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.

3 day room makeover

by amanda on February 28, 2017

Just a quick post to show you a fun project I helped out with back in January. A friend of mine, Becky Ong, decided to surprise another friend, Kim Parker, by do a super quick reno of her basement while she was away. The basement held very little charm; it’s sole decorative accents being a hideous electric fireplace and a large mural of an underwater scene, complete with a caricature of the Little Mermaid. I can’t believe we didn’t take before pics! This whole post woulda been a lot more interesting!

In any case, despite its dark, unappealing look, Kim regularly uses the space for messy crafts and the like.  But just of the think inspiration she could draw from a tidier, funkier space! So a bunch of ladies showed up one night, cookies and wine in tow, and we got to work repainting and moving furniture. Over just a measly few days the walls, closet, and doors took on some lovely colours. Becky also snagged some great vintage furniture to round out the space. I was so impressed with Becky’s prowess that I wanted to share the after pics here. Can you believe the couch she snagged off Kijiji!!?

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Living Room revisited

27.01.2017

The thing about our living room, is, it “looks” comfortable, but the reality is so, so different. I mean, the colours and textures are all there, but our actual seating leaves A LOT to be desired. This picture below has our old seating, which is now ripped to shreds by various kids and has been […]

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2016: a lookback

10.01.2017

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 […]

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Pattern me pretty

15.11.2016

So, I’m a HUGE sucker for surface pattern design. 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. Always. Let’s start […]

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Boston, Hahvahd, and Lobstah

25.10.2016

….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

…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

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

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

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

…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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