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?


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