Here’s a snapshot I just took of the playroom (next to the living room).  The kids were all happily playing and getting along this morning (phew!), and I just wanted to capture the scene behind Mr. Paulistano.  While there is something to be said for minimalism, and I do prefer my house (and life) to be clutter-free, I also quite enjoy the comfort of a cozy, lived-in home.  Some of my favourite things are in this photo: the yellow rocking chair my dad had as a child,  my ‘Keep Calm’ poster (that incidentally was purchased directly from the original source in Northumberland UK, Barter Books, way before it was EVERYWHERE…just sayin’), my vintage magazine rack, and the cup of pretend coffee my kids made for me on their very own espresso machine (they know me too well). Happy Friday!


Make Love | Motioneer

My super-talented brother put together this great micro-documentary series called MAKE LOVE.  It’s all about independent artists who make a living doing what they love.  In this first episode, we meet the ladies of The Saloon salon in Toronto, Ontario.  Inspiring!  Find out more at

Music Monday | The Shins

The Shins have been my favourite band ever since I first heard them in the movie Garden State (amazing soundtrack btw).  I have seen The Shins only once in concert, a few years ago in NYC, with one of my great friends, Z.  I was hoping to see them in Toronto this summer, along with The Black Keys, but sadly it was not in the cards.  Even after all these years, I’ll happily put their tracks on repeat, especially if I need a little pick me up…for some reason their music just makes me happy.  Here is a video for It’s Only Life, one of my favourite tracks from their latest album, Port of Morrow.


…and just because I love ’em, here’s their super-cool video for Simple Song (also from Port of Morrow):

Just My Type

I love typography.  Don’t know much about the technical details behind the making of a good typeface, but I know what I like (and don’t like) when I see it.  The film Helvetica is a great introduction not only to the helvetica typeface and its prolific use, but to typography in general.  That reminds me, it’s time to buy the latest Stendig Calendar…ps. if you live in Toronto, you can find one at Studio Pazo.

via Flickr

Pistilli Roman via AisleOne

Beautiful Books

I never thought it would happen, but I’ve given up paper books for an eReader.  As much as I love the feel of a real book in my hands, it’s so much more convenient to carry around a digital book (or three).  However, just because I don’t read paper books as often, it doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate their beauty.  Here are some gorgeous libraries – a little literary eye candy for a Friday!

Warm Potato Salad

I haven’t really cooked for myself since moving into my new place, so I couldn’t resist posting tonight’s dinner – a warm potato salad, with lots of greens & farm fresh ‘treasure’ eggs.  Proudly made with all Ontario organic veggies — even the garlic!  Recipe outline after the photos (I say outline, because if you know the way I cook, I don’t really follow recipes…if I do, there is usually some tweaking involved)…  Yum!

Freshly tossed & ready to plate!

Don’t forget the Sriracha!

Warm Potato Salad

1lb new potatoes – boiled

3 golden beets – roasted or boiled (in this case I boiled them with the potatoes, in an effort to save time)

a bunch of kale & the beet greens, chopped & steamed

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

1-2 handfuls chopped cilantro

hard boiled eggs

you could also add some chickpeas


2T lemon juice

2T red wine vinegar

3T olive oil

1T grainy dijon mustard (regular dijon will do)

a generous dollop of Sriracha (or Tabasco)

s+p to taste

…Mix dressing in a large bowl, toss in the warm potatoes, beets, most of the greens, cilantro & garlic.  Top with eggs (and sriracha if you need it like I do).  A little avocado would be nice too!  Save your extra steamed greens for a nice healthy omelette the next morning (maybe with a little sauteed mushrooms?).

Oh, and check out this basil…smells amazing!!

Ontario organic basil