March 23, 2012
I’m so glad to have this week behind me and get started on the weekend. The girls and I are heading off this afternoon to pick my husband up from the airport. He was on a business trip in Hartford, Connecticut and it was lonely around here without him. He also managed to slip in a day trip to New York City and yes, I was a tad jealous. This weekend, the home we have an offer on is being inspected from top to bottom. Something I would always recommend you do when purchasing a property. We’re hoping that it gets a clean bill of health and if that’s the case, it is one step closer to being our home. We will also be celebrating my husband’s birthday so a trip to the beach might be in order. What are you up to this weekend?
See you back here on Monday! Relax and enjoy.
March 22, 2012
Oh, thank goodness…some sunshine finally arrived yesterday! The kids and I headed off to our favourite junk barn where we met up with my friend Monica and her brood. We unearthed a few good treasures and wrangled some good deals, followed by a picnic and ice cream…and the kids even had fun too! Although it looked a lot warmer outside than it actually was (brrr, that wind was mighty cool!), it did feel good to get at least a few rays of sunshine in contact with my white skin. Since it’s officially now Spring, I thought I share some seasonal visions from around the web…
Sweet Paul. Photo by Dana Gallagher.
Tomorrow, I’m off to the big city for a visit with Janis Nicolay (couldn’t come soon enough for this Spring Break smothered mama!) and I hear there’s even more sunshine in the forecast for the weekend, hurray! Brad and I are going to head across the line into Bellingham, WA on Saturday to do some shopping and wandering around near the waterfront with the kids. What are your plans for this first weekend of Spring?
March 21, 2012
A few years ago after visiting the picturesque beaches of Trancosco, Brazil, Jan Eleni turned the dream of spending her winters seaside into a reality. In collaboration with Vida de Vila, local craftspeople and artisans, she and her husband painstakingly converted an existing cottage and newly built house into Casa Lola Trancosco, a luxury rental property. Only the roofline of the original structure remains today with the addition of rustic structural beams, polished concrete floors and walls of glass overlooking a stunning Indonesian tiled pool and outdoor shower, of course. Her minimalistic approach to design gives way for an open and airy feel that completes the rustic bohemian chic vibe that she was after and I’m sure you’ll enjoy.
Three guest rooms with private ensuites await up to 6 guests to forget all their troubles, with luxury amenities including a daily housekeeper and a cook if necessary. If guests can even pry themselves away, the beach is just a 15 minute walk and the town centre is just a 4 minute stroll. Along with Casa Lola, there are 50 other historic cottages perched upon a cliff overlooking the ocean and waterways. Ahh…
With no clutter to distract, the architecture showcases the unique pieces that the couple has found in Brazil as well as on their travels. I’m really drawn to the soothing combination of sun bleached wood, white walls and green flora and I love, love all their finds.
Designed by Jan Eleni
The balance between rustic and modern is just about perfect, don’t you think? Now, if only my bank account could make it possible for a vacation here…even for just one night.
March 20, 2012
I’m thinking that I need to up my daily dose of Vitamin D supplements because I’ve been craving sunshine and colour in a big way! I assume it’s pretty normal for most of us who live in the Great Wide North to start feeling this way right around now, especially when warmer Spring temperatures seem to be very behind schedule! The sun finally came out yesterday and the kids and I went for not one but two walks and spent over 2 hours at the park with friends, soaking in as much as we could. It made a world of difference for us all!
Art is one of the easiest ways to inject colour to your space and thanks to Etsy and a plethora of other online shops (like Society6), it’s also much more affordable for the masses than it used to be. As you’ve seen, I’m a big fan of wall art in my own home and feel it adds so much personality to a space. But not all art needs to be attached to a wall…a colourful chandelier, bright mirror frame or graphic rug can be equally as show-stopping as a painting or other framed piece, don’t you think?
Not sure what to do with the endless art from your young proteges? Children’s art is always a challenge to keep let alone display but, if I had the space, this wall of clips could be the perfect solution…
We had an unexpected hiccup over the weekend when a simple caulking repair in our ensuite bath turned into a full-on gut job. Turns out, we’ve had a slow leak that’s obviously been happening for quite some time (picture mold and rotten floorboards, ugh!) so we’ve now got an unplanned reno to tackle. Oh, the joys of home ownership! But it could have been much worse and thankfully it’s only our spare bath and the damage didn’t leak into our basement suite. And I’m extra thankful to have married such a handy husband or it would be costing us a lot more than it is already! Off to shop for new floor tiles now…
March 19, 2012
Well, did your weekend go by as fast as mine did? I could use just one more day to relax at home with my husband before he is whisked away on yet another business trip. Boo. We did cram in quite a bit of family time this weekend regardless. We spent one day at Sea World which was really fun although I’m not so sure how I feel about all those magnificent creatures being put on display. And yesterday we slept late, ate pancakes for brunch and then the girls spent a couple hours in the pool. Tough life, right? Believe me, I keep pinching myself every single day.
We are staying in a furnished rental until we can get permanent housing figured out. It’s perfectly fine for living but it ranks really low on the personality scale compared to these lovely neutral spaces. I never thought I’d say this but I’m starting to miss my “stuff”. The stuff that makes a house your home. I miss fussing with all my knick knacks and moving furniture around, much to my husband’s dismay. For now, I’ll just pin away inspiration for our some day home. Living an all white existence with young children would probably drive me to the loony bin but there is something about them that I find calming. How about you?
We’re still waiting on that house that I’ve been talking about but we hope to move a little closer in the next week or two or three. Things move at a snail’s pace around here compared to the real estate process that we are used to at home. For now, we will keep our fingers and toes crossed.