Monday, December 13, 2010

Kimberly Seldon

Oh I just love her! I had the pleasure of hosting Kimberly in my design class at Humber College North Campus this semester. She is such a powerful speaker, the wisdom she has to share in this industry is awesome. She is such a sweetheart and straight to point kinda gal, I just think she is an awesome business mentor to us all! I went home that night and re-jigged my business plan with her tips in mind. If you get the change to attend one of her seminars, DO IT!!
Thanks so much Kimberly for your time, the students enjoyed it and the faculty really enjoyed it!! xo
Kimberly with a couple of my students.

http://www.kimberlyseldon.com/
Until next time
w&c designer girl! xo


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Great Canadian Design Blog Event!





Hotel le Germain 30 Mercer St., Toronto, ON M5V 1H3 T: 416.345.9500




Had a great time putting a face to all the great bloggers and twitter friends out there! Food, drinks, and location was awesome let alone meeting new friends! Thanks Vitania and Daniella for organizing a fabulous event!
check out more photo's at http://cdndesignbloggers.blogspot.com/

Until next time,
w&c designer girl! xoxox

Friday, November 12, 2010

Great Speakers!

This Fall my new adventure has been teaching part time at Humber College North Campus! Which I am really enjoying, especially my one course where I bring in speakers to inspire the up and coming designers with professionals in the industry sharing their experiences and knowledge. My latest speaker was my good blogger friend Vitania!
It was like meeting my pen-pal for the first time. Vitania and I meet through twitter and blogger and instantly became advocates of each work! http://verdigrisvie.blogspot.com We constantly communicate through social sites but never in person, so it was such a fabulous meeting. She talked about her path on she got to where she is now in the design industry which was so interesting! I have never heard the students be so vocal with questions before! My favorite part was her final words to the students which I have to share with all of you:

I am so excited to have her back next semester and to see her at her Blog Event in a few weeks! Kimberly Seldon is speaking next week which I am so excited about as well! Some of the other fabulous speakers have been;

http://peeltile.com/

http://www.richelieu.com/produit/index.php?id=-1&lang=An

http://kitchenvision.ca/

http://www.robertallendesign.com/index.aspx

and so many more to come! In Vitania's message of embrace , I am so excited to embrace what teaching has in store for me in the future!

Until next time,

w&c designer girl!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Jo's on the Steven & Chris Show Again!

Jo is doing another segment with Steven & Chris about small space design. With a quick visit to the luxurious five star, Hazelton Hotel in Toronto, to inspire you with some great space saving ideas! If you haven't been to the Hazelton Hotel you should go for sure . . . check it out!! http://www.thehazeltonhotel.com/


The rooms are decorated with dark, rich warm colours but it still has an open and airy feel to it at the same time. They really broke the rules when they mixed multiple bold patterns and materials however, it works in the space and keeps it interesting and fresh. They were quite humorous with their space saving solutions when they designed the TV in the bathroom mirror, so cool! They were really thinking on their toes when they made all the windows and doors sound proof, its about time someone did that! The coffee table books are chic and fabulous to read, the hugh walkin closet hall with a kitchenette mixed in, is a pure example of double duty rooms, and the remote control to closes the drapes and turn off the lights from bed is just another detail they didn't miss. Overall the hotel has a chic interesting design the moment you walk in to the exit with the valet offering you water for the road. The food is to die for and so are the prices, however when I took a bit of that $29 Burger, it was all worth it in the end! All I have to say is I can't wait to go back . . .


Until next time,

w&c designer girl!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Jo will be on the Steven & Chris Show.

Jo is doing a piece on the Steven & Chris show about small spaces and multi-functional pieces! Check out the photo's from the field piece. Show will air October 1st!

Until next time,

w&c designer girl!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Pencil Art!

Now that's what I call 'Miniature Art'!!
it amazes me what people come up with to make their art.....










Stay Green and Creative!
Until next time,
w&c designer girl!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

What's Lurking in your Carpet?!?!

