Last Week’s Loves – April 7th to 13th

Happy Monday!  How was the weekend?  Mine was busy preparing for my parents to come visit and trying to finish up a client project.  Also, there were some big changes to the look of my backyard this weekend which has me in full outdoor space planning mode.  I’ll share more on that tomorrow.  But for now, here are some of my loves from last week.

Do you have anyone in your family who is really into genealogy?  I have a few in my family.  Well, while perusing this post on Poppytalk I found these beautiful handmade family trees from Eva Juliet!  So pretty and would make a great gift for a genealogy enthusiast.

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SF Girl By Bay blog inserted a little Canadian content into this post when she posted this lovely cottage reno in Montreal owned by blogger Sarah Brown.  You can see more pictures of the space here.

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This post over at Damask et Dentelle introduced me to Kozza, and online store which carries home textile goodies like the gorgeous pillow below.  (She is also doing a giveaway right now for a $75 GC so be sure to enter when you head over.

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Jenny over at Little Green Notebook had a great round-up of affordable brass sconces.  You can check out this fabulous one below and more over here.

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Have a great day!

XO,

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Last Week’s Loves – March 17th to 23rd

Good Morning!

Ahhh, it’s Monday again.  Not so awesome.  But you know what is awesome?  That I only have 2 more sleeps until I’m in warm sunshine!  However, I realize that doesn’t help most of you on this Monday.  So, I’m going to try to lift your moods with some of my Last Week’s Loves….

The lovely Erica Cook of Moth Designs shared this great Demijohn Lamp DIY.  Love the simple clean look of this lamp.  Hey Mom, this could be nice for #projectcottageporch, don’t you think? (Image via Moth Design)

I love when Design Sponge’s flower glossary posts.  This week they featured the Fritillaria.  Such a gorgeous bloom.  You can learn more about it  here! (Image via Design Sponge)

So far, I’m still in the “I’m terrified of riding a bike in this city” camp.  But this round-up of super fun city bikes over at Camille Styles might help me come around to the idea.  (It would also help if our crack-smoking major hadn’t CANCELLED any proposed new dedicated bike lanes in the city….but I digress). (Image via Camille Styles)

I’m a paintbrush waster.  I don’t clean them well after I use them and often have to throw them out after one project.  I have a renewed desire to choose proper paintbrushes and take better care of them after reading this handy guide over at Inspire Me Heather.

And finally, This is Glamorous featured the ad campaign of Kim Riekenberg by Henrik Purienne for Mlle Mademoiselle Spring/Summer 2014 which is STUNNING.  Click over to see a whole lot more gorgeousness, similar to this….

Enjoy the rest of your Monday!

XO,

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Last Week’s Loves – March 3rd to 10th, 2014

Good Morning!

It’s Monday and I haven’t posted my Loves in a few weeks, so I have a few loves to share with you today! Hopefully you will get a chance to check out some of these gems…

This recipe for a healthy snack idea shared by Danica at Country Chic Renovator looks delicious.  I’ve never tried whipping coconut milk before but I bet it would be delicious.  You can find this recipe here.

Photo by Danica@ Country Chic Renovator

How cool is this wallpaper by Sarah Ellsion that was shared over at Design Sponge?  See more of her great designs in their post here.

photo via Design Sponge

Considering I’ve been shopping for a vintage rug for….well, what feels like forever, I was delighted to read this very informative post over at Dans le Townhouse called Vintage Rugs 101 featuring the owners of the vintage shop Old New House.  If you have an interest in vintage or are shopping for vintage rug, you should check it out!

photos via Dans Le Townhouse

Loved Savvy Home’s Shop the Look post this week featuring Indre Rockefeller’s fun home.

And lastly, to add some humour to your Monday, go check out the Oscar Recap from Jenny over at My Favorite and My Best.  As usual, it made me laugh out loud.

Have a great Monday!

XO,

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Last (2) Week’s Loves: January 20th to February 3, 2014

Good Morning!

