20 October 2014

get your entryway ready for winter

Yep, I did it. I said the W word again. Sorry about that. It turned a bit chilly here this weekend and I had to dig around to find some gloves to wear on a walk around the neighborhood. Which then led me to searching for a pretty way to store scarves and gloves  where they are easily accessible in my small entryway.

entryway organization, winter scarf and mitt storage

My solution is a large antique wooden butter bowl. Adds some interest and an organic vibe, don't you think? I also had to bring in the patio herbs, and this rosemary greets me with a subtle and lovely fragrance every time I come home.

winter mudroom, winter entryway, entryway organization

Check out this previous post for more inspriation and tips on winterizing your entryway.

Have you started winterizing your home yet?

17 October 2014

weekend wandering: the island of Menorca, Spain

As we head into the dreaded "W" season here in Canada, I'm wishing I could replicate a home like this one to hibernate in and escape the dreary cold.

Spanish coastal home design

OK, so maybe I can't mimic a stunning view like this, but there are some smart elements in this design that can be applied to homes anywhere to create a serene and uplifting environment.

coastal home decorating

A backdrop of all white walls and netural flooring sets the stage to introduce a few colourful and personalized rugs and other textiles, which can easily and sustainably be changed up when the mood strikes.

minimal and natural home design

Wooden doors and window frames will always be in style, and lend character and strength to a home, even though they are quite simple in design.

natural Spanish coastal bathroom

Natural decor and furnishings like wood stumps as stools and tables, and oversized branches as art not only bring an organic and soothing feel inside, they also help reduce consumerism.

white walls, simple bedroom

High ceilings and curved lines make the space feel light, airy and interesting, making it easier to pull off a soothing minimalistic style without feeling cold.

modern rustic home

Keeping an old stone fireplace and adding vintage accessories keeps costs low and also injects warmth to a modern space,

I'm going to keep this lovely Spanish home in mind when renovating my next project. Or perhaps I'll just move to coastal Spain. Happy weekend dreaming everyone.

14 October 2014

real life colour: fall harvest

Hope all my fellow Canadians had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend. Did your table have heaps of vivid colour from the farmer's market? This swiss chard was so fresh and magnificent it was almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

swiss chard colour

11 October 2014

Gratitude

Thanksgiving image, Thanksgiving quote