Around The House

A few shots taken around the house this week….I’ll be posting a more complete house tour soon!


// under the dining room table


// reading nook in master bedroom


// vintage clock


// new house plant in living room



I know I’m not alone when I say that I have a slight addiction to Pinterest. While my obsession with pinning comes & goes, I truly love how easy it is to find inspiration. So many beautiful images! It is also a great way to file away ideas for the future, eg. designing & decorating my future dream house, fun holiday ideas, travel and fashion inspiration, and other random DIY projects.  Here are a few gorgeous photos I’ve pinned lately to my Decorating Ideas board.  If you’re interested in seeing more, follow me here!


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!

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!

Chair Love

Credit: AurelioZen via Flickr

So I have a slight infatuation with beautifully designed chairs.  The lines, material, fabrication…Most of my favourites were designed in the 1950s, however there are many contemporary chairs that I would happily bring into my home.  I’m slowly acquiring a few favourites, however I know that realistically I will never own every chair that I admire.  It might be a little cliche, but the chair at the top of my wish list is the Eames lounger.  I was in love even before I knew who Ray and Charles Eames were.  Ideally it will be a slightly-beat up, well-loved vintage version, but I wouldn’t turn away a brand new one if it suddenly appeared on my doorstep!

This Paulistano chair is hanging out in my living room

These lovely white Eames eiffel chairs live in my dining room

A couple of these Reed chairs by CB2 also live in my dining room (so does that gorgeous Shesham wood dining table!)

Hello my love


A few honourable mentions…

Womb chair by Eero Saarinen

Chieftans chair by Finn Juhl

Wishbone chair by Hans J. Wegner

Digital Magazines

In honour of Rue’s 2nd birthday today, I’m profiling a few of my favourite digital magazines.  There are so many great ones available -for free- on this thing called the internet.  I’m sure I’m only scratching the surface with my short compilation, so feel free to share your favourites with me!  Not only are they beautiful to look at, they offer so many fresh ideas that aren’t commonly found in commercial publications.



“Look at the stars. Look how they shine for you. And everything you do. Yeah they were all yellow.” ~Coldplay

I was looking through the pins on my Decorating Ideas board on Pinterest recently, and I noticed that I have a strong affection for yellow.  I’ve always loved the colour yellow, more specifically the mid-century ‘harvest gold’ version.  I also realized that I do have quite a few bits of yellow in my life, and each one makes me quite happy.  Here are a few of my favourite snapshots.

original stained glass window

yellow door

my favourite blanket (CB2)

my coffee mug (West Elm)