Since I didn’t get my Last Week’s Loves post completed last week, today I’m sharing my Last Two Week’s Loves!  Right now the blogespehere is full of love and romance with V-day coming up, as well as an overall yearning for spring with flowers, light airy spaces and spring fashions starting to make their way into many posts.  Here are some of my faves from the last 2 weeks:

 Love this easy-peasy DIY heart stamp project that Lindsay from Little House Blog posted two weeks ago.  So cute.

Photo credit, Little House Blog

Design Sponge featured the lovely Effendi Hotel in Israel in this post. Beautiful historic details and amazing views.

Images via Design Sponge

A great round-up of lingerie sets for Valentine’s day posted over at Camille Styles.

 Photo via Camille Styles

When it’s rainy and dreary outside, who doesn’t want a fun colourful umbrella? This girl does. Thankfully, Sharalee at Escapade featured these awesome umbrellas by Marisol last week in this post. Head on over there to find out how these are not JUST beautiful but also have a charitable aspect. Makes me want one even more.

photo from Marisol via escapade

Not like I need any more excuses to eat more sweets, but I like the idea of edible Valentines (shocker!).  And Poppytalk rounded up 10 adorable edible valentine ideas in this post last week.  I mean it saves paper, so it’s better for the environment, right? (Yep, I’m awesome at justifying overeating).

Photo from The Coterie Blog via Poppytalk

This winter has been brutal.  Bliss blog featured some light and airy pieces from ZARA last week, that got me thinking about intensely yearning for SPRING.  You can check out more of Mrs. French’s fave Zara pieces here.

Photo from Zara.com via Bliss Blog

Michelle from Sweet Suite 10 created this cool DIY bird feeder as a project for her Design Fundamentals course.  It’s such an adorable idea.  She got 17 out of 20, a great mark,  but I think deserved at least 19/20, no?

photo via Sweet Suite Ten

Last Week’s Loves – January 13th to 19th, 2014

 Good Morning!

I hope you all had a great weekend!  I spent mine painting (or re-painting I should say) my kitchen/dining room table (I will share this debacle soon) and searching/shopping for things I need for my place (dining chairs, a rug, a mirror).  No luck finding what I need, but it was still fun exploring.  Now, since it is Monday, today I’m sharing some of my loves from the blogging world last week.

 1. A handy post from Decor8 on “20 hard to kill houseplants”.  I would say I have a pretty green thumb but my apartment doesn’t get much light so I find that many plants I have don’t do well. I basically have greenhouse at work (due to uncomfortably often uncomfortably warm conditions and big windows), but I miss the greenery at home.  I’ll have to try some of these and see if they will do better.

 2. This post over at Simple Dwellings alerted me to this cool way to get custom patterned wrapping paper through Pattern Pod and Spoonflower.

3. This delicious looking recipe for Roma Style Bacon and Egg Pasta Carbonara from my friends at Life Over Easy. Y.U.M.

4. January: the month of organizing.  Need some help organizing your small pantry?  Jen over at Rambling Renovators provided some good tips in this post.

Have a great day!

XO,

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Last Week’s Loves – January 6th to 12th

Good Morning!

Before I get into my blog post lovin’ from last week, I thought I would share a little synopsis of my own last week in pictures….

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1. I worked on my table which is proving to be more time consuming than I originally expected. I really hopeto get it finished this week.

2. Can you believe that this little sac of adorableness has a magic bag-like microwaveable heat pack in  it? Such a cute gift that I got from a friend this week.

3. I ordered thai take-out this weekend.  It made me happy, and since I got way more than I should’ve, it will make me happy well into this week.  Score.

4.5 and 6.  They say the first step is admitting you have a problem. Hello, my name is Lindsey and I have a problem with binge tv watching.  I’m late to the game but it’s becoming an obsession.  I started with Homeland and now I’m in season 3 of Breaking Bad. And then this week when I needed a break from the intensity of breaking bad, I watched the entire first season of Orange is the New Black.  SO GOOD.  AND Downton Abbey started last Sunday on PBS.  But since it’s in real time, I’m finding myself really annoyed about having to wait a whole week to watch the next one.  The curse of the binge-watching.  I spent about as much time binge watching show as I did at my full time job this week. Key message here? I need to get a life.

