December 07, 2011

Zodiac Coasters

Check out these fun Zodiac coasters:
Thomaspaul - Zodiac Coaster Plates Set of 12.
These Zodiac plates are patterned with exclusive Thomas Paul designs and colors, referencing traditional motifs often used in fine china, but reinterpreted in a fun and modern way.
You can buy these here

December 03, 2011


(Courtesy of French by Design)

November 30, 2011

I heart cheese!

As most of you know I HEART CHEESE!  So, these cheese markers are right up my alley!  
You can buy these here

November 27, 2011

November 24, 2011

November 21, 2011


Feathers are now quite a trend whether it be in home accents or in jewelery designs.  
Above Danish label "by nord" has printed simply beautiful feathers onto cushions.  You can take a look at more of their designs here

One great place to find feather inspired jewelery is the website Etsy.  Click here to see what they have to offer. 

November 08, 2011


Culture, imagination, memory, travel, personal identity.

Moleskine® was created as a brand in 1997, bringing back to life the legendary notebook used by artists and thinkers over the past two centuries: among them Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Bruce Chatwin. A trusted and handy travel companion, the nameless black notebook held invaluable sketches, notes, stories, and ideas that would one day become famous paintings or the pages of beloved books. Today, the name Moleskine encompasses a family of nomadic objects: notebooks, diaries, journals, bags, writing instruments and reading accessories, dedicated to our mobile identity. Indispensable companions to the creative professions and the imagination of our times: they are intimately tied to the digital world.

October 31, 2011

Modern Day Pumpkin

Facebook has now officially made it into pumpkin art! 

October 27, 2011


Cover of note book in a Halifax bookstore.

October 24, 2011

Scrabble art ...

A new way to see the board game Scrabble;

October 11, 2011

It's a perfect moment

This scene from the French movie Amelie really makes one see life a fresh:

P.S. The metro stop at the end of this clip was my local metro stop while I stayed in Paris last summer.  It brings back warm memories to my heart .... and aching memories to my legs for having climbed SO many stairs daily!!!

October 01, 2011


This summer I put up some mirrors on my fence to add to my garden.  It is quite remarkable how much a mirror can add to a space, and how the reflections let me see my garden under new light.
 A garden mirror example.

 Mirror used leaning on a dresser, also gives you a new perspective of space.

Choosing at what height to hang a mirror can sometimes be a challenge.  Play with it, you never know, lower or higher may be more interesting than dead centre!

September 28, 2011

Her Morning Elegance

Coming into Mille Fiori Spa you may have heard a lovely song playing by Oren Lavie entitled "Her Morning Elegance".  
The music video for this song is truly a work of art, so I wanted to share it with you all.

September 24, 2011

The art and benefits of clotheslines!

Laundry Facts

Average Annual Household Savings of more than $100/year.
  • Clothes Dryers are among the highest electricity/gas consuming appliance in your house, accounting for 6-10% of residential energy use.
  • Potential savings of $107.52 per year if you hang your laundry instead of using the dryer based on: 8 hrs a week (approximately 8 loads of laundry) :
    8hrs per day, 4 days per month = 160kWh per month@ $0.056 per kWh.
Conserve Energy and the Environment.
  • One ton of poisonous gases are created at the power plant each year to run your family's dryer alone.
  • Laundry products use renewable energy such as sun, wind instead of costly non-renewable resources like gas or electricity.
  • The clothesline is a low cost fail-safe "solar" device.
  • Hanging laundry encourages eco-friendly habits for future generations - small steps can make a difference to ensure a clean and healthy world.
Clothes dried on clotheslines/racks last twice as long as those dried in a machine.
  • Lint pulled out of the lint trap is fiber shredded from the clothes you just dried.
  • Clothesline dried clothes smell fresher, feel more natural and are wrinkle-free.
  • Outdoor clothes drying makes whites whiter and provides natural disinfection by the suns U.V. ray's.

September 17, 2011

The Last Personas

David Shaw is an incredibly talented Canadian artist, who will be having his first gallery show in Thunder Bay.  So, if by the off chance you happen to be in the northern Ontario neighbourhood between September 17th and October 9th, please do go and check out his current show.  It will blow you away!  Here's a sneak preview: 





September 10, 2011

DIY: Original Plate Holder

Using an old palette, hang it on the wall, and place some of your favourite plates in it!
A very simple, but yet beautiful way to enhance any wall. 

August 31, 2011

hip hop vs. ballet

This kind of ad makes me want to go dancing! 
Nike dancers ad for JUST DO IT Russia campaign Fall 2007,
featuring Maria Vinogradova and Anastsiya Soboleva.

August 25, 2011

Move, Learn, Eat

Sometimes summers are enjoyed in the comfort of our own homes.  Sometimes summers mean we get to discover new places, learn new things, and eat new food. 
If you are like me and spent this summer at home, it is nice to have these little videos to transport us around the world in 1 minute!

STA Travel Australia sent 3 guys, Rick Mereki, Andrew Lees and Tim White on an amazing journey around the world.  In numbers, these 3 short 1 minute videos equal these kinds of numbers: 3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 000 miles, and 2 cameras.
Now I'd love to know what made you move, what you learned, and what food you ate this summer. 

August 21, 2011


Sarah & Bendrix is a design studio based in London, UK started by Veronika in 2009.  She makes beautiful original works of art based on love and meaningful moments in ones life.  You can either check out more of her work on her website here or visit her Etsy shop here
I heart her work a lot.