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I'm Nadine. Thanks for stopping by. The floors are creaky, the kids are loud, but the door's always open and the coffee's always on.

Make yourself at home.

Art Crush(es)

[Home office + yeti = the secrets to success.]

This apartment is my first apartment in which I've actually painted walls and hung up art since moving out of my parents' place when I was 17.

Yes, that's more than a *ahem* decade.

For a chronic nester who swoons over Style at Home, dreams of throw pillows and can't get enough of colour schemes and fabric swatches, I'm a late bloomer when it comes to actually doing anything about said domestic leanings.

I think life felt so...temporary. I didn't want to accept that I was going to stay in those apartments for any period of time long enough to paint and decorate. And even though our current loft won't be home forever — the exposed duct work and subsequent uber-loud fan will drive me crazy eventually, and there's zero room to accomodate our inevitable-but-still-hypothetical offspring — there's something about suddenly being a little family that makes me go all Martha Stewarty here.

[Matt's grandma's Inuit painting; Matt's high-school pencil sketch.]

We have a pretty decent art collection so far — marrying an artist can help with that — but I'm always on the lookout for more.

We almost bought an Ann Irvine watercolour on our honeymoon, but the humidity was brutal; we didn't want to risk any warping.

The wish list:

Bill Peet.

Matthew's favourite illustrator/storyboard artist. (He storyboarded The Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians and The Sword in the Stone all by himself!)

I want.

Mary Blair. 

Blair's work was the original inspiration for our wedding invitations (soon to be blogged about). I LOVED this one.

If we ever end up with way too much money, an exceptionally rare problem for freelancers, there might have to be a Mary Blair splurge. Her Disney concept art is magical.

Eyvind Earle's Sleeping Beauty concept art is pretty gosh darn perfect, too.

Sarah Jane Studios

I came across this one day and I fell for its adorableness. Plus, it's on graph paper, the stationary of champions.

So far, it's also the only one we can afford.

Sarah Jane Studios makes me want to have a bazillion children with a bazillion nurseries to decorate. (Not a good reason to procreate, I know, I know....)

In the absence of a bazillion children, I think it would be a fun office piece. Since that's the dream factory here.

Home Cooking: Fish Tacos

All Thumbs Up: Argo