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Family Room Reveal

It’s finally time to show off our new and hopefully improved family room! We worked so hard on this space and put so much time into it. I think it paid off – I am so happy with how it turned out and even more thrilled to have had a really good reason to get to work! That is, in honor of  Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week of course! Last week, I shared a sneak peek and progress of our Basement Battles. It was so very confused and uninviting! Don’t you think? The walls were daring, but not in a good way and decorating this space was very limited! It just wasn’t us. My aim was to create a colorful Scandinavian-inspired family room, so it flowed with the rest of the home. You probably hear me using that term a lot. Like, a lot. It’s not that it happens to be a really popular trend right now and all over Pinterest. Truth is, it’s been around forever. But the whole principle of Scandinavian design is a good rule of thumb when decorating any space in your home. Just think simplicity, minimalism and functionality. You can add your personal style in the mix, but always keeping those three principles in mind. And that’s what I really was focusing on in our family space. I do tend to get a little “busy” when bringing in all my collections and knick knacks, but that’s just me adding a little bit of my personal style to the bigger picture. Really, this room is the heart of everything because it’s where we can all spend... read more

Make Your Own Mod Wood and Paint Coat Hooks

I’ve been itching to make my own wood and paint coat hooks for a while! Now that the basement makeover is complete (the reveal is this Monday – eep!), I had a great place to hang them and I’m so please with how they turned out.  Natural wood looks so great with bursts of color, don’t you think? They really stand out against the white walls and bring a modern and playful touch to the otherwise empty hallway.   If you’re looking for an alternative way to display or organize all that stuff hanging around, be sure to  check out the full tutorial on Curbly today!  XOXO,... read more

DIY Faux Cacti Terrariums

I’m ready for summer and the weather here has been so perfect lately! Yesterday, we went for two walks with the family. In the morning we went to the park to play and later on in the afternoon we walked to the grocery story for some hot dogs and buns so we could have a bon fire! It was so nice not having to use our car for a day – which is rare these days I feel.   In honor of all the summery festivities lately, I shared these super bright and happy faux Cacti and terrariums over on The Land of Nod‘s Blog, Honest to Nod. This DIY is kid-friendly, but adds a playful  element to any room in the home. Be sure to head over there today for all the simple instructions!  XOXO,... read more

Mother’s Day Art

This will be my first time spending Mother’s Day with my mom in a while! For the last 7 years, I’ve been living in the US while my family was here in Canada. So you can imagine, seeing one another during certain holidays weren’t always possible. But this year, I am so happy to be spending all these fun holidays with family!  I decided instead of buying flowers and other gifts, I would invest in some beautiful art for my mom! Art really speaks for itself – no matter where you hang it and no matter what surrounds it. It evokes different emotions in all of us and that’s what I love.  My mom picked out these two pieces herself because they felt crisp and simple. When she was very young, her whole family immigrated to Canada from Holland. The home they use to live in had a flower bed of lilies and so she picked The Lily of the Valley art print because of the sweet memories. She loved the Queen Anne’s Lace print because of it’s beautiful painting itself, plus it had a unique circular form which really stood out to her. I am so pleased that she is happy with these gifts this year! I really wanted her to know how important she is, not only as my mother, but friend over these years. She’s been there for me in a lot of ups and downs of life! If you are stumped this year for ideas, be sure to check out the many prints over on Minted – perhaps something will strike a chord in your mom’s heart too!  XOXO,... read more

Basement Battles

Ok friends, I have a really fun room reveal planned for next week, so be sure to come back for that! Until then, please bare with me as I go over all the many details of our basement battles! I know many of you may be interested in it, as I have already received a lot of emails and messages in regards to the sneak peeks on Instagram.If you’re like me, you might despise this space in your home. And maybe even just turn a blind eye to it. If you don’t see the ugliness lurking its head every time you go down to do a load of laundry, then it’s not really there. Right? Well, if you hate reading, then feel free to just look at the before/progress pictures of our basement battles! Otherwise, enjoy hearing about some issues you might be facing this very moment, right now too!  Thoughts on starting this project: If there’s one space in my home that was really a source for sore eyes and looming over my head, it was the basement. Although the colors were bold and bright, the space felt small and dark to me. It was our family room/play room, but it really didn’t feel that way at all. And to be honest, it was the last room I wanted to tackle because I knew it was going to be a really big job. When I was asked to participate in this years Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week I could not refuse! It was just the kick in the butt I needed and the perfect excuse to transform this confused and uninviting basement into... read more

