Archive for the ‘Out And About’ Category

Since I was 6 I’ve lived in Whitby Ontario (with a 2 year stint in Toronto) and now I live next door in Oshawa (or Poshawa for you, my loyal readers!).  Whitby is a beautiful town full of so many wonderful places and its where I chose to set up shop and  establish Penney & Company.  My goal is to establish deep roots in this community and create a gathering place for creative types seeking to express themselves through their homes.  I can’t think of a prettier place to do it…here’s a taste of Whitby.  And if you’re not local, you should come visit!

Whitby may have a lot of new development (seems like everyone’s caught the bug!) but it is also home to some gorgeous historic homes and neighbourhoods.  Penney & Co is a short walk from most of the houses shown here.

The downtown core has some charming historic buildings, including this stretch of century homes that have been connected with a long verandah to create Pearson Lanes.  Full of boutiques, salons and a tea room or two, its a very pretty place to take a stroll.

Rousseau’s is one of Whitby’s oldest and most inspiring home decor shops.  Full of fine pieces and tons of fabrics and custom options, its definitely worth a visit.  I’ve even used Rousseau’s pieces in House & Home photo shoots in the past!

If you are making a day of it, there are lots of great local eateries, like this converted old house called Prego for amazing Italian faire.

Historic charm meets modern achievement with old churches and civic buildings alongside futuristic spaces like the beautiful Whitby Public Library (which also has a great cafe seen here).

The Nice Bistro (Nice, as in France) is the go-t0 spot for authentic french food with the most warm and friendly husband and wife team you’ll ever meet. And the crepes!?  Yum!

The downtown strip where Penney & Company, is has lots of salons and spas and interesting places to check out.  There’s a fantastic cupcake shop, a seriously skilled butcher, health food shop, I could go on…



Well I’m guessing you can see why I love my hometown, Whitby and am happy to count Penney & Company as part of the local community.  There’s lots to appreciate here and always more to discover.  Like the lakefront!  But I’ll save that for a later post…


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Last week I saw these great looking patio chairs for $35 at Home Depot!  I thought they were great looking and reminded me of all of those Slim Aarons and Babe Paley moments you see out there in 1960’s Palm Beach scenes.  Could be great don’t you think??

Slim Aarons

Here they are at my local Home Depot…

I definitely think these chairs could exist comfortably in one of these scenes and would make  quite the stylish statement in a modern back yard today.

Babe Paley

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Okay for all of you Toronto downtown-ers, this maybe old news, but I wanted to share with the peeps a little farther afield…

A while back I posted about CB2 coming to Canada.  It’s the young, hip-downtown sibling to sister store, Crate & Barrel.  Well after many delays, the store has opened at the corner of Queen West and Bathurst in Toronto.  Formerly the punk club, The Big Bop, the opening of CB2 in Toronto marks the further gentrification of Queen West and provides a flashy hub for hipster shoppers.  My advice to any hipster shoppers though, would be to mix CB2’s wares with some good old-fashioned vintage from the other shops nearby like Abraham’s Antiques.  Just to keep you street cred of course…

Snapped on my blackberry last week…

They were still working on the facade by the way…

P.S. the original Big Bop/CB2 story here.

UPDATE:  I just walked by again this morning and thought for all of you out-of-towners, the new CB2 is in the same block as the new-ish Joe Fresh mega store (with tons more selection than your average Loblaw’s), so together, they make for a fun shopping afternoon!

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Sometimes I see things out and about that I just have to share with you.  Sometimes I buy them – more times, I don’t.  But they’re worth oohing and ahhing about either way, don’t you think?

P.S. if I told you were I saw all of these, I’d have to kill you!  Trade secret…he he he…

I’ve always loved this style of metal garden chair ever since spotting them in Martha Stewart’s Gardening Month By Month from the early 1990’s.  Her’s were painted a glorious green, but I spotted them this afternoon in white in the HBO Grey Gardens film too…

This lovely little cabinet in a perfectly old and distressed paint finish really caught my eye.  It’s diminutive scale means it would fit in perfectly in many a bathroom for some decorative, unfitted storage.  I believe someone I know and work with may have bought it and had it lacquered in shiny black for a project.  But this is unconfirmed so it may still be up for grabs.  Love it!

How perfectly classic are these bergeres? Depending on the colour scheme, I think they could work perfectly as is!  Maybe in a room with pale lilac walls and chalky white mouldings?  The tan upholstery and natural wood would be a striking pairing with lilac.

And finally a petit little chinoiserie chandelier.  Perfect for a bedroom, a powder room or entry hall.  Sadly, I believe this one ended up in a posh Rosedale shop for much more than the original price of $145!  You snooze you lose Michael!  Curses!

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Sunday was pretty nearly a perfect day.

Woke up (not too early, there was light), drove through the countryside to meet our good friends Anne-Louise and Jon and their daughter Emma for brunch.  Had favourite banana-nutella crepe of epic proportion (was delicious and just huge enough).  Drove to Horton’s Tree Farm to cut down our very own tannenbaum.


Above is a picture of the tree farm.  Isn’t it ideal?  Bonus points for anyone who can name the famous Christmas movie I just quoted.

This is a shot of me carrying our gigantic tree to the waiting tractor and wagon.  Jon and I hacked our two trees down with our bare hands (and a sharp saw) and then dragged them away.  It’s a good thing Jon is a very outdoorsy-type guy and is always prepared.  I forgot to bring gloves, a hat, and even proper footwear (my converse were soaked).  Jon was kind enough to lend me gloves and let me use his saw!  And yes, I do own one, I just forgot!

Hot chocolate by a campfire?  Perfect.  Marshmallows?  Even better.


Here’s our tree all bundled up and ready to go!  We brought him home, gave him a fresh cut and argued for the next hour about whether or not he was leaning to the left or right once in the stand.   All part of the fun!  Next up – the decorations!

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Angus & Company

One of my favourite stores in Toronto is Angus & Company.  Honestly I just love basically everything in there!  It’s so inspiring and since I’ve had the opportunity to visit over the last few years, I’ve gotten to know the staff and the owner, Michael Angus.  He is a wealth of information, great taste and style.  He has created a beautiful store and you should definitely visit – if not just to get your fill of ideas!

You can find Angus & Company at 647 Dupont (Dupont and Christie) in Toronto, or call 416 537 4104.  Or visit angusandcompany.com

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I almost forgot to share the other houses I snapped one morning in the late summer.  All looking for someone to put in a little elbow grease and polish them up to a shine.  Just dreamy!

This one looks like a farm house in the middle of the country!  But it’s actually in town and has a huge piece of property.

Now this one I really like, but it’s on a really busy street.  So stately though.

Here’s a side view of this one.

This one’s in really bad shape but still calls my name.  Those tumbling vines!  I’ll keep dreaming if you do!

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