Happiness Is…

October 28th, 2011

Appreciating the beauty in every season, no matter how chilly! These days, it means that the whole world glitters with delicate frost every morning. Happy weekend, folks!!

Morning frost

Illustration Inspiration

October 24th, 2011

I adore children’s books. I still read through my old ones and I dream of working on one, one day. Putting a graphic, minimalist spin on some old favourites, Christian Jackson designed an eye-catching series of posters that capture the bare essentials and simultaneously remind us how most children’s tales are threaded through with foreboding undertones. Love the subtle grunge and clean typography. Now I want to redecorate a children’s library.

Christian Jackson - Little Red Riding Hood

Christian Jackson - The Princess and the Pea

You can see the entire series here, and you can purchase his prints here.

Christian Jackson - Mary Poppins

Happiness Is…

October 21st, 2011

Washing all the summer fun away and starting fresh. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!

Clean Panda

Pure Green Magazine is coming to a shop near you, folks!! That’s right, just a little more than a year after its premiere issue, Pure Green will be leaping off your computer screen and into your hot little hands. As you can imagine, our team is incredibly excited and we’re all working hard to prepare our up-coming issue. Our editor-in-chief Celine has been tirelessly working out every single detail – and believe me, there are a lot of details. Yesterday morning, the doorbell rang and I eagerly ripped open a long-awaited special delivery… here’s a tiny sneak peek!!

Pure Green Eco Events

Pure Green Montreal Guide

I am absolutely thrilled to be able to flip through one of the first printed copies of Pure Green Magazine – so much creativity, hard work and fabulous, original content has been poured in. I’m really proud to be a part of it.

I realize that, being a designer, I tend to get all worked up about this kind of thing – but the paper, the binding, the finish… it’s beautiful. And, of course, environmentally friendly! There are some kinks to work out, and many tasks to get done before the next issue is ready to go, but pretty soon Pure Green will be able to keep you company everywhere… the café, the bus, the laundromat, the doctor’s office… the bathtub (with a glass of wine)!

Just call it the little magazine that could. If you’d like to find out when subscriptions will become available, sign up for the Pure Green newsletter, or alternately, check this page for regularly updated information. If you are interested in stocking Pure Green Magazine at your shop, you can contact Pure Green.

Happiness Is…

October 14th, 2011

Bundling up on a deck chair and gazing at this. Begone, flu!! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Backyard Fall Foliage

Our New Place

October 12th, 2011

We moved this summer. It was complicated because we didn’t want to leave, but we had to. Sometimes circumstances are just really crummy and you have to make the best of it.

Luckily, we are very good at making the best of it. Even with the clock ticking, when we hadn’t found anything that worked in our favourite neighbourhoods, when we were contemplating rentals… and dreading the implied delay, storage locker, and double-move… With weeks to spare, we took a leap and found ourselves a home in the country.

Our ever cheerful agent had lined up a bunch of visits and we headed off the island to have a look. It was raining and chilly, and our hearts weren’t fully into it – even if we could afford it, there would be something seriously wrong with the place. It would be too far from civilization. It wouldn’t hold a candle to our current apartment. It would just… not be Montreal. And who wanted to live anywhere that wasn’t Montreal? Not me, that’s who.

Moving out of the city had only ever been part of a “when we’re older” scenario. When we’re richer, when life is calmer… when we wear sea captain’s hats and smoking jackets. You know, when we’re OLDER. We never thought we’d head out of Montreal so soon – I mean, I’ve only lived here for 37 years. Come on. But we took a look at how we live our lives and it made more and more sense. I work from home, and Christian works all over the place. Contrary to the first ten years of our relationship, we now had a car. I may not have my license (yet), but we would have enough room to stock up for months, and to take on house projects we’ve always wanted to try. The pets would love it. Right? Think of the pets!

In the end, none of it mattered when we pulled up to our first visit of the day, in Hudson. After driving down a rather suburban-looking road, we turned into a barely-visible gravel driveway and pulled up to a house on a little hillside that was surrounded by big trees and hidden from the road.

Country house

“I’m in love,” I said. Hey, at least I said it while we were still in the car. We checked out the inside. Dark, tired, a little on the damp side… right. But oh, so much potential! And so different from our last place! Not a plaster medallion or crown molding in sight. Rough wood beams across every ceiling, terra cotta tiles on the floor – the challenge was exciting, and the main deal-breakers were nowhere to be found: there was a new roof and a healthy foundation. Other than a resident raccoon family and a tired, dated old space, no urgent issues. It was just a question of patience and some serious saving.

Needless to say, we went home that night feeling hopeful. We weren’t over the moon, because we still had to say goodbye to this place. We would have to start from scratch, and anybody who’s gone through a reno or three knows what that implies. Our much-celebrated bathroom had even made it onto the pages of Design Sponge. It was a bittersweet time, but now that we look back on it, we are so relieved that we held on and pushed through.

Fast-forward a few months, and here we are. Country life has been a relatively easy adjustment – it’s not like moving to another city, where all I would do is compare it to Montreal. We’ve been enjoying the green, and the space, and the peace. Panda shows her appreciation by dragging half the forest in with her every time she walks in the door.

Country walks

Now with fall upon us, it’s even more beautiful. Granted, it’s harder to whip up dinner without a little planning, and we miss some of our old haunts, but it’s nothing a little effort won’t solve. Our place still has that just-moved-in look, but ideas are simmering and we’re dreaming up a storm. The kitchen and bathroom will have to wait until we’ve saved up some money, but in the meantime we have lots of painting to do, furniture to rearrange and artwork to put up. I’ll be sharing our room fix-ups as we go! So wish us luck :)