A pilgrimage with Frank Gehry

I would like to pay homage to the great Architect Frank Gehry, I find his work is like Origami, 

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Frank Gehry was born in Canada in 1929, he studied at the University of Southern California and the Harvard graduate school of design. 

The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles was opened in 2003 but it could have been built yesterday, today or even tomorrow.

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You have to see it to believe this building is real, it looks absolutely surreal to me.

Gehry’s Neuer Zollhof is located in the Dusseldorf Waterfront in Germany.

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Cinémathèque Paris France. Used for film archives and history, built in 1994.

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This whale like building is the Fish Pavilion at the Barcelona Olympic in Spain. It was built in 1992, how avant-gardiste (forward thinking) is Frank Gehry.  

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Fondation Louis Vuitton Paris France is like ship with 12 glass sails. Built in 2014, Frank Gehry was 85 years young.

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Beekman Tower New York, this residential building  was built in 2011 and has 76 floors. I find it has a bit of a conservative look compared to his other work, except for the subtle pleats which function as bay windows.

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The steel and aluminum skin of the building looks like it is flapping in the wind, it is one of my very favorite Frank Gehry’s accomplishment, so delicate, so strong and so fashion like, it looks like a cocktail dress to me.

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The Dancing house, Prague, Czech Republic, they should invite this building to dance with the Stars , they call it Fred and Ginger. I believe Mr. Gehry must be very witty. 

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How extraordinary is this Frank Gehry’s project, the Guggenheim Museum im Abu Dhabi. It is only a project at the moment, let’s hope it will become a reality.

Hope you have enjoyed my favorite Frank Gehry’s favorite work, he is such a genius, he seems to come from another planet, if he does, he is more than welcome to earth.

 

From a Ritz Girl to an Ikea Girl

Yes I admit it, I love the Ritz but I also love Ikea

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I find the new colours of Ikea very exciting,and very young even for the not so young but the young at heart.

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The Dagar turquoise faux leather sofa for $999.00 can become the focus of your room.

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You need a touch of black and yellow, the Ottil cushion cover for $12.99

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The turquoise and orange room is so joyous.

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The Orange Friheten sofa bed for $699.00 will look terrific in your small living room guest room.

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You can add a Kulladal cushion cover for $14.99 and it makes your room.

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For a softer palette go with beige on beige Himmene sofa bed $599.00.

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Add a Hermine throw for a Burberry look $19.99

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Back to vibrant clover green, after a night at the Irish pub you will never miss your sofa and end up on the floor. A touch of pink will really add a bit of fantasies and femininity, it is like the Yin and the Yang in your life.

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The Klippan love seat for $349.00 The Yin

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Klippan loveseat with the green white and pink cover. The Yang

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I know this is a lot to absorb all these bright colours, so for the weak at heart let’s go with a little break and introduce the greige, gray palette, are you feeling better now my lovelies.

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The Stocksund chaise for $639.00

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The Stocksund sofa for $799.00

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I would definitely add this gray and white cushion cover to light it up. Smanate $6.99

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OOps guess what you can have this Stocksund sofa and the chaise in other colours, with a red cover for instance.

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Stocksund chaise with blue cover.

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The real white  klippan love seat looks good with its multicoloured  Onskedrom rug

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Klippan love seat $499.00

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Onskedrom rug $49.99 ouffff When I will  be done with this article, I shall speak Swedish fluently!

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OH Oh another room this room is quite pastel and gentle with its pink wall and turquoise sofa

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Söderhamn micro fiber sofa in a Finnsta turquoise for $1210.00

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An Ottil cushion cover is a must with this turquoise sofa.  $12.999

HOpe you will enjoy your new and old Ikea my lovelies, I worked very hard to pronounce all these Swedish names and remember them.

Sharing my balcony finds with you

Living in Montreal with the long winters, it seems that they only dream we have now is about our outdoor homes. Viva our balcony. 

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Ikea’s cute balcony red set for 2, could be quite romantic.

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Choosing a rug could determine your balcony colours and style, Ikea.

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This Ikea garden bench can be used outdoor and indoor.

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Plant shelves from Ikea could be transferred in your kitchen as open shelves storage.

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White plant holder from Ikea.

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Adorable plant holder, you can use a couple of these and turn your balcony into a real garden.

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Ladder like plant holder from Ikea.

