Week + End: Links + Tunes to Share

May 30, 2013

I wrote this post early as I’m en route to Spokane, WA today…hopefully knee deep in junk at some off-the-beaten-trail antique shop by the time you’re reading this! Monica and I left Abbotsford yesterday afternoon and the rest of our Spruce girls will be meeting up with us at our hotel later this afternoon. We couldn’t be more excited to scour Farm Chicks for vintage treasures tomorrow and Sunday! Stay tuned to my Instagram feed for photos along the way :) In the meantime, here are a few links that caught my eye this week…

1. Loving the unexpected decor in this Chinese restaurant, Bao Bei! Located in Vancouver’s Chinatown, I’ll definitely be popping in before the next Night Market:

Bao Bei via Poppytalk

2. I can imagine spending a warm summer evening on this Oregon patio…isn’t that banquette fantastic? Hmm, wonder if Brad has time for a weekend project while I’m off antiquing…


3. We’ve all got a weakness for vintage oil paintings over at the shop, especially landscapes like these beauties. Fingers crossed we bring at least a few home from Farm Chicks:

The Design Files

And what’s a road trip without music?! Some tunes on current rotation this week and very likely over the weekend:

  1. No Love Enough – Champion
  2. Can’t Hold Us- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f.Ray Dalton
  3. Pompeii – Bastille
  4. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke f. T.I. and Pharrell
  5. Everlasting Arms – Vampire Weekend

We’ll be home late Sunday night so I’ll be back to share news (and pics) from our big roady on Wednesday…have a great weekend!


Sunshine + Marigold: Hello, Yellow!

May 29, 2013

It’s been a somewhat gloomy week so far (with rain and dark clouds galore) but thankfully there is plenty of sunshine brewing, just in time for the weekend! I am so excited to be hitting the road for our first Spruce Girls (+2 husbands and a newborn baby :) road trip! We’re heading down to Spokane, WA for The Farm Chicks Antiques Show and have been looking forward to this for months. Between us, we’re driving a cargo van, mini van and an SUV with a trailer in tow…plenty of room to stock up on “new” vintage goodies. We’re hosting a Ladies Night at the shop on June 7th where guests will get first dibs on our haul…click here for more info.

In anticipation of all of the sunshine and happy moments ahead, I thought I’d share some spaces with pops of one of my current colour crushes, marigold yellow. It doesn’t take much of this bold hue to provide big impact to room and, as you can see from these examples, it works well with most colours…

Castle via The Design Files. Photo by Jason Busch.

Emily Henderson


In My House


Tracey Ayton Photography

Remember Monday’s post featuring calm neutrals? While the overall feeling of today’s post is more bold and energetic, if you notice, each of these spaces has white walls and a mostly neutral background. It’s amazing what a pop of colour can do, isn’t it? Have a bright Wednesday :)



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?