July 26, 2013
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 24, 2013
It’s no secret that I love bright pops of colour against a neutral backdrop but it’s hard to say when too much colour is, well, enough. It definitely comes down to personal preference and I don’t think there is any right or wrong dose of colour, it just comes down to how many hues you can live with in your space without feeling overwhelmed. A great way to add interest and diffuse any stark contrast between colour choices is to add layers of texture. Pillows, rugs and throws are always a great place to start…
Fresh flowers and greenery add colour and texture and bring life to a room, wouldn’t you agree? I rotate my throws and toss cushions seasonally to keep things from feeling stale. What tricks do you have to keeping your space bright without breaking the bank? Hope you’re having a great week so far!
July 22, 2013
I don’t know about you, but this never-ending sunshine is making happy hour come mighty easy ’round these parts! I’m trying to eat healthy and walk every night but there’s something about 5 o’clock (ok let’s be real, 4:00) that just begs for a cool sip…or two, if company’s around ;) I’ll have to reign it in at some point but thought I may as well send out a little shout-out to the decadent sips and sweets of summer before my serious workout regime begins. But come on, how refreshing do these cocktails look? Twist my rubber arm…
Yum, right? Do you find it easier to eat healthy in the warmer months? In some ways I do…lighter salads and fruit are always great for lunch and snacks…but I find I get pretty lazy around dinner time so it’s good to keep meat for the BBQ and fresh veggies on hand for last minute meals. Would love to hear your healthy eating tricks and tips! Have a great Monday :)
July 19, 2013
Hello, Friday! It’s been another whirl wind of a week over here. I had the kids in day camps and while having all 3 in activities all at once seemed like a good idea in theory, it meant a tonne of extra driving (not to mention early mornings). But the important part was that they all had fun..the girls created a storm of art over at 4 Cats Art Studio and Gabe was in his element skateboarding. I juggled work into the mix and the Spruce girls and I even managed a big vintage shopping day down in Bellingham yesterday…good thing we brought 2 vehicles because we scored pretty big :) Here are some lovely links from the week:
1. The kitchen linens artisanal goods over at A Sunny Afternoon are beyond amazing:
3. This DIY hammock looks just about perfect for the sunny weekend ahead:
4. My girls would spend hours making and playing with these adorable dolls. Off to the dollar store we go…:
5. Everything about this drink station is refreshing! Loving that drink dispenser too:
And here are just a few songs I’ve been loving over on Songza lately:
What are your weekend plans? We don’t have any yet, which actually feels pretty nice! But this amazing sunshine looks like it’s planning on sticking around (this must be some sort of a record, seriously!) which makes everything about a lazy weekend all the more perfect. Cheers!
July 17, 2013
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 :)