Category — Art

Open House: Green Avenue, Part 1

With less than a month until moving day, it’s time for me to get serious about packing. Like, really serious. I haven’t filled a single box yet but am finding it really hard to start as most things can’t get boxed up until the very end. I suppose I’ll start with our storage room and work my out from there. Any moving pros out there? Please feel free to send tips my way! Packing means purging and although we already made a huge dent in our clutter pre-listing date, I’ve still got a few junk drawers and bins to sort through. Organizing takes so much brain power, doesn’t it? It can be draining but it’s worth it to see the final results. I promised I’d share some recent pics of our house before we move and here are some I took before our open house a couple of weeks ago:

Birch + Bird: My House | Home of Lily Ellis

Birch + Bird: My House | Home of Lily Ellis

Birch + Bird: My House | Home of Lily Ellis

Birch + Bird: My House | Home of Lily Ellis

Birch + Bird: My House | Home of Lily Ellis

Birch + Bird: My House | Home of Lily Ellis

Although I’ll miss our huge living room windows here on Green Ave, I’m really excited by the amount of wall space that we have in our new townhouse. I may or may not already be hoarding vintage art and signs from my shop, Spruce Collective for gallery walls galore. So much for purging! I’ve got some more pics of our bedrooms to share very soon and you can see past photos of our house (they’re much prettier than mine!) here, as well as pics of Gabe’s basement bedroom here. Happy hump day!

April 16, 2014   4 Comments

Spring Fling: Colourful Art, Bright Accents + Girl Power

It suddenly feels like Spring, doesn’t it? Maybe it’s the whole “Springing forward” time change or seeing buds starting to bloom but whatever it is, I’m ready for it! The last of the snow has melted (knock on wood!) and I even left the house without a jacket yesterday, risky after the torrential downpours, I know but it feels great to start shedding layers. The changing of seasons is the perfect time to switch things up on the decor side of things and I always love seeing unexpected pops of colour. Art, rugs and quirky vintage finds are my favourite ways to inject bold hues into my own house and here are some other bright ideas:

"Girls vs. Women" print by Jenny Highsmith | MaieDae“Girls vs. Women” print by Jenny Highsmith

I came across the above Jenny Highsmith print recently and immediately ordered a copy for each of my Spruce partners (and more to sell in our shop, they’ll be in stock later this week!) and cannot wait to hang mine up at home! It’s been mildly shocking how often we’re asked “how on earth can five women be in business together?!” (generally accompanied by a skeptical laugh) and even more shocking that the question is most frequently asked by other women. I don’t suppose that certain reality shows have done us any favours and although it’s really unfortunate that some people find it easier to visualize cat fighting brawls instead of creative collaboration, I’m extremely thankful that this quote sums up the reality of our collective experience at Spruce! I truly hope that it’s reflective of your own relationships with women as well. Happy International Women’s Day, by the way :)

Ikea Hack, Jallvik colour blocked frames. Photo by Livet Hemma. Livet Hemma via Poppytalk

INT2 ArchitectureINT2 Architecture via Behance via My Paradissi

Style Me Pretty. Hong Photography.Hong Photography for Style Me Pretty

Studio of Leah Alexandra. Photo by Janis Nicolay. Styling by The Cross.

Studio of Leah Alexandra in Style at Home magazine. Photo by Janis Nicolay via SF Girl by Bay. Styling by The Cross Design.

My AtticMy Attic

HK Living. Trendspanarna.HK Living via Trendspanarna.

Whether your budget is big (lucky you!) or small (I can relate), it doesn’t take much to add a little taste of Spring to your space. Bright blooms are always a great place to start (tulips are my fave) and I’ve framed everything from postcards and book pages to tea towels and wallpaper scraps, cheap and easy! Do you adjust your colour scheme with changing seasons? If so, I’d love to hear your own tips and tricks. Chat soon!

March 10, 2014   1 Comment

On Display: Organized Collections

There are a few areas of my life that feel a little out of my control lately (including but not exclusive to mounds of laundry, bulging closets + our ongoing basement renovations) but I find that starting and finishing one organized task every now and then can make all the difference. Single small tasks make that looming mountain of to-do’s suddenly seem achievable (or at least within reach!), one baby step at a time. My partner Jessica and I spent a couple of hours yesterday styling some new product displays at the shop and, while it certainly didn’t solve world hunger or magically fold my laundry, it sure felt great to purge some shop clutter and make things look pretty! Although it’s all just stuff, I think our personal surroundings reflect our emotions in at least some small way, would you agree? Here are some more orderly shelves, art + collections that are soothing to the eye and to the soul:

Spruce Collective, Abbotsford BCSpruce Collective (excuse the iPhone pic!)

