Photo by @lee_kristine
Last October, when lifestyle blogger Kristine Lee and her family moved into their new home in Victoria, BC, they set an important intention: Make sure everything they unpacked was something they loved, and had meaning. “We’re not minimalists, but we wanted each item to have its place and its value,” says Kristine, who shares her passion for calming, nature-inspired design on her IG feed,
This summer, Kristine, her husband, and their two adorable daughters are making the most of that decision and savoring their time together as a family at home—chopping berries for pancake breakfasts, embracing the joy of matching mother-daughter
How have you found yourself taking pleasure in new routines, or giving new life to old ones lately?
We make a lot of berry smoothies here—strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries are our favorites—and I’ve been learning about the proper way to clean berries. One is to let them sit in vinegar and water and then drain and dry them really well. This
Besides all the berry smoothies, have you been spending more time cooking together?
Yes, in the morning, the girls have been making pancakes and French toast with their Dad. It’s so cute—they love learning to cook when it’s a meal they’re interested in! This pale wood
What’s your approach to putting together an outfit these days?
For myself and my girls, it’s all about being comfortable, but with some level of sophistication. I always invest in a couple of key items each season and focus on quality over quantity. These
Speaking of your daughter Lauren, tell me about the pillows you selected for her room as part of
When we moved into our home, we painted everything white, knowing we’d be adding artwork and showing personality on the walls in other ways. Now, we’re creating a special area in Lauren’s bedroom, and these
How would you describe your design aesthetic?
Much like my personal style, my home aesthetic is classic and traditional. I tend to stick to neutral, calming tones, and I love natural elements like marble, oak, and wood. The fact that the
What would you perform if there were a talent show tomorrow?
Oh, not me! Could I nominate my kids instead? They both play the violin.
What skill do you most want to master?
We’re getting really into our garden this year, and I want to learn more about flowers and proper plant care for each season.
If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
A duck! Their feet swim hard underwater, but they’re floating across life on top. I’m always trying to find the right balance of calm and busy.
Photographs courtesy of @lee_kristine.
Sharon Steel is a writer and editor living in New York City. Her heroes are Jane Austen, Carson McCullers, Lindsay Weir, Shirley Jackson, Lillian Ross, and the renegade crew of the spaceship Serenity. Read more of her work at sharoncsteel.com.