I spent Labour Day weekend exploring the beautiful city of Halifax and taking in all it has to offer. Not only was I converted to a full on seafood lover and was completely humbled by the vast beauty of the ocean, I was instantly inspired by the character of the buildings. A lot of my time touring was spent photographing colourful homes, sides of buildings with aging cedar shakes and coastal style light fixtures, all making me feel some type of way - I N S P I R E D.
One of the first things I noticed was how different the colours used on the exteriors were. The streets of Halifax had homes painted in blue, yellow and pinks, sometimes all in a row, making for a very cheerful visual. At Peggy’s Cove the colours evoked a historical feel. Burnt reds, deep blues in various tones and pops of yellow inspired this East Coast pallet.
Something you can’t help but notice is the use of cedar shakes on basically every building, all of which are in desperate need of a fresh coat of paint - but that just adds to the charm! Shakes are most commonly used in Ottawa in the peaks of homes but I love the idea of having them installed on the full elevation. There is something so homey and serene about them.
Although it’s evident that most exterior light fixtures are not new, they do have similarities to current styles of fixtures. The caged look, black iron, and even the rustic weathered appearance are all elements used in industrial, coastal or farmhouse design styles.
I loved the East Coast so much I actually came home from my vacation and started apartment searching but I think I will stay put in good ol’ Ottawa for now. and incorporate that Nova Scotia charm into some of my projects. Below, I’ve selected a few pieces from RMD Furnishings that remind me of beautiful Nova Scotia.