Summer in Nova Scotia is always bursting with lovely shades of purple. Whether it’s the heady scent of a lilac bush gracing an old property, the lupins blowing in the gentle summer breezes or the buzz of the bees amongst the rows of lavender, purple is the ‘in’ colour. Even Pantone agrees with the flowers of a Nova Scotia summer, since they named Ultra Violet the Colour of the Year for 2018.

These soft, flowery shades are easy to introduce into your home. They are lovely against whites and creams, for a light, airy summer feel or even with deeper shades like chocolatey browns or rich navy. Pair them with the warm tones of brass or gold metals for an opulent look.

And you can never go wrong by adding some pretty florals into your home. Unfortunately we can’t keep the blooms all year so pop some colour into your décor with a floral painting and keep the flowers close to your heart with a petal locket.


LEE JOFA FABRIC: Costandi Designs or wherever Lee Jofa fabrics are sold
ROBERT ALLEN FABRIC: Costandi Designs or whereve Robert Allen fabrics are sold
BENJAMIN MOORE PAINT: Chase’s Colour Centre or wherever Benjamin Moore is sold



LUPIN PAINTING: by Carolyn Vienneau



PETAL LOCKET: Marshdale Farms

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Lori Byrne
Summertime for me means dinners in the open air, road trips with the family around our great province and lots of bonfires swatting at the bugs. But the best is time on the beaches of the North Shore, so plentiful, all so pretty and within an easy drive. Hollett’s cottage turned full-time residence speaks to the draw of the ocean along our pretty coastline and it was a pleasure to sit down and chat with them about their unique home.