Bold As Brass

July 3, 2012

Well, hello! I don’t know about you, but my long weekend sure got away on me quickly! Brad’s been fishing with his dad up at their family cabin in the Kootneys since early Friday morning so I’ve been single mom-ing it for the last few days. We all would have gone if Gabe’s camp hadn’t started on Sunday but have kept ourselves busy with lots of visiting in the meantime and it felt very good to catch up with some old friends and even get to know a couple of new ones. I read a great article over the weekend about being “too busy” and it really struck a chord with me. I’m not exactly sure what the future holds career-wise but I do know that the past year felt just a tad too hectic and I really want to refocus my energies closer to home before branching out on any big ventures. That being said, I always like to keep my creative juices flowing and take chances on good opportunities as they come. One such opportunity has come about thanks to Jayme’s kitchen renovation being featured on Design*Sponge and I’m excited to fill you in on the details very soon! Needless to say, I’ve had kitchens on the brain and fell in love with this modern space and it’s to-die-for brass hood fan and accents after seeing it over on Camille Styles last week…come take a peek!

Photo by Matthew Williams for Dwell Magazine

Photo by Matthew Williams for Dwell Magazine via Camille Styles

Photo by Matthew Williams for Dwell Magazine

Photo by Matthew Williams for Dwell Magazine

Photo by Matthew Williams for Dwell Magazine

Photo by Matthew Williams for Dwell Magazine

Photo by Matthew Williams for Dwell Magazine

Isn’t that hood fan gorgeous? Not to mention that under-the-stairs storage! If you’d asked me three years ago my thoughts on brass hardware, I probably would have made some very unladylike dry-heaving gesture (so rude, I know!) but now I’m 100% on board. There’s something so classic, nautical and a little bit masculine about brass, don’t you think? Makes me think of sailboats, sea captains and cufflinks, especially when paired with glossy white cabinets and warm wood counters like these. I imagine it would weather to a beautifully warm patina over time too. What are your thoughts on the look? Please share!


Happy Belated…

July 2, 2012

It felt a little strange being all the way across the continent on Canada Day!  I’m pretty sure I’ve never missed her birthday in all my life and to be perfectly honest we failed to do anything patriotic except lounge around all day.  Does that count?  But Canada was definitely in our thoughts and I did some browsing on Etsy in honor of the the true North, strong and free.  Here’s a belated tribute.

 Bold & Noble

River Luna


Sparrow Avenue

Telegram Images


To my fellow Canadians who have today off, enjoy!  After all that rain, I hope the sun shines down on you from this day forward!


Ruffled Feathers

June 29, 2012

Hurray, it’s the weekend! And school’s out…double hurray! We’re already in relaxation mode around here and yesterday consisted of PJ’s until 11am, a trip to the petting zoo and ice-cream cones, meeting friends at the park and staying up far too late. Summer’s off to a great start, I would say! Our son is off to his first full week of overnight camp on Sunday but otherwise the week ahead is looking free and clear of deadlines and obligations. I’ve got a few closets and cupboards to finally tackle but I figure if I empty at least one a day, I should make some good progress. Every so often, when sorting through my recent Pinterest pins, I notice a subconscious trend in images that have caught my eye, like these feathered spaces and tidbits…

Amber Alexander


Imm Living on Design Love Fest

Our Labor of Love on 100 Layer Cake

My sister is pregnant with her first baby and I’m so excited to be an auntie! I feel like my kids are old enough that I’ll really enjoy holding a newborn again and I’m so happy that they’ll all grow up with cousins fairly close in age. I thought the feather mobile above and the swaddling blanket below would be adorable gifts for the nursery and I think my sister would be thrilled to receive something handmade yet not overly babyish or cartoon-themed….

This Little Miggy

Fletcher & Fox

Annaleena’s Hem via Simple Blueprint

Offbeat Bride. Photo by Love Nancy Neil.Small Talk Studio

All Wild Co.

Paper Sparrow


Isn’t that Tolkien print especially gorgeous? I may just have to find a place for it in my home. Our son just started reading The Hobbit (my all time favourite!) and I really hope he loves it as much as I do. What are you up to this Canada Day weekend? Any patriotic parades or BBQ’s on the horizon? We’ll be dropping Gabe off at camp in the evening but will hopefully spend the afternoon at a nearby lake, if the sun comes back out to warm us up. I feel so very lucky to have been born in the true North, strong and free…Happy Canada Day!



PS…Come visit my guest post over at Poppytalk if you’re looking for some outdoor chair inspiration!




Summer Love

June 28, 2012

Yesterday we had more sunshine than rain and it was glorious!  We spent some time in the backyard playing Bocce and trying out the rope swing and I’m hoping for more of that this weekend.  The Canada Day Parade always marked the official start of Summer for me and I’m excited to see what our neighborhood has in store for the 4th of July.  I’ve heard rumors about a potluck, bike parade and fireworks.  I’m crossing my fingers that it’s all true because I could really use some summer time fun!  There’s so much to love about summer, don’t you agree?

 Jose Villa

 Jose Villa

Bakers Royale | Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles

 Kaelyn Michaels Photography

 Martha Stewart | Stone Fruit Sangria

 Little by Jenny

Cannelle et Vanille

What do I love most about Summer?  Being outside, gardening, the abundance of fresh berries and stone fruit, being warm and then cooling off in a lake or even better the ocean, barbecues, parties with friends, road trips, sunshine and the list goes on.


Hard Loving: Concrete Touches

June 27, 2012

Sadly, we have yet to complete our ongoing ensuite bathroom renovation. It was a very unexpected but very necessary gut job due to a slow water leak behind the shower and, now that the mold and soggy parts have all been removed and replaced with dry plywood, we have some design decisions to make. Our budget is tight but, since we’re down to the studs, I think that we may as well go for gusto and replace the builder-grade vanity while we’re at it. Brad’s not so on board and I’ve been doing my best to think outside the box and look for a somewhat simple DIY project for us, ahem, him to tackle. My friend Sarah asked for advice on concrete countertops the other day (we Brad made them for our last kitchen) and it got me thinking about using them in our ensuite. While searching for a tutorial that I remembered finding on Pinterest a while ago (there’s a great one here), I came across some other fabulous examples of concrete surfaces used in everyday homes…

Anna de Leeuw

Civico Quattro via 79 Ideas

I’m a big fan of concrete floors, especially heated ones. I love the sleek surface, they look like they’d be easy to keep clean and it would be pretty tough for kids and/or dogs to do any damage to them. Layered with area rugs and combined with warm coloured woods, they lose their industrial chill…


NY Times. Photo by Francois Halard.


The sink above is a pretty amazing example of concrete used in a bathroom but I am head over heels for the open shelves in the kitchen below. While I still love wood planks used as shelving, I thought these were such a unique and modern touch to the space. From flooring to countertops to tabletops and more, concrete is an affordable and extremely durable option for everyday living…

Helt Enkelt


Design*Sponge. Photo by Vince Klassen.Lily



What are your thoughts on these industrial surfaces? Too cold or modern for you or home sweet home? If we ever get the chance to build one day, I love the idea of using concrete floors…in fact, I can picture the kids riding their scooters around this dining room table now! Add a few colourful kilims or sumptuous rugs like Rachel featured yesterday, and I’d be ready to move in. Have a great Wednesday!

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