West Coast, Best Coast

I first fell in love with the west in Jasper, Alberta when I called its Canadian Rockies home for the better part of a year.

I was working at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and living in one of Canada’s longest log cabins in their staff accommodations where running into an elk was a valid excuse for being late to work. It was a fun, adventure-filled summer. It also remains the reason I can’t drink whisky sours.

Other than a quick working weekend in Calgary, last week was the first time I flew back west, only this time I made it a bit farther to beautiful British Columbia.

We arrived in Vancouver on an overcast Friday morning, grabbed our rental Jeep (which I fell in love with quickly) and slowly made our way North on the Sea To Sky highway, which is a stunning, eye-opening drive in itself. On one side, you have mountains shooting up at a steep incline, and to the other, you’ll spot tall islands peppering the turquoise water.

Before heading to our Airbnb in Whistler, we stopped in Squamish for some Copper Coil jambalaya lunch and celebratory local cider. What else can I say about Squamish other than I absolutely love it?! It reminds me of Jasper, but with an additional dose of variety (in shops and stores, neighbourhood flavours, amenities, and nature) and adventure (mountain biking, climbing, hiking, waterfalls, trails, kite surfing etc).

Not only is Squamish home to the granite monolith Stawamus Chief, but it’s the last Northern stop of Howe Sound, so it’s not uncommon to spot orcas or whales in the sound. Not only is the downtown filled with indie cafes, shops and rainbow cross-walks, but a quick bike ride North and you’ll find Brackendale (boasting North America’s most significant bald eagle population). Or if you head up the range East, you can window-shop million dollar modern Valleycliffe homes perched on the mountain.

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Come Live in My Home!

I bought my first house at 22 years old and have been living, renovating and caring for it since.

Every room has seen multiple updates, trees have been uprooted, the cost of a new roof and windows that once gave me a heart palpitations was offset by renting out the basement, gardens have been planned and planted, and almost every possible update you can make to better a home has been done, down to professional-grade appliances and solid wood baseboards and doors.

And now, five years later, I’m moving out and renting my home to you! Check out the listing below and email me with your interest.

Want the look but not interested in renting it? Shop my home!

Rare opportunity to rent a detached brick home in old Milton that’s been lovingly renovated and featured on HGTV.ca. The home is a 5-minute walk to downtown cafes, shops and Mill Pond and a 5 minute drive to the 401.

This home boasts a large backyard with perennial gardens and flagstone wrap-around patio. Inside, the main floor has hardwood oak throughout, new custom baseboards, solid sound-barrier Metrie doors and casing, and brand new windows and solid metal front door. The kitchen was recently renovated as was the main floor four-piece bathroom, complete with handmade cement tile, tiled walls from floor to ceiling, large modern soaker tub and all the latest Delta water fixtures.

There are three bedrooms on the main floor and one in the basement (which also has a kitchenette and bathroom). It also has a attached garage and backyard shed. The home is nestled on a quiet street with great neighbours.

View the full listing here!

Home, Design + Fashion Amazon Prime Day Deals

Links + Likes: Dry Brushing, a Home Sweet Home Banner, Alphabet Sweater, Antiqued Spectacles, Embroidered Cushion + More


Love this sweet, folk-inspired Home Sweet Home banner.

If you don’t dry brush your skin, you should consider it! I love this one.

Antiqued Spectacles. Just ’cause.

Paperweights, decoration, use it however you want, I’m digging this set of golden stones.

This embroidered linen cushion is so so pretty.

June Playlist

We’re halfway through June already (how!?), so feast your ears on 1 hour and 26 minutes of new music.

UMI, Leon Bridges, Tobi Lou, Satica, Broods, Fyfe, Damien Jurado, Maggie Rogers and more. Here’s a link to the Apple Music playlist or listen below on Spotify: