Warm + Worn Leather

July 5, 2012

Well, I find writing this post from my perch in the Hotel Vancouver…lucky me! I got whisked away for a spontaneous girls weekend (how could I say no?) and the sunshine came out just for us. Feels like summer may finally be here to stay and I couldn’t be more ready! Funny enough, as we wandered the shops and did some window shopping yesterday afternoon, it seems as though fall fashion is already inching in. I for one feel like I haven’t even broken in my flip flops! But while the rain was pouring down over the weekend, I did find myself drawn to warm and cozy interiors especially those including worn, caramel-coloured leather…

Jonas Bierre-Poulsen for Dwell via Emma’s Design Blogg

Annabelle Kerslake featured on Design*Sponge

Photo by Matthew Hranek for Martha Stewart Living

Photo by Chris Warnes for Real Living

Paul Raeside

Freedom via Desire to Inspire

hOmE featured on Design*Sponge

Photo by Virginia MacDonald for Style at Home

While I would very much like fall weather to stay far away for the time being, I really love the character and warmth that vintage leather brings to a space. A hint of masculine yet oh so comfortable, these sofas and chairs make me think of well worn riding boots or that perfect leather bag. Hmm, yet another vintage find to be on the hunt for!


Red, White + Blue

July 4, 2012

We’ve been in our home for almost a month now…it doesn’t seem that long especially with the piles of boxes still left to unpack.  One thing that I’ve really loved so far is the Southern hospitality.  For the most part, everyone is extremely friendly and we’ve had an especially warm welcome into our neighborhood.  We met about 50% of our neighbors within the first week of moving in which is the opposite of what we’re used to.  So, I’m looking forward to getting to know some of them later on this afternoon when we join them for their 4th of July festivities.  Here’s a little red, white and blue for all the Americans amongst us!

 nest egg



 Kate Hume

 Serena & Lily

 house to home

 Style at Home

Happy 4th of July!





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!