Before and After Pics Of My Stairs

Totally Random 12 December 2014 | 0 Comments


Isn’t it funny how little things in your house can drive you nuts?  We’ve lived in our place for over 6 years, and I’ve always hated the wall that runs through our living room and up the stairs. It was beige and so boring. And our stairs were looking pretty tired too – the paint was chipping in many places, and the carpet runner had seen better days.  It took a consultation with Joanne from Resolution Design to finally get us to do something about it… and I’m so glad we did. Here are a bunch of before and after pictures for you to see the difference.  There’s fresh white paint on the stairs and railings, a new carpet runner on the stairs, and (obviously) the boring beige wall is now a gorgeous teal blue. Yay!




Four Years of Santa Photos

Baby Love,In the 'Hood 9 December 2014 | 0 Comments


Earlier tonight, we took Clara to have her annual photo with Santa. Every year, a wonderful coffee shop in our neighbourhood, Tango Palace, hosts an evening for the neighbourhood. They have a great Santa and encourage you to bring your own camera for photos. They give out candy canes and hot chocolate, and it has a wonderful neighbourhood feel (instead of the expensive and synthetic-feeling mall scene).

I realized this is our fourth year (!!!) with the same Santa, and thought it would be fun to put the pictures next to each other, to compare. Note the photo from last year, when she was so upset by Santa, I had to sit next to her or she wouldn’t allow any photo at all!

I love that Clara is giving Santa the exact same look this year as she did when she was 9 months old.  Side-by-side evidence is below. What a little boss. Thank you Tango Palace – we love being in Leslieville with you.


This 4-Year-Old is A Better Photographer Than I’ll Ever Be

Inspiration,Totally Random 23 November 2014 | 0 Comments





I saw this link on SwissMiss’s blog. 4-year-old Hawkeye Huey (first picture, above) is a photographer with his own Instagram account. He shoots analog (using a Fujifilm Instax 210 camera) and his dad, a National Geographic photographer himself, uploads the photos to Instagram. His pictures are amazing. See them yourself here.


Creepy Modern Houses in Scary Movies

Cool Dwellings 10 November 2014 | 2 Comments



Ian and I went to see Gone Girl on the weekend, and during the scenes in the lake house, I turned to Ian and whispered, “OMG that house!” I looked it up, and it’s a real place – a gorgeous home in the hills of Southeast Missouri, designed by architects Maurice Jennings and David McKee. Those are pictures of it, above.

What is it with modern houses appearing in creepy ways? Here’s a list of 10 Modernist Houses in Scary Movies from Azure magazine. They’re all swoon-worthy. Especially the one in The Ghost Writer (which is a surprisingly good movie).

Dreamy West Village Penthouse and Rooftop

Cool Dwellings 4 November 2014 | 0 Comments




Wow, wouldn’t you love to live here?  It’s a two-story penthouse apartment in NYC’s West Village, including an amazing rooftop. The design is by Ghiora Aharoni (who has some other drool-worthy pieces of architecture in his portfolio). Swoon.

[via NY Magazine]

A Food Truck for Flowers in Toronto

City Love 22 October 2014 | 0 Comments


My friend Rosie owns the amazing Quince Flowers in Toronto, and she’s just launched a super cool new service. It’s called Qt (which stands for Quince Truck, and if you say it fast enough it sounds like “cutie”, which is fun), and basically it’s like a food truck for market-fresh flowers.

Rosie’s team goes to the flower market early every morning, and posts their inventory on the website every day. You check the website to see what’s on the truck on any given weekday (no weekends), place an order online (before 2pm), and the truck will deliver the market-fresh flowers to your door later that same day. Or, if you see the Qt truck parked around Toronto, you can walk up and spontaneously order in person (kind of like an ice-cream or food truck).

You can also set up repeating orders for daily, weekly or monthly standing orders. Wouldn’t that be amazing, to get fresh flowers on the regular?!?

Bonus – if you sign up for the Qt email list, you’ll get a sweet discount off your first order.

Marcel the Shell With Shoes On… Part Three

Too Cute 20 October 2014 | 0 Comments

He’s back.

PS – Marcel the Shell, parts one and two.

Twin Peaks is Coming Back

I Like TV 6 October 2014 | 0 Comments

“The groundbreaking television phenomenon, Golden Globe® and Peabody Award-winner TWIN PEAKS will return as a new limited series on SHOWTIME in 2016. Series creators and executive producers David Lynch and Mark Frost will write and produce all nine episodes of the limited series, and Lynch will direct every episode. Set in the present day, TWIN PEAKS will continue the lore of the original series, providing long-awaited answers and a satisfying conclusion for the series’ passionate fan base.”

WHOA. Gotta wait at least a year though.

Super Hip New Store Coming to Leslieville

Hide The Credit Cards,In the 'Hood 24 September 2014 | 1 Comment


Ooooooh this is good. The shop next to Leslieville Pumps (at 935 Queen Street East) has had a sign saying “Good Things Come to Those Who Wait” in its windows for a long time. Apparently the wait is almost over, because the new shop, called Good Neighbour, is opening as soon as this weekend (according to blogTO).

The boutique will have a “dedicated mini-store” for the Drake General Store and feature collaborations with Love the Design. Swoon!

30 Photos of Animals in Sweaters

Mindless Distractions,Too Cute 22 September 2014 | 0 Comments





Because, Monday.

[via Distractify. See all 30 here.]

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