Thursday, 5 July 2012
There is nothing that looks better than a beautiful hammock in a backyard, cottage or porch. It is so appealing. I remember heading out with my sleeping bag and spending the night sleeping on a hammock at my grandmother's cottage in Vermont. Waking up with the sun heating up your face.
Or sneaking away in the afternoon to relax and read a book in the hammock overlooking the water, until invariably someone comes up and gives a quick one handed flip and boom you are sitting on the ground with a few extra bruises.
Today, I would not even attempt to get in a hammock. When my second son was a baby, I got into a hammock with him and we turtled right over onto the ground. Some mother! There is no grace in getting in and out of a hammock. So i will just look longingly at them and hold onto my memories......
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Ahhhhh, I can imagine curling up in this bed with a book. The only problem is that it seems to be right on the street so I might wake up multiple times through the nite certain there is a face at my window. :)
This invokes memories of warm summer breezes.....
Of course the kids would be up at the crack of dawn grrh.....
Thursday, 3 May 2012
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Monday, 16 April 2012
I have always wanted a pool in my backyard. But there has always been a reason against it. When the kids were young we lived in High Park with a postage size backyard. I bought a swim spa and we kept it running year round. It was amazing to go out in the winter with the steam rising and the kids could actually swim in it. I could do laps. But it was an eye sore. When we sold the house the new home owners did not want it so we had to find a way to get rid of it.
I have been told time and time again that a pool has a negative impact on selling your property and there is a significant cost to putting one in. As a result, if we were going to get a pool we would buy a house with one. That house has never come along.
Last year I looked at putting a pool in our backyard, with landscaping it was going to cost around $100,000 for nothing extravagent. I couldn't justify it. I am getting older and less thrilled about putting on a bathing suit, that will only get worse with time. The kids are older. Then I came across the concept of a Green Swimming Pool. I loved the idea. It really becomes a water feature in your backyard, vs a swimming pool.
These pictures are more swimming oriented but you could make it to look very much like a pond- so you could swim or just have a beautiful landscape
Apparently these are big in Europe but rarer in Canada. There is a company in BC that does a fair number of these pools withwaterfalls, streams and bridges.
All insects and pond life find a balance so there is no need to fear infestations of mosquitoes or an invasion of frogs - any small creatures that do exist live in the plant zone while you relax in your own swimming zone.
The concept is
Thursday, 12 April 2012
A few years back I bought a double lounger for our cottage. It was one of the best investments I ever made. In the afternoons I would stretch out with my magazines, some pillow and a cool drink and invariably I would have company on my lounger. One of my boys would join me their book, my husband or the dog. The only problem was generally the dog was wet and smelly and was trying to get warm after a swim in the lake. It is funny how a piece of furniture can bring a family closer together..
Posted by Peering Through Windows at 10:00
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
This house has the wow factor- cut into the stone. I am a little suprised they were allowed to dynamite out the stone. I know a few people have been able to get away with it in Georgian Bay in the past but I thought those days were long gone. Still it is beautiful and meshes with it's surroundings beautifully.
The house was designed by David Tyrell and is located in Kelowna
Phenonmenal water views as you work in the kitchen. Interesting coffee table below, I can't quite figure it out.
Thursday, 22 March 2012
We all want beautiful stone surrounding our pools, making it feel like a northern outdoor landscape. Unfortunately we all can't afford it. This photo gives inspiration for how to make a wood deck a little more upscale and fun. It would even work for an above ground pool. A bit of potted greenery, punch colours and voila....
Posted by Peering Through Windows at 10:17
Sunday, 18 March 2012
The architecture on this property is beautiful. It is symetrical but has layers. I love the combination of old and new: concrete, wood and old stone around the pool. I haven't seen an infinity pool on a sand beach front but it works. I really appreciate modern architecture and I am drawn to photographs of it but I would definitely need an interior designer to give it the warm feeling that I crave on the interior.
see more at http://goo.gl/pGlyB
Posted by Peering Through Windows at 11:59
Monday, 5 March 2012
White Paint, an L-shaped couch and lots of accessories make all the difference in a previously dull and dark room. The cut out in the bookcase also opens up the room. Suprisingly small things make a big difference
Scary!! I like this transformation because very little money was spent. It looks like only one window was replaced to make it the same size as the others. Other than that loads, and loads of white paint and a palette of white and warm brown with a dash of colour. Very nicely done.
visit us at www.ourhomesmagazine.com/oakville
Monday, 27 February 2012
Wow!! A dog bed fit for a king. All I can imagine is my golden doodle bolting in the house his fur caked with snowballs, or even worse drenched from an afternoon swim in the lake and then rolling around in this lovely piece of art to dry himself off......
Posted by Peering Through Windows at 08:45
Thursday, 23 February 2012
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Sunday, 19 February 2012
Wednesday, 15 February 2012
This beautiful cottage is in Sweden but it could just as easily be in Southern Georgian Bay. I love that every room has a connection with the outdoors. I can picture myself relaxing in the outdoor room.....
see more at http://goo.gl/36gzD
Posted by Peering Through Windows at 10:32
Wednesday, 8 February 2012
I never would have imagined that you could combine an old rather featureless 1920's home with a very contemporary addition. The reality is it really makes the house. It is also unique in that the exterior is a piece of folded steel.
Credit goes to designed by Austrian studio X Architekten with offices in Vienna and Linz.