Category — Architects, Designers + Stylists
What a crazy burst of weather we’ve been having! Blizzard conditions on Monday turned into sunshine + bird-chirping Spring, total switcharoo but I’m definitely not complaining! I’ve got Spring cleaning on my brain and, inspired by our recent “freshening-up” over at my store, feel ready for a few bright + de-cluttering changes around our house. Considering my mild addiction to discount rug websites (like this one) and the endless quest for the perfect living room area carpet, it’s no wonder that this home tour on SF Girl by Bay caught my eye a couple of weeks ago. Layered with subtle pattern and texture, natural wood accents and bright pops of colour throughout, it’s hard to believe that this home was dark + dated before designer Natalie Myers got her hands on it:
So bright and classic, isn’t it? I absolutely adore the layered rugs in the living room and the vintage furniture + accessories used throughout the space. That bright turquoise door is pretty awesome too! I generally tend to paint doors out to match the walls but why not trick them out in a bold accent colour? Could you live here? I could.
February 26, 2014 0 Comments
Well, hey there Wednesday! Mid-week just kind of came out of nowhere, didn’t it? We had a really full weekend with Sadie’s birthday festivities and a lot of extended family all topped off (coincidentally) by our latest BC stat holiday, Family Day. How lucky are we to live in a province/country that recognizes the importance of family? It felt great to have nothing on the agenda on Monday except hanging out together. Speaking of hanging out, if my name was on the deed of this dreamy white rancher, I’d find extremely hard to ever leave! Designed by architect Michael Eserts, this Californian beauty ticks off all of my wish-list boxes from lofty ceilings and oiled wood floors to an open floor plan and views that bring the outdoors in. Photographed by Jessica Comingore, I think this house tour is the perfect antidote to an otherwise dreary day:
I just can’t get enough of the natural light in this home! Doesn’t it look like it would be cool on a hot day? Yet somehow equally cozy next to the fireplace on a chilly night? The landscape and setting amidst the big trees is pretty fantastic as are the clean lines and attention to detail outdoors and in. Definitely my kind of minimal! Enjoy the rest of your day and I’ll be back to chat on Friday :)
February 12, 2014 0 Comments
Hey there! How did the weekend treat you? Mine started out pretty mellow but switched into high gear yesterday as we started our renovations at the shop. They are coming along great and it feels pretty awesome watching our storage and organization dreams coming together! But we’ve still got a solid couple of days of hard work ahead of us before opening our doors to the public once again so no chance of any R&R until then! I came across some pics of this beautiful Australian home last week and couldn’t wait to share them with you. If you can believe it, despite looking as though it could be a heritage shop conversion, it’s actually a newly built home! Home owner Carla Karsakis (of building design studio Etica Studio) has a passion for sustainable architecture and, together with her husband Ben, built and designed the home using recycled and salvaged materials, including some from existing structures on the property. Here are a few of my favourites and you can see plenty more (as well as detailed descriptions) over at House Nerd:
” I wanted everything to be recycled or secondhand, ” says Carla. ” We salvaged as many elements as possible from the garage and shed. This included jarrah beams, an old barn-style door which was made in England and a jarrah workbench which was constructed by the previous owner. “
Pretty cool, isn’t it? I’m totally in love with those Spanish tiles on the bathroom floor, what a statement! Enjoy your Monday!
January 13, 2014 6 Comments
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 5 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