Sunday, April 25, 2010

Raspberry Blush!

I had good intentions with this blog, and wanted to make an effort to post every day. And then report cards came along. I have a feeling that the majority of posts and content is going to be added to this blog in the summer months, when I'm off school. (P.S. Isn't that drop cap awesome??? I got it from Daily Drop Cap!)

Anyway, I finished writing my report cards about half an hour ago, and so here I am!

Even though I couldn't manage to find time to write a blog entry, I still read them. And this week I found what colour I want to paint my bedroom!! It's called Raspberry Blush from Benjamin Moore from this post on Apartment Therapy, and I just love this colour, how it's sort of a cross between red and orange and coral and pink. It's so cheerful!

 Don't you love that last one? I would love to have a marble sink with two mirrored closets on either side!!!

Right now my bedroom is boring old "Swiss Cafe," the very neutral colour that they painted the house when they first built it. As you can probably tell already, I am not a neutral kind of girl.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Oh Yum: Brioche with Chocolate Ganache

There's nothing better than French pastries, is there? And unlike Rachel, I do love chocolate.

I went to Paris in the summer of 2007, and my favourite pastry has got to have been les pains au chocolat.  I imagine the ganache in this recipe tastes a bit like that.

Here's a link to Rachel's post with the recipe and instructions.

Traditional brioches, with their little nobblies on top, are so funny-looking, don't you think?

Photo from here.

Which, actually, is an adorable little blog! The author is a teacher in France. Sign me up! I want her job!!! I may have to add Castles Crowns and Cottages to my already-overflowing Google Reader! I mean, look at this picture she posted on her blog! I want to be right there right now!!!!

Le Ch√Ęteau et Les Jardins de Marqueyssac

Monday, April 5, 2010

Living Room Reno

For Christmas, my parents gave me a gift certificate for hardwood flooring for my condo.

Since I was off for Spring Break last week, my dad and I agreed that it would be the perfect time to do the floors. My dad took the week off and came down to Calgary to visit and work.

After a bit of investigating, I decided that laminate was not for me. Maybe I'm a snob, but I can't handle the cheap look of laminate. So we soon decided to look at hardwood and engineered hardwood. The style that I liked was the sort of rustic handscraped look. We finally found one in my dad's price range that was a solid hardwood, handscraped, and very rich looking! Yay! It's called black locust wood, which is apparently a bit like acacia and is one of the hardest woods there is. Cool!

So, the work began.

First of all, I painted my wall. I love the colour. It's a very dark green, but appears black in some lighting. Then my dad, who's in contracting, decided he wasn't happy with it (snob!) and painted it again.

Then we cleared everything out of the room and ripped up the carpets. There was a bit of mold on the floor, which dad (who knows these things) painted over. Apparently, he says, doing so locks it in. He said it was harmless anyway, but that's why the floor is speckled.

Then we got to work. My job was to hammer in the flooring. Dad worked on using a mallet to knock the hardwood loosely into place, and cutting the ends to fit the edges.

It took an entire day to do the 250 square foot room, and it really wasn't a terrible job. The backs of my legs ached (and are still sore, days later!) from the bending motion of hammering in the boards, but other than that, that was about all the damage done. It took another day to put the baseboard back on and get everything moved back into the room.

Here's some photos of the room today!

(I experimented with the brightness settings in Photoshop for this one.
Do you think that's what they do in Ikea catalogues?)

I got this idea somewhere in the blogsphere to glue feathers to a lampshade. 
Love it!

And a couple of extras:
Trotsky sitting near some really interesting flowers my dear friend Sarah brought me for Easter dinner.

And my all time favourite flowers, ranunculus.
My sister and I went to the Calgary Farmer's Market on Friday, 
and I couldn't resist making a bouquet from the offerings 
at the flower stall.

I love anemones, too.
All in all, I'm SUPER happy with my room. It feels like a brand new space! It feels great.

And I'm a billion million times thankful for an amazing dad who helped make it happen! I know I couldn't have done it without him!
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