Reforming Ikea’s basic system in your kitchen

http://www.reformcph.com/Via http://trendland.com/

Reform works with the best Architects and Designers such as internationally known Big Bjarke Ingels Group  to create contemporary kitchen cabinets using the Ikea’s basic system and replacing the doors with custom-made fronts.

 

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Using the Ikea’s cabinets and designing new fronts is a Great idea and saves a lot of time.

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Beautiful modern sideboard with handles made out of seatbelt material.

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iPhone and Rice

Imagine you just dropped your iPhone in water, your life is practically over.

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Yes this is an iPhone covered with rice. Well it is a wet iPhone in a rice container.

After you rescue your iPhone from a puddle of water, fill up a container with non cooked rice and bury it. Leave it there for 3 days, you can look at it but you cannot touch it or manipulate it, you can talk to it but do not open it.

Well would you believe that after these 3 days a friend of mine who went through this ordeal, removed her iPhone from the rice after many incantations, she turned it on and it worked, it was so amazing, I had to share this information with you desperate friends with a wet iPhone. Oh I forgot you have to cover the container sealed tight, tupper ware would do.

Have a terrific day and thanks for being so faithful in spite of my sporadic absences.

Beautify your closets with useful storage

Simply closet and a quatuor of storage ideas 

Via http://www.bhg.com/

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Small can be beautiful, in your baby’s closet organizing the changing table with all that is necessary, adding a lovely chandelier, bottom shelves with baskets. top shelves for cream etc… Painting the back of the closet to match the color of the room is a good idea, remember, God is in the details.

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A cheerful kitchen storage red and white with a small island on wheels. A tiny space with lots of storage. Use your door for hanging tea towel, paper towel, etc..

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I really like this pantry with all the glass containers, baskets and bowls, you can get lots of glass containers at the dollar store for a reasonable price, and the advantage is that you can see what you store, you can also use file folder labels on your containers.

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Finally in your entryway, organize a colourful storage for your kids sports activities. Don’t forget to paint the interior of the closet, it makes such a difference.

How to celebrate 2016 year of the monkey

For the year of the monkey, I would favor a buffet dinner party this year. I gathered a few ideas for you, let’s try to keep it simple.

For Starters

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A bit of champagne is always a good idea, you can get these Hederlig champagne glasses for 2.99 at Ikea.

 

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Roasted dates with pancetta and almonds recipe from roasted-dates-with-pancetta-almonds-recipe/ from http://houseandhome.com/

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Buckwheat blinis with smoked salmon http://houseandhome.com/

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Mini Cheese and Chive Puffs from http://houseandhome.com/

Via Martha Stewart

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From Martha Honeyed ham with pears and cranberries for recipe go to http://www.marthastewart.com/

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Rib roast with herb crust preparation 15 minutes http://www.marthastewart.com/

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Salmon with brown sugar and mustard glaze http://www.marthastewart.com/

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I definitely would add the Da Fiore Venetian restaurant recipe butternut squash risotto courtesy of chef and owner, writer of ”The Da Fiore cookbook” http://www.marthastewart.com/

A few ideas for your table decorations where ever you are.

I wish you all the ingredients for a GREAT YEAR, HEALTH, LOVE, FAMILY, FRIENDSHIP.

Enjoy your New Years Eve festivities.

Last minute Christmas shopping in montreal

OOps it is almost Christmas and as usual I am running late for Christmas shopping. I am looking at my list of favorite Boutiques in Montreal and I would like to share my finds with you. Don’t forget to call before you shop to make sure that they still have these items in stock.

Old Montreal http://www.ludovik.ca/ is like the caves of Ali Baba with a zillion things ranging from $5.00 and up. 514-678-6617

LUDOVIK

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Starting with the eternal scented candles, they are a great gift, we cannot neglect the power of smell. The sense of smell is closely linked to memory, maybe more so than any of our other sense and I believe that Christmas is also about memories.

Votive Scented candles $3.99 to $31.99 for the adult ones.


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Funky Nostalgic Animal Pillows and others, great for your teenager vary from $18.99

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I am thinking of getting this portrait of a Moose for my son louis by Quebec artist

Phuc Nguyen $65.00, anything Moose is very in this year.

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Create your own Puzzle Moose or is it a puzzled Moose. Quite a few moose, they differ in prices.

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From Haïti dozens of decorative animal heads, price vary.

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For my daughter in law Fiona,  an Eiffel Tower, Paris toujours Paris.

