HOME + GARDEN

Our new garage door

new garage door

It has been a while since I last published here. The renovations became a bigger project that I originally thought we would do. At the end of day, I didn’t have the time nor the energy of blogging during that period. I already had too many things on my plate. There is no shame in saying that being in charge of the design, the renovations, the moving and being a parent of an active toddler took all my time and energy this summer.

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HOME + GARDEN

The Ups and Downs of Home Renovation

home renovation tips

I have been quiet the past weeks because I oversee the renovations at the 1960s split-level house we bought in spring. Like we see on TV, my emotions went from total excitement to deception as problems surfaced. Then, fatigue and despair hit as things take time to be rebuilt. Thankfully, my energy went up again since we are closer to the finish line.

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HOME + GARDEN

Round-up: High and Low Extending Dining Tables

oxymore dining table roche-bobois

I have been waiting for this moment for a long time. I always said that once we bought a house, I would get a new, large dining table. I waited so long because I wanted one that would fit the space. My new dining room is 10 feet by almost 16 feet. Therefore, I’m waiting for a dining table to comfortably sit 10 to 12 persons, when it is fully extended. Continue Reading

LIVING

Happy Mother Day!

happy mother day

Three years ago, I celebrated my first Mother’s Day. Now my baby boy is big enough to get me flowers. Time flies!

This morning, the first thing I saw when I woke was his beautiful and loving smile. Then, he went shopping with my husband for supper. They invited the grand-mothers and I to dinner tonight. He is a great little helper. I am a lucky mom!

I wish you all moms a wonderful Happy Mother Day! And tell your mom that you love her and are very grateful of everything that she did and still does for you.

Work and Life

Announcement | I’m in the Workshop Business

intorducing sproutive's workshops

Today I’m glad to announce something that I wanted to do for a while. I’m happy to introduce Sproutive. With my business partner Bettina Forget, I developed a series of workshops and webinars for small business. Sproutive aims to inform, inspire, and nurture the skills of business owners as brand storytellers. We’ll show them how to use social media and content marketing, with a twist.

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FAMILY

Toys I love: Schleich Trucks

schleich expedition truck with driver

Schleich is known for their figurines. I like them for their trucks. Last year, we bought the farm truck with the trailer at the Biodome gift shop. My son played with them all the time. He enjoys removing and putting back the doors, the wheels, the roof and the trailer sides. I wanted to get another Schleich truck since we were so happy it with them. We bought this brown stripes Safari truck yesterday. He likes it a lot. He brought his new truck next to his bed before going to bed last night. This is the closest that he is allowed to bring toys at bedtime. Continue Reading

FOOD + DRINK

The Porthole Infuser Turns Drinks Into Tasty Art

porthole infusion vessel

Originally designed to prepare and serve the seasonal time-lapse cocktails at the Aviary, Porthole is a stylish infuser designed by Martin Kastner of Crucial Detail design studio. It has been available to the public since their extremely successful Kickstarter campaign back in 2012. They raised over $700,000. I can see why. A look at their gorgeous infusions is enough to convince most amateur mixologists that they need one.

porthole by crucial detail

Personally, if I would get one, it would be to make and serve spa water, fruity lemonades and iced teas. Here are a few recipes that you can make at home:

Porthole is currently backordered at Crucial Detail but they should be back in stock in june, just in time for Father’s Day.

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The Porthole Infuser $99 USD at Crucial Detail

HOME + GARDEN

Yippee! We Bought a House

I was a busy bee this Spring. First, I founded a business partner. I will tell you all about it later. For now, I want to tell you about the other huge change in my life. We bought a house in the suburbs. After careful considerations and months of discussions, it became clear that we should head to the suburbs. It’s a big change for a city girl like me.

I love the interior of my current home but over the last year, it became clear that it didn’t fit our lifestyle anymore. We want to live in a place where our son could play with the kids next door, with great schools at a walking distance and where we feel good. So, we started to look for a family-friendly neighbourhood. Continue Reading

GIFT IDEAS

Etsy handmade goods are now at Indigo

lily and val Be Full Of Joy print

After West Elm and Hudson’s Bay, Indigo is the latest retailer in Canada that carries a small collection of Etsy handmade wares. It continues to show that consumers want less mass-produced objects in their life. I am glad to see that more and more chain retailers are willing to bring small makers and designers into their shop. Indigo selected a mix of home decor, tabletop and entertaining, and style items from Etsy wholesale program.

Studiopatro piece of cake tea towels
Studiopatro tea towels $24 CAD

This initiative will make your gift giving easier. Personally, I put the Studiopatro tea towels and the Lily and Val chalkboard prints on my birthday’s wish list; which is next month. They fit nicely with the kitchen decor of the house we bought this week.

So, if you are in Toronto, drop by the Etsy pop-up store at Indigo’s Toronto Eaton Centre location. They opened April 1st, 2014. Otherwise, you can buy the Etsy at Indigo collection online.

FOOD + DRINK TABLEWARE

Fun bowls for kids

west elm organic shaped rice bowl

We often eat our main dish in a big bowl, inside of a dinner plate. He often asks to eat on the same dishes than us. But the bowls I use are way too big for a 3 years old. On top of that, he likes green, which is not a popular color for tableware. My collection of Japanese porcelain bowls from Anthropologie comes handy. I love their casual elegance but I want more options for him.

anthropologie rice bowls
+ Atom Art bowls and Inside Out bowls $8 USD.

So, this morning, I went to West Elm to get him a few bowls. Tableware are at 20% off right now at West Elm. I’m sure that my son will be pleased the next time we eat pasta since he will eat his in a bowl similar to our sage pasta bowl by Sophie Conran. I added bowls covered with the patterns and textures to complete his set.

west elm cereal bowls
Potter’s Workshop dip bowls and Organic shaped dinnerware in mint.

I can’t wait to see his reaction when I show them to him. I know, I am probably more thrilled than he will be by my purchase. Nonetheless, this makes me happy.

+ top photo: rice bowl from the Organic shaped dinnerware collection.