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The NighBluey Herald....(Life ~ in easy-to-swallow caplets...)

Updated: 2018-03-06T02:10:18.339-05:00


It's Goodbye (waves~~~)...


Dear Friends,
I have decided to give up on this's with a measure of personal disappointment that I have come to realise that I am at the end of this road - I am spinning my wheels and not progressing at the pace I have set for myself.

This has been an enriching and learning experience for me - I have enjoyed it greately but I am not feeling that way anymore and so it's time to move on...

I have met so many of you, loyal (but few) followers - and for that I am forever grateful!
Please stay in touch - you know where to find me if you want to and I will continue to "stalk" your blogs from time to time!
oxoxoxo AJ

Painted Wood



Isn't this sideboard stylish? Transform an old, much-loved piece into a newly-loved one with some paint and elbow grease - THE perfect weekend project!
photo credit:

Aurelie Mathigot


I have often wondered what artists' homes look is one - the home of Aurelie Mathigot - "une artiste plasticienne..." - colour, texture and more colour....

PS: Alessi, I love you!


Around for quite number of years now...(image)

...and still delighting us with fluid, clever designs - Alessi!
Here's to making everyday objects a thrill to handle!
1. a nutcracker
2. a fruit tray

Photo credits:

I am redecorating....bear with me!


Happy Weekend, All!
ox AJ
(my lilies are baack!)

Check this Out!


Gingham is baaack! (did it ever leave?) ~ I cannot imagine my living room looking like this but there are homes just made for this tidy check! June Cleaver would approve!
Officially dubbed a Design Trend for 2010!

Photo credit:




Cross-pollination: "....also called allogamy occurs when pollen is delivered to a flower from a different plant. Plants adapted to outcross or cross-pollinate often have taller stamens than carpels or use other mechanisms to better ensure the spread of pollen to other plants flowers." (Wikipedia)

Yesterday was one of those days when wannabees like me only dream of....A REAL artist, Rebecca Bogan of AbobeSol Designs, called me one....
What can I say: I am overwhelmed and very, very grateful!
THANK YOU, Rebecca!
I am a huge fan of AdobeSol myself and already own several of Rebecca's is a piece she did for me recently...
("K" is to the Big-K...)

(I am still bouncing in delight...tra la la)...

Photo credits: AbobeSol and AJJ

Mixing Styles



I am baaaack from a little blog hiatus - full of verve and pep (or is it the other way around?)


Am very taken by these images of a home belonging to an interior designer (surprise surprise) which mixes two styles: Japanese and Scandinavian....who would have thought it possible? and yet, it is...

 Adroit pairings of the natural and the synthetic, plenty of wood and brick, punched up with a little stainless steel...

Serene, calming surfaces and contemplative vistas...the kind of place where one would be inspired to write an opus...would it begin, perhaps, with "....she rented a house, away from the crowds - to be alone with her thoughts and to write that poem..."
Hope you are all having a smashing summer!!
photo credits:

Saturday Haiku~


perched on a blade of straw
metallic skin taut
the Iron Frog

photo credit: Lon Fong (Flickr)

Fall Shmall....


...but seriously, Summer has not even officially begun and I am already asking: "are YOU ready for Fall"???
You would be very much en vogue come this leaf-dropping-season in these jaw-dropping Celine creations (one of my favourite designers...4 photos above)....minimalist IS the look for Phoebe Philo, in her second season at this venerable design house....
And how about 'em boots ~ from one of my other favourites - Bruberry Prorsum - leather and stretch lace - now that is a vavoom combination....

Some think it plebean but I do like the look of brown and black together...with the right tones and textures...

All photos:

Goodbye, Tobias Wong..


Canadian-born, New York-based designer, Tobias Wong, was only 35
when he took his own life a couple of weeks ago... (image)

Born and raised in Vancouver, he studied art and design in Toronto before moving to New York in 1997...

He was widely recognized as an artist who helped bring forth what is today taken for granted in contemporary culture....he shone a "tongue-in-cheek" light on what we consider obvious...

Goodbye, Tobias  - your talent and sense of humour will be missed....

