Living With Yellow | Living with Yellow

Living with yellow can be pretty overwhelming in large quantities but image how fantastic these fabrics and accessories would look with crisp white or grey. Bright, cheerful and easy to change when you’ve had enough.

Yellow option 1

1. Gotcha Corn Yellow Twill // 2. White/Yellow Four Inch Check  // 3. ZigZag Corn Yellow Slub  All fabrics from Designer Fabrics Toronto.


yellow objects


Bar Stool: Ikea //  Bag: Michael Kors Colette Medium Leather Messenger //  Shoe: Tods Driving Shoe // Clock: Ikea // Soap: Meyer Lemon Hand Soap, Williams Sonoma // Lamp: West Elm

Yellow fabrics


1. Davi Ikat Yellow 66  // 2. Mercury/P7129 23018 Yellow  // 3. Mercury/P7130 23018 Yellow 

French 75 Cocktail | French 75 Cocktail

French 75 cocktail

It’s called the French 75 and, no, I’ve never heard of it either,  but we tried this recipe on the weekend and wow, it’s a keeper. Perfect for sipping on a Friday night.

Created in 1915 in New York the recipe apparently had such a kick that it felt like you were being shelled by the powerful French 75mm artillery field gun. It’s also called the Soixante Quinze which is a much more elegant name, in my opinion.

French 75

  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of gin
  • 3 tbsp of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 bottle of well-chilled champagne (we used cava)
  • garnish of lemon

Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool. Add gin and chill till cold. (Can be made ahead to this point) Add the fresh lemon juice and mix. In a champagne flute add 2 tbsp of the gin syrup and top up with champagne, garnish with lemon.

There was an evening last summer when we were all together at the cottage after one of those perfect long Nova Scotia beach days. You know the kind that helps you make it through the winter… or April. We were sipping the most amazing gin and tonics and life was pretty near perfect. That’s what this cocktail recipe conjured up for me.

Lemon Hand Scrub | Lemon hand scrub

Remember what it feels like to get down and dirty in the garden?  It may be a pipe dream right now but I am looking forward to getting outside cleaning up and getting some green happening. When I do and when my hands are good and grimy I know I’m going to use this lemon hand scrub. This scrub is granular so will scour all sorts of ground in earth and garage grease and is wonderfully scented with lemon and rosemary.

hand scrub ingredients

Homemade lemon hand scrub

  • 1 cup of granulated sugar,
  • 2 tbsp olive oil,
  • zest of one lemon,
  • juice of half a lemon
  • the leaves of two sprigs of rosemary

Mix together and keep by the sink to scrub away!

Lemon hand scrub