Thursday, August 23, 2012 2:43 PM EDT
Interesting, that my assignment this month was to write about British influences/invasions in design. I’m currently invading Nova Scotia, for my very first time, and marvelling at all of the British influences that are still apparent in Eastern Canada. To name but a few: British/Irish lilts; flags galore; and of course nautical influences are everywhere here in (relatively) New Scotland. The architecture is beyond charming and beautiful, as is the craftsmanship. We joked as we drove from Halifax down to the South Shore that we’d have our pick of fitted cabinetry makers.
The overwhelming lack of brick was what first struck me. Clapboard and cedar shake are abundant, and oh-so-charming. I especially love windows and doors having casing, built up beautifully to finish off each element. So many people neglect this, especially with modern builds.
On our drive down the South Shore, we naturally stopped in Lunenburg. What amazed me was the burst — and I mean burst — of colour. So nice to see in a small enclave. Here are three of my favourites.
Nova Scotian Crystal: I envision this as a former inn or seaside tavern, with swashbucklers afoot!
Adams & Knickle: Ship builders and fisherman. I looked for Captain Highliner, but he was clearly on vacation somewhere else, or maybe out to sea.
Houston North Gallery: Possibly the brightest periwinkle I’ve seen in my life.
Now here’s a treasure: There’s nothing like hearing the term “Rumrunner” to get your imagination flowing. In this instance, though, it’s the name of a Lunenburg restaurant, highly recommended, that practices farm-to-fork. Go with the Pinot Grigio. (Let’s face it: There’s a reason the Brits aren’t known for their grapes. My husband will attest to the fine Brit-style beer-making that happens in Nova Scotia: Propellor was his local brew of choice.)
The Rum Runner Inn: Get your imagination flowing!
This has truly been a great first visit to Nova Scotia, a part of Canada rich in history that we’ve only just begun to explore. The colours and the landscape are such a delight for the senses... Speaking of exploring: I have a beach that is calling my alabaster British complexion as we speak!
The perfect ombré....