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Colourful hanging flower boxes Ikea.

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Corner plant holder Ikea.

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Cute balcony light Ikea.

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White metal solar lantern Ikea.

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Star like light Ikea.

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Go natural with a dining set for 2 Ikea.

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Lounge chair from Pier one.

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Leafy side table outdoor indoor, PIer One.


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Round mosaic side table, can be used outdoor and indoor Pier One.

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If you have a small balcony, don’t be afraid to get a big comfy chair, set it in a corner and create an intimate space for yourself. Pier One

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Last but not least the hammock always finds its place on our balcony.

Enjoy my friends.

Today’s idea, playing with your blues

I am a lover of white and blues, so I was very pleased to find out that the HomeSense 2016 spring collection has a lot to offer in the white and blues.

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Somehow, a touch of green looks great in this white and blue bedroom.

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Adding a bit of nature with this Ficus tree is a warmer upper in this white and blue corner.

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A printed blue and white rug, pillow shams and cushions are small details that completes your white and blue room.

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A special touch with a Moroccan style candle.

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White and blue love anything natural, this natural wooden base lamp is ideal.

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A natural wicker tray can be used as a decorative object on the wall or simply as a tray.

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A white and blue throw is so comfy, I use mine to watch TV at night, remembrance from nights past.

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The white and blue Ikat pattern chair.

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A Kilim like pouf ivory and blue.

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Blue ceramic

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There is blue and there is turquoise blue and they amazingly look charming together.

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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Chocolat chocolat chocolat

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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

MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS BOUTIQUE

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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

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.

Shopping for a condo in the most delightful way

The launching of Tower Trip Magazine is quite exciting, it provides you with the possibility of shopping your future home online, find a new commercial venture or an exciting commercial space.


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These are my favorite finds at Tower Trip M., a small green condo project.

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http://www.towertrip.com/knightsbridge-brings-leed-expertise-and-design-to-your-favorite-neighbourhoods.

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An incredible property located behind Marché Bonsecours in Old Montreal, built in 1725.

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The estate belongs to the Artist sculptor, painter Gaëtan Trottier

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Can you imagine that ”In 1775 during the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin had meetings in this house. He also left here a paper press used to print out propaganda flyers.”

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La Maison du Calvet is a home and a hostellerie, it is one of these amazing discovery of the Old Montreal,  now on sale for 9.5 M$.

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Coming back to the 21st century a condo in the Plateau Mont-Royal for 1M$, I love this luminous and airy space.

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And now this 268 SQ/FT at Lowney is the smallest condo for sale in Montreal.

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Shopify office in Montreal is my ideal office, I always wanted an office where you can lie around, dream and have a nap, and work of course. I find that an environment as such is really conductive to creativity.

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Cynthia Savard Saucier, a UX designer at Shopify joins the discussion ”we have created an environment where you work from where you feel most comfortable.”

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I was very excited to find Tower Trip Magazine, if you are interested in the new new thing, I would recommend to payhttp://www.towertrip.com/ a visit as they explore Real Estate in the most delightful and imaginative ways, it is a fun thing to do on a lazy Sunday.

Get ready for summer under $50.00

A little while ago I discovered a great Canadian online store Brown and Neville where you can find great products and decorative objects that will bring joy to your outdoor entertainment and to your friends and family. These are my favorite, hope you enjoy them.

Provenance http://brownandneville.com/product-category/outdoor-ideas/

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$29.95 A milk can for all seasons.

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Unrestrainedly bunch your summer flowers in your milk can, they will love it.

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Fall flowers and milk can.

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What about a small Christmas tree in your milk can.

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A special gift for your man, a  decorative wall mounted bottle opener $26.00,

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Swivel cheese board and cheese knives set $36.50

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Acacia salad bowl set 44.99, they will keep forever.

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Lantern $24.99 perfect for outdoor evenings.

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For your white wine a chilling decanter 29.99 just add some ice in a separate compartment.

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Elegant reusable skewers set of 2 $14.00,

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Magnetic BBQ light $9.99 This is such a great gadget, read what it does:

”Its strong stay-put magnet attaches to barbecue tools or the hood to illuminate while grilling. The light swivels for full range of motion. It contains 3 LED bulbs for maximum illumination and batteries are included.”

Have a terrific summer you deserve it.