happy easter flowers!

One of the fringe benefits of my styling gig is getting to take home flowers after a shoot. Well, this weekend it is bumper to bumper blooms chez Austin thanks to back to back floral shoots. On Wednesday, our place was the location for a floral story schedded for the July issue of House & Home. I was working with the most talented Virginia Macdonald - what a treat. I cannot wait for you to see.


Then first thing Thursday morning it was down to 299 Queen St. W. in Toronto to The Marilyn Denis Show for a segment on spring floral arrangements. It felt like I did the segment in 30 seconds so I have no idea what came out of my mouth - HA! The whole team there is so great to work with. I must confess though, my fave aspect is getting my makeup done. It just makes me feel so pampered and I rarely indulge in such things on my own (which I realize is dumb).

I got most of the supplies for the segment at the Real Canadian Superstore. I popped by today and sure enough the place is stocked with potted bulbs, tons of mixed arrangements, and of course they always have great vases and other vessels. I like the white ceramics in the serveware dept. even better than the clear glass vases. And the best part - nothing I used was over $20. So if you haven't decorated for Easter yet, click here to watch the vid and then head out to the Superstore.

OK, now I'm off to make some bouquets to bring to my Dad and Mom and her nursing home buddies.

Joyeuses Pâques!

time out

Dearest bloggersons, I'm so sorry but I have to leave you for a bit. It's not you, it's me. I'm feeling adrift and need to focus on some other things. Something's gotta give and I'm afraid it's this little space. I will miss you all terribly. You'll still find me bleating now and then on Twitter, but this little patch will likely lie fallow for a few weeks. And speaking of a few weeks, in early Aug I'll be heading to Prince Edward Island for family time and vacation. That will be the light at the end of my current tunnel. I took the above photo there. Don't you love the mystical feel -- the moody greys cut by a lone happy yellow sailboat. I was so struck by the scene that I asked hubs to stop the car so that I could get out and take this shot. 

I'll let you know when the lights are back on here -- perhaps a party will be in order...

Another thing I like about the Suzanne Kasler place in the current Veranda -- this guest room. We just ran a pretty pic of another twin-bedded SK guest room in my column in the July issue of style at home -- can't wait for you to see it. This one is also so fresh and what I love the most is the Michael Devine fabric. See more of it below, plus visit his web site here and his fab blog here.

photo: thibault jeanson

some Devine fabrics...