There has been a flurry of activity over at our house in these last few weeks. My last update – here – was after they had gutted the interior of the house. Well, a lot has happened on our house renovation since then. First they peeled off all the brick. It filled a whole dumpster worth – which can actually be ground up and used as fill again, so it’s a “clean” dumpster – but not before I grabbed a brick… Read more »


A few weeks ago, Dan, Maya and I headed off to the beach (Britannia Beach in Ottawa, for you local folks) and had a family photo shoot. Before I get to those ones though, I am taking a little step back down memory lane. Here is Maya at our first family photo shoot — she was 5 months. {Photos by Baby & Belly} I swore I wasn’t going to do “baby in a bucket”. And yep … here is the… Read more »


I would probably rate Fall as my favourite season overall (how can you not love the sweater weather, changing leaves, and pumpkin spice lattes?), but summer is pretty darn glorious too. July and August filled with long weekends and holidays in the water, playing outside, and eating too many popsicles. This summer seems to be whipping by, and I have been feeling a bit desperate for things to slow down. I don’t think I mentioned on here that Dan broke his… Read more »

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So you saw the other day the exterior finishes we chose for the workshop-turned-bunkie at our lake. Now I’ll get into what we’ve got going on for the cottage bunkie interior finishes. Remember, it looked like this? As a workshop, this space had never been drywalled, so we were really starting from scratch. To make it a little easier on my parents and staying true to a traditional cottage look, we went with a beadboard for the walls. The beadboard is… Read more »

CIL Photo 1

Are you itching to do a project around the house? Definitely the fastest and easiest way to fix up a space or piece of furniture is to give it a fresh coat of paint. Seriously, works wonders. Sometimes you can get into a bit of a paint paralysis situation where you deliberate and deliberate on what colour to go for – I have been known to do this for sure – but it’s always best to just bite the bullet… Read more »

etsy road trip

This is more of a local post, but for any of you from the Ottawa,. Kingston, Toronto or Montreal and areas, listen up. is hitting the road and embarking on its first ever road trip! You know I love all things Etsy – an online marketplace full of amazing handmade and vintage goods – so an Etsy roadtrip just sounds like one amazing time. There are going to be local sellers, live music, and food trucks at each stop. They… Read more »

bunkie exterior 2

Last summer my Mum and I started gathering ideas and a few items to decorate the new bunkie at my parents cottage (remember, I gathered some inspiration from Pinterest here?). Anyway, we got part way through things and then I went and had a baby and the bunkie got put on the back burner – you know, wasn’t a huge priority when caring for a newborn, healing after birth, and all that. When this summer rolled around we were totally keen to… Read more »


About a month ago I had the pleasure of styling a wedding at a local restaurant and brewery here in Ottawa – Mill St Brew Pub. It is a beautiful historic building with tons of exposed stone and views of the river. The bride was referred to me by a friend, and we clicked right off the bat. She explained her vision, and I could instantly picture exactly what she wanted. In the end, we executed some seriously beautiful gold and pink… Read more »

the sweetest digs - industrial chic bathroom design

The IKEA kitchen and bathroom events are on right now (for us anyway, not sure if that’s coordinated across the country or North America?). But anyway, we have some serious shopping to do for our renovation. We are planning on going with IKEA for our kitchen cabinetry and bathroom vanities – we have heard such good reviews, like the look, and obviously the price is right. Custom or higher end stuff just ain’t in the cards for us right now…. Read more »


A new niece arrived into our lives a few weeks ago – little miss Mae. She is so sweet and cuddly and we are smitten. Her parents’ are Dan’s younger brother, Doug, and his wife, Ginny. They also happen to be some of our besties and live in the same neighbourhood as we do (we talked up the neighbourhood for years to them, so when they finally came back to Ottawa they were sold!). Actually, you might remember Doug and Gin… Read more »