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I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again – winter is my favourite season. Most people think I’m nuts! How could someone possibly love cold weather, long nights, and leave-less trees.

But I do. I love wrapping myself in sweaters and scarves watching the snow fall outside. I love warm bowls of earthy soup and hearty stews or even better a night of fondues (cheese and chocolate – sublime!). I love walks through the woods where the only sound is the crunch of the snow beneath your feet and the occasional bird. I’m happiest on the top of the mountain with skis on my feet and the promise of a hot sauna at the end of the day.

And whenever I dream ( I mean, really dream) of my perfect home I always return to what I guess could be referred to as a Nordic style. White walls, pale wood floors, abundant natural light, sparse furnishings and a certain sense of simplicity. Homes like the ones below.

(Speaking of winter I’m over at Space for Inspiration today sharing some of my favourite holiday traditions including my fave Christmas movie and song. Come by and take a look!)

Happy weekend!

Image Credits:
1 – 3 – Fredensborg House by Norm Architects via Mjolk
4 – 6 – Parkholme Road House By MacDonald Wright Architects via Living Etc.


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I’ve read a couple of posts this week that I can certainly identify with. The first was over at Joslyn Taylor’s blog Simple Lovely. She brought to my attention the beautifully shot Todd Selby film for Zara featuring Lucy Chadwick. I was struck by her comments (inspired by Lucy’s words) at the end of the post about skimming across the surface of everything and needing to set aside the time to concentrate. Later in the week, I read Paula’s post over on Two Ellie about feeling like she has been treading water for the last month.  (Interesting, no…that both reference water?)

I’ve been feeling the need lately to just slow everything down and get off the boat, so to speak. I know that’s not going to happen as we head into the excitement and revelry of December but I can see a small window opening around the beginning of January. I’ve come to really love those first, often cold weeks of the New Year when everything seems a bit calmer and the roar has been quieted down to a hush.

I did manage to make it around to quite a few blogs this week (something I’ve been sadly missing) and I was stuck by the simple but thoughtful list Wakako made over at Baum-Kuchen. It’s worth a read as we head into another busy weekend. These photos from model Anouck Lepere’s home seemed like the perfect accompaniment to this post. Enjoy!

Image Credits:
Estelle Hanania via Nowness
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Last December, I had the best intentions of making an advent calendar. As a child growing up, I loved the ritual of being able to open a little door every morning in anticipation of the big day. It’s a tradition I wanted to pass on to my own son and I thought it would be great if we had a permanent calendar we could pull out each year.  Well, last Christmas came and went and I never made the darned thing.

This year I’m determined we will have it up and ready for December 1st which means this weekend I will be busy conceiving and designing my advent calendar. I have an idea in mind but I won’t know until I go shopping for all the supplies how it will turn out.

With a bit of luck, I’ll be showing you how it turned out in the next few weeks. In the meantime, check out all these 25 great advent calendar ideas that Jordan Ferney pulled together for Babble.

With holidays and entertaining in mind check out so me of these beautiful photos from the portfolio of Eric Piasecki.

All images Eric Piasecki


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I thought I would focus this Friday Files post on Noguchi paper lanterns. They’re occupying a spot in my imagination at the moment and I’m just trying to figure out the perfect spot to use one. For awhile, these paper lanterns or should I say reproductions of these lights were ubiquitous. You couldn’t walk into a student apartment or first-time home without seeing one if not two or more of these lightweight shades. And why not, they’re affordable, easy to install and make a big impact on a room! Lately, I’ve seen fewer and fewer of them cropping up and that might be in part to Ikea no longer carrying their version.

And while the reproductions of these lanterns are very affordable (we’re talking under $20 in most cases) purchasing an original Noguchi light sculpture is not unreasonable. The round and elliptical ones start at around $130 and go up from there.

Take a look at some of the rooms below and tell me what you think. I particularly like them paired with an ornamental ceiling medallion and painted ceiling.

Have a great weekend!

Image credits:
1-2 – Magnus Marding – Mats Gustafson’s home via The New York Times
 3 – Pinterest
4-5 – Thibault Jeanson – Julianne Moores former house via Remodelista
 6 – Mei-Chun Jau – Josyln Taylor’s house via Simple Lovely 
7 – McGill Design Group via Remodelista
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