Life

Brass Act

June 6, 2017

If I was choosing hardware for a bathroom or kitchen, I’d opt for brass. I love the juxtaposition of sleek marble or corian with brass taps. It’s rich and warm and unpredictable. I’m not much of a bath person, but this soaker right here, looks kind of lovely.

House of letters

June 5, 2017

When I was about ten, my Mum gave me a beautiful dollhouse. It looked like the Georgian style homes in Notting Hill. I painted it the palest pink, with white trim. Inside, the walls were lemon yellow. It wasn’t a dollhouse for very long. By the time I was twelve, I stashed letters and diaries  in it. Pages and pages of handwritten poetry, confessions and teenage angst accumulated in every room. I still have the house, with all its contents. One day, I’ll re-read all the letters, and I’ll laugh and wince and well up. And if I’m ever tempted to upgrade my treasures to a grander address, it will look something like this.

Peony

June 2, 2017

A local florist told me that a decade ago peonies were like tulips –– affordable and everywhere. These days, a bunch of peonies feels like such an indulgence. They are the grande dame of blooms, and one of my most beloved, mostly because they’re here for such a short spell. The peonies in my garden are about to burst wide open, and that’s always a bit of a thrill. In the meantime, I’m going to buy myself a big bunch today. We all should.

 

 

oh Canada

June 1, 2017

Charming tea towels are a must in my kitchen, the more whimsical the better. I’ve had the same batch of batik style ones for years. In Prince Edward County this week, I came across Kate Golding‘s quintessentially Canadian tea towels. There are sand dunes, water towers, loons, strawberries, heirloom tomatoes and sail boats, all hand drawn and hand sewn in Ontario. Take a look at Golding’s wallpaper collection, too. At local inn, Angeline’s, the rooms are covered in pine trees and lilacs.

Bunk off

May 30, 2017

We bought bunk beds for the children, which is a world of fun. Every time I climb aboard, I feel like Elizabeth Perkins in Big. Now I’m on the lookout for twin bedding –– something charming and soft, but not too splurgey as we all know what kid’s sheets go through. I do like the flamingo, lama and elephant prints from Martha Stewart and The Land of Nod has plenty of gorgeous bedding options, too. I adore the linens over at Robert Roller Rabbit but they are on the spendy side. Auggie, Rachel Castle and Aussie shop, Feliz design all sorts of playful prints. Give me the colourful linens over at Kip and Co. I bagsy the top bunk.

 

 

 

old school

May 29, 2017

It’s been years since I was at school, but a walk around One Spadina, UofT’s new architecture school had me imagining what it would be like to be a student again. Of course, not all learning institutions are created equal, and this one, with its clean white angles and awesome views down Spadina, is singular. I pictured myself sitting in those gothic windows, a book on Gaudi in hand. Or rushing back and forth to my locker in between building models in the splashy new wing. I love buildings that fuse old and new — that look forward and respect the past. There is something in the meeting of opposites, that when done right, feels so natural and exciting.

desert flower

May 26, 2017

I was looking at desert images after a rainfall –– the Badlands region in the American West and the Atacama Desert in Chile. In the Atacama Desert, flowers normally bloom every five to seven years. What a majestic sight to see a normally arid, barren desert bursting with colour.

basket case

May 24, 2017

In terms of summer bags, few things beat a basket. I kind of love Charlotte Olympia’s watermelon basket tote, but who is going to spend that kind of cash on straw fruit? We have plenty of these and we use them for everything. Becky Aranáz designs darling baskets complete with flamingos, dragonflies and tropical flowers. Sign me up. And this monogrammed cutie goes everywhere.

I just called

May 23, 2017

It occurred to me today, as I put down the phone after a 40-minute gas with my Mum, that my kids and I may never do that. We might not talk on the phone, the way my Mum and I do. The only people I talk to these days are my Mum, my brother and my friends, Izabela and Stephanie. Izabela and I could talk for up to an hour about marriage, motherhood and nuclear missiles, but if you asked either of us what the other had planned for the day, the week, we’d both be clueless. We always dive straight into the big topics. Same with Steph. In our school days, we could easily spend three hours on the phone after a full day at school together; there was always a project, party or teacher’s new perm to discuss. I think I was 14 when I got my own phone line, mostly because I was hogging the main one. It was the first bill I had to pay, and I always delayed to the second or third reminder. I had a Garfield phone, and then one of those really cool transparent ones. I hope my children do call me –– to talk about big things and frivolous things. Hubert Givenchy used to call Audrey Hepburn every now and then just to say, “hello, I was thinking about you,” and that’s pretty wonderful, too.

 

parasol

May 19, 2017

Springtime cocktails are best enjoyed under a parasol. Sunbeam Jackie produces some of the best I’ve ever seen, made up of gorgeous fabrics from Liberty, William Morris, Barbara Brown, Marimekko and plenty more. The company was founded by artist couple Charlie and Katy Napier and their studio, a 12th century grain store, is based in Cornwall. It’s impossible to choose a favourite –– in fact I’d want a half a dozen of them, and a beautiful English garden large enough to accommodate them all.

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