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The Palette Project #20: Maligne Lake

This is another edition of the palette project-- we're exploring inspiring places in Canada and the colours that make them beautiful. This week we travel to the heart of the Rocky Mountains to Maligne Lake. Nestled in the Queen Elizabeth Ranges, it reaches over 22km long-- providing breathtaking vistas of both the lake and the seemingly endless mountain ranges. Classic Canadian mountains at their best! Our inspiration photo was taken from the Bald Hills hiking trail, looking along the lake. Not...

The Palette Project #19: Anne of Green Gables

This is another edition of the palette project-- we're exploring inspiring places in Canada and the colours that make them beautiful. Anne of Green Gables is undoubtedly a Canadian Treasure courtesy of Lucy Maud Montgomery. As a fictional character, Anne took many of us in our childhood through the greenery of PEI; now, you can even watch the TV version of Anne's adventures on CBC or Netflix. As many things, nothing beats seeing and experiencing the real thing. Tucked away in...

DIY: Holiday Wreath

Happy December! We've already seen the Christmas lights go up, mall Santas are arriving from the North Pole, and the holiday parties have begun! Whatever you celebrate this time of year, there is a consistent feeling of togetherness and cheer that really makes this, as the songs say, the most wonderful time of the year.One of our favourite ways of decorating for the holidays is with a wreath. What could be more west coast that bringing a little bit of the...

The Palette Project #18: Montreal Street Art

This is another edition of the palette project-- we're exploring inspiring places in Canada and the colours that make them beautiful. Montreal has long been a hub for the creative, artistic, and change-makers. Just walking about the city you can see the personality of its inhabitants (almost literally) written on the wall. The street art in Montreal ranges from the surreal to the very real, the modest to the ultra-bold. There is a really lovely contrast between the traditional brick and...

Art Fix: The Eastside Culture Crawl

Vancouver is an artistic city and the local talent was out to impress last weekend! The Eastside Culture Crawl is one of the biggest showcases of art in the city-- over 500 artists open their studio spaces for 4 days. The participating artists are incredibly diverse: emerging artists rub shoulders with those who are internationally established and artists include painters, jewellers, sculptors, furniture makers, potters, printmakers, photographers, glassblowers, and textile artists. Whew! It's a lot...

The Palette Project #17: Abraham Lake

This is another edition of the palette project-- we're exploring inspiring places in Canada and the colours that make them beautiful. Today we're travelling just slightly east of our Vancouver home to Alberta and visit the icy shores of Abraham Lake. Loved by photographers all over the world, Abraham Lake is renowned for it's unique frozen formations that return each winter: bubbles, voids, and spectacular fissures make their way to the surface to be capture by the ice. This man-made lake...

The Palette Project #15: West Coast Alpine

This is another edition of the palette project-- we're exploring inspiring places in Canada and the colours that make them beautiful. This week on our palette project we’re celebrating winter. Not to get poetic, but the winds of winter have blown through Vancouver—sub zero temperatures and even a little bit of snow came to visit us here on the west coast. However you cope with winter weather, either curled up insider with blankets or eagerly counting down the days until the...

The Palette Project #14: Tofino

This is another edition of the palette project-- we're exploring inspiring places in Canada and the colours that make them beautiful. Last week we travelled to Atlantic, so this week we decided to hop across the country and visit the Pacific. Tofino is a dream for everyone from surfers to storm-watchers to seekers of that perfect instagram post. Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island it boasts a rugged coastline, old growth forests, and a picturesque community that make for...