Friday, July 22, 2011

Stay Calm and Keep Cool...

As you all know I write for another blog, my previous posts have been posted below with links as well to the full articles/posts. Today I thought I would try something different and give you guys the whole post! I know its so exciting to not have to re direct to a different site! This post is in regards to pool decor, I know different topic, how do you change the decor of a pool-its a hole in the ground that is full of water! Well I have a few ideas on how to make your pool stand out from all the rest, cute cabana ideas, and pool liners that will blow your mind! So take a look below!!!

Pool Decor for Your Outdoors
                When the hot weather arrives everyone will do anything to stay cool. Some spend time at the mall, run through the sprinklers, or go for a swim. For those who get to stay cool in their own pool many are envious. Even though a pool is a good way to stay cool you can also do other things in your own backyard to stay cool. This cool factor has a lot to do with the decor of your backyard. A key factor is obviously a pool or some source of cooling. A good way to create this is through shade. Take a trip to a local hardware store/garden center and select a few tropical looking trees, this will create shade and a tropical feeling! With just one tree you will feel the difference and this will spark ideas for you on how to make your outdoor space more appealing. If you have a pool work with the liner, find accessories like outdoor furniture that compliment the liner colour or incorporate a colour it contains. Or if you are thinking of getting a pool here is a tip, look for a very unique pool company that offers different liners. Meaning a liner that is not just blue with a sand colour, look for the unusual that way your backyard will have something different no one else does. This is also a great starting point to including different colours in your exterior. As we all know when an in ground pool is made cement is around the outside of it, why not try creating a stain glass effect. Create a path from the door to the pool or to the gate to your front yard. This will again use different colours and allow you to bring more design to your pool!
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Like this picture, except when you are doing it yourself I doubt you will be able to create patterns! You can by colourful shards at a craft store or break a few beer, wine, liqueur bottles to save a bit! Just be careful when handling. Another way to add to backyard decor while incorporating your pool is a pool bar. It being a bar you would place it in the deep end, it mounts to the edge of the pool and the chairs remain under water. You can then build a cabana around that edge of the pool. This will create shade and you can extend the cabana to the cemented area for a land based retreat.
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Although this example is a bit extreme as the other half of their bar is the ocean this paints a picture. A cheaper and less expensive way is many pool companies have the attachable one for two people it is not as spectacular as this but still effective. Having a pool is a great luxury, for those of you who do not take advantage of the space you have a create a getaway. You can create a room outdoors with outdoor furniture, a fire pit, you may even have space for a hot tub! Enjoy your backyard no matter what is in it because as most of us know the heat doesn’t always last!

This post can also be seen on . I hope you all liked my ideas for pool decor, a bit different but fun! Stay tuned for another project I am working on that has to do with a mantle piece and the accessorizing of my backyard, a form of the above pool decor! All in honour of the hot weather and ways to stay cool. Let me know your thoughts, and if you would try this glass pathway?!
Bye for Now,
ps.I thought my title was very clever, although it is half someone elses I think its cute and very fitting for the weather we are currently dealing with!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

I dabble in...

Today I am going to share with all you lovely readers and fellow bloggers my favourite online magazine! It is DABBLE!!!It is the best online magazine and one of the best magazines I have ever read! It gives a variety of wonderful and awe inspiring design, delicious food, and of course a wonderful travel section that makes you want to travel the world! or at least to the places they discover throughout each issue! I f I ever go to any of the places they have visited through the magazine I will be sure to follow their guide to see their city of choice and hot spots of choice! This being said dabble has fun contests and events that anyone can enter and attend! I thought I wouls share with you all a contyest they currently have going on and my ebtry or part of it! So here it is the I Dabble In Contest...

Here’s your chance to get featured in “I dabble in…”.

It’s easy:
1. Tell us who you are and what you do. (100 words or less)
2. Provide links to your website/blog, twitter and facebook.
3. List 4 things you dabble in.
4. Explain why you love/like/dabble in each activity. (50 words each)
5. Include a photo of you dabbling in each activity. (*Note: if you win we will require high resolution photos)
6. Submit your profile for your chance to be the next “I dabble in…” profile.
SUBJECT: I dabble in contest
ATTACH: Submit your write up and images as a 1 page document (either word or PDF file).
BODY: Include the “who you are and what you do” paragraph

I know very fun contest that will for sure be a hit! With that said here is my entry, just the written though I havent taken the pictures yet, when I do I will be sure to post them!...

Who I am and What I do – Liberty Visco              
                 I am a design student, and for as long as I can remember I have loved design, food, art, and all inspirational things! As I grew up my passion for design became obvious to those around me. I re-arranged furniture and always took an interest in food and art. Today I study interior decor not only at school but everywhere inspiring design can be found. I am passionate about cooking, art, and design. I am always looking for inspiration that will spark whimsical interest in all things I create, whether it be a rooms interior or a delicious treat.
Twitter : liberty @chicinnovative!/chicinnovative
I dabble in . . .
I dabble in . . . making delicious treats
From a very young age I was interested in cooking, I even wanted to be a pastry chef! I always find time to incorporate food into my design filled days! I even blog new recipes I have tried and traditional dishes as well! I enjoy making new things and mixing different flavours together.
I dabble in . . . upcycling
When designing a space or working on a project I always try to integrate existing items by refinishing them. This recycles a piece and allows it to be used again and again. I love to bring the old and the new together to create a uniqueness that will be treasured.
I dabble in . . . creating unique works of art
Creating artwork for me does not consist of one material being used, it is a multi media process. I love to create works that are capricious and out of the ordinary. I am keen on making pieces that have texture and evoke emotion from within.
I dabble in . . . finding inspiration
When starting a new project the most fun is had when I am finding inspiration. I make it a very long process and enjoy every minute of it! I look for inspiration in the weirdest of places; a unique charger plate or a sea shell. I get to explore my city and have fun!
Hopefully you all like my entry, let me know your thoughts, changes that should be made etc... Hopefully after reading this and my kind of review of the mag you will check it out....

