Calming Neutrals

May 27, 2013

Amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life, I’ve become very aware of how much I need to make room for calm moments throughout my day. Juggling family and work takes a lot of mental energy, as most of you well know, and it’s really hard for me to decompress at the end of each day. Can any of you relate? This blog is really therapeutic to me that way. It’s my time to sit down, zone out a little bit and have a creative outlet all to myself. While I obviously love colour, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all of the bold interiors featured out there on the world wide web and every now and again I find myself craving neutral living spaces, ones that allow the eye to rest while still looking comfortable enough to curl up with a good book in…

The Design Files. Photo by Sean Fennessy.

Skona Hem

Janis Nicolay

The Marion House Book. Photo by Kristin Sjaarda.

Remodelista. Photo by Peter Medilek.

Dig Mig


Although it’s easy to miss when quickly scrolling through, these spaces are far from boring. Each has subtle layers of pattern and texture (I’m seriously coveting that kitchen wall of hexagon tiles!) and every room could be easily accented with a bright colour, should the owner desire. A neutral background is always a good idea…timeless, classic and restful in this overstimulated day and age. Enjoy your Monday :)


Week + End: Weekly RoundUp + New Tunes

May 24, 2013

How was your week? We worked most of last weekend on some minor renovations at the shop (it was a family affair!) so didn’t get a lot of downtime but I’m hoping to put my feet up at some point over the next few days. The weather has been a little manic…hot and sunny one moment and pouring rain the next…so it’s hard to know what to expect, let alone what to wear! I haven’t spent much time perusing my fave blog reads this week but the following posts caught my eye…

1. I want to be invited to a backyard fiesta like this one:

DesignLoveFest. Photo by Jessie Webster.

2. Loving all of the vintage touches throughout this house tour, especially this sliding door:

A Beautiful Mess. Photo by Janay Hardy.

3. Everything about this rustic wedding reception is simply beautiful:

Style Me Pretty. Photo by Jose Villa.

4. Lemon Blueberry Baby Bundt Cakes with Rosemary Syrup? Yes please! :

Camille Styles

5. I could definitely handle I need a weekend away, tucked into a guest room like this:

Country Living

  1. Alpine: Gasoline
  2. Maritime: Washington Weather
  3. Slam Donahue: I Turn On
  4. Haim: Falling
  5. The Ceremonies: Land of Gathering
  6. Sea Wolf: Kasper
  7. Goldroom: Fifteen
  8. The Tourist Company: You Came Home
  9. The Staves: Mexico
  10. Litost: X Ambassadors

I also heard some great new tunes over the week and just had to share! Do you enjoy new music or stick with your favourite oldies? I’m always hunting down new tunes and Shazam is frequently put to the test when I hear a song I like. What are your weekend plans? Whatever they are, cheers and enjoy :)


Take a Seat: Outdoor Living

May 22, 2013

Although the Spring showers are back, we’ve been lucky to have several warm sunny stretches (including this past weekend) and it’s been so nice to enjoy our backyard again! One of the main reasons we moved to this house was the 1/4 acre lot with it’s tall trees and one of Brad’s biggest hobbies is landscaping, lucky for me :)

West Elm

Everything is especially lush and green at this time of year and I think only thing lacking on our back deck is comfortable seating. Our old cushions are in pretty rough shape (they’ve weathered everything from drippy popsicles to muddy racoon paws to monsoon rains) but I can’t quite justify spending big bucks on new cushions for chairs that I don’t really like all that much. While some padding is obviously more comfortable, I can’t help but think that chairs without would be much better suited to our West Coast climate…



Better Homes & Gardens

The green Ikea chairs above would be within budget and are definitely cheerful, but I’m not sure how inviting they’d be to lounge in on a hot summer’s day. This banquette with it’s layers of pillows and throws, however, well I don’t think I’d ever leave!

Toast UK via Poppytalk

West Elm

I saw this string Huron Chair (as well as the Bend chairs in the first pic) at the summer preview tour at West Elm last week and loved it…a single seat cushion might be a happy compromise. Easy enough to take in overntigh yet comfy enough to sit in for a second cocktail (twist my rubber arm ;)…which would you choose?


Happy May Long!

May 17, 2013

It’s the weekend! And better yet, it’s May Long Weekend! Back in the day, Brad + I happily spent this holiday in a campsite surrounded by friends (and possibly several empty beverage cans) but this weekend we’ll spend it at home, on our deck (possibly with some empty beverage cans) and couldn’t be happier about it. We’ve both been working a tonne and often feel like we’re ships passing in the night…can any of you relate? Anyway, time to regroup and spend some quality time together :)

I had a chance to pop by West Elm and West Elm Market for store tours this week and left inspired, as always!


We spent last Sunday out at Brad’s parents farm in Chilliwack and the views are truly amazing. Pics #1 and #2 are a couple of my faves of the day. Enjoy your weekend! What are your plans? Out + about? Or chilling at home? Here are a few tunes for your next BBQ and I’ll be back to chat on Wednesday :)

  1.  Acres of Lions: Reaction
  2. The Lighthouse & the Whaler: Pioneers
  3. Vampire Weekend: Giving Up the Gun
  4. Zerbin: New Earth
  5. Hannah Georgas: Shortie


Creative License: Inspiring Spaces + DIY’s

May 15, 2013

Balancing life and work is a continuous challenge, as I’m sure most can agree, but I find creative moments to be the most therapeutic ones of each day. Can any of you relate? Often, it’s as simple as restyling a small vignette at the shop to help take my mind off of things, pause and regroup before moving onto more pressing matters. I cannot imagine not having a creative outlet at work each day. I’m always drawn to studios and other creative spaces so today I thought I’d feature a few, with some DIY’s mixed in for good measure…

Lisa Congdon‘s studio via The Limner

Home of Jessie Webster via Design*Sponge

Smitten Studio

Abigail Ryan wallpaper featured on Decor8

The Design Files. Home of David Bromley. Photo by Toby Scott.

Livet Hemma

What helps you get through the work day, or the everyday for that matter? Besides coffee…that’s a given! Speaking of, it’s time for me to refill my mug as I’ve got a busy day ahead. We’re making some changes to the shop layout this weekend and there’s lots to do before the dust gets stirred up. Then I’m off to the city this afternoon to pick up store product, do a shop tour at West Elm and then meet a friend for dinner…got to make the most of it :) Enjoy your Wednesday!