Saturday, February 26, 2011

-Snapshot Of The Week-

image “I'm not young. What's wrong with that?”
-Ms Vivien Leigh
*Photo Google Images*


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Celine Dion!

image Did you see Celine Dion on Oprah Monday? If you follow my blog regularly then you know I am Celine obsessed so I was tickled pink when I saw Oprah was having her back on the show (for the record holding 27th time!) Not only was she on the show but she also gave us a peak into her amazing Florida mansion which recently gained a little infamy for it’s sprawling water park backyard and use of water. However, Celine took care of that and now her and her extended gi-normous family get to enjoy her stunning white and black abode while being carried down her ‘lazy river’.

image I watched this Oprah episode very intently (dinner was a little late coming to the table that day) and it never ceases to amaze me how down to earth she is. If ever there was a reason to act like a diva she has it and yet she comes across like someone you could casually grab a cup of coffee with. I am really happy for her and can’t wait to venture to Las Vegas (which will be my first ever vacation!) to see her new show at the coliseum.

image If you missed Monday’s Oprah you can see her palatial home over at “Hooked On Houses” where the lovely Julia wrangled up some still shots of the interiors and exteriors shown on the episode. You would have also missed her beautiful performance of Billy Joel’s song “Lullaby” which will be part of her new Vegas show. See the video below if you please!

Do you love Celine too? What do you think of her amazing home? Will you be trekking down to the city of bright lights to watch her new show? Maybe I’ll see you there!

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

-Snapshot Of The Week-

image “At 30 I'll have my first bah-bee, be married, have a really nice three-storey family house in Clapham with a little picket fence and be writing songs for pop tarts.”
-Ms Adele

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Creating “Atmosphere” In Your Interiors

ai13 I have recently discovered this fabulous design company Atmosphere Interior from Saskatchewan. This team’s work is (as some might say) off the chain! Established in 2004 Atmosphere Interior is a team of three brilliant people, Trevor, Curtis and Heather, working together to fuse classic, contemporary and traditional styles into these stunning creations. No question that the atmosphere in these rooms is so divine. Enjoy!
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If you would like to enjoy more of these gorgeous designs and learn about Atmosphere Interior then please visit their website and prepare to be dazzled!
*Photos Atmosphere Interior Design Inc. Reckless Bliss receives zero compensation to  toot anyone’s horn, I only toot for love!*

Monday, February 14, 2011

Be Mine

imageI am one of those people that doesn’t overly buy into Valentine’s day; my fella and I don’t do gifts or eat at a crowded restaurant or even act particularly different from any other day. However, on this day dedicated to passion and love and all that it entails, it’s hard not to give in and feel a little mushy.

imageMuch like the Christmas season, it evokes a warm fuzzy feeling from deep inside. It's a beautiful reminder to appreciate all the loves you have in your life. Not just your “sweet baboo” but your friends and family and pets, all saturating you in pure unadulterated love.
image Not to mention, an excellent excuse to eat sweets guilt-free.
imageMy favorite part is just the time spent together today. Even though it’s no different than yesterday or tomorrow, somehow Valentine’s day makes the time feel extra special. It’s a blessing to have love in your life so appreciate all the moments you are given with the people you love most.
So if you will allow me to get fuzzy on all of you while you celebrate this day, please enjoy my Valentine to you. It's my favorite Shelly poem, “Love’s Philosophy” in dedication to everyone who loves someone.
image The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of Heaven mix for ever,
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle.
Why not I with mine?-
image See the mountains kiss high Heaven
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdained it’s brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth
And the moonbeams kiss the sea:
What is all this sweet work worth
If thou kiss not me?
image  Happy Valentine’s Day from Reckless Bliss!

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

-Snapshot Of The Week-

image“I think beauty comes from within. If you're happy and look at life in the best way you can, even when there are problems, it can make you beautiful on the outside.”

 -Ms Faith Hill

*Photo Hollywood Celebrity Pictures*


Friday, February 11, 2011

Thank You

imageToday I am having a mini-celebration….
imagebecause today is a happy day….
image due to all you wonderful readers of my blog….
image whom have shared with me a common love
image of fashion….
imageof inspiring women….
image of pure girl moments….
image of food….
image and more food….
image of love….
imageof architecture….
imageand interior design….
imageof writing….
image and as of today, my teeny blog has had over 100,000 people turning on their computers and sharing in these great loves with me….
image And even though that’s probably small potatoes to most in the grand scheme of bloggers, today I am happy and smiling and celebrating and feel I must say…
image you’ve inspire me to continue sharing my passions while making new friends with people from all over the world. For all of that and more….
image I thank you.

