17/08/2008

Decorating and Recycling

I have this on my desktop, I never liked blue in a home until now.

I love interior design and people's wonderful imagination in how to use their spaces.  Many of you may know that I've been posting a variety of links to websites/blogs that I frequent that feature interior design.  Well I'm still addicted maybe more than ever!  

I love how you can reinvent and give life to something old to be new again.

I'm still job hunting however I can't stay at home in Stavely and work in Calgary as it's just too far and I have much respect for those that do, but I am not looking forward to winter.  I can't and don't want to imagine myself driving each morning in the snow, and apparently the road into Stavely from my house is notorious in the winter months which is probably why everyone drives such monstrous pick-up beasts!  So the plan is according to me landing a job in Calgary or even Fort McMurray that I will purchase a place with the help of my family.

Which is why I'm feeding my addiction for interior design.  However I envy the flea markets that numerous bloggers blog about, Calgary is somewhat limiting, I know some Calgarians have good taste but my goodness some just don't.  I've been researching realty and eeeek many homes are so bland or just filled with flowery wreaths that decorate every nook and cranny.  I've been looking at Craigslist and Kijiji and wow, the things people sell are sometimes a cool bargain and others need to do some research before posting.  I saw a sofa and loveseat for sale for CDN$300, "What's the prob?" you may ask, well it was hideous, brown and flowery in a not so nice way. (Check out the Ugliest Couch Contest some have interesting shapes.)  I remember when I first came to Canada in '91 that stores where trying hard to flog em.  Gosh and to think I sold a nice white sofa for $20 and a grey one that I bought brand new and used for two years for $75!

I took this photo to show how ugly and uncomfortable these beasts are but yet they're popular in Korea, as well as the arrangement.  This house was huge, the space was empty.

Anyway we should recycle furniture more than we already do I've heard of some cities having a recycle furniture day or I remember in Hong Kong that every Chinese New Year many families would refurnish their homes in the hopes of cleaning out the bad luck well my friends and I would go on scavenger hunts to all the garbage dumps and come home with new furniture most expats arrived in HK with just a suitcase and now had fully furnished homes thanks to the garbage.  I knew of a few people who created businesses from this.

When I see Linda Crispell's home I just melt and get inspired.  Hope you do too.

1 comments:

Linda Crispell said...

Thank you, you are so sweet! You will have to go on flea market trips. I always look up the local flea markets before we visit a new city. I love our garbage days in the spring when people clear out furniture in their attics and basements. I have found some unbelievable treasures being thrown out! Please visit my blog, I will show my free finds very soon.
Thank you,
Linda Crispell