Remember Why You Started.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A year ago, I sat at the peninsula in our kitchen and decided that I was going to go for it.  I was going to achieve my dream of becoming an Interior Decorator.   I studied, I pushed myself, I worked hard.   Then other opportunities came up (amazing ones) that made me super happy, so I thought, perhaps Interior Decorating wasn't the answer and that blogging was.  It would be the best of both worlds!  So I blogged about interior decorating, fashion, entertaining.  I loved it!  And truthfully, I still love it!

But here I am, and I've been thinking/sitting on this for a while now......the dream of being an Interior Decorator is still strong.  Every now and then it hits me really hard, but then the feeling goes away and I continue on.  This time, I just.can'  So what I'm left with, is figuring out the puzzle, I suppose.  I love blogging, I truly do, so I don't want to quit it, at all.  But I want a little more interior decorating in my life and so my goal is to figure out the best way to combine the two, that makes me feel fulfilled.

There are a few rooms in our house that need some jazzing up.  It's time to get back on track. I'm going to get to working on them and of course, to share them with you.   But I also need a plan, otherwise, I will find myself sitting here, in the same spot in a years time, typing about the same thing.  Sometimes it really helps to put your dreams out there, then you're held somewhat accountable, right?! lol

So in a blog post, that explains the absence.  I had said earlier this year that by doing less, I will be accomplishing more.  As a blogger, you are often approached with several amazing opportunities and it can be so hard to say no.  But sometimes, saying yes, is in fact so far from the right answer.

I want to inspire you when it comes to decorating your home and I also want to inspire you when it comes to fashion.   That's what Elliven Studio is all about.  I just need to stay focused and remember why I started.

Have a lovely day, friends!


Coming Soon and Fresh Blooms

Thursday, February 26, 2015

You guys!  I'm SO excited about the coming weeks, it's not even funny!

Yesterday I photographed a tablescape that I'm working on for Leon's.  I am bursting at the seams with this little secret and can't wait to share more.  Until then, here are a few pieces that were included in the tablescape.  And remember, be sure to follow the hashtag #helloyellow on social media for lots of sneak peeks!  More to come, I promise, and soon too!

We enjoyed some a.o.k. weather this past week and took advantage by heading to the hill for some tobogganing fun.  This time, I didn't wear my snow-pants which was a big mistake.  There is no fun in standing and watching, no matter how delicious the tea is! ha!

One great thing about shooting a tablescape is the leftover florals!  And there is nothing better than having fresh flowers scattered around the house (as much as I love my faux blooms, the real deal is especially beautiful).  I love placing flowers on the kitchen counter, next to the stove:

I hope you're all enjoying a wonderful week so far and keeping warm!  These chilly temps are something else!  Come on spring!


J.Crew and Coach Fall/Winter 2015 Collections

Friday, February 20, 2015

Do you dream of attending #NYFW?  I do, so sooooo much.  Even if it's just a matter of standing outside photographing the show's attendees entering and departing the buildings.  Yes, seriously.  Now I know that that may sound crazy, but just think about who you'd see if you did just that.  Groups of talented fashion icons, celebrities, writers, bloggers and more.  It would be inspiration overload, I'm telling you!

I was pretty darn pleased when I received some gorgeous shots of the Coach and J.Crew Fall/Winter looks that were presented at #NYFW and of course, sharing them with you is the right thing to do.

Here are a few of my favourites from Coach:

The variety of sweaters and coats, so good.  Bound to keep us ladies fashionable during the cooler months, when bundling up is oh-so necessary!

I'm always so excited to see what J.Crew will be offering and this girl, who typically shies away from the colour yellow, is surprisingly excited to see this colour making a big appearance in their Fall/Winter Collection!  Have a peek:

The tassels on the shoes, the outfits that mix both casual & dressy, the sweaters, knits, tweed and flattering lines, I just love it all!

I'm slightly fearful of what my bank account is going to look like come fall! Ha!  But seriously, a round of applause to both Coach and J.Crew, well done!

You can view the entire J.Crew Women's collection here and the Coach Collection here.

So, which outfits or pieces are you loving?


