Hot travel inspiration

Sorry for the quietness around here lately, but I was taking in some sun and sand.  Don’t you find going away always makes you see your place with new eyes?  So much inspiration comes from travel.

These are a few of my inspiring photos, can you feel the heat? Lord knows, we need it here in Ontario right now.



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Adirondack styling

Sorry for the lack of posts here, it’s been a busy time.  I’m posting over at the TBB blog today all about Adirondack styling from my recent trip to Lake Placid, New York.  Click on the photo below to read it.

DSC_0158 This is my favourite picture from the weekend we had.  Such a beautiful area.

No updates on the table I was working on at the cottage as I got totally sidetracked by the painting of our exterior trim. I chose a golden yellow but wasn’t too thrilled with it on the front doors.  It looks great on the window trim but for some reason we hated it on the front doors, I think it was just too much solid yellow.  So, back to the colour deck and I chose a dark green for the doors, which should be finished up this week.  Can’t wait to see it!

So hopefully more updates next week on the exterior and more on the table as well.  Have a great week and weekend!


Miami and Rogers Daytime Ottawa Segment

Sorry for the lack of posts here lately, I was away and enjoying myself far too much in Miami.

It was a nice little break for both hubby and I.  We stayed at the beautiful and iconic Fontainbleau Hotel. What a place!

I took the above picture of Miami beach with my Iphone 5 in the panoramic mode.

I’ve captured a few highlights from our trip below.

Definitely a fun, upbeat place to visit and I even survived shopping the outlets on Black Friday!

So now it’s back to reality and this Wednesday be sure to catch Rogers Daytime Ottawa (Channel 22) as my fellow TBBer, Maureen and I, show how to make your own exterior Christmas urns and wreaths.


Brimfield treasures

I had an absolute fabulous weekend with my TBB peeps in Brimfield, Massachusetts.

We were off with a truck and trailer in tow on Thursday, so we had two full days to explore all that is the Brimfield Antique Market.    I won’t tell you all that happened while we were there as I’m sure that will be done in an upcoming TBB blog post (yes…stayed tuned…and hold on to your hats….there is going to be a TBB Blog Launch shortly).

There was so much there to see that it was a trifle overwhelming…  But after getting over that, I managed to find all these treasures.

I wasn’t really looking for a little round table but I couldn’t resist this adorable distressed blue one for only $50. It appears I have a thing for twisted legs.

I think these vintage Ball jars will be used in my main bath makeover at the cottage. I thought the colour was so pretty and for a total of $12 I thought they were a steal.

 These extra large glass floats will also make it to the cottage. I had never even realized they came so large.  The green and light blue one are authentic but the turquoise one with rope is a modern copy. I just thought it was an interesting one to mix in with the others.

A cute little bathroom sign painted on an old barn board.  Not too sure where this one is going, but likely a bathroom 😉

My extra large basket was also a great find for $30!

And a large crock for either a cottage garbage can or a container for something…..

And last but not least, my vintage library table with barley twist legs is going to become my cottage bathroom vanity.  I will be refinishing it.  Not quite sure, how or what colour it will end up…but it will be done.  It’s the perfect width and depth but I will add some extra pieces to legs to raise it a smidge.

All these great finds and I got to spend a long weekend with my fab TBBs, it was a perfect weekend!

Boston Tour

Don’t you find you get so inspired by travelling?  I was recently in Boston and here’s some pictures I took while there.

This headstone intrigued me.  The inscription reads,

“In memory of Mrs. Seeth Rumney who died suddenly Jan. 13th, 1804.  Aet 56 
The late amicable consort of Cap. Edward Rumney.”

Consort?  Really??

The thinnest house in Boston….

The Old North Church, where the lantern signal was given “one if by land, two if by sea” before Paul Revere’s ride.

Isn’t this a beautiful brass chandelier?  Take a peak at the decorative brass half way up the chain.


The lovely restaurant in the North district, where we ate a sumptuous Italian lunch.

The gorgeous event venue set up for our dinner that evening.  I loved the different shades of green used for the table scape.  The clear chairs were beautiful and gave a really pretty glistening effect to the room.  Eco friendly items were used, where ever possible.

Not sure what building this is, but I thought it made an interesting photo, due to the foggy, rainy evening.

And of course, what’s Boston without a visit to Harvard.

The prestigious Beacon Hill neighbourhood of Boston.

Hope you enjoyed this little tour of Boston.  I will be posting shortly on our visit to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  There were so many beautiful things there!