Thursday, February 10, 2011

Me Mum and Red

February is the my mother's birth month and her favorite color happens to be RED, so fitting...

An avid cook, while working full time my mother went to Cordon Bleu in London. She would bring home delicacies like cooked eel, frogs legs and escargot. Mmmm mmm, what's for dinner tonight? Joking aside, my palette for food is wide and varied due to her limitless cuisine. 

Henri Matisse 

She taught me to use what I have and if I don't like it, then reinvent it! Put trim on those old curtains or stamp them with fabric paint!
Elle Decor

She taught me to read and appreciate a multitude of books, although this took years for me to cultivate...I was a hands-on learner and needed to be outside doing something or inside creating. 

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She taught me the importance of presentation...if you cut up an apple, everyone will eat it! 
House Beautiful

She taught me to love and appreciate other cultures and incorporate what you enjoy about them into your decor and ideas. We have objet d'art and furniture from all the places we stayed overseas throughout our homes.

Elle Decor

She taught me to sit back, relax, don't sweat the small stuff and remember to smell the roses! Although, I might say this does not come easily to either of us, as we suffer from a serious case of worrywortitus, but one can hope for change right? 

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Mom...I love you! Happy Birthday and Happy Valentines Day! 

Do you all like red? If not, why? I am always so interested in how people perceive color. Why do we love some colors and abhor others? Next week stop by as my mom will be posting weekly with a fun take on color through the decades of her memory!!!


  1. i always like red on furniture for a pop of color, but i find in my own house i tend to get sick of it fast. i had it in my last house and it wore on me, so this house- no red except for the playroom and my son's room! :) my mom was also born in february- what a great month!

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  3. This is so sweet. Your mother sounds like a wonderful person and a terrific style icon. Plus she shares a love of my favorite color--red! I never tire of it.

  4. Red has always been a colour associated with luck, life and fortune for the Chinese and I would love to have this colour in my house! The trick is to balance it - something I don't really know how to do, so I tend to go with the safe route!

  5. Happy birthday to your Mum! And thank you for sharing what you have learned from her. Have a lovely day, Kellie xx

  6. Love it!! Fantastic selection of images :)

  7. I love your mother already!! What a wonderful role model and what a thoughtful daughter! And great images to boot!

  8. Danielle, what a heartfelt and fitting tribute to someone as wonderful as your Mom! Awesome job and I know Sandy will be proud to read this- I was and she's not even my Mom!!!!

  9. This is such a lovely post and how lucky were you!!! Your mum going to Cordon Bleu in London. Um Jealous xxx

  10. lovely ones!!!

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    Happy happy day for you!

  11. Thanks everyone, my mother just called (she is away right now) to say she was so happy to read the post this morning! It made her day and now it is circulating all over the family. I'll be cooking her a meal this Sunday...I'm thinkin' mac n' cheese ;)!
    xx Danielle