WHY GEZELLIG?

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.

2016: a lookback

by amanda on January 10, 2017

Hmmm , I never do this. I’m more of a “don’t think about the past; what matters is the future” kind of gal. But maybe it’s a good time to reflect on what happened in the past year to see if I can’t tease out something, I don’t know, profound?!

The year started with an awesome, awesome project via Glassroots. It was a great opportunity to put my valuable thrift-shopping-skills to work, and to help design a commercial space, as well as create the branding. Dare I say, it was so much fun, I would do it again in a heartbeat 🙂

With that under my belt, it was a sincere pleasure to do some branding for other local food establishments. I think my love of food and love of design have found a very happy intersection:
Bake Shop Studio LogoThat Crepe Place and Bakery LogoSalt & Pepper Meals Logo

I have also had the distinct pleasure of working with Communicarium, a full-service marketing agency in Ottawa and it’s owner, Heidi Lasi. We seem to think along exactly the same sort of wavelength, at the same time playing off each other’s strengths and weaknesses. The collaboration has led to some really great work:


Then there was that time we went to Boston as a family. Definitely saw enough to know that I want to go back!

The end of the year brought some new projects, which are still ongoing, but will be released soon! All in all, a great year. And what did I learn about me? That I definitely love working on projects related to the food and interior design industries; that creating a restaurant interior on a shoestring is super challenging but fun; and that I still love my job! Looking forward though, I’m thinking I’m going to need some help on the bigger projects; ideally hiring a junior web developer and/or junior graphic designer might be in the cards…

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Pattern me pretty

15.11.2016
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So, I’m a HUGE sucker for pattern. And I’m coming across more and more absolutely stunning ones lately so I thought it high time to share some with you. Some of these, I realize, might induce headaches in some people but to me, you can always, always have more colour. Let’s start with the prettiest […]

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Boston, Hahvahd, and Lobstah

25.10.2016
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….Just got back from an epic time visiting my dear little brother, who has been living in Boston for about a year. Yes, we brought the kids. Yes, we drove. Yes it was long and there was bickering but it was also a really nice opportunity to just be a family. So I savoured it, […]

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Restaurant Interior Design: Follow-up

19.09.2016
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…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 […]

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My so-called online life

17.08.2016
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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

19.07.2016
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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

26.06.2016
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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

17.05.2016
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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

04.04.2016
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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

15.03.2016
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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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