goodness left over
Serves two

Adapted from Moosewood Cookbook - my all time favourite cookbook!

Keep your pantry well stocked with various varieties of beans, vinegar, olive oil and lemon juice - you'd be surprised at how many different recipes you can come up with.

May 1, 2014

West Coast Modern Vernacular Home

Deep Cove mid-century vernacular image Stacy Reynaud

Built on steep slopes in wild landscapes West Coast Modern Vernacular homes - with sloped roofs and natural wood siding - are a natural fit for our Pacific Northwest rainforest.

West Coast Modern vernacular. image stacy reynaud

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.)

Mid-century West Coast Modern image stacy reynaud

West Coast Vernacular image stacy reynaud

West Vancouver mid-century vernacular image Stacy Reynaud

West Vancouver West Coast Modern home image stacy reynaud

West Vancouver home demolition stacy reynaud

Arthur Erickson 6028 Eagleridge Dr. West Vancouver West Coast Modern vernacular image stacy reynaud

Merrick House image Stacy Reynaud

The ultimate West Coast Vernacular home - Merrick House. Built 1974.
Currently in the draft stages of a 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.

Originally published October 19, 2012

Apr 30, 2014

My Morning Routine

The socks and clogs are mandatory (and don't leave the house).

Apr 29, 2014

Marie Antoinette Blue

or maybe Versailles blue - not so much Wedgwood blue. Ice blue?

Whatever the colour is it reminds me of Marie Antoinette so let's do a search of Marie Antoinette blue shall we.

Anyway, I'm giving away my chairs that I bought back in 2012.  I've decided to ditch the deck dining table and chairs and go for something more along the lines of this beauty from 1976:

hair image via the very cute blog Cute Colored Hair
room image via Wikipedia

Apr 25, 2014

Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups - Vegan Recipe

stacy reynaud
Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
One, two, three, four ingredients simple enough for me to make!

What you need:
  • 1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips (or regular)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp nut butter - we used almond butter
  • 2 tsp good maple or agave syrup

+ one shallow cupcake tin or a shallow candy mold
* recipe made a single tray of 24 small bite size cups

What you do:
  • grease molds with coconut oil
  • melt chocolate and coconut oil together until smooth and liquid - stir briskly
  • melt almond butter and maple syrup together - stir until smooth
  • drop 2 tsp of the melted chocolate into each of the molds
  • place tray in freezer for 5 minutes - remove when chocolate is hard
  • add 1 tsp of nut butter mix on top of hardened chocolate - smooth out to cover all the chocolate
  • cover the nut butter filling with melted chocolate
  • place in freezer until hardened - about 20 minutes
  • save the recipe on Pinterest

Store in the freezer until you're ready to eat them for breakfast.

Recipe adapted from Healthy Happy Life

Apr 24, 2014

Quote of the Week - some guy in the 70s

The price is outrageous, but so is the quality.

Apr 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 Stacy Reynaud's Instagram for more style inspo

Apr 19, 2014

How to Tell if A Pineapple is Ripe

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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.

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Apr 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!

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