The Essence of Spring

When springtime finally rolls around, many of us are anxious to replace our cozy and comfy winter decor with light pastel colors, natural found objects and fresh flowers. Granted, you can go to the big box stores and buy colorful spring decor by the bucketful, but we prefer to hunt around flea markets and antique shops and […]

In Appreciation of Aboriginal Art

It all started when I was researching the meaning of the various spirit animals in this hand carved totem pole: First I read on the Spirits of the West Art Gallery website that the Totem Eagle is known as “The master of the skies” and is believed to be the creature with the closest relationship with the […]

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

If you’re anywhere near my age … you’ve probably heard the phrase, “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” many times. But when it comes to transforming your home into a source of comfort and tranquility, the small stuff is actually your path to happiness. In fact, according to Ann Stillman O’Leary, who wrote the book Adirondack Style that was our original […]


Everything we love about the Aberfoyle Antique Market. One Saturday in the spring and one in the fall, antiquers of all stripes head for Guelph, Ontario and the Aberfoyle Special Shows. It’s an event that attracts everyone from the fancy antique shops in Toronto to the young couples just furnishing their first apartments and looking for bargains. And […]

The Mother Lode

Can you believe this place actually exists? Well it does, and we found it! Not without a lot of trial and error though. But we’re going to let you in on the secret. Every year we drive from Ontario to New Brunswick to visit our daughter and son-in-law (an now our grandson)! We vary our […]

You know how it goes …

You promise yourself you will go to the gym after work. You pack your gym bag and head off in the morning determined to make it happen. But the day doesn’t go according to plan, you have to work late, and by the time quitting time rolls around all you have the energy to do is lie […]

The Real Rustic Farmhouse

There’s no doubt the rustic farmhouse style made popular by Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper will continue even though the show has ended (sigh). Like so many others, we love Joanna’s style and have been amazed to see rustic farmhouse decor showing up at mass market retailers like Amazon and Walmart. (You know it’s […]