Category — Bedrooms
I’m a big fan of Jordan Ferney and all of her creative ventures over at Oh Happy Day. She and her husband recently moved back to San Francisco after living abroad in grand Paris (lucky, non?!) and settled themselves into this charming 500 sq ft apartment. Did I mention that they have 2 young sons and that, ahem, this space is only five hundred square feet? After some renovations and more than a few gallons of white paint, the Ferney residence is fresh, fun and functional…the perfect combination!
(At the request of Jordan, only 2 photos can be shared here but please visit Oh Happy Day to see many her entire house tour, including more before and afters of each room)
Confession, I struggle with being content. Always have and probably always will. It’s just my nature to always be thinking about the next project, plan or to-do on my list. (It’s not that I’m dissatisfied with what I have, quite the opposite in fact, as I feel blessed in so many ways in my life…I just always seem to be thinking ahead to what’s next). We live on pretty modest means and it’s easy to dream about spreading out in a bigger home at some point along the way so this apartment was a great reminder for me this week, proving once again that the actual square footage of a home means a lot less than how one actually uses the space. Minimal doesn’t need to look sterile. Surrounding ourselves with what we love and paring down to the items that we actually use and need will make even the tiniest abode function better and feel like home.
Touring through Jordan’s house tour inspired me to think smaller, purge the unnecessary clutter and focus on how well our home functions rather than on the square footage it might be lacking. Does looking at other people’s homes (or lives on Instagram and other social media, for that matter) leave you feeling envious and discontent with your own space or does it inspire you to tackle future projects and DIY’s? I’ve been reading some interesting discussion on the subject and, personally, I wouldn’t be blogging about interiors if viewing so many spaces made me feel bad about my own home. I’m a dreamer and thinking ahead to long list of projects on my wish list (and believe me, it’s very much a wish list!) somehow keeps me going, despite the realities of our minimal budget. And I sincerely hope that the homes I share here make you feel just as excited and motivated for your own “one day” projects :)
April 10, 2013 6 Comments
Much to my husband’s dismay, I’m a big fan of accent pillows. While they always seem to be “in the way” to him, I just don’t feel comfy unless I’ve got one or two nestled around me on the couch. They’re also one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to add some colour and texture to a room. I’m a bit of a feather snob so I quite often buy handmade pillow cases on Etsy that fit standard Ikea down inserts…they just look and feel so much better than batting, wouldn’t you agree? I’m in the mood for a little freshening up around our place so here are just a few bright and graphic cushions that caught my eye this week…
I’d love to try my hand at printing some of my own fabric to sew into pillows like the cross patterned ones above. Have you ever stamped fabric before? I suppose I should really purchase a sewing machine at some point in my adult life too…and that would mean learning how to sew! I’ll add it to my to-do list :) Have a cozy Wednesday!
February 6, 2013 9 Comments
It’s been a while since I’ve featured any kids rooms on the blog but after getting a glimpse of this perfect space last night, I just had to share! A collaboration between Sharon Montrose (you’ll probably recognize her adorable baby animal photographs), Morgan Satterfield and Laure Joliet, this darling nursery would be a dream to rock any baby to sleep in! What I love most is that, with the exception of the crib, this room could be for a child of any age…or an adult for that matter. And it’s the perfect example of how little you actually need to put together a creative and stylish space. My sister is due with her first baby in a few weeks (yay, I get to be an aunty!) and we’ve had this conversation a few times along the way. It seems like everyone has their opinion about what you must have for your newborn but the reality is that they really don’t need all of that stuff. By baby number 3, we’d nixed just about everything, including the change table! Natural light, vintage touches, graphic pattern and just the right touch of whimsy puts this nursery at the top of my “best ever” list. Oh, and if you live in the US, you can enter to win a number of ingredients to this amazing space here…
What are your plans for the weekend? Mine is already filled up with work, pumpkin carving with the kids, a girl’s night and a Halloween party with young friends…busy busy! I never did get a chance to try painting those pumpkins at the shop but will see if we can squeeze at least a couple in over the next few days. Have a great weekend!
October 26, 2012 6 Comments
Ah, yes, the weekend is here and it will be much more relaxed than the last! I’m looking forward to resting my brain and catching up with some friends with lots of chill time fit in for our own little family. We don’t have a whole lot on the agenda except for brunch with friends after a local parade, going out for drinks for a friend’s birthday and then Rachel + I get to have a little spa day with some other friends on Sunday . I have high hopes that Brad and the kids will let me sleep in a little bit and that the rest of the weekend will look a little something like this…
What do you have on the agenda? I’m thinking that some R&R will be just what the doctor ordered to get me feeling back to my usual self again. That and some much needed sleep! Oh, and you can read more about Rachel + I over at Hodge:Podge today…the lovely Barbara included us in her So Canadian, Eh? interview series. And come visit me over at Poppytalk for my latest guest post featuring edible gardens…lots of Sunday morning reading for you! Have a wonderful weekend!
June 1, 2012 2 Comments
Lately, I feel like I’ve been apologizing for the untidy state of my home a lot. Can any of you relate? I used to pride myself on my weekly cleaning routine but that has slowly gone downhill over the last several years. Blame it on 3 young kids, blame it on blogging and/or market planning, or simply blame it on life…whatever the reason, I’ve been slow to accept that this is the “new normal” for our family way of living. Nagging my children and/or constantly picking up after them makes me feel like I’m on repeat most days and, while I do believe that kids need to pick up after themselves, I do think there are much more important ways for us all to spend our time together. Don’t get me wrong, it’s clean but I honestly just cannot keep up with the zillion pairs of shoes, Squinkies and art projects that come through our home each day. While I refuse to completely give up, (I tackled and conquered our hall closet this weekend), I thought I’d ease some guilt and show some perfectly lovely spaces that look perfectly lived in, just as they should…
VT Wonen. Photo by Jansje Klazinga.
Life is busy, no matter what your stage of life, and I for one will never be caught ironing my sheets! My mom always enforced making our beds each morning though and, while it may only happen by 3pm, that is something that I do always make happen each day…well, most days anyway (sorry Mom)! I find nothing spurs me to get cleaning more than having friends over. In fact, during our last home’s reno, Brad and I would often plan a house party as a deadline of sorts (aka an excuse to blow off steam!) to get each phase of our remodel finished. And there’s nothing like that 5 minute power clean right before that unexpected guest arrives…
Livet Hemma. Photo by Roland Persson.
Our children’s childhoods are so short in the grand scheme of things and I don’t want my kids’ memories to be of cranky/frazzled mommy. Having an organized and clean home makes me happy though so I guess I’ll move onward in my quest for the perfect balance…could there really be such a thing? That remains to be seen!
April 30, 2012 12 Comments