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GET A ROOM: 5 Boutique Hotels in Ontario

I love to travel. Being in a new place, experiencing new surroundings, culture + people feeds my soul!

And part of the experience of going somewhere new, is where you stay. I love to put in a little extra work to find hotels that are remarkable and unique. Hotels with character and stories and interesting & thoughtful design. I may, or may not pick hotels based on their furniture..;)! But really.. When I am going somewhere, I like to put in some research time to find the hidden gems wherever we’re travelling.

For example, when we went to Prague last year we stayed here, and it was AMAZING. Hotel Sax is a Vintage Design Hotel FILLED with incredible decor from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s. It was like hopping in a time machine. Our room was so interesting with crazy orange patterns allover the walls. Our bathtub was massive with floor to ceiling RED tiles and all the hallways were layered with art and hanging installations.

(We meaning myself and my incredible boyfriend Bo who I’ve been dating for over ten years. I know. So far we’re at 7 countries together!)

I could have easily picked one of the first hotels to show up on Trip Advisor, but instead I spent time digging. And it was worth every Google search!

I am big on experiences. At the end of the day, I would rather save a couple extra bucks by not going out every single weekend, or pass on the expensive designer handbag to have $ for travelling zee world.

Splurge on experiences not things! Shop vintage + go travel people!

There’s a few boutique hotels in Ontario that I am DYING to stay at. As soon as I’ve checked them out I’ll be sure to share my experience, but for now, here’s my dream list!

  1. The Drake Hotel

GET A ROOM: The Drake Hotel

GET A ROOM: The Drake Hotel

Whether you’re looking for a cozy crash pad or an XL suite, you can be sure to find something packed with personality, art, and heaps of character at The Drake Hotel. Every centimetre of The Drake has been thoughtfully designed from floor to ceiling. It’s pretty much a vintage furniture lover’s dream come true. (aka mine). Throughout all of the Drake properties (yes, there’s more!!).. you’ll find hints of natural materials like wood, cork, metals & leather. (The light fixtures in the bar are fantastic- I’ll have to grab a photo during my next visit.) With a mishmash of contemporary pieces and antiques, the Drake is unique in every way. You could say, a perfect blend of modern, timeless and vintage.

I dig the throwback vibes – and with award winning cocktails (I tried a “Zombie” during my last stay), yummy eats, events, art exhibits and more, I think that The Drake Hotel is definitely worth adding to the bucket list!  See the rooms & sleep with Drake here.

GET A ROOM: The Drake Hotel
Incredible Mural in the Sky Yard at the Drake Hotel by artist Luke Ramsey

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2. The Drake Devonshire

GET A ROOM: The Drake Devonshire

GET A ROOM: The Drake Devonshire

GET A ROOM: The Drake Devonshire

Surprise Surprise, it’s The Drake again. I would get married to the Drake Devonshire. But seriously, I think I hyperventilated the first time I laid eyes on this miracle of a hotel (I might actually pass out when I finally stay here..). Every room at the Drake Devonshire has been meticulously designed mixed with custom furniture, artwork, antiques, nature and vintage pieces. Everything that I love. There are permanent art collections & rotating exhibits alongside specially commissioned local and international artist pieces that enhance the Devonshire experience both indoors and out. Like this jaw dropping installation by Kirsten Hassenfeld. 

GET A ROOM: The Drake Devonshire

This is a hotel you could visit hundreds of times and you would encounter new rich experiences each and every time.

Excuse me while I redecorate my entire house. This looks like a great place to spend Valentine’s Day.. ahem…Bo. 

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3. Hotel Ocho

GET A ROOM: Hotel Ocho

GET A ROOM: Hotel Ocho

Bo and I stayed at Hotel Ocho last year for Valentine’s Day. We were on the hunt for a cute boutique hotel that didn’t come with an impractical price tag. (I believe our stay was around $110 for the night, not bad at all!) It’s a very cute hotel with lots of great architectural interest.. steel windowsills, original floor wood paneling & exposed brick. Built in 1986, the building was once a cigar, and a textile factory.

I particularly liked the mid-century tables & chairs in the dining room, it reminded me of our trip to Amsterdam. With only 12 rooms, the service was great! Another great aspect of this hotel is their support of local artists. In the dining/common area local artists work is featured on the walls. It was a cozy loft-like retreat in the heart of the city. I plan to visit again!

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4. Lynne Knowlton’s Treehouse/Airstream

GET A ROOM: Lynne Knowlton's Treehouse

GET A ROOM: Lynne Knowlton's Treehouse

GET A ROOM: Lynne Knowlton's Treehouse

Okay, but seriously HOW CUTE IS THIS TREEHOUSE?! What child hasn’t dreamed of heading outside with all their blankets and their flashlight to stay in a treehouse? Actually, one time.. when I was probably 13.. I ALMOST spent an entire night with one of my girlfriends sleeping in a empty chicken coop that I had deemed to be my fort. (Like, a real chicken coop. Where chickens used to live…laugh cry emoji.) We cleaned it.. and painted it..the only appropriate thing left to do was sleep in it… obviously MOM. Well, we did.. for like, three hours. Until the smells, the spiders, the scary country noises and giant hornet nest spooked us back inside to safety.

I have a feeling Lynne’s impeccably designed treehouse might be the treehouse I’ve always dreamed of.. sans old chicken feed.

I had the pleasure of working with Lynne last year on a project for Leon’s , through that relationship I found out about her lovely treehouse that she rents out during the warmer months. It. is. stunning. What is really funny that I didn’t know is that the treehouse is actually near my home town of Walkerton.. Small world! The cabin is nestled into 100 acres with hammocks, a pool and so much fresh air!

