Fifteen minutes of domestic pleasure

This is an ode to the Everyday, the normal day, the one that tends to get ignored, the one that you want past while you reach the special ones faster, that day, that ordinary one that fills most of your life, the one that should get the most attention.

Best city stroll food – pancakes delight

It is almost impossible not to get hungry when walking and it is not because of the exercise. Getting hungry while exploring on foot is a progressive experience that starts with scents of delicious food that make their way out of corner cafes and restaurants.

Beach Christmas morning in Melbourne

If you are part of the Florida-goers North Americans and based on that, you think you know how Christmas is in all hot places you are mistaken. With all the heat and beautiful waters, these trips do not prepare you for what one finds in the land down under.

Al Fresco Modern Table Decor

Aaaa-almost smelling the summer…a day here, a day there, some would say you feel it in your bones, the non-gradual, rather chaotic back and forth seasonal change that is so typical in Ontario: one day sleeveless, one day parka. The teaser of summer days makes you think of .. Funky placemats The round mats from…

Socially established myths related to work and play

that there is work and there is play that there is personal and business that there is the emotional and the rational that there is work life and retirement life All is on a fringe, all is about balancing, common sense and communication. And it’s been like this forever. Instead of segregating what the individual…

Pretty Things

Impulse – Montreal-Lateral-Office James Beard Restaurant Design Awards – Bruno, NY City

2016, a Retrospective

A year of turmoil for many, I find that balance settles no matter what and things flow forward It is more how you look at things – than the things themselves – that flips the perception of a situation from tragedy, to  life itself.   Remembering Christmas shopping, not ready to do it again…   Got the…

Work area therapy – in the kitchen

Why have a counter, a backsplash tile and a simple duplex plug under the typical upper cabinets full of glasses and plates – just because this is standard and this is how it’s done. Love this simple and yet so different work area: backsplash – tile on one side + stone and beautiful view to the…

2016 Kitchen Trends in residential design

According to the design panel at the IDS 2016 Toronto, here are the trends + my take on them! Most of them do come from Europe and I have to say some of them have been around for… a while, over there. As a child and youth I actually saw some of these in real…

Kitchens then and now – Victorian vs Contemporary

The middle of a room lends itself best to tasks that are social while its perimeter, to individual tasks. Oftentimes in the Victorian era meal preparation was a shared experience; multiple staff would prepare a single meal. It is only natural that they liked working in the centre of the kitchen where their primary work…

Hip Restaurants

What makes them what breaks them? Well…food for one, needs to be good, well presented and different atmosphere = hip, fancy and comfortable not too noisy – this is my preferred, I still like the talking as part of the dining experience and yes, fancy bathrooms make for a good conversation at all times!  …