$35.00

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For my ex-husband I was thinking of a Jonathan Adler cup $27.95

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I could also get my Ex this brain game, they are 2 Pisces that you have to separate, there is a variety of zodiac signs. $14.95, but you really don’t have to buy your Ex a present, no obligation.

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(Remember this object) For a writer friend, this adorable typewriter porcelain knob. $5.99

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Whales seem to be in also this year. A salt and pepper shaker by Jonathan Adler $55.00

for His and Hers

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For me, a Think outside the box paper holder, to remind me that there is a solution for almost everything.

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For children or adult, a lovely metal box $17.00

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Mobile and tablet scented holder $25.00

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For your office door, a ”I am thinking” sign, ”please be patient”

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A Zipper Ring for your girlfriend’s Christmas stocking from $20.00 to $40.00

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A foxy giant eraser $12.95

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The soft stuffed toys for the little ones (if you can pronounce it) a bit of a tongue twister. $28.99

http://boutiquekokoon.ca/ Bernard Street Outremont 514-4901061

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For my grand-daughter Ella, a beautiful rabbit bamboo blankie (made in Canada) $31.95

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Colourful bibs by Le Baluchon from Montreal $11.00

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Incredible crazy socks for the entire family around $14.95

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Sock it to me socks $14.95

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Moose again, socks $14.95

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For little girls rings and necklaces by Baluchon

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Little girls Rings from $4.00 Baluchon

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School bags and lunch bags from $30.95 (Made in Canada)

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Who would not want an O’ Canada musical box, I certainly do $19.95

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Hey Jude, Beatles’ music box $19.95


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A very girly Alice in wonderland note-book $17.95

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For my sister Louisette Quebec artist Lili Graffiti’s nostalgic Poster

” Live winter in Montreal” $28.00

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An enormous multicoloured dream catcher by Pop Factory Montreal $80.00

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Pac-Man alarm clock $41.95

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A Vegan tote for Fiona who is vegetarian

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For cookie lovers an owl cookie jar. $34.95

For the Foodies http://lerichmond.com/le-richmond-marche-italien/ in Griffintown

514-508-8749

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At Le Marché Italien, you can find anything and everything that a foodie can dream of.  Panettone  from $4.99

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Sophisticated oil, Oils are like wine now, there is a big range of prices.

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Frasier Fir products scented liquid soaps, diffuser anything scented for the kitchen or bathroom.

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Reed diffuser is a super gift for host or hostess or your lover or all your Ers $36.95

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Jams, sauces of all kinds to enhance your meal.

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Always chocolat, chocolat Biologique by Chocolat le comptoir Montreal.


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Natural soaps hand-made in Canada




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Pepper mill made by The Pepin Shop

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Salt box by The Pepin Shop $45.00

https://boutiquelachaumiere.com/ in St. Bruno South shore of Montreal

450-653-2627

BOUTIQUE LA CHAUMIÈRE

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Brigitte Sheddleur $64

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Anne-Marie Chagnon $49.75

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Anne-Marie Chagnon $75.00

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Anne-Marie Chagnon $75.00

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Josh bracelet for men $23.95 leather and stainless steel

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Josh bracelet $69.00

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Meunier Pillows with poems for family and friends $30.00

Boutique La Chaumière carries a multitude of jewels by Quebec Designers for women, men and teenagers.

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/

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Don’t forget Indigo, where you can choose marvelous books for all and at the same time you can get very interesting presents such as these Insertia winter gloves that allow interaction on your iPad and iPhone, great for teenagers or me. $13.50

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Back to scented candles perfect Host or Hostess gift $20.00

The boutique of the Museum of fine Arts in Montreal [email protected]
514-285-2000, option 6

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The Museum has also a great children’s books and educational toys section.

TIPS

I would recommend that you keep your last minute shopping for smaller gifts, the less expensive ones. For the bigger presents like for the love of your life, you can always buy something at the last minute, but try to scout a few items before so that you are not in a bind and forced to buy something your will regret.

These choices are from $5.00 to $75.00 except for the big puzzled Moose.

To all my last minute shopper friends, ”MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU” and have the Merriest of Christmas

La vie en rose and blue=Pantone 2016

Pantone the Emperor of color trend has divulged their colours 2016

Rose Quartz and Serenity blue

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Via Pantone

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Via Pinterest and Gosto-Disto.com

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Adorable mixture of pink and blue in your living room.

Via Architectural Digest

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How to decorate with Serenity blue.

