Monday Musings - Fall Baking & Weekend Casual Wear

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sooooo, you  may notice that things look a little different around here (jumping and screaming...take a look around, take a look around!).  I'm so excited to have a new look here on the blog.   This is the work of the beautiful Brittany from Gallery No Eight.  We reunited at BlogPodium in September and got to chatting about blog design.  One thing led to another and voila!  We are still working on a few little details, so please sit tight.

In the meantime, a quick little recap of the last few days.

Hubs knows me well, pink Birkenstocks for the win!  Also, I'm loving the look of an un-ironed shirt.  It just feels more casual that way, perfect for the weekend.
shirt - Old Navy / Jeans - Gap / Birkenstocks

We love drinking tea during the fall and winter months.  So I set up this small little tea station in the kitchen.  Looking for a gorgeous silver tray to play everything on.
mug & spoon (c/o) - Chapters / white dish - HomeSense

Cooler fall temps call for slow cooked roasts and lots of baking!  #comfortfood
coffee print - KardzKouture (c/o) / cutting board & candle - HomeSense 

I love quiet Sunday mornings.  Have you checked out the lifestyle site The TIG?  I highly 
recommend it.
mug - Chapters Indigo / Gold stool, coffee table - HomeSense, urchin - Target

Have a lovely Monday!


I'm a Sweater & Scarf Girl. Let's Talk About the Scarves Today.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I love them, I totally do.  Especially knit scarves, I could easily hoard them.

They can be the perfect finishing piece to an outfit and they add that much needed touch of warmth of crisp fall days.  Plus, they look amazing with pretty much any top.  Sleeveless, short sleeve, long sleeve or a jacket, you're good to go.

Here are a few of my favourites, all from Aldo (last season) except for the dark grey scarf in the first photo,  it's from Eddie Bauer.

the weather last weekend was perfect for a walk through the forest.  Not many warm days like this left!

I usually wear a scarf on those mornings that it's chilly enough for an extra layer, but not cool enough for a jacket

I adore my jean jacket, but don't always love wearing it buttoned up.  quick fix is to throw on a scarf to keep warm

What I don't have is a plaid scarf and I feel as though owning one is essential.  I have my eye on a few....

You can see more looks on my instagram feed.

Are you a fan of scarves?


Touches of Fall in the Family Room

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Let me tell you a little secret.  I don't really decorate all that much for fall.  Yes, true.  Now, I do style the table for Thanksgiving dinner of course and we do have pumpkins and decorations on the front porch, but otherwise you won't find too much fall decor.  It's more about adding cozy layers and swapping out the more "summery" accessories & flowers for some that are better suited for the fall months.  The real decorating happens in November for, yes....Christmas.

As you know, my plan is to go with touches of purple, navy and grey, pretty much the same as last year's Christmas tablescape.  I just love this combo so much, especially for the fall & winter months.

This past weekend, I got to switching things over in the family room and finished things up yesterday.  And here's the result!

The linen pillows and grey throw are perfect for the fall months.  A little texture and a little softness, and well, the colours are bang on!  I love that they are feather filled...nothing like feather pillows that you can easily shape for added comfort.  I found the plaid fabric at our local Fabricland sometime last year and sewed together some pillow covers.

those gold pinecones are so perfect, I've got some in nearly every room of the house! Found at HomeSense

votive holder (that I'm using as a vase) from HomeSense

You may recognize the cloche on the coffee table, plus the rolled edged hurricane and florals on the side table from the Thanksgiving tablescape post.  I love that these pieces can be used in any room, well after the holiday dinner.  Once dinner is over, spread the love to the rest of the house!  I'm all about multipurpose items (like using a votive holder as a vase), a great way to save money!

I added some fresh water to the vases in the cloche, and divided the floral centerpiece into a few different bunches but otherwise, everything stayed the same.

can we talk about how ah-mazing the November issue of House and Home is?!  I can't put it down!

even Hootie may his way back to the family room

We have a couple of baskets in the family room that are specifically for the throws when they aren't on the couch.  I love the look of throws casually draped over the couch (as seen in the photos above) just as much as I love the look of them in the baskets.  I just really don't want them on the floor and they aren't always needed/wanted on the couch, so the baskets were a quick and easy solution.

We also keep our extra pillows or pillows that aren't wanted by the person sitting on the couch (I'm the lone fan of the pillows in our house) under the coffee table.  They don't always end up under the coffee table though! ha! #truth

I removed the vase from the pumpkin centerpiece and moved it onto the kitchen table, along with a little owl from HomeSense and a small decorative pumpkin.  Aren't mini pumpkins the best?!

Can I just tell you how happy I am with these flowers?  I bought them at a local grocery store!  You can pick three bunches for $20, then the florist takes the bunches that you've selected apart and puts them back together into one arrangement.  So affordable and I love that it's a custom look!

Some of the pieces in the family room will be moved around once I start decorating for the holidays.  I'm reaaalllly looking forward to getting some great string lights a la Restoration Hardware for the hurricane vase and styling the dressers beside the fireplace, which I didn't really change for fall, which is why they aren't pictured!  Another #truth.

Do you go all out and decorate for fall?  I have to admit that I'm getting excited to start decorating for Christmas....I know, I know, but really, I am.


This is What Fall Means to Me.....

