Archive for April, 2011

Here’s more Emma Bridgewater pottery – in honour of this special weekend!

Tea for two?

Buckingham palace mug in honour of “the big kiss”…

Royal Couple tea towel – so fun and cheerful!

This scalloped bowl has tons of quirky Brit style.

And a perfect biscuit tin.  I’ll eat to that!


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The moment we’ve all be waiting for – the teasing is over, the befores are in the past – our house is published in the June 2011 issue of House & Home Magazine!!  Run, don’t walk to your nearest news stand and pick up a copy!

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Again, I’m not fashion expert, but dang she looked good!

Simply beautiful.  Sara Burton for McQueen.  Reminds me of another princess’ dress – Princess Grace (Kelly)!

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Well it’s finally arrived – the Royal Wedding of Prince William and his bride Kate. Did you rise early to see it live? How are you celebrating? In honour of this big day for all of England, I thought I’d post some gorgeous images from across the pond.

Emma Bridgewater plate…


Ben Pentreath’s parsonage – another great U.K. wedding site don’t you think?


Wisteria in Ben’s perfect English garden…


Perfectly understated kitchen cabinetry from the U.K. via Katy Elliott

A cozy Farrow & Ball-y bedroom…just dreamy…


Congratulations William and Kate!

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Guess what arrived in the House & Home loading dock this week?  The June 2011 issue!  Guess what’s inside?  Our house!!!

I’m not exactly sure how long it takes for it to appear on news stands and in mail boxes, but it should be any day now.  Let me know once you see it out there okay?

This is the cover of the June issue last year – our Family and Affordable issue.

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One of the best parts about owning our first house is having a yard. Our ninety-year-old home came complete with a pretty big back yard with two huge trees and lots of mature hedges. There’s a section of yard closest to the house that gets lots of shade from a huge maple tree. Because the maple blocks the sun and it has a competitive root system, the grass beneath it has a hard time filling in. I’m thinking this will be the perfect spot for a patio some day. I’m dreaming of red brick in a herringbone pattern. But that will have to wait!

In the mean time I’m on the hunt for affordable outdoor furniture that will someday live on my dream patio. I’d love a table, chairs, umbrella in a fun print, some retro chaises…and…and…

These french-style metal chairs pull at my heart-strings and are totally affordable available at K Mart online and apparently they ship to Canada!

This table and bench are simple and classic and perennial favourites from Ikea.

To add some colour and pattern, how about this retro-style umbrella from Sears US. Again, they say they’ll ship to Canada so my fingers are crossed. I guess I’d have to drill a hole in the centre of the table…But wouldn’t it look like the movie Pleasantville?

Muskoka chairs in fresh white? Yes please! They’re from…LOBLAWS! Handsome furniture at a grocery store? Why not?

And for some sun bathing, I’m totally into these teak coloured wooden Ikea chaises – again totally affordable from Ikea.

What pieces are you looking for for your yard or garden?  Found anything great lately?

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Check out the latest instalment of House & Home TV and a clip of Joel Bray and I at this year’s Interior Design Show in Toronto.  Here, we’re showing some easy and affordable stylists’ tips and tricks for your home.  To watch the clip, click here.

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