Category — Architects, Designers + Stylists

Bright in BC: Leslie Shewring’s Light-filled Studio

We were supremely spoiled with sunshine and warm temperatures this summer so it’s hard not to feel a little under the weather (so to speak ;) as the West Coast rainy season rolls on in. British Columbia winters may have a gloomy reputation but I like to think we make up for it with bright spaces that maximize natural light and this amazing studio is no exception! I spotted Leslie Shewring‘s creative hub over on Decor8 last week and was blown away by Kelly Brown‘s photos and studio tour. White brick walls are the perfect backdrop to this light-filled space located in Victoria’s Chinatown and although it’s somewhat minimal in design, it’s incredible rich in style and bright pops of colour. Here are just a few of my favourite images but you can see many more over at Decor8. Enjoy!

Leslie Shewring's Studio | Decor8 Feature | All photos by Kelly BrownLeslie Shewring‘s Studio | Decor8 Feature | All photos by Kelly Brown

Leslie Shewring's Studio | Decor8 | Photo by Kelly BrownLeslie Shewring‘s Studio | Decor8 Feature | All photos by Kelly Brown

Leslie Shewring's Studio | Decor8 Feature | All photos by Kelly Brown

Leslie Shewring's Studio | Decor8 Feature | All photos by Kelly BrownLeslie Shewring‘s Studio | Decor8 Feature | All photos by Kelly Brown

Leslie Shewring's Studio | Decor8 Feature | All photos by Kelly Brown

Leslie Shewring's Studio | Decor8 Feature | All photos by Kelly BrownLeslie Shewring‘s Studio | Decor8 Feature | All photos by Kelly Brown

We’ve been dreaming of a huge studio space for Spruce Collective right from the very beginning and I can just imagine the creativity that could flow in a workspace like this! I’m super envious, in the most well-wishing sort of ways :) Be sure to check out more of Kelly Brown‘s pics over at Decor8 and see what type of projects Leslie is working on over at her blog, A Creative Mint. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

October 15, 2014   0 Comments

Artist Feature: Cathy Terepocki + Pure Green Magazine

I was so happy to see the latest issue of Pure Green Magazine arrive at my shop recently and happier still to see the studio of one of my favourite artists, Cathy Terepocki, featured in it, photographed by my friend Janis no less! The entire issue is beautiful and her ceramics workshop is beyond inspiring. She and her family live nearby in quaint town of Yarrow, BC (we looove Yarrow!) and you can see more pics of the studio and her adorable kids over on Janis’ blog here. Just a glimpse of Cathy’s handiwork below but you can find plenty more on her online shop or at these local stores:

Pure Green Magazine, Volume 8Pure Green Magazine, Volume 8

Studio of Cathy Terepocki for Pure Green Magazine. Photo by Janis Nicolay | Pinecone CampPhoto by Janis Nicolay for Pure Green Magazine

Studio of Cathy Terepocki for Pure Green Magazine.  Photo by Janis Nicolay | Pinecone CampPhotos by Janis Nicolay for Pure Green Magazine

Cathy Terepocki at Spruce CollectiveCathy’s work at my shop, Spruce Collective

Ceramic Planters by Cathy TerepockiHanging planters by Cathy Terepocki

Beautiful, isn’t it? It’s pretty awesome to see the collaboration of 3 favourite creatives come together on one project like this, super inspiring! Small town fact: although I’ve only met Cathy several times, her sister-in-law was one of my dear high friends in high school, we’ve worked on several projects with her other sister-in-law (an amazing florist!) and her husband’s law firm just moved in above our shop….small world, right? Six degrees of separation, I suppose :) Both Pure Green Magazine and a selection of Cathy’s work are available at Spruce Collective.

June 4, 2014   0 Comments

Southern Charm: A Modern Farmhouse

Before I chat about anything else, I just want to say a huge thank you to all of you who commented and sent all forms of moral support my way after Monday’s very personal post. It felt natural to share the truth (I’m all for keeping it real!) and it seems as though most of you can relate in some form or another. Life is funny, isn’t it? So many hills and valleys and unexpected turns along the way but this is one twist that I’m really looking forward to. Our corner of the world just happens to be one that’s ridiculously expensive to live in but I’m all for dreaming big and this Nashville renovation is definitely a country dream. And it’s big. Really big. I’m absolutely in love with how the architects preserved the original 1850’s front + exterior of the home and added all of the modern conveniences to a large (massive, actually) addition in the rear. Designed by HS2 Architecture, this family farmhouse manages to blend traditional, modern and some rather quirky + unexpected elements into one very liveable home. Come take a peek:

Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photo by Caroline Allison.HS2 Architecture via HGTV. Photos by Caroline Allison.

Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photo by Caroline Allison.

Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photo by Caroline Allison.

Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photo by Caroline Allison. Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photos by Caroline Allison.

The original bones of the farmhouse were maintained yet some walls were stripped down to the studs to allow light and sight lines to flow throughout the main floor. Such an unexpected feature for this home but I think it’s brilliant! Adds a fun, eccentric touch don’t you think? It’s always inspiring to me to see such a combination of styles juxtaposed together in a space and actually working, like they do in this home.

Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photo by Caroline Allison.Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photos by Caroline Allison.

Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photo by Caroline Allison.

Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photo by Caroline Allison. Courtesy of HS2 Architecture. Photos by Caroline Allison.

And the property. Seriously. How are there even pastoral vistas like this in existence? I don’t think I’d ever leave! You can see many more stunning photos of this Nashville home on the HS2 Architecture website so be sure to check them out. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

April 9, 2014   2 Comments

Hollywood Hideaway: A Bright Family Home

We’re only a few days into Spring Break here and I don’t know about you but it feels like everyone and their dog is currently sitting on a hot sandy beach except for us. Boo hoo! But we’ve been filling our time visiting with friends (ones who aren’t beachside either) and taking jaunts around the neighbourhood and local parks so I can’t complain too much. We’ve got a two week break so I’ll get more organized planning day trips next week but for now it’s been pretty nice just to lounge around and enjoy some lazy mornings. I’m still craving sunshine and this light-filled Hollywood home is pretty much the ultimate antidote. The stunning photos are courtesy of Brittany Ambridge and you can see more shots of the entire home here. Home to fashion designer Chay Wike, this hillside retreat was recently featured in Domino Magazine and I immediately fell in love with the lofty beams, vintage touches and mix of materials used throughout:

Brittany Ambridge | Domino MagazinePhotos by Brittany Ambridge | Domino Magazine

Brittany Ambridge | Domino Magazine

Brittany Ambridge | Domino MagazinePhotos by Brittany Ambridge | Domino Magazine

Brittany Ambridge | Domino Magazine

Brittany Ambridge | Domino MagazinePhotos by Brittany Ambridge | Domino Magazine

Brittany Ambridge | Domino MagazinePhotos by Brittany Ambridge | Domino Magazine

Pretty special, isn’t it? Built in 1933, Chay and her family did some minor renovations when they moved in but retained the home’s original architecture and charm, including some imperfections (like the concrete kitchen floors, which I absolutely love). Surrounded by nature and overlooking the bright lights of Los Angeles, this home is a true gem. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

March 19, 2014   3 Comments

Blogger Style: Simply Grove

Confession alert: I’m a voyeur. Well, when it come to interiors and home decor, anyway! Always  have been. Some of my first memories are walking with my mom through our childhood neighbourhood at twilight, covertly peering into lighted windows (from the appropriate sidewalk distance, of course!) and I totally still do the same today. Creepy? Maybe, but that’s what blinds are for, right? We’re all curious about how other people live (aren’t we?) and I think that’s why I started blogging in the first place. I truly love seeing what makes a house a home and, if you’re reading here today, I’d imagine that you do to. I plan on sharing more pics of my own home and homes of friends in the near future but for now I’ll continue to share other spaces that inspire me, like the home of blogger Kirsten Grove:

Home of Kristin Grove via Style Me Pretty. Photo by Allison Corona.Home of Kirsten Grove via Style Me Pretty. Photo by Allison Corona.

Home of Kristin Grove via Style Me Pretty. Photo by Allison Corona.

Home of Kristin Grove via Style Me Pretty. Photo by Allison Corona.Home of Kirsten Grove via Style Me Pretty. Photo by Allison Corona.

Home of Kristin Grove via Style Me Pretty. Photo by Allison Corona.

Home of Kristin Grove via Style Me Pretty. Photo by Allison Corona.

Home of Kristin Grove via Style Me Pretty. Photo by Allison Corona.Home of Kirsten Grove via Style Me Pretty. Photo by Allison Corona.

I especially love seeing stylish family homes that don’t break the bank. Kirsten and her family rent this fantastic space and used some special touches (like temporary wallpaper, how cool!) to make this house a home. Do you have any “cheap tricks” that you use in your own home decor? Please share!  You can see even more photos snapped by Allison Corona of the Grove’s home over at Style Me Pretty. Hope you’re having a great start to your week :)

March 17, 2014   9 Comments