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.

DIY Design


Two things that got me thinking about how the world is changing. In every way, there is so much DIY design happening: in music, books, and art. No longer are these industries reserved just for the pros and big publishing/recording companies: the available tools and learning that’s happening out there is slowly changing the way […]

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[re]launch of Professional Website

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You know the old saying that the last project a contractor will do is his/her own house? Well, in terms of revamping my site, I couldn’t have put it off much longer than I did. Although I really loved my old site, I began to realize, from a marketing point of view, it was somewhat confusing. […]

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Fall Equinox Harvest Dinner

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Our neighbour farmers over at Wildflowers Tea Farm hosted a most spectacular outdoor dinner last weekend. Despite the brutally ominous weather, we were treated to a wonderful evening of music, food and great company. The meal was entirely plant-based and was exclusively supplied by our farm, Common Ground! I tried my best to mix business […]

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The ruins of St. Thomas

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St. Thomas was once a stately city; situated equidistant between New York and Chicago, it once housed a large complex of factories and services for the booming train industry. Sadly, its time has long past and we are left with the remnants of a city that once was. Luckily, there are some plucky citizens that […]

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Creative Mornings in Toronto

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I’m on my way! To quote Creative Mornings themselves: About CreativeMornings In 2008, Tina Roth Eisenberg (Swissmiss) started CreativeMornings out of a desire for an ongoing, accessible event for New York’s creative community. The concept was simple: breakfast and a short talk one Friday morning a month. Every event would be free of charge and […]

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Londonpreneur video aka me on TV!

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So a few weeks ago I saw a call for participants for a local podcast called “Londonpreneurs”. Happily I filled out the form and submitted. I heard back from them a couple of days later and they accepted by submission. “Please come for the video taping at such-and-such a time…” WHAAT??! Here I was thinking […]

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Common Ground Farm’s 15 minutes of fame

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So a cool side project – hubby’s produce was asked to make an appearance on a Vice show that falls under their “Munchies” series. The show is called “Keep It Canada“, starring the brazen and hilarious chef Matty Matheson. Season Two is about Matty travelling to all the places in Canada which shaped his career, […]

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A Solitary Friday Night Date

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Have I told you my alternate secret occupation yet? Not being a midwife, the other one? It’s to dance…You might think this is just a figment on my “imaginary occupation” landscape but in truth, I actually took a modern dance class in university. For real! Now I don’t wish to be an iconic pop star […]

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The Design Process


Since my creative juices are a-flowin’ lately, I thought it might be a good time to explain the process that typically goes into a branding exercise. In this case Linda Cheung, a dessert caterer based in Toronto, contacted me for a logo design. She makes upscale desserts that use gourmet ingredients and – a rarity […]

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Design Challenge from Chairish

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Imagine my surprise (and glee!) when I was contacted by a representative of Chairish.com, an online consignment marketplace for exceptional pre-owned furniture and home décor. They were posing a challenge to design-obsessed bloggers everywhere: to use pieces of midcentury modern furniture on their site and create a styleboard for an eclectic room. To quote my daughter “it’s […]

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