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The long weekend is now behind us and we are ready for a short week, which always seems to feel super long, no?

Yesterday was a tad bit gloomy weather wise, but the temps were quite lovely.  The kids played soccer in the backyard and for the first time ever, I did this:

This was a total "why haven't I ever done this before" situtation.  I haven't sat in our adirondack chairs in a while because I don't like the chipped paint.  But this moment was just calling my name.

I think it's time to tackle repainting our adirondack chairs (red again) because they are probably the most comfortable seats evaaaaaa.

Also, my Hunter boots are officially past their prime.  As if the "blooming" wasn't bad enough (which by the way I could not get rid of, not matter how hard I tried and I tried every trick), they are now cracked.  Time to shop for another pair....the great debate, which colour?!  Leaning towards black again, but the traditional green is quite tempting as well.

Happy Tuesday!


Life as of Late - Cozy for Fall and I Like White Wine

Monday, October 13, 2014

Hello lovelies!

I hope my fellow Canadians are enjoying/enjoyed a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend.  We had a wonderful time relaxing and putting our feet up.  I simply adore Thanksgiving weekend and fall.

The last couple of weeks have been a little insane.  So much going on, so little time.  It's been a slight whirlwind, but I truly can't complain because we are so fortunate for everything and though it can be a lot to manage, it's all fabulous, so we chug along.

Here's a little recap of the last little while:

I took the time to re-organize my little corner.  Things have been busy, which I'm so thankful for, but I really needed to clean it up to help me stay sane!

 Some days call for multiple cups of coffee and wrinkled shirts....

well, more than some days....wrinkled shirts seem to be my thing ;)

adore my #ParisPocketbook and Kate Spade planner.  And chocolate.  And tea.

Kiddo 1 ran his cross country race here, pretty amazing.

The cooler temps are here and require days under cozy blankets....

and ├╝ber cozy cardigans

I prefer white wine,  you?

and starting my mornings off here when the sun is shining

Have a fabulous Monday.


Kardz Kouture Giveaway Winner!

Friday, October 10, 2014

A huge thank you to everyone who entered the Kardz Kouture giveaway!

The lucky winner is.......

Congratulations, Sarah!  I will be sending you an email shortly!

Incase you missed it, I shared some Thanksgiving tablescape inspiration earlier today.  You can find the post here.

Have a lovely weekend, friends!


Thanksgiving Tablescape - Keeping it Casual

It's Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, and you guys, this is one of my favourite holidays.  I see it as being the official kick off to my fav season, fall and the kick off to the holiday season.  And what better way than to start with a holiday where we give thanks.

I've started switching things up a bit around the house, transitioning from summer to fall & winter.  The plaid cushions are making their way out from beneath the coffee table, the comfy throws are being placed where they can easily be reached.  I adore this time of year so much (counting down to Downton, yes?!).

Though we enjoyed our dinner early, I wanted to share some tablescape inspiration with you!  My goal for the Thanksgiving tablescape was to keep it simple (no placemats even!), make it cozy and to decorate with items that would encourage conversation and long add elements that remind us of the little, everyday things that we have to be thankful for.  And I love the idea of using stoneware vs china.

Don't you just love holiday dinners and how the entire family gathers around?  Truly priceless.  

The colour palette, one that I've been obsessed with for the past year....blues, purples with touches of gold.  Yum.   These colours can be found throughout the house for the fall/winter months.  They are perfect.

dinnerare - Chapters Indigo  (c/o), cutlery - Chapters Indigo (c/o), table runner - fabric from Fabricland

The flower arrangements in the cloches are made with some hydrangeas and sedum from our gardens (plus a few extra leftovers from a bouquet that hubs bought me earlier in the week).   I also placed some pieces of the decorative grass from our garden here and there.

We found the birch branches while out on a hike in the forest.  They sit perfectly in this rolled edged hurricane along with a flameless candle.   I felt like I hit the jackpot when I spotted those branches!  Birch branches are so perfect for fall/winter decorating.  They were in a pile of dead wood, so I was happy to give them a new home!

clochehurricane - Chapters Indigo c/o, gold pinecones - HomeSense

Both the cloche and rolled edged hurricane are from Chapters Indigo.  I love the fact that they can be used well after dinner is over the holiday has passed.  Plus, the possilibities are endless.  You can display almost anything in them, making them a go-to all year round in any room in the house.

Over on our sideboard sits a delicious pumpkin pie (patiently waiting to be devoured) on this gorgeous pedestal.   The owl vase (named Hootie) adds a pop of colour carried from the floral arrangement at the center of the table.

acacia wood pedestal - Chapters Indigo c/o; Owl vase - Michaels

white square vase - Bowring

Speaking of the centerpiece, I knew that I wanted to give this one a-go after seeing this masterpiece by Chatelaine.  Oh goodness, so stunning.  White pumpkins used to be hard to find, but I found this guy at Walmart for $5.  You guys, I have a feeling that this won't be the last time that I do this!

Candelabra - Williams Sonoma (old)

woven tray - HomeSense

The wine is ready to be poured.  The dessert has been baked.  The meal has been chosen.  All that's left to do is to gather around the table and give thanks for the amazingness that surrounds us every day.

We are so thankful.

cutting board and votive holder - HomeSense

Wishing all of my Canadian friends a very lovely Thanksgiving. xo


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