It’s been a moment since we last had a chance to catch up! Here are five random things from life around here recently.
All Weather Planters. I loved the white square planters that I painted for the front porch stairs last summer so much that I decided I wanted more. I went for the plastic all-weather type this time because I’m fully committed to the white square planter lifestyle and I don’t want them dying on me in a few years if possible. These are the ones I ordered here and I’m just so happy with them. They’re really more of a planter box that you can set an inexpensive planter into, which works just fine for me because it will make it easy to switch things out between seasons. One aspect of the design that was really important for me was the little finials on all the corners. They just seem a bit more carefree and appropriate for a country or coastal setting to me, where the square planters without finials look a little cleaner and just perfect in front of a traditional home in the city. The ones I got make me so happy every time I pull into our driveway! I can’t wait to fill them up and show you how they look on either side of our side porch!
New Adirondack Chairs. We need new white Adirondack chairs for the front porch because one of ours is completely broken in two places at this point. I’ve been dead-set on all-weather Adirondack chairs since last summer, but now it’s time for me to actually pull the trigger and go for it. They’re definitely an investment, but it will be so worth it in the long haul. We invested in an all-weather outdoor coffee table last year and we love it. I never regret big purchases like this after the fact, but I always have a hard time getting myself to actually take the step of placing the order. Does anyone else hesitate endlessly when it comes to big purchases for their home like this? I drive myself crazy with it. 🙂
We’re in another issue of Country Sampler Farmhouse Style Magazine. Well, not us, but our mudroom is! And it’s a big photo too. 🙂 It’s always so neat to see your name and/or work in print. This is in the summer 2021 issue.
This cheapo swimsuit is phenomenal. I had a birthday recently, and because we’re in lockdown in Ontario, yet again, I decided to pour all my energy, focus, and self-gifting efforts into thinking about sunnier days ahead, so I ordered myself a couple of new swimsuits, some sandals, and some books for the beach when the time comes. I’ve always wanted to try this $23 swimsuit so I thought “Why not?” I always love the idea of high waisted swimsuits, but they never seem to actually be flattering on me. This suit is somehow stylish, fairly flattering, and still pretty modest all at the same time. Also the fabric is nice and thick and it feels like a much more expensive swimsuit. Highly recommend this one and just had to pass this find on. 🙂 I got the “Merlot” colour, which is a bit redder in person than the picture shows and the size small, which fits almost like an extra small.
Just when I think we’re extra busy with our photo and styling business, Art & Spaces, we seem to find a way to squeeze even more into our weeks. So if you’re wondering why I’ve been a little more quiet than usual, that’s definitely why. The good news is I have a few photos of some spaces we’ve visited lately to share with you. I love when I leave a room feeling just completely inspired. These designers really know their stuff. 🙂
Design by Jodie Owen Design and Oak Barrel Cabinetry
From a Listing with Braydn Millson of Nest Realty
Design by Erin VanderSluis Design
Design by SuzInteriors
Other Things of Note:
–Wayfair has their Way Day sale coming up April 28th and 29th, so that might be a great time to look into those square planters I shared earlier in this post if you’ve got your eye on some like that! Hmm, now that I mention it, I just realized that I haven’t checked there yet for those white all-weather Adirondack chairs that I need, so keep that sale in mind for those too!
-I have some great posts coming up for you that I’m really excited about! I’ve been pretty quiet lately over here since we’ve been so busy with taking photos for other people, but we’ve been able to block off bit of time here and there this week to finally put some of my ideas into actual blog post form. I’ve always dreamed of being someone who puts of blog posts on a daily basis and I’m still holding on that dream even if I’m still not all that close to it yet!
-If you love blue and white decor like I do, I just have to mention that the GAP has blue and white clothing items like crazy this year. I shared a close-up of a dress I bought from there a few weeks ago on Instagram Stories because I thought it was so funny how the fabric of the dress also looked like it would make the perfect throw pillow and I got a whole bunch of questions about where it was from. That dress is now on for 40% off making it about $43 CAD and in my opinion is the perfect clothing item for blue and white lovers of all ages. 🙂
-I’m still mad that Target left Canada all those years ago. This outdoor pillow from the Studio McGee line is reversible and is 100% calling my name. I would cross the border for it if borders were open right now. *sigh*
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.