Grandma's China Collection

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Last weekend I was scrolling through photos on Instagram when I came across this photo in Jillian Harris' feed (if you aren't already following Jillian on social media, stop reading and go do that right now!), and immediately had an aha moment!

So while sipping my coffee and still in my pjs, I got to moving Grandma's china set from a corner cabinet in our kitchen to the glass front cabinets above the new workspace.

We typically only use these dishes for holiday dinners or special gatherings.  But those dinners are something that I'm so fond of.  The family together, everyone sitting around the table and the delicious food.  Seeing the dishes stacked up in the cupboards reminds me of those moments.

My original plan was to have only white dishes in these cabinets and I moved ahead with that plan, but quickly realized that it just wasn't going to work for me.   Of course, I want our home to look great when it comes to the decorating, but I also want it to feel cozy and comfy.  So then I started to add tea sets and loved the pop of colour.  That addition of Grandma's china set was exactly what these cabinets needed.

I'm just such a huge fan of inherited pieces, pieces that tell a story and that have been passed down from family members.

We have yet to replace the shelves with glass ones and I still need to fill the holes, but so far I'm thrilled with how this space is coming together!


5 Ways to Add Pink to Your Decor

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of the colour pink.  I've loved it for as long as I can remember.  Pink and grey together = even better.  Honestly, it's been a colour that I've been drawn to for years.  I think pink screams happiness, effectively brightens up and breaths life into a space and all in all, it's just a colour that I don't see myself removing from our home (or my wardrobe) anytime soon!

So here are a few ways that I love to incorporate or add pink to our home:

1- Rugs

2- Accents/Accessories

3- Pillows

4- Art

5- Flowers

Books and dishes (on display) can also add a fun touch of pink to a space!  So tell me, are you a fan of pink?


Weekend Recap

Monday, July 18, 2016

I'm still trying to find a good balance of work and play during summer break.  It's pretty hard to resist the temptation of kicking your feet up and hanging out with the kids outside all day!

I don't work at my desk as regularly during the summer months.  I find myself working in either the kitchen, or in the dining room or living room.  I'm probably in my office once or twice a week during the summer!  But it works, so no complaining!

Last weekend we made it out to the beach, our favourite spot!  A few hours at the beach can do wonders!

current favourite beach/summer dress - Roxy purchased from Sportchek (currently on sale!)

Today it's back to reality, as we head into a busy week.  But part of me is already counting down to when we once again find ourselves in the backyard sipping on lemonade and playing a game of badminton!

Hope you all enjoyed a fantastic weekend!


Decorating With Inherited Pieces & Thrifted Finds

Monday, July 11, 2016

You all know that I'm a huge fan of incorporating vintage pieces and thrifted finds into my decor.  So of course, I had to do just that when it came time to decorate kiddo 2's bedroom!  I think there's nothing better than a great mix of styles to bring personality into a room, and to keep a room from feeling too "stuffy".

This stunning red table used to belong to my husband's parents and his grandparents before that!  It makes for the perfect desk and the colour is absolutely fantastic, especially since kiddo 2 requested a colour palette of red & black!

The fantastic wooden bin beneath the table was a thrifted find (thanks to my MIL!).  It's actually supposed to be a plant box, but instead, we're using it as a garbage can.  I simply slipped a small plastic garbage can into the box!

To see more of this corner of kiddo 2's room and to read my tips on how to incorporate vintage and thrifted finds into your decor, head on over to the Hello Yellow blog!  And don't forget to check out the 90 page, Hello Sunshine digital Lookbook!  It's full of fantastic inspiration for your home!

Are you a fan of vintage or thrifted finds?


Down River

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A few weeks ago, the kids took part in their very first fishing derby (we bought all of their gear at Canadian Tire ).  To be quite honest, it was only their second time ever fishing!  I have fond memories of fishing when I was kid.  I loved it and still do.  I find it rather peaceful and I'm thrilled that the kids enjoy casting rods just as much as we do.

We trekked down to the river last weekend and stood in the water for a few hours casting and casting again.  The water kept us nice and cool and the kids did a great job.  I have a feeling that we'll be spending much of our summer break right here!


The Airshow

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

We decided to take a trip to the airshow on the weekend.  We haven't been to an airshow in years and with the boys loving planes, we figured it would be a fantastic way to spend the day!

The static display was fantastic!  There were so many planes and helicopters to tour that the kids didn't know where to start!  We enjoyed some delicious food (poutine!!) and sat back to watch the flying.  Goodness some of those planes were awesome!  I was super impressed by how much the kids knew about planes (and that they weren't completely distracted by the bouncy castles!).

Though the temps were rather high, we managed to make it through to the end of the show with smiles on our faces!  The kids didn't realize just how much fun it would be to attend.  I'd say it was a successful day!


Summer Home Tour

Monday, June 27, 2016

It's been quite some time since I shared a home tour!  I'm excited to take part in the Canadian Bloggers Home Tour - The Summer Edition!

If this is your first time visiting, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by!  Be sure to check out the other amazing tours, links are at the bottom of the page!  And take a peek at the hashtag #CDHomeTour on Instagram too!

The family room and kitchen recently received some updates.  A new rug for the family room and then I updated the chairs in the kitchen and of course, we welcomed the recently installed workstation (which I loooooove).

The living room is pretty much our sanctuary.  It's where we go when we need a little quiet time or want to relax.

My office is tucked away upstairs.  I love having my desk under the window.



And that's the tour!  Thank you so much for stopping by and be sure to check out the other amazing homes below!



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