Styling

Throw a Galentines Party

February 8, 2016

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The idea of a galentines party is too fun, I couldn’t help but put some ideas together for a little get together with your nearest and dearest. I say keep it simple, but add some fun, old school Valentines touches, just for kicks (pink and white roses, anyone?).

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Mix up a batch of cupcakes, decorate a few, and then leave some for your friends to decorate while they’re sipping drinks.

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Pick up some flowers to decorate the cupcakes. I think the more old fashioned romantic, the better.

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Vintage glassware is so pretty when mixed and matched (throw a few standard cocktail tumblers in there as well to tone down the fancy).

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Here’s a recipe for a very delicious (and very pink) rose cocktail.

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Do you have any Valentines traditions? Hate the day? I’d love to hear!

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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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Daily

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

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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?