Via Elle Decor

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A girlie bedroom in Rose Quartz.

Via Architectural Digest

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A tranquil manly bedroom in Serenity blue.

Via Pantone

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Via In Style

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These roses and blues are the most feminine colours in the world of fashion. I love blue and pink suede shoes, I am sure Elvis would have loved them too.

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Christina Aguilera is always pretty in pink. 

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A Rose quartz Kitchen aid mixer, who can ask for anything more.

Enjoy your Pantone 2016

Today’s idea, revisiting Pumpkins

Every fall I go to the Atwater market to visit the great pumpkins spread.

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The colourful pumpkins and squashes at the Montreal Atwater market are always an inspiration for indoor and outdoor home decor.

Via Instagram user gassarra

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Add a few nuts, fruits and autumn leaves to your squash or pumpkin Centre de table (Table center piece)

Via Instagram user rosebirdesign

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The gold effect and the glamorous pumpkin

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Pumpkins au naturel.

Via Instagram user rosebirdesign

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Be the Fairy Godmother, transform your ordinary pumpkins for your outdoor porch in the most magical way.

Via Instagram user rosebirdesign

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Give your pumpkin a spring look in autumn, paint it green and decorate it with gold upholstery studs.

Via Instagram user crispairandwarmbeverages

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A white and orange center piece is quite sophisticated.

Via Instagram user socialsouth

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Choose your pumpkins some are more attractive than others. Pile up a few pumpkins from bigger to smaller outside your front door entrance. Add a few tea lights to enhance them.

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If you feel creative, stencil your pumpkins in different fall colours.

Via Instagram user weddingsites

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Go for pink pumpkins, a reminder of the terrific Marilyn Monroe in her fabulous pink dress.

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Pink Marilyn in Gentlemen prefer Blondes.

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Flowers and pumpkins go together like horse and carriage.

Via Instagram user cutiepatootiecreations

Unexpected-Vase

Using you pumpkins and squashes as flower vases will turn out into a beautiful arrangement.

Today’s idea, personalise your day to day life

Make it personal, monogram it.

Via http://radiobutlers.blogspot.ca/2011/10/monogram-pumpkin-tutorial.html

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Monogram your Halloween decor. For tutorial go to http://radiobutlers.blogspot.ca/2011/10/monogram-pumpkin-tutorial.html

Sheets via Restoration Hardware

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If you monogram your sheets, there will be no mistake, you will always find your own bed.

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I like the tone on tone monogram on bed sheets, it is classical.

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One letter monogram will suffice to identify your bed.

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Week Ender monogrammed bags from Pottery Barn

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Monogram your bath robe, there will be no argument,  you will always know which is which. From Pottery Barn.

DSC_0077monogrammed cocktail napkins via Enchanted home http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4M8vzO7XI4E/UatyPe6lj5I/AAAAAAAA1eY/EvwU2_c_1aA/s1600/DSC_0077.jpg

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Personally, I like my towels monogrammed tone on tone.

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On the other hand I would use a contrasting monogram for my hand towels. From West Elm.

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Ella’s monogram door knocker from Pottery Barn

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Monogram your dogs tote bag, your dog will be grateful, dogs are like that. Pottery Barn

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Give your loved one a Mr. and Mrs pillow, it will officialize your relationship. Pottery Barn

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Monogram the popular Mason jars, they can become an heirloom. From Pottery Barn

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Initialed napkins add a je ne sais quoi to your table setting. From Pottery barn.

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Your name or your home number on your door mat will help your new visitors ring the right door bell. From Pottery Barn.

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The small luxuries of fall

When fall comes my bed is my comfort.  

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My bed, my shelter.

Florida 019On a lazy Sunday, I love to snuggle with my duvet, my soft pillows and read a good book. For me reading in bed is a small luxury of life, we call them petites douceurs in French.

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I used to like my sheets with lots of flowers, now I like very basic colours that I can mix and match. For instance I could use this blue bedding from Parachute Home (http://www.parachutehome.com/collections/bedding) as is, or mix it with the ash sheets or the navy sheets below.

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Sateen sheets set Percale ash colour $89.99 http://www.parachutehome.com/

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Satten sheets set percale, navy http://www.parachutehome.com/ $89.00

Photo Alain Sirois via Style at home

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My flowery bed then. If you like patterns and flowers, you can always use your basic sheets and mix it with your flowery duvet cover, or flowery pillows.

Happy fall, keep warm and cozy my friends.