The Love List

Oct 9, 2015 +

Did you know there was a new Restoration Hardware offering called RH Teen? I need this desk situation for myself

Carmel's clothing collection approach is brilliant (and much needed here since the husband has been complaining I'm starting to infringe on "his" side of the closet). This casual yet polished blouse (I have it in the coral) definitely would stay in my collection.

Oooh, moody pumpkins

This cozy bed makes me want to run out and buy linen bedding

The One Room Challenge is starting again. Blogland is going to get crazy (in a good way!) over the next six weeks.

An interesting look at blogging photography. Just for fun, here is a photo I shared in 2010 and one from 2013. Looks like I finally figured out how to use the white balance and shoot with natural light ;)

Great blogging tips from successful bloggers

A bright and airy room transformation

I like Jen's new DIY headboard. This DIY upholstered headboard is pretty cute too.

It's Thanksgiving here this weekend. Our regular crowd (and by crowd I mean 40 of my relatives) likes when I make this dish and Sean makes this dessert for the potluck dinner.

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians!

The Cottage Diaries: Construction Update

Oct 6, 2015 +

Now that I have a bit of a breather on the work side of things, I can put all my focus on the new cottage. Things are moving along quickly with construction! Luckily, I have a spy to keep me up to date on the goings-on :). Margaret also has a cottage in the resort and she's been kind enough to send me updates (thank you!!).

Here's how things were looking at the beginning of September:

So exciting!! It's fun to see how the cottage is situated on the site and sits relative to neighbouring houses. I was glad to see that they didn't have to clear all the trees around the cottage. It'll be nice to have a little bit shade in the summer. And three weeks later, here's where we're at:

Whoohoo, it's a cottage! This is the view from the front. The porch is on the left and the dining room is behind the large windows. Our cottage is on the corner lot on a crescent that houses about 12 cottages. The cottages are all colour-coordinated so ours will eventually be painted that reddish brown colour you see on the right.

Here's the view from the back. Bedrooms are on the left and right, bathrooms are in the middle, and the window at the top is in the loft. I think the loft will be a really fun place for Chloe to hang out with friends. I, on the other hand, plan on spending my time out on the porch...

The porch is what really sold us on this model. It's big enough for a lounge area plus a small dining area. We requested a few electrical changes out here to really illuminate the space but you'll have to wait and see how it ends up looking. You can bet we'll be putting up twinkle lights out on the porch to extend those summer nights just a little bit longer.

In The Press: Style At Home

Oct 5, 2015 +

Do you subscribe to magazines? Even with the wealth of design inspiration on blogs and decor sites, I just can't resist the feeling of sitting down with a cup of tea and flipping through the pages of my favourite design mags. None is more special than Style At Home (I've been a subscriber since 1998!) so it's a thrill to get featured in its pages.

A sneak peek! Photo by Stacey Brandford

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