Monday, August 4, 2014

It's August .. Time For A Little Break

I am feeling burnt out.
Think I need a bit of a breather from blogging.
Time to sit quietly and listen to myself.
I always know it's time to be reflective when I am feeling a bit antsy.
Boredom?
Time for a change?

I knew I was feeling somewhat introspective when
I again was fascinated about the pilgrimage to Spain
to walk the Camino to Santiago.  I saw the documentary
last week and I can't stop thinking about it.
It may just be a signal that I have to be quiet within myself
and walk my internal road.

Have a lovely "rest of" summer
and I will see you again soon.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

A Vintage Weekend Sale

 As I mentioned in my previous post,
I am going through some of my vintage treasures and
will be putting them up in my Affordable Splendor Etsy Shop.

Here's an authentic vintage 1990's Chanel gold tone belt.
It is in perfect condition.
If Chanel is your thing, this belt is priced to sell.
See it here.
 This is a wonderful vintage brooch
that is so different.  I loved wearing this
little gem on my Fall jackets.
It too is in great condition.
See this treasure here.
 These are vintage crochet gloves in a deep forest green.
Perfect condition and ready to wear with your
manswear jackets to give your look a little feminine flair.
See these accessories here.
These are two vintage cast iron door knockers.
They are little painted flower baskets that you lift
to knock on a door.  One of the knockers is a bit rusted
but that is sooooo shabby chic, don't you think?
It was on the door of my cottage for many years
and is the perfect accessory for that type of house.
I think they would be cute on a bedroom door.

See these vintage door knockers here.

Stop by often at my Affordable Splendor Shop
as more treasures will be posted on a regular basis.

Have a good weekend.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

City Living ... Small Space Solutions

I live in a large city .... Toronto.
Homes and apartments are very expensive in spite of their
smaller spaces.  All my friends are at the time of their lives
when they are downsizing and moving to smaller homes or condos.
Young people who are just starting out can't afford the price tag
of city apartments and are forced to choose smaller spaces.
Bigger doesn't mean better anyway,
but living smarter with less can be a challenge.
Here are some ideas to consider if you are an urban dweller.

Using a smaller open space to accommodate different usage can
be challenging.  Above is a great use of a storage platform bed
with a lathe wall possibly dividing a living space from a
sleeping area.  It still feels open but the living spaces
are clearly defined.

Bedrooms are always smaller in a city home or
even in a second or third bedroom.  Above is an idea
using a desk as a bedside table.  Notice
how the storage is well used in this bedroom?
There seems to be a much touted rule in small spaces...
get it off the floor and on the wall.  No space for bedside
tables?  Add a shelf above the headboard for your
lamps and pictures.  Easy and inexpensive.
A bench takes less space than a table with chairs
and has a multi-use in a kitchen or dining area. 
Another example in an office area of getting your
storage solutions off the floor and on the wall.
Storage takes a vertical stance.
Living in a studio or a loft?
Using your sofa at the bottom of the bed also
defines the space.  My son used this solution in his city
studio apartment and it was really cozy-looking.
Be sure to make your bed each morning.

A small space can look great.
Along with some ingenious ideas and no clutter,
your city living space gives you a lot more time to spend
your free time with friends in cafes and enjoying city life.
North America cities are feeling so Parisian.


Priscilla Mae Etsy Shop

Samantha is a city woman and like her
namesake from Sex In The City, she lives in ssmaller
city condo where storage space has to accommodate
her love of hats and shoes.
See the hand painted Samantha pillow
here in my Etsy shop.



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Orange Is The New Black


Meet Manon, one of Les Femmes de Paris. The HAND PAINTED 
pillow is 8" X 8" in size. You can enjoy Manon on your desk, 
or side table or even on a bookshelf. Who says art has to hang 
on a wall? Manon is wearing a pearl and gold earring to give 
her a bit of splash. She is wearing a pistachio and orange striped 
suit with hotpink and black collar. Her blouse is black and 
white checked. Manon is a fan of Marc Jacobs. The background of 
the pillow is an deep orange and white stripe.

There is a quote on the back of the pillow that is a fun Paris saying:
"A BAD DAY IN PARIS IS STILL BETTER
THAN A GOOD DAY ANYWHERE ELSE."

Manon is from the Midlife Madonnas Series and would make
 a wonderful present for that special woman of a certain age. 
They are women of independent spirit who know what they want 
and they know how to get it.

This 8" X 8" hand painted pillow looks beautiful on a side table, 
a desk or even in a bookshelf. Who says art has to hang on a wall? 
Manon is wearing a flowered turban hat with a big black bow 
that sets off her dangling earrings with 3 rhinestones in each. 
 The background of the Midlife Pillow is a deep orange.

There is a quote on the back of the pillow and it says....
"YOUTH IS A GIFT,
AGE IS AN ART."

See French Manon here
and 
Midlife Manon here.