Category — Architects, Designers + Stylists
Tired is an understatement and I’m feeling pretty spent after our weekend at The Urban Market. But all of the hard work was well worth it and we had an awesome weekend, starting with our sneak peek party on Friday night (so fun!) and continuing with a busy market day on Saturday. Everyone had a great time and I cannot wait to share photos and more details with you later this week…I feel like I’m still absorbing the experience! While decompressing last night, I stumbled across this inspiring warehouse conversion featured in Est Magazine. It’s no secret that I love a good barn conversion and I absolutely love it when people can look outside the box and see the possibilities in otherwise overlooked buildings and materials. Rather than tearing it down and starting from scratch, these ambitious homeowners worked hard with their architect to create a warm family home while salvaging materials from the former old blind factory. There are more lovely pics over at Est but here are a few of my faves…
Surprisingly bright and inviting for an old warehouse, don’t you think? I’m back to work now and we’ve got plenty post-event cleanup to do before jumping into holiday decorating later this week…phew! But it’s all fun “work” (well, mostly!) so no complaints here! Enjoy your week :)
October 28, 2013 4 Comments
Hello, friends! Just thought I’d pop in to let you know that I haven’t forgotten about you! It’s been another whirlwind of a week juggling kids and the shop but there is calm in sight…everyone’s off to school next week! Parents, shall we share in a collective sigh of relief? Phewf. What a summer. It was full of sunshine, good friends + family, loads of time outdoors and plenty of projects at Spruce but now it’s high time to get organized, get back on schedule with bedtime/meals/fitness and order in general. Our basement tenants moved out last weekend, nearly doubling our living/play space (yahoo!) so we’ve got plenty of home projects to dig in too, starting with a whole lot of white paint! We’re all pretty excited to spread out and stop tripping over each other. With organization on my mind, I thought I’d share this recent project by the talented team over at Jessica Helgerson Interior Design…
Jessica is so creative with storage and built in shelving, using every nook and cranny to best advantage. Remember her tiny house? So amazing. Well, I’m off to work for the day while my kids get wet at the water slides with my parents…squeezing in every last moment of summer :) Happy Labour Day!
August 30, 2013 9 Comments
While leisurely flipping through my June issue of Canadian House & Home this weekend, I fell in love with this Vancouver home belonging to designer Nancy Riesco and her family. Come take a peek at some of the beautiful pics snapped by my friend Janis (it’s so cool to see familiar names making regular appearances in my favourite magazines!) and you can see even more over at Pinecone Camp as well as in the latest issue of H&H, now on news stands…
I just love all of the clean lines, colourful artwork and bold pops of colour throughout this family home. It’s so bright and liveable, wouldn’t you agree? My week is zipping along and I’m doing my best to keep up. We spent a good chunk of the day in Vancouver yesterday, salvaging a Kerrisdale home up for demolition with Tracey Ayton (here’s a peek!), visiting with Chris at Stepback (if you haven’t been, you really must!) and then rushing home to pick up kids and zoom off to hockey practice. Ah, these are the days! Off to the shop now before some much needed R+R with my Spruce girls…we’re having our belated Christmas party this afternoon! Fresh toes at the nail spa and dinner on a sunny patio, coming right up :)
May 8, 2013 5 Comments
Sorry for my absence on Wednesday! I’m having some updates done to the blog and there were some technical difficulties along the way. Crisis averted and stay tuned for a fresh new look for Birch + Bird! I’m off to work at the shop today and we’ve got some space planning ideas in the works to make the most of our square footage. It’s so amazing to me (to all of us, actually!) how our dreams for the shop have evolved since the beginning. What’s even more interesting is how some of our most spontaneous decisions have turned out to be our best. Have you ever had that experience? There’s a lot to be said for “going with your gut” as opposed to over-thinking things…well at least some of the time!
A space that has obviously been well thought out from rafters to concrete is this stunning warehouse conversion, the new home of the post-production facility, Joint Editorial. Architecturally designed by Armin Quilici of Vallaster Corl Architects, the team at Jessica Helgerson Interior Design took over the finishing touches, creating a very warm and welcoming workspace. I don’t think it would be tough to head into the office each day, in fact I think it would be very hard to leave…
Chelsie Lee was the lead designer and project manager for JHID and I think she did an amazing job at unifying the private and public areas of this expansive space, bringing warmth and texture in with rugs, lush plants and spectacular lighting. You can read more about the Joint Editorial project and see more fabulous photos over at Jessica Helgerson Interior Design. Have a wonderful weekend!
April 19, 2013 7 Comments
If you haven’t guessed it already, I have a huge design crush on Emily Henderson. Sure, she’s cute and she’s funny but it’s her style that kills me every. single. time. She just gets it right. An effortless mix of vintage + new, colour + texture, with a generous dash of natural materials + lush plants add up to liveable, personal spaces that look real. And Emily touches on trends without ever coming across as trend-y…much harder to accomplish than one might think! Well, I know I’m gushing so I’ll stop and just let you see the home that she recently styled for HGTV. Emily was lucky to start with good bones, designed by architect Eric Olsen, and together they brought this family home back to life. Be sure to pop by her blog for plenty of before + afters too…
Style by Emily Henderson. Photo by Bethany Nauert.
Style by Emily Henderson. Photo by Bethany Nauert.
The exterior is just the icing on the cake, isn’t it? I can just picture kids running across the lawn! Do you have a “crush” in your industry or trade? What would you say or do if you met them in real life one day? And did you have a happy Easter? We sure did…the sunshine was divine! Couldn’t get enough of the weather but now it’s back to cloudy skies and reality but the kids are back in school, hooray :)
April 3, 2013 9 Comments