Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Designing for My Folks

Recently, my folks downsized and decided to move into a one bedroom apartment.  It was a bittersweet moment as we all recognized their need to simplify their lives, but at the same time, it was a welcomed change to their old ways and surroundings.   

Where I came in this transitioning phase of my parents' lives is the shopping & decorating.  Haha - of course. The focus was mainly their living room & dining area (i.e. the biggest open space in their flat).  My goal was to keep their budget low, yet create a cozy, sleek and well functioning modern space.  With that in mind, off we went to Ikea and West ElmHere are the main pieces we purchased. 

Karlstadt Leather Tufted Sectional // Vittso Coffee Table //  Borje Chairs // Bjursta Extendable Table// Nordli Wardrobe // Lappljung Ruta Pillows (on the sectional) // Malinda Chair Cushion  // Dumont Buffet (I have this too - one of the best purchases ever!) 

Twenty some years ago, my folks would have said "no thank you" to this look.  But now, they love the simple designs of these pieces, the quality (Ikea has much improved for sure!) and the reasonable price tags. They also appreciated my help, which of course, made me happy.  Next project: my brother's home (except they don't know it yet!!).

Friday, November 7, 2014


TGIF!!! It's been a couple of dreary and rainy days here, so I'm glad the weekend is about to start.  And on a sunny note to boot. 

Last year, we took some glam shots and I finally managed to download them, and share them with you!  I laugh as I recall all the factors that needed to be met before we took these photos: 1) clean house; 2) clean dogs; 3) clean people; 4) make-up done; 5) hair done (i.e. fully dried hair); 6) hubs available; 7)photog available.  The result: I love these photos and will forever treasure these past moments. 

Hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into our home life. 
Have a great weekend~~

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Warby Parker - Good Cause to Look Good

I know - I'm back~~  thought that would never happen, right? 
It's been awhile and I took an indefinite hiatus.  <sigh> Perhaps, there'll be a post on that one. 

I didn't know how to get back to this little place as the last time I was here, I was feeling a bit uninspired, without a purpose, and tired.  Yup - I call it mid-life crisis.  Then a couple of days ago, I was asked by the folks from Warby Parker to spread a word or two about their 2014 Winter Collection.  I'm a huge fan of Warby Parker and have always applauded them for allowing us to purchase fashionable glasses at a reasonable price. What I didn't know about them is their "Buy A Pair, Give a Pair" campaign and that they have so far, distributed one million pairs of glasses to those in need. 

Please note that I have not been compensated for this post. Yup - no free pair of glasses, payment, etc.  I was just happy to spread the word in light of the good cause Warby Parker supports and yes, I dig their glasses

Here are my favorites from their 2014 Winter Collection. I can't wait to check them out at my local shop! (Did you know?  There's a store list!  My local shop is so close to my home - I can't wait!!)

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