A sweets table, of sorts...


"Classic candy jars filled with blueberries, mangos, satsumas and strawberries"

Have you seen the Amy Atlas website or blog anytime recently? Amy Atlas is the original "Sweets Stylist". She creates amazing tables for parties comprised of sweet treats that are decorated and color coordinated to perfection.

For my daughter's birthday I wanted to give her a great food table that represented one of my favorite things, a candy store.  However, I wanted to limit the sugar intake as much as possible as to avoid the classic sugar crash - or as we call it here, the temper tantrum. You can see below the influence of Amy Atlas' sweets table and my candy shop obsession.

I love discovering old vintage candy stores. Especially if they are in a small, quaint town. I don't really think that it's the candy that draws me in, rather the bright colors, different shapes of the candies and definitely the sparkle of the glass jars. In fact, it could just be the sparkle of the glass jars.

A well merchandised candy store has fantastic glass jars. Tall, fat jars with clear lids or front facing jars that seem to beg me to grab a bag and filler'up.  I found some of these glass candy jars recently and I knew just what I would do with them. As you saw above, I filled them up with a variety of colorful fruits - blueberries, mangos, satsumas and strawberries!

The kids had so much fun with these glass jars and classic candy scoops that they didn't even realize that they were shoveling healthy snacks onto their plates!

At the last minute I decided to create a little personal art for the birthday girl.

I whipped up her silhouette and a piece of word art to articulate to her all of the words that I would choose to describe her. I had a good time late night with my online thesaurus so that we could have some fun reading this together. "You mean, I'm a lion?"

"Bite size watermelon piled into adorable ice cream sundae glasses"

This is probably the one tray I am most excited about. Why? Because my cute little ice cream sundae dishes were found at my new "not-so-secret", secret treasure trove - Value Village.

"Who doesn't love pirates booty and giant pretzels?"

Sneaking in another fun and relatively healthy snack!

- Kim

An inspiring walk in Calgary, Alberta


Making a statement comes easy for a door like this.

I am guessing that whoever lives here has a ton of confidence or hired a designer who does. I discovered this jewel while out on a  walk on our winter vacation.  I LOVE this door.

This home had a little bit of this and a little bit of that, and was pulled together impeccably. Many people struggle with the idea that if you live in a traditional home that all design elements should be parallel to that particular style. This is a great example of how that is simply not the case.  The front of this house has two planters in very traditional round pots, craftsman style bronzed lamp posts and then a very contemporary metal door. The front gate is almost delicate in its design in contrast to the weighty style of gray bricks and massive single front door, and it looks amazing together.

Today was -26 degrees in Calgary, Alberta. I was bundled up and out for a fantastic walk through my cousin's neighborhood.  His neighborhood is situated above the Bow River overlooking the downtown area. These are just a few doorsteps that caught my eye for different reasons.

In Seattle, I don't usually see this style door in a light stain. I love the curved top, light stain and that it was paired with a modern nickel door handle. Beautiful.

This particular house reminds me of a modest, older Seattle home that has tons of charm inside complete with built-ins and paned glass. Even though this is a smaller home with a single door porch, it commands attention because of the substantial, wood door and rustic stain.

I couldn't help taking a ton of photos when I was out walking.  I am intrigued by how architecture and design styles differ so much between cities, states, climates and countries - even neighboring countries. It was inspiring to see daring design choices, traditional charm and how architects are inspired by the elements (such as -26 degrees!).

by mlekoshi