Above: 1. mirror puzzle  2. diamond ring  3. McDonald's (gold) spoon (became a staple among coke-heads) 4. smokers' mittens...
Photo credits: google everywhere....

Chateau de la Verrerie


This magical place describes itself as a "Bed & Breakfast"...I call that "an understatement of the century...."


If someone were to try and soothe my currently-ruffled-soul in the Blue Room, I say I would emerge positively "charmante" and "sympathique"....

..and to make me positively "contente", on the second morning of my delightful and perfectly medicinal stay, that someone would move my suitcase into this Violet Room......(and don't forget the croissants, PLEASE!!!)

Pretty close to paradise in my book.....complete with magnificent gardens and the obligatory (and oh-so-indispensible) statues of putti....

All photos courtesy of

Saturday Haiku~


An oily summer lake
his feet are wrinkled
carefree abandon
photo credit: judo dad1954(flickr)

Time for Purple!



Yes, I needed a purple recharge!
Purple makes me whole..
Purple makes me smile..
Purple makes me..(fill in your own blank)~


Happy Tuesday, All!
Photo credits (in order of appearance): julesoflondon, wip-hairport, ragamuffinview,
cheekhoward, purpletree, birdman of el paso (all flickr)

Leafy Sea Dragons



Sea dragons are some of my favourite creatures on this planet!
They are actually fish and siblings to another weakness of mine~seahorses
(I won't be able to resist a separate post about them)!
These magical creatures are found along the southern and western coasts of Australia. Their leafy protrusions are not used for propolsion at all - they serve as camouflage only - sea dragons are trying to pretend they are seaweed...


Female sea dragons lay 250 bright pink eggs - through a long tube, they deposit them on a male sea dragon's tail and he cares for them until they hatch...then, the male shakes his tail gently, including against rocks and weeds, to help the little ones leave their eggs....


Despite the fact that they eat tiny fish and shrimp, they do not have teeth!

Hello, Beautiful! You can come and live in my bathtub any time!

Photo credits: MikeJonesPhoto(2), KentSmith9, Matt Tworkowski, William Bullimore (all Flickr)

Saturday Haiku~


What is beauty?
Spring garden in bloom
Poenies bow their heads

Photo credit: AJ

Sally's Sea Shore Home


Who can forget the-one-and-only Meg in "When Harry Met Sally"??
~and here is she, some years later, still looking fabulous-darling and..
here is her fabulous sea shore home in Martha's Vineyard, the product of her work with Marsha Russell of Satinwood Ltd., an interior-design firm in Bedford, New York.


Who can be unhappy waking up to a view like this?


When Sally, I mean Meg, found this barn-like home, it did not look like the operatic aria she was able to achieve through sheer work and vision  - parts of it had collapsed and the cedar-shingled roof was in need of desperate repair....Sally to the rescue!
She said of her find: "..the post-and-beam design is about seeing the skeleton of the house. I needed walls - I had to come in and add the skin."


Meg very skillfully maintained the open and airy aspect which can only come with homes of this height and structure..stunning!

...ahh, to dream in a tub like this....I am afraid I would never leave....
Photo credits:

A Part of Me


Gardening completes's very much a part of's a creative process in which I have a partner ~ Mother Nature ~ she guides me and I surprise her from time to time, with cheeky ideas, colour combinations and notions....
I cannot draw or paint but my garden is my canvas. My symbiosis with all things green and growing is part of the reason I dislike the winter so intensly.... now you can see a little into ME!
All photos: AJ

Design Friday*


Ahhh, the weekend is here!~enjoy, Darlinks!~
Literally thousands of Ontarians will be hitting the roads in several hours, heading for their cottages ~ some of them even in my neighbourhood (Kevin and I live in "cottage country" but in a real, grown-up house).
Many of these cottages are as modern as the incredible examples in these photos - lots of wood, glass and natural eclectic mix of rustic and modern..

Loove the overall fluidity of this design....the chairs off set the rigid, geometric edges of the rug, furniture and windows.


