Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Hamish Macbeth

Years ago I fell in love with a Highland Policeman and his town of Lochdubh. Constable Hamish Macbeth is the sole policeman of a wee town in the Scottish Highlands and he likes it that way. With a mind like his he should have been promoted out of the area to a big city ages ago, but he's having none of it. With his best pal T.V. John Mackeever he keeps the promotions at bay, by letting aspiring detectives take all the credit for his cleverness.
T.V. John is his police helper, a jack of all trades and with a touch of the sight added in. It is said that until he smells hair pomade he knows his death is far away.
The town is full of characters:
Laclan McCrae and Lachie Junior

a father/son duo hilarious in their ineptitude.Any money scheme has this duo behind it.
Agnes and Barney
They run the Stag bar and are the center of all goings on.
Rory and Esme
A late in life fiery romance between the grocer and the schoolmistress. Always a witty comment from Rory.
Alex, Hamish's first romance on the show, a headstrong rich girl playing with the local bobby's heart.
Isobel, the unrequited love of Hamish. A fiesty newswoman, not afraid to speak her mind.
Wee Jock, Hamish's constant companion.

What a cast and what writers! I hope you give the show a try, and watch twice if you miss something in their Scottish Brogue. Here's the link:

Friday, September 25, 2015

Small House Love

As much as our family loves our house, it is becoming increasingly apparent that we use so very little of it. My son is now in University and my daughter in high school. That leaves 3 of us in a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom house. I have a dining room I use about 4 times a year, and an entire back living room that I only use the corner for a computer area. At some point I know we will be relocating, as much as it makes me want to cry.
We will be trying to look for a waterfront property, since this is something all of us love, and a smaller yard would be nice. I'd like to find something that we could pay cash for, to get out from under the burden of a mortgage.
I've found some exteriors of small homes that I find charming. As long as the outside is great you can change the floor plan to suit just about anyone.
This is not set up as a home, but I love the clean lines and open, airy feel.
This reminds me of a New Orleans shotgun style house
This is a side view of the house, but I love the big open doors.
Another Southern style cottage
Graceful front porch.
Rustic charm
Which is your ideal small home?

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

girlies bedroom

girlies bedroom

Copper lamp
240 CAD - abchome.com

Gray rug
3,205 CAD - modernrugs.com

Wool rug
520 CAD - chairish.com

Home wall decor
65 CAD - wayfair.com

Wood sign
8.11 CAD - wilko.com

Mahogany furniture
2,235 CAD - belleescape.com

Casual furniture
1,185 CAD - valuecityfurniture.com

Comfort Research beanbag chair
265 CAD - jcpenney.com

outside decor

outside decor

Restoration Hardware outdoor patio decor
205 CAD - restorationhardware.com

Outdoor lighting
91 CAD - shadesoflight.com

Patio furniture

Brown Jordan patio hammock
395 CAD - brownjordan.com

Stone Wall 12 x 12 Paper
1.32 CAD - scrapyourtrip.com

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

DwellStudio drum chandelier lighting
2,075 CAD - dwellstudio.com

995 CAD - chairish.com

Woven throw
180 CAD - allmodern.com

3 pc canvas wall art
115 CAD - kohls.com

Crystal tealight holder
46 CAD - zgallerie.com

Antiqued furniture
3,505 CAD - arhaus.com

Diamond chair
1,530 CAD - jcpenney.com

Round glass top table
1,730 CAD - belleescape.com

Zentique medallion furniture
745 CAD - laylagrayce.com

Extra Bedroom

Extra Bedroom

Feiss sphere chandelier
900 CAD - lampsplus.com

Legacy Home bed linen

Head metal wall art
235 CAD - kohls.com

Queen headboard
2,095 CAD - jcpenney.com

Round accent table
595 CAD - lampsplus.com

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Bedroom By Emotion

People pick their bedroom decor based on how they want to feel when they end up here at the end of a busy day. Are you the type to need an energizing and colorful room, or the type that needs no stimulation, complete quiet? Here are a few bedrooms that evoke emotions in polar directions:
A 2o's style monocromatic glam pad! Only high rollers need apply

Quiet romance, yet crisply tailored
To me this has a "Where the Wild Things are" feel. Jungle drums in the distance
Parisian boho glam from turn of the century. Poets and painters would inhabit this space.
A princess of Antoinette proportions lives here. At least she's literate, judging by the books.
A "Nip/Tuck" style bachelor pad in the mountains. Maybe a James Bond movie opener.
For the extrovert who just doesn't care who sees their business. Wonderful for watching the stars without bugs.
A bit "Phantom of the Opera" for me, but if you like drama...

I love this casual loft space. The mural is kickin'!
And finally a "cabin" in the woods done right. No roughing it here!