Fall Eats; Buttered Brie and Heirloom Tomato Toast

Sometimes, there is no need to over complicate things. Most of the time, that is. A trio of bread, cheese and tomatoes is undeniably simple, rustic and delicious. An ideal use for late summer garden tomatoes, if you're fortunate enough to have those on hand. If not, fresh heirloom tomatoes from your local market will do the trick.

-- Ingredients:

4 slices whole grain sourdough bread (use gluten free if needed)

2 tablespoons butter or olive oil

8 ounces brie, cut into 8-12 wedges

6 fresh sprigs thyme

1/3 cup toasted walnuts

honey/honeycomb, for drizzling

3-4 heirloom or regular tomatoes, sliced

olive oil, for drizzling

salt + pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Place the bread on a baking sheet and rub each slice with a little butter (or you can use olive oil). Place in the oven and toast for 3-5 minutes. Remove from the oven and evenly divide the brie among the toast. Add the thyme. Place back in the oven and cook another 5 minutes or until the brie is melted. During the last minute, turn the oven to broil and broil 30 seconds to 1 minute. Remove from the oven.

Sprinkle the toast with walnuts and drizzle with honey and or spread with honeycomb. Add the sliced tomatoes and lightly (very lightly!) drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt + pepper. Eat!

Recipe and photography via Half Baked Harvest

Nordic Components; Hillsden House by Lloyd Architects

Modern, but not in a cubist sort of way. The Nordic components of this home perfectly bring together a rustic yet Scandinavian cabin feel while also effortlessly maintaining state of the art architectural features, clean lines and open spaces. 

“Contrary to popular belief, it actually takes a lot more time and effort to create such clean and simple spaces,” says interior designer Ann Tempest. The final result blurs boundaries between modern and rustic, creating a truly timeless and comfortable residence. 

Architect: Lloyd Architects 

Interior Designer: Ann Tempest

Photography: Leah Miller, Mark Weinburgh, and CityHome Collective

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Cabin on Femunden by Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter

Located on the shores of Femunden, a large lake near Norway's border with Sweden, lies this dynamic reconstructed property. The lot used to be occupied by two separate one-room log cabins, one over 100 years old. The owners, looking to preserve the old cabins but increase square footage asked architects Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter to come up with a design incorporating the two old cabins into a larger, combined structure linked under a common roof. 

The finished project covers a floor space of 915 ft2 (85m2). The largest wing of the house contains an open floor living area, as well as a small bedroom that stretches towards the lake. Large glass windows were used throughout the house to capture ample natural light and magnificent water views. The remaining wings of the house contain the bathroom, sauna, storage and utility spaces. The main cabin and one of the smaller cabins, used as another bedroom, are heated by wood stoves.

Photographs by Tom Gustavsen, courtesy of Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter.

Elfin Lakes Trail; PNW Winter Escape

Nestled 1,600m above Squamish, BC, Elfin Lakes is a mountain escape that equals no other. The mountain cabin holds a capacity of 33 bunks on the upper level, with ample space for cooking and dining on the level below. The 11km trail (one way) is accessible in both summer and winter months, and doesn't doesn't fall short when it comes to panoramic mountain views. 

Incredible images were captured by Hennygraphy

Visit www.hennygraphy.com for the full set.

Fall Things; Cider Tea

Simple, but good as. The perfect coffee alternative to heat you up on a cold fall day. Heat up one cup of apple cider. Let tea bag steep as desired. Top it off with a bit of whipped cream and drink! Some tea ideas to try with; Vanilla CaramelTazo Chai, and Lemon Ginger.

Photography and inspiration via The Merrythought 

Campfires and Chasing Auroras

Unplanned adventures always seem to turn out with the best surprises. Our short trek out to Furry Creek a few weeks back only strengthened this rule, as a casual night around the campfire quickly turned into a spectacular showcase of the milky way above and the northern lights dancing behind.  

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Location: Furry Creek, BC

All photography by Ian Tyley. Find his works here. Follow him on Instagram: @iantyleyphoto

DIY Minimalist Wine Rack

When simplicity is key, less is more. All you'll need for this minimalist wine rack is a wooden board, leather straps, some paint, screws and a leather punch. Choose the size of your wood board based on the size of your kitchen and how many wine bottles you wish to store. A 60cm x 40cm is shown here. First step is to paint the board with a white lacquer. You can of course choose a different colour, or leave the wood board untreated. However note that the white contrast with the dark wine bottles will give your board that distinct Scandinavian feel.  

If you have the tools, cut your own straps of leather. If not, purchase some pre-cut straps of equal width and about 35cm in length. At both ends of each strap punch a hole the exact size of the screws you wish to use. From this point, simply form a loop with your leather strap and decide where you wish to place the positioning for the three bottles. It's advised you lay out all six loops before attaching them to ensure they are of enough distance from one and other as well as from the edges of the board; this way your bottles will appear centred on the mount. Once you're set on position, simply screw the straps in place. 

Tutorial and photography via: ItsPrettyNice

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