West Elm: New for Fall 2014

July 9, 2014

The Summer heat finally kicked in and I’m loving it! I’m still taking things pretty easy after my surgery a few weeks ago but I’m feeling much more like myself and I cannot wait to get back to my usual activities, work and family fun. This “relaxing” business has been far more difficult than I thought it would be and I’m eager to get on with things, including finally decorating our new house. West Elm sent me a press kit for some of their new arrivals and I’m really loving the retro-meets-global vibe they’ve got going on for Fall, with price points for every budget too! Here are some pieces that I would be more than happy to bring home:

West Elm: Mid Century Glass PendantWest Elm | Mid Century Glass Pendant
 
West Elm: Ladder BookshelfWest Elm | Ladder Bookshelf
 
West Elm: Ainslie SofaWest Elm | Ainslie Sofa
 
West Elm: Mini Smeg FridgeWest Elm | Mini Smeg Fridge (arriving Fall 2014)
 
West Elm | Hand Blocked Stepped Diamond Pillow CoverWest Elm | Hand Blocked Stepped Diamond Pillow Cover
 
West Elm |Arriving Fall 2014West Elm | Arriving Fall 2014
 

I’m crushing hard on all of these new finds (especially that pendant light…I kind of need it!) and how cute is that mini Smeg fridge?! Pretty sure I’d let Brad have 3 beer fridges if they all looked like that ;) Hope you’re keeping cool, enjoy your Wednesday!

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Colour Crush: Aqua, Teal, Green + Everything in Between

July 7, 2014

It’s no secret that green is my favourite colour but when it comes to saying which shade or tint of the hue is the peak of perfection, I’d be hard pressed to decide! While I love a good emerald or leafy green, the colours of the sea may be the ones that call to me most but there are so many variations (not to mention colour combinations) that I could never settle on just one. The best part about green is that it honestly goes with just about any decorating scheme. Don’t believe me? Nature is always the ultimate colour guide and green never looks out of place…

Kinfolk Dinner | A Daily Something Kinfolk Dinner | A Daily Something
 
Photo by Tia Borgsmidt | Styling by Mette Helena RasmussenPhoto by Tia Borgsmidt | Styling by Mette Helena Rasmussen | via Nordic Design
 
Photo by Amanda Prior | Styling by Jessica Hanson | Inside Out Magazine via Poppytalk
Photo by Amanda Prior | Styling by Jessica Hanson | Inside Out Magazine via Poppytalk 

How awesome is that Choose Your Own Adventure print? I hunted it down and it’s available here, along with some other awesome artwork and home decor…great site! Anyone remember reading those books? I loved them and think this quote (which just happens to be one of Brad’s favourites…he’s got a lot of one-liners ;) is a good reminder that we’re all capable of changing the course of our lives, one decision at a time.  Here’s another amazing print from Blacklist:

Don't Give up the Ship print by BlacklistDon’t Give up the Ship print by Blacklist
 
Honeydew Basil Spritzer | A House in the HillsHoneydew Basil Spritzer | A House in the Hills

 Mm, that cocktail looks refreshing doesn’t it? Mondays should always require an early happy hour start time, just saying ;) Cheers to a good week ahead!

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Friday Faves: Bright Links to Love this Week

July 4, 2014

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!

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Bright Blooms: Fresh Summer Florals

July 2, 2014

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 :)

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Dreaming of Summer: Links to Love this Week

June 18, 2014

Happy Wednesday! I’m sharing some link love early this week as I’m heading in for surgery first thing tomorrow morning and imagine I’ll be pretty groggy for the next few days. It will be very strange to be out of commission and in recovery for the next couple of weeks but it will also give me time to finally plan our Summer holidays and I’ll have a chance to catch up on Game of Thrones and Orange is the New Black! Not to sure when I’ll feel up to blogging but here are some links that have inspired me this week:

1. This photo simply feels like summer to me, as does much of Joanna Henderson beautiful photography:

Photo by Joanna Henderson, http://www.joannahenderson.com/spring-updates-you-magazine-styled-by-clare-nolan/Photo by Joanna Henderson via SF Girl by Bay

2. My recipe “file” is a complete mess and it’s high time copy my favourite dishes onto pretty cards like these… they’re free to download here!

Printable recipe cards / blank cook book by CoCorrinaPrintable recipe cards / Blank cook book by Co Corrina

3. I’m so in love with the photos that Mikaela Ruth Photography snapped of our extended Spruce family last week and you can see more here on our shop blog, if you’re curious about more of the story behind Spruce Collective:

The Families of Spruce Collective. Photo by Mikaela Ruth.The families of Spruce Collective | Mikaela Ruth Photography

4. Emma’s new baskets are a genius idea for storage…now to find fishing baskets from Madagascar for my own home!

Hanging fishing baskets from The Marion House BookThe Marion House Book

5. Are you following Cartolina stationery designer Fiona Richards (fionacartolina) or her husband Doug Jones (riderjones) on Instagram? If not, start now because they’re in the midst of an absolutely incredible renovation of their first retail store in Nelson, BC, transforming a dingy Chinese restaurant into a heritage dream of a storefront…the before pics are mind-blowing! I cannot wait to visit later this Summer when we make the trek out to Brad’s family cabin in the Kootneys…road trip!

Cartolina retail renovation, Nelson BCCartolina retail, opening July 2014

That’s all for now! Wish me luck (and hopefully a speedy recovery!) and I’ll be back to chat very soon :) xo

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