Creative Play: Art Room Inspiration

September 11, 2013

As promised, I thought I’d share some before pics of our upcoming basement renos and one of the rooms that I’m most excited to tackle is the art/playroom. Living in less than 1200 square feet with 2 very creative and artistic little girls has been, well, a challenge. Our dining room table is currently the creative centre (the eye of the storm, so to speak) and while I absolutely love watching my kiddos create masterpieces and use their imaginations, it’s become quite the struggle getting them to clean up after themselves. And it’s often felt pretty unfair (some projects just take more time!) but mealtimes sitting around the table together are pretty important too. So, the thought of a separate space that they can spread out in and we don’t have to trip over crayons/glitter/glue/pom-poms/popsicle sticks/etc/etc sounds like absolute heaven. We’ll be delegating our basement suite’s living room as the art studio because it’s a decent size and is the brightest room downstairs. Here’s a quick shot of what the room looks like now…

Not much to look at but we’ll be brightening things up soon with a fresh coat of white paint and it will stay nice and cozy with the gas fireplace in the winter. It’s not a huge room by any means but it won’t take much to bring it to life. Here are a few creative children’s rooms on my inspiration radar…

Micasa via Handmade Charlotte

Mandy Lynne

Little Bird’s Boutique

The Design Files

Livet Hemma

I’ll be sourcing out plenty of storage solutions for all of the little bits and bobs but since the space is in the furthest end of our basement, I’m going to try to be somewhat relaxed when it comes to keeping things spick-and-span. I’m all for a little organized chaos now and then, especially when I’m not tripping over it :) Hope your week’s going well so far!


Personality Plus: Colour, Pattern + Texture

September 9, 2013

We’re gearing up for a number of home improvement projects at our house which is generally quite exciting but, considering how busy Brad + I both anticipate being at work over the next few months, is also quite overwhelming. And our budget is very limited so we’re going to have to come up with a game plan and get creative with our DIY’s. Our basement suite tenants moved out a couple of weeks ago and this will be the first time that we’ll living in the entire house, meaning our living/playing/working/breathing space will officially double in size. Double YAY!! We’ll be shuffling bedrooms around (the kids will each have their own room), creating an art/playroom as well as a cozy tv room. But there’s loads to do, starting with a few gallons of white paint, and I need some serious inspiration to get me motivated. Spaces full of colour, texture and pattern never fail to get my creative juices flowing and these rooms and settings are just oozing layers of personality…

Oh Joy Studio via Design*Sponge. Photo by Zeke Photography.

Clementine Daily

Lay Baby Lay

Justina Blakeney

Oh Happy Day

100 Layer Cake-let

What gets you motivated to jump into a big project? While I love Pinterest and reading other blogs for inspiration, I’m prone to spending too much time “browsing” for ideas and less time doing. Can any of you relate? So, as Brad would say, “there’s nothing to it but to do it”! I’ve been collecting random furniture pieces and wall art over the past few weeks and at least a couple of the new/revised rooms are starting to come together, in my head at least. Once we dig in, I’ll keep you posted with plenty of before and after’s along the way :)


Week + End: Links to Love

September 6, 2013

Well, we made it through the first week of school and I think we’re getting the hang of being back in the swing of things, for now anyway! Things will be much more regular by next Wednesday when Kindergarten has it’s official first full day…I’ve been driving to and from the kids’ school like a mad woman 3 times a day with the current staggered entry…and it will be bliss to accomplish at least a few uninterrupted hours of work each day. If you have kiddos, how are you handling the back-to-school shuffle? And if you don’t have kids or they’ve already left the nest…well, just be sure you’re enjoying a cocktail or two somewhere mah-velous for me ;) In the midst of all of my taxi-ing, here are some links I loved this week:

1. This new wall decal, designed by + available at Oh Hello Friend:

Oh Hello Friend

2. Absolutely coveting Emma’s new barstools:

The Marion House Book

3. Excited to be a part of a long table dinner later this month at a local farm. I’m imagining it will look something like this:

Once Wed

4. These newly cool evenings are perfect for campfires…and s’mores of course! This camp inspired meal was recently shot for Kinfolk:

Local Milk

5. I’ve been giving my liver a little post-summer break but think I’ll be due for a cocktail like this at some point over the weekend:

Rose Wine Cocktail by A Fabulous Fete

We’re off to friends’ wedding this weekend, which will be lots of fun, but other than that, don’t have much on the agenda. How about you? We’re all a little sleepy from all of the early mornings (or maybe it’s this strange stormy/humid weather?) so I’m hoping I’ll get a chance or two to sleep in…fingers crossed! Have a great weekend :)


Summer’s End: A Fond Farewell

September 4, 2013

Summer feels like it suddenly came to an end, don’t you think? I had a little twinge last night and felt like I didn’t have a proper chance to say goodbye. While we did manage to squeeze in one last beach day, ice cream cones and more warm-weather fun over the long weekend, I felt like I should at least pay some homage here on the blog to the lovely summer that we’re leaving behind. The kids went back to school yesterday (yaaayyy….oops, was that too enthusiastic? ;) and the weather suddenly flicked a switch, welcoming September with monsoon rains. Pretty dramatic after the past very sun-filled months! Although there is more sunshine in our forecast, one can’t help but notice the shorter days and cooler nights so before my focus switches to all things Autumn, here’s one last hurrah for Summer…

A Beautiful Mess

Country Living

Oh Hello Friend

Better Homes & Gardens

Peggy Wong Photography via Desire to Inspire

Seasons change and Fall is my favourite, hands down…what’s not to love about cozy sweaters, leather boots and the smell of woodsmoke in the crisp air?! Another exciting thing about this Fall is that Spruce Collective will be hosting The Urban Market at Highstreet on October 26th, 2013!  (You can find plenty more info, including how to apply as a vintage or handmade vendor, over on our Spruce website (click here).) This event is a pretty big full-circle moment for us, considering that our passion for vintage + handmade markets is what brought us together in the first place. Not to mention we?re coming up to our 1-year store anniversary later this month?pretty darn special! In honour of our first anniversary, we?ll be throwing a big sneak peek party the night before our event which, if you live locally, you won?t want to miss!

The Urban Market by Spruce Collective

It’s going to be a busy next few months but it already feels great to be getting back to our roots, so to speak. Do you have any big plans or life changes happening this next season? If so, I’d love to hear! Enjoy your day :)


Library House by Jessica Helgerson ID

August 30, 2013

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 Helgerson Interior Design. Photo by Lincoln Barbour.

Jessica Helgerson Interior Design. Photo by Lincoln Barbour.

Jessica Helgerson Interior Design. Photo by Lincoln Barbour.

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!