Sometimes I tire a bit of all the cumbersome trappings of design and decorating. At those times you can have your ikat and your Chinoiserie, your toile and your damask. I'll take this. Undecorated. Texture, commodious proportion, quietness, simplicity and light. Just looking at it makes me feel at peace. Now that I think of it, I believe Christiane Lemieux of Dwell Studio has a new book called Undecorate. I think I'm going to like that one.

source: homes & gardens uk

comforts of home

This had been a difficult week. It has left me feeling fragile and weary. At times like these, the comforts of home soothe the soul: A fresh and warm bed, a plate heaped with mashed potatoes with fresh cracked pepper and plenty of butter, a cozy blankie to wrap around me and a chunky cardie to put on the minute I step through the door. 

I take comfort in words, too. Poetry is always right. Now, Desiderata has its detractors. Say what you will about it, I don't care. Several of the lines are little life lessons for all of us.

Go placidly among the noise and haste,

and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender,

Be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly;

and listen to others....

Avoid loud and aggressive persons'

They are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,

You may become vain or bitter, 

for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself....

Beyond a wholesome discipline,

be gentle with yourself.

Your are a child of the universe

no less than the trees and stars;

You have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you,

No doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.....

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,

it is still a beautiful world.

sources: libeco, ina garten, canvas home store, gap, 


linen love

Libeco Clément collectionI hereby declare my full and complete 24/7/365 love of linen. The affair deepens afresh every year around this time. Summer is made for linen. Soft and cool to wear. Sophisticated but relaxed. Luxurious. Durable. Earthy and earth-friendly. Pressed or rumbled -- I just adore it. My fave sources for linen products are Libeco Home Stores and The Linen Way. Libeco is a a Belgian company and they have the MOST beautiful linens for the table, the kitchen, the bed -- and to wear (and the duffle bags are so Great Gatsby chic!). The Linen Way is a wholesale source, but you can find their products at many retailers across North America. The lady who runs the company with her son -- well, they are just lovely lovely people. I like to give lovely people my business and I try to promote them as much as possible!

Also on my linen source list are Fog, Matteo and Rawganique. John and Juli at Mjölk sell Fog in Toronto. I don't need to tell you how great their store is -- I'm sure you already know. But here's a fun link to the story of their recent trip to Japan when the met the founder of Fog, Yumiko Sekine. Charming! Now, back to Rawganique. I have a major beef with them -- their site is HIDEOUS! Check it out here. Someone needs to save them from their preachy selves. Couldn't they store all their text-heavy eco-messaging behind a hot link? And is it against the tree-hugger code to celebrate beauty? I assure you, the products they sell -- the linen and hemp bedding specifically -- are devastatingly gorgeous but you'd be hard-pressed to know that looking at the site. So sad and such a missed opportunity.

I love to collect new and antique table and kitchen linens. On my current want list is linen bedding. I'd like to mix linen and hemp bedding for my place in Tweed -- if I can find some that I can afford! Last time I was at Muji in NYC they had some and I didn't buy it - drat! Hope they still have it when I'm back in Sept. Or maybe I'll call...Meanwhile, enjoy my little love letter to linen.

And one final heartbreak -- so sad that IKEA has discontinued the Aina drapery panels in pure linen. Truly one of my most favourite IKEA products of all time. A pox on them for doing so -- I mean, just look at the lovely way they flow and puddle hanging from my DIY four-poster!

sources: 1-5: Libeco. 6, 7, 13: Linen Way. 8: Matteo. 9. Bemz. 10, 11: Fog. 12: Pi'lo. 14: styling: me. photo: donna griffith.