Modern Sideboards and My Dining Room Wish List

Dining room style wish list for www.visualheart.com

When we first moved into our loft we went thrifting for sideboards and purchased a well-loved vintage one, it wasn’t in the best shape but the price was right. It’s 71″ inches long, a pretty standard size for sideboards and holds so much stuff. We use it for our vinyl record collection and Andrew’s Scotch collection. The cool thing about it is it has drawers inside and a flip-down bar top, but that also limits what can go in it. I’m at the point where I’m ready to let it go, it’s no longer my style and I’m not loving the red/orange […]

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Functional and Affordable Modern Home Office

visualheart home office loft

I’ve been freelancing and working from home for a couple of years now and I’ve finally figured out what essentials I need in my office. I’ve rounded it all up in this post to give you some tips to achieve a functional yet stylish home office with a few basic items. Sitting for a good chunk of the day means I need a comfortable supportive office chair, it took me a while to find one that was affordable yet supported my back and looked good. I refused to have a typical black plastic office chair because my office is in […]

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Easy Kitchen Makeover Using Matte Black Hardware

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This year I’ve really been into matte black fixtures, lighting, faucets, appliances and cabinet hardware. Some of those items can get pretty expensive, but cabinet hardware is the most affordable of them all since you can do it yourself. There’s no need to hire a plumber or an electrician and in most cases just changing out cabinet pulls can totally change the look of your kitchen (or bathroom). Here’s our kitchen before the hardware update, we had simple stainless steel minimalist pulls, they looked fine, but I was ready for a change and wanted to try this matte black trend […]

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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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A Review of the Texa Rug 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

uncommon goods home decor

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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