Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
Looking at my pictures at the Interior Design Show in Toronto. Orange was everywhere, if it wasn't organge, than black white and sometimes shiny seemed to be the theme. Other catchy things, the $8,000 remote controlled toilet, the shower with settings that can be programmed for each user, the kitchen in a box for the cottage. It's about $13,000 by bulthaup. As a decor item, books are still big, stripped of their covers, they look completely neutral.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I just bought a new printer. My last one was 17 years old, but it was a good one. The new one is ok, but seems rickety and gimmicky in comparison. I am blowing through a lot of ink to try and get good photo prints.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
The stone house on Mary Street is near one of my favorite homes in Hamilton, a rare pre-Confederation wood frame house that is both simple and elegant.
The house at Cannon and Mary Streets in Hamilton is for sale. It is a gem, built in 1855 with an elegant spiral staircase and curved doors into the dining room, its architectural importance was recognized with a heritage designation. The seller is hoping it remains a single family home, and is loved by its new owners. $349,000.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
At the auto show I tried my new camera bag the Passport Sling by Lowepro and I gave it very high marks. Great for female frame, doesn't kill your shoulders, holds a bunch of useful stuff.
My take on the auto show: Tone was more confident, show looked great, but still conservative as far as new car introductions with most makers introducing just one new vehicle, and some of them none. Ford brought out the new Fusion a great looking car. Dodge introduced a compact and a throwback to another era….the new take on the Dodge Dart. GM spent a lot of time talking about the Chevy Sonic- a subcompact I love…and importantly..how they are trying to reach the audience-kids-who will buy this car..even though their research says 54 per cent of young adults would rather be online than driving!!! Ford had an entire media section reserved for BLOGGERS NOBODY talked about all electric cars. The consumer is still leering of them. Hybrids were introduced..including a couple of new Benz models…but to lukewarm response because sales of these are minute. CUVs are still hot..even Maserati introduced one-a concept- called if you can believe it the Kubang. I say kapow to the kubang Hyudai has all the fun..They waltzed away with car of the year award for the Elantra..and introduced a new 200 horsepower turbo version of the Veloster. In the fashion department I thought the men in general both car makers and media (especially European) had cooler clothes, haircuts and glasses –than the women.
|The new Porsche introduction at the auto show in Detroit (North American International Auto Show) was a 911 Cabriolet.|
I will be posting more pictures from the Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS). If you like design and lighting it is a great place to go to get ideas.
|This is the lighting at the Mercedes-Benz Cafe. It's very effective. This was ONE good place you could get excellent coffee at the Detroit Auto Show. It was open on media preview days not sure about public days.|
Monday, January 9, 2012
I am live blogging at the North American International Auto Show for Toronto Star Wheels.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Scenes from Hamilton Harbour.
|Freighter docked at Hamilton Harbour, near the waterfront trail. So huge and photogenic. One of the many great landscapes in Hamilton.|
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Today's Brushes painting at DVSA
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Another core value.
|The house on Murray is across the street from this club. Espresso, soccer games, grappa-one stop shopping.|
Commmitted to Hamilton's core.
Working on next home feature for Hamilton Spectator.
|These beautiful things are in a house in Waterdown that used to be the OPP station in the 1950's. Quite a change.|
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Peonies, perennials, and trees. My January 6 column in the Hamilton Spectator.
|Some great plants and fine gardeners coming up in my garden column in the Hamilton Spectator this Friday January 6th.|
What's on top of my file cabinet
|Current arrangement on top of my file cabinet: 2 collages by me, one by the very talented Karen Thiessen (karenthiessen.com), stub from Yankees game.|
Monday, January 2, 2012
I had the Hyundai Veloster for a week test drive. 6-speed manual very satisfying, It feels young, hip, and modern. Writing a review for Grand magazine.
Still working with the Brushes app for iPad. This is a fine beagle at his cottage.
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