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Check it out and let me know your thoughts...

Find your dabble

Bye for Now,

Friday, July 8, 2011

Oh Places To Go

This title is very reminisant (if that is how you spell it) of the Dr. Sesus book all the places you will go, and I believe this post will be very much like it. I am going to name off a few wonderful places to go and hopefully you will meet wonderful people in your venture to see these places. Here we go - places I have gone and seen that are truly beautiful - I did not take pictures which I truly regret but that just means I get to go back for more - hopefully google will be able to assist me so that you can all get a visual! The places I am listing are not in any specific order at all, it is all wonderful design!

Place # 1 - The Junction
The Junction is located at Dundas and Keele and is fabulous, it is worth it to check out the wonderful stuff they have!unfortunateley there are no photos avaliable and I did not take any! but if you are ever down town toronto you should defintley make this a stop.

Place #2 - Cornerstone
This furniture store is located downtown toronto at dundas and keele. It is the best antique furniture store I have been to in a long time. The store is huge and has amazing one of a kind pieces, they also have a basement where more furniture is located. It is very creepy because the stairs creak alot and are really creepy I was terrified that I would fall down the stairs! But once I got down there it was amazing! They had wonderful things and such good deals!

Unfortunatley I was not able to get a sample picture of their furniture but if you go onto their site  ( )you will see the gorgeous stuff they have. It is beautiful! They also have a virtual tour you can take!

Place # 3 - Forever Interiors
I have to admit I have not been into this place yet but I have heard very good things about it constantly! I cannot wait to visit and see what they have! It is located at dundas and keele like many of my other favourite places! I know have a place to go on my own places to go list! What fun it will be, maybe I should make a day trip of it and visit all the rest as well!

Place # 4 - Smash
This store is another phonomenal furniture store! It not only has furniture but that had a stand with old tiles that were about 3 inches by 3 inches and they were from argentina and had patterns and were full of colour. They also had old machine parts if thats the right way to describe it?! They had alot of stuff and it was all gorgeous, it is another stop that should defintley be made.

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Place # 5 - Mokuba
Although this not a furniture store or an art store it has a great product! This is the one stop you need to make when looking for ribbon! They have every ribbon you can imagine in every size you can imagine, in every colour, pattern, the list goes on and on. Just looking into the stores window draws you in like a kid at a candy store!

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Place # 6 - Butter
This store is a furniture store that has reclaimed pieces! It is located on queen street west just past the gladstone stone hotel. It is a fabulous store qwith great reclaimed pieces for many different styles and tastes. It is a very vintagey store if thats a word but it is wonderful and weel worth the trip. Unforunatley google is not being good to me nor is any other photo site so butter is unavaliable to be seen but you can always stop by their shop down town and see it first hand.!

Place # 7 - Maker at Studio B
They have a gorgeous exterior to their store and the interior is even better! Now I did not take any pictures of this studio but this is to your advantage it is much better to see there storefront in person. It is very sleek and almost minimalistic you could say. The cursive the word studio is in is a great font and it really characterizes their space and them! I nknow you will all love it!

Place # 8 - Mazon
As we venture further throughout the city or within, depending on how you look at it our next store which is Mazon a french store obviously can be found at richmond and jarvis. I know this is a very vauge description of where this store is located but its there I promise you! I know you want to kill me for my lack of visuals I do too but this I cannot help! I drove by this store and saw it in passing, I haven't gone in but I have had many many many many good reviews and I highly recommend it!! I am personally making a trip very shortly, as in next week to go visit all of these stores!

The last place to go is Place # 9 - Domision
I hope that I spelt the name of their store right I was kind of guessing and yes I tried to google it but somehow I could not manage to figure it out! Although I know myself that they have great things to offer, they attended IDS this year and their booth was nice! There flyer that they handed out was kind of like orgamy! haha it was folded weirdly but in a fun way, and it was bright pink! They were great at the show, they have organic items and there products are made in a great country as well! This store is a must see on your tour of the city, or my mini design stopos that need to be made!

Other things you may want to see are...
The Raleigh Hotel, I recommend that you google it is easier that way, trust you will understand shortly after you search it!
Seventy 5 Portland Street Condo Entrance, it has a very cool entrance and is worth the one minute look!
H&CO Front Facade,this building has the coolest framed windows, it is an awesome front facade and great to look at this one will take you a good five minute look to take it all in, the detail in the frames is beautiful!

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I hope that you have all enjoyed my trip down memory lane and will hopefully check out these places....

"With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,You'll be seeing great sights!"

Quote Via Dr.Sesus

Bye for Now,