Travel: One Fine Stay

Hi again. I’m back. Hope you all had a great week. Did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Spring? The International Day of Happiness? The last two weeks have been completely stressful for me, and I needed a full break from the blog last week, but I didn’t actually use my extra downtime for celebrations. Hmm…maybe I should have. I probably could use another week off, but I actually really missed blogging. So, I’m back at it, since it makes me happy to plan and¬†write my posts and to connect with my blogging community.

Let’s start the week off with a bang, shall we? Today’s homes are all rentable places to stay via One Fine Stay.

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Scotts Alley – Manhattan apartment, One Fine Stay

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Woodland Creek – Catskill Mountains, One Fine Stay

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Mettacahonts Creek РHudson Valley, One Fine Stay

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York Lake House – Hudson Valley, One Fine Stay

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Purdy Hollow House – Catskills, One Fine Stay

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Egerton Crescent – London, One Fine Stay

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Argyll Road II – London, One Fine Stay

So who wants to go on vacation now?

Design: The White Company

I love it when people send me photos of white things. The two photos below are of The White Company¬†– a beautiful UK-based store that has everything from linens to kids’ toys to clothing. Michelle sent me the first photo ages¬†ago (around Christmas time last year, I believe), and my brother-in-law Jeff sent me the second one from St. Pancras Station in London¬†a couple of months ago.

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Thanks to Michelle and Jeff for snapping these storefront photos. I’ll have to make sure to see them in person one day soon!

 

Architecture: London, Ontario

Okay – it’s time to take a break from all these beautyrelated posts I’ve been writing. Let’s get back to design and architecture! I’m taking you to London, Ontario today…

When I first moved from Toronto to London four years ago, I have to admit that I really didn’t like it. It’s not that I’m one of those “Toronto is the center of the universe” people but I didn’t really get a great vibe from the city and I found it really hard to meet people. Fast forward 4 years and I now find myself really enjoying my time here. I love that I live in the downtown core – close to independent shops and caf√©s, and there certainly are a lot of interesting things to see.

The architecture of the houses in my neighbourhood continue to surprise me. The houses that have obviously been well-taken care of have amazing details. Even the not so well-loved houses have great architectural details and I like to imagine who has lived in them and what stories each house might have to share.

Like I said in my last post about London architecture, many of the original houses in the city are made of yellow or red brick. I think they look equally striking in black and white.

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Photos by me using my iPhone and the Camera+ app.

The Friday Five: London Architecture

The arrival of the sunny warm weather in the last few weeks has meant that I have been spending a lot more time outside. On my walks around the neighbourhood I have begun to really notice the amazing architectural features of the buildings around me. I have started to bring along my camera and I have been snapping away. With all the traveling I have done these last couple of months, it feels really good to shine the spotlight on some local gems for a change.

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Photos by Jordana.

20 Below: Perching Owl Wall Hook

This little guy would fit in perfectly with my existing menagerie. Hmm…something to think about.

Perching owl wall hook, 2 for $12, Urban Outfitters

Note: For all the readers in London, Ontario – did you know that Urban Outfitters is going to open up at the corner of Oxford and Richmond? While I’m not exactly a frequent shopper at Urban Outfitters, I do think it’ll be great for the downtown core. What do you think?

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