Teen Boy Bedroom Makeover

Monday, September 17, 2018

Our eldest son has requested a room refresh and I totally don't blame him...it's been a few years since we've touched his room.  Since we originally decorated his room (holy smokes, I should revisit the photography lol), he's gotten a bigger bed, which means the bedding has changed as well.  Otherwise, not much is new....the stripes are still there, other than the bed, the furniture is the same.  To be honest, the only new piece of furniture that he "needs" would be a desk.  Something a little sturdier and something that most definitely has drawers/storage.

We ended up moving furniture and art around, and we purged to get rid of clutter.  His room has a new "feel" and so our job is done....for now lol.

As much as I would love to start from scratch, (I mean, I'm pretty smitten with how little J's room turned out) that's not happening right now, so instead, I've created a moodboard! lol

I've always loved metal bed frames, though I have to be honest, an upholstered headboard would probably be ideal for our guy because he enjoys watching movies in bed, so that would give him something cozy to lean up against....or you could just stack some pillows behind your back lol

I fall hard for pennants, I think they are such a great piece to add to walls in kids' rooms and love how they give a bit of a nod to vintage design.  So I said that he pretty much only needs a new desk, but reality is that a new (much cozier) desk chair would be amazing too.

I realize now that a low and wide dresser would have been a better option for his room.  One, it would give him more space to display items (on the top, more surface space) and two, it wouldn't break up your line of sight, which would make the room feel bigger.  Perhaps we'll swap the position of his desk and his dresser to see if that helps.

I feel that one thing we all can agree on is that kids don't particularly enjoy putting away their clothes, especially when they are dirty.  A super cool hamper that can be left where the kids can easily chuck their dirty clothes into it is a win as far as I'm concerned!  Same goes with the garbage bin, a woven basket is perfect for this, just line it with a garbage bag and you're good to go!

Are you working on your kiddo's room at the moment?


Friday Favourites

Friday, September 14, 2018

Well last week was ugly, in terms of how we felt by the time that Friday rolled around, but I'm happy to report that we are back on track and the early mornings were no match for us this week!  Whoop!

Monday was a rather chilly day, it totally felt like fall and I secretly loved it!  But the higher temps are welcomed as the kids have baseball tryouts and well, no one wants to play baseball in the cold!
Have a fantastic weekend, friends!


Art For Your Home

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

It's gotten to the point that I actually have artwork stored in a room in our basement so that I can easily swap out pieces every now and then.  Artwork is like an accessory to your space, it fills negative space on the walls and gives rooms a little dose of personality.  A simple switch up every now and then can make a room feel refreshed.

I typically lean towards florals, vintage themed or abstract pieces for our walls and of course, the colour pink tends to always get the winning vote!  I've been known to search for pieces at HomeSense, Anewall, EtsyMinted and at thrift/antique stores.

I still love the idea of a well curated gallery wall and I also tend to stack pieces, one above the other (as seen in the first image).

I'll be sharing several artwork themed posts in the future, because there are truly so many incredible pieces available.  I could share a post every day and never run out of options!

Here's today's round up:

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Some tips:

  • Don't hang your artwork too high!  A general rule of thumb is to place the centre of the piece at 57"-60" above the ground (approximately eye level)
  • When hanging pieces above or beside one another, space them around 2"- 4" apart (you can go up to 5"-6" if it's a long wall, I personally prefer for pieces to be closer together than further apart)
  • Artwork above a sofa is typically placed too high and needs to be proportionate to the sofa.  You can definitely hang more than one piece, but it shouldn't be any smaller than 2/3 the width of the sofa and no higher than approx 8" above the top of the sofa back
  • When creating a gallery wall, you can go with all of the same frames (or same coloured frames) for a cohesive feel, or mix all of the frames up for more of an organic look
  • Before hanging your artwork, you can use a paper template to ensure that you've selected the proper height and positioning (this is especially wise if you're hanging a gallery wall)
  • It always helps to take a step back and look at the piece on the wall, so ask a friend or family member to hold the piece of art in your chosen location, at the selected height, before installing nails
  • A fun thing about gallery walls is that you can easily swap out any framed prints if you choose a common size frame, easy peasy and something to consider
  • Don't be afraid to lean artwork against the wall, be it on the floor or on a dresser, I've always loved this option for displaying artwork!
What type of artwork do you typically gravitate towards?


