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Mom Story: Chantale from Montreal

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Bonjour, hello! My name is Chantale and I’m of Korean descent born and raised in Montreal, Canada. I’m a graphic & product designer, currently working full-time as well as running my own freelance graphic design biz at home. I’m also mom to a spunky, imaginative & very sweet girl Keira-Mae and I blog about her adventures over at Adventures of Skinny Mini Kiki. I’m currently working on an exciting project that I’m helming as creative director for a new and soon-to-be live brand called Missie Sunshine Couture – a lifestyle beach wear brand for girls (toddler to teen) started by a long time friend who has made her dream a soon-to-be reality. Look for it going live this spring! In the meantime, you can check out their blog.

What kind of house do you live in - are you and your family happy here or is there anything you find lacking or would like to change?

My husband, daughter and I live in a suburb of Montreal in a very nice neighborhood. It’s actually a mix of golden agers and young families. In fact, many of our neighbors with young families have their grandparents living very close by. We do too! 

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What do you like best about living there?

In the past 2 years, there has been a huge construction boom of trendy new restaurants, beautiful public spaces and shopping, all within walking distance of our home. I really love that. This summer, I’d like to get new bicycles for the kiddo and I so we can officially ditch the car!

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Do you like to spend time decorating your home and your child’s room?

I do love re-arranging our furniture but when it comes to a choice between spending time decorating or heading out for family activities or fun time downtown, I usually choose the latter. Funny enough, my daughter has recently caught the re-arrange furniture bug too and has been moving around the furniture and things around the house. I woke up one day to find everything changed up in her playroom!

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Do you keep your child’s play area separate or do you believe they should have a space in every part of the house?

My daughter’s playroom is in the same room as my ‘office nook’. I don’t even keep my computer off limits for her. I don’t want her to grow up thinking things are too precious or be afraid to touch anything in the house. I do teach her to respect things and show her how to work the computer. She’s just not interested in it right now and prefers using paper & crayons and that crazy little thing called, ‘imagination’. Of course, I’d love to keep the other areas of the house toy free but things have crept into the other rooms...apparently of their own free will. Lol.

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Where do you look for interior inspiration, favorite magazines, websites, or blogs?

Lately, I’ve looked towards Lonny mag (the original and best) & Pinterest. It’s so easy and addictive! I love every print shelter magazines but my fave is Milk magazine. There so many blogs I adore too but for kid’s interiors/fashion/products, I always go to Pirouette, Bloesem (!), Kenziepoo, Schlitzohren (now also Rawr), Paul & Paula (and much more) and for art...KLT Sketchbook. I also love Old Brand New blog because I love the photography and vintage finds there.

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Some tidying tips? Does your child tidy up after herself?

Sadly no! My daughter is a whirlwind walking disaster. Her imagination takes over and from one day to the next, I don’t know what I’ll find in her playroom and bedroom. One week, everything will be set up as a bazaar and she will cry out, ‘Pas cher! Pas cher! Qui veut acheter quelque chose?’ (Cheap! Cheap! Who wants to buy something?), the next day she will have everything stuffed in one corner and a big open area with foam squares in it as her canoe, on a big river adventure. The day after, it’s re-enacting Sharkboy & Lavagirl movie. Once in a while, when she sees me cleaning house, she will surprise me by cleaning up her space. Believe me, it really is a shock! 

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What places in your neighborhood do you like to shop at?

I love going to a little home interiors shop nearby. It’s filled with decorative items, furniture and lighting that is beautiful and affordable. I have found myself shopping there for gifts and my home. The decorative owls in my home come from there.

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What is it like to raise a child in your town?

Although I wanted to live directly on the island of Montreal, I must admit that living where we are, in the suburbs has so many advantages. Namely, the clean open spaces, the myriad activities and clean parks for the kids and great schools. What I find most lacking though, is cultural diversity. 

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What is your idea of a perfect day with your child?

A perfect day with my daughter is any time spent together. Our last mother/daughter time was last week where my 7yo showed me how to ski the small bumps on the ski hill. That was the best!

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What do you do on the weekends?

Our weekends are always packed full of activities. We try to catch up on paperwork, little things to do around the house and errands all timed around the swimming, skiing and ballet lessons of our daughter. In the summer, we head downtown for drinks and supper at the many incredible restaurants Montreal has to offer. There are so many choices, we almost always can’t decide!

