Using the same white eggs from the craft store, I used the kids Crayola markers in assorted colors to create some of those clean designs. This year I am a big believer that less is more, so I stuck with basic shapes – leaving some as outlines and others filled in. I think they turned out great!
They are perfect if you are a lover of color, but they are still minimal and trendy. I was trying to take a step in a new direction by getting away from the black and white and I am so glad I did! They still have that Scandinavian feel, but with pops of pink, purple, blue, green, turquoise, yellow and orange!
What do you think?! Are you more a fan of black and white or color?
I am always looking for interesting ways to make my space look visually stimulating, but also fun pieces for events, parties and birthdays! Our family loves to go on walks around our neighborhood and often there’s all kinds of debris from the trees losing their beautiful branches. It seems like such a waste, but I decided this time to collect a few and bring them home. Yes, I was the crazy mom hauling three toddlers with an arm full of huge tree branches. But it was fun and totally worth it!
I looked for unique shapes and sizes and came home with a few gorgeous branches. The shape creates the illusion of motion against our white walls. They almost frame pieces that surround them and I love the modern look they bring. You could easily spray paint them, but I loved the organic look they had with all the white and black decor in our home.
These branches have already made an appearance in one of my posts and I’m pretty sure they will continue to for a little while. I placed them in a crisp white and geometric vase. I’m sure I’ll be playing around with placement in our house!
So there you go, sometimes decor can be free and you can find them in the most unlikely places! What do you think of bringing this kind of nature indoors as home decor?
I love those simple projects that add color, texture and personality to your home! And this hoop yarn art is just the thing! I’ve always been a fan of fibre art of any kind, so I made this cheap and easy DIY for our walls to add that little pop of pink!
What you will need
Two embroidery hoops – one large and small
Yarn in any color – multi colors or just one
Hot glue gun
What to do
Simply start by popping out the center circle of the smallest hoop. Cut your yarn to the length you want. I wanted the yarn to stop just passed where the largest hoop ended. Then, hang your re-cut yarn over the circle of the smallest hoop until you have the desired amount. Carefully pop the circle back into the smallest hoop and tighten the adjusting screw if needed. Line up the hoops at the top so both screws are lined up. Take your yarn and wrap it tightly around the two tops of the hoops to hide the adjusting screws. Use a tab of hot glue to secure the yarn ends. Tie a small piece of yarn on one end of the hoop to the other to create a hook to hang your new hoop art!
You could create any size or however many you like for a great statement for your home! I love how it adds just the perfect amount of pink to our walls to pull in other pieces in the room. I don’t think this trend is dying just yet! What do you think?
I’m looking for some fun ideas for sprucing my walls this spring and anything gold is good with me! Plus, it’s bright and cheery – just the way spring should be. These gold 3D geometric sculptures are great!
All you will need is some gold twisty ties, which I picked up at the craft store.
Begin by twisting 4 ties together to create a flat square. Repeat.
Twist four more ties on each corner of one square.
Attach the opposite ends to the second square and you have your first 3D sculpture!
For a triangle, simply make the flat square. Attach ties to the corners and twist the opposite ends together in the center.
Create as many as you would like and have fun! It takes just a matter of minutes and you can create a great statement for your walls.
The months seem to just be flying by! Then again, I have three busy toddlers to keep me busy. So before I know it, we’re already getting closer to another holiday! Can you believe Easter is only a few short weeks away?
I’ve already got a head start on decorating some eggs and this year I’m sticking to some clean black and white Scandinavian-inspired Easter eggs! I’ve been so incredibly inspired by these amazing designs, I knew I had to recreate them in some way.
I simply decorated some eggs I picked up from the craft store using my sharpie. I created clean designs that felt both trendy and fun! It was so easy, it took me just a few minutes and I had a great little collection going on.
Can’t wait to do some more decorating with the kids. They love to do crafts as a family and I am honored to create alongside them! What kind of Easter eggs have caught your eye this year?
I’ve been on the hunt to find a super simple furniture DIY that anyone can do by simply finding the supplies and recreating the project on their own. No cutting wood or welding involved! I took a little trip to Lowes with the kids one day to research and see what my options were. I wanted something that was modern, simple, sleek and of course, Scandinavian-inspired.
I’ve been really drawn to the idea of low coffee tables. They are still functional, but a lot more subtle and contemporary. Besides, who makes these rules anyway – that coffee tables need to be a specific height?! So, I created two coffee tables with this design in mind! Here are the supplies you will need:
Here’s what I did: In order to keep the tables looking sleek I went with three step stair frames as legs for each table, instead of your traditional four. I decided to do one table with white and the other black, since I couldn’t decide what I liked more! (Heads up: the steps come with stickers that are quote difficult to remove, but with the help of a little gasoline they came off a lot more easily)! Simply pre-drill two holes for the screws per leg.
