Escape to Muskoka

Despite the incredibly warm weather we've been having, the first day of fall is around the corner.  Outdoors, the leaves are turning from green to golden, the evenings are a little cooler, and the stores are packing their shelves with new merchandise.   Me - I am dreaming of a little escape, and dare I say, without the kids.  Just north of Toronto, is a luxury resort known as taboo, that is a perfect place to reconnect with yourself and your Love.

From check in to check out this place has all you need to forget the stress work and every day life.  Cozy rooms and suites, culinary delights, nature as your playground, and a rejuvenating spa.  Eat, read, sleep, swim, walk, hike, breathe, in a picture perfect setting.

If these images don't get you in the mood for a weekend escape, then you need to be taken by force!  In the meantime, I am hoping that I can co-ordinate an escape for October!  Like so many others, it's my favorite time of year, and perhaps the most inspring.  I hope I can take full advantage.

Insert me, a bottle of wine and  a fabulous entree! 

Painted Pond

It's not a cool rug, it's painted!

 After taking a week off to enjoy Nova Scotia and spending plenty of time by the ocean, it's no surprise seaside cottages are on my mind.  I was pleased to find this wonderful place that is full of fun and colour, and in a not so typical cottage way.  The designer and client went out of there way to avoid typical Oceanside colours and themes.  So for this 70's era cottage on Oyster Bay, green is perfect.  Interior Designer Christina Murphy is the creative force behind this home.  She enlisted the help of painter Christopher Rollinson, to make magic on the floors of the sunken living room.

 Fabulous contrast of white laquer with chocolate brown in both didning room and living room.  Green seems to balance it all out.

 This little corner in the master suite is where fun meets luxury.   The bold green and crisp white keep things refreshing but the look is still tailored, which is important in a bedroom.   Serenity isn't always delivered in soft colours.  Here we can find a fabulous mix of vintage furnishings and playful style. There is a wonderful tranquility to this space.   The cottage was featured in House Beautiful , if you are interested in exploring more.   

Blogger Break: Nova Scotia

I am taking some time this week to enjoy a change of scenery in  beautiful Nova Scotia.   Here are some highlights of this amazing and truly colourful province!

Peggy's Cove

Photo Credit: Torlos

Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island
Photo Credit: Across Canada

Whale watching, Bay of Fundy
Photo Credit:  Brier Island Whale Watch

If you are thinking of a trip, you can start here
Hope that you are still enjoying the summer.


Treasure Troves

DC by Design had an amazing feature on the home of Interior Designer Sue Burgess and her photographer husband Gordon Beall.  The images above are from 2 homes they share, one in Chevy chase and the other in Upperville.  You can view an expansive gallery and read the full story here!

Colour and Composition

Atmospheric Light 72 x 72 Acrylic On  Canvas

The Lake 30 x 30 Acrylic on Canvas

A change of Season 48 x 60 Acrylic on Canvas

Changing Light 30 x 48 Acrylic on Canvas

These beautiful works of art are the perfectly balanced brush strokes of artist Mark Bowles.  A California native and artist for the last 30 years.  I stumbled across his works while browsing an art magazine, and I was completely captivated, by the light, and intensity of colour.  This exquisite collection of abstract landscapes is just a sample of how he explores vivid colour, composition and texture, and on such a large scale.  What a pleasure it would be to see in person.
You can explore more work  on his website Mark Bowles, or visit his work in galleries across the US.

Landscape #72 60 x 60 Acrylic on Canvas

Slight Change of Season 57 x 44 Acrylic on Canvas

Summer Heat 60 x 60 Acrylic on Canvas

Ocean View 48 x 60 Acrylic On Canvas

Elegance Inspired

I invite you to visit the portfolio of Kathleen Hay Designs.  It's breathtaking.   From the images and quotes  on the opening pages, to her design philosophy and portfolio, the site is filled with photos of truly inspired design.  Elegant, sophisticated, uplifting, or serene you are sure to find a pic or two to be saved to the "inspiration folder".  The images are not sorted by project, which I typically enjoy, but I couldn't resist sharing this selection of images with you.


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