Making Where You Live
a Better Place to Be.

Welcome to Housecraft. I started this blog by sharing stories about DIY renovations, interior design, gardening
and recipes. Over time I realized that where you live isn't just about your house. When you zoom in it's about
your the health of your body and mind. When you zoom out it's about your community. We're all our own
ecosystems, baby. From now on I'm going to take a wider look around. Hope you'll join me.

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Finding the Fall Colours in Ottawa
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We Build a Custom Boutique Closet
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Opening Pandora’s Jukebox: How to Downsize When It Hurts
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Almond Butter Balls: Dessert Without Added Sugar
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Whatever Happened to the Future?
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What I’ve Learned From Living Sugar-Free for 4+ Years
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Welcome to the New Housecraft
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Fall Decor That’s Pretty, Free and Fun
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A Planked Salmon Marinade That Even Fish Haters Will Love
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The Book That Explains Why You Care About Design

Finding the Fall Colours in Ottawa

Fall is my favourite season, especially when it comes to taking photos. Here’s a list of some of the best places in Ottawa to capture those fleeting colours – assuming nature cooperates.

Come on, everyone needs to put down their tools from time to time! I’ll be back with more reno fun in a few weeks – I’ve got something really nice to show you.

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We Build a Custom Boutique Closet

After more than a year, it’s finally reveal time!

You don’t need a walk-in closet or dressing room to get something that shows off your clothes. With some planning, some LED lighting strips and some serious effort you can get some pretty spectacular results, if I do say so myself. Is it worth the effort? Read on to find out how we did it.

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Opening Pandora’s Jukebox: How to Downsize When It Hurts

Sometimes getting rid of possessions can feel like ripping off a band aid very, very slowly. I’ve gotten so much better at getting rid of things I don’t use anymore, but my record collection is in a whole other league. While my albums definitely need to go in order to make room in my tiny houselet, I was having trouble facing the task. I realized I was hanging on to the records because I was also hanging on to some baggage. Here’s how I coped.

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Whatever Happened to the Future?

We used to be so excited about the future, and it showed in the design of the 50s and 60s. In “Where’s My Space Age? – The Rise and Fall of Futuristic Design” author Sean Topham explores where space age design came from and how it worked its way into every aspect of our lives. While it may have ended in the early 1970s, there are ideas that keep resurfacing in design today that began in this era. Definitely recommended reading.

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Fall Decor That’s Pretty, Free and Fun

My husband thought I was kidding when I mentioned this idea, but this year I decided to go for the gusto with my fall decorating. On walks around the city, I collected the most colourful fall leaves I could find and brought them home. A couple of shopping bags full of red, orange and yellow later, and we had an autumn wonderland in our very own home.

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A Planked Salmon Marinade That Even Fish Haters Will Love

This recipe is simple, easy and delicious. It’s a dream on planked salmon, but it also works well on chicken pieces for shish kebab. Everyone I know who has tasted this marinade has loved it. I convinced my brother in law, who absolutely hates fish, to try this marinaded planked salmon. He not only loved the taste, but is now going to start eating salmon.

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The Book That Explains Why You Care About Design

In “The Architecture of Happiness” Alain de Botton explores why we care about architecture, and how it can affect us. Mercifully free of the jargon of so many architectural books, this is a journey into the delights and challenges of the visual aspect of the worlds we build for ourselves, individually and collectively, and what they say about us.

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