If you've been following my blog over the past few weeks you know I just recently took a full month sabbatical from work and social media. You can read why I did it here.

It's great fun to return back to the land of the internet with another round of the One Room Challenge. The ORC is an amazing blog series where designers, decorators, bloggers, join up to complete a room in 6 weeks and blog about it weekly. The entire operation is the brain child of Linda at Calling It Home and it is seriously amazing. I completed my laundry room and my home gym through these challenges last year and am so excited to participate again.

This time, I am tackling a very special place. As I mentioned at the top of this post, I have just come out of a 4-week break from work and social media. I removed all social media apps from my phone, delegated stuff to staff, and spent a couple of glorious weeks unwinding. It was really hard, and really rewarding all at the same time. I will reflect on this more in a later post but will share I am the most at peace I have felt in a really long time. I have gained a ton of clarity, feel refreshed, and while I am excited to be back on social media, I'm going to be using it a lot more intentionally (meaning, not as much). 

I knew it was going to be really hard for me to detox during the first week (I was ghosting for the Instagram button so much the first 2-3 days!) so I purposefully planned a holiday for my family in a place that has become a very special retreat for us.

We've had the opportunity over the past few years to use an incredible little property on Stoney Lake near Peterborough, Ontario. It's nestled on a quiet portion of the lake, with breathtaking views. In the winter deer walk across the frozen lake to graze on the grass. In the summer, the lake is full of adventure and languid evenings by the fire. Growing up, cottaging was not something my family did and I truthfully never understood its appeal. But now, with 5 kids of my own, I totally understand the value in getting away from city life. As I've experienced over the last 4 weeks, slowing down is simply essential for healthy living and creative thinking. I have had some of my best ideas at this cottage and created some wonderful family memories. 

So when the owners agreed to let me tackle their cottage kitchen I was pretty darn thrilled. It's going to be great fun to create a cozy little space in a place I care so much about. 

This kitchen is going to get a nice little refresh- I invite you to stop in every Thursday to see what's happening. You can see what the featured 20 designers are up to here, and what the link up participants are up to here