Images are great but words make you feel so good!

Love words by Leonard Cohen

Photo taken by Cohen’s daughter Lorca is now a 1,022 painting in Montreal

Painting by American artist El Mac and Montrealer Gene Pendon with creative team MU.

So Long, Marianne

Leonard Cohen

SO LONG, MARIANNE LYRICS

[Verse 1]
Come over to the window, my little darling
I’d like to try to read your palm
I used to think I was some kind of Gypsy boy
Before I let you take me home

[Chorus]
Now so long, Marianne, it’s time that we began
To laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again

[Verse 2]
Well you know that I love to live with you
But you make me forget so very much

I forget to pray for the angels
And then the angels forget to pray for us

[Chorus]
Now so long, Marianne, it’s time that we began
To laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again

[Verse 3]
We met when we were almost young
Deep in the green lilac park
You held on to me like I was a crucifix
As we went kneeling through the dark

[Chorus]
Oh so long, Marianne, it’s time that we began
To laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again

[Verse 4]
Your letters they all say that you’re beside me now
Then why do I feel alone?
I’m standing on a ledge and your fine spider web
Is fastening my ankle to a stone

[Chorus]
Now so long, Marianne, it’s time that we began
To laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again

[Verse 5]
For now I need your hidden love
I’m cold as a new razor blade
You left when I told you I was curious
I never said that I was brave

[Chorus]
Oh so long, Marianne, it’s time that we began
To laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again

[Verse 6]
Oh, you are really such a pretty one
I see you’ve gone and changed your name again
And just when I climbed this whole mountainside
To wash my eyelids in the rain

[Chorus]
Oh so long, Marianne, it’s time that we began
To laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again

You can watch the Documentary Marianne and Leonard: Words of love

Enjoy my lovelies!

 

Today’s idea, from one garden to another

Fall is upon us, I think we need some anti-stess in our lives, I would like to share some of my life anti-stress with you my lovelies.

Photo decogirlmontreal/Roxane Saulnier, marketing and  communications Dans un Jardin
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A few weeks ago I was invited to the launching of Dans un Jardin new spa collection, and for half an hour, I was totally immersed in a world of anti-stress, it seemed the clock stopped!

Photo yours truly/ Eric Arminjon President and Francine Raymond VP

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Last year Eric Arminjon President of Dans un Jardin totally revamped the brand. For Eric it was quite a challenge, I find the finishing line exceptional with all the body and ambiance products that were created for the entire family.

Josiane Manager of la boutique Dans un Jardin Carrefour Laval.

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I personally was fascinated by the Komyo products, the Japanese bath and relaxation line, I like products with a history and Komyo has an interesting one.

Komyo lived in the 8th century, (701 to 760) She was chosen by the Emperor Shomu to be his wife at 16.  She became an Empress at the age of 29, she was also a recognized poet and the first to be rank as kogo in historical times.  (Wikipedia)

Photo Dans un Jardin

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I will buy this Komyo bath line for my daughter in law Fiona, her birthday is September 23, I hope she will enjoy it as much as I do.

img_0168The ambiance line is very attractive, I myself am a fan of scented candles.

Via McGill University Montreal

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This is Hans Selye the pin pointer of stress, he was the first person to discover the effects of stress on people.  He was a post grad at McGill University and did intense research on stress he invented the word stress. Hans Selye also wrote the bible on Stress. ”Stress without distress”

Via Amazon

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You could read Hans Selye’s book in your bathtub with your Green Tea bath infusion and find out the way you can use stress as a positive force.

May the Force be with you my lovelies.

Another Plumber’s tale

I suppose plumbers are a necessary evil, well I know they are not plastic surgeon, but don’t you think they could improve the way they work.

Photos by decogirlmontreal 

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I had a problem with my shower, and frankly after being 4 days without hot water I was really looking forward to see the plumber. The janitor of the building came with him and deposited an old curtain on my hallway floor to protect it from the plumbers tool bag,

 I had warned him that plumbers usually are not very particular in general and with cleanliness.

