Random photos around my home

Posted on Sun, 2 Sep 2012 by KiM

I spent the day at my sister’s cottage yesterday (trying to enjoy every last bit of summer while I can) so I had no idea what to blog today. I decided to simply take some photos around my house – inside and out. Hope you like. ­čÖé

First up, some photos in my kitchen.

I have a wall-mount Tolomeo on either side of my stove. Still one of my favourite lights of all time. 

Branches from a tree at the cottage ended up on top of the fridge (less cats can eat them up there).

Antlers from Alberta that I adore and some baskets on top of my pantry.

There are always cheap herbs from the grocery store sitting on my kitchen window sill. Oregano is one of the cutest plants.

I am obsessed with avocados. I could eat them at every meal. I just bought a whole bunch so they’re sitting in a stack of Green Light District pasta bowls (next to one of their vases) on my dining table.

A few photos in my living room (we still adore the new sofa, just wish I had more time to spend on it)…

My favourite vintage fan ended up on the floor in the corner. 

The same corner with spiky plant to fill the space, DIY light fixture and busroll art from Homesense. 

I love the colours of fall flowers. Picked these up at the grocery store. Milo is enjoying the view out front. 

Couple of shots from my bedroom…

I love collecting blankets. It’s not easy to display them in a house with many cats. Right now they’re in a basket on top of shelving – a cat-free zone until winter comes.

I bought this coat rack at least a year ago and it’s been sitting in a heap of crap in the basement since. I was worried it would warp/break/etc. so it’s now hanging on a wall next to the bed. 

Here is my office at the back of the house…

My Frye moto boots at the backdoor next to a shelving unit my husband built to store his shoes. 

Phoebe watching birds from the Ikea hacked baby changetable turned cat perch. Behind her is a tall branch that is nice and straight that I found at the cottage – perfect for a curtain rod. 

That’s it for inside. Here are some around the yard. 

Formerly a field of weeds, my view out the front of the house is now a bunch of these 3 story townhomes. Awesome. At least they somewhat block the noise of the highway (just beyond that metal fence you can see to the left). 

Lucky losing his mind in the living room window because I was on the porch snapping pics and he was stuck inside. 

Some chrysanthemums to decorate the front porch and help me forget summer is almost done (stupid brown pots).

I only went to the plant section of Home Depot for those baskets above, but had to bring home this massive rosemary plant for $5. I’ll plant it in a decent pot and bring it indoors when it gets too cold. Of course, that means it won’t last long. LOVE the smell and will take what I can get. 

My husband was bored one day so he took some wood from the DIY couch we tore apart and made this BBQ utensil holder next to the shed. AWESOME because I those utensils are huge and annoying and I don’t want them in the kitchen.

Despite the fact that I am not taking care of any of the plants in the yard since I will likely have to replace them all when we do real landscaping after new house is built, this bamboo has survived and looks adorable. It makes me think we’re in the tropics. HA!

Another quick project the husband came up with out of boredom. A cute little table for the back deck. 

And a little extra I had to add…we finally created a sign for the pontoon boat at the cottage to put its name. The S.S. Shapoopie. A favourite Family Guy word we all love. 

Holland says:

LOVE you letting us peer into your home, Kim! Really fun to see your many objets and the kittereses. Speaking of those cats, I do worry a tail might get painfully caught up in the antique fan you have on the floor. I had a similar one — the kind built before fan shields were always there as protection — and a friend lost a finger tip to the spinning blades.

Other than that, Shapoopie is the best word in the world.

I love your home Kim……it's absolutely amazing ;o)
Tania xx

KiM says:

Thanks Tania! Holland, not to worry – the fan is just for decoration. I have no clue if it works and I'm assuming it would burn my house down if it did.

loulou ste-adele says:

Lovely shots Kim. I wish I had a husband. And a bored one… I have so many ideas he would be occupied all the time! Louise

Lia says:

In the north of Italy, rosemary happily stays in the garden during wintertime. Apparently, Rosmarinus officinalis "Arp" is the variety developed for rosemary's lovers living in colder areas… cold hardiness zones 6-10. Which is your zone?

KiM says:

Ottawa is pretty much the arctic in the winter (I don't know what zone). Rosemary doesn't last through the winter outdoors here, unfortunately.

Lisa says:

Since other people are offering advice, I will too – please go immediatly dig up the bamboo. It will take over your life and be impossible to remove, it even buckles asphalt. A terribly invasive plant!

Laurel says:

Just looked it up online and saw that Ottawa is a plant hardiness zone of 5a, so too cold for the rosemary variety Lia mentioned. Very few outdoor plants survive the winter indoors here. But thanks for thinking of us frigid Canadians!

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