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where to catch saf: 2016 in review

December 30

As 2016 draws to a close, it is only natural to look back and recap a year that was. And you might just be wondering where I was in 2016. While my blog has long been an outlet for sharing the good word of interior design, thrifting, architecture, food, drink, lifestyle, travel and more whenever a valuable thought or idea presents itself, of late I’ve been sharing more of my happenings on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

So here are some of my 2016 highlight happenings, thoughts and experiences that I shared on these other platforms.

> A fabulous trip to my beautiful ancestral homeland of Slovakia for a dear cousin’s wedding


….with an enjoyable stop in Barcelona en route to take in the delicious architecture, gastronomy and wine.



> My boyfriend moving in and me learning to share a living space after almost a dozen years of having it all to myself.

And tolerating large speakers that accompany a better sound system…


… along with throw cushions being thrown on the floor. His making of the bed on the left, mine on the right – I do appreciate when he tries. This side-by-side comparison of techniques was a top performer on social media, with most support weighing towards him! 🙂 All worth the trade of having him in my life.


> Sailboat time with said boyfriend and good friends, taking advantage of one of the best Toronto summers in recent memory and a productive work environment on The National Yacht Club patio.


> The discovery of the art and joy of making tonic syrup from scratch, thanks to this time-consuming but oh-so-worth-it recipe by Pinch & Swirl. I learned that gin and tonics are hugely popular in Spain – served in red wine glasses. While I didn’t indulge in one on my trip, I have since declared this the only type of glass from which to enjoy a G&T.


> Cheering on the Toronto Blue Jays to another ALDS victory from some amazingly close seats at The Dome, thanks to an amazing friend.


> Continuing to have a tonne of fun in my marketing, communications and design consulting business, including answering customer colour and decor questions and doing live presentations and appearances for CIL paint



…and doing TV media spots (that will continue into the new year) with Dulux Paints about a fabulous new product line called Dulux Effects finishes, that just have to be seen to be fully wowed-by.


Reading my year in review, I am supremely grateful for all that I have experienced and learned, and for all of the wonderful people in my life, near and far, those that play a large role and the supporting players as well.

What is on your 2016 round-up list?

Here’s to an amazing 2017 for one and all!
























18 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    December 30 9:22 am

    Thanks for your year round-up! We missed you 🙂 Looking forward to reading your musings and design adventures in 2017.

  2. November 27 7:18 am

    It’s hard to believe that another year has flown by! I was just taking a look at my own ‘2016 year in review.’ 🙂 I love that you included updates on your travels and your own personal business. Brilliant idea! I may have to update my year in 2017 to reflect that, too…

    • November 27 11:13 am

      Thanks! Being so inactive on my blog this year, maybe it’s time for me to write a 2018 goal setting post. 😛

  3. November 28 6:26 pm

    Love your Barcelona photos.

  4. February 27 6:52 am

    Glad you enjoyed Barcelona! Isn’t the city architecture stunning? We also published a 2016 year in review here: Here’s to a great 2018!!!

  5. April 18 1:03 pm

    Oh, I miss Barcelona! Especially now that summer is coming. Gaudi’s construction just add an extra (and totally exceptional) charm to it.

    • April 18 1:08 pm

      Such an amazing city. Lucky me, I might just be visiting it again this fall. It’ll be interesting to see once again the progress that has been made on the cathedral in that time.

  6. Past The Potholes permalink
    June 12 4:41 pm

    Sounds like an awesome year! We were just in Barcelona and hope to get to some of Eastern Europe before we return to Canada. Any places you recommend in Slovakia?

    • June 12 8:25 pm

      I’ve seen most of Slovakia, and while it’s difficult to name just one place, Bratislava is a good, all-round experience. The High Tatra mountains are gorgeous. The castles / castle ruins! There’s a stat something along the lines of that there are more per capita or square mile or such, than any other country. Spiš Castle and Bojnice Castle are highlights. And the wooden churches are a delight. Plus, Levoča, Trenčín, Bardejov, Košice, Warhol Family Museum of Modern Art in Medzilaborce, Skanzen Humenne open air museum of old homes and buildings…just to name a few!

  7. July 22 8:59 am

    The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona absolutely blew me away. I had high expectations, and even though it was rammed full of tourists and building works, I was still thoroughly amazed. I plan on going back at regular intervals to watch the progress…

    • July 22 12:37 pm

      Agreed! And after not visiting for a stretch of 25 years, I’m planning on heading back this fall just 2.5 years later. Will be interesting to see what they got done in that time.

  8. November 8 12:50 pm

    Slovakia looks so beautiful, I’m visiting it next year and I can’t wait

  9. May 4 2:20 pm

    Sounds like you had a great year with a lot of interesting travels!

  10. May 5 3:43 am

    Oh I was just looking at my own Barcelona photos today and reminising… that architecture!

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