The carpet you installed looks great but is there danger lurking in the freshly installed fibers? Carpet has been used for years by millions, made from the same materials found in clothing and everyday fabrics: polyester, nylon, olefin fibers, latex (synthetic rubber) and polypropylene (olefin) fabric backing. You may be surprised to hear that carpet is now becoming a controversial topic as a result of the off-gassing carpets can produce.

The common symptoms people display when a new carpet is installed are allergies, headaches and fatigue. New carpet emits up to forty different chemicals after installation called volatile organic compounds (VOC). As the carpet ages, the quantity of gases released drops but it can take up to a full year before most of the chemicals are completely released from the fibers. The carpet alone is not the only potential problem; the glues used to tack down the carpet as well as the carpet padding emit VOC’s which result in potential health risks.

Experiments were conducted on mice using carpet and adhesive sample fumes. Mice developed a multitude of neurological symptoms resulting in tremors and convulsions as well as brain haemorrhages and paralysis. Theses symptoms are supported by reports filed by carpet installers who have developed a wide range of health issues such as head and body aches as well as gastrointestinal symptoms. Neurological symptoms in humans can range from slowness, weight loss or gain, rash, insomnia and confusion, change in personality, memory loss, extreme fatigue and difficulty speaking. It becomes overwhelming to hear what people could potentially be exposing themselves to in their own homes.

Although a true connection between carpet fumes and the linked health issues has yet been firmly established, it is best to be cautious when making flooring decisions. This is even more important if you have small children who play on the floor and become more susceptible to the adverse VOC’s emitted. Vinyl and synthetic carpet VOC’s are high, look for natural fibers such as wool, sisal and cotton. Hardwood floors seem like a good solution but they include formaldehydes, which releases high content of VOC’s. The alternative to this is pre-sealed hardwood or water-based polyurethane hardwood. Ceramic tile emits no gases. Linoleum is clinically nontoxic. Alternatively, the best flooring for allergy sufferers are bamboo, cork or recycled glass. To minimize the VOC’s select low-VOC or water based adhesives/products. If it is carpet you truly want, your new carpet should include a low-emission level institute tag and carpets that are free of chemicals with a low nap.

The carpet industry claims they are committed to improving the quality of indoor air by reducing the VOC’s from their products. Carpet samples are tested for chemical emissions using the most up to date dynamic environmental chamber technology and this process has reduced the overall level of emissions by selective raw material usage and other process modifications. Hazardous new carpet emission normally dissipates within 48 to 72 hours after installation when accompanied with good ventilation.

What are the benefits of having a carpet in your home after new carpet emissions have disappeared? The carpet industry has worked closely with environmental agencies, product safely companies, institutions and independent laboratories. Throughout the evaluations, scientific evidence has indicated no specific link to human health effects from the chemical emissions that so many have linked to carpet. They go to the extent of proving the benefits that carpet provides; it holds dust particles and dirt until removed by vacuuming. The holding characteristics helps with the airborne dust which is usually stirred up by foot traffic as found with solid surfaces. This is a quality that helps protect allergy sufferers. The fact that carpet collects and holds more lint and dust may be considered an advantage as it is better to have particles carrying dirt and bacteria held down in the carpet until vacuumed.

After these tests and statements conducted by the carpet industry, fingers are now being pointed towards the adhesives, the carpet padding and the sub-floors. So your allergies might not becoming from the carpet fibres itself but from the under padding and the process under the carpet. As you can see, the jury is still out on this issue. What is certain is that education and research are crucial before you make any carpet or flooring decisions for your home.

Stay green and until next time,
w&c designer girl!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

SEX and the CITY 2!!! YAAAA

Alright GIRLS it is almost that time to get our Sex and the City fix once again- the sequel comes out on May 27th and I don't know about you but I am so excited to see it!! Have you seen the previews!! The shoes, the clothes, the cocktails, the scenes and AIDAN is back!!!!



Offical Trailer - OMG!!!
Stay Green my Sex and the City lovers!!
xoxox
w&c designer girl!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Ambition - Why do we have it??

