Whirlwind February

I've had a busy couple of weeks jumping from one project to the next. At times, I woke up not only wondering what day of the week it was but what city I was in. I took off to Halifax, Nova Scotia in the middle of February amongst swirling snowstorms that grounded my plane for a day to shoot to stunning homes for Chatelaine.

That was quickly followed a few days later by a wedding I prop styled for a friend. She had requested a winter white wedding (which back in warm, green December seemed like a terrible idea). Luckily the weather did its part and she was married on what seemed the coldest day this year. I loved the rustic, barely-iced wedding cake stand with its salal garland and  birch logs cut from her dad's hunting lodge. 

Before the wedding even got under way, I was in my car driving up North to join my family for a couple days of skiing. It's the first winter we have our 2.5 year old on skis. She seems to love it once we get her to top of the hill but getting her there can sometimes be a bit of a challenge.

From the ski hill I went directly to Cityline for the March edition of our Chatelaine show. It was my first time working behind-the-scenes on Cityline and I have to say it was a bit nerve-wrecking. We (myself and a prop stylist) basically had about 45 minutes from 9:15 am when our props arrived until 10 am when the show started to get our segments set up. That included setting up and styling this IKEA wardrobe! 

A day later I was on set shooting umbrellas for our April issue and the next day I was on a plane to New York City to interview Nate Berkus. (Nikki Reed also made an appearance). I wrapped up my crazy two weeks with a peaceful afternoon at MoMA where I took in the Forever Now show. Definitely worth a visit if you get the chance. 

Mary Weatherford

Mary Weatherford

Bookcase makeover

Check out what Amy did to this bookcase in her hallway!

I decided to work on a small project a few weekends ago.  I desperately wanted to change the colour of the bookcase in our hallway.  We had found it at a re-store and it really needed some love. Note the uneven paint and scratches:

After a quick trip to Home Depot I realized the only colours I wished to use were in the wall paint section. I took the leap and bought 2 samples of Behr Marquee in Frosted Silver.  The best part: total cost was $8!

The result was incredible. Not only did it cover the bookcase evenly, the paint was flawless after it settled with barely any prep. And I have to add, this is not a sponsored post, I am simply a fan of the product because it worked so well!

The bookcase has a laminate top and brown legs which we left unpainted.  I love how the lighter colour takes up less visual space and complements the items so nicely.  

What projects have you worked on lately?

Tea Ceremonies Around the World

Move over coffee - it's time for tea. Did you happen to see the latest issue of Conde Nast Traveler? Inside there is an article on tea ceremonies around the world beautifully shot by Anna Williams and gorgeously styled by Amy Wilson. The moment I saw this spread in the magazine I wished I could have been a part of it. I love how something as common as tea can be interpreted and revered so differently around the globe. Each with its own peculiarities and rituals.

I'm tempted to recreate each of these tea parties for myself (and maybe a few friends.) For drinking notes and a bit of history behind each of the ceremonies click on the link below the photos.

India.

India.

Which tea ceremony do you want to host first?

pattern play

What would your dream kitchen or bathroom look like?  I'm usually drawn to neutral colours but there's something so warm and inviting about a room filed with graphic pattern.  Whether it be via wallpaper or tiles, I'm loving it.  These patterns make me feel as if I've stepped into a rustic, countryside kitchen or trendy cafe in NYC.  - Amy.