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Impulse Buys and Kitchen Pizazz

I am somewhat prone to impulse buys, particularly interior decor items like wall art, vases, trays etc. I am drawn to beautiful things and have too often bought objects which, though beautiful, are not necessary, practical, or even in keeping with the style of my home. It doesn’t take me long to realize this after buying the object but by that time I am stuck with the bill and an increasing surplus of stuff. And though I like beautiful objects, I distinctly do not like a build up of “stuff” in my house so off to Value Village it goes.

Why am I mentioning this? Partly because money matters are a bit stressful after a renovation which (like most do) went over budget, and partly because there is still a bit more money I want to spend on accessories for the kitchen. My goal is to thoughtfully consider what would be beautiful, what would be in keeping with the rest of my decor, and what would not completely annoy me to have sitting on my counter at all times.

And so, as I thoughtfully consider whether I want some artwork leaning against, or attached to my back splash, and what artwork that might be, here are some pictures of kitchens that are given an extra dose of pizazz through art displays:


These people speak my language. You can buy prints like this on Etsy or make them yourself.





Such a necessary pop of colour in an all white kitchen.

Beautiful kitchen design with black cabinets.




These pictures aren’t against the back splash like in the other kitchens but what a stunning display. Love!

So what do you think? Would you, could you have art on your counter space?




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The Bucket List

Have you seen the movie The Bucket List? Hilarious, no? Though I’m neither advanced in years nor dying I’ve started adding things to my own bucket list, though it may more aptly be called the things-to-do-once-the-kids-are-older-and-I’m-less-exhausted list. There is nothing particularly poignant on my list as of yet. So far it looks something like this:

– Spend a week  at the stunningly decorated Gilded Hotel in Newport Beach and enjoy breakfast tapas (Seriously, check out the link. The decor, as well as the food, are worth drooling over)

– Go shopping for vintage and antique decor items in Toronto and meet Sarah Richardson while I’m at it

– Hike the Chilkoot Trail

– Go on a child-free girls trip with my mom and sister

– Get one of my designs published in a magazine (on-line or print, I’m not picky!)

Most recently I have added a more here-and-now attainable goal to my bucket list: take a painting class. Yesterday afternoon I had a rare hour to myself so I brought out my paints and a large canvas and painted an abstract painting to fill the void on the wall above my new dining banquette. Is it amazing? No. But the process was exhilarating. I loved mixing the colours, getting dirty, and experimenting with techniques. When an activity makes you feel that good, regardless of how the end product turns out, it is worth investing some time in. And why not spend some of that time learning how to do it better? I’m out of luck for classes this summer but I’m hoping to take a weekend course on working with acrylic paints in the Fall.

My main goal with the painting was to add some more colour to my dining area and regardless of skill level, this painting certainly does that:




Do you have a bucket list? Why wait, is there anything you can check off this summer?

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