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Slowly, steadily, we’re settling into our new home. Oh, who am I kidding? We have two-day bursts of hyper-productivity followed by week-long stretches of sheer and blissful neglect. Isn’t that how it always goes?

Last week we finally got around to hanging some shelves in the entryway. We were in desperate need of a catch-all spot; one more rain-soaked jacket flung onto the couch and I was going to freak out! I was originally planning on putting up a narrow ledge and some pegs, like this, but then I found these awesome shelves at West Elm. Bent wood and S hooks? Yes, please.

A few questions I found helpful when tackling the entryway (and any design decision, really):

– What do you need? For us, the priority was a place to toss our keys, coins, and coats. This helped us narrow our options. For instance, a storage bench was out.

– Along a similar vein: what are your constraints? Our front door abuts a wall, which means only shallow shelves will fit. Deep drawers or a console would have kept the door from swinging all the way open!

– What would be a little unexpected? Personally, I am drawn to functional pieces that have a bit of an edge, something surprising. These shelves fit the bill. I love the contrast of the blonde wood against white walls, the unusual U shape of the ledge, and the mix of materials and textures.

– What would make you happy? The most critical factor! Each of the little knick knacks on the shelves has a story, and each of those stories puts a smile on my face every time I reach for my keys. Isn’t that how a home should always make you feel?

There’s so much work left to be done, but we’re getting there! It’s hard to remember, sometimes, that you’re making progress. I think we’ll take on the kitchen next. All of our cooking utensils are rattling around in a market tote in the living room (!) and it’d be nice to finally have a place to put them.


Doing something about it

I’ve wanted to learn how to sew for years, but always had an excuse not to.

“I’m too busy.”
“I’ll just take it to the dry cleaners.”
“A sewing machine is too bulky to store.”

I finally pushed pretenses aside and took my first sewing class today.
In a matter of hours I made a custom pillowcase and liner — hidden zippers included!
That linen checkered bolster is now one of my favourite things.
And the best part? Fabric and supplies cost me less than $15.

It’s like a whole new world has opened up to me. And what an exciting world it is. xo

It’s starting to feel like home

BottleRainbowT unpacked some glassware and placed a few bottles by the windowsill.
Every afternoon, the sun catches them and casts the most beautiful rainbow against the wall.

I’ve been missing my old apartment lately — a sentimental stronghold, or something.
I never imagined I could get so attached to a physical space.

But then, I look over to that little corner of colours. In our new little corner of the world.
And I think to myself, “This place is starting to feel like home.”

Spring is around the corner

ChampagneWindowThis evening I lifted the windows open to invite the new season in for a drink. More light, more warmth, and more buds on trees is a cause for celebration, don’t you think?

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Better than roses

Considering flowers for a friend or lovah this VDay? Look no further than Sarah and Nicolette’s Valentine Flower Shop on Mott Street. Casual, textural and unstructured.

Feeling extra generous? How about a flower arranging class with the Little Flower School to go with it.

//via Courtney Lewis

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