I came across this young writers, Diary Book on Life's Questions, she writes about the oddest things, but at the same time it is very relatable. This is one article that I wanted to share with you, it is interesting in the fact that I think we have all been there at one point in our life's or for some are still there. . .

"Ambition, why do we have it? It seems like a curse most days, I am a struggling artist/entrepreneur because I have a bigger vision for myself and my work, and won't be happy until I obtain it. But because of this I have no money, I have no real assets, I have no husband, no children, nothing except debt to my name, an aging body and time spent from others. If I didn't have Ambition I would be perfectly fine working in a everyday job, perfectly happy with making what I make and having what I have. Living within my means and enjoying the small things. But NO, I have Ambition, and I want the world, and without the world I won't be able to stop. I struggle everyday to be joyful and upbeat that my break is just around the corner, working away at what I can on connections and leads, searching to find answers and my path. People will even say "you are right there; keep going you will get there soon." Some days I believe them, that I do feel like I am almost there that it feels like I can reach out and touch it, and other days I feel so far away. If I didn't have Ambition I wouldn't care if I gave up at this point of the game, I wouldn't care that I turned my back and threw up the towel, as I feel like doing so many times in a day. If I wasn't cursed with Ambition I might actually have something in my life right now then just a dream, maybe I would have a romance, a job, money, just one of those things I would take, but Ambition takes over and corrupts my personality with thoughts and adventures and leaves others behind, ignoring opportunities because they are not part of the master plan or the goal, snubbing moments and experiences that could make someone else very happy, but to me it is not enough. I am bound with depression on the thought that I will not achieve what I have set out to, accomplish what I want to, and live the way I dream about. Ambition, is a decease that controls your body, mind, and soul. It is wished by many but those who are cursed with it, always wants to achieve more, have more, and will do anything to get their more! However, those that have achieved their more, are the lucky Ambitionairs, they fought and struggled and landed on the top, and because of them the Ambition that is found in us, eats this, and wants it even more! It is a living entity, and it lives within me!! "

Um a living entity eh! I can see it being that way for sure in way, I guess!

Until next time,
w&c designer girl!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Question for you???

I have a Question for you??? When it comes to blogging what do people really want, do they want a site with a ton of images and a little bit of writing or blogs filled with information and maybe an image here and there??

I am torn on which I like and which direction I should take on my site, I follow a lot of blogs that are filled with images because that is what I am attracted too, quick easy reading. So I thought I should do the same on my site but then at the same time when I am researching information I am attracted to the blogs who are full of information. Now there are a lot of blogs out there so which ones are succeeding more then the other, IMAGES OR INFORMATION??

Stay Green my friends,
w&c designer girl!

Monday, March 8, 2010

The WHY 58x38 Yacht - Should be named WOW!! This is on my WISH list!!

A French shipbuilding ship company joined with one in Monaco to build this yacht. It's enormous, the WHY 58x38. (58 meters long by 38 meters wide), and released these pictures.

The yacht, an area of 3400 m2 with seating for 12 passengers and 20 crew.
This is a "green" yacht.

Wally et Herm├Ęs use green energy for 20 to 30% fuel savings and 40 to 50% electricity consumption on board. There are 900 m2 of solar panels, producing a daily output of 500 kW.
equipment:


Three decks, a 25 meter pool, a spa, helicopter pad, sauna, gym and massage room, a 130 meter promenade, music room, dining room, cinema, sun decks, suites, terraces, lounge.
The decks are connected by stairs but there is also an elevator.
The owner's suite:


With an area of 200m2 and completely covers the third deck. (This is the bedroom)
The sea view is great and there is a private terrace of 25 meter long.
A sea of light.

The yacht has the shape of a horseshoe and
has a roof so everything is bathed in a sea of light.
The spacious lounge.

On the lower deck are the common premises,
such as lounge, piano bar and dining area.
Dining Room

The dining room opens onto the sea view.

For the guests, 5 suites with sea views (on the middle deck).
There is also a fully equipped reading room.

Any color will do FOR ME.
Stay Green my friends!
Until next time,
w&c designer girl!

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