Summer was all about the deck at our new place and winter is going to be about the fireplace. Lately, folks have been recommending I throw a few sprigs of lavender or a couple pine cones into the fire to add a little extra to the winter warmth. I'm a Smokey the Bear type and feel that these little extras cause a few too many sparks for my liking. Alternatively, I'm going to try adding a few drops of essential oils of pine, cypress, sandalwood or cedarwood onto the logs before the fire. I'll keep you posted.
So, before you burn the house down, here are a few tips for ensuring a safe fireside chat:
Service your fireplace and chimney in the spring and summer months.
Artificial logs are an easy alternative to wood burning. Most undergo laboratory testing for low emissions.
Before you light your fire, make sure the flue is open otherwise the smoke won't escape, hence, leaving your room, and you, smelling like a campfire.
Have a screen that completely covers the fireplace to prevent sparks from hitting the floor beyond the hearth.
I bought some gorgeous amethyst earrings from Rukus
Rachel and Stacy Reynaud
The event was held at the Angelus Novus studio - a great space.
Saturday, bright and early, we headed over to an estate sale at the Baker Residence (Peter Faulkner Smith architect - the home owner's brother) one of the outstanding homes noted in the West Vancouver Survey of Significant Architecture.
I'll be heading over once everything is said and done to shoot the interior. Excited about this. It's a gorgeous home. You should see the kitchen - all original!
We picked up some H. Faulkner Smith water colours and Rachel and Eddie scored an oil and some amazing mid-century bent plywood dining chairs (which you can see in the dining room window in the photo above.
I picked these four chairs up two weekends ago at a church sale but forgot to share them with you. They were $1 each and will be used around my unstained pine deck table.
Sunday was lazy. I was craving my favourite chocolates from my favourite chocolatier.
so we headed over to Lonsdale Quay grabbed a coffee and chowed down some Belgian dark chocolate peanut butter cups and dark chocolate salted caramel(the breakfast of champions).
Toques are crows, cardboard is dogs,and sweatshirts are cats. I've been known to turn around and drive/walk miles out of my way if I spot something that may be domestic animal roadkill, (I have a crow buddy that hangs out at my place so crows are included). However, like a deer stuck in headlights, I can't keep my eyes out of lost pet posters, lost pet classified ads and the obituary section of the newspaper. It pains me so.
Scandinavian stainless steel bowls
leather and oak recliner and ottoman
teak and stainless cutlery
teak record cabinet
lamp - it was free at the end of the church sale but it was broken
Scandinavian stainless steel serving trays