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My Home on Design*Sponge

February 2, 2016

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I’ve been reading Design*Sponge for many years and have always loved their approach to interiors, design, and business. Yesterday my apartment was featured as a home tour and it was so fun to see it up on a site I admire so much.

We’ve lived in our apartment for almost 2 years now, and I love it more each day. Check out the full article and tour on Design*Sponge, if you’re interested!

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From the Weekend: Brunch + Home body-ing

February 1, 2016

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This weekend was one of those rare gems that’s filled with a perfect balance of home time, city exploring, and a bit of work. I’m excited to be starting a new interior project, and so I spent some of the weekend laying plans down for that. The rest of the time was spent trying out new restaurants and binge watching The Office, which just came to Netflix in Canada (Jim + Pam forever).

What did you get up to? :)

Photos from my Instagram.

Fashion

Easy, Wear Everywhere Jewels

January 29, 2016

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I love buying jewelry, but I also love wearing the same pieces day in and day out. When I find something I love, I tend to wear it constantly for a long time. Because of this, I like to buy pieces that have staying power and aren’t too trendy. I’ve found that organic, delicate pieces tend to fit this bill the best. Thankfully, there are a lot of talented designers in Vancouver (probably deserves a post all its own), like Foe and Dear. I tend to mix items from her and other designers with favourites from Madewell.

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Here are a few pieces that I bet could find a nice home in your jewelry wardrobe:

01. This Madewell Necklace makes great use of mixed media and would look great with cropped jeans and black slide on mules.

02. Foe and Dear uses beautiful stones and this quirky open cuff is no exception. I think it’d be lovely with a simple black blouse and ripped jeans.

03. There’s always room for a little sparkle.

04. I really love the mix of gold and green agate in this Madewell bracelet.

Top photo from Madewell.

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How Tidy is Your Home?

January 13, 2016

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I’ll be the first to admit that on busy weeks (or lazy weeks, or distracted weeks, or inspired weeks), my apartment can get into quite a state of disarray. I don’t know about you, but sometimes it can feel hard to keep up with the stuff that piles up on the kitchen table, and the clothes on the desk chair.

I think we all have different levels of comfort when it comes to how tidy we like our spaces to be. I’ve learned that having a tidy home is key to feeling calm throughout my day. I also enjoy having pretty dishes on shelves and books on the coffee table. This tendency away from minimalism means that if my space isn’t tidy, and if everything doesn’t have its place, it can go from cozy to cluttered pretty quick.

The number one thing that I’ve found that helps all of this? Having less stuff. It seems like a no-brainer, but it took me a while to catch on. I’ve been reading this book (along with everyone else) and it’s been a game changer. It’s easy to forget day-to-day, but if there’s something in your home that doesn’t leave you feeling joyful, then maybe it shouldn’t be there. Plus, I know that my mind is so much calmer when I can hang out in a tidy living room. But that’s me! I know lots of people who aren’t the least bit fussed by a few piles around.

So I’m curious to hear, how tidy do you like to keep your home? Is it something you want to change? Or are you happy with how your space is now?

Pretty (and very tidy) photo from AE Blog

Home

4 Pretty Wall Sconces for Your Home

January 12, 2016

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Since this project, I’ve been obsessed with sconces. It seems like there are so many beautiful ones out there right now! Here’s a quick roundup of a few that I’m really loving right now.

01. This black Schoolhouse Electric double sconce is a versatile piece that would add a nice little vintage, industrial touch.

02. When it comes to swing arm sconces, I’m of the opinion that the more drama, the better. This beautiful CB2 sconce would work in a variety of rooms – I’d love to put one over a dining table.

03. West Elm has so many great lighting options, and this one is a favourite at the moment. I’d add them to a bedroom, in place of side table lamps.

04. This One Kings Lane double sconce is a little more traditional. I’d be so pretty mixed with more modern pieces for some nice contrast.

Which one is your favourite? Have you tried sconces in your own space?

Life

Today I Turn 25

January 10, 2016

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Well, I can’t quite believe it, but today I turn 25. It’s been an exciting year, and but I’m really looking forward to a new one. This time of year is always filled with reflection for me, between the holidays and then my birthday, I try to take the time to examine where I’m at and where I want to go. Here are some of the important bits of the past year.

01. We settled into our apartment and it really started to feel like home. Quiet days here are some of my favourites.

02. I’ve started to become more and more sure of what I really want in life, and I’m getting more comfortable making the decisions that will help cultivate the life that I want.

03. I rebranded the studio and brought the blog under the same name. It’s been a good exercise to really look at the type of work I want to do, and what impact I want to have, and to integrate that into my business in every way.

04. I took some really memorable trips, including Tulum and LA (one day I will blog about those!) and they were both inspiring in their own way.

05. We lost my grandma in the Spring and it was incredibly difficult. But it also reminded me to be grateful for the time we have with people and to make an effort to be less trapped in cycles of worry, stress, and obligation. So I’ve tried my best to make decisions that will fill my life with ease and joy, and remove things that don’t contribute to that.

06.  In my day job, I moved into a new role that’s been super satisfying. I work on a lot of brand and content strategy, as well as photoshoots, ads, and our Instagram. Lots of good stuff, and the best people.

My main intentions for next year are to simplify and to go on more adventures. I want to have just what I need and love, without so much clutter and excess, both in my surroundings and in my mind. I have a lot of ideas for how I’ll do this, and I’m excited to continue on with it.

I loved the trips that I went on last year, and I remember sitting at an intersection in LA (it was really nothing special) and just thinking about how there’s such an endless amount of things we can experience in this world. I’d like to make the effort to see a bit more of it this year.

This year has been a great one, and I’m grateful for everything it brought. Now I’m excited for the next one! To celebrate, I plan to drink some tea in bed, hang out with some of my favourite people, and get out in my city a little bit. Cheers to that!

(Pretty  picture from The Crepes of Wrath).