November 25, 2013
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:
Custom stamp by Six & Grand
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 22, 2013
Hey, it’s Friday again?! Whoa. Before we all jump into the weekend, I thought I’d share a fun press feature on my shop, Spruce Collective, in the December issue of Chatelaine magazine! As I mentioned last week, my friend Janis stopped by the shop last Winter (feels like so long ago now!) to photograph a festive dining table we styled for the Holidays and we couldn?t be more excited to see it featured. Although we styled it months ago, all things nautical are still near and dear to our Spruce hearts and I will pretty much be recreating this look for my own home in a couple of weeks, just so you know :) To pull it all together, we used several of our vintage rental pieces (mantle, table, benches and chair) and mixed in some of our favourite nautical art, handmade ornaments, fresh greenery (bouquets created by Kari Dueck of Confetti Floral Design) and plenty of gold and brass bits for added sparkle. I’m of the opinion that less is more when it comes to decorating for Christmas and always use what I have, layering in fresh evergreens, ornaments and candles (and in this case, seasonal fruit) for a festive touch. Here are a few more of Janis‘ pics in addition to what you’ll see in Chatelaine:
Pretty, right? Brad and I are off to our dear friend Julia’s birthday party in the city tonight (Happy Birthday, Juls!!!) before seeing Rachel and her family tomorrow. For new readers, Rachel and I started this blog waaay back in 2010 and our families became fast friends while we worked together and organized 4 vintage markets. They made the adventurous move to Florida two years ago and we miss them dearly! I cannot believe it’s been a year and a half since we last hung out but they’re up for a visit and we’re so looking forward to catching up with them as well as other friends and family this weekend. I hope you enjoy much of the same, cheers!
November 20, 2013
While summer is definitely the more social season for us (we love a good patio party!), there’s a lot to be said for Winter gatherings. The sun may set earlier, but that’s no excuse to hibernate for the entire season! It doesn’t take much to create a warm and inviting atmosphere and you’d be surprised who the mere mention of a good cocktail will coax out of hiding! Here are some friendly spaces & delicious treats perfect for your next get-together:
Instead of scrambling to hide all of your food prep and kitchen utensils, why not style them into a simple vignette? They’ll be on hand to top up appie platters and make it much easier for guests to help out too. Logs on the fire and comfy seating (floor cushions are a great addition for small spaces) are perfect for fireside chats.
Design*Sponge. Photo by Maxwell Thielman.
I’m all about keeping it simple these days. A welcome cocktail is a nice touch (Prosecco with a splash of Cassis + rosemary is my fave) before uncorking the wine. I usually make a couple of appetizers and variety of cheese, crackers, nuts + fruit to keep guests nibbling throughout the evening. Fresh evergreen sprigs and metallic ornaments are an easy way to bring a festive touch. What are your entertaining tips + tricks? I’d love to hear!
November 18, 2013
The calendar just keeps marking itself off and the countdown to Christmas suddenly feels very real, it’s everywhere! I have managed to buy a few small presents but have yet to write an official list so I’m feeling a wee bit behind. Our family will be keeping it pretty simple this year and I’d really like to create some festive DIY’s with the kiddos to give to teachers, family and friends. We love getting crafty at Spruce Collective and were lucky enough to have my friend Janis come shoot a Holiday table setting last year (feels like so long ago!) and it’s currently featured in the December issue of Chatelaine magazine, hooray! I’m really excited to see it in person (I checked 4 stores the other night, no luck!) but here’s a little peek for now:
I love bringing special tidbits along as hostess gifts or, better yet, giving out festive favours to Holiday guests. Here are some easy DIY’s (for the most part, anyway!) and decorations to try:
Do you put aside time to create Holiday gifts? It really adds to the meaning of the season, don’t you think? I’m a big fan of thoughtful giving and nothing says thoughtful like something that’s been handmade with love! I’m off to work now but will be back to chat on Wednesday :)
November 15, 2013
Oh yeah, it’s Friday! Another busy week to check off the calendar and I’ve been counting down until today because I’m heading for the hills –Whistler-bound, woo hoo! It’s my good friend’s birthday and Whistler is always tha bomb. We’re so lucky to have such a beautiful mountain within reach and I cannot wait to wander the village, visit with my girls and warm up with a fireside drink or two?or more but come on, it’s Whistler so who’s counting ;) I’ll leave you with some links to love for the weekend–cheers!
1. Came across the gorgeous work of Vancouver artist Joanne Hastie and I’m absolutely loving this painting! Reminds me of an abstract paint-by-number–gorgeous!
2. This historic cottage is in the latest issue of Country Living and is packed with character + vintage touches:
3. Creative kids parties are surprisingly hard to find but this forest picnic is super sweet:
4. I could easily curl up in a number of cozy corners in this Icelandic cottage:
5. My palette for boozy hot drinks is limited to Bailey’s & coffee and I’ve never tried a Hot Toddy before–thinking it’s high time!
This is a quick getaway (I’ll happily take what I can get :) and I’m back tomorrow late afternoon for our Spruce staff party. We’re whisking the shop girls off (did you know we’ve got 5 employees now? Kind of crazy!) for a rustic picnic surprise, cannot wait! Time to hit the highway so happy weekend and bye for now!