But back to my blog loves for this week.

If you love Downton Abbey you need to follow My Favorite and My Best for Jenny’s weekly Downton Episode recaps.  Freakin’ hilarious.  Seriously. Do it.  Here is her recap from the season 4 premiere.

Wouldn’t you love to stay in this hotel in Iceland that was shared on Poppytalk this week?  Looks amazing.

Over at Coco & Kelley I was introduced to the lovely bone jewelry of Leah Singh.

Another fabulous introduction I got was to the art of Victoria Verbaan through Meg Biram’s blog this week.  You know that I love discovering a new artist.

That’s it!  I hope everyone has a great week!

xo,

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Last Week’s Loves – October 28th to November 3rd

Top of the mornin’ to you!

How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was pretty good.  Got a few things done in preparation for my parents coming to visit this week.  I did get a chance to peruse the blogesphere, and found some great love’s from last week.

1. With the holiday’s coming up, this post over at Camille Styles featuring the 10 best hostess gifts is pretty great.  I particularly loved these cheese bags!

 

2. Design Sponge has been doing a series called Flower Glossary, a little info-post on different flower varieties.  This week one of the posts was on my favourite bloom, the Peony!

 

 

3. You can always count on Jaclyn of Lark & Linen to post sweet deliciousness recipes, and this past week she featured a doozy that I NEED to try.  Homemade snickers bars.  Enough said.

 

4.  I so enjoyed this kitchen that was the Room of the Week over at Coco & Kelley.  Both modern and rustic.  Love.

 

XO,

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Last Week’s Loves – October 13th to 20th, 2013

Good Morning!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Last Week’s Loves post. Not because there hasn’t been a boatload of blogger inspiration out there, I just haven’t had enough time to read through it and document it over my weekends.  But today I’m back with some fabulous stuff I’ve found over the past week.

Gemma from the Sweetest Digs posted a round-up of 10 no-carve pumpkin ideas.  I’ve loving the ones below (though it looks complicated), and there are other great ones so check it out here.

I have never purchased beauty oil of any kind, but reading this post from vmac&cheese on natural beauty oils is making me think it is a wonder product. She outlines it’s many different uses and tell us how to find (and know you are actually getting) an all natural beauty oil.  Worth a read.

When things get stressful I always wish I was one of those people who didn’t get worked up.  But I do.  One thing that people have suggested is meditation. I’ve always found it difficult but I admit I’ve never really given it a good effort.  Then this post on Design Sponge featuring 5 tips for meditating this week reminded me that I need to give it another try.

I’m sure you all have been following the controversy with Martha Stewart and her Bloggers are not experts comment in her Bloomberg.com video this week.  I personally think that as usual Martha chose a less than stellar delivery and tact, but I assume she was pointing out issue with credit and authenticity in blogging, which I agree can be a problem.  However, it was delivered in such a disrespectful way and lumped all bloggers into this “non-expert” or unqualified category which isn’t fair or accurate. Thea from Time with Thea posted a great open letter to Martha Stewart on her blog this week which included the great quote by James Barber below.  Definitely worth reading, she makes some great points.

Another great post this week from Life Over Easy about being more positive.  She shared her quest to be more positive and the Site Upworthy.com which is a forum for all good things – good news, good stories, good karma.  As someone who struggles with positivity at times, this is a site I need to visit more often as well.

Have a great week!

XO,

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Last Week’s Loves: August 12th to 18th, 2013

Good Morning!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend!  I spent some time working on my Fall Home Show Upcycle Challenge project. It’s still in early stages but I’m having fun with it.  I made Peach Jam. Yum. And I also hit up the Leslieville Flea Market yesterday.  There was some great stuff, but I only came home with a few goodies.  I’ll share more on that in another post.  Today I’m back with some of my loves from last week’s blog-readin’.

