Inspiration

WC

July 10, 2017

I really appreciate it when a restaurant pays special attention to its loos. After all, it’s where we contemplate matters of great importance; will it be the key lime pie or the ile flottante? At The Courage, a delightful little restaurant in Prince Edward County where we dinnered on the weekend, I discovered a Kohler sink pretty enough to stay put in the loo for. It’s part of the company’s artist’s edition series and includes a range of beautiful patterns inspired by cultures around the globe. This one looks quite English –– maybe that’s why I felt so at home in the loo.

pasta primavera

July 8, 2017

I can’t imagine a more delicious meal right now than heaps of summer vegetables piled high on a nest of fettucine and doused in olive oil, fresh mint, lemon zest and pecorino cheese. This recipe adds a generous chunk of goat’s cheese, but anything soft and creamy will do. I like the idea of yellow courgettes, fresh green peas, carrots, red peppers and asparagus, but pick the vegetables (and colour varieties) you love most. Bon Appetit!

Game

July 6, 2017

As far as settings for a football pitch go, this one in Norway is pretty tops. Every footie fan I know would leap at the chance for a kick around on a pitch like this one. And after the game, everyone dives into the sea.

Common threads

July 5, 2017

Of all my friend’s wardrobes, it’s Stephanie’s that I most enjoy delving into. Our styles are similar — we both love vibrant colour and bold prints — and we’re not afraid of mixing things up. Over the years, (we’ve been the best of friends since our mid-teens) I’ve taken many a style cue from her. I’ve also borrowed some of the most gorgeous things from her closet: a Schiaparelli pink vintage silk jacket, extravagant hats, and last week, a beautiful silk dress covered in red blossoms. As she’s in New York and I’m in Toronto, we decided it would be fun to send each other an item of clothing from our wardrobes every few months that we love but rarely wear. I sent her a Dries Van Noten halter top in a gorgeous print that she wore out with black and white silk pants and neon floral flats. I love this little clothing swap of ours — it’s so exciting, and reminds me of our teen years when we scoured vintage shops and markets together and swapped frocks and tops all the time. Plus, who doesn’t love recieving surprise packages on a Tuesday afternoon?

Splash

July 5, 2017

As much I enjoy frills and bold prints, I prefer my swimwear to be ultra simple and athletic. It’s why I appreciate brands like Eres. Matteau is another brand I like. The suits are made in Australia and designed for comfort, ease and flexibility. This season is a fairly neutral, earthy palette and there’s a style, shape for every body. I like the square crop top with matching brief in the beautiful marigold, and the cross back maillot in terracotta would travel well between downtown pools and the lakes of Muskoka.

 

Oh, Canada!

June 30, 2017

I moved to Canada over 15 years ago, and I am very grateful to all the wierd, warm and wonderful people who have coloured my world. This weekend, we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with beaver tails, beer and burgers. It will be quintessentially Canadian,  or as close to it as a Greek and an Italian can pull off.

 

B-Side

June 29, 2017

There are so many heartwarming moments in the Errol Morris documentary on American photographer, Elsa Dorfman, but I’ll choose just one. When 80-year old Dorfman, known for her large scale polaroid portraits, is asked about the family portraits in her archives, she laughs them off as her “B-sides.” The ones where a kid squints, where Mom blinks or where the portrait discolours in the chemical process — the ones the family did not want — have a humour, a charm and magic of their own. “It’s the perfect title,” Dorfman says, “Even to this minute, I’m really a B-side person.”

 

 

plated

June 27, 2017

I had my last pottery class today, and four seasons in, I think I have found my rhythm. Plates are relaxing and easy to make, and the flat surface allows me to experiment with different painting and decorating styles. I have a full mix and match dinner set in the kiln! Jeppe Hein‘s plates will be top of mind when I start again in September, and I love the high wattage wares from Martinich & Carran. Both have a painterly quality that haven’t yet played with. It’s fun to have projects to look forward to.

 

Collage

June 26, 2017

As a child, I used to love to collage. In my teens, collaging turned into scrap-booking. I kept everything from old movie stubs and match books to postcards, candy wrappers and magazine clippings and glued, stapled, taped them all into albums. I came across Malin Gabriella Nordin’s collages today and they inspired me to get back to glue and paper. Her recent work is colourful and highly textured, and her earlier collages have a surrealist quality to them. I like all of it, and her paintings, too. Here she is in her studio –– what a beautiful, vibrant mess.

 

Black is the new black

June 22, 2017

I love colour, all colours, but even I’m intrigued by black ice cream in a black cone. The queue outside Ihalo Krunch on Queen Street is epic with people flocking in to sample charcoal infused soft serve. At home, you can try black sesame infused ice cream, for a similarly dramatic colour. Goth ice cream, I like it. But for summertime, I’d sooner see sorbet colours in honey-hued cones waltzing through Trinny Bells.

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