Leaning Art

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I'm a pretty big fan of leaning art, simply because it allows me to easily switch up the decor in our house.  I find it to be a great way to decorate a space or corner without having to patch holes or move nails/hooks around when you are ready for a change.

Layering pieces, one in front of another allows you to play with height and depth.

We added an IKEA shelf to kiddo 2's room, so it's a designated spot for art (or books), whereas in the rest of the house, I prefer to place the art on dressers, consoles or even the kitchen counter

All art doesn't have to be hung on the wall!



Switching It Up

Monday, August 22, 2016

Yesterday was a rainy day, so I snuck away for a bit to sew some new pillow covers for our master bedroom.  This room will be getting a long over due makeover in the coming weeks, which we are pretty darn excited about!

I ordered both the pink velvet (which is absolutely delicious!) and patterned grey fabric from Tonic Living.  If you're not wanting to sew the covers yourself, you can order them pre-made from Tonic Living as well!  I've had my eye on that pink velvet for what feels like forever, it's honestly so incredible!

If you're considering sewing your own pillow covers, I say go for it!  I like this tutorial for zippered pillows.

Have a great week, friends!


Roasted Marshmallows

Monday, August 15, 2016

We are back to work this week after a couple weeks of summer holidays.  It was a great break, but I have to admit that it went by way too fast.  It's hard to believe that summer break is more than half over!

By no means am I trying to rush the remainder of the summer break away, but the reality is that we need to slowly start focusing on back to school prep, which also means, back to a regular blogging schedule.  BlogPodium 2016 is fast approaching and I can't wait to attend this year's conference!  With new highlights and new faces, it will certainly be a jammed packed day!  Can't wait!

This past weekend, we threw some briquettes in the chiminea and roasted ourselves some marshmallows followed by hot dogs.  Not a bad way to end the weekend!   You can also see a bit of our new lower deck and the fantastic Catalina chairs from Canadian Tire's CANVAS Collection!  I'm heading back there today to look for a coffee table and a few accessories, can't wait to share the entire space with you!

Cheers to Monday, friends!

Try, Try Again!

Friday, August 12, 2016

It's been on heck of a summer weather wise!  With temps rising above 30C almost everyday, we have been able to get out and about!

Our favourite place to be is of course, the beach.  We had a fantastic day there yesterday.  The best part was after nearly 2hrs of trying, kiddo 3 learned how to swim like a little fish.  He's been taking lessons for a while now, but just couldn't get the hang of it, until yesterday when everything just connected.  I will remember that day forever!

If you're following along on Instagram then you've seen sneak peeks of our new deck!  We have been wanting to add a lower tier for a few years now, and after a couple of days of hard work, hubs, his dad and the kiddos make it happen!  Can't wait to share the entire reveal!

Have a fantastic weekend!


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!


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