Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Is It Spring?

The calendar says it is officially spring, but the weather here says otherwise!
I CAN NOT believe that it is below zero today! 
I am dreaming of this...

  Easter is fast approaching and I have been thinking about how I am going to decorate my table.
I like to keep things simple. I usually start with a colour theme and then add favours for the guests and I always have fresh tulips or other spring flowers.
Here are a few ideas for inspiration...

Raid the recycling bin for jars or cans and buy doilies at the dollar store.

 Pottery Barn catalogs never disappoint.

Use a stamp to make place cards, tags and favour bags.

Use store bought cookies to decorate a simple cake
or buy tubes of icing and personalize cookies.

All you need is a little ribbon and cellophane bags.

I am definitely going to find some way to use wheat grass. I see it at most grocery stores.

I love this free printable! Find it here.
Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


I bought this poncho a few weeks ago and have been wearing it constantly, I am afraid the neighbours think it is the only thing I own. It's super soft and has a more tailored fit.

I tried on a few versions of the blanket poncho, similar to the Burberry one, made famous by SJP. They were all too much on me...too bulky, too itchy, too horsey.

The last time I wore a poncho it looked something like this...Yikes!

 Have a great day everyone!

Hey Debby. You're on the right I am on the left!
Notice the school supplies!  ;)


Monday, November 17, 2014

Cottage Design

It's snowing here right now! 

I am just not ready for winter, quite yet. 
I should be thinking of practical snow related things.
Where are the shovels? 
I need snow tires!
Who's turn is it to shovel the driveway?
Where did I stash all the hats and mitts?
I can't because I am surfing the net for pretty pictures of cottages.
We are thinking of building a small cottage on a lot we have owned for a few years in Nova Scotia.
We want something affordable (cheap would be nice) and appropriate for renting out most of the time.
There is nothing I like better than coming up with plans, especially if it involves solving a problem or two.
My main goal was to incorporate everything we wanted all within a fairly small foot print.
Here's what I am thinking...

  I would love to do something a little more modern, but because it is on a private road we need to keep the exterior design in keeping with the existing cottages, some of which are 100 years old.
I came across this Portland home in the New York Times owned by Brian Faherty owner of Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.
I really like his use of horizontal shiplap paneling and all that barn board is amazing. Thinking I might have to steal a few ideas!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Link Loves

A few interesting food links from around the net...

Move over dark chocolate.
If you love milk chocolate, check out this article on the best brands.

The essential guide to cooking eggs.
14 different ways!

Did you know a Starbucks pumpkin scone has 480 calories? 
I will be getting my pumpkin fix with this cake, only 178 calories.

This bruschetta bar is such a great idea for a Christmas cocktail party.
Don't you love this photo?

A crisp piece of bacon inside a pancake...what? And then you dip it in maple syrup? Crazy!
Make Pancake Dippers for your next brunch.

I hate those little stickers.
I checked out the fruit and veg I had on hand and it's true.
Will definitely be avoiding 8 and 5's.
Found here.

I really need to get out my slow cooker this winter and try this
pulled pork recipe.

Have a good day everyone!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Princess Margaret Show Home: Paint Colours

Here are the main paint colours used in the Brian Gluckstein designed show home. (Yesterday's post)
All paint by Benjamin Moore.

Main foyer, living room, dining room.

Family Room.


Master Bedroom.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Show Home

This years Princess Margaret Hospital show home is once again designed by Brian Gluckstein. Like last year's home, it is quintessentially a Gluckstein design with many of the details that he is famous for. The rooms are light and airy, the furnishings are streamlined and classic and the attention to detail was amazing. I toured it on a very busy day and wasn't able to get as many photos as I would have liked, so I have taken most from the lottery website.

I have included the floor plans so you have an idea of the layout of the house. (Also because I just love floor plans!) It is interesting to see that the kitchen is separate from the family room, a trend that I am seeing more of. Also, notice how much square footage is taken up with the long hall and the large foyer. I would have tried to incorporate a butlers pantry and small office niche somewhere.

The main foyer was beautiful and set the tone for the rest of the house.

 Gorgeous staircase. The drapes went from the top floor ceiling, down to the basement floor!

I loved everything about the living room.

The details on the pillows and curtains were gorgeous.

The black custom mural wallpaper in the dining area was interesting. 

 The powder room floor was stunning.

The conservatory had floor to ceiling windows on two sides. This is a photo of the third wall which had mirror installed to mimic a window. Great idea for privacy or if the view is less than perfect.
The large tree you see in the mirror was actually planted right into the floor.

 The kitchen was very pretty to look at, but I am not sold on the practicality of it.

 Interesting use of brass and notice the collection of vintage toasters.

 Pretty awesome stove.

Loved the thick counter and the glossy island.

 Cozy family room.

More beautiful trim.

 Master Bedroom

   Master bath floor was one of my favourite things about the house.

 Upstairs hall office.

 Sweet little nursery with lots of original art.

 Bunk Room.
Loved the ship lapped paneled walls.

 Teen room.

 Basement craft room.

Basement media room.

Come back tomorrow for a list of paint colours!