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Are you a crafter or DIY person?

I’m much more of a DIY person. I’ve sewn almost all the curtains in the house, created make-shift simple book shelves and recently, I’ve acquired a vintage mannequin to start sewing my own clothing in earnest. I’ve already created some simple dresses for my daughter, I’d love to start sewing some skirts for myself.

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Does your child have friends over often? If yes, what activities do they do?

We have a play date almost every weekend at our house. They’re usually impromptu. In the winter, I love to get them outside in the snow, whether it’s in our backyard creating snow forts or heading to the nearby park to go sledding. In the summer, anywhere outside! If we’re stuck inside, they are never without an over-active imagination. I let them at it and supply the drinks and snacks.

What kind of sports do your children like to do and are you involved?

My daughter loves her swimming and skiing lessons and last year, wanted to try ballet. She recently ‘graduated’ to Junior 3 in swimming! We call her the ‘torpedo’ because she’s very elegant and silent in the water but pretty fast. She’s also extremely competitive.

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Are there musical instruments in your house?

Well there is a violin my daughter plays.. she hasn’t passed the squeaky ‘eek eek squeek’ part but she’s not bad at pizzicato. Lol.

What are some nice activities you can do with children in your area, and what would you recommend when people are visiting?

When in Montreal, I would definitely check out the website IspyMontreal.com. It is the best in finding all the current activities in and around the Montreal area for families and kids to do. In spring, head to the Botanical Gardens for the Butterflies Go Free where the gorgeous butterflies will captivate both you and your children. In autumn, also head to the Botanical Gardens to view the Chinese Lanterns or head to the different mountains up north or down south for a great day of hiking and picnic-ing. In the winter, to Parc Jean Drapeau for activities like tubing, sledding and skating! There is year round indoor skating at 1000 de la Gauchetiere as well. If your child is a little older and can handle a lot of walking, head to Montreal’s underground city where everything is connected for miles underground! 

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What movies do your children like to watch, is there one from your childhood you would love to show them?

Recently, I introduced my daughter to Sharkboy & Lavagirl and she has watched it so many times already! She also loves Spy Kids and of course, every single Barbie dvd known to kidkind. I would love to have a family movie night and introduce her to the Back to the Future trilogy! Who doesn’t love Marty McFly?? Self-lacing shoes? She’s also recently watched The Goonies at a friend’s house but they had to fast-forward some parts like the dead dude in the freezer part and she wasn’t exactly too keen on ‘Sloth’. To be revisited at a much later age I think!

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Are you a ‘cook’ or ‘food lover’ or both?

I’m a food lover! But I hate cooking. I can do a mean bbq though and I love creating bento meals though lately, I’ve been lacking in that department. I also love trying new restaurants and checking out sites like Foodspotting. I’m lucky to have connected with some amazing and talented friends on twitter who create the most amazing & creative bentos & delicious recipes. But again, the kitchen is not the place I like to spend my time in. I am an oxymoron.

Do you cook together with your child? Does Dad cook?

My daughter loves to cook but she never stays focused on the job at hand. She will stir the pot and then leave when it gets too ‘boring’. Luckily my husband is a pretty good cook. Otherwise, we’d all starve.

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Where would you like to go on vacation - with or without your children?

I am a firm believer in taking our kiddo with us on vacation. Whatever other parents do or believe in, I have no opinions to give out. I never had the opportunity when I was growing up to travel and so, I want my daughter to share my experiences with me and also, so she sees with her own eyes different cultures, sights and sounds other than what is immediately around her. I think traveling is one of the best ways to educate your child. It need not be so far away or an expensive trip. It can be a car trip to the next city! 

Do you keep some sort of travel journal with your child?

Sadly no but my photography is a sort of photo journey and I also blog about it as well.What kind of souvenirs do they bring back home? Memories! Great wonderful friendships and memories to remember forever. With the occasional tschotkes too.

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How do you prepare for a trip, any useful tips?

