My Own Space

For me, there is something cathartic about designing. I like being able to bring elements together and make them my own.

During the warmer months, I’m not so worried about my bedroom since I’m really only in it to sleep. However, it’s now autumn and we’re on the way to winter and the weather is getting much cooler, making me reevaluate what I want my space to feel and look like. Making my living area something I love has been on a long list of things to do. In the past few weeks I’ve been collecting inspiration and looking for the right pieces to go in my room.

To me, a room should consist of four things: comfort, personal style, many books, and a glorious bed. Lucky for me, I already love my bed, it just needs a bit of a makeover in the sheets and duvet cover area.

I’ve decided on a reading corner with my favourite books as decoration. I’ve been looking for the perfect chair to accompany my much loved books but I’ve come up empty handed. When I brought this up with my dad, he told me that there was a great chair in the basement that I could reupholster and make my own, now I’m on a search for fabric!

Here are some pieces I’ve seen around random antique shops and interior design stores around South Western Ontario.

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Excuse the blurry photo, I was in a bit of a rush but I LOVED this chair.

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Of course a good room redecoration wouldn’t be complete without some inspiration from Pinterest, check out my For the Home board for my home inspirations. The following photos are just a couple pieces of inspiration for me from Pinterest.

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I love the idea of a cool toned wall with warm accent pieces in the room. I’ve decided on grey for the walls, but looking at all my options is overwhelming. Any suggestions?

I love style, however I don’t think a room should be overly put together. Organization is a must but comfort is key.

Throwback Thursday – Touring Europe

In the fashion of being a huge Instagram user (follow me!), I thought it was only appropriate to write a whole blog post about a trip I took a few years ago. This trip’s memories have stuck with me throughout the years and have left me longing to go back to Europe.

In the fall of 2011 I had just finished a contract as an Outdoor Experiential Educator, in other words I was a year round camp counselor, at the time it was my dream job. However, it was time to move on and start, as I lovingly call it, a big girl job. As I had graduated university the year previously, it was time I used my Communication Studies and International Relations  degree in a “proper” way. I decided that I wanted a more specialized area and I applied to do post graduate work that started in January of 2012. However, it was only October – what was I to do for the next 3 months?

I did what any travel loving twenty something would do – booked a flight to London, booked a tour with the awesome people at Contiki (great idea for first time solo travelers), packed my bags, and got on a plane a few days later. Luckily, I had been to Europe with my parents only a few months earlier, so I knew what to expect. The only thing that made me somewhat uneasy was the fact that I would be traveling around Europe on a bus with 50 strangers – what if I was the only solo traveler? Not the case at all, plus everyone on my tour was awesome.

I had the opportunity to visit London, drive through Belgium, tour around the streets and canals of Amsterdam, go wine tasting in St. Goar, visit the famous Hofbrauhaus and Dachau Concentration Camp in Munich, walk the picturesque streets of Innsbruck in Austria, drive through the Bavarian Alps, see the sights in Venice, Rome, and Florence, stay in a converted jail house in Lucerne Switzerland, and of course drink coffee and eat pastries in the famous cafes of Paris.

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View from the London Eye

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On the ferry from Port of Dover to Calais, France

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Booze Cruise through the canals of Amsterdam

I don’t have too many photos of Amsterdam at night, cameras aren’t allowed in the Red Light district.

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Amsterdam in the daytime

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Wine tasting in St. Goar, Germany

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Cuckoo Clock in St. Goar

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In the Marienplatz in Munich

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Drinking in the historic Hofbrauhaus

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Driving through the Alps

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How could you not want to visit here?

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Innsbruck, Austria

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Taking a gondola ride in Venice

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Beautiful Venice

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Venetian masks, we had to.

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Obligatory shot of the Colosseum

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Florence

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Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) in Lucerne, Switzerland

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Jailhotel Loewengraben – the converted jailhouse that is now a hotel

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Walking the streets of Lucerne at night

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Eiffel Tower at night

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The Louvre

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In the Napoleon III Apartments in The Louvre

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Moulin Rouge

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Stonehenge, England

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The Roman Baths in Bath, England

It was a whirlwind adventure but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. If you’re thinking of making the trip to Europe but don’t have the guts to do it by yourself I HIGHLY recommend going through a tour company like Contiki or Gap Adventures.

Hiking the Escarpment

I love the fall, as I’ve said before the colours are mesmerizing. I’m lucky enough to live in the shadow of the Niagara Escarpment along the famous Bruce Trail – the outdoors are all around me. It’s a great sight throughout the year, from the buds in the spring, to the fresh green of summer, and the changing of the leaves all throughout the fall. I highly recommend a visit if you’re in the area!

For me, I visit any time that I feel the need to get out. Last Friday, I convinced my dad to take a hike with me and my family’s dog, Monty. Monty is an English Springer Spaniel, we adopted him from a rescue about 4 years ago, he’s 9 now and has as much energy as a puppy does, perfect for hiking.

I wanted to share some beautiful shots that I snapped during our 2 and a half hour hike along the Escarpment Trail and Bruce Trail. Enjoy!

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Over looking West Hamilton and McMaster University

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Best friends

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On our journey back to the car, we stopped at a bakery that I’ve been going to since I was little. We had a spot of lunch and a cookie, we were famished and I forgot to grab some shots of the delicious food so no photos of the food – sorry!

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We also passed by a family friend’s vineyard who happened to be out picking some grapes to sell at the side of the road later in the day.

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The farmhouse

Being an animal person, I had to stop and give a pet to this beautiful horse at the side of the road. She trotted right up to me, not shy at all!

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It was a great day to hike, I can’t wait to do it again soon…

Autumn Musings

It’s the time of year where all I want to do is look at the leaves, be outside, and of course, shop. This past weekend was Thanksgiving in Canada and I had the chance to take a country drive and do some antique shopping. If only I had my very own house to decorate how I see fit.

This particular antique store is only minutes from my house, very convenient for the odd trip. There are some great finds, some not so great, and some very overpriced – not to mention the place is a tad bit creepy when venturing alone, the rooms extend far into the warehouse.

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wax skull

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I had to stop at the lookout coming down the escarpment, it has great views of the valley and even tucked away in the back there is Lake Ontario.