Matisse-Inspired Mixed Foliage Painted Tray

Not only is it Friday, but we are in May already! Can you believe it?! Things are really busy here lately. It seems the chaos of life comes in waves and right now it’s a doozie! But that doesn’t stop me from being creative and having fun, so I thought I would share this super easy Matisse-Inspired Mixed Foliage Painted Tray with you!  It’s bright, bold and packed full of pattern – perfect for the summer months ahead if you ask me! So if you are in the mood to have some fun, be sure to head to Curbly today for the full tutorial.  XOXO,... read more

Mini Corner Gallery Wall

I am a huge fan of gallery walls – no matter the size or arrangement. Whether perfectly symmetrical with matching frames or totally eclectic with various pieces. I think it’s a great way to add personality to the room and so I decided that I would add a mini corner gallery wall in our family room!  Although I can’t reveal the whole space just yet (coming soon!), what I CAN show you is this fun corner gallery installation! I partnered up with Minted to create that perfect focal point of vivid colors and patterns.  1 2 3 4 5 I picked five prints that I thought had fantastic colors to brighten up our previously dark basement. The designs are a mixture of mid-century inspired meets modern abstract. The space was a small indented wall that had always been a bit neglected and needed some love. I picked the same white frames in large, medium and small to give it order, but then placed the frames off center and around the corner to add a bit of fun. And to just mess with the OCD…my husband being one of them!  I have the option of leaving this area open with a few decor items or bring in the TV and mid-century stand. Even though some frames are partially covered, you still see that pop of color and pattern behind it. Which I love rather than a stark white wall and a big black television – don’t you think?  When it comes to picking out art, I always choose Minted time and time again. I’m sure you’ve seen me share their pieces before, like here. I just love... read more

Win a Ticket to My Market Collective Workshops!

Hey friends! So, this weekend I’m hosting my two very first workshops at Market Collective in Calgary. If you are local, I hope you can make it! But today, I have some exciting news – I’m giving away one ticket for each class! And one of those workshops is good for two people (you and your favorite lady, mother, friend, sister…) and will include drinks and light snacks!  So, if you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, be sure to enter below for one or both workshops and I’ll see you there!  For the Potted Plant Workshop: a Rafflecopter giveaway For the Woodblock Stamped Pillow Workshop: a Rafflecopter giveaway That’s it – good luck friends!!  XOXO,... read more

Naga Pillow Giveaway!

I know I’ve shared my love for pillows before many times on the blog! They are a great way to change the look of any space frequently and affordably when trends come and go. But I think what’s even better than going out and buying pillows from generic big box stores is buying a pillow for a greater good.  One Life is an amazing organization that helps refugees and impoverished families all over the world. Their latest project is helping the village of Paut tu Pauk, Myanmar by building a cistern large enough to capture rain water for the entire village year round. Something SO simple that we take for granted…daily.  I have to ask myself, how far would I drive for a really, really, really, great pillow? I mean, one I saw in West Elm’s catalog or a Target commercial? 5 Miles? 10 Miles? Well, the villagers in Myanmar WALK 2 miles down and up a steep mountain to collect water, a vital resource for living. Not only is this laborious, but it’s completely unsanitary. So really, they are working so hard for water that’s not even really that good for them.  Needless to say, I am so passionate about this organization and the good they are trying to do for families trying to survive – let alone worrying about how pretty their living rooms look and if they have the latest must-haves in design trends. It’s so important to not forget that we have first world problems, which aren’t really that bad. They have third world problems and sometimes it’s life or death.  So, today I’m asking that you take... read more
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