Our adventure to IDS2015 Toronto!

This past Saturday January 24th, I went to the Interior Design Show 2015 (IDS2015) with a girlfriend. Let me tell you, I was SOOOOO EXCITED to go! Because it was my very first time … and because we were supposed to go last year but there was a huge snow storm that prevented me from doing so. There was so many booths from furniture retailers and distributors to tile and rug suppliers to independent vendors …. so much to see! So I’d like to share with you some of my fave things that captured my attention!

We LOVED these unique décor furniture pieces from Quake Furniture – stood out in the crowd for me!
We LOVED these unique décor furniture pieces from Quake Furniture – stood out in the crowd for me!
This pretty brass lighting fixture caught our eye!
This pretty brass lighting fixture caught our eye!
This was another unique lighting fixture that spoke to us!
This was another unique lighting fixture that spoke to us!
How pretty are these sleek modern shelving ideas!
How pretty are these sleek modern shelving ideas!

 

Pretty wallpapered pantry at one of IKEA’s tradeshow kitchen booths
Pretty wallpapered pantry at one of IKEA’s tradeshow kitchen booths.

 

Reminded me of the pretty tiles from my uncle’s home in Portugal. Creekside Tile Company tradeshow booth
Reminded me of the pretty tiles from my uncle’s home in Portugal.
Creekside Tile Company tradeshow booth
This barrel vanity sink just “wow’d” us. Perfect for a cottage or country home powder room. The salesperson also told me that they’ll repurpose leftover barrel material to create the matching mirror.  Eco-friendly.  Native Trails tradeshow booth
This barrel vanity sink just “wow’d” us. Perfect for a cottage or country home powder room. The salesperson also told me that they’ll repurpose leftover barrel material to create the matching mirror. Eco-friendly. Native Trails tradeshow booth

 

Pretty, soft and calm fabric pillows, aprons and accessories from Lint and Honey tradeshow booth
Pretty, soft and calm fabric pillows, aprons and accessories from Lint and Honey tradeshow booth
What time is it? It’s unique and stylish time, that’s what it is. Nygaard Design tradeshow booth
What time is it? It’s unique and stylish time, that’s what it is. Nygaard Design tradeshow booth

So many home décor ideas … so little time! Nice Saturday afternoon outing was had!  : )

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Welcome Home, Mother’s Pizzeria

I was sooo excited to hear that one of Hamilton’s nostalgic pizzerias, Mother’s Pizza Parlour and Spaghetti House, was returning to our city. I was curious how’d they reinvent it, especially bringing back the unique taste that made it so beloved back when we were bambinos.

I got to have my first taste of the pizza I loved when I was a kid back in May when I went out with some ladies I used to work with. I wasn’t impressed with the décor but the taste didn’t let me down. The owners have done a fantastic job nailing the original taste and flavours of the Mother’s famous pizza from back in the day.

Mother's Pizza Parlour and Spaghetti House
Mother’s Pizza Parlour and Spaghetti House

When I got home that night, I raved about it and told my family they’d have to try it. Life is busy in our household (as for sure it is in yours too!) so I finally made it back in August. We sat on the patio and enjoyed the Friday evening sun. I introduced the pizza to my young son while my husband had the Mexican Panzerotti (which was also very good!!). For days after, I wanted to go back for more …. I was addicted … lol!

Kudos to the owners for bringing back a little bit of Hamilton’s history and the authentic taste we all love and remember! Welcome Home!

Try the famous Mother’s pizza for yourself, visit their website: http://mothersrestaurants.com/

Hamilton’s Valentino’s Restaurant … new decor look, same traditional menu

My husband and I recently were out on our postponed Valentine’s Day date (you know if you have little kids as we do!). We had time before our movie, Silver Linings Playbook (fantastic movie!!) so we popped into the new Valentino’s restaurant on Paramount Drive. I’ve been curious since it relocated from Mohawk Road (where it had been since 1985) to this newer area on what it could look inside.

New Valentino's Restaurant
New Valentino’s Restaurant

Front Entrance of Valentino's
Front Entrance of Valentino’s

When we walked in, there was a line-up but we just wanted to grab an espresso at the bar. As we took our seats, I immediately began observing all the modern decor touches they had added (a big change from the dated furniture and overall 80’s look from their previous location). I was impressed! Very open-concept, painted bright red walls, built-in glass wall wine holders, sleek stainless steel light fixtures and red leather-bound menu holders. At the entrance and throughout, there is unique white panelling in a weave pattern; you can see it in the photo on the side. There is even red in the groves of the entrance’s walls; nice unique touch!

You can tell alot of attention to detail and design was put into decorating their new location space. Congratulations to new beginnings!