When I was a child, I grew up living in the same house. My parents did not sell our family home until I was out of university. It houses every one of my childhood memories. I can still picture my pink Strawberry Shortcake themed bedroom. I can remember roller skating in the basement, playing in the woods behind our backyard, and the living room that we barely allowed to sit in and in which we were NEVER allowed to eat or drink.
Thanksgiving is on its way. It is one of my favourite holidays, because it is a time when family gathers together, and it's an opportunity to reflect on what makes us grateful. To help you celebrate with your family and friends, use these stylish Thanksgiving printables:
Art is one of my favourite things to source when I am designing a child's room. I love finding pieces that represent a mini client's personality. It can be tricky to find beautiful, affordable prints in Canada. Luckily, though, Chapters Indigo collaborates with amazing artists to offer prints for every member of your family.
I was challenged to create a Pinterest-worthy LemonAid stand. Inspired by my love of everything vintage, and by my mom's gorgeous country place by the ocean, I designed an old fashioned lemonade stand. I created one that could be set up at a summer party with family or friends, but the plastic glasses could easily be replaced with paper cups for a traditional roadside stand.
BlogPodium is my favourite conference. It's my happy place. When I walk in and look around, I see these people are my people. They understand my love of pretty, my passion to create and they feel it too.
People often ask me where I source decor for tween and teen rooms. The answer is almost always PBteen. The quality is excellent and the colour and selection is stylish and fun. They frequently launch new collections, many of which co-ordinate, making it easy to put an entire look together, without looking too matchy-matchy.
If you read my last post, you already know that the talented Jonathan and Drew Scott of W Network's Property Brothers have teamed up with Scotiabank for the #GreenYourRoom contest to help us transform our homes to be more eco-friendly.
I am a huge fan of IKEA, so when they challenged me to transform a space in my home using only textiles as a part of their new Quick and Easy textile campaign, I jumped at the chance. It was difficult choice, because, if I am honest, so many rooms in our home still need some love. I narrowed it down to two spaces—our older son's bedroom and our basement family room.
Finally it's spring, which means it's time to start thinking of home renovation projects. I already have a huge list of things I want to change in my home to make it more functional and beautiful, but I get stuck when it comes to making green home renovation choices.
As much as I love the pretty, the reality is I need to focus on lowering utility bills, increasing my property value, and making our home a healthier and safe environment for my children.
Our basement storage room was a winning contender for an episode of Hoarders. Seriously. I had to climb over boxes and bins to get to my craft supplies. I redid the rest of the basement in the spring, so I decided to tackle this neglected corner of our house over the Christmas holiday.
Here is what it looked like before . . . okay, if I'm honest, here is what it looked like before, after I cleaned it for about two hours:
Christmas is a few short days away. As our children get older, we are creating our own family traditions, based mostly on my childhood memories. Christmas was always a huge deal in my house growing up; I think it was everyone's favourite holiday. Even for my dad, who teased that we should cancel it Christmas every year.
This month I decided to combine two of my favourite things—Instagram and Christmas—to start the 12 Days of DIY. I am sharing one new holiday-themed DIY project per day for 12 days. From snow globes to paper wreaths, there is something for everyone. It's already started so there are many ideas waiting for you.
Yup you read that title right. Did you know that duck tape comes in a ton of patterns and colours? You can literally get it in everything from polka dots to your favourite boy band. They have a bunch of fun winter and holiday themed patterns as well, so I thought it would be fun to wrap Christmas presents with duck tape rather than paper.
I know this may seem early to talk about this, but every year I say I am going to send Christmas cards to friends and family and—every year—I fail miserably. This year I am going to try. With time on my side and pretty cards like these to motivate me, it might just actually happen.
These are my top picks for holiday cards for 2013. Which one is your favourite?
Are you looking for a modern way to add some pattern to your walls but are a bit afraid of wallpaper or stencils? Wall decals may be a great solution for you. Decals have come a long way in the past few years and Urban Walls, a Canadian company, has some amazing designs for any room in your home. I love how current and stylish they are. They are easy to apply, last for years and you can choose from a ton of colours for each pattern.
Our basement is one of the reasons we bought our house. It is a huge, open space, complete with a wood burning fireplace. Gradually we have been working on making it a functional and cozy family room. There was one area behind the sofa, however, that remained neglected. It needed to act as a guest room and toy storage area and it was failing miserably at both.