Tops With Beautiful Sleeves

Monday, September 10, 2018

Flutter sleeve, bell sleeve, pleated sleeve or even puffed sleeve (hello fellow Anne of Green Gables fans! lol), I will forever fall for a top that has a great sleeve!

I'd say that the primary reason that I love these style of tops is because I'm typically pairing them with jeans.   A top similar to the one above, or one of those in the round-up below, can immediately dress up a pair of jeans and that is totally my style!  I love to be fashionable, but comfortable too, these tops allow you to achieve both!
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What style of tops do you typically gravitate towards?


Friday Favourites

Friday, September 7, 2018

You guys!  We survived the first week of back to school!  That deserves a good ol' holla!

Now that baseball season is over, we are no longer travelling to and from games all weekend.  We have zero after school activities, which means life has gone from fast and furious to max relax!  We are loving it, but looking forward to the upcoming football & basketball seasons.

Links from this past week:

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!


A Traditional Living Room With Hits of Emerald

Thursday, September 6, 2018

This week's moodboard may have very well have me wanting to switch things up around here!  I am having so much fun putting these boards together, I hope you're enjoying them just as much as me!  I've compiled the moodboards in one spot, so that they are easy to find.  You'll see the "moodboard" tab at the top of the page, or you can click here.

Flanking a sofa with a floor lamp and a table lamp is a great way to mix things up.  However, if you're a fan of symmetry, you may not be as keen about this look.  I find that it gives the room a less formal feel.

These chairs are perfect for a living room.  When considering chairs for a space, really take the time too think about how the room will be used.  If you'll be watching a lot of tv, something with a little more "give" may be preferred.  I love these chairs for reading a book or chatting after a delicious meal.

The sofa style is classic and the narrow feet have beautiful and clean lines.  The side tables believe it or not are perfect for indoor or outdoor.  The colour in the room comes from the faux orchid and the pillows, otherwise it gives a big nod to neutral.  There is a touch of blue in the rug as well.  

If you wanted this room to have a bit more of a "softer" feel you could swap out the artwork for something like this.

Not a big fan of emerald?  You can see this exact space with navy pillows here (just scroll down).


7 Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizers That I've Tried

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

I can totally remember when I was in my late twenties or maybe it was my early thirties when I was having my make up done for a wedding and the make up artist asked me which face moisturizer I used.  I told her the name of it, which was an inexpensive moisturizer from the grocery store and she told me how important it was to invest in a good face cream.  I politely accepted her suggestion but really I was thinking to myself "who on earth can afford to spend that kind of money on moisturizer, so silly".  No thanks...

Fast forward a few years, when the lines start to slowly creep in and you think back to that moment when you were sure you'd never be "that person" and all of a sudden your top google search is "anti-wrinkle moisturizers". ha!  Of course....I'm pretty certain that the make up artist called this one years ago!

I will be the first to admit that it's an investment and one that I wasn't so sure about in the beginning.  But I took the leap and gave one a try and immediately "got it".  I can also admit that it does pain me to spend that kind of money on a jar of moisturizer (the size of an apple lol), but good heavens does it ever make a difference in how I feel and look, so to me, it's worth it.

I've tried a few different types over the years and today I'm sharing my thoughts on each:

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1- Estée Lauder Advanced Time Zone was a purchase I made after I had tried Philosophy's Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker cream.  Truth be told, I was looking for a great deal at Winners when I stumbled upon this moisturizer, so I gave it a try after reading the amazing reviews.  I was absolutely shocked by how well this moisturizer worked and loved that it has SPF 15.  Not only did it do a great job with creases/lines, but it also gave my skin an amazing glow, so glad I gave it a try!  It is a higher price point.

2- Shiseido was another purchase I made when there was a great sale happening.  This moisturizer is also on the higher price point, but again, it's that old saying...you get what you paid for.  This lotion is thicker than that of the Estée Lauder, and didn't leave my skin with the same "glow" as the EL brand, but it certainly leaves my skin hydrated.

