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.

Staircase renewal

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This weekend I’m gonna be husband and kid-free for 3 days. No kidding. Hubby is taking them on a last “farewell to summer” camping trip, and I wasn’t really feeling much up to it myself, so he’s forging ahead without me. What would you do with 3 unencumbered days? Probably soak in the tub with […]

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Mid Century Modern

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This past Monday we went out! To see a film! In the “big” city of London! How un-parent-ish is that? It was actually a documentary called “Coast Modern”. The synopsis goes something like this “Travelling along the Pacific North West coastline from LA to Vancouver, the film showcases the pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture, […]

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Merry Ole Stratford

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It’s so cliche to explain that the total lack of posting lately is because my life is so busy, blah, blah, blah, so I just won’t do it. Instead I’ll put down a post about a trip that I actually took back in June and pretend like it’s no big deal that I’m writing about […]

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Shop til ya drop

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‘Tis that season – garage sale-ing. In the past I’ve been a HUGE fan, but since the advent of kids, it’s a tough gig. Either I’m heading out early and missing all the late-breakfast-weekend-fun, or we’re dragging them out with muffins and juice boxes and the five of us are jumping in and out of […]

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DIY Herringbone Wall

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Now that time is somewhat at a premium, I longingly think about last fall when work was slow and I had some tantalizing free time. Most importantly, I capitalized on it. Painted the kids toy room; painted my daughter’s room, and completed an afternoon project that I’d thinking about for some time. It wasn’t the […]

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Graffiti Mexicana

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While the trip was mostly about bring someplace warm, and racking up some family bonding time (of which there was plenty), I was always trying to snap photos that could lend some inspiration down the road. Everything about Mexico is super-saturated in colour: the food, the houses, the traditional clothing, the flowers (oh! the flowers) […]

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Office Space

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A bit of a segue from real life: yes, it’s Christmas and there’s all the insanity that goes with it; yes, we’re in the midst of planning an awesome vacation; yes, we’re finally building that garage that has been just a concrete pad for the past three years. But sitting here, working away at my […]

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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All this snow we got this year has everyone in an early Christmas mood. People have had their trees up for a week already! We try to compress the celebrating so that it still feels special, but it’s nice to put up some festive touches here and there. Enter my outside planters. Again, this whole […]

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Vintage finds

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I love vintage/antique/thrifts stores. I’m not just saying that; stick around this blog long enough and you’ll find yourself raising an eyebrow at my obsession. I carry a pen and notepad (yeah, with actual paper and real ink) in my purse with a list of the current items that I’m looking to upgrade/enhance various spaces […]

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Tour of Homes

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My lucky in-laws were one of 5 houses hosting the “Tour of Homes” this year. Run by the local Rotary Club, the 5 chosen homes are decorated using local florists and decor stores for Christmas. Then the homes are open to the public who purchase tickets to be able to take a tour of the […]

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