A stunning combination of wood and stone...the hues are warm, inviting and straight from Mother Nature...It's ok to mix wood types and finishes....I give you permission
(and so does the designer above, wink)


Now, I could really spend the weekend on this serene patio but wait, I have my own serene patio and photos of it are coming sooooooon!
Have a splish-splashy weekend, All (heatwave still here!)




We are in the middle of one - HURRAY! and it's only the end of May - HURRAY again!
It's so hot, our cats are feeling around for zippers to take off their furry coats!
It's so hot, I had ice-cream for breakfast this morning!
It's so hot, we slept in our birthday suits last night! (wink)..
Photo credit: Majdy (Flickr)

Hooked on the North


My latest obsession are blogs from the North - Norway, Sweden, Denmark....I am preparing a longer post about them as, in my view, they are a genre all their own but in the meantime...on one of them, I learned about Tine K Home and fell in love... AND Happy Birthday, Queen Victoria! (being celebrated in Canada today with a day off work, to play and read and garden, yaaay!)Photos:[...]

Tickle your Senses


An inspiring image, don't you agree? I want to reach out and touch it....
See more here...
credit: h.koppdelaney(flickr)

Magic by Karim Rashid


                                                                         Kurve Restaurant in NYC Truly magical designs by Karim Rashid.I love everything about them...the fluidity, the colour, the George Jetson-ness...                                                                                                                      Prizeotel                                                                                                                The Semiramis - Athens                                  Jean-Georges Market Restaurant - Atlanta                                                                                    Majik Restaurant                                                                Silk Road Restaurant in Las Vegas                                                        [...]

Maldoror Low Couture


Poland's Fashion Week just ended in Lodz (it's where I was born, by the way). The shows were divided into two sets of presentations: Off Shows and Designers' Alley.The Off Shows included Maldoror: - an up-and-coming design shop presenting their Asphyxiation line (F/W 2010). Vaguely reminiscent of Mr. McQueen's prowess, this design house includes the following statement in their manifesto:(translated by me): "Real beauty lies in the unattainable".Definitely raw and visceral, these creations betray a spirit of rebellion and non-conformism. They are not what I would chose to wear but I do appreciate them, and very much so, for their depth of vision, their form and play on texture.  The Asphyxiation line was presented in an old factory, further emphasising the organic, raw quality of its components. Just a tiny sample of Poland's vibrant and talented design pool.Photos:, google (Lodz Fashion Week)[...]



Some facts about Provence:1. The rustic and incredibly beautilful scenery of this region of France inspired Paul Cezanne to produce some of his best works. 2. The inhabitants of Provence still speak its traditional language: Provencal, which is similar to Catalan or Spanish. Many street and landmarks are named  both in Provencal and French. 3.  Originally a Roman province of Gallia Narbonensis, this area of France was close enough to Rome to be referred to, over time, as "provincia", hence its current name. 4. The Roman influence remains visible even today, particularly in the region's architecture.  5. Provence is known for its memorable cuisine, with fish at its centre. Many dishes also feature the liberal use of herbs (including thyme, rosemary, oregano and basil), with local vegetables, all cooked in olive oil.  6. Provence is not uniform in terms of its landscape and themes. Here, you will find medieval, cobbled streets and Roman inspired arenas but also the almost-cosmopolitan bustle of cities like Cannes and the commercial business of ports like Marseille and even Menton.7. Provence is well known for its vivid, purple lavender fields and the lavender industry is an important component of Provence's economy. I have resisted including photos of such fields because you have seen them before and I wanted to show you other, less known faces of this incredible region.7. Whether you are looking for vibrant nighlife, quiet serenity, or incredible wines and cuisine, Provence will please. I have very, very fond memories of all my visits to Provence, whether spent travelling all over the region or settled in on a sailboat in Menton.And now, I am nurturing my own little Provence, in my garden....My darling lavender plants whose still tender leaves are reaching up to the sun and gathering energy to grace my garden with purple deliciousness...Photo credits:(Flickr) Feuillu, CatChanel, duncansapien, Vince Arno, matzR, La RouteCollage: AJ[...]