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!


How Did I Miss That & A Fabulous Book by Erin Gates

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

So the Golden Globes were this past weekend and like many, I totally enjoyed watching the red carpet arrivals and laughed my butt off at everything that Tina and Amy said.  The next day again, like many, I read people's recaps and that's when it happened.  I spotted this picture of Gwyneth Paltrow prepping to leave for the award show.  She looked ever so lovely but what really caught my attention was her house!  My goodness!  That settee, those floors, the width of the entryway.  I.could.go.on.  So of course I then took the time to find out and see more of the house and that's when I discovered that the house was not only featured FOUR YEARS AGO but that I've pinned many of the rooms on Pinterest!  Facepalm.

Though there are a few rooms that I could do without, I am over the moon in love with all of the spaces designed by Windsor Smith.  The entry, family room and kitchen (seen below).  I don't only love the design, but I love how she imagined the room to be used by the future owners.


Also, I finally ordered Erin Gates' inspiring book, Elements of Style.

I know, what took so long, right?!  Have you picked up a copy?  I knew that she was a talent and a half and I knew that I loved her style of writing, but I didn't realize just how much I would love this book!  It had me laughing out loud, made me think and brought on a few "a-ha" moments.  Her honesty is so appreciated and the spaces she designed, so gorgeous.  I loved hearing her stories about living through a reno, her lessons learned (some the hard way) over the years and the chance to see things as she sees them.  And the fact that she dreamt of being a grocery store cashier when she was a kid, something that I also dreamt of (it's the buttons on the cash register, there's just something about them!), I mean honestly, she's too cool for school!

I really enjoyed the book and if you read the comments on my Instagram photo (seen above) I'm not the only one!  I read the book front to back in one sitting.  Now that's love!

I hope you're having a fab week so far and that you're staying warm.  It's cold out there!


Well Hello There!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Yes, I'm here.  Yes, I'm alive and yes, everything is just fine.  You see, I'm pretty certain that life kicked me in the butt over the holidays and I'm still trying to recover.  Ha! #truth

A brutal eye infection (in both eyes) that started two days before Christmas and is still trying to fight me to the end and that chose to include my sinuses along with it, plus a couple of other hiccups left us with a super crazy, super emotional and super exhausting holiday.  Well, more for myself and hubs.  The kids had a wonderful holiday despite having parents who were pretty much taking in coffee via IV.  So in the end, if you look at it from the kid's perspective, the holidays were super awesome.  Yay!

But seriously, I'm just trying to catch my breath, which explains the absence.

That being said, you guys, I'm really excited for this year.  If you're following me on Instagram then you've seen/read that I'm planning on doing less this year, but that's a good thing!  Because by doing less, I will be accomplishing more.  I have some fun collabs in the work (I know, such a blogger thing to say, but it's true!), some great ideas that I am going to push myself to go for.  But I'm also going to push myself to no longer settle, to go for what I really want.  I'm learning how important this is in your overall health and happiness.  The littlest things can have a huge ripple effect and it's important to realize that with every decision that you make.

This will be be about quality not quantity, it's always really been that way with me, but I can be very lazy when it comes to blogging and that needs to change.

Anyhow, with that said, a quick recap of the past couple of weeks, totally relying on Instagram photos for this one!

First up, the living room.  It's going to see some changes.  We brought up a console table from the basement, the chairs and couch switched spots and I am currently sourcing a few new pieces to go in the room.  I'm embracing wood this year, I'm yearning for the warmth that it brings to a room, hence the addition of the console table.  You'll see the addition of wooden elements throughout our home, it's comforting to me, I like this idea a lot.  Bringing it back after banishing it for several years.

Ummm, this layered look is a favourite.  The delicate fabric beneath a cozy sweater.....and bring on the marshmallows.  mmmmmm

One of my favourite things to do is to peruse the home decor book section at Chapters.  There's something so beautiful about this aisle and I will forever dream of owning every book you see here and more.  Like a kid in a candy store.

Speaking of Chapters, this faux fur hat....I've wanted one forever and it was on I nabbed it and have zero regrets.  Let's go on a snowy adventure you say?! Sure, just let me grab my Faux-Fur Trapper Hat! lalalalala

A trip to Target and HomeSense never disappoints.  I've wanted these tea towels forever, so thrilled to have finally found some.  The gold little jar, well, it was on clearance and was a no brainer.  Small accessories are the perfect finishing piece to any styling project.  And it's pretty.  And it's gold.

Another great gold piece, a gold votive holder from...wait for it....Walmart!  Yes, run to your nearest location!

This is one of my all time favourite spaces.  Designed by the talented Alexa Hampton.  I love it all.  The chairs, the curtains, the bookcase.  It's fabulous and more photos of this space and of her projects can be found in her book, Decorating in Detail.

Lately it's been colder than cold here.  I don't particularly mind winter, but these extremely cold temps aren't fun in any which way....they call for super cosy attire & accessories.

I have a feeling that January will be a very quiet month here, but it's all in prep for a better year of blogging.  Follow along via Instagram & Twitter if you need to see a little more of me ;)

Have a lovely weekend you gorgeous people!


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