Fall flora from East Point Park.
not all IKEA is awful. in fact, some of it is quite lovely.
I am a mega fan of the flat packed giant and have collected quite a few pieces from them over the years. we have bookcases, shelves and even our mattress are all thanks to IKEA. here are three of my current favs and how we’re using them at home:
we have 7 of these little guys throughout our living space, 2 by the entry way for our keys and pocket bricka-brack. and 5 more flipped upside-down for display. they are ideal for holding small plants, votives and, of course, picture frames.
at a whopping 200 cm wide (each) our 2 Vittsjo book cases take up the whole wall in our dining area. these mammoth shelves are packed full of our books, art supplies and decoratives. their open metal and glass design helps them from feeling too imposing though, and lets the wall colour behind peak through.
storage + bench? i was sold! possibly one of my most impulsive IKEA furniture purchases, I found out this pine bench was on sale while shopping around and ran to get a cart to put it in. (heaven forbid someone buy the dozen that were in stock while I finished looking around). we use it to store cozy blankets for the winter, and as extra seating for dinner guests.
Interested in learning more about our IKEA adventures? Let me know!
from guelph, to guelph and now toronto! it’s been a busy 6 months but after 2 moves we are finally settled in our new home.
Candles! No matter the season, I love them. In the winter they’re perfect to take off the chill and add warm light. In the summer they make our long summer days last just that little bit longer when they light up patios and balconies.
Rooting through my link collection I’ve rounded up my favourite diy candle projects. There is something for everyone here! From natural beeswax, to pretty painted pots and industrial copper, I see a lot more homemade candles in my life.
What’s better than glitter? Not much when it comes to putting a smile on my face! (from Nuit Blanche) Happy First Year on WordPress!
This month, for one night (and one night only) Toronto was lit up with the exhibitions of Nuit Blanche. This all-night art-fest is something we decided at the last minute to visit, and we’re glad that we did.
While it was tricky to grab photos amongst the huge crowds, I did take a few pictures I would like to share.
Another watercolor practice by yours truly. I think I’m starting to get better at this!
A couple of weeks ago, my brilliant sister brought quail eggs over that she had picked up from an Asian grocer.
This tiny eggs have an incredible speckled pattern, and some even have a blueish tinge inside the shell. Lovely!
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I have resumed learning to paint with watercolours. One of the things I love most, is the beautiful translucent tint of the water as your rinse your brushes. Too pretty!
Remember the Osage Orange I found last weekend? Well, I decided before composting it, I had to know what it looked like on the inside.
Check it out!
This past weekend I wandered through Guelph’s Arboretum and found the strangest fruit.
After some digging online, I found out this comes from a Maclura pomifera tree and is commonly knows as the Osage orange or hedge apple among other things.
Gosh, isn’t nature nifty?