I usually start several lists: one for things to do a few weeks in advance (getting all hotels and flights checked etc) to 1 week in advance. I also try to keep it down to 1 bag per person and try to keep the clothing to a minimum by having clothing that could double for an afternoon activity to going out for supper at night. I’ve also started to invest in clothing that dry fast so that if you need to wash it while traveling, it dries in a few hours or overnight out on the balcony (have you ever tried drying clothing out on the balcony in Hawaii? Good luck!). Lolë has great clothing for traveling! I also love using Ziplock bags (It can also save space when you squeeze all the air out of them!) for socks, underwear & toiletries and keep an extra mesh bag for soiled clothing. It keeps everything separate and organized and  you have a handy bag to bring to the hotel’s washing facility. Plus, if you’ve gone through security check at airports, I cant’ stand when they go through your luggage and touch all your clothing. With Ziplock bags they handle them without opening them up. 

What place does your child love to visit?

Anywhere that has sand, sun & water. A lazy river or two wouldn’t hurt either.

What are your tips for traveling in a plane or on a long road trip with your children?

For traveling on the plane, it’s always a good idea to bring a bottle of water. This helps little kids when they’re not able to pop their ears on their own and it gets really painful when they can’t! So I get my daughter to swallow some water on take-off and landing. This year will mark our 3rd long road trip and what seems to work best is having portion-sized snacks ready, lots of cold water (I like to freeze big water bottles 2 days in advance) and use thermal water bottles for inside the car and of course, a portable dvd is terrific. This year, I’d love to invest in an iPad so that we no longer have to carry an iPod, separate dvd player, all the dvd discs, laptop computer etc. Everything would be in 1 place. We also divide our road trips in 2 days (for a 12-14 hour trip) with stops along the way to stretch out and walk around. And if all else fails, we play I spy with my little eye…

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What a lovely Mom Story Chantale, thank you for sharing it with us!

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Mom Story: Janine from Uppercase Magazine

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Hello! My name is Janine Vangool and I’m the publisher/editor/designer of UPPERCASE magazine and books. My husband, Glen Dresser, is a writer working on his second novel and we live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with our 22 month old son Finley and our dog Percy.

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What kind of house do you live in—are you and your child happy here or is there anything you find lacking or would like to change?

 We live in a small house in the Sunnyside neighbourhood in Calgary. It is a great location—just a block from the river and a twenty minute walk to downtown and my studio, UPPERCASE. The house is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, so for Calgary standards that’s actually quite old. Alas, the house doesn’t have any really great period features other than slanted floors and wobbly walls! Apparently, people didn’t need much closet space or large bathrooms in 1912, so those amenities are lacking.

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What do you like best about living there?

The neighbourhood is excellent. Though I purchased the house when I was single, the location still suits me and my family perfectly. There is a nice elementary school a couple blocks away, a nice park, great places to go for a walk and central to everything we need and do.

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Do you like to spend time decorating your home and the children’s room?

When I was expecting, we suddenly kicked our home care into high gear! I have to thank the birth of our child for a lot of upgrades to our living conditions. The most significant was redoing the kitchen entirely. And then once Finley was showing the ability to crawl we recovered our old splintered hardwood floors with gloss white snap-in-place floorboards. We painted the walls white and installed white floor-to-ceiling bookcases in the living room. It is pretty much all IKEA, but it was affordable, relatively easy and we’re very pleased with the results. I was a bit worried about whether we could live in an all-white interior, but other than having to occasionally wipe up Percy’s muddy paw prints, I love having white floors. It certainly makes the house feel brighter and more spacious. I wish I had time to do more decorating and sewing for my home, but I have far too many other things to do first.

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Do you keep your child’s play area separate or do you believe they should have a space in every part of the house?

Finley is welcome to play throughout the main floor of the house. He likes to run back and forth between the living room and his bedroom. Since his room is quite small, he has some books and his toy train in there and the rest is out in the living room. He has his own section of the bookcase and I quite like looking at his toys strewn about—it’s the sign of a happy day!

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Where do you look for interior inspiration, favorite magazines, websites, blogs?

I publish a book series called “The Suitcase Series." Each book is a complete immersion in the life, culture and craft of a particular artist. The first book was all about Swedish illustrator Camilla Engman —Glen and I were fortunate to go visit her home in 2009 when I was working on the book. Her lovely apartment (white floors!) and the Scandinavian aesthetic were a huge inspiration for our home’s interior. More recently, Finley, Glen and I stayed with Tif Fussell (for The Suitcase Series Volume 2: dottie angel). I love Tif’s interior decorating style—a mix of thrifted finds and handmade items really give a home soul.

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What is your child’s favorite item in your house?

