{friday’s sweet escape}


{oh canada!}

Happy Canada Day weekend! Canadians are sometimes classified as ‘nice & polite’ over patriotic. But I disagree and Canada Day is our time to prove it. How are you celebrating? Why not use the holiday as an excuse to host a bbq or outdoor shindig. Here’s some inspiration of what to wear, drink & serve…with a Canadian twist. 

Get ’em here: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8

{spaces: mirror, mirror, on the wall}

How do you feel about mirrors? Love or hate? I guess it can be a little bit of both. They obviously serve a function so we don’t leave our house looking like a circus act but I find them beautiful on their own. Using a mirror as a decor element isn’t unique but how about the idea of mirror collections? If art or photo collections intimidate you or just aren’t your thing, why not collect and display mirrors. 

Here’s a bunch of inspiration. Let the collecting begin!

I think it’s one of those design looks that doesn’t really have set rules. You can either mix lots of different shapes (my preference) or stick with all one shape, different frames, same frames, no frames…etc. I think you just have to have balance and keep in mind what the mirrors are reflecting and make sure you’re ok with seeing double. 

Isn’t this bathroom just beautiful?! Now I just want to jump in the photo and add a few pops of colour. 

Don’t they look great? And you know where’s the best place to start looking? Yup, thrift stores & garage sales – especially if you like the random mix’n match look. 

photo sources (top to bottom): 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13

{artist showcase: kelly reemtsen}

I came across these lovely pieces of art by Kelly Reemsten that made me smile. As a single gal with my own place I find myself doing lots of handy stuff. My ‘tool drawer’ is getting pretty full, it looks like I may need to start a second one. I’m also more familiar with my local hardware store than I would like to be. Basically I’ve become handy because I have to be. That’s why I love these paintings with the contrast between the feminine subjects wearing vintage dresses carrying some not so feminine tools. And don’t forget to accessorize – a colourful bracelet & ring will get noticed when you’re swinging that ax. 

I’ve never done any work in a vintage dress but I did install a light fixture in a black slip once…now there’s an idea for another painting. 

{thrifting 101: flower power}

There seemed to be a theme to my finds on my last visit to the thrift store – flowers! I swear I found all three of these items during one visit to one store, sometimes things just work like that. 

This super retro looking ashtray was just too pretty not to scoop up. In fact the word ‘ashtray’ to me seems too dirty for something this cute. This would be a great dish in your bathroom or bedroom for hairpins or rings. Or I guess it could be used as an ashtray, if you must. 

I’m a sucker for tins….like it’s probably gotten a little out of control. I usually don’t find true vintage tins in thrift stores, they’re more of a flea market find but my eyes lit up when I saw this colourful tin. I haven’t decided where it will live yet but everyone has something that needs a good storage space. Or you could take the lid off and use it as a vase with some really basic wild flowers or grasses.

Lastly is this huge vintage bedspread that I found. It’s so big that I can’t really show it all in a photograph. I was so drawn to the colours and velvet-like texture but I had walked away from it because I just didn’t know what I would do with it. But before I cashed out I had to go back and grab it because it was just too nice to look at. I love the vibrant colours and contrast between the random flowers and the orderly pattern. 

When I brought it home I took it out on the deck to take pictures and realized that it looks amazing on the ground and would make a super cozy rug (shoes off please) with a bunch of big pillows tossed on top for extra seating. 

{GOOD EATS: time for strawberries}

We’re lucky enough to have access to fresh fruit all year long but there really is nothing like having locally grown fruit when they’re in season. The flavour is sooooooo much better. Here in Ontario that means it’s time for strawberries! So whether you make a day of it and pick them yourself or just stop by your local store or farmers market, here’s 10 great sweet and savoury recipes to inspire you. I personally am dying to try the Strawberry Pistachio Semifreddo (#10)…I’ll let you know how that goes. Do you have any favourite strawberry recipes? 

RECIPES: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10