Our Kitchen Renovation 5 Years Later and What I’d Do Differently

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It’s been about 5 years since we renovated our loft apartment, specifically the kitchen renovation. I wanted to look back on the process and share with you the things I’d do differently if I could do it all over again. Lets start with some before photos. Hello 1990’s! Note that this kitchen renovation was done in less than 1 month and my family and I work in the industry so I got a lot of deals on skilled trades and materials. Things to make note of, the puke green on the walls, the purple beams and ceiling, the raised bar […]

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My Thoughts on the Texa Rug in Fog Gray from Article

Texa rug in fog gray from Article

Exciting news, I finally own my first adult rug! I got the Texa rug in fog gray from Article. I replaced our worn out cotton rug that I had purchased online several years ago, it was tired and I was ready for a change. Honestly, it was never really warm enough under our feet because we have concrete floors and it was thin canvas, sure I could have got an underpad, but those are so annoying when you want to vacuum. The old rug had a bold pattern that was a big feature in the room, (see photo below) it kind […]

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Why Large Art Looks Better Than A Gallery Wall

Custom canvas print

Goodbye gallery wall, the new trend is large art and I love it. When we first moved into our loft, we put up a gallery wall because it worked with the art we already had, it was a mash-up of my art and Andrew’s art on one wall. After 5 years I got pretty sick of it and we weren’t really in love with any of the pieces. I decided that large art is better because it looks less cluttered, creates a bold focal point in the room and overall it makes me happier and that’s the most important reason […]

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Spring 2017 Decor Trends

Spring 2017 Decor Trends

Spring 2017 is here and it’s full of colourful textures. Woven fabrics, wicker and macrame are trending big time and while I like them, I think they’re best used in small amounts. Adding a colourful wall hanging to a modern space can add a touch of whimsy and it’s totally unexpected. A few of my favourite materials this season are concrete, light wood and metallics paired with lots of white. These materials are classic, neutral and minimalist, they work well with trendy colourful accents and paint colours. When Spring comes around I also like to freshen up our space with […]

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White Besta Cabinet Brings Clean Style to Our Loft

Ikea Besta Cabinet

In the process of decluttering our loft, I had the urge to replace the 4×4 Ikea Expedit shelf that sits in the middle of our living room. I wanted to find something that didn’t invite clutter. The open shelving was a catch-all for tchotchkes and storage boxes filled with stuff we didn’t really use. Plus I was so sick of dusting it! My goal was to get a smaller cabinet with doors to make the room feel cleaner, so I went with the Ikea Besta series. I purchased a Besta cabinet with 3 doors, it surprisingly holds a lot of items and […]

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Minimalism and Modern Tiny Homes

Don Delillo White Noise

It’s 2017, a new year, a fresh start, new you, get fit, be your best … blah blah blah. As the years go on I feel like society is getting more and more obsessed with the need to make resolutions and be busy all the time. I find it all very overwhelming to listen to. This year I’m blocking it all out and focusing on one thing, minimalism. Less is more. Learning to just chill. Take more time to just exist, go for more walks, be in the moment, put down the phone, log off instagram, facebook, twitter and spend […]

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High Style, Low Price: Article Ceni Sofa in Pyrite Gray

Article Ceni Sofa

I did it! I finally purchased a sofa and not just any sofa, I bought one online from Article. If you know me, you will know this is totally out of character! I have huge fears of buying stuff online, I worry about quality, if there will be extra charges upon arrival and mostly I hate not being able to touch and feel the product before buying with the chance of having major regret when it arrives. So I bet you’re wondering what made me go a head with the purchase? Well, after spending a few years researching sofas (I even […]

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Finding the Perfect Office Chair

The perfect office chair

You guys, the struggle is very real, I’ve been hunting for the perfect office chair forever and still haven’t found what I want, but I’m here to share my narrowed down list of a few chairs I think are awesome. Below is a photo of the current office setup, except in real life there’s a lot more papers and it’s very messy. For the last few years I’ve had knock-off Eames style chairs, but they wore horribly, I chat about that in this blog post over here. It’s gotten to the point where I actually need to find replacements, before […]

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Decorating Naturally with UncommonGoods

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I’ve been changing up my decorating style over the last few years, removing colour and moving towards natural elements like wood and textured fabrics. Since I live in an open plan loft apartment having too much colour can feel busy, including more natural elements creates a sense of calmness. I got excited when I discovered UncommonGoods after they reached out to me to select some of my favourite items from their website. If you don’t already know, UncommonGoods is an online shop where you can find sustainable, recycled and organic products. They work with artists and small manufacturers to provide […]

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5 Tips For Styling Your Coffee Table

5 Tips For Styling Your Coffee Table

Do you need help figuring out how to style your coffee table? Guess what, so do I, kind of, but only because I’m having trouble finding a coffee table I love and that fits in the space. I don’t have room for a large coffee table, something longer and narrow might be nice. I’ve been looking on Charish for some ideas, it’s a great place for vintage and unique finds. We currently use a vintage filing cabinet that Andrew has owned for many years, while I love the look of it, it’s really not functional as it’s fairly small. It has enough […]

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Using Texture and Pattern in Home Decor

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I love colour but generally don’t use too much in my own home decor and my client projects. I prefer working with textures. I like to keep my palettes neutral and calm with touches of colour but lately I’ve been really into mixing things up with texture and pattern. For Spring 2016, home decor is all about bringing in texture and pattern with items like textiles, metallic finishes, backsplash tiles and countertops, while keeping the colours minimal. I’ve gathered some inspiration below for a living space and a kitchen. Notice how the colours are cohesive so all the textures can work well […]

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Reupholstered Mid-Century Chairs

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Last month I shared with you that our reupholstered mid-century chairs are happening! After a few weeks they were reupholstered and today we brought them home. You have no idea how excited and nervous I was. I have been wanting to get these chairs done for years, I had even blogged about how I wanted them to look after endlessly looking for inspiration on Pinterest, you can read about that over here. I was so scared they wouldn’t look the way I had imagined in my mind, plus I have serious commitment issues, so picking a fabric took forever. Finally going a head with […]

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