1. The ever-witty Uncle Beefy participated in Wit and Vinegar’s Popsicle Week and he provided this recipe for buttermilk blackberry crumble pops.  I love blackberries and this looks delicious!

2. This Philidelphia loft apartment, featured on Design Sponge, has a unique mix of styles happening but it works exceedingly well!  I really like their kitchen pendants. You can see more pics of this eclectic space here.

My dad’s old camera had this really cool vinatge-y looking leather case. This DIY camera strap made from a vintage belt that I found on Poppytalk reminded me of that.  Hey Dad, do you have any old leather belts?  This could be your first foray into the world of DIY crafts!

Ever wonder how to make a balsamic glaze?  You know, that delicious stuff that restaurants use to zhoosh up a plate? Well, it can be used for lots of other things and last week over at Camille Styles, she provided great step-by-step instruction on how to reduce balsamic into a glaze.

Listen, I know that all scheduling is done electronically these days but I do long for the time of daily planners. I’m a list girl, and a daytimer is much more akin to a list than using my phone or iPad.  Just to make my conversion to the electronic world a bit more difficult, the Simplified Bee featured 7 Stylish Daytimers for 2014 this week. I particularly enjoyed the one below but all of them were pretty lovely.

Also did you see the awesome projects completed by Life Begins at 30, Right?, Jen of Rambling Renovators, Brittany of My Daily Randomness and Shannon of AKA Design for the Home Depot DIY Challenge? I’m pretty impressed with their power tool skilllzzz.

 Have a great day!

XO,

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Last Week’s Loves: July 29th to August 4th – Spaces

Good Morning!

Today’s Last Week’s Loves is all about pretty spaces featured around the blogosphere. The first two spaces are from lovely fellow Canadian bloggers whose own spaces were featured in the most recent issue of the Style at Home magazine.

First up, Christine Dovey, author of Bijou and Boheme (and major design talent), and the nursery she designed for her (totally adorbs ) baby Jasper.  As is common when I see anything Ms. C creates, I really loved this simple, soft but modern design.  You can see more pictures on her post here or in Style At Home (did you know they have an iPAD edition now?).  Also, you will find pictures of the aforementioned adorbs baby on her blog and Instagram…. try to tell me you don’t want to snuggle that little munchkin to pieces…

Style at Home via Bijou and Boheme

And in the same issue, the home of Erica Cook (designer and author of the blog Moth Designs) was also featured.  I have enjoyed Erica’s blog for quite a while now and she definitely has impeccable style.  The layered neutral palette is lovely but what always awes me about Erica’s spaces is how beautifully styled they are.  Perfectly chosen and arranged accessories make her home even more beautiful.  You can see more pictures in the most recent issue of Style at Home!

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On Escapade last week, the home of former stylist and model Tiina Laakkonen located in Amagansett, NY in was featured.  This barn conversion designed by Bagchee Architects (you know I love a good conversion) and is really cool.  But as usual, it’s all in the details, like this adorable butterfly wallpaper in one of the bedrooms.  You can see more pictures of this awesome space here.

Francois Halard for New York Times via Escapade

When I think about vacation spots that are on my list, the south of France is definitely there.  And what better place to stay while explore the area then this beautiful restored hotel featured on Haute Design this week…..Maison D’Ulysse. This hotel is gorgeous, well designed, has gobs of history, and is set in a truly lovely part of the world.  What more could ask for?  To see more of this fabulous place go here.

1Kind Design via Haute Design 

And finally over at Decor8 last week, this cozy modern home owned by interior designer Femke Dekker of Femkeido was featured.  I love the bright colours with the various shades of neutral greys. Simple and fun.  You can see more pictures here!

holly marder via Decor8

So many pretty spaces, so little time.  Sigh.

Have a great day!

XO,

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