We have a Fisher Price little village set that was mine from the mid seventies. Seeing how much he enjoys it and combined with his love of airplanes, his grandparents just gave him a Fisher Price airport from 1980 for Christmas. It’s complete with a plane, helicopter, baggage cars, luggage, people…the works!

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What a lovely Mom Story, thank you Janine for sharing it with us!

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Mom Story: Elly from the Theater Clouds Shop

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I’m Elly MacKay, a paper artist. I live in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, with my husband Simon and daughter Lily. We have another child on the way, due in a few weeks. I sell my prints in my etsy shop, theater clouds. My prints are of little worlds that I create in a miniature theater.  You can see them on my website, shop or blog.

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What kind of house do you live in - are you and the kids happy here or is there anything you find lacking or would like to change?

We live in a little 100 year old brick house by the harbor in Owen Sound. We are slowly fixing it up...soon we will have to find the time to turn the attic into a studio, as our newest family member will be moving into my studio space.

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What is it like to raise a child in your town?

It has been great so far. We wanted to be close to the hamlet that I grew up in, about half an hour north of here. My parents still live in the old church there. It has such a wonderful community and is so beautiful at the base of the bluffs and edge of the water. We love going out on the weekends to visit and yet love the convenience of town life…minutes to the library, market, park and friends’ homes. Many other young families have moved back to the area too.

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Do you keep your children’s play areas very separate or do you believe they should have a space in every part of the house?

It is a small house so our living room has toys hiding in every possible spot we can find.

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What are your children’s favorite items in your house?

My husband and I like to think that the dollhouse and barn we made for her are her favourite things, though she says her favourite toy is the chomping wooden hippo.

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Some tidying tips?  Do your children tidy up after themselves?

I found some old wooden wine boxes at a second hand store that I use all over the house for storing her toys. Lily is learning… she helps us with putting things away, and she knows where things are kept. The boars, unicorns, buildings, etc. on the boxes help her identify where things go… Ha.

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What is your idea of a perfect day with your children?

Some of our greatest days are at the beach, swimming, skipping (or throwing) stones and going for homemade ice cream at the general store. Lily is so happy at the beach. Of course having family and friends around too makes a perfect day, and going to see her Uncle Bill’s chickens really makes the day.

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What is a normal day like with your children?

During the week, I wake up early and try to get a little work done before Lily wakes up. Once she is awake, we eat breakfast together. Then we have a routine of going on a play date to the library or park. We all go for a snack at a coffee shop and then in the afternoon Lil and I come home and work on projects inside or outside together… art, laundry, gardening, etc. She usually has some quiet time or a nap while I get some work done too at some point. When my husband gets home we all make dinner, go for a walk and get ready for bed.

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Tell us a funny story, quote or remark one of your children recently made.

 Aren’t there things everyday that make us laugh? Lily is starting to become so imaginative… her animals all used to be ‘Ducky’, ‘Mousey’, etc. but the names are becoming so much more interesting. The other morning she told me this doll is called ‘Stinky and Wispy’. I love it…. the wee one is ‘Stinky’.

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Any books you can recommend for parents on how to raise your children?

No, just follow your heart, talk to your friends, listen and watch, and love them.

Can you mention some of your ‘how-to-raise-your-kid’ values?

One of the values that my parents passed on to me is that experiences are more important than money; A memorable moment is far more precious than an expensive gift. I really appreciate the imaginative things my parents would do for us. They instilled in us a sense of wonder. My father was always showing me insects, plants and the night sky and my mother would take me on a ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ every year for my birthday and would often invite all of the neighborhood kids over to plan a play, which we would put on at the end of the summer.  I hope Lily and this new little one will have such wonderful and imaginative experiences growing up...

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What kind of DIY projects do you like to do with your children?

I’ve just taught Lily how to weave. She is making some beautiful Christmas gifts! 

Any tips for keeping the house clean when crafting?

We just make a mess and think about clean up later. Cleaning has never been my strong suit. I do try to keep all of Lily’s art supplies in one area and mine in my studio…eventually they make their way back to their homes.

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Are you a crafter or DIY person?

Yes…I really enjoy figuring things out and making things work. I used to play with cams and motors in my art and I took electronic art while in university. My husband is the same, though everything he makes involves wood. So, we often have more projects on the go than we can realistically finish. I teach a program at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery once a month too that is open to families were we make everything from bowls to shadow creatures.

What do you do with all the projects your children make at home or in school?

