Category — Flowers + Pretty Things

A Messy Meal: Kinfolk Dinner, Vancouver 2014

Along with some other fantastic partners, some of our rental pieces from were invited to take part in this year’s KINFOLK dinner in Vancouver a few weeks ago and it came together to be a truly beautiful evening in every way. This year’s event was an intimate gathering and dinner at Union Wood Co.?s new warehouse and was based around the theme A Messy Meal: Embracing Wabi-Sabi in the Everyday. One of my partners, Elisa, and our store manager, Breanne, attended the dinner and had an amazing experience, sampling chef Juno Kim‘s seasonal and local multi-course meal and meeting new friends in Union Wood Co.’s cool new space. Have you ever been to a long table dinner? It’s remarkable how many real connections can be made when we step out of our comfort zones and break bread with strangers, isn’t it? Britney Gill captured the event perfectly and I wanted to share just a few of my favourite pics. You can see many more over on Britney‘s blog as well as Spruce Collective. Our reclaimed wood benches and enamel pitchers looked right at home at the long table gathering, don’t you think?

Britney Gill Photography | Kinfolk Dinner | Vintage Rentals by Spruce CollectiveAll photos by Britney Gill 

Britney Gill Photography | Kinfolk Dinner | Vintage Rentals by Spruce Collective

Britney Gill Photography | Kinfolk Dinner | Vintage Rentals by Spruce CollectiveAll photos by Britney Gill 

Britney Gill Photography | Kinfolk Dinner | Vintage Rentals by Spruce Collective

Britney Gill Photography | Kinfolk Dinner | Vintage Rentals by Spruce Collective

Britney Gill Photography | Kinfolk Dinner | Vintage Rentals by Spruce CollectiveAll photos by Britney Gill 

Britney Gill Photography | Kinfolk Dinner | Vintage Rentals by Spruce Collective

Britney Gill Photography | Union Wood Co.  |  Niche Wine Co.  |  Victory Gardens  |  Piccolo Design Co.  |  Pallet Coffee Roasters  |  Postmark Brewing  |  Juno Kim Catering  |  Tantalus  |  Earnest Ice Cream  |  Written Word Calligraphy  |  Greenstems  |  Woodlot  |  Dahlhaus | Vintage Rentals by Spruce Collective

Collaborations are a beautiful thing, aren’t they? Have a fabulous Monday!

October 27, 2014   1 Comment

Colour Love: Seeing Green + Thoughts on Blogging

I’m feeling a little bit under the weather with a cold but the slim silver lining of some sniffle-induced downtime has been catching up on my stack of design mags and some favourite blogs. As someone with a blog, it’s kind of ironic how few blogs I actually read myself these days. After being on the computer for much of the day for work, it seems far easier to scroll through my favourite bloggers on Instagram instead…instant gratification, I suppose? I’ve noticed this shift in my own habits for awhile (and it’s also been a topic of discussion with my Spruce partners) so I found this NY Times article especially interesting while browsing last night.  I’m a little late to the conversation (ironic since I was on my own blogging break when the article came out!) but can totally relate to both blogger-burnout and creative burnout in general. There were some really great responses to the article from some of the bloggers featured (here, here and here) but I’m curious to know what your thoughts on the shift in social media are. Have your own online habits changed recently? Please share…

Photo by Michael Graydon for House & Home MagazinePhoto by Michael Graydon for House & Home Magazine

Photo by Luisa Brimble for Local MilkPhoto by Luisa Brimble for Local Milk

Idha LindhagPhoto by Idha Lindhag via SF Girl by Bay

"Watching Trees" by Clare Elsaesser“Watching Trees” by Clare Elsaesser

Brunswick Cafe, Brooklyn NYBrunswick Cafe, Brooklyn NY via Remodelista

These spaces have nothing to do with blogging except for the fact that they inspire me…which is the whole reason I started this little blog with Rachel so many moons ago :)

October 8, 2014   0 Comments

Five for Friday: Bright Points of the Week

Hey, friends! We’re heading into the final long weekend of Summer and I must admit I’m not happy about it. I feel like we just got into our beach-touring groove and then suddenly the days got shorter and the evenings got cooler…noooo! Like all good things, even Summer must end but I won’t give up our beach days without a fight. We’re heading out for a weekend of camping with friends tomorrow (or the next day, weather dependant) and I’m still overly optimistic that the soggy forecast is wrong…the sun will burn off those huge clouds, right? Still no word if school is starting next week as teachers have been on strike since June, (ugh!) which is leaving us in somewhat of a limbo.  Love our teachers but the kiddos have been home long enough. Seriously. But onto brighter things, these beauties caught my eye this week because, I mean, how could they not?!

1. I immediately downloaded this awesome desktop theme from Design Love Fest as soon as I saw it. Can you tell I’m ready to get back to work?

Our Heiday | Design Love FestOur Heiday | Design Love Fest

2. Red Envelope sent me this awesome dipped serving bowl and matching utensils as a housewarming present and it’s been a bright spot on our table all summer! It also comes in an amazing emerald green colour and is on mega sale right now…check it out here:

Birch + Bird | Dipped serving bowl from Red EnvelopeDipped Wooden Serving Bowl | Red Envelope

3. We’ve been in the height of wedding season with our Spruce Vintage Rentals division of the shop so I’m always on the lookout for fresh event inspiration and this floral chandelier is seriously the bomb…love!!