Bits and Pieces

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I need to stop relying so heavily on my Instagram photos for posting here, but really, it's as good as it gets right now! ha!

Some pretty exciting things are in the works over here, I can't wait to share more, but here's a sneak peek and mega hint:

A shot taken while visiting Leon's last week.  I can't share too much now, but it's going to be fantastic and be sure to follow the hashtag #HelloYellow on Instagram and Twitter!

I've been focusing on the smaller details around here lately.  I'm super excited to have finally found some beautiful brass candlesticks.  I thrifted the two in the first image at our local thrift store and believe it or not all of the lovely pieces in the second photo are from my Mother in Law!  She had them tucked away in her basement and was happy to give them a new home!  Woohoo!

I decided to make some new pillow covers for the couch in the family room to match those that are on the chairs for a couple of reasons.  One being that I absolutely love the fabric (which you can find here at Tonic Living) and two because it helps unify the room.  This girl loves symmetry and this helps a lot!

I'm also looking for new hardware to place on the IKEA dressers that flank the fireplace in the family room.  I think I've settled on these Louis XVI style knobs (B) or the Rope-Edged.  Both in antique brass and I'm hoping to order them today.

Other happenings:

I secretly love finding little Lego figures in random places around the house.  It always makes me long as I'm not stepping on them! ha!

I bought this white peplum top from Gap a while back.  It fits differently than tops that I'd normally wear, but I absolutely love it.  Bonus, it's currently on sale!  Also loving the Brave Leather Enno Cuff!  It seriously goes with anything!

I have a huge love for plants and I may have a few too many around the house, but they make me happy.  The newest addition to our family, this beautiful variegated snake plant, just $10 at Walmart.  The planter is from HomeSense.  I love that the plant grows vertically, making it the perfect filler for the corner in the family room, allowing us to easily sneak past the couch to look out the window.

The next couple of weeks are going to be crazy, I keep saying that I hope to get back to my regular Mon, Wed & Friday posts, but here we are....mid February and still nada.  Hang in there, I'll get to my regular posts soon!

Have a lovely week!


Then There Was......A Piano.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Isn't she beautiful?!  I mean, her brass detailing is enough to make you want to love her, no?  I found her on Kijiji and you guys, she was free!  Well, truth is we ended up having to pay to move her (she was a tad heavy) but the move took only 1hr so it didn't cost too much.  Winning!

So yes, we have a piano.  She sits ever so beautifully in the living room, filling the space that has been bothering me for nearly 2 years.  So the living room re-jig continues and is nearly done, really just some styling left to do!

Also in the works, a beautiful spring tablescape (this combo is making my heart flutter...loooove it!) and I'm also searching for new hardware to place on the dressers in the family room.  Leaning towards the ring pulls, a touch of warmth and a touch of class.  Done and done.

Have a lovely weekend, friends!


Curing the Winter Blues With Pretty Spring Flowers

Monday, January 26, 2015

We're now nearing the end of January, which is typically when the winter "blahs" start to kick in.  One of my favourite ways to add a dose of sunshine to our home is by placing bunches and plantings of spring flowers in a few rooms!

If you're on Instagram, chances are that you've been seeing a slew of images of gorgeous paperwhites, crocuses, amaryllises, tulips and maybe even daffodils.  Truth be told, I can't get enough!  

This is the one time of the year that I don't hold back on splurging on flowers because they really do brighten my day!  And to be honest, I find them to be a wee bit more affordable, especially tulips!  You can find bunches for under $5!

Cut flowers are a quick and easy go-to, and as long as you buy a bunch where the flowers are still somewhat close, they should last you about a week, if not longer.   To extend the life of your flowers, be sure to change the water frequently and to cut the ends of the flowers on an angle, this allows them to drink up more water!

Another option is to go for bulbs.  You can find them pre-planted or by the package (which you will have to plant on your own) at Walmart, HomeDepot, garden centers and sometimes even your local grocery store.  Keep an eye out!  The best part, you can store your bulbs once the flowers have died off and plant them in your garden!

Do you find that spring flowers help get rid of the winter blues?  Which ones do you typically decorate with this time of year?  We have some paperwhites and crocuses right now, and I'm planning on picking up some tulips (if I can find some) later today!


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