Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom - Paulina's Special Edition

It is our daughter, Paulina's, 9th birthday today.  In honour of her this quote (more good stuff here on my Pinterest page):


{one of my favourites}

To follow, a few shots of Paulina, exhibiting above characteristics:


{ siblings' first meeting }



{ roar }


{ sand ball wars at Second Gap, Thornmanby Island }


{ surfing ~ Buccaneer Bay }



{ mermaid princess ~ Second Gap, Thornmanby Island }

Happy 9th Birthday, Paulina.  You are small but mighty & you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

With love,
Your Mama

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Latest Article in Vancouver Home Decor & Renovations

The latest article I submitted to Home Decor & Reno features our last build (and last home):



{ flow & continuity of material, colour & floor plan }

You can read it online by clicking here and going to page 56-57.

'Til next time...

J xxo

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

Yesterday was my birthday & in light of this I thought I'd share this Audrey Hepburn quote with you:



Self reliance AND being willing to lend a hand to others are two qualities I've always admired in others.  This year I hope to become better at both.

'Til next time, blogland!
xo J

Friday, April 4, 2014

New Build Takes Shape

Quick update on the new build.  It's taking shape - we've got the framing almost completed & the roofers & plumbers are working onsite.  Here are some shots taken over the past few months:


{ house in the snow; top floor being framed }


{ forming for chimneys... best guesses we had from neighbours as to what the 'things on the side of the house' were:  elevators & grain silos!! }


{ board form chimneys installed }


{ bluebird day, roof on }


{ landscaping underway }


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

Some words of wisdom for your Wednesday:



Today I needed this.  Hope it inspires you, too.  For more quotable quotes you can check out my Pinterest board

xo blogland...

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Established Exteriors

Inspired by my sisters' & sister-in-law's faithful blogging habits (Esther Clark's Hipona Consulting,  Leah Clark's Tiddly Bits & Karen Parry's Get the Skinny Fat) I will, once again, try to update my blog with regularity.  Here's to keeping this resolution THIS TIME.....

In spite of the fact that we are building new, I find myself drawn to exteriors that are established, have some wear & tear, some history, some 'ghosts'.  Here are some examples:


{ rustic brick & ivy covered Atlantan Home}




{ established manor home }


{ Francine Gardiner's residence }

It seems to me that contemporary structures don't age as well.  Or perhaps they just haven't been around long enough to be properly tested.


{ pinned by me ~ I don't know the architect }

I do love this concrete house & the landscaping looks verdant so perhaps I am being proven wrong already!!

Have a great weekend, blogland....
J xxo


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Published in Home Decor & Renovations





I am very excited to share with you that I am published in a design magazine, Home Decor & Renovations.  It is a free print publication or you can read the magazine online by clicking here and going to page 26.


{ February/March 2014 }

I am hoping I will be a regular contributor but I suppose it will depend upon the quality of my prose and how many exclamation marks I pepper my writing with!!  My dear friend, fellow wine imbiber & bibliophile, Stephanie MacDonald, is editor of Wall Media's myriad of real estate publications.  She asked me to write a few words on getting your home into the swing of spring and here is the article:


Hope you enjoy!
J xxo