An Anniversary Love Letter

20 years ago this month we bought a cottage. Well. more accurately, we put in an offer on it in May, but we took possession of it in August 1999. At the time, our younger daughter was 6 years old, and we had gotten her a puppy the previous Christmas. We lived in the city […]

Let’s Go Camping!

Summertime! Kids are out of school and parents are gearing up for that all important family vacation. If you’re of a certain age, you may have fond memories of packing the station wagon to the brim for that road trip or camping adventure. Maybe you went to the lake, or to a state park, or […]

Feeling Blue

There’s something mysteriously energizing about cobalt blue, and it feels just right now that spring has finally arrived. This is our new Vintage Adirondack display at our retail location at Beach Town Antiques in Ridgeway, Ontario. The cobalt blue and yellow combination feel fresh and joyful, and the simple white daisies add just the right light natural […]

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 […]

Christmas in the Youth of the Baby Boomers

It may be because I was a kid at the time … but it seems to me no era captured the true essence of Christmas quite like the 1950s. Christmas in the post-war years (1946-1964), was a time of prosperity, when Americans were raising young families, moving to the suburbs and spending newly disposable income […]

The Rest of the Best – Quebec Antiques!

\ A few posts ago we shared some of the fabulous Quebec antiques we found on our latest trip … but we saved the best for last! For the past three years we’ve been making an annual pilgrimage through Quebec on our way to visit the kids in New Brunswick. On each trip we’ve discovered new […]

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 […]