Image removed at request of photographer. See The Glitter Guide for photo.

Oh Joy!Oh Joy! Photo by Casey Bradley.

Kelli MurrayKelli Murray

Tracey Ayton Photography for Style at Home. Michelle Morlean Design.Tracey Ayton Photography for Style at Home. Michelle Morlean Design.

Lonny. Photo by Patrick Cline.Lonny via SF Girl by Bay. Photo by Patrick Cline.

Do you find organizing your living space therapeutic or overwhelming? A combination of both? Me too! With my busy schedule, I find it much easier to tackle small tasks like a drawer or single kitchen cupboard rather than pushing my luck with an entire closet or room. Organized moments may be fleeting these days but they sure feel like a breath of fresh air!

February 19, 2014   3 Comments

Colour Love: Real Life Confessions + Plenty of Pink

This week hasn’t felt especially “busy” per say but I must admit that I’m in a total rut when it comes to housework and home organization and it’s really bogging me down. Spending my days at the shop (which I love!) makes the afternoons of picking up kids, sporadic grocery shopping and frenzied dinner/homework/bedtimes a total rush/blur/cranky mess and I’ve pretty much been a cranky beast. I have got to get it under control (or at least manageable!) but I’m having a hard time getting out of my slump. It’s Sadie’s birthday this weekend so I forced (ahem) pushed myself to finally hang a gallery wall in her room last night (something I would usually totally enjoy!) but I started too late, throwing off bedtime and my overall mood.  But, silver lining, Sadie’s gallery wall looks great and I’m so glad I powered through. I just found this “Brave Girl” download that I’ll be printing off asap to add to it too, cute right? Since her room is mostly black, white + pink I thought the rest of these images were fitting too:

Danielle Burkleo: Free Printable! Free Printable by Danielle Burkleo

100 Layer Cake:Modern Pink + Black + White Party Ideas100 Layer Cake

The Everygirl: Kristin Jackson Home TourThe Everygirl

Butter's Shaped Cookies. Photo by Janis Nicolay.Janis Nicolay

Agent Bauer: Marcus LawettAgent Bauer: Marcus Lawett

Baker's Royale: Blushing Kiss MartiniBaker’s Royale: Blushing Kiss Martini

Any working moms or dads out there? Or worker bees in general? How on earth do you keep up appearances at home? My creative and renovation ambitions seem to leave themselves at Spruce these days and, let’s face it, I’m flipping’ tired by the time I get the kiddos in bed! But I generally do well under pressure and we’ve got 2 parties here this weekend so that’s motivation enough to hustle and get things somewhat in order. Just don’t open any closets if you happen to pop by for a visit! What motivates you to get sh#t done? Please share!

February 5, 2014   11 Comments

Trend Alert: Where the Buffalo Roam

I’ve got a big thing for quirky wall art (as you can see here and here) and after seeing Emily Henderson‘s bedroom makeover for Joanna Goddard last week, I pretty much fell in love with Sir Buffalo hanging over the bed! It’s one of many stunning photographs (seriously, there are far too many great shots to choose from!) by Sharon Montrose over at The Animal Print Shop  and I just love how unexpected and stoic he looks watching over the room. Other spaces and products featuring the proud bison kept catching my eye over the weekend too so I thought I’d share just a few of my faves:

Birch + Bird: Cup of Jo. Design by Emily Henderson. Photo by Ryan Liebe.Cup of Jo bedroom makeover. Design by Emily Henderson. Photo by Ryan Liebe. Art by Sharon Montrose.

Birch + Bird: Bison by White Faux Taxidermy.White Faux Taxidermy

Birch + Bird: Berkley IllustrationBerkley Illustration

Birch + Bird: Custom stamp by Six & GrandCustom stamp by Six & Grand

Birch + Bird: Great Wide Open series by 1Canoe21Canoe2 via Poppytalk

Birch + Bird: Wilderness RomanceWilderness Romance

What are your thoughts on seeing buffalo in home decor? Love? Hate? I just think they’re pretty funny and there’s something so Canadiana (or Americana, depending what side of the border you’re on) about them. We had a really fun weekend filled with friends and family and now I’ve got to hit the ground running for the next three batches of The Urban Market that my shop, Spruce Collective, is hosting. I’m really behind on emails (sorry if you’re waiting to hear from me!) but hope to get caught up before the week gets away on me again. Have a great Monday!

November 25, 2013   4 Comments