bath house

June 22, 2019

Not much to say about this salle de bain, except that it’s bonkers gorgeous. Pink marble, old brass taps and faded mirror in which to admire all your lumpy, bumpy, beautiful lady bits. Sign me up. And bring me all the Vogues and all the Rosé. (So my drink matches the decor.)

bare feet

June 22, 2019

It may be one of my favourite things about summer, my dirty soles at the end of a day. It means I’ve dashed around this hot and dirty city, or better yet, sat barefoot in a park or on someone’s porch. As a child, I was essentially barefoot for two months of the summer. Occasionally, I’d put flippers on to dive for urchins. That I associate barefootedness with freedom, luxury and innocence is a privilege.

smell the flowers

June 19, 2019

There’s a short spell of a few weeks in the month of June, when the city smells lovely. The lilacs are in full bloom, and everywhere you turn, you see a peony, an iris, a rose or a poppy. If you’re lucky enough to be out on a walk after a heavy rainfall, that’s when Toronto smells positively magnificent. If I could bottle that scent, I’d wear it everyday. By late July, the city is hot and still, and smells like sweat and stale cabbage. But for now, I’m breathing in the sweet freshness of spring.

modern weave

June 18, 2019

I’m bonkers about these rugs by Bertjan Pot for Moooi. Inspired by African textiles, the colours and patterns are exuberant. “The Magic Marker Carpets started off as felt tip pen-drawings,” said the designers. “When we re-discovered the color surprises of magic markers, we knew that we were on to something. Primitive hand-drawn weaves seem to go well with the advanced technique of digital printing on carpets.” Hang one on the wall; they’re too beautiful to walk on.

June 17, 2019

This thoughtfully renovated 1870’s cabin, in the heart of the Marin County, really caught my eye. Cozy furnishings, charming textiles and wall-coverings, pops of natural wood, and eclectic art throughout, make it all so warm and inviting. The kitchen is a cook’s dream, and I’d love to flop about in that living room. Garden parties must be such a delight.

June 15, 2019

I was reading about the late, great antiques dealer, collector and trailblazer Christopher Gibbs this morning, and fell into a world of exquisite interiors, vintage djellabas, fine wines and star studded hippie parties. Gibbs died last year, but his place in 60s counter culture lives on. My favourite anecdote was from one of many of his legendary fêtes, this one for the poet Allen Ginsberg. Gibbs made hash brownies for his guests, including Princess Margaret, who ended up in the hospital with what the palace called, “severe food poisoning.” His home in Tangier (below) is so worth having a mosey around. Another world. And read his brilliant advice on decor and life over at House and Garden. ”I like things in their natural state — people especially,” he said with a chuckle. ”As life goes by, that’s what I admire. Objects and people that are unmonkeyed with, that are themselves, not trying to be something else.”

cotton club

June 13, 2019

Xirena is one of my favourite lines, made up of easy, colourful cottons that can take you anywhere. The line was created by Dierdre Roffoni, and inspired by the bohemian, beach town of Formentera where Roffoni spent many years. I love all the soft, floaty dresses, and simple drawstring pants. This tomato red number is most definitely on my summer wish list. It needs a large straw hat and matching red espadrilles.

spring cake

June 12, 2019

To all my baker friends, look at this wonderful recipe for strawberry rhubarb cake, complete with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. I love the tanginess of rhubard. It always reminds me of English school dinners, often served stewed with heaps of warm custard. Perhaps, you’ll pick some up from one of our local markets, and then have me over for dinner.

summer loving

June 12, 2019

Every now and then, I happen upon a designer who’s clothes make my heart flutter a bit. Copenhagen native, Cecilie Bahnsen’s romantic frocks, flirty blouses and girlie vests are so delightful. Enough that I’m already imagining myself in this dress all summer long.

woody

June 10, 2019

My father-in-law and I were talking about cars the other day, our favourite cars. And without giving it much thought, I said that the Range Rover Classic is the car I’d love to drive, if I ever learn how. I’d also be happy zipping around in an Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider. But this morning, as I walked to the pool, I saw my absolute favourite car parked in my neighbourhood. The Jeep Wagoneer. It’s so old fashioned that it’s cool, and the wooden paneling reminds me of my Grandmother’s trusty Mercury. When she died, we had the option of driving it back from Palm Beach to Toronto, and to this day I regret not doing so. She was always encouraging my brother and I –– neither of us had any interest in driving –– to get a license. So, if one day I find myself behind the wheel of a car, I hope it’s a wagon, in homage to her.

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