3- I have to say that I hadn't heard of this brand before (but how great is the branding?!), the reason I gave it a try was because I had received a sample when I made a purchase at Sephora.  First off, this stuff smells amazing!  It has an interesting texture, slightly goopy.  I used it at night and loved it!  It went on brilliantly and was a great combo with the Estee Lauder Advanced Time Zone.

4- This was the first moisturizer that I purchased that cost more than $20 and the one that made me understand exactly why it's a good investment.   The only thing I didn't like was that it didn't always offer enough hydration for my skin, so I would have a few dry patches here and there, but I'd just apply more as needed.  I realized soon after that the anti-wrinkle miracle worker was what I was really after!  aka this is not meant to help with the "signs of aging".

5- This moisturizer made me realize that a facial moisturizer could truly help reduce the visibility of wrinkles.  It wasn't anything substantial, but it certainly soften the lines.  Again, I used this one along with the night cream (6) and I found the two together to be a wonderful thing.

6- I had tried two versions of this moisturizer and much preferred the one that came with the beads that you mix into the lotion.  I'm not sure if they still offer that option or not, but if you can find it, I'd buy it over the regular version.  Not that there's anything wrong with the regular version, but I found the one that has the beads to be better for my skin type.

7- Funny but true story, I bought this moisturizer thinking it was the day cream and didn't realize until after I opened the package that alas, it was not lol!  So I got to use is anyhow.  It's a very lightweight cream that is meant to give your skin a "detox" while sleeping, not to help with lines.  I do like it, but I'm not sure that I would buy it over their nighttime moisturizer, which I use in combination with this.

8- I know that this isn't a face lotion, but it's new to me and I wanted to share.  I prefer to add some make up beneath my eyes and this you guys is so incredibly lightweight it's perfect!  You don't need much at all, a small dab is all you need....a little goes way more than a long way!  I honestly think that this tube will expire before I use all of it, that's how little you need to use, but totally worth a try.

9- I'm not quite sure when I will no longer love the look of a good highlight above my cheek bone, and I can tell you 100% that I'll be using this product until that day arrives.  It goes on like a cream and blends in beautifully.  Again, I use it beneath my eyes to make them look a little more awake and for a soft glow.  I've gone through three of these tubes in about a year or so.

That's it!  None of the above moisturizers completely got rid of the lines on my face (shout out to the one between my eyes, right above my nose...sigh), nor do I believe that they ever would, but they did make them a little less harsh shall we say and they did minimize pores.  Remember that everyone's skin type is different as well as what you're looking for in a moisturizer.  But having a little feedback never hurts.  I did take the long road in that I tried a lot of moisturizers over the years to finally know which ones I like.  The only problem about finding them at great deals is that then you're hooked! lol

Do you have a favourite anti-wrinkle moisturizer?  I'd love to know!


This is a personal review of the above products.  I can not guarantee that you will have the same results as myself.  I purchased each of these on my own, this post is not sponsored.

Woven Basket Round Up & Storage Ideas

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

I have an extreme weakness for woven baskets, I feel like they are one of those things that you just can't have enough of (but obvs you can! lol).  You will most likely find at least one in every room of our house.  They are such a practical solution to organizing items and of course, they look amazing and become a part of your room's decor.

From storing blankets to organizing your little one's toys, there is a basket for that!  I love the idea of using a basket for your favourite plant (be it big or small!) or even for storing your book collection.  They are a stylists go-to and it's no wonder why!  They provide a touch of warmth and lovely texture!

I've rounded up some great options for you!  Ready my tips on other ways to use woven baskets below!
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A few suggestions on where to use woven baskets:

  • blankets/throws
  • pillows
  • books
  • a plant
  • toys
  • hats, mitts, toques in the front entry
  • magazines
  • towels in the laundry room
  • extra toilet paper rolls in the bathroom
  • small baskets are perfect for storing crayons in the craft room or on your desk
Pay careful attention to the dimensions of your basket (especially if you're shopping online!).  If you're placing the basket beside your couch, to store blankets or pillows, you'll want to ensure that it's tall enough, so that it is balanced with the height of the couch....proportion is key!  For plants, you'll want to make sure that it's small if you're looking to place them on a tabletop or shelf, however for a floor plant, again, you'll wan to make sure that it's the right height but also the proper diameter!