With a screw driver, place two screws and washers in the two holes on the thin, flat metal surface of the legs. Repeat until all legs are secure to the table top. Be sure to pre-measure the distance of the legs so they are all centered. I chose to keep the pine top natural and as-is.
I love the mixture of wood and metal and I am so happy with how this project turned out! It takes a matter of minutes and you have so much fun putting the pieces together. Honestly, anyone can do this!
I still love our Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table, but it’s so nice to have a little bit of change and some options. The best part is, these tables would make great plant stands, side tables, bed side tables, plus more!
The sky is the limit and you can really have so much fun with them! What do you think?!
Back in November, I mentioned how I was going to be writing a new design column for Dote Magazine! My column would be focused on fixing a design problem that plagued many different types of homes and introduce simple solutions. Four months later and Issue Two has finally launched! Here was what I was working on:
When a city like Calgary is growing at an exponential rate, buying a home can be daunting. You throw all your expectations out the window and rely solely on necessity and reality. Which often means moving into a “cookie-cutter” home.
Those awkward spaces above the fireplace for one, which most often collects a lot of “stuff”, making the overall space feel a bit cluttered. Perhaps the builders envisioned your standard television to go there, but not all of us want our T.V.’s to be the focal point in our family rooms.
We came up with a simple solution that truly gave the space a new and fresh look! We closed off the opening above the fireplace and created a wall made of slat wood. By painting it white, this allowed the area to flow a lot better! The slats brought a great texture by breaking up the flatness of the walls that surrounded the fireplace. We also painted the mantle to help pull the fireplace together and making it look as one solid piece. The space certainly feels a lot more modern and minimal. Best part is, there’s a new mantle to style and decorate now – gone are the days of clutter!
Now that we have the fireplace makeover out of the way, let’s talk mantles! Because if you don’t know me, I love to design a good mantle! It might be a small surface area, but you can really make a room pop if you know how to create that perfect look! I’ve created a simple formula to really help you navigate where to begin and how to go about creating a great design for your mantle:
Introduce at least one unique piece of art or decor that will act as that conversational piece! It can be something you picked up from your travels overseas, a thrifted item or even a family heirloom passed down to you. The point is, it’s one-of-a-kind and everyone is going to want to know where you found it!
Keep a consistent color palette by bringing in art prints, photographs, vases, florals, books, knick knacks or even candles. This will help the mantle feel light and flow a lot more easily, rather than being chopped up and feeling out of sorts. Think color and texture – whether it’s bling from some brass or texture from a great painting – it’s all good.
This last one is my favorite! If you haven’t heard the term “Mantlescape”, then you’re welcome. Basically, you want to think of a landscape when decorating your mantle. This will allow the eye to flow up and down in a more natural way. It won’t feel forced, but rather it will feel a bit more relaxed and comfortable.
I feel so lucky to have this amazing opportunity! I’m meeting the editor this week to go over some Ideas for the next issue. Such an amazing team and community to be part of! I am so excited for these opportunities that have been coming my way. Even if they don’t last forever, I am going to enjoy every minute of it! If you’re in Calgary and area, be sure to find a location to pick up a copy! For all my friends from afar, you can purchase a copy here! It’s full of SO much amazing inspiration!
What do you think of the fireplace transformation? Is there a design dilemma you would like to see answered in the next issue?
As I am slowly getting use to my little home office/creative space, I wanted to add something personal to my little corner! I decided to recreate my watercolor logo and use it as art!
I simply referred to my blog logo and began with creating a nice watercolor backdrop. I am just starting to explore watercolor and it is so fun!
Once it had dried, I used a pencil to sketch out the rest of the logo.
When it looked about right, I retraced it with a Sharpie. Then I framed it, hung it and bam – done!
It’s that perfect addition to my work space that reminds me to keep working hard for my little blog. To keep focused and do what I love. And to not get discouraged, but remember all the little successes along the way – no matter how big or small.
How do you feel about framing your logo as art? And as a positive reminder for why you do what you love!
So this week I had a couple little DIYs planned, but then a little something came up. Well, it was a big something! I have this amazing friend named Sophie. She’s one of those girls that’s always got your back. She wants to see everyone succeed, cheers you on and is beyond supportive. All while running her successful jewelry business, Tribes and Society. She is something special….you can be sure of that!
On Tuesday night I got an email from her asking if I would be interested in doing an artist workshop that she was suppose to do, but the dates got a little mixed up. I figured it would be a lot like the West Elm event I did last summer, so of course I said yes! Turns out, it was actually a panel on a morning show live on Trending On Shaw…and I freaked! I was excited, but also super scared to be talking on live television. What if I said something totally ridiculous? Which if you know me, I usually do. I was certainly fearful of opening myself up to potential judgement and criticism from others, but was it enough to keep me from this opportunity? Heck no! Instead, I got so much encouragement and positive feedback from friends and family – thanks guys!
