Tag Archive | "Plants"

Marcelo & Magela Take it Outside

Thursday, June 6, 2013


It's always a pleasure to revisit a home I've blogged about before although in this case it's the outside that's been transformed since my last visit. Marcelo Palacios is a professional landscaper (Landscaping De Sol a Sol) which means that his summers are busy with little or no time to get away with his wife and design partner, Magela, and their two young children. The solution was to turn their own home into a weekend oasis where everyone could play and relax and make the most of summer.

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Dumpster Diving Pays Off

Monday, November 1, 2010


I had to do some pretty fancy gymnastics to fish this lamp out of the garbage on Saturday. I was thwarted by a fence protecting the trash, so I went home and got a coat hanger that allowed me to reach over and pull it out with the hook. The lamp is in nearly perfect condition with a speckled white and grey texture on the lower half. I had a small dinner party that evening where we discussed my fabulous find and what size and shape of shade would be right for the lamp. No one suggested anything like what I found yesterday while walking Judy -- I am not making this up, I swear! There in the middle of a gravel car pad outside my building was this made-to-measure, lined silk shade, cast off and left for dead. Coincidence? I think not.

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Was Eddie Ross Here?

Thursday, April 29, 2010


American decorator, stylist and blogger extraordinaire Eddie Ross is recognized for his beautiful but vaguely fussy compositions and his knack for turning flea market finds into tabletop treasure. It's not for nothing he earned the nickname "Gramdma Eddie" on Top Design. Ross came immediately to mind when I spotted this lovely entry porch at 19 Maple Avenue in Rosedale. I think the scale and variety of the many planters is exceedingly well done.

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Rosedale, I’m Gonna Miss Ya

Sunday, April 11, 2010


The carpet of blue Scilla (Siberian Squills) doesn't really make itself felt in the lead photo but it's jaw-dropping to behold in person. Every year, typically closer to May, the lawn at 67 Glen Road (corner of Elm Avenue) erupts in the most dazzling display of Prussian blue: add in the yellow Forsythia and pink and white magnolias and you've got a fine sight for winter weary eyes. How many years must it have taken to blanket the property so thoroughly?

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Serenity Now: Robert’s Vancouver Oasis

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

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When he purchased his home almost 20 years ago, Robert was confident he could turn the 10’ x 20’ terrace into a serene space that reflects his passion for plants and international travel. Robert has visited all seven continents, including a photographic journey through Antarctica and his sublime refuge hints at his fervour for far-off places.

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