Family Table

One of the things our family loves to do is to entertain. This is especially important for big holiday dinners but for us happens all year around. Armed with the knowledge that our new dining room just needs to be a dining room, I was left with the want for a big solid wood dining room table to fill it up.  However, I looked everywhere. Cheap stores, expensive stores. Local stores. Shipping from Italy. I couldn’t find the mix of mid-century modern and big, bold solid wood that I had envisioned. I talked to my designer about this.  She wasn’t able to source anything that worked either. So, she contacted this amazing local furniture designer and artist Kate Duncan and asked her for guidance.  Could she marry the two things I want and still make it work in our home? Continue reading

Patio update

The flowers are in full bloom now and they smell amazing. I wish we had smell-o-vision to share it with you.

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Luckily these plants and trees that are already on our patio are taken care of by our strata. But since we have some space, I would like to try out some gardening for myself. Maybe learn a little about my own green thumb. A friend recommended a local nursery, Phoenix Perennials that is doing amazing things with plants for small spaces (well and many other things but this is what I am interested in 🙂

They recommended a few container workshops to get up to speed as well as a few grafted trees to get the most fruit/veggies/flowers that we can for our space.

We will be ready to pick up our new grafted trees in a few weeks. Hopefully they will have a small harvest that will give us little treats this fall but likely it will take 2-3 years to get real fruit.

The first tree I want to tell you about is the Ketchup and Fries tree. It has cherry tomatoes grafted with potatoes to give 2 wonderful edibles. I can’t wait to see it in real life.

Ketchup and fries Tree Phoenix Perennials

Ketchup and fries Tree
Phoenix Perennials

The second is a Fruit Salad tree. This tree has five different stone fruits on the same tree. One per branch! Peaches, apricots, nectarines, plums, and almonds. This will be so yummy in a few years.

Fruit Salad Tree

Fruit Salad Tree

I can’t wait to go to their workshop and start growing something. I’m also excited to get the customized container system going. Phoenix Perennials is just amazing to work with especially with the knowledge of the city, our climate and how to create and maintain a small space in downtown Vancouver. Next to plan what veggies to put in our container garden…