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

-Snapshot Of The Week-


“I drink booze, I smoke, and I'm hooked on caffeine. I actually have been known to swear at times and belch and even raise my voice when provoked. And I'm not physically repressed!”
-Ms Helena Bonham Carter 

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

‘House Hunting’ or ‘Headache’?

image Anyone who has gotten through the home buying process unharmed and made it out the other side alive should be given a medal of honor for their immense bravery.

image Instead of my typical interior design related posts today I’m going with more of a tirade type rant about the current on-goings of my life because that’s where my mind currently is and will probably stay indefinitely. My fella and I recently jumped into the ‘first time home buyer’ real estate game over the past few months and I have quickly learned, it is not for the weak! In any home hunters process there are associated worries and stresses but our situation is particularly unique and even somewhat dire to achieve. We managed to be approved for a decent mortgage RIGHT before interest rates went up thus we got an excellent rate that it will probably never drop back down to any time in the near future. We happened to just be within our financially comfortable limits and any higher we would have been in trouble so it worked out well for our needs. So, of course we immediately started our hunt but just kept coming up empty handed. What a shame to waste this golden opportunity to save ourselves some money I know, but it doesn't end there.

image The mortgage rules in Canada are also changing to make it harder for the average home buyer to acquire approval. I don't know what they are like everywhere else but in Canada right now you can get a mortgage for 35 years which is what we were approved for. (Add that to our awesome interest rate and we have ourselves one pretty little package) However, starting in March, which happens to be when our mortgage approval also expires, the government has declared that unless you have 20% down or more you may now only receive a mortgage for 30 years. First time home buyers like myself rarely have a full 20% down since a big chunk of our money gets poured down the rental drain. So to put that new change in perspective, if you could be approved for a mortgage of $370,000 at 35 years you can now only receive $345,000 for 30 years. That is the difference between once being able to own an entire home to yourself VS. a little townhouse or apartment. In other words, go find yourself an extra $25,000. That's probably a little more than you can dig out of your couch cushions and piggy banks. I understand the government doesn’t want us getting in over our heads but from our meek little point of view it feels impossible to bounce back from knowing we’re about to get set back $25 grand.

image  So we are in a predicament now to find "the" house, within our price range, meets our needs and most importantly can be fulfilled before our little financial egg timer dings and we're in game over mode. Times up but thanks for playing! We also have to take into consideration that we are looking at living a minimum of 5 years in the home so we need to be happy there for at least that time. I rent an apartment now and if I had bought this I'd be weeping into my pillow everyday knowing I had to stay here five years. We've had the worst luck with noisy neighbors and surly strata. I just want to be done with those things and have a little space to call my own. So what's a house-loving gal to do?

image Do you give up your dreams of owning your own home and settle for something small and ruled by power hungry strata councils and inconsiderate neighbors who hold your sanity in their hands with every crying baby, weekend (and sometimes weekday) party and musical instrument practiced? (I'm describing all neighbors we have actually had fyi.) I'm serious when I say we have the worst luck with neighbors. We complained once about the partying neighbors and the strata actually phoned them and told them we complained. That made for some awkward elevator rides and our door being kicked and spit on so now we clench our teeth, stay quiet and dream of a home of our own.

image Do you hold out and risk possibly losing it all in hopes that at the last second the perfect home will show itself and save you from renter's turmoil like a white horse? Surely buying anything is better than buying nothing and being stuck in limbo trying to scrounge the extra down payment together. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against the idea of a townhouse but with the years we've put in being miserable and renting while we desperately saved our pennies dreaming to get out and  into an actual home and for it to then be so close just to suddenly escape my grasp is a major bummer. I feel like we've earned the right to move on up. They let the Jeffersons do it, why not us? Can’t I have a deluxe apartment in the sky? Did I say apartment? Make mine a house….

image It's not as though what we want in a home is fit for royalty either. I don’t expect anything to be gold trimmed or a bathroom for every day of the week. Our only ‘must-have’ criteria was a detached non-strata home on a quiet suburban street with a backyard big enough for a dog to run around. Other than that I was open to anything and felt like there was no task I couldn't take on as long as the house had good bones and could fit our needs, or at least so I thought....

image We've seen a few houses now and I am a little shocked at the way some people will show a home. I always thought I could look past the things like it being cluttered or dirty but I certainly didn't anticipate how hard this was going to be. I wouldn't say I'm a clean freak by any means but I do keep a reasonably clean home. Apparently that's not really the norm amongst some people which is fine, to each their own BUT when you are trying to sell the home wouldn't you go that extra mile? Maybe buy some bleach and a rag and make a night of scrubbing? We saw a home earlier today and I couldn't wait to leave. If you feel grossed out to take your shoes off then there is a problem. To stand in the bathroom felt like we were standing in a petri dish for someones science experiment. It's a huge turn off to think you are about to make the biggest purchase of your life just to adopt someone’s years of built up germs and blackened toilet. Then there are the homes that are completely loaded to the brim with junk which makes me wonder how they could even get it all packed up within a year let alone the time frame for us to take possession by. So will we be adopting their old junk too? There's just so many little things I thought I would have no issue with but boy did I over estimate myself.

imageThrough this daunting process my mom said when you walk into a home you just know if it's going to be the right one for you. I'm really indecisive on most fronts but I'd have to agree with that now because if I can be so sure it's not the home for me that quickly then there must be one out there that will have the adverse effect and scream “PICK ME!” Now if only I could find it and reel it in before it’s too late…