Archive for November, 2009

BEFORE AND AFTER: LIVING ROOM PHOTOS

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Continuing our little apartment makeover series, today’s post is about out Living Room! To see the previous Sports Room one, click here. I’m also including our bathrooms since this is a fairly short post.

Living Room Before

To be fair, the “Before” picture isn’t really accurate. Our living room didn’t look like that all the time before :)… this was in the midst of our craziness preparing for the party and getting the apartment ready. The major changes to the living room were the lamps, the framed photograph, a side table, a new coffee table, and well… cleaning up. We had our sofas from last year and the TV and swiveling TV mount about 6 months ago.

Living Room After

Nevertheless, here is our “After” photo. Much cleaner, better lighting and some small design additions. Leather sectional and Brown Microfiber ‘Nest’ chair from Urban Barn, Vancouver. Floor lamp and table lamps are both Robert Abbey Fine Lighting “Porter” polished nickel lamps, from Chintz & Co.

Sitting and TV Area

Noguchi coffee table from the Modern Source. Samsung TV and Sony surround sound, I believe both were purchased at Future Shop. Photograph is my own (see below) and cheap frame is from IKEA :)

Vancouver Skyline from Stanley Park

Framed photo.

Lounging Area

Our lounging area! I really love the Nest chair… Allan and I use it for watching TV, playing video games and cuddling… it really fits two people perfectly who want to cuddle and watch TV at the same time… it’s kind of a hybrid between a bed and a couch.

Bistro Table

Aluminum Side Bistro Table from Urban Barn. Here’s the Porter table lamp. Silk flowers from Thomas Hobbs, with two of my favourite cookbooks :)… Gordon Ramsay 3 Star and Araxi’s cookbook.

Fish Tank

Our fish tank! Finally cleaned up a bit and the plants are really starting to grow with the new light and CO2 reactor I spoke about in a previous post. In fact, if you check that post and look at the tank now… you can really see how much plant growth there is! We’re really trying to aquascape it to look like a real landscape… almost like something out of the Lion King. Stay tuned, I’m hoping the tank gets better and better. In other news, since the aquarium is open on the top, I’m really happy no one spilled a drink into it at the party! :)

Computer Setup

Here’s my computer setup… dual Samsungs and the Logitech diNovo keyboard set and MX Revolution mouse. I’ve had these for ages and seem to just keep replacing them I like them so much.

Master Bathroom

I thought I’d include the bathrooms too since this is a bit of a short post. Here’s our Master Bathroom. Brown towels and bathmats from The Bay (Distinctly Home) and photo frames from Walmart. Photos in the frames are below.

Curled Leaf Tofino Leaves

Framed photos.

Guest Bathroom

Here’s the guest bathroom. Towels and bathmat from The Bay (Distinctly Home) and photo frame from Walmart. Photo in the frame is below.

Tofino Boards

Framed photo.

And that’s it! What do you think of our living room makeover?

RECAP IN PHOTOS: OUR BIG PARTY

Monday, November 16th, 2009

There’s no possible way to capture a party properly in photos, especially when you are trying to host one… but we’ll do our best here. Thanks to John Biehler for graciously taking some photos during the event… they turned out great! Below you’ll see a mix of my photos and John’s photos. Hope you enjoy!

Photo Credit: John Biehler
Photo Credit: John Biehler

As mentioned before, this past Friday, November 13th was my birthday party (on my actual birthday) as well as our (Allan and I) housewarming party. A 2-in-1 party that was a lot of fun to prepare for and host.

Party Pics

I would say that it was a success! Allan and I sat down and did the numbers. Over 230 people attended… a 50L of Granville Island “Island Lager” (approximately 146 bottles of beer… thank you Matty and Granville Island Brewery!) completely tapped, an additional 150 bottles of beer consumed, 4 x 1.75L bottles of Grey Goose, 4 bottles of Zaya rum, 4 boxes of Patron tequila, 4 bottles of Giffard’s Manzana Verde, a bottle of Hennessey XO cognac, Jameson 18 Irish Whiskey, and Glenfiddich 18 Scotch whiskey… completely drained. Not to mention over 40 more full bottles of liquor completely consumed. Phew! I would say we had some heavy drinkers at the party :)

Party Pics

Not to mention over 100 bottles and cans of mixers drained…

Party Pics

A fridge full of food eaten…

Party Pics

20 portions of cheese…

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Even more beer and liquor brought by friends consumed…

Party Pics

4 bushels of mint used in cocktails…

Party Pics

10 pounds of chocolate…

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50 homemade chocolate creme brulees…

Party Pics

Hundreds of bamboo plates, cutlery and napkins…

Party Pics

Over 20 sliced french baguettes, served with double creme d’Affinois brie and an assortment of jellies and toppings…

Party Pics

One litre of bocconcini with roasted tomatoes, basil, and flat leaf parsely…

Party Pics

40 boxes of homemade noodles and chicken…

Party Pics

20 beef tenderloin steaks…

Party Pics

50 macaroni and cheese muffins…

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Many, many bags of popcorn…

Party Pics

15 homemade pizzas served…

Photo Credit: John Biehler
Photo Credit: John Biehler

Party Pics

Over 100 homemade cookies baked on the spot and eaten…

Party Pics

Dozens of petit fours (bought, not made)… and that’s a lot of food!

Photo Credit: John Biehler
Photo Credit: John Biehler

We had the outside patio decorated with white lights, dozens of candles and lanterns, and a couple patio heaters to stay warm! Luckily it didn’t rain so we didn’t need to put up the tent!

Photo Credit: John Biehler
Photo Credit: John Biehler

And then, there were the drinks…

Party Pics

Freshly made mojitos…

Party Pics

Whiskey sours and whiskey on the rocks…

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My signature martini (watermelon, pomegranate juice, apple liqueur, Grey Goose, lime, lemon, and mint… all blended with ice)…

Photo Credit: John Biehler
Photo Credit: John Biehler

Photo Credit: John Biehler
Photo Credit: John Biehler

Many chocolate martinis served…

Party Pics

A “pom cosmo”…

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Rum rita…

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Irish coffee served with Jameson 18 whiskey, Italian Bodom-brewed coffee, freshly whipped cream, brown sugar, and topped with Butter vanilla and coffee marshmallows toasted with a torch…

Party Pics

Irish car bombs…

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Dark chocolate creme brulees, torched…

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The full drink list for the party… (needless to say I spent the entire time behind the bar)

Party Pics

The dress I wore to the party… a pink and purple silk party dress by Meghan Los Angeles. Yes, it’s totally over the top and ridiculous, and definitely a “It’s My Party and I’ll Cry if I Want To” dress… but I couldn’t resist.

Party Pics

Here’s the back of the dress… I really loved the bow and the low back on it!

Party Pics

Here’s the jewelry I wore… beautiful custom-made handcrafted silver crocheted pink Swarovski jewelry by Isabella Diamond here in Vancouver. The ring even lasted through all the drink mixing, haha.

Photo Credit: John Biehler
Photo Credit: John Biehler

I also got to meet some fabulous bloggers in Vancouver for the first time… thanks to Raul, Liv, Greg, Mozy, Aidan, Kimm, Tyler, John, Jerk, Tawcan, and Josh for coming out!

Photo Credit: John Biehler
Photo Credit: John Biehler

All in all the party was a lot of fun. We finally finished our apartment (pictures coming soon), and it was great to see all our friends out. Allan and I both had an amazing time. Thanks for reading this huge long post!

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