Week in Review (and a peek at an upcoming project!)

Friday, January 12, 2018

Hi friends!  We did it, we made it through the first week back after the holidays AND today is a snow day due to icy road conditions.  This means that the kids are home with me today, but now that they are older, I'm still able to get a good amount of work done before they start to go stir crazy!

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On today's agenda: select a paint colour for our laundry room makeover!  That's right!  I'm so excited to share that I'm partnering with Home Depot to tackle this space.  This is a project that I've been eager to work on, so I'm feeling pretty thankful to have this opportunity!

I spent the first part of the week selecting and ordering cabinets for the room.  The space is actually a laundry room & mudroom as there is access to the garage.  It's not a big room, nor is it super small.  The key will be to add storage (there aren't any cabinets at all) and to make it functional and pretty!  I'm hoping that I may even be able to add a storage system to the closet for all of the kids' gear.

I wanted to share a photo of the selections that I made earlier this week (sorry, not the best photo, I took it in-store and placed all of the items on top of a washing machine lol).  There are the cabinets (a delicious grey!) two options for counters (I'll be making that decision next month) as well as two paint colours.  I'd love to add beadboard to the lower portion of the wall, the lighter colour will go on it, and the slightly darker above.  The room is East facing and is currently a dark grey, so the paint alone will have a huge impact.  I'll also be replacing the lighting, adding hardware to the cabinets.

I will of course share a before and after post, but from now and then, I'll also share updates on instagram!

Have a great weekend, friends!


Hello, 2018! A few favourites from 2017

Monday, January 8, 2018

And here we are!  A new year, new goals, new starts.  I hope you all enjoyed the most incredible holiday and that 2018 is treating you well so far!

I have to say that though 2017 definitely threw a few unexpected curve balls, it was a great year in terms of growth, blogging and more.  I mentioned on Instagram that you learn from the good and the bad and that I'll take those lessons and I'll put them in my back pocket for 2018.

I thought it would be fun to kick off 2018 by sharing my favourite home/show from 2017 plus a few items that I loved!

Okay, I have to 100% start with Sarah Richardson's latest show, Sarah off the Grid.  I have each episode recorded and have watched the finale about a dozen times, if not more.  It's just that good!  The show aired on HGTV Canada and it truly was a joy to watch.  Not only because it was beautifully designed, but because it was a dream come true for Sarah and her family, a well deserved dream come true.  That in itself is amazing and the gratitude was so apparent.  One of my favourite lines was when Sarah's husband, Alex, said something along the lines of how they can go to the house and "just be".  Ahhh...so good.

Sarah has been my favourite designer for as long as I can remember, needless to say, having her back on HGTV Canada was the biggest gift!  I could share every photo here, because I honestly loved each and every well thought out design, but I'll just share a few.  You can see photos of the entire home here.

And if those photos aren't enough, take a look at this one that Sarah posted on her personal Instagram page from the holidays.  Just breathtaking!

Before I go, I also wanted to share links to a few items that I discovered in 2017 and absolutely loved!

I was introduced to Vancouver Candle Co towards the end of last year.  This Vancouver based company was founded and is ran by Nick Rabuchin.  I had the opportunity to test out The North candle and was completely blown away by the beautiful scent and how well the scent carried throughout the entire house.  I love everything about this company, from the product to the branding to the person and team behind the products!  You can check out the entire line here. 

I added Ole Henriksen products to my daily routine and I'm obsessed.  My favourites are the Truth Serum,  Pure Truth Activating Oil and the Fountain of Truth Facial Water (use this first, before olds, lotions, etc).

I wear my Birdie Slippers daily.  Whenever I'm in the house, they are on my feet.  So comfy and stylish too!  Can't go wrong!

If you're looking for a delicious chilli recipe, I highly recommend this one!  We've made it twice and it was absolutely amazing!

And if you're making chilli, then you'll need fresh dinner rolls.  This is another no-fail recipe!  Careful, the dough may be sticky when you take it out of the bread machine.  I like to have a bowl of flour on standby to stick my hands in if need be.

Today marks my first day of work in 2018.  I'm kicking it off on social by announcing a project that I'm crazy excited and thankful to be tackling.  You can find out what it is here.

And lastly, thank you so so much for your continued support.  It means the world to me that you take the time to check in.


Walking In A Winter Wonderland

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

You guys!  We are less than a week away from Christmas and I'm loving the build up to my favourite day of the year!  I absolutely love the week before Christmas.  Though the stores are crazy and the streets are busy, it's the excitement and the anticipation that I love.

We took some time to check out the holiday decor downtown and it was ever so lovely.  The snow was falling and it was absolutely beautiful!  I have nothing but great things to say about this stand collar coat from Talbots (they are currently having a 40% off sale!), I've gotten so much use out of it!  You can't tell, but I'm also wearing the comfiest socks, (seen here).  I've linked to my outfit at the bottom of the post (the links for the purse, scarf and chambray top are similar items as the ones I'm wearing have sold out).

I can hardly believe that this will be one of my last posts of 2017!  I will take a little break to enjoy the holidays, and look forward to bringing you a boat load of projects in the New Year (including one that I've been dying to tackle for about a year now!).

How is your holiday prep going?


Christmas Home Tour

Friday, December 8, 2017

I know I said the same thing earlier this week, but honestly, I can hardly believe that it's already time for this year's Christmas Home Tour!  This may very well have been the fastest year of my life!  It feels like it was only yesterday that we were hosting Christmas 2016!

A very big thank you to Shannon and Christina for organizing this hop!

I always look forward to participating in the Canadian Bloggers Christmas Home Tour.  It's a special time of year and such a treat to take a look at how everyone is decorating for the holidays and of course, to be inspired by their decor!  I find that I always learn something new, or get a new idea after reading the posts.

Without further ado, here is how I've decorated our home this year.  Once again, you'll find touches of pink throughout, I just can't resist adding in my favourite colour.  This year I paid a little more attention to the exterior of our house by adding a garland over the door and filling it in with some fresh greens.

When I first started decorating the house, I thought I'd go without ribbon on the staircase garland.  After a week or so, I decided to add some white ribbon and to fill in the fake garland with fresh greens.  I love the combination of fake and fresh greens.  The fresh greens will eventually dry out, but they smell amazing and look beautiful!  It's a good balance.

You'll find most of the touches of pink in our living room, it's also the room where you'll find our main tree.

We spend a lot of time in the family room which is open to the kitchen.  Last year we decided to get a smaller tree for the family room, since you can't see the one in the living room when we're sitting in here watching our favourite holiday shows.

And there you have it!  Our home decorated for Christmas 2017!

Now be sure to take a peek at the other bloggers beautifully decorated holiday homes, linked blow!

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