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A feeling of Zen

2.09.2017


In my opinion there is nothing more beautiful than a well landscaped yard. I love being in nature and feeling the energy of the trees and plants that surround me. I had really invested a lot of money in the landscaping of our previous home as the interior needed only cosmetic fixes and a new bathroom. My present house however, has eaten up all our money like the cookie monster eats cookies.

So now I have landscape envy...

Desiretoinspire.net posted about this company called weareconsidered.com and I immediately fell in love with this Cypress Falls residence.

Check out the lighting...


the pathway...


and the deck...


can you say love...

Strawberries & Vanilla Cream

2.07.2017



I love having strawberries and vanilla whipped cream for desert but a low cal version of that desert is also good for breakfast. All you have to do is add the desired amount of strawberries to a bowl of plain greek yogurt and then add one tsp or tbsp (depending on how sweet you want it to be) of pure maple syrup and voila! Breakfast is served. 

Breakfast - In the above photo I have combined the following:

4 Medium strawberries, sliced. 
1/3 cup of Riviera plain set-style yogurt (Greek yogurt is fine)
1 tsp of pure maple syrup. 

If you're making desert for a bunch of people and you would like to have whipped cream here is the recipe:

Get 1 pint or 2 cups of strawberries.
Hull and then cut strawberries into chunks or slices and place in a bowl.
Add 2 tbsps or more of unrefined cane sugar - enough to cover all the berries. 
Let sit in the fridge for an hour or two. 

Get your whipped cream
Whip it up until very sturdy. 
Add 1 tsp of pure vanilla flavoring. 

Enjoy!! 




Master Bedroom Conversion

5.24.2016

Calgary Condo

I love this bedroom conversion. Where once there was a bland space there is now a Master bedroom with some serious WOW factor. The gold and silver accents really add some panache and the mix of patterns really catches the eye and makes the bedroom interesting. I also love the color of the night tables and dresser, it adds the perfect amount of warmth. 

ROTD BR Calgary Condo_Dec Den Dec with Kate


Calgary Condo


ROTD BR Calgary Condo_Dec Den Dec with Kate


ROTD BR Calgary Condo_Dec Den Dec with Kate

Intermiel in Saint-Eustache

5.20.2016


Intermiel is a honey producer in Saint-Eustache, Quebec and I love to go there. Not only because it is relatively close to Montreal - about 45 minutes no traffic - but because the drive up is so lovely. All along the way you will find farmers selling their wares as well as apple orchards and another favorite place of mine, La Maison Lavande. 

Today I decided to go and stock up on beeswax supplies at Intermiel and lavender at La Maison Lavande and was happily surprised to see that Intermiel had completely renovated their boutique and learning spaces (this is a popular school field trip). Here are a few pics from my visit. 

Many different kinds of honey

Beeswax and beeswax candles



Many products made with their honey

The tasting area - YUM!

The different kinds of honey

The Candy bar

Checkout

This is a great place to bring your kids. You can taste the honey, learn how it's produced and walk away with some very interesting products without breaking the bank. Please click here for more info. 


Intermiel in Saint-Eustache


Intermiel is a honey producer in Saint-Eustache, Quebec and I love to go there. Not only because it is relatively close to Montreal - about 45 minutes no traffic - but because the drive up is so lovely. All along the way you will find farmers selling their wares as well as apple orchards and another favorite place of mine, La Maison Lavande. 

Today I decided to go and stock up on beeswax supplies at Intermiel and lavender at La Maison Lavande and was happily surprised to see that Intermiel had completely renovated their boutique and learning spaces (this is a popular school field trip). Here are a few pics from my visit. 

Many different kinds of honey

Beeswax and beeswax candles



Many products made with their honey

The tasting area - YUM!

The different kinds of honey

The Candy bar

Checkout

This is a great place to bring your kids. You can taste the honey, learn how it's produced and walk away with some very interesting products without breaking the bank. Please click here for more info. 


Room with a view

5.12.2016

I am loving the view from this dining room. Wouldn't it be nice to look out onto those beautiful green hills surrounding the blue water beneath. I love rooms that bring the outdoors in, especially when the outdoors is so beautiful! 
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Up-cycled wood patio surround

2.12.2016




This patio surround is made entirely from up-cycled wood and has an artistic bent with it's uneven lengths. Although I might have opted for a more uniform color on the upper part, I like the fact that there are peep holes. They let you see some greenery and makes the wall less confining. 

If this deck/patio were mine, I would add a variety of tall and short grasses to the bottom half of the surround. Grasses would add an element of sound and Zen to the space. There is nothing more relaxing that hearing grasses waving in the wind and the symmetry of the evenly spaced tall and short grasses would give it a very uniform and zen look.  Add some soft candlelight on the table and you have all the ingredients for a very romantic evening. 

These are the grasses I have in my front garden. They only get the plumes in the Fall when the temperature drops but I can see them waving from inside my home and it's so beautiful. Very peaceful. 


xo Tracey  
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