Happiness Is…

November 17th, 2010

A steaming hot cup of tea in a fresh, clean mug still warm from the dishwasher.
**Added bonus: on a gray, rainy November day when you have the flu.

Teatime!

Photo: Anile Prakash

Zoology

November 4th, 2010

A few weeks ago we spent a gorgeous weekend in Niagara Falls celebrating my husband’s grandfather on his 90th birthday. It was a lovely and memorable family reunion – great conversations, great meals, and the walks we took together were spectacular. Autumn is the perfect time to visit the falls because there are significantly less tourists and the views are nothing short of breathtaking!

Niagara Falls

Photo: François Mouzard

On the way home, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pop into Toronto to visit Elte and Ginger’s. We only had a few hours, so the strategy was to cover as much eye-candy as possible while limiting the locations and the delay to get back home.

When we pulled into Elte’s parking lot, it was very full – on a Monday morning, it seemed a little odd. I joked to my husband that Sarah Richardson must be shooting a segment and that her crew and entourage were filling up the parking lot. We wandered inside, admired the rugs (without ruining the experience by looking at the price tags), took a spin around the new (to us) upstairs sale floor and then headed back down to the lighting department. Sure enough, guess who was shooting a segment? With Tommy and crew in the wings? It was a little thrilling and an even bigger chuckle to say the least. I decided not to play tourist/paparazzi and kept my phone camera in my bag. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for the segment when it runs on television (she was talking about bathroom sconces… and wearing a fabulous pair of black heels).

As usual, Elte was full of items I would gladly drag home if I had unlimited funds. It’s always fun to be inspired by such gorgeous fabrics, textures, materials and fixtures. I drooled over velvet sofas, bleached wood chandeliers and lacquered side-tables. My favourite items by far though, were a small collection of glossy white ceramic animal heads that were begging to be brought home. I instantly knew where this ceramic menagerie could reside in our apartment and I braced myself as I reached for the price tags. In the end, it wasn’t as painful as I thought (translation: one day, it will become feasible when they either go on sale or when I finally track down that gold bar in my sofa) and I’ve been daydreaming about them ever since. First rule when you’re considering buying something: walk away, and see if you keep thinking about it weeks (even months) after you’ve seen it.

Ceramic Animal Heads

photos: Graham and Green

Aren’t they great? The rhinoceros is my favourite!!