Well it’s been a very long time since I’ve been tagged in this kind of post so I couldn’t resist! Centsational Girl listed her own 10 and here’s mine:
1. Winter or Summer
Definitely summer and this year we are having the best summer we’ve had in a while here in the North West. I love watching the new garden we installed two years ago change and grow.
Can’t resist posting the before picture with every opportunity I get ; ) ; )
Here’s a new picture with the daisies looking their best. My clematis died this winter so I had to start again, I’m willing it to grow along the soffits where I’ve had plastic lattice installed!
I love my new photoshopped grey roof!
See my new umbrella (above)? Well our old one snapped and broke recently. It had flown off a few times so that must have weakened it. We had brought it from our old house because we needed an umbrella there.
In this house, we have a huge covered deck so I just installed the market umbrella in front of my studio and I loved the resort feel it gave the backyard even though we RARELY use this area. And if we used a fire pit, it would be at night anyway.
For a few weeks, we didn’t have an umbrella after it snapped in half and when even Terreeia said “When are you going to get a new one?” I laughed and told her she was perfect for me because even she got the aesthetic of just looking at it in the backyard.
Hey, we don’t have a view so the backyard has to be as pretty as possible.
Here’s how are vegetable garden looks these days.
If you are interested in reading posts on the entire renovation including the interior, start here.
2. What’s your Favourite Wallpaper Pattern
OMG I must have a thing for leaves because the first pattern I thought of when I read this question are this banana leaf pattern from the Beverly Hills Hotel.
And I have a wall of leaves in my studio too (below).
Green is my thing obviously.
3. What’s the best vacation you’ve taken?
I would have to say a week long trip to Isla Mujeres in Mexico with my sister Elizabeth. It’s a little island close to Cancun. Elizabeth was a flight attendant for Canada 3000 in those days and I could fly stand by with her for only $30. So we picked this spot, took a ferry from Cancun once we arrived and stayed in a great little room above this little mexican restaurant.
I think I was around 30 years old here. Elizabeth was 24.
Maria & Elizabeth
Unknown guy, Elizabeth and Maria
We even partied with some sailors we met on the beach at night and had a fabulous time! Elizabeth and I were roommates back then. I was recently divorced, we were young and carefree and I always remember this vacation and wish I could re-create it.
4. If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would it be?
The inspiration for starting this blog came from Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. She’s always been my favourite actress, she’s the same age as me. I even love her name. I’ve always said if I had a daughter, her name would be Julia. Jules for short.
5. Name one thing on your bucket list.
And I’ll be there in 3 weeks, hooray!! You’ll hear all about it of course!
6. What’s your favourite room in your house?
It’s hard to decide I really love my house and feel so fortunate that after all the years I rented and suffered with pink beige carpet, bad tile and terrible kitchens, I finally got to buy a house and renovate it to my taste.
I would have to say my living room. I look at it all day long walking back and forth from the bedroom wing of the house. It makes me happy.
7. If you could pick any designer, living or dead to decorate your house, who would it be?
Jeffrey Bilhuber. If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you’ll know he’s my favourite, I’ve written posts about his style and how I copy his ability to effortlessly style a room, here and here.
8. What’s on your night stand?
Books, a glass of water, my glasses, iPhone, body lotion and lip stuff.
The Master Bedroom
9. Backyard BBQ or Formal Dinner?
I like both. Having friends over is certainly more intimate though! Here’s a photo of the daughter of a close family friend from Finland who came to visit my Mom for 6 weeks.
Obviously this photo was NOT taken with the intention of showing it on this blog since the table is NOT styled ; ) ; ) Just keeping it real!
10. If you could rewind twenty years and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Get your personality tested in both DISC and Meyers Briggs. If I had known I had the personality of an Entrepreneur all those times that I’ve been fired in my career (8 times at last count) I wouldn’t have walked around wearing the L (loser) on my forehead as long as I did. For about 20 years in fact, before I started this blog at 40 years old.
I would also have participated in courses with Landmark Education 20 years ago too. Doing Landmark changed my life and completely changed the way I communicate.
If I had done all of these things at 20, maybe I would have arrived, where I am now, faster!
11. Share something you’ve pinned (or bookmarked) and why you love it.
I love this living room. And especially the art that totally makes it sing. The flowers on the ottoman. It’s just perfect. And the light fixture! So pretty!
12. What’s one decorating piece of advice you swear by?
And don’t stop buying lamps until you have at least 30 in your house.
No one EVER has enough lighting.
Okay so I got to the end of the questions and realized Kate asked a bunch of her own. So I’m posting them here too for the bloggers named below:
1. Share something you’ve pinned (or bookmarked) and why you love it.
2. What’s your favorite color and where have you used it or seen it used in a beautiful way?
3. If money was no object, what’s something you’d buy right now.
4. Share something that scares you, something that comforts you, or both.
5. The perfect meal? Name it.
6. What’s one decorating piece of advice you swear by.
7. What’s your guilty pleasure?
8. Tell a joke, the cornier the better, or share a meme or show that makes you laugh.
9. Congratulations, you just won an all expenses paid trip to ! Fill in the blank.
10. What advice would you give your twenty something self?
Julia from Hooked on Houses, Joni at Cote de Texas, Lauren at Pure Style Home, Kristie from the Decorologist, Lisa at Lise Mende Design, Traci at Traci Zeller Designs, Linda at Linda Merrill Decorative Surroundings, Scarlett Ballantyne, and Penelope Trunk.
What about you? What’s on your bucket list?
PS. I’m over on Lisa Mende’s blog today, she’s doing a ‘What’s in your Bag’ series, check it out!
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