I save the best ones and frame them or keep them to give to aunts, uncles and grandparents. To keep her paintings flat, I stack them in behind the one on display in the frame.

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How do you like to celebrate birthdays and other special days in your house?

Old fashioned birthday parties…a few kids, family, a cake or cupcakes and some games. This year we introduced Lily to the idea of a Mystery Tour as well. We took her and a friend to a Maple Syrup Festival in the morning. They loved the animals.

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What are all time favorite books for the children?

My very favourite children’s books are Owliver and Herman the Helper, written by Robert Kraus and illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey.

How do you get your books? Bookstores? Online? Do you go to the library?

Lil has a great collection of books. She is often getting them from her relatives and we get 10 or so out every week from the library. We read a few every night together.

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How do they prefer to spend their leisure time?

Yesterday Lily threw us a ‘Happy Unbirthday Party’. She just loves make-believe. She also loves blowing bubbles and making us ‘presents’… anything to do with parties really!

Do you cook together with your children? Does Dad cook?

Simon and I like to share cooking. One of us will make the main dish and the other does the salad. It is a nice time to catch up on the day. Lily is becoming a great helper…peeling carrots, picking veggies and herbs from the garden and washing them. Everything becomes play. We have the lowest drawer in the kitchen for her play food and dishes too.

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What kind of place do you like to go to on vacation with or without the children?

My in-laws have a cottage that we use for a week in the summer. It is in a little place just on the edge of Algonquin Park. My favourite thing is to get little bags of penny candy from the candy store with Simon and Lily, get into the canoe and paddle to the great-grandparent’s place.  There are always cousins around and wonderful meals (and candy) to share.

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What kind of souvenirs do your children bring back home?

Rocks. Lily is a rock enthusiast, just like me and her great grandma. We have a growing collection of rocks and clay sculptures in the garden. 

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What a lovely story Elly, thank you so much for sharing!

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Meet Mom Nerissa from The New Domestic

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My name is Nerissa. I'm a graphic designer living in the Vancouver, Canada area with my husband Peter and our 21-month-old daughter, Luna. We have a blog called The New Domestic where we document our adventures in Domestic Living 2.0. Recently we opened an online shop aptly called, The New Domestic Shop. The New Domestic is a homeware line designed for Domestic Living 2.0. Our products beautify your space, add joy to your life and accompany you through your domestic living adventures. Our first line of products are heavy weight recycled cotton canvas tote bags with screen printed graphic patterns. All bags have a diagonal pattern on the back for a fun two-in-one look and are big enough to carry all your daily needs.

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What kind of house do you live in - are you and the kids happy here or is there anything you find lacking or would like to change?

We live in a little blue rancher situated in a seaside village. Our rancher has a very beach cottage look and feel to it, which fits in with the neighbourhood. Our aesthetic is an eclectic mix of modern, folk, exotic and creative. We like to have fun in our space and fill it with all things we love and inspire us daily.  Everything about our home speaks of who we are. When you enter the house, the formal living room is flanked by two informal spaces – a playroom/studio and a media/reading room. The large kitchen/dining area overlooks the garden with a long communal type table in the middle where we've been able to fit 14 people!  It's a great home to gather friends and family and the door is always open for anyone to come.

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What is it you like best about living here?

We love it here and had chosen to create a home away from the city where the air is fresh, birds surrounds us in the summer months and the beach is just a couple blocks away. Living here feels like living on an Island without having to board a ferry. It's quiet, slow paced, stars fill the sky on clear summer nights and the smell of seaweed from the ocean fills the air. The streets are also filled with chalk drawings from the kids playing until the sun goes down, families mingle over a glass of wine in the streets and kid-run lemonade stands pop up from time to time. It's a beautiful place to nurture and grow together as a family.

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Do you keep your children’s play areas very separate or do you believe they should have a space in every part of the house?

We have a studio/playroom with a large floor play area where Luna spends most of her time playing. It's a fun and inspiring room for both the little people and big people. It's become our activity room where we have a sewing corner, multipurpose table, cutting area, a large bookcase against the wall with our collection of books & magazines and a large wall where we hang our collection of found artwork or our own work.  It's the kind of room that being messy is allowed - it just adds to the creative spirit of the space. Luna also has freedom to roam with toys to other rooms as she pleases. We don't child proof the house, per se. Although, as she gets older and more nimble we've started to put safety locks on cabinets. Other than moving obviously dangerous objects out of the way, we haven't changed the house much. Luna's going to learn where the boundaries are, one way or another.

