Category — Cottages + Cabins
Hey, it’s Monday! And after a weekend spent sitting fireside with friends, lazy mornings, and cozy evenings, I’m feeling refreshed and ready (sort of) for the busy week ahead. The countdown is on for Alt Summit and I’m so excited to hop on the plane first thing Wednesday morning. I’ve got my outfits ready to pack (my stylish sister-in-law Amy helped me out big time on that end, phew!) and am off to pick up my pretty new business cards this morning (I’ll share them with you asap). It’s been a long time since I’ve travelled alone and I must admit that I’m feeling pretty nervous-cited (my girls’ favourite word) to leap out of my comfort zone. Definitely more excited than nervous but going to a conference of this size on my lonesome is a huge leap for me, as it is for many I’m sure! So I thought I’d calm my butterflies with these cozy finds:
Do you travel a lot for work? How do you get over any initial jitters before the networking begins? Any tips are welcome :) Well, off I go to work before getting my house in order for my time away but I’ll be back to chat as usual on Wednesday. Enjoy your day!
January 20, 2014 2 Comments
Oh yeah, it’s Friday! Another busy week to check off the calendar and I’ve been counting down until today because I’m heading for the hills –Whistler-bound, woo hoo! It’s my good friend’s birthday and Whistler is always tha bomb. We’re so lucky to have such a beautiful mountain within reach and I cannot wait to wander the village, visit with my girls and warm up with a fireside drink or two?or more but come on, it’s Whistler so who’s counting ;) I’ll leave you with some links to love for the weekend–cheers!
1. Came across the gorgeous work of Vancouver artist Joanne Hastie and I’m absolutely loving this painting! Reminds me of an abstract paint-by-number–gorgeous!
2. This historic cottage is in the latest issue of Country Living and is packed with character + vintage touches:
3. Creative kids parties are surprisingly hard to find but this forest picnic is super sweet:
4. I could easily curl up in a number of cozy corners in this Icelandic cottage:
5. My palette for boozy hot drinks is limited to Bailey’s & coffee and I’ve never tried a Hot Toddy before–thinking it’s high time!
This is a quick getaway (I’ll happily take what I can get :) and I’m back tomorrow late afternoon for our Spruce staff party. We’re whisking the shop girls off (did you know we’ve got 5 employees now? Kind of crazy!) for a rustic picnic surprise, cannot wait! Time to hit the highway so happy weekend and bye for now!
November 15, 2013 1 Comment
I wrote this post early and am currently off enjoying a little beach time/overnighter with good friends in Kitsilano. Nothing like ocean breezes and margaritas to get a head start on the weekend! How was your week? I can’t get enough of this sunshine and it truly makes everything better, doesn’t it? The kids have been playing outside until dusk while Brad + I chill on the patio, we’ve had friends pop by several evenings and are even heading out to a bonfire tonight…all the best ingredients of summer! Here are some other good things that I’ve come across this week:
1. I’ve been doing a pretty decent job of eating healthy and walking the dog every night this week. This salad looks fresh + delicious:
2. In love with this adorable Captain’s Mirror DIY…if only my handwriting was so neat!
3. Nothing says “party” like a well stocked bar cart! Loving the industrial lines of this one:
4. Loving the Scandinavian take on this Ontario cottage:
5. This London renovation is super inspiring…can you believe it used to be a public restroom? Seriously…check it out:
My good friends know that I like to give out mixed tapes and I thought tonight’s bonfire/BBQ was the perfect excuse to put some one together. These are tunes on my current playlist and I’ve shared most on the blog at some point but here they are all in one happy place…enjoy! Have a wonderful weekend :)
July 26, 2013 4 Comments
While I am love, love, loving this amazing summer heat wave that we’ve been having, I must admit that there’s a teeny part of me looking forward to Fall. You know, not the getting back to routine and early mornings bit….the layers, boots and sweaters part! There’s nothing like that crisp smell in the air while pulling on my beat up leather boots and this jaw-dropping estate looks like the perfect place to saddle up for a Fall morning ride. The 26-acre Californian ranch just happens to belong to Portia de Rossi and Ellen Degeneres and I think you’ll agree that it’s breathtaking…
Elle Decor. Photos by William Abranowitcz.
Elle Decor. Photos by William Abranowitcz.
Um, how lucky is that horse? I’ve been dreaming a lot about lofty barns and wide open spaces…they say it’s good to dream big, right? You can can see many more beautiful shots of this Hidden Valley ranch over at Elle Decor and in the meantime, enjoy your Wednesday :)
July 17, 2013 1 Comment
Good morning! We’re back from an eventful weekend away in the Caribou, just outside of 100 Mile House. Our friends got married (in front of this amazing settlers cabin on the groom’s family holiday property) but not without a hitch. The groom was hospitalized (with meningitis…what are the odds, seriously!?!) the day before the big event but the entire family and plenty of friends (many of us were camping out or staying nearby) rallied together and helped to create a truly magical weekend. The series of events had to be reversed but thankfully, Chris was released in time for a twilight ceremony, made even more meaningful after what he and Sarah had been through over the last couple of days together. Words can’t describe the amount of love that was shown this weekend, between the couple themselves, the most generous host family and all of the “village” that worked to make the wedding happen. We’re still praying for Chris as he’s back in hospital now but after this, I haven’t a doubt that they can make it through any hurdles along their journey together!
Despite the unexpected turn of events, we had such a fun weekend camping with a large group of friends and their young families. Our kids got eaten alive by mosquitos but otherwise had the time of their lives, swimming in the creek, bunking with friends and gorging on marshmallows. The ingredients that summer memories are made of!
While it’s true that roughing it isn’t overly enticing to me these days, there is so much to love about being off the grid especially when surrounded by great friends! Hope that you all had a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for all of the sweet comments about my fireplace makeover! Enjoy your Monday :)
July 8, 2013 2 Comments