About yesterday

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October 23rd 2014

As most of you probably heard/saw yesterday ALL OVER the news, there was a horrible shooting in my hometown of Ottawa yesterday and another incident outside of Montreal on Monday. I happened to be watching the news yesterday morning when it all started to pour onto the screens and it was so disheartening to see such horror taking place in locations that are so familiar to me, my friends, my family. My brother-in-law is also a Reservist and it’s hard not to take an act like this personally.

Terrorizing yourself with first-hand accounts, graphic tweets, images, and heart-wrenching stories can become addictive. It’s like that thing about staring at a car crash. I’ve decided to stop looking at the news photo galleries and to not watch anymore news coverage. I’ve seen the images and I’ve read the accounts. They’re all difficult to digest. Some of them, I think, should have never been shared in the first place. Today, I am choosing to focus on not letting fear creep in and, more importantly, on gratitude. I am grateful that I live in this country. It is flawed but it is generous, open, and free. When you grow up somewhere where these qualities are a given, you tend to take it for granted. Yesterday was a reminder of how lucky we are that events such as these are so uncommon here and, at the same time, that this world of ours is much smaller than we think. Let’s be kind to one another.

Lake Jane loves…

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October 21st 2014

Ndoto cotton bedding for kiddos (apparently I’m on a bedding kick this week…). I adore the soft peach pink and light mint tones of their collection! The subtle patterns will suit every décor. And, bonus, the sheets are made to fit IKEA beds!

Fit for a king

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October 20th 2014

I’ve always been a fan of all-white bedding. There’s just something about a hotel-style bed that I find so welcoming. We’ve had all-white bedding for  many years now and although I still love it, I feel like it’s time to add some contrast to the mix. After all, a bed is the focal point of any bedroom and, at the moment, ours lacks personality.

I often tell my clients that you should divide a bed up into thirds – The Header (pillows), The Middle (duvet, sheets, etc), and The Footer (throw or blanket). Obviously this is a more traditional approach to making a bed but I really do think that giving a bed some extra attention can transform a bedroom. Mixing patterns and textures will definitely give it that “finished” look so many people crave.

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Methinks it’s about time I followed my own advice. So I’m on the hunt for a king-sized blanket in a contrasting texture and colour(s). Turns out that’s not all that easy (or affordable)…

{Faribault Wool Throw via West Elm}

{Linen Blanket via Linencrafts}

{Gauze Stitched Blanket via West Elm}

{Wool and Angora Blanket via Alpaca Blankets}

 

Weekend Links

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October 17th 2014

A Tumblr called Drunk J Crew – I know you’re curious…

This artist transformed Starbucks cups into works of art.

Not yet available outside of the US but a sweet idea nonetheless.

My friend Julia sent me this post and I love how the author expresses herself. Great blog too.

A baby sleep cheat sheet for all you new mamas.

 

Have a lovely weekend! ox

 

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