Sunday, May 26, 2013

Cottage Spread Is Here!

The July issue of Style At Home has finally arrived to subscribers, and with it the photo shoot from the cottage project I slaved away on last year!


Photographed by the amazing Donna Griffith, it is a lovely way to immortalize my intense months of craziness transforming this summer home into a Hamptons-worthy getaway in Simcoe.


You need to pick up the July issue when it hits stands this week to see the full spread, but stay tuned for some great before and after posts here and on the Style At Home blog to get some summer decorating inspiration of your own and for all the sources and vendors I worked with to create this .

(images by Donna Griffith via Style At Home)

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Weekend Cocktail #37: Chambly Collins

I always look forward to browsing the LCBO’s Food and Drink magazine for their tasty recipes entertaining ideas, and especially loved the latest issue’s beer-based cocktail story from Bier Markt’s - perfect for this May 24 long weekend!

Chambly Collins

Here is one bursting with summer freshness that uses one of my fave brews Blanche de Chambly :


  • 1/2 tangerine, cubed
  • 4 fresh raspberries
  • 1 oz *Hibiscus Pink Peppercorn syrup
  • 1/2 oz Tanqueray Dry Gin
  • 4 oz Blanche de Chambly
  1. Muddle fresh tangerine and raspberries in a Collins glass.
  2. Fill with ice, then add Hibiscus Pink Peppercorn syrup and gin.
  3. Top with Blanche de Chambly, stir well and garnish with fresh tangerine.

* For Hibiscus Pink Peppercorn Syrup, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 hibiscus tea bag (Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger or Yellow Zinger) with 1 cup hot water and 2 tsp. pink peppercorns. Stir to dissolve sugar and steep the tea. Remove the bag. Chill & store

(image and recipe via LCBO Food and Drink)