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C.S. Lewis

Monday, November 24, 2014

Mop Philosophy Monday

Life in our temporary digs.
 It's going to be a busy week with our move back home quickly approaching this Saturday... time to pack it all up again.

I'm working on a blog post about The Magic of Tidying which I will be applying to my own household once we move ourselves back into the rooms.  We've missed our home very much but living in a small apartment has also revealed the upsides of downsizing: much less to clean, much less to tidy, and freedom from the chores of a larger house (namely the garden and outdoor maintenance).
It has inspired me to really streamline our household so that I can easily clean and do everyday tidying...more on that in my post which I will hopefully write this week.

As far as a renovation update is concerned the work is ticking along on the interior (in fact I've posted a picture of the wallpaper in my closet on my instagram) but I haven't taken too many pictures because I'm a bit underfoot in the house!  The men are working to get as much done before we move back in, in fact they worked all through the weekend.  Those guys are treasures.

We have other business to attend to, namely a trip to New York City to visit Brora's first North American shop!  Teacups kindly brings us there with these photos...
Scottish Cashmere on Madison Avenue!

Window Shopping

Beautiful fresh flowers.

Cashmere display, and how about that wallpaper?

Dreamy stacks of colour.
Thank you so much Teacups for bringing us to New York with you!  Please let us know if you've been back to buy any Christmas presents...

Speaking of Christmas presents, have you viewed the gift section on the Brora site?  It's the best time of the year at Brora.
Here are a couple of my favourites:
Mohair Lace Knit Shawl

Cashmere Evening Cardigan in Black
I can't quite imagine Christmas shopping yet and I'll definitely be crossing things off of my list at the last minute this year... how about you?
What does your week hold?  I'll be busy with boxes and tape but I hope to return with thoughts on tidying sometime midweek.
Take care of yourselves Darlings!
xoxDani

41 comments:

  1. Christmas shopping, oh dear, US Thanksgiving is this coming Thursday, and here am I in Seattle, ordering groceries for delivery early Tuesday morning... Well, I'm hoping that all will go smoothly. With any luck, I'll be ready to start Christmas shopping at about the time Brora has its first New York sale.

    I can't believe that your house is almost ready! It's as if you waved a magic wand or two, and voilà - done! That's a superpower worth having, Dani, you could be dangerous....

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    1. Fred it wasn't me it was our designer, she's a genius. I always always wish I was with my family in Georgia at Thanksgiving and this year is no exception. I hope yours goes well!

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  2. You must be looking forwards for some quiet time and Christmas in your house. And of course being reunited with Scout! The wall paper you posted on your Instagram is simply beautiful.
    I have started small Xmas shopping, small pressies... I find that we are rushed into it this year so much earlier than any others...

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    1. Steph I agree and for me I think waiting to buy anything I might give is a good strategy, less frenzy and shopping overall. We're taking The Rascals on a ski holiday so it will be a very minimal Christmas this year. Maybe I'll do a post on small gifts?

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  3. Funny you write that about living with less - I actually started a blog post about that same topic late last year, but never finished or posted it. I think when you whittle things down to the essentials and live without a lot of your stuff, you realise how little of it you actually need. So many modern homes are enormous and filled to the brim with things. I can't help but feel that a lot of it is because you just have space to fill. It's a funny thing, because I've got so much storage in my house now, but a lot of the cupboards are empty (and I don't necessarily want to fill them up).
    Can't believe you're almost at that point where you're back into your home! Exciting!!

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    1. Heidi keep them empty! That has to be clearing for the mind to just have space. We purposefully haven't added extra storage with the reno, I like having less stuff but living in this small apartment with the minimum has shown me that I still have too much stuff, there's going to be a giant pile of boxes going to charity when I move back in.
      Very exciting and it's our last warm day today at 10C so hopefully the masons will get some work done on the stone steps.

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  4. Boy are you going to be busy this week., just think soon to be cocooned up in your wonderful home again

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    1. Tabs really busy this week, gosh I can't wait to go home.

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  5. Very exciting that you're moving back in - hope it goes smoothly! Your rented digs look so elegant! I must do a quick post with some pics of our rental place.... Very, very different to yours!
    I saw the pic on Instagram of your wallpaper. It looks amazing!

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    1. Ruth isn't it lovely wallpaper? J chose that for me and she has a great eye. This apartment has been wonderful, it's really a lovely space with big windows and we were fortunate our neighbours rented it to us for these five weeks. Yes I'd like to see your rental, you're there for 3 or 4 months total?