So I joined a couple amazing ladies – Bree and Libertee. Such talented gals! We chatted photography, fashion, design and DIYs! It was heaven and I totally felt in my element. I am hoping that perhaps this could lead to some fun collaborations with these ladies, but also working with Shaw in the near future. Could you imagine?! Ahhh!
Another huge thank you to my dear friend, Sophie, for putting my name out there! To Kate and Pheonix for having me on their fun show and to Bree and Libertee for being so inspiring and sharing their talents! Here is a video of my little chat – don’t judge. I was SO nervous! Needless to say, I won’t be getting to those DIYs until next week, but I’m sure you understand. Happy Friday friends!
I’m thrilled to finally share with you a scandinavian-inspired living room makeover I did with The Land of Nod! About a month ago, I decided it was time to give our upstairs living room a bit of personality. Our main aim was to create a modern, simple and functional space.
Here’s what we did to the space:
1. Repainted the green walls a fresh and crisp white.
2. Built a faux mantle to break up the stone fireplace.
3. Took down the beige drapery and added white curtains to go with the flow of the walls.
4. Added a built-in desk to utilize the functionality of the space.
5. Added black, white, grey and pink accents thanks to The Land of Nod’s gorgeous spring pieces!
Be sure to head over to Honest to Nod for the full reveal! It would mean the world if you came back to leave a comment letting me know what you think about the whole transformation!
I decided to put together a comprehensive guide on how you can get the look of my home office makeover/creative space! I loved this project because it posed a lot of design dilemmas – space being the biggest issue. And yet, we were able to pull off a stylish and functional work area without having to do any major demolition or overhaul. Bonus! 1. Modular Desk: This was a must-have for my small office area. I wanted to have options, so I didn’t feel stuck with one look! Especially since I can’t move anywhere horizontally, it was nice to have vertical space to work with. I can move my shelves around and play with the look a little more this way! If you can’t DIY one of your own like we did, then this modular desk is an affordable option!
2. Fabulous Lighting: Having a wall mounted lamp helps resolve the space issue by not taking up the floor/desk top area in any way, but also adding a playful element to it as well. It’s strategically placed so it’s both useful for my desk area, but also the living room as a whole. Not to mention, having modern lighting really takes the space to another level!
3. Modern/Comfy Chair: One way to set apart your teeny home office is having a less traditional office chair. Skip the wheels and go for something a little more minimal. This Wired Chair is a great option. Not only does it look light and airy, it just doesn’t take up any space at all. Worried your bum might get sore? No problem! You can easily buy a leather cushion or throw a sheepskin on there for more comfort. Surprisingly, it’s comfy all on it’s own!
4. Black and White and Pops of Pink: Every room design needs a color palette. But when the space is shared, it can be difficult to go off exploring other colors. I stuck with the basic neutrals, in this case, black and white. I also recently added pink to the space to add a feminine and whimsical touch. In a small space, it certainly doesn’t have to be anything big. Vases, plant pots, throws or pillows will do the trick!
5. Natural Textures: Not only do you want your space to look nice, but it should feel nice too! That’s why textures are so important to the senses! It’s stimulating and and adds great contrast to all those bright shiny surfaces! Go for a patterned rug, cowhide or giant sheepskin for the floor. Oh, and plantsof course!
6. Bling: Enough said. Am I right? Take for example this amazing clock!
7. Minimal Storage: You need something functional to hide all those not-so-pretty things. Like all those endless craft supplies. There’s practically a box for everything these days. A box to hide those computer cords. A box to hide those paint brushes, scissors, and sharpies. And lastly, a desk organizer for those office supplies you bought just so your desk could look pretty. Am I the only one who does that?
8. Element of Surprise: Add something quirky. Something special. Something unique! It can be art, a sculpture or anything really! In this case, it’s a dart board turned bulletin board. It’s functional, but an unexpected piece. It’s bold, graphic and makes a statement! It’s perfect.
Sure hope that was helpful to you and pointed you in the right direction if you’re thinking of tackling your (space limited) home office/creative space!
I’m still itching to do a fun painting project somewhere in the house! We almost did a diagonal painted wall in our master bedroom, but decided it wasn’t the right space for that. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites to use as inspiration. Still trying to figure out where to do it – kids rooms? Basement living room? Foyer? Any ideas?!
Are you working on any fun design projects in your home? I feel like we have so many things going on, it can be a little overwhelming. Which is why we decided to take it slow for just a bit, rest up and then start getting the rest done!