There is a soft spot in my heart right now for a couple of Canadians.
First, I must offer a heartfelt thank you to the talented Chania, who authors the Razmataz Vintage blog. Chania is an interior decorator and shop owner who was born in Nairobi and lives in Ontario, Canada. She recently hosted a magazine giveaway on her blog and I was one of the lucky recipients of Canadian House & Home.
This particular issue, May 2010, featured the colorful home of Anna Spiro, whose Absolutely Beautiful Things blog and style I've been enjoying for more than two years.
To have Chania pass along this magazine was especially meaningful for me because Chania's blog is now one of my favorites. Chania has a wonderfully humorous way of writing, making even a typical jaunt to her local thrift store sound like an adventure to remember. Chania is quite a decorator, with a natural affinity for using vintage finds to create evocative rooms and vignettes. I highly recommend checking out her blog if you like cozy, vintage or beachy casual. I guarantee you will find something to like, whether it's her latest decorating project for one of her clients or her own beach cottage, or her latest finds for her store.
Thank you, Chania. I'll be enjoying this issue of Canadian House & Home for a long time. I promise this is one magazine I won't cut up into a million tear sheets!
I also owe a big thank you to Li of the Creamy White blog in Alberta, Canada, for recently passing on The Versatile Blogger Award to me. Li writes about "living a simple and laid back life in the city." She has three kids but somehow finds the time to refinish furniture and is on her way to becoming a professional with a recent first sale of a desk-and-chair set she refinished.
Li's posts are full of warmth and I always feel like I've visited the home of one of the nicest people around after I've visited Creamy White. Not to mention that I always get a great dose of inspiration from seeing all her finished projects. If you haven't been there before, I recommend clicking over to Creamy White, especially if you love white.
Thank you, Li. I'm truly honored to receive this award. Meeting friends like you is what makes blogging so fulfilling and fun.