As you know I’m always inspired by the simple pleasures of the country: a humble farm house, a simple flower by a window sill, a garden in bloom…I could go on. But as a Style Editor at House & Home Magazine, my day takes me far from these quiet moments and earthy pleasures. In fact, my daily routine of commuting into the heart of Toronto, Canada’s largest city, is all about urban hustle and bustle.
It all starts bright and early (or in the pitch dark in the fall/winter) in Oshawa, Ontario where I catch the GO train with all of the other sleepy commuters. From there I’m taken to Union Station. Kind of beautiful…
Kind of not…
Next I bust a move and walk up to the House & Home offices through buildings new and old, large and small and always crowded with lots of people.
This busy corner is at the TIFF Lightbox where they’re getting ready for the 2011 Toronto Film Festival these days. Soon the stars will descend…but for now in the background you can see the downtown headquarters of CTV where I film segments for The Marilyn Denis Show (a close walk from my office at H&H). I still think of it as Much Music actually…
Once I get to the office I spend my days running around creating decorating story after decorating story,
sourcing furniture and accessories,
propping for photo shoots,
scouring books and magazines for inspiration,
filming H&H web tv segments,
and emailing about a million different people!
When it’s all over I hit the pavement and head back to the train…
I’m a pretty fast walker so if you want to talk to me about some upcoming event, incredible deal or charity I’ll probably whiz right by on my march to catch my train. Most days I’m so pooped I fall asleep – in public!! On my way back to our cozy little nest I see this outside my window (this is a stop somewhere in Scarborough)…
That’s how I know I’m getting closer to our small-city house, our garden, some breathing room and some peace and quiet. It makes it all worth it.
Some die-hard Torontonians can’t believe I’d want to live way out in Oshawa (or Poshawa as I jokingly call it) but if you’re at all like me you can imagine why I feel at home here. I get a big dose of the city life each day but where my heart truly lies is somewhere far away from sky scrapers and steamy pavement. Some day Sara and I hope to move even further into the countryside and find a perfectly rundown farmhouse to make our own. But until then…this is my daily grind.