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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.


by amanda on September 25, 2014


Do you know Etsy? You must. A few years ago it was still a rather behind-the-scenes kinda thing but it has grown over time, and for good reason.
Etsy is an online marketplace that specializes in handmade and vintage articles. Everything from textiles to furniture to jewelry; it’s all here. What’s great is that you can narrow down your search to artists/artisans in your own ‘hood, so that you can shop locally if that’s the sort of thing you’re into.

I don’t visit Etsy overly regularly; but over time I find a vendor here or there that I like and try to return to when I can to see what’s new in their shops.

It all started with my first Etsy purchase; a photo print that I’ve hung in our main upstairs bathroom from a dreamy photographer based in Montreal:

IMG_1263 UPDATE! This exact photo is now a poster at IKEA! Just saw it a couple of days ago while in the store! Talk about being a trend-setter 🙂 

We also purchased the black porcelain light sockets for our kitchen island light fixture, which I chatted about here.

Other artists I like to check in with are this lady out of London. I mean, how gorgeous can an image of Lake Erie get?
And oh my gosh, can you believe these light fixtures? Much more in this store

The whole reason I bring this up is because a dear, dear friend of mine has offered to purchase a gift card from Etsy for my birthday (my, ahem, 40th, which passed this past August…). And me, the Queen Of Indecisiveness, is having trouble deciding what to buy, surprise surprise. Got any thoughts?

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