Hot travel inspiration

Sorry for the quietness around here lately, but I was taking in some sun and sand.  Don’t you find going away always makes you see your place with new eyes?  So much inspiration comes from travel.

These are a few of my inspiring photos, can you feel the heat? Lord knows, we need it here in Ontario right now.

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Faucet Love and a Fabulous Giveaway

Earlier this summer, I was asked by Moen if I would accept and review one of their gorgeous faucets, called the 90 Degree.  I, of course, being a faucet hound and loving Moen products, agreed at once.

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Isn’t she a sophisticated beauty in all her brushed nickel glory.

As sparkly and pretty as the chrome is, I chose the brushed nickel finish as I wanted to install it in my daughter’s bathroom and she has brushed nickel handles and fixtures in there already.

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Some photos from Moen’s website. I particularly like the second one 🙂

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With it’s sleek modern style, it would fit right into any contemporary or modern bath.  I love square forms so I’m particularly pleased with this faucet and as the hardware in my daughter’s bath is also square, it fit the bill perfectly.

Once it arrived and hubby went to install it, he and I both commented on how heavy and durable it feels, a great plus in my book as the items that you touch daily should be substantial and well made.

This is where I am supposed to show you photos of how great the faucet looks installed in my daughter’s bathroom.  However, as in real life, not all installs go smoothly, and once he had removed the old one handle faucet (builder grade) we saw that instead of the one hole in the sink that we envisioned, we actually had three holes! Very close together but still three holes!  And of course, I hadn’t ordered the larger deck plate to cover three holes, I only had the smaller plate for one hole.

So, the plate is on order and you’ll see the installed faucet in a future post….very, very soon…I promise.

In the meantime, let’s talk about modern and contemporary bathrooms. Here’s my tips for creating a serene and modern bath:

1. Limit the number of finishes and repeat them.  For example, use the same tile for the shower and floor, even in different shapes or size it will still read as repeating

2. Square it off, in fixtures, hardware and sinks.

3. Clean front cabinetry with no moulding or ornamentation

4. Hidden or clean lined hardware

5. Glass shower walls

6. Limited colour palette, keep it simple. Less is more in modern styling.

Check out Moen’s Modern Bathrooms Houzz Ideabook to get even more inspiration.

GIVEAWAY!

Now, I’m sure you’re wondering about the giveaway that I taunted you with at the beginning and can you believe it Moen is going to give away one of these faucets, in the finish of your choice, to one of my readers. All you have to do is leave a comment below and tell me where you’d put this little stunner if you won it!  If you share this post on another social media site, leave me another comment telling me where for yet another entry.  And for yet another entry LIKE my Facebook page (at the top of my sidebar under Follow me – click on the small blue FB icon) and leave me a comment for another entry.

This contest is open to Canadian and United States residents only. Be sure to give me a way to contact you if you are the lucky winner.  Contest closes Friday, September 13, 2013.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

AND HAVE A WONDERFUL LONG WEEKEND

CANADIAN READERS!

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A little teaser

Hope you all had a great Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend!  US visitors your time is coming…. 😉

I wanted to share some beautiful custom built in bookcases that were just completed by a most wonderful carpenter, for one of my clients.
Aren’t they just so beautiful!

This is how the room started…

Quite the improvement isn’t it?

Now we have to get on with the finishing touches!

Have you started following The TBBs yet?  If not, what are you waiting for?

 

 

The Sacred area and a few cats

Since I’m still on a little bit of a travelling high since I got back here’s some more photos from my trip.

This time from Ancient Rome – smack dab in the middle of the current modern Rome – it is quite strange to be just be walking around and then right in front of you is some ancient ruin.

 

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And that is how we stumbled upon The Sacred Area of Largo Argentina.  As you can see it is alot lower than the current street level and hence it is fenced off.

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It was discovered in 1926-1930 during the construction of a new building.  It is an ancient roman square with four temples that faced a courtyard.

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The four temples are very different and they are known as Temples A, B, C & D now.  Temple A is the best preserved one of the four as it was incorporated into a medieval church, S. Nicolo dei Cesarini in 1132.  There were at least two earlier temples detected beneath this temple.

Temple B was the last one built and it’s foundation is even with the built up pavement of the others.  It is circular – you can see in the middle of the above photo. Six of its original 18 columns are still there.  There was a circular plinth that supported a large cult statute (the head, arm and foot are now displayed in the Capitoline museum).  It is thought to have been dedicated to the Goddess Fortuna “Good fortune for Today”.

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Temple C is both the oldest and youngest of the temples on this site.  Its foundation predates the lowest level of Temple A but the floor and surviving structures date after 80 AD.  There was a large goddess head that was discovered nearby and it is thought that it was originally in this temple.

Temple D is the largest, however most of it is still hidden under the current street.

BUT THE BEST THING OF ALL IS THAT NOW IT IS A CAT SANCTUARY!  Anyone who knows me knows that I am a little cat crazy and I am thrilled when I find places like this.

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How many cats can you find in this picture?

Street cats were attracted to the area when it was opened up during excavations in the 1920s.  I guess they felt safe being seven metres below the street level.  Unfortunately, then people started abandoning their cats here.  To the point that there are no feral cats they are all house cats that have been left there by their owners.

The sanctuary was founded in 1993 by two cat lovers who found that many of the cats were dying from disease and malnutrition.  Now international volunteers organize the medical treatment, sterilisations and adoptions of approximately one thousand cats, who come to live in this square every year.

After threats of eviction from the City of Rome there is now a special Roman law that protects this and other cat colonies and stray pets are deemed to be the property of the state and it is illegal to mistreat or move them.  This sanctuary relies solely on donations from tourists and visitors to buy food and medicine.

Here’s some more photos of the inhabitants….

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Roma, Roma

Well, I’m back and we had a fabulous time.  Rome is awe inspiring, especially when you come around a corner and there is the Pantheon or the Coliseum or some other ancient ruins…  It makes my heart go pitter patter because as a little girl I wanted to be an archaeologist and I still find it so interesting.

We had a beautiful hotel in Rome – right beside the Pantheon – I couldn’t believe the view!

Here’s the view we had from our room – too bad about the scaffolding – but I guess every hundred or so years you have to do some maintenance….

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And some pictures from inside.  This dome was built with concrete with an 43 metre diameter opening in 126 A.D. and has never been structurally altered isn’t that amazing!  It is the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome and when it rains outside it rains inside too!

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And they poured it with these stepped squares to alleviate some of the weight of the concrete – this is obviously where coffered ceilings came into being!

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And here it is at night…so romantic..SIGH!!

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Hope you enjoyed this little bit of Rome. I’ll be posting some of the many, many, many pictures from our trip for the next while – so stayed tuned!

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