The Dutch have a special word to describe “cosiness”, “comfort”, but it’s also something that goes a little beyond that. “Gezellig”. Pronounced correctly, it kinda sounds like you’re clearing your throat, but this blog explores its meaning by documenting experiences that make life richer and deeper; through food, family, and the making of a home.

Restaurant Interior Design: Follow-up

by amanda on September 19, 2016

…so being the wife of a farmer often means that months blow by and, even though you may have the best intentions, your blog suffers greatly 🙁

One thing I’ve been DYING to show you is the final result of the local restaurant, Glassroots, whose identity I created and then went on to help them create a fresh new restaurant interior with basically peanuts as a budget…Check out these before and afters!

The interior was brightened up overall with a coat of Benjamin Moore’s Designer White, the whitest white I could find:

But we also created two accent walls: one a lovely, saturated jade green to reflect the plant-based menu, and the other a rich chocolate brown that doubles as a chalkboard:


The highlight, for me, was putting up a “mirror wall” on top of the lovely jade colour. My endless trips to thrift stores finally paid off, as I scoured the area for antique mirrors in a pleasing variety of sizes and shapes. Pinterest was a huge inspiration. We also gave the enclosure that was hiding the furnace a facelift using shutters from the ReStore:


Pinterest also gave us the idea to repurpose an old roll of butcher paper found in the basement into a handy sheet to write daily specials and other notes:


The bathrooms were given a lovely new look with old farmhouse sinks (we found two of them, both equally heavy!) but contrasted with an elegant, ultra modern faucet:


Other details include a display of old vintage kitchen tools (freshened up with a coat of white paint) and a way to hide the mess using a beautiful green curtain. The owners created the light fixtures using ideas I showed them on Pinterest, and from our own kitchen at home.


Finally, the outside is another project for another day but I have to at least show you the signage! Being a part of creating the new identity also gave me the cues to figure out the inside space. After all, a brick and mortar shop should always reflect its identity!

The result is a beautiful space to showcase some of the best food that London, Ontario has to offer!
All gorgeous after photos courtesy of the talented Alieska Robles. For more photos of the renovation process, that tell a truly beautiful story, click here.
Glassroots London
(519) 850-8688
646 Richmond St
London, Ontario N6A 3G6


My so-called online life


You’re probably getting the sense that this blog isn’t exactly being updated on the regular. And you’d be right about that. Instead, for the past few months, I’ve been directing my energy towards Instagram, and have been enjoying it thoroughly. It’s amazing the number of relationships I’ve developed with fellow creatives and local businesses this way! […]

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How to Guide: Vintage shopping


I’ve been getting this question a lot recently: where do you get your vintage finds, anyway? The question certainly gave me pause. After checking out a similar blog post about Summer Antiquing by Invaluable, I wanted to give a go at answering it on my blog. I will stop at any cute looking vintage/antique shop during […]

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Bar Stool Design Challenge from Chairish


You may recall last year my participation in a design challenge via Chairish,  an online consignment marketplace for exceptional pre-owned furniture and home décor: This year they’ve asked me to do the same, only this time using vintage bar stools within my very own virtual woman cave! Remember, the only thing I love more about home interior design […]

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Typography Part Deux

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…so I was speaking with a friend who actually reads my blog (and there are a few…!) and she mentioned that she found the post I did a while back on fonts and typefaces helpful! I thought of it more as a “what is coming out of my brain at the time” and didn’t think […]

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Restaurant Interior Design

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  Okay! So I feel like it’s time I spill the beans: I’m for hire and I don’t cost a cent. 🙂 Let me rephrase: I saw a chance to 1) try out a new career and 2) feed my soul and restlessness at the same time and jumped on it. It means seeing less of […]

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The Lost Ones

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You know that traditional image of writers, furiously scribbling away at a paper, only to get frustrated, scrunch the paper into a tight ball, and toss it over their shoulder? What’s the contemporary equivalent? Pressing really hard at the backspace button? …Part of any creative process involves throwing out a lot of ideas, and branding […]

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New adventures for 2016

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Oh boy oh boy oh boy. Things are about to get pretty exciting over here. Can’t say a lot more; and I hate being one of “those people” who say mysterious things and then drop it altogether, but for now, this will have to do. What I “can” say is this. And this. And this.  

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A cozy kind of day beckons a cozy kind of meal

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Back in December, I finally did what I had kept putting off for a while: made my favourite winter indulgence. Basically you take a bunch of really delicious things and stuff it into a hollowed-out pumpkin; bake forever, and then pretend you are eating something healthy. Because our renter and co-farmer Meghan is vegetarian and […]

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Design Trends: Out with the Owls, in with the ?

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Have you noticed that even animals can be trendy? For instance, way back when, dragonflies were “the thing”. Personally I still love their delicate look, but you don’t exactly see anyone getting tattoos of them anymore, do you? Then we started putting birds on it: That trend seemed to hold for a long while: Next […]

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