Posts from September 2021

modern weave

September 17, 2021

Stephanie Schneider‘s delicate pieces are a weave of mohair, silk and linen with silver and gold. Textiles meet jewellery in each unique necklace, bracelet and ring. Tiny pearls adorn one exquisite bracelet and another one is a mix of red silk and oxidized metal. These are modern heirlooms, to be passed down for generations.

bathroom reading

September 15, 2021

Long time readers know how I feel about the guest loo, the home’s alter personality. When we renovated our house, it was the room I thought about most. We painted it a dark, inky blue, and added a concrete sink adorned with old fashioned brass taps. Sketches for ceramic vases cover one wall and the floor is the colour of a night sky. It’s tiny and decadent, and in total contrast to the rest of the house. The only thing left to do is scribble something on a piece of paper and stick it to the wall. I got this idea from a friend of mine who taped Constantine Cavafy’s Ithaca to the wall beside the loo roll at their family cottage. “When you read something enough times, the message sticks.” Ithaca is one of my favourite poems, a reminder to embrace the journey. For our own loo literature, I’m considering Priest’s wedding speech. Or some Dolly Parton lyrics.

around and around

September 14, 2021

Rococo textiles by William Killburn.

Joanne Burke’s wearable sculptures.

A spiral concrete staircase in São Paulo.

Scandinavian inspired textiles from Eloise Renouf.

A pink house on the island of Naxos.

Triple chocolate Madeleines.

Eamon Mac Mahon’s stunning aerial photographs. “I’m drawn to that feeling you have, especially in an old-growth forest, that the world takes care of itself, that nature left alone has systems that keep each other in balance.”

trifecta

September 13, 2021

I keep coming back to this fabulous pairing of colours from Valentino’s Spring 2019 couture. Imagine two people who you never would have pegged as a couple meeting, falling in love, and living happily ever after. That’s how I feel about pink and tobacco. They’re unexpectedly fabulous together. Now, if said duo were to have a bébé she’d be aqua, et voilà, fait accompli.

school’s in

September 10, 2021

It’s been a big week, Toronto. My heart swelled as I watched kids making their way to school on bikes and skateboards. Parents gathered with coffee cups and backpacks to breath a collective sigh of relief. Hope and gratitude filled the crisp September air. It’s been a big week, Toronto. Let’s keep this spirit alive.

shutter speed

September 9, 2021

London-based photographer, Tasos Gaitanos‘ portfolio consists of intense black and white portraits, colourful fine art, and photos of fish, radishes and obscure insects all shot with immense attention to detail. It’s the amusing and surreal Toast Henge series that I am most drawn to. The sense of humour here is in wonderful contrast to his grimey sinks and smoking kills manifesto. Have a look; this mushroom is kind of spectacular.

first

September 8, 2021

“Rip off the bandaid, and run,” is the advise we give new Mums on the first day of school. When I dropped off my eldest child at school for the first time I ran so fast that I didn’t even say goodbye. I’m not sure Iole noticed, to be honest. But I felt terribly. Tomorrow she starts a new school; 700 children versus the 100 she is used to; hair in a sensible low pony tail versus the giant red bow she wore on her first day in kindergarten; braces, knee high socks and a tie. And just like that, she’s a middle schooler. Rip off the bandaid, and run, my girl.

WC

September 7, 2021

My new favourite household item is a wonderful vintage wash basin and jug that I brought home from a flea shop in Haliburton. The shop had dozens of them; Art Nouveau ones, Victorian ones, some white and utilitarian, others fancy and ornate. Ours is Art Deco, and made in Belgium. It was cheap as chips in comparison to others I see online. It came with a chamber pot, a portable toilet used before the advent of indoor plumbing and flushing toilets. My kids call it the poo pot and think I’m bonkers for buying one. It now sits on our kitchen counter, a relic from another world, where loos were adorned with flowers, birds and ribbons of yellow, pink and blue.

home and away

September 6, 2021

One of the things I love about travelling is coming home. There’s a growth that takes place when we’re away from home, a shift in perspective, that for a brief and beautiful moment both softens and sharpens the lens through which we see our everyday. When we return, we’re grateful for the comfort of our own bath towels. The handle on our favourite coffee mug feels sturdy and familiar. The street outside our window suddenly seems greener than it did when we last looked. We’re brimming with ideas, and the promise of new rhythms and routines. It’s fleeting this feeling, and we all know it. And so we cherish it.

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