Do you have a similar love for woven baskets?


A Family Room Plan Inspired by Muted Tones

Friday, August 31, 2018

With fall being right around the corner, people are going to begin reaching for their pumpkin spiced lattes and they'll also be craving cozy and relaxing living spaces.  A place to curl up with their PSL and watch their favourite movies/tv shows or to read their favourite book.

Now, everyone's definition of what they consider to be a cozy space is different.  Some people naturally gravitate to all white, others prefer dark and moody colours for the cooler months.  I love the idea of muted tones and layered textures.

When I think of what I'd like to see in a space that welcomes you with open arms and pleads with you to kick your feet up, I think of fabric sofas, textured rugs with warm vibes, hints of blue and pink and gold metals.  Of course there will always be room for greenery in our house, be it real or fake.  I firmly believe that every space needs at least one plant or flower arrangement!

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I absolutely love to add knits and velvets to our rooms come fall.  You can change one or two pillows for this, or you can simply add to the pillow arrangement that you currently have going.  For throws, I'll keep the others, but I'll place the knit or faux fur throws at the top of the basket so that they can always be seen.

If you are working with an all white colour scheme, just think texture for the cooler months.  Fabrics & textiles are a great way to weave cozier texture into your decor as well careful selective decorative items.

Great alternatives:
Are you loving muted tones as well right now?

Wishing you all a lovely long weekend!  I can't believe that it's back to school next week!


My Picks From The Old Navy Sale!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The kids and I went back to school shopping earlier in the week and we were able to get them everything they needed for their first day back.

I've always been a huge fan of Old Navy (and it's sister stores, Gap & Banana Republic).  If you've been reading for a while, this will come as no surprise to you lol.  There's something to be said about being able to find items you love and to know that they will fit perfectly.  That's how I feel about these brands, I'm almost always able to find what I need.

Old Navy is having a great sale and today I'm sharing my top picks.  From basics to a few accessories and lovely dresses, there's a little something for every occasion!

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Okay you guys, if you don't have a super cozy sweatshirt, I'm LOVING the one above, I find myself constantly reaching for this style of sweatshirt when the temps dip in the evening.  This crossbody bag is similar to the one that I carried around NYC, perfect!  And well, you know how I feel about a good military coat!  I'll forever love and fall for a top with a cute ruffle!

Have you done any back to school shopping yet?


Tips on How to Incorporate Vintage Into Your Home's Decor

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

I'll forever love to add a touch of vintage to each room in our house.  You'll even find hits of vintage decor in our kid's rooms, I just love it that much!  Adding vintage to your decor certainly adds character to the space, but it also adds interest.  I love the idea of mixing old and new pieces.

Our entry way, living room, kitchen and family room (to name a few!) have larger pieces of vintage furniture, however accessories are also a great way to add a touch of vintage to your home's decor.  The great thing is that vintage pieces can save you quite a bit of money, often times you'll find great pieces at great prices at local thrift stores.  It may take a little patience, as their inventory changes so quickly, but if you know what you're looking for and stay determined, you'll most definitely find "the one"!

The chair in our entry used to belong to hubs' Grandparents.  I replaced the original fabric and the piece took on a whole new look!  When shopping for vintage, definitely look past it's current state.  It's similar to when you're looking to buy a home, you can't pay attention to the things that can be changed, ie fabric, hardware, paint colour when it comes to vintage furniture.

 the chairs in our kitchen are vintage, they actually came with our dining room set, but we prefer to use them here

The side tables in both our living room and family room are vintage.  The one above, was given to us and the ones in the image below were found on Kijiji.

A fantastic (and simple) way to add vintage to your home's decor is by using decorative items.  I honestly have a cupboard full of vintage decorative pieces and every now and then, I'll switch things up for a quick change.  

