Loft Kitchen Update

loft kitchen renovation

I’ve posted a few photos of our loft kitchen before, but it’s been a while and thought I’d share an update, because I’m the type of person that likes to constantly move things around. We recently bought a larger stainless steel island and luckily we were able to sell the old one the same day! We upgraded to a large one, because we had the space and we really needed the extra storage underneath for our pots and pans and the extra counter space is pretty awesome. Before I get into the photos, here’s a link to a previous post, showing the […]

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Loft Bedroom Before and After

loft bedroom before and after

It occurred to me that I haven’t done any recent posts of our apartment. We’ve lived here for a couple of years now and things are finally feeling settled. After initial renovations and minor tweaks along the way, I’d say things are pretty much where we want them. There will always be things we want to update or change, but those projects will get done eventually and when our budget allows for it. Today I’m sharing the loft bedroom. I haven’t posted anything about this space because whenever I think to take a photo it’s far too dark or messy, plus […]

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Friday Favorites: Local Love

friday favorites

This week I’m sharing mostly local favorites. A local ceramics designer, a local crafts maker and jewellery designer, ice cream, beauty products, candles, alcohol and a local product that will probably change the world. Lets talk about that product that will change the world. It’s called Abeego. It’s an all natural wrap for food and containers. It’s used in the same way you’d use plastic wrap, but obviously way better for the environment. You can read more about it and watch videos on their website. I’ve got a few sheets of their product and I’m in love with it. It keeps veggies fresh […]

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Before and After: Painted Dresser

painted dresser

This one is different than my usual projects. I got this dresser for free and it’s not the mid century modern style I prefer, but I went for it. I knew a little paint would make it look so much better. I wanted to get this one finished quickly, so I started priming it as soon as I got it, hence why I never got a good before photo, but I did manage to grab the photo from the online ad! (Apologies in advance for the horrendous photo). So here’s the before, it’s dark plastic laminate faux wood grain with many damaged […]

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Before and After: Vintage Dresser

vintage furniture before and after

After a few weeks of procrastination during the holidays, we finally finished this vintage dresser project. It’s come a long way since we first got it. It was cleaned, patched and brought back to life. Here’s what it looked like before we started working on it, yes at first glance it doesn’t look too bad, but it was scary. It had 1000 spiders in it from being left outside, so that took a while to get it clean and remove the musty smells. The wood veneer was very dry and chipped in several places, the only area that was in decent […]

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Modern Meets Traditional Bathroom Design

luxury bathroom interior design

I recently took some photos of a luxury bathroom renovation here in Vancouver, British Columbia. It may not be my personal style, but you can’t help but love the finishes in this space. The mix of traditional elements and slick modern design somehow fits together in perfect harmony. The soft pastels in the tile and wall colour contrast with the dark marble floors. I’m seriously obsessing over the floors, they have so much impact in the space, they ground the airiness of the pastel colours and bring in a bit of a masculine feature into a very feminine space creating […]

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Art Inspired Room Decor

art inspiration room decor

A great way to decorate a room is by adding art. It can add personality and if you group a few pieces together it can help bring an entire room together. You can decorate your space by grabbing your favourite piece of art and using it as room decor inspiration. Below, I’ve shown a modern city loft scheme, using colours and graphic styles found in the paintings. All the paintings are from this great auction website called Invaluable, they have a huge selection from around the world and there’s pretty much any style to suit your personality. I’m most inspired by modern/contemporary/abstract art. Also, who knew […]

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Ikea Love: products that don’t look like they’re from Ikea

Ikea favorite products

Lately Ikea has really been doing it right. There’s been so many really great items that don’t have that typical Ikea look and feel. You know what I’m talking about, the products that everyone buys, the lack coffee table that can be found by the hundreds on craigslist, the same old bowls and cups, that candle older all of your friends have. I’m sharing some of my favorite products that make me go “that’s from Ikea?!” I’m specifically in love with the fabric cord lights they’ve released. The Sekond cord light looks and feels just like the super expensive designer ones. […]

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Becoming a Freelance Designer and Making A Home Office

home office before

This past year has been crazy, yes I literally mean crazy. That’s the only way I can sum up the ups and downs I’ve experienced in my work life. I’m about to share details that I haven’t shared with many people, I’ve just been too busy focusing on moving forward with my life to talk about what went on. It all started when I lost my agency job of almost 8 years, it didn’t end in the way I had always imagined in my head it would end. I won’t get into details, but basically I wasn’t getting paid for […]

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Using Black in Your Bathroom

Modern Bathroom Black and White with pastel green

After doing renovations to our apartment and being on a super rushed timeline in the process, I occasionally have regrets about certain decisions we made in terms of design. Don’t get me wrong, I really love everything, but you know that feeling when you spend hours browsing Pinterest and fall into an imaginary world of dream homes and wish you could just change things up easily because you’re currently in love with a certain style. I flip flop so often between loving minimalist black and white designs to colourful bold spaces with lots of playful art and accessories. Lately I’ve really been […]

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Giveaway! Vancouver Home + Design Show Tickets!

vancouver home and design show tickets

I’m doing a giveaway! If you live in Vancouver, BC, you’ll like this one. You could win two (2) tickets to the Vancouver Home + Design Show for October 16-19, 2014. Visit their website for show details and times. My giveaway is open to Vancouver residents only as you have to pick up your tickets in person (see details below). All you have to do is follow the instructions presented in the widget below, just a few small steps and you could win a pair of tickets and have an awesome weekend learning so much about home decor, renovations and check out super cool celebrity […]

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Handmade Driftwood Lamp

Driftwood Lamp

Weekends are for relaxing and getting outside, we enjoy an occasional spontaneous trip to the beach to hunt for driftwood. Lately, Andrew has had a good eye for finding pieces suitable for lamps. This time he found a very organic piece that looks different from every angle. We found this one at the same beach I mentioned in my previous driftwood lamp post. The addition of a vintage Edison light bulb really makes the piece. I love a good Edison bulb. The light bulb is only 40 watt, so it gives off a nice low warm glow, perfect to add ambiance to a living […]

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