Living With Lilac | Lilac items


They’re so fragrant, they’re so pretty, they’re so fleeting! I’m talking about lilacs those stunning, flamboyant, scented darlings of May.

There are apparently 28 species of lilacs which have been so inter-bred that not even experts can always identify the hundreds of different varieties. Just this morning, on the radio, I heard an advertisement for a Blue Meringue variety that blooms twice a year. Once in the spring and once in later summer.

The season is too short but I guess if it were longer we might not appreciate it so much. Here are some ways to incorporate lilac into your life year round.

1. How cozy, warm and pretty would this be in a little girl’s room? This lilac sheepskin rug can be bought here.

Lilac sheepskin rug

2.  OK so this photo is of a model but how cool would a lilac coloured Morris Minor be?

Lilac Morris Minor


3. This wallpaper from Farrow & Ball is technically wisteria but to me it looks a lot like lilac.

Farrow & Ball wisteria wallpaper

4. This grape and lilac hat created by Camille, a french designer circa 1900 is from the Metropolitan Museum’s collections. Made from cotton and horsehair it looks comfortable and stylish… Non?

Lilac hat

5. Benjamin Moore paints list no fewer than 208 shades of purple. That’s a pretty good selection!

Benjamin Moore purples

6. This vintage lilac motif dress from Etsy is just one of the gorgeous finds from this vendor. See it here.

Lilac vintage dress


Riverside Eats and Beats | Riverside

Riverside, which is a neighbourhood east of the Don Valley along Queen Street East, is hosting it’s annual Eats & Beats Fest on Saturday June 6th from 1pm to 6pm. Riverside is just minutes from the downtown core and is easily accessible by streetcar and contains many artist’s lofts, some galleries, and a wide variety of restaurants and shops including numerous unique destinations.

Riverside sign

During Eats & Beats in Riverside, area restaurants will be serving special tasting plates (the Eats part) and presenting live music (the Beats part). At many different destinations there will be live music and entertainment. There will be arts events including a live painting, outdoor spin classes, cooking demonstrations, craft sales and lots of kid friendly events.

Live music will get you moving and shaking and will range from Jazz to Samba to Celtic. The atmosphere will be electrifying and festive. Click through to for a list of what to expect… BBQ and blues bands and flowers and coffee and knitting and burgers and fine arts and heritage buildings.

The Riverside area is a prime example of neighbourhood regeneration without gentrification or pretension. Look for the trademark quotes embedded in the sidewalk on the four corners of the intersection of Broadview and Queen which are part two of a public art installation “Time and a Clock” by Eldon Garnet. The four quotes read “Distance = velocity x time”, “Too soon free from time”, “Time is money, money is time” and “Better late than never”. Part one is placed on the Queen Street bridge across the Don Valley and reads “This river I step in is not the river I stand in”. Part three can be found in Jimmie Simpson Park further east on Queen Street atop banner poles and spells out TIME. – one of the touches that make the neighbourhood vibrant and unique.

Time sidewalk quote