I had to take a picture of the Plumber’s doctor’s bag for you, and I have to warn you this is not a pretty sight.

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After taking the shower apart and putting dirty pieces, tool and his filthy glove on my white vanity, I was happy to see him go to get the piece he needed to fix it, I immediately put a towel on my white vanity to protect it from being scratched and stained for life.

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He left me with a dangling shower head, saying he might not be back before tonight. when he came back after an hour,he sat on the side of my bathtub working with his two black dirty boots inside my tub, moving them back and forth like if he was on a treadmill.

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This is my White bathroom floor after the plumber left. I had to wash the bathtub right away, I could not even stand to take a picture of it, it was so ”disturbing”. Frankly I wonder why they don’t make horror movies with plumbers as protagonist, I certainly could write a script about visiting plumbers, at least I was grateful that this one did not break my bathroom tile floor like the last plumber did.

So this is my advice, when the plumber comes to your home protect your bathroom floor and bathtub in advance, I think you should put your entire bathroom in a plastic bubble as he won’t spare any inch of it. By the time he came in it was too late and the damage had already started, so beware my lovelies.

Today’s idea, your office in a closet

Small can be beautiful if it is orderly. Think out of the box, think about a closet office.

http://prifx.net/great-home-office-nooks-in-your-house/Photo

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In my new apartment, I have to think about creating a new home office.

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My actual office is in my bedroom window alcove. I installed the curtains just in front of it so that I could close the office at night by pulling the curtains.

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Ideally I would like to build a storage area on this right inside 13 foot wall which is like an alcove facing the bed, as I have very little storage space I thought I could use this 30 inch deep alcove by 13 foot to create my office plus an additional closet. Of course it will make the bedroom smaller but as you know, the smaller the space the more important the storage.

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http://domino.com/apartment-decorating-ideas-for-the-home-office/image/53d770b39ac35f2a28c516f7/Photo by Max Kim-Bee

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Go pink for la vie en Rose in your closet office.

http://www.sunset.com/home/architecture-design/offices-desks-workspaces-ideas

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I kind of like the Ikea Alex desk $159.00, I think it would be perfect for this closet office, it is 51”5/8 X 23”5/8.

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I definitely would like to have a mirror in the back of my closet office as I am facing the wall, with a mirror I will be able to see the reflection of the light in my bedroom windows.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/389561436494871043/Via Pottery Barn

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You can even installed a wall lamp in this closet office

Via http://loveoffamilyandhome.net/2011/01/my-closet-turned-home-office-reveal.html

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Unbelievable, Tonya’s office was originally a small closet.

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Her father converted this old kitchen table into a desk and shelves.

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First Tonya stencilled the back of her closet, but you could use wallpaper if you wish.

This kitchen table was cut into 3 pieces, it brings a lot of style to this tiny office.

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Tonya’s minute office is absolutely adorable.

These office ideas are really inspiring for me, I hope they are helping you too. Have great day, I have to go back to my packing, cleaning up files, clothes etc.. big job.

Light the creator of color

Another proof that light creates corlor, Newton was right.

Via http://www.wired.com/2015/02/science-one-agrees-color-dress/photo swiked

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The gold and white dress was in reality Blue and black. For more information on this phenomena go to http://www.wired.com/2015/02/science-one-agrees-color-dress/

For a simplified Newton’s color theory go to http://www.decogirlmonreal.com/color-aristotle-newton-home/

Happy times on a lazy Sunday

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures.

Khalil Gibran
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A dear friend just sent me a Thinking of you note  from Florida with a photograph of his very special Martini looking at the sunset over the canal. It reminded me of the good times we had together on a Lazy Sunday.

Dressing up for the flu


I have not been very present lately, the reason is I have the flu. I like to see la Vie en Rose, so I would recommend when you get the flu dress in pink.

Via http://funnyneel.com 

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Dressing in pink is very soothing, you might not get over your flu more rapidly, but at least you will feel better about it.

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I think Justin B. also had the flu when he wore his pink underwear.