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Goodbye 2009

Goodbye 2009

Posted by on Dec 31, 2009 in Inspiration, Personal | 4 comments

This picture of my husband and son was taken (by my brother-in-law) at Ocean Beach, just a few blocks from our house. It seemed such a fitting way to illustrate the end of 2009. It sums up a year that, although tough (who can claim to have had an easy 2009?), was very much about family. This year, more than ever, we’ve started to feel settled here in...

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Festive fireplace

Festive fireplace

Posted by on Dec 28, 2009 in Decorating, Design, My house | 4 comments

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we were getting a new fireplace installed in our living room. Well, it ended up not exactly being a whole new fireplace, just a gas insert with logs. I know it’s not the same as a real wood-burning fire but it’s easier, cleaner, safer and slightly greener so worth doing. While we’re still all feeling...

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Homies 2009

Homies 2009

Posted by on Dec 27, 2009 in Awards | 5 comments

What a nice surprise I received this morning: Four Walls and a Roof has been nominated for a Homies award. While I started blogging (almost a year ago) purely as a way to explore a passion for design, it’s the community of other bloggers that has kept me going even when there seems so little time in the day between work and family. It’s so...

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Holiday wish list

Holiday wish list

Posted by on Dec 24, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 0 comments

Is it too late to ask Santa to bestow some (one?) of the following rooms on me? (No real content here, just a few of my favorite rooms from the year as pure Christmas eye candy. Enjoy.) Credits: 1 – Adrian Wilson via Slipcover Your Life; 2 – Sprinkelbug; 3 – Peacock Feathers; 4 – Graham Atkins Hughes; 5 – Pure Style...

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Fairytale decor

Fairytale decor

Posted by on Dec 23, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 1 comment

The holidays are a magical time and, for the interiors-obsessed among us, an excuse to bring out the sparkle and indulge all our decorating whims without fear of going OTT. Now that I have children (well, one), we’ve started to make decorating the house a fun festive tradition in itself. So far we’ve decorated the tree, hung the wreath, wrapped...

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Japanese woodblock prints

Japanese woodblock prints

Posted by on Dec 20, 2009 in Art, Decorating, Design, Shopping | 2 comments

A few years ago, my husband and I were on our way out for dinner when we spotted this stunning woodblock print in the window of a local gallery. It’s of a Japanese dogwood tree and is by Hajime Namiki. The background is gold leaf and the tree itself and all the blossom is the most wonderfully-detailed woodblock print. Needless to say, I was smitten....

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Style and the City: Toronto

Style and the City: Toronto

Posted by on Dec 10, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Style and the City | 15 comments

A few weeks back, I kicked off the Style and the City series with a look at the unlikely duo of Paris and Seattle, courtesy of Alek at From the Right Bank to the Left Coast. Now we’re continuing our travels north and into Canada. I’m absolutely delighted that Jane from Ill Seen, Ill Said has agreed to share with us some of the secrets of her...

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Anna French wallpaper

Anna French wallpaper

Posted by on Nov 21, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration, Shopping | 12 comments

If you’ve read this blog for a while, then you’ll know I have a ‘thing’ about wallpaper. I’m drawn to the idea that, with a few dollars and a couple of hours’ work, I too could have trailing florals, rich chinoiserie, dramatic geometrics or sumptuous metallics on my walls. Trouble is, very little of these tempting...

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These four walls: Sarah and Danny’s house tour

These four walls: Sarah and Danny’s house tour

Posted by on Nov 13, 2009 in Between these four walls: house tours, Decorating, Design, Houses, San Francisco Design | 8 comments

It’s been a while since the first post in my house tour series, so it’s high time for another one. If you recall, my goal with this series was to show how real people live stylishly, and how different homes can really show the personalities of their owners. The home we’re touring today is no exception. We’re visiting Sarah and...

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Un-bachelor pads

Un-bachelor pads

Posted by on Nov 9, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration, Tips | 6 comments

I recently received an email from a reader who wanted to issue me a challenge: find some images and ideas to inspire the decoration of a house for three 21-year-old guys. Always up for a challenge, I decided to give it a try. As soon as I started hunting, I could see the quandry for men interested in design, especially younger guys and those renting or...

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