St. Jacobs Style

Thanks to the overdose of paperwork that I forced upon myself on Monday, I had a little spare time on Tuesday to plan out the design of two empty bedrooms in my own house.  Plus, I needed a distraction from the wet and dreary weather!

I have been in love with Aerin Lauder’s Aspen Ski House ever since I saw it in an issue of Vogue and would like to draw inspiration from one of her bedrooms…on a much lesser scale…like instead of George Nakashima and Privet House, I’m talking Goodwill and  Kijiji.



 {photo: Francois Havard}

 With this image planted firmly in my mind, off I went to St. Jacob’s Antique Warehouse.

You can’t prepare when you go thrifting other than to stay open to what you might find.  In fact, I rarely find what I’m looking for – but I always find something great!  Yesterday was no exception.  I didn’t find a single teak table, or mid mod lamp…I did see a lot of fur but only in the form of coats, hats and muffs – so I’m no further ahead with my bedroom design.  Meh.


$2 vintage mason jars make lovely candle holders or vases.  I like to put them in an old wooden crate for a simple and casual centre piece.  Group them on a mantel at Christmas with nuts, pinecones and twinkle lights.  Or pour white sand with shells and a tea light for the summer.


I love the lines and patina of this antique woven seat chair.


These reproduction buoys would be a great accent for a cottage.