Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Chairs for Charity

Last week I had the pleasure of attending The Passionate Home's Chairs for Charity. 
 All proceeds from this event goes to The Langley Christmas Bureau. This was their 3rd year holding this event and it is continuing to grow in popularity. The house was packed with locals ready to bid on their favourite chairs. People were able to come into the store to see them before hand or view them on Facebook. Local photographer Steve Hayak took photos and was very creative in captivating the essence of each chair. Make sure to check his photos out on The Passionate Home Facebook Page. 
By the end of the 
evening they raised $4070 by auctioning chairs that were created & donated by local businesses. 
Here are a few highlights of the night.

The 22 chairs were given amazing new looks by the creative talents of the people who were inspired to participate in this auction.
This year, people came ready to purchase and there were no hesitations in beginning the bids. 

Chairs by Stimuli Magazine, The Nostalgic Nest & Jentiques

Chair by Janice Miller

Chairs by Rosemary Wallace, Simply Inspired Design & Elinor Hanschke

Chairs by Frostings Cupcakery, Jamie Smith & Cathy Empey

Chairs donated by B&R Laundry & Stimuli Magazine

Chair by White Giraffe Events

Chair by Rare Finds

Lauren from Frostings Cupcakery serving delicious treats! 

This chair was created using Annie Sloan paint & upholstery fabric. It was then autographed by her. For Annie Sloan enthusiasts this was a prized chair! Congratulations Carolyn!

I have a few favourite people in my world and these are two of them, my daughter Lauren and my friend Nikki from McBurney Junction Furniture & Interiors. Aren't they cute!!!

Chair by Cathy Empey

This was my favourite! It represents The Day of the Dead Celebration which is an annual event in Mexico. Created by Jessica Fairs

Carrie owner of The Passionate Home ( in red)  the mastermind behind this event!
She is one of the most giving souls I know!

Maryanne Leichter from Stimuli Magazine.

Chair by Fabric Therapy

Chair by Second Chance Furnishings

Beautiful smile Carolyn! (Staff at The Passionate Home)

Treats from Frostings Cupcakery

Chair by Janice Miller

The Lovely Elinor (Staff at The Passionate Home)

Melanie from Frostings Cupcakery and Sonya from Forever Yours Lingerie out to support the event.

The girls working very hard taking in all the proceeds!
Last year $2800 was raised so that makes an increase of $1270. Way to go Langley! The families that will benefit from the Langley Christmas Bureau will be blessed by your acts of kindness.

The following people are those who contributed to make this evening a success!

Carrie Thachuk
Elinor Hanschke and Canucks
Carolyn Forsythe
Cathy Empey
Stimuli Magazine - Maryanne Leichter
Frostings Cupcakery - Melanie & Lauren
Jamie Smith
Janice Miller
Rosemary Wallace
BR Laundry
Nostalgic Nest
Second Chance Furnishings
Fabric Therapy
Jessica Fairs
4 Love of Wood
Rare Finds
The Nuefelds
Annie Sloan
Once Again Upholster - Reid Armstrong
Steve Hayek - Photographer
Jim Marsh - Cam-Am Auctions
All family members of the Thachuk family
Everyone who attended

Friday, October 18, 2013

Mid-Century Modern Furniture Now & Then

Via clipping.com

Over the past few years I have grown to love mid-century modern furniture. It has been popping up in decorating magazines, stores, blogs, movies and television shows. Although I knew the style wasn't new, I had never explored when it originated or who the designers were. I have posted a few photos to show how the style is used today and then I have found a few of my favourite designers of that period and some of their work. I hope you enjoy!

Via attitudeloft.com

Via housetohome.co.uk

Via mayababy.com

Via vividhuehome.blogspot.com
Mid Century Modern 1945-1965

Charles and Ray Eames


Eames Lounge Chair

Eames Chaise
Eames La Chaise

Arne Jacobsen

Arne Jacobsen The Dot Stool
via antikmodern.blogspot.ca
Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair
Via hivemodern.com

Arne Jacobsen Ant Chair

via chdesignfurniture

George Nelson

George Nelson Pretzel Chair
Via 1stdibs.com

George Nelson Thin Edge Buffet
Via elledecor.com

George Nelson The Sunflower Clock
Via knoll-it-all.blogspot.ca

George Nelson The Spike Clock


Eero Saarinen

Via Rubyology

Eero Saarinen Tulip Chair
Via MoMa.com
Eero Saarinen Tulip Table
Via modernfurniture.com

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Ideas For Your Thanksgiving Table

 The last couple weeks weather has set the mood for fall.
 Something about the cooler nights, the array of colours in our trees and the sounds of the geese migrating brings me to a place of readiness for the coming season.
Thanksgiving is a time of reflection and gratefulness for the goodness we have had given to us, the lessons we have learned,  the love of family and friends and the gift of life!
Here are a few table setting ideas for your dinner this year to help celebrate this gratitude.
Inspire Bohemia 


Stone Gable




May the sun always shine on your windowpane; May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain; May the hand of a friend always be near you; May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you!
Irish Blessing

Happy Thanksgiving!