Thursday, April 24, 2014

fire pits

I've wanted a fire pit for as long as we've had a garden. It reminds me of the cottage and also, is just such a great way to connect with friends - roasting mashmallows over an open flame. We're lucky to have a REALLY long backyard that backs onto a laneway - a perfect spot to put a pit - so that the smoke doesn't bother any neighbours that may have an open window. Far enough away, the smell of burning wood really is lovely. But not so much if it's right by your window. So I consider us lucky with having a really long backyard. Aubrey bought one for me a few weeks ago, and this week we had an impromptu bonfire with Oscar's friends and roasted marshmallows after dinner.

Although I would have loved a stone firepit incorporated into our garden, they are terribly expensive and I'm not sold on that our garden design as it currently is, is going to stay as such. So something like this (around $100) is perfect. Love it!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

instagramer to follow / building walnut farm

Just a quick post for today. If you're on Instagram I wanted give you a heads up to follow the account "Building Walnut Farm". I have an Instagram crush on them - every single post is consistently good. Although I love a lot of Instagram accounts, this one makes me want to move out to the country and build a farmhouse.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

obsessed with / succulents

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I'm obsessed with succulents. I think it started two summers ago when I made these Concrete Planters. Between that Summer and today, West Elm got in on the fun, I've designed a line of prints after them,  drooled over anything that has succulents in a design and pinned everything that has to do with these plants. And Prickly Pears. I can't get enough of them. (They were even on a cover of Elle Decor recently, although for the life of me I can't find the picture) The name is enough to love them. Here are some of my favourite finds. :)

See more finds on Etsy here. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Southworks Antiques, Cambridge Ontario

Aubrey and I were out in the Cambridge area on Sunday. With a few hours to spare I googled "Antique stores" and found Southworks Antiques.  It was pretty fun place visit, but even before walking through the doors, my thrifting self knew that I wasn't going to be going here for deals. Instead, this is a spot where people have already "picked" items and are displaying them in booths for you to shop. The pro to visiting a place like this, is that if you're looking for some "ah-ha's" for your home - unique things to decorate with, you will find something. I almost guarantee it. The downside is, it's not the same as the pricing in Cottage country or, thrift shops in Toronto. So if you're going for a deal, it's not really you're spot. But if you're going with looking for really cool stuff to add some "ah-ha's" to your home, then this is your place. I fell in love with the vintage milk bottles above for their interesting logo design, how great would those be in a kitchen as a collection?