Greer Gattuso Photography | The Not Wedding New Orleans via RuffledGreer Gattuso Photography | The Not Wedding New Orleans via Ruffled

4. I’m beyond thrilled (and entirely envious of her talents, in a good way!) that my partner Jessica just launched an amazing line of illustrated prints in her shiny new shop, Acorn Atelier. I need one of each, no joke!

Acorn Atelier | Jessica MacDonaldAcorn Atelier | Jessica MacDonald

5. I’ll need a good detox after this summer of fun but the good news is that it’s technically summer for a few more weeks and this cocktail looks divine…bottoms up ;)

Grapefruit Sage Mimosa | Shannon KirstenGrapefruit Sage Mimosa | Shannon Kirsten

Do you have big plans for this last Labour Day hurrah? Enjoy, be safe and cheers to the freakin’ weekend…I’ll drink to that ;)

* Disclaimer : I was gifted this beautiful serving bowl set from Red Envelope but all opinions are my own…and always will be :)

August 29, 2014   1 Comment

Friday Faves: Bright Links to Love this Week

I’m late posting today but so it goes sometimes :) The weekend is officially here and although our sunshine is apparently going to disappear for a little while (boo!), I’ve got some bright inspiration and link love to share with you today:

1. Loving the combination of vintage and modern in this colourful vignette, not to mention that beautiful painting :

Photo by Eve Wilson | Produced by Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.
 Photo by Eve Wilson | Produced by Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.
 

2. Laundry is my least favourite chore but how fun is this cheerful utility room? Check out the DIY vinyl tile flooring tutorial over at  A Beautiful Mess:

DIY vinyl tile floors by A Beautiful MessDIY vinyl tile floors by A Beautiful Mess

3. Nothing says “party” like a good garland and these giant paper beads are pretty darn great…I don’t think I’d ever take them down actually :

DIY Giant Paper "Bead" Garland by Oh Happy Day
DIY Giant Paper “Bead” Garland by Oh Happy Day
 

4. I love a good colour punch in an otherwise neutral space and these bold yellow chairs are no exception…they remind me of a modern take on old Sunday school chairs, no? :

 
Gus Modern Sudbury Table in Walnut
Gus Modern via Design Milk
 

5. It’s happy hour somewhere, right? This trio of summery cocktails look too yummy not to try and I’m intrigued by the watermelon jalapeño comination:

 
3 Fresh Holiday Cocktails by Design Love Fest
3 Fresh Holiday Cocktails by Design Love Fest
 

We don’t have many plans this weekend but will be hanging with some friends and hitting the beach (if the rain stays away) before bringing Gabe to camp on Sunday. What about you, any exciting getaways in your cards? Happy weekend!

July 4, 2014   0 Comments

Bright Blooms: Fresh Summer Florals

Happy July to you! The sun is shining and it officially feels like summer here on the West Coast, hooray! I’ve been laying low  the past couple of weeks while recovering from a surgery and I must admit it’s been a lot harder being home and doing nothing than I thought it would be! I’ve read a couple of books as well as 3 months worth of magazine subscriptions, have caught up on all my favourite Netflix series’ and streamed several others but my brain is feeling slightly numb from an over-indulgence in entertainment news and a serious Instagram addiction. Brad took time off work to help me out (thank goodness) and he’s not one to sit still so got a great start on open shelves in our living room and backyard landscaping but it’s been pretty frustrating to just sit back and watch!  I’m resting lots and feeling more mobile every day and although  I’ll still be taking it easy for at least a few more weeks, I’ll hopefully start phasing in a day or two very soon. Have any of you ever been physically forced to come to a full “stop” in life? It’s been very good for me in a lot of ways and I definitely have a renewed appreciation (not to mention a very grateful heart) for good health. I have had plenty of time to browse for decorating inspiration for our new house and I can’t wait to bring in some potted plants and florals, especially now that my get-well bouquets are starting to fade. They bring so much life to a room, don’t you think? Here are some great floral looks, perfect for summer or all year round:

 
Laura Jones' Studio. Photo by Rachel Kara for The Design Files.Artist Laura Jones’ studio | Photo by Rachel Kara for The Design Files.
 
Modern dining room with florals. Gostco via Vtwonen.Modern dining room with florals. Gostco via Vtwonen.
Gostco Design & Lifestyle via Vtwonen
 
Family farm | Lopez Island Vacation Home | Photo by Helen Norman for Country Living
Photo by Helen Norman for Country Living
 
DIY hanging shelf | VtwonenDIY hanging shelf | Vtwonen via Poppytalk
 
Botanical prints + wallpaper | Photo by Idha Lindhag via SF Girl by Bay
Photo by Idha Lindhag via SF Girl by Bay

Pretty, right? I’m off now (slowly!) to meet up with my Spruce partners for our weekly meeting (which never feel like work, by the way!) before a couple of good friends come over for a quiet girls night tonight, can’t wait! Being home so long with the family has been great but I’m definitely ready to shake off this cabin-fever and get back into the social swing of things! Hope you’re having a great week so far and I’ll be back to chat on Friday :)

July 2, 2014   2 Comments