As I mentioned before, shopping at thrift stores is a great place to start!  Once you narrow down which pieces you prefer to use, you can then look online for incredible pieces and for a wider selection!

though the terra cotta pots aren't exactly vintage, the patina gives them an older feel

 vintage stoneware crocks seem to be making a comeback and I love it!

 can you spot the vintage item here, on my desk?  the glass bowl? yup! it's perfect for corralling thumbtacks 

I recently gave little J's room a makeover and incorporated a vintage dresser which I painted blue 

brass candlesticks are probably my favourite!

Are you a fan of incorporating vintage pieces into your decor?


How To Decorate With Striped Ottomans

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

I have been noticing a lot of striped ottomans in interior spaces lately and I'm loving it!  When any piece of furniture can double as a table, foot rest, extra seating and focal point, you've complete got yourself a win/win!

They come in a variety of styles, which makes them perfect for any space.  We have a fabric ottoman in our family room (though it's not striped like the beauties below), but I can't tell you enough how much use it gets.  When you want to kick your feet up, to when you're playing a board game and you need to pull up an extra seat the coffee table.  It's honestly such a versatile piece!

Here are a few of my favourites:

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I find stripes to be one of those patterns that will never go out of style and that fit with nearly any style.

What to look for:
  • ensure that the size of your item is to scale with where you're planning on placing it.  ie: if it's beside a cozy chair, the first ottoman (the small square) would be perfect for this, as it's along the same size as a side table.
  • if you're planning on using the ottoman as a coffee table, the height should be 1-2 inches lower than your sofa and the length should be approximately 2/3 the width of your couch
  • it's also preferable to have approximately 12-18 inches of space between the sofa and ottoman/coffee table so that people can easily pass through
  • consider placing a tray of some sort on the ottoman so that you can set your cups down without worrying about them toppling over
  • ensure that the colour of the ottoman works with your currently colour scheme....a neutral is always a great option as it will work with many colour schemes, allowing you to easily swap out cushions, rugs, etc
I'm pretty smitten with the one with the pleated skirt, so pretty!  Which is your favourite?


Fashionable Backpack Options

Monday, August 27, 2018

As we walked through the streets of NYC, it became very apparent early on that having the perfect bag was essential.  I had a small crossbody, which worked well, but two of the girls that i was with had backpacks which allowed them to carry that much more and of course, they are also a more comfortable option!

I had my fingers crossed as we ventured into the Nordstrom Off The Rack store, hoping that I would find the perfect backpack to carry around for the rest of my time in NYC, but unfortunately, no luck.

Here are a few of my pics:
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Which is your favourite?  I have a few, can you guess which I'd love to carry around through the streets of NYC?


A Gorgeous Paint Colour & A Laundry Room Moodboard

Friday, August 24, 2018

Hi friends!  I hope that you've all enjoyed a wonderful week.

This past Tuesday I flew to NYC to attend Behr's launch of their 2019 Colour of the Year, Blueprint!  It's an absolutely beautiful blue that is completely on trend and relevant with what we are looking for in a paint colour.  You can view the colour and read all about it (plus, seeing the gorgeous colour palettes) here.

A few photos from that trip and event:

I loved how Behr invited a few artisans to create pieces that were inspired by Blueprint.  Above are a few of the pieces.  Candles, ceramics and woven art.

After the event, we took to the streets to tour the absolutely gorgeous city!  I have to say that NYC is absolutely everything and more.  I get it now, what everyone talks about when they say that NY is magical, it truly is!

Before I go, I wanted to share an e-decor moodboard that I recently put together!

I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to help good friends plan out their laundry room makeover.  They are going to tackle the space on their own and were looking for some direction.

It's important (as like with our laundry room makeover) to make good use of this space.  We're going to use cheerful fabrics, warm elements and practical solutions to help make their dream laundry room come to life!

I will forever love the idea of grey and white together.  Coupled with hits of blue, green and purple, this space will immediately go from neutral to warm and welcoming.  I'm SO excited to hand this over to my friends and for them to get started on creating a beautiful space.

You may notice that the blog has gotten a bit of an update.  As I mentioned here, there are a few new things coming to the blog later this year, so stay tuned!

Have a wonderful weekend!


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