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.

Restaurant Interior Design: Follow-up


…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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New adventures for 2016


Oh boy oh boy oh boy. Things are about to get pretty exciting over here. Can’t say a lot more; and I hate being one of “those people” who say mysterious things and then drop it altogether, but for now, this will have to do. What I “can” say is this. And this. And this.  

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Electric slide

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Many moons ago, I was as an electrical engineer. The two most annoying side effects of this occupation were 1) the corny jokes “what an electrifying job!” (yes I really got that one) and 2) the assumption that I knew something about household wiring. Electricians are a trade, whereby they are highly skilled and trained […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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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Barn Door becomes Pantry Door

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Do you wish you had a secret room to store all of those giant boxes of cereal, empty beer bottles, random-and-seldom-used kitchen accessories, but could also double as a broom closet? Well, I have one, and I can tell you I wish it was twice the size it currently is! It started off as a […]

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It’s Easy Being Green

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Can I just talk about my favourite colour for a moment? If the title didn’t give it away, I’ll go ahead and tell you – it’s green. Not minty green; not chartreuse (a tad too trendy, IMHO) not sage green (I overdid that one many moons ago), but a fun, bright, saturated green.  It’s why […]

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House for sale in Almonte, Ontario

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Got a chance to take a short jaunt (heh) to Ottawa last weekend. 8 or so hours later, we arrived at our dear friend’s place in Almonte, a sweet little town about 55 kms west of Ottawa. I always love coming here; the downtown is small but packs a whole lotta punch. The town is […]

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