Rock My Soul – Pillows / Totally Fun

Posted by liz on Nov 22nd, 2011

 I just stumbled upon Rock My Soul – on this rainy Thanksgiving week.  Fall is approaching, but I can’t seem to let go of the bright – vivid graphics that make me so happy.

According to their site, “Rock My Soul pillows are fun, funky pillows made from natural organic cotton and inspired by the 60’s and 70’s. They are the perfect accent to any room as they provide a pop of colour and visual interest. Throw pillows have the ability to bring a room together by picking up different colours in a room thus creating a feeling of harmony in a space.”

Created in Canada, influenced by San Francisco – all things sunny / fun and funky!

Twitter: @RockMySoulAmy


Traditional Poppy – Veteran’s Day

Posted by liz on Nov 11th, 2011

Veteran’s Day – 11/11/11, also my father’s birthday.  Happy birthday Dad! – My friend Max gave me a “Traditional” styled poppy flower sent from her mother Linda – from London. Always interesting how the style translates as well as the local tradition.  This poppy has a style of it’s own – Classic, Red and Remembered.

Why are the Poppies worn in America?
“The wearing of poppies in honor of America’s war dead is traditionally done on Memorial Day, not Veterans Day. The practice of wearing of poppies takes its origin from the poem In Flanders Fields, written in 1915 by John McCrae. According to

Also noted on Wikipedia: “The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem “In Flanders Fields“. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.”

REGREEN Training | Green Design for Residential Remodeling

Posted by liz on Nov 4th, 2011

Yesterday, I attended the REGREEN workshop – “Implementing Residential Remodeling” – on track to complete REGREEN training offered by USGBC and ASID.

An awesome opportunity to learn more about green / sustainable building and design practices as they apply to residential remodeling.  This real-time work session went into the nitty gritty of how we can apply green practices to the process of residential remodeling.  Starting with the building envelope and working thru to finishes.

Two excellent speakers and educators – instructing builders, architects, contractors and designers in green building practices:

  • Annette Stelmack, USGBC LEED Faculty… among many other designations – a designer and excellent speaker on the topic of green interiors and green building practices (
  • Peter Yost – Director, Residential Services –, great source of knowledge of green building practices, energy efficiency and construction methods.
Also met – designer and local chicago painting resource: Grace Ragsdale.
Ragsdale Inc. – fine painting and decorating – furniture and cabinetry restoration and finishing

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