Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Alberta Home Magazine Feature

I have been meaning to share this with you for a bit, but life is busy as can be and I finally found the time to scan this article in. Alberta Home Magazine featured a home that we built back in 2011 in the inner-city for an amazing couple, Wayne & Veronika. While it is the final issue of Alberta Home (another magazine says goodbye) I am grateful to Tracey Ayton for such stunning images, the magazine for featuring one of our homes in a beautiful 6 page spread, and the clients for being incredible. 

*Sorry for the very small type, this is the best I could do with the scanner, I'll pay for your eye exam if needed*

Just looked at the preview for this post and well, if you can or do read any of the awesome article you get a gold start for the day!! I hope to get some more images of the shoot from Tracey soon, once I do I will share them with you, she has a wonderful way of capturing homes!! Mel xo

Monday, September 24, 2012

Project Update: Altadore III

This is the last of the 3 homes side by side we are building in Altadore, at least until we find another 100' to pick up in a great location. Here are some progress pics, a few I have posted already on Instagram, but some others are from my trusty iPhone camera.

The stucco is completed and the pre-grading is done, now we just need to wait for the exterior stain and stone to be finished. Landscaping after that!

The wall turned out amazing, now it just needs a couple coats of Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain to really pop.

 And of course, this light from Arteriors. I did have to make a deal with the client that I would change the bulbs for this light while they are living in the home, he was turned off when I told him it required a tool...oh the things I will do to see my vision completed, LOL!
via Arteriors

Adore this space. It is flooded with natural light, cabinets to the 10' ceiling, storage galore, and the island. Oh the island, horizontal grain quarter sawn oak and just over 10' long...LoVe.

 These beauties will be gracing the island, they are tucked away in my garage and waiting to be placed in their new home.
via Visual Comfort

{main bath}
This bath will be for the clients adorable daughter L, she is the sweetest thing ever and my little guy M is pretty smitten with her. We are going all white in this room with the 2" hexagon floor & 3x6 subway tile with charcoal grout.

 The vanity has a lot of storage and the back of the wall will be tiled with an inset mirror...and what I am most excited about, the lights that will be on each side of the mirror, these awesome ones below, FUN! Accessorizing with bold pinks, silver, & glass.
via Visual Comfort

{master bathroom}
The client shares my love for chevron, so you can expect to see it in a few places. One is the mud room floor, a few pillow I have picked up for her, and the master bathroom floor. The vanities are custom built (like everything we do) quarter sawn oak that will be open on the bottom by 9", they are going to be a great addition to this room.

{great room}
This fireplace wall turned out ridiculous, my first response was a simple 'SEXY!'. Our finisher did an amazing job, horizontal quarter sawn oak with mitered corners, recess for the TV, and window seats flanking each side. Can't wait to get some stain and the fireplace trim on this baby!

Next week the finishers are moving into Watermark I, so you can expect more blog updates for me on that. It is a completely different vibe and feel than this home, so it will be fun to do a home with more traditional elements after 3 more modern takes on design over the past few months. Watermark II will be getting excavated in the next few weeks as well. We are in the process of approvals with the City on 3 new inner-city homes, and of course...I have a few more logs in the fire I am working on. I'll keep you posted. Mel xo

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Recipe: Easy Flatbread

The last couple of weeks have been a tad crazy around here. From having family in town, dealing with back to school, a shower for our cousin who had the most AMAZING wedding this past weekend you can pretty much call me CRAY CRAY. This past Friday I hosted a bridal party luncheon for our beautiful cousin Dorothy (the one that had that amazing wedding mentioned above). This is one of the dishes that I served, it is always a hit and so incredibly easy it is like me...Cray Cray.

Yummy looking, right? Just wait till you try will thank me. ;)

1 can refrigerated pizza dough
Pesto (from scratch if you have time, if not Classico makes a great one!)
Fresh mozzarella
Baby Arugula
Fresh shaved good Parmigiano-Reggiano
High quality extra virgin olive oil
Balsamic reduction
Black salt (available in gourmet stores)

For the base of the flat bread I roll out the dough and then cut it into 8 small pieces, heat up a panini maker to 375 and place one piece on the panini press for aprox. 3 min. or until they are golden. I press them down so the dough will spread and become thin.
Spread a good amount of pesto along the top of the flatbread, top with a few slices of the fresh mottza, then a heaping handful of arugula, top that with some yummy prosciutto, then the shaved parmesan. Drizzle the balsamic & EVVO on top of the breads and sprinkle with the black salt. 
Yep...that is it. And no, no rules or measurements, my kind of recipe!!

And here are just a few clips from this past weekend, AKA the AMAZING WEDDING.

Being so short on time with everything that is going on I still wanted to have an beautiful atmosphere for Dorothy and her bridal party, so nothing like a bunch of flowers from Safeway and a little creativity to jazz our home.

A quick pic with the Hubs cousins after the brunch, Dorothy on the left was the stunning bride and Sylvia on the right (yes, they are twins) will be getting married next summer!

The reception was beautiful, not a detail was left undone. It was held at the Fairmont Palliser in downtown Calgary and to say it was perfection would be an understatement. The grooms cousin played a few songs for the guest, nothing like a little Eric Clapton to set the mood!

The first dance, yes, it was out of a fairy tale...

Congratulations again Dorothy & Jordan, love you both!!! Mel xo

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