Nest & Nook

Nest & Nook Living in our 1950s bungalow like it's a cottage in the woods- baking, gardening, scavenging.
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Stillness of new year mornings, January is just burrowing.  I keep looking around and seeing how 'nesting' really takes ...
01/07/2024

Stillness of new year mornings, January is just burrowing. I keep looking around and seeing how 'nesting' really takes on a personal expression for everyone. See a person's space, and you see who they are.

I always have this little vision of a vine covered cottage in a forest teeming with old china and stacks of well loved books and worn tables and miss matched overstuffed sofas and a tin of cookies and tea for anyone dropping by.

We all have something on the inside we want to let out. For me, it's this constant internal push to paint the warmth and love of my Nonna on places, and make a big inviting nook for my loves to feel a safe haven from the world 'out there'. But it also has to be its own kind of beautiful. But it also can't be super sparkly new. But it also has to be well made.

I ask too much lol. So I scavenge and forage and pull it together a small piece at a time.

Can I tell you the stories of the nooks so far?

About the crazy pendant lamp I found on Etsy from a dealer in Morocco that I didn't realize doesn't have the same electrical outlets as we do (and the guys Woking on our house laughing and offering to cut out a plastic yogurt lid to make it fit).

Or the crazy 7.00 cheapo art print from value village that I don't know why I bought and saved years ago and now somehow kinda looks classy in the kitchen?

Or the big armoire we use as a pantry- FB marketplace scavenge to find out it was handmade by a woodworker craftsman from my home village in Cumberland, signed on the bottom.

Or the apron my sister made for me one Christmas that I can't bear to wear because I love it so much. Or the contrasting one beside it made by my sister in law this Christmas that really touched my heart.

The farm table from a local farm in Renfrew, loved for decades by another family first, that seats 12, because I keep hoping all the time for big family dinners.

The funny wood farm chairs we discovered have creepy faces carved in the back rests

A copper ladle from my aunt Mary's house- the queen of collecting baubles, and one of the few things I have left to remember that generation of my family.

Everything has a story. This makes our nooks.

Little house nooks are so happy when they're from bits and pieces of gathered things.... Aprons hand made by my sister a...
01/07/2024

Little house nooks are so happy when they're from bits and pieces of gathered things.... Aprons hand made by my sister and sister in law. Grapevine wreath from snippets on a winter woods stroll. A favorite print of a local artist Old copper soup ladle from my aunt Mary's house.

01/05/2024
Whoaaaaaaa.....this looks amazing
01/03/2024

Whoaaaaaaa.....this looks amazing

Roasted Strawberry Sorbet intensifies the essence and concentrates the flavor of out-of-season fruit. Red wine adds complexity and depth while lemon juice keeps things beautifully bright in this sweet, tart, silky, juicy, and fruity sorbet.

Favorite holiday nooks this year.Briggs Trees to get our tree in Navan. Tromping by the river and being stopped by the l...
01/03/2024

Favorite holiday nooks this year.
Briggs Trees to get our tree in Navan.
Tromping by the river and being stopped by the lovely red crabapples.
Over-decorating our tree and trying to make it look like a 1950s Sears catalogue postcard (guilty of insisting on a colour 'scheme'. Lol I've become that person).
The perfect combo of tarnished silver platter, vintage crystal vase, and fire light.
Simple forest walk picking a few branches and vines. How the woods just makes holiday colours a natural fit.

It was a good, quiet holiday full of festive nooks.

Winter lights.
01/02/2024

Winter lights.

Winter nook.
01/02/2024

Winter nook.

This is one of my favorite nooks - it was a simple apartment.  Thrifted 6.00 painting, crystal lamp from a lovely lady's...
01/02/2024

This is one of my favorite nooks - it was a simple apartment. Thrifted 6.00 painting, crystal lamp from a lovely lady's grandmother brought over from England after WW1 (I promised to take very great care) . Vines on the tree from the woods. Small crochet snowflakes and wood ornaments. A few sparkly ribbons tied here and there. A thrifted electric fireplace and candelabra.
W and I, by now great friends, sat on those really dark cold January nights imagining how great a real fireplace would be. With rocking chairs. We held our hands to it wishing with glee. We'd spend our evenings reading books in silence. She brought home a few ornaments from the department store display.

Sometimes when your life is really simple, you don know how incredibly rich you are.
It was really a moment of nest, I wanted to keep it forever like a little gem in my mind.

A small fireside nook.  Crystal vases and tarnished silverware are so underrated 🥰
01/02/2024

A small fireside nook. Crystal vases and tarnished silverware are so underrated 🥰

A little xmas nook.
01/02/2024

A little xmas nook.

A little xmas nook
01/02/2024

A little xmas nook

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