And FURTHER to that- Lynne just recently also got an Air Stream. Before she got it, I actually didn’t even know what an Air Stream was. It’s basically a trailer that she’s completely gutted and renovated into a mini-paradise on wheels!

GET A ROOM: Lynne Knowlton's Airstream

GET A ROOM: Lynne Knowlton's Airstream

GET A ROOM: Lynne Knowlton's Airstream

Check out this awesome video from Jon Simo’s stay in the airstream. Press Play!

PRESS PLAY 👆🏻 A silver bullet under the stars // #airstream #timelapsephotography

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5. The Gladstone Hotel

GET A ROOM: The Gladstone Hotel

GET A ROOM: The Gladstone Hotel

GET A ROOM: The Gladstone Hotel

Ahh, the Gladstone Hotel. Last in this post, but certainly not least. I have spent lots of time at the Gladstone.. Checking out art galleries and taking advantage of their creative Get School’d workshops. The Gladstone Hotel is internationally recognized as Canada’s favourite boutique art hotel. Supporting 37 artist designed hotel rooms,  over 70 art exhibitions a year, 4 diverse event venue spaces and 2 restaurants…Gladstone has got it GOING ON. I would love to stay in each and every one of those incredibly curated and designed artist rooms!

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That’s it folks- 5 boutique hotels in Ontario on my hit list! Have you got any secret gems to share? Comment below! If you stay at one of these hotels I would love to hear about it. Thanks for reading!

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Art + Creativity, Screen Grabbed

Screen Grabbed: The Series/ VOL 1

I.. Autumn Hachey.. have a screen grabbing addiction.

I’m not proud of it, but if you have a cool photo on Instagram, chances are.. I’ve got it in my camera roll. There are two things I really love about Instagram. 1.. Saving your photos for me to upload to my computer ..to get lost in the giant sea of other screen grabbed images, that ultimately serve no purpose because I am far too lazy to organize them. And 2. Tagging my friends/being tagged in the most obnoxious memes and posts that are very questionable, and if there were ever an Ashley Madison leak on my Instagram tagging behaviour, ya’ll would be exposed to some realness.

BTW, my friend Katie made a GREAT point to me the other day. Imagine if your phone could automatically sort your screen grabs for you? That would be nice. Or if Instagram just adopted Pinterest super-powers..

Anyways, I usually screen grab photos that inspire me, so instead of hogging them to myself I’m going to share them with you, in my new series: Screen Grabbed. 

 

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Follow these awesome feeds!

1: @mariabrito_ny | 2: @younggoldteeth | 3: @klosaintjames | 4: @charlottelovely | 5: @sophlog | 6: @jealouscurator | 7: @poketo  | 8: @maxwanger | 9: @uglyybaby | 10: @artcrasher

Stay tuned for Volume 2.. happening as soon as I get the energy to dump my phone each month!

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Art + Creativity, Creative Endeavours

Camille Walala Art Inspired Pumpkins +++ The Curators Bible

*** This post is from October, hence, the pumpkin painting. I am still loving pattern though ;)!

Every now and then I become totally obsessed with something. Currently.. that something is pattern, and LOTS OF IT. Pattern in design, pattern in clothes, pattern in art, pattern on my phone case, pattern on my nails, pattern on my face.. Okay.. not my face. You get the point. I’m going through a pattern phase and I hope it never ends. //Side note, I once went through a pretty real galaxy phase. Galaxy art, galaxy phone, galaxy pants , galaxy DIY vests, galaxy boots, galaxy jewellery. I get into shit.

By the way, Space is still awesome. I went to see Joe Rogan’s stand up once and he brought up the most interesting point ever. If we all lived underground and there was only one place on the Earth where you could go and stand and look up at Space.. people would travel far and wide and pay tonnes of money to go to this place and stare at the stars. SPACE IS CRAZY PEOPLE. LOOK UP. WHAT ARE WE?

And now, I just want to bask in some colourful squiggly lines.

I’m REALLY loving 90’s patterns, COLOUR and lots of geometric shapes (Ha! Yeah you heard right Mrs. Cote.. I love geometry now).. I recently discovered a London based artist named Camille Walala, aka.. my biggest design crush at the moment. *HEART EYES* I found her one afternoon while paroosing Pinterest, one of my favourite pastimes.

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Her design style is called Tribal Pop. Immediately upon discovering Camille I stalked her Instagram, naturally. And I found these AMAZING PHONE CASES.  #YES. I bought one and got it home and cradled it like a baby. Then I got inspired…My friend Kelly runs a WICKED art blog called The Curator’s Bible– basically a resource for everything ART. Her site is dedicated to the movers & shakers of the creative world. She talks about artists, galleries, photography, sculptures, installations, basically all of the best things in life. We had already been discussing painting pumpkins, ART ATTACK old school style. So, we married my current love affair with Camille to our first instalment of #ArtAttackWednesday, and there you have it. Camille Walala Inspired Art Pumpkins!

TA DA!

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I also painted the Camille inspired paintings behind the pumpkins, because I mean come on- you gotta go all in when you’re doing art inspired pumpkin painting. And since I couldn’t paint an installation for these babies, these little canvas paintings will have to do. But if anyone wants to volunteer a room in their house for me to live out my newly discovered installation painting dreams, you know where to find me 😉

This one was my favourite ✔️@camillewalala @curatorsbible #TheCuratorsBible #thecreatorclass #artpumpkin #DIY #DIYpumpkin #art #artblog #halloween #buzzfeed #ArtAttackWednesday #jointheclass #creatorclass #HappyHalloween #lifestyleblog
This one was my favourite!

Thanks for being creative as f&*$ Camille.

Autumn