the cure for anything is salt water.
sweat, tears, or the ocean.

                             - isak dinesen

These are my memories of Costa Rica.  Oh, how I wish I could be there again.

J xx


Take 5

1.  Florence Welch has the voice of an angel.
2.  I want to move to Europe.  And this site has plenty of reasons why life in Europe is the best.
3.  Channeling Liv Tyler in Stealing Beauty might get me to Europe faster.  She's perfect.
4.  I love being obsessed with Instagram despite all the naysayers.
5.  I picked this up while on vacation and it smells like summer.  I can't get enough!    

J xx


Windsor Smith

I'm not sure how I missed this memo but let it be known that Windsor Smith is one flippin' amazing designer.  I stumbled upon a blog post featuring this L.A. mansion that was recently purchased by Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin; Windsor Smith designed the interior and I'm dumbfounded by how stunning it is.  I a-d-o-r-e the rustic edges, modern muted colours and her application of texture and pattern.  I need a moment.  It's just too beautiful to be true.

J xx


Monica the Monarch

I recently visited the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls and I was amazed by the pretty butterflies.  I had never seen butterflies like that before - each with its own spectacular array of colours and patterns.  It occurred to me that they're a foolproof way of discerning which colours naturally compliment each other.  So why not use them as decor inspiration?  Sometimes, that's the hardest part isn't it?  ...knowing which colours to combine to create the desired look and feel.  Well, meet Monica the Monarch Butterfly.  I snapped this photo of her (above) with my trusty iPhone. She's proof that orange, yellow, green, blue and white work very well together.  

J xx


Let's Picnic

I just feel like a picnic.  You?

J xx

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My parents and I stumbled upon a little street sale last weekend in a gorgeous neighbourhood just north of The Beaches and I found this lovely old 4"x 5" painting that I purchased for $5.  The top photo has been filtered to amplify the colours, but in actuality the colours are soft, aged and "moody" as my boyfriend says.  I fell for its aged look and pretty scenic panorama.  I was ultimately willing to accept the challenge of finding an antique frame for it, but it turned out to be no challenge at all because I found one the next day for $15 at the St. Lawrence Sunday Antique Market!  I couldn't believe it was the exact size I needed...  I love how the dramatic frame anchors the picture.  Now I can't help but wonder if the gentleman who sold it would want to keep it, if he saw it framed on my wall - re-found and re-loved.  

J xx

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