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  6. It does seem to have flown by - for us!

    Will be curious about the tidying post. From what I have read thus far, you can't impose on others, so assume you are tackling your categories first? I plan to do this after Christmas, though I love so many bloody things it will be hard! Christmas is coming swell. We have a (very) small budget this year,so even your two small brora things would be out of the question, but so long as I gave a few books I am grand!

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    1. Wendy oh no I'll be tackling the house which includes everyone's stuff and that's what I'd like to dissect in a post, applying her theories to a family house. She writes from the point of view of a single person... for G I'm going through the process with her as she is 19 and keeps her own room and clothes tidy but the rest of the house is fair game. Since everything is packed up and labelled now is the time!
      We're going on a ski holiday as a family, that's our present to each other. I wouldn't mind seeing a bottle of something good to drink under the tree but that's far as it goes.;)

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    2. I always like to see a bottle under the tree! I wouldn't dare try and organize Barry's things - he is a bear about that!

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  7. I shall start on Christmas after our Thanksgiving. I have ideas for gifts so it shouldn't be too difficult. Looking forward to seeing the "new" house.

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    1. BB whatcha up to for Thanksgiving? I hope your kids are coming home? Also will it be vegan?

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    2. Tyler is already home and Em shall be here Tuesday night. I am that pig in shit once again...so happy. We shall be eating at my folks with Hunters family also. Nope, no vegan. I made that vegan macaroni with cheese I pinned. I thought it was good, the men not so much. "Cheese" was soaked cashew nuts.

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    3. Bb that "cheese" wouldn't fly in my family either. How excellent you are going to have a fun week, enjoy it all, I know you will :)

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  8. Glad you are moving back in! I'll look forward to your post about tidying. A big reason I'm such a poor housekeeper is that we have stuff in the way of the cleaning. I can never seem to cut through the clutter to have room to clean easily. Would like to change that! Best of luck with the move-in, and I hope the outside work is able to progress. I know the weather must be a hindrance.

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    1. cate today is our last warm day, the men were working on the interior all weekend so the house will be ready... outdoors I think we're looking at the spring to finish.
      I realized when I was packing up my house that I spend a LOT of time just moving stuff around, stuff that should go out the door. I'd rather just actually clean my house than waste time organizing stuff I shouldn't even own...we'll see maybe we can figure out some tips together. :)

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  9. Good luck with the move! We've moved. 5 times in 7 years (with another house move on the horizon) so we are down to things we really use. Love that evening cardy. I've sprung for the velvet grandpa tunic dress and shall see how it fits. Looks like a dream on the website!

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    1. Jen I noticed that tunic it is gorgeous! I had one a few years ago but it was a bit short on me so I gave it to a friend. The Brora velvet is lovely.
      Are you moving again? Well you could write a book on moving at this point. I bet you're great at it.

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  10. Hi Dani, I can't believe it's been almost 5 weeks already! I had a look at your closet - that wallpaper is truly beautiful. By the way, I noticed also that you have a Canada Goose parka - how do you like it? I've been thinking about getting one for a couple of years now, but, of course, it's quite a big expense. However - Ottawa Winters!

    I've been reading up on the tidying book (will get it for Christmas) and watched a couple of youtube videos; I folded all our clothes that are in drawers - my, what a difference!

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    1. Patricia I know 5 weeks flies by! Oh the parka, yup I had to do it, I couldn't face the thought of another winter without a parka and Canada Goose are highly rated... very pricey but I have to say I think they are worth it. Mine is SO WARM. Considering I'll be spending a couple of hours outside with Scout every day I'll get plenty of wear out of it, and these parkas should last for years and years. Honestly living in Ottawa I think it would be a great purchase for you as well!
      I had some Brora fair isle that looks great with it and gives it more of a personal look, those parkas are everywhere, I must have noticed 20 last week.
      Would you like me to do a post on it? I could take some detailed photos of the construction and discuss the model that I purchased, let me know!

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    2. Dani, that would be wonderful, thank you, but only if/when you have time! You have so many other things on your plate right now - but I for one would be very interested. I know that Louise from Ingredients also has one - that's where I got the idea, I'd never heard of them before.

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  11. How wonderful that the renovations are all going to be completed this week! I know you must be so excited to move back to your 'new' home. It sounds as if it will be much easier than moving out was, since you already sorted through everything to downsize a bit. We got rid of a lot of our belongings prior to moving out here, and honestly could have done without many more of the things we ended up bringing with us. We have plenty of storage in our new house, so the 'extras' aren't in the way, but I am still going to go through everything again and downsize it even more when I get the chance.

