Kitchen With An Old World Feel

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Living close by the Stanley park and English Bay In Vancouver BC is a blessing as I get to enjoy beautiful oceanside surroundings while taking my long walks along the Seawall and late afternoon strolls in the Stanley park

My husband is a not a real fan of walking so we do not get to do this activity together, however he does enjoy having his cigar with a nice ocean view, and he prefers Spanish Banks Beaches for this enjoyment, so we quite often hang out there. The area boasts open waterfront and spectacular views of the city’s downtown skyline, and moreover it has plenty of fee parking.

To get there we drive along Point Grey Road which is filled with stunning multi-million-dollar waterfront properties throughout that road. One such property in particular, which used to be under construction for months, has caught my eye while driving by the other day.The house features a stunning huge window, and it was obvious that it was a kitchen window considering that a huge stove hood appeared to be dangling from the ceiling right in the center of that big window. I envied that oversized kitchen window, and could imagine that the layout and the finishings in that kitchen would be one of a kind.

These days I was doing a research for some kitchen design ideas and came across the Western Living magazine, March 2013 issue, in which this kitchen was showcased. As I was suspecting, the kitchen design was spectacular.The major feature in this kitchen are brick veneer walls, exposed beams and European-style rift-cut walnut cabinets. The oversized windows give the kitchen specific character and everything there blends in so nicely creating an “Old World feel” in a brand new house.

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The kitchen is designed by Alanna Johnston of Downsview Kitchen and Fine Custom Cabinetry.

Here are some more kitchen designs by Downsview Kitchen and Fine Custom Cabinetry.

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I love everyone of them however, as much as I enjoyed all subtleties of these designs (and did some daydreaming too) I am afraid that I cannot afford any of those for my next kitchen renovation project. Therefore, I am going to have to redirect my kitchen design research to a more affordable path.

How about you? Would you consider any of these kitchen designs in your projects? If so, which one would you prefer more? I will definitely go for the one below loaded with an Old World feel.

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Thank you for reading.

Besa

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Flowering Leeks from My Veggie Garden

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I always wanted to have a vegetable garden of my own. I dream of having one where I could go and pick my home grown fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, zucchini, fresh herbs……

Two years ago I was working overseas and had a chance to grow a small veggie garden for one season in a property that I own over there. It was a hard work to put it up and maintain, but I enjoyed every bit of it (even though that was a short lived experience). In that garden I had also planted a few leeks, but they did not grow well that season, so I did not harvest them. My job contract ended and I came back to Canada, so my garden was totally neglected. A year after, I went back home for a short visit, and to my surprise the leeks in my neglected garden had flowered and turned to these adorable pop poms.

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I had harvested them, and I think they could make a nice dry floral arrangement. I took some shots and, again, I think these photos (if they were professionally taken) would make a good piece of wall art too. Personally, I am not a big fan of dried flower arrangements, but these look kind of cute an can be somehow incorporated in a modern décor.
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I have never seen bolting leeks before, so I would never guess what those blooms were. However, as I have planted those leeks myself, I knew that those beauties were the product of neglected leeks. I never knew that bolting leeks can turn to be so attractive.

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If you were not a knowledgeable gardener (like me) do you think that you would recognize if those were leek flowers? Would you consider having them as a dry flower arrangement in your decor?

Thank you for reading, and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Besa

Old Lamp Makeover

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Everyone loves the SPA experience. However, there are so many things in our lives that get into our way preventing us from going to the spa; time and money being the first on the list.
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Let’s face it, the less costliest spa treatments, such us manicure or pedicure, start at $ 50 for a 60 minute treatment, so even if we find time to go to the salon to get such treatment, most of us, cannot afford it on a regular basis.
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Two weeks ago I had a pedicure in a newly opened spa in my neighborhood, and I really enjoyed the pampering, relaxation and the ambiance of this new spa. Moreover, I got inspired there, so few days later I assigned myself a project; to rejuvenate the outdated, old lamp that I have been storing in my laundry room for ages. The assignment included finding a “spa feeling look” for this lamp.

This lamp has a story behind which makes me emotionally attached to it, so this is why I did not get rid of this “oldie” in the first place. Due to the space constraints I threw or gave away so many things, but I have always found place to store this old lamp.

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For that “spa feeling look” that I was striving to achieve, I found a template (http://www.ellinee.com/blog/diy-paper-orchid/) for creating these beautiful paper orchids, and luckily I came to find a suitable white lamp shade at my close by Home Sense store.

I decided to go with white and light grey for the lamp base, and it took me 20 minutes between two coats to get the painting part done.
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I printed 15 paper orchids and trimmed them down while watching my favorite Big Bang Theory show. After gluing them down according to the instruction from the website above, I attached them to the lamp shade by sewing them on using invisible (polyester) thread. So all it took me to between trimming, gluing and attaching the orchids on to the lamp shade was 1 hr and 30 minutes and, as I mentioned, I was watching TV too.
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Now that I have this lamp I will recreate this spa inspired corner to relax while doing my manicure and pedicure at home. Hopefully, I will stick to this plan as I think it will save me some money and time too.
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I am happy with the project. Let me know what you think. Do you have any project in mind that you could include these beautiful paper orchids? I would like to hear from you.

Linking to: The Shabby Nest; The Cottage Market; Common Ground; Nancherrow; Finding Silver Pennies
Thanks to this lovely blogsite for featuring this post: The Cottage Market
Thank you for reading.

Besa

Curtain Panel Makeover

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I was thinking for a while about giving a refreshed look to a curtain that covers a north facing window in my living room. This window does not present any privacy issue, so initially when I made this panel I opted for a sheer fabric, and instead of attaching the panel to a rolling mechanism, I attached it to the wall using velcro tape. I glued one side of the velcro tape to the wall and sewed on the other side of the tape to the curtain panel.

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For over eight years this curtain panel served the purpose and seemed that it was blending in nicely with the decor in my place. As the time went by the curtain itself, as well as that window corner appeared to look quite tired and boring and gradually, instead of disliking that corner, I started hating it.

My TV is right beside this window so, like it or not, I was kind of forced to face the curtain and that boring corner whenever I was watching TV. As much as I wanted a new look for my curtain, I also did not want to spent too much money or time creating that new look.

Well, I was lucky. I achieved what I wanted and only spent $ 0.50 and 30 minutes of my time.

I found an Iron-on Rug Binding tape in a color I wanted. It was on sale in a local fabric/sewing supply store ( Dressew, West Hastings, Vancouver BC also available online at http://www.createforless.com/ ). I bought two packages for $ 0.50.
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I already had in mind the design, so I used the dressmaker’s chalk to mark the lines that would serve as a guidance for the tape to be ironed on.

I used the top of the panel as the starting measuring point. I draw a line 8 inches from the top and side hems, and then created two squares on each side at the top.

Subsequently, I started with ironing on the tape along the marked lines.
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Even at the ironing stage, I was getting really exited as it seemed that the project is coming along very nicely, so I could not wait to finish and hang up the panel on to the wall.

Less than 30 minutes I was done with the ironing process, and proceeded with hanging up the panel.

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The result was amazing. The old tired looking panel not only looks refreshed, moreover, it makes a “statement” in my living room.

Thrilled with the result, I did not stop there, so I “shopped” around my apartment to find some decorating items for that new corner in my living room. As you can see I found these vases and I think those added a “city chic look” to this corner.

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Well, I am very happy with the outcome. Hope that you like it too.

Thank you for reading.

Besa