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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.

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House Inspiration: The Great British Bake Off

House Inspiration: The Great British Bake Off

 I want that fridge. And an entire weekend to bake. With no whining children in sight. (No offense, whining children.)

I want that fridge. And an entire weekend to bake. With no whining children in sight. (No offense, whining children.)

Our household is obsessed with The Great British Baking Show.*

So much so that we refuse to watch it when it airs (Wednesday night on CBC), because the on-air edit CUTS OUT THE TECHNICAL CHALLENGE which is 100% essential viewing. So we watch the unedited version on the CBC app instead.

This has been Life Hacks with Nadine.

 Paul Hollywood wins for best TV-judge name.

Paul Hollywood wins for best TV-judge name.

The show triggered a bit of a baking binge here — there's a sourdough starter bubbling on the counter as I type — and some serious kitchen-appliance envy.

The ovens used on the show are NEFF Slide&Hides and I would pay all the money for one. But they aren't available here. Which is probably for the best, considering I don't actually have "all the money." Or even "some money." Or, well, "money." But a gal can dream, right? THE DOOR DISAPPEARS!

And when we eventually replace our too-big-and-super-awkward fridge — it excels at holding condiments and blocking sightlines — I'm gonna be pushing for something slim and retro-delightful.

We're already on Team Gingham. And Team Cake. We hang bunting on birthdays and wear aprons regularly. This fantasy kitchen isn't much of a stretch. (With the exception of the aforementioned appliance-budget issues.) 

How to get the look:

 Paint colours (all Benjamin Moore): Lavender Mist, Pressed Violet, Daydream, Cedar Green, Crystal Springs

Paint colours (all Benjamin Moore): Lavender Mist, Pressed Violet, Daydream, Cedar Green, Crystal Springs

Anyone know how to convince a midcentury/minimalist husband that antique-plate wallpaper is a very good idea?

*It's The Great British Bake Off in the UK, The Great British Baking Show here. I consider the names interchangeable and often call it both names in the same conversation. Just to keep people on their toes. (Kidding. I don't talk to people.)

Weekend Reading Vol. 20: Motherhood, Psychopaths and Trying Too Hard

Weekend Reading Vol. 20: Motherhood, Psychopaths and Trying Too Hard

In Living Colour

In Living Colour