    Like Patricia, I am curious to hear your opinion on the Canada Goose parka, and also would like to know if you have any thoughts on the Pajar line of coats and boots. Thanks Dani! :)

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    1. Hi Melissa, would you be interested in a parka post as well? I can't speak to Pajar, I wear La Canadienne shearling boots, I think that Pajar has a good reputation?
      Moving is the best way to edit isn't it! It's always difficult to downsize belongings with kids at home, I still have a trunk of my son's things stored in the basement, mostly from his summers camping up north but he occasionally asks me about it to be sure I haven't chucked anything! ;)

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    2. Okay will do, hopefully in the next week or so :)

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  12. dani your temp digs look quite gorgeous. those rugs!

    this week in the US everyone is walking/running around with lists as long as their arms for the great thanksgiving meal. it makes me so nervous just seeing them!

    i still am recovering from the wedding so i will be playing it all down and pretending like it's just another day, which it is btw. lol

    x

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    1. Janet I think you have already had the party of the season, yes take it easy!
      The apartment is lovely and we've been able to use our rugs for the first time since Scout was a puppy, she's going to have to learn not to eat them when we move home on Saturday ;)

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  13. You must be very eager to get back home and live in that newly renovated space. It will be like starting afresh...a perfect time to cull anything that you do not use or love.
    Like Wendy if I culled any of my husband's things he would not be amused...I never go into his workshop where he keeps his tools and such...well I do sweep it out on occasion but never touch anything else!
    Enjoy yourself and do take a tea break now and again to keep up your strength.

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  14. What wonderful progress you are making! I agree about living with less stuff in a smaller area; when at the condo, 800 sqft seems perfectly fine, as long as I can make decent coffee and have good wine glasses and a view. Books would be my irreducible obstacle.

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  15. Thanks to Teacups for the sneak peak! Moving is one of my least favorite activities therefore I tend to do it less to my detriment.
    Thank you once again Dani for the wonderful bookclub this past Saturday. Even with all you have going on it was very stimulating on a great book but we now know is not as 'clubbable' as others with the density of plot, length, etc. Loved hearing from Wendy, Lane, Marie (actually not an academic only with the knowledge of one), Jen, et al. There was talk of revisiting it once again in the Spring and pairing it with the BBC production similar in format to how Lisa at Priviledge does her book/movie series with input from her fab father the esteemed "Professor C". Were you leaning towards doing 'Scoop' by Evelyn Waugh next? One of my all time favs and perhaps funniest novel ever written and short.

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  16. Dani, So exciting moving back in. Isn't that super you have good workers? Seriously hard to find! I am very excited to see it all and to hear about your philosophy on tidying up. I'm in complete agreement about having less in order to appreciate and enjoy your home more fully! Each year I find myself more easily parting with the clutter and things that seem to just occupying space. So excited for you!! Make sure you take care and remember it will all get done eventually. xo Kim

    p.s. The Brora store looks as beautiful as the clothes. I hope to visit when I get to NY!

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  17. You certainly have a knack for making temporary digs looks so inviting and lived in - bravo!

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  18. Yes the move always makes one think - i still am quite burdened by stuff and i have yet to fully unpack. But your builders must come and set up business here bc that is just unheard of that they worked through and with your weather as well!!! Good luck with it all and i look forward to your take on the kondo system.

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  19. Wow! Time has flown with regards to your Reno...from my perspective, but surely not yours! Very impressive! How wonderful! I'm so happy to see that Scoop is next for the BC....love Evelyn Waugh...so funny!

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  20. Oh I see the next book club selections are up and Scoop is great fun. Read 'Winter' about 20 years ago and let's hope life doesn't again imitate this art.

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  21. Gosh your rental is pretty jolly nice.
    Funny doing the rental isn't it. We had a fresh modern but kind of ugly rental but hated the area, it was out in the sticks. In the end it was for the best because we were so pleased to move back into our place which is close to everything and walkable.
    Love that Brora shop, they've done a lovely job, so important that things are tidy and well-ordered when it comes to knits and delicious wallpaper

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  22. You have an busy week ahead, Dani. I can't wait to see the new digs. The Brora catalogue landed on my doorstep Friday. I can't wait to pour over it.

    Bonnie

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  23. Can't wait to see your home! I'm trying to streamline too. I'm trying to tell myself I would rather have fewer gems than many crystals. So far the only change I've made is buying silver trays with no engraved designs so they're easier to polish. I'm not exactly leading a revolution :)

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