Monday, October 17, 2011


If our LEGO-fanatical son, Sebastian, could have his way our home would look like this:

{ LEGO island featured on Oh Dee Doh }

I think I would be driven crazy with all that colour & how about the crumbs in the cracks?  No gracias.  Nothing a good shellacking wouldn't take care of I guess...  I think I'd prefer these storage LEGO boxes:

{ cool enough for the living room }

{ stack-able & under-bed-store-able }

Apparently these can be ordered through Amazon but I didn't see them there.  They are for sale here but don't ship to the States or Canada.  These would be great for Sebastian's room or our playroom so I'm going to do some more sleuthing & I'll let you know what I find.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Somewhere over the rainbow

I've never been a big 'rainbow' fan.  But this one caught my eye as soon as I saw it:

{ feature rainbow wall }

I discovered it this morning on one of my favourite blogs'  Modern Parents Messy Kids on their Weekend Look Book. I was up bright & early with our youngest, Hugo at 5:45am.  Thanks Oh Dee Doh who posted it originally} & Lovelace & Co. for designing the beautiful space in the first place.

We DO have a good life.  Let's not forget.  OK, back to sleep.....ZZZZZzzzzz

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Top Kitchen Picks

I subscribe to Martha Stewart Living Online & today there was a "Kitchens We Love" feature {click HERE}.  My faves in that article were this barn kitchen:

{rustic meets stainless}
and this organizers' dream:

{ love these latte bowls sorted by colour }

The post got me thinking of my own favourite kitchen spaces.  I love Erika Powell's style & her Urban Grace kitchens are heavenly.  

{ see what I mean? }

I love this vintage-inspired kitchen from Country Living & have saved the image onto Pinterest as inspiration for when/if we re-do our west coast cabin:

Well, it's off to clean up the dishes in my own kitchen... 'Til next time, lovelies!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Entertaining Made Simple

Love this post by one of my fave bloggers, The Sleepytime Gal.  She {Nicole Shiffler} is inspiring, fun & R.E.A.L. I never come away from her blog feeling inadequate but always encouraged to see beauty in the everyday life.

She recently blogged about entertaining simply, outside.  Doesn't this look lovely?

{ beef pot pies en plein air }

I'd be thrilled to partake in a meal like this.  You?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

design*sponge encounter

Not last weekend but the one before I was at the design*sponge event at Anthropologie on Granville here in Vancouver. As usual, Hugo was my date for the evening.

{ dapper Mr. H }

I was thrilled to meet Grace Bonney, inspiration to many. She was sweet, down to earth & as gorgeous in real life as she looks here.

{ H & me & Grace }

I was thrilled to get my DESIGN*SPONGE AT HOME book signed by Grace.

{ waiting in line for signing }

I was thrilled to be using my creative side in the craft event & thrilled to be at Anthropologie drinking champagne cocktails & eating cupcakes.

{ coconut cupcake & champers }

I blogged about anticipating it in late September {here}. Did I mention I was thrilled. Yup. I was.

Monday, October 10, 2011


Giving thanks... Thanksgiving. It's one of my favourite holidays because it involves family, friends & food without the pressure of gift giving.

Here are some photos from around the web to inspire my fall decor:

Sweet soft pumpkins I saw featured on House of Turquoise blog {photo courtesy of The Lettered Cottage}:

{ neutral plush pumpkins }

Loving the white pumpkins this year after seeing what Urban Grace's Erika Powell did with hers last year:

{ lacy loveliness }

Ethereal table setting seen on design*sponge last year:

{ Love & Fresh Floral's styling }

And more design*sponge inspiration:

{ styling by quince }

My sister, Leah, always has wonderful inspiration on her blog Tiddly Bits:

{ pumpkins & birdies & linen - oh my! }

My friends at Spread Love Events have a number of white pumpkins on their Pinterest boards:

{ cream & rusticated silver }

And you can't go wrong with a bit of orange & green thrown in the mix:

Last year I blogged about all I am grateful for. This year it is much the same. In the words of Raffi, all I really need is a "song in my heart, food in my belly & love in my family".