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Where do you look for interior inspiration, favorite magazines, websites, blogs?

There are a lot of great blogs out there that are so inspiring. Some of my favourites are Scout Holiday, Oh Joy, Le Dans La, Sandra Juto, Bloesem Kids, Bloesem Living, Fine Little Day, Style Files, Remodelista, Aesthetic Outburst, The Marion House Book, Cinq Mai to just name a few. I also look forward to receiving my quarterly subscription of Anthology Magazine. Speaking of Anthology Magazine - our home is featured in this third issue!

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Who do you consider is a good example for your children?

I think actions speak more then words. So as long as Peter and I live a life full of love, passion for what we do, respect each other, continue to grow together as a family and be grateful for all that we have – I think that energy will lend itself towards creating a healthy & happy little girl. When my maternity leave ended and I needed to choose to either to go back to my full time design job or stay home – I chose to stay home. At this stage of Luna's life, we find it important for her to be close to me, her mother as she explores her world. It's these first few years of her life that creates a solid foundation of what a family is. And a family to us means spending good quality time together & for our Luna to know that home is a place where love & joy comes from. We want her memories of growing up to come from home and, as it happens, her first words were "mama” and “home". 

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What is your idea of a perfect day with your children?

A perfect day is really the simplest days we spend together as a family. Morning breakfast together, hanging out in the garden, walking or simply just watching Luna enjoying ice cream cones which is a new discovery for her. It's these simple days that we find so special. No need to rush anywhere. Time doesn't matter. Just us being together and living right in the moment are the loveliest days. One thing that Luna taught us is: A simple life is a beautiful life.

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Can you mention some of your ‘how-to-raise-your-kid’ values?

Everyday has been learning and improving as a parent. We don't really have a simple answer for the perfect way to raise a kid but we do believe that it is important for us to live our values – simple values like generosity, responsibility, respect for others, thoughtfulness, fun & creativity – will shape her way of living her life.

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Any tips for keeping the house clean when crafting?

Since we have a separate studio/playroom, we can just shut the door after a day filled with all sorts of crafting. It's so great! Before we moved into this house, we were living in a 690 sq. ft. condo where the kitchen was my sewing/crafting place and when dinner time came around, it was impossible to find any space to prepare dinner with all my stuff scattered around. So it's definitely a treat to now have a specific activity room where we can all make as much mess as we want. Lately, our studio room has been used to organizing The New Domestic totes and experimenting with new products we are launching in the Fall.

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Are you a crafter or DIY person?

I'm both a crafter and DIY person. I'm always finding myself making things whether it's sewing a new throw pillow, designing Luna's birthday card, packaging chillies from the garden to give to friends or designing Luna's books. I always find myself designing, creating or playing - it's so much part of my life. I wake up every morning with these words to live by: Inspire and be inspired.

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How do you like to celebrate birthdays and other special days in your house?

For Luna's first birthday party, we hung balloons on the ceiling of each room in the house which created a sculptural ceiling scape. It's so fun and festive and we left them up for another month or so until they all started deflating on their own. Our house has also become a gathering space for friends and family. With our long dining table, it's really a great space for many, many festive nights of birthday celebrations or simply gathering with friends for a nice feast. It's all those memories that makes a home a home.

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What are your all time favorite books for children?

Luna has a pile of favourite books and some of her favourites are: Curious George, a collection of Charley Harper books and Paola Opal's books. But any books read to her makes her happy.

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Are you a ‘cook’ or ‘food lover’ or both?

My husband and I are both a cook and food lover. I also love to bake and find myself always trying different recipes which we end up giving away to friends and family as it's just too much sugar to devour. But I love the smell of fresh bread, cakes and cookies in the house. Recently, I discovered the joy of making homemade pasta. I usually make them in batches and freeze them so whenever we feel like having homemade pasta, all we need to do is take them out of the freezer and throw it in a pot of boiling water. Easy! Peter loves experimenting with ingredients and flavors as well and they all turn out so good. But unfortunately, he only makes things once because, without a recipe, he can never remember how to make the same thing again. So I've learned to enjoy every freestyle dish he makes as I know it'll be my last time eating it!

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Looks delicious Nerissa, thank you for sharing your story with us!

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