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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Vintage High Boy Dresser Makeover Using Benjamin Moore Paint

vintage dresser makeover

Confession, I usually avoid fixing up high boy dressers because they don’t fit in our vehicle, so they’re a pain to get home, but the owner of this piece wanted it gone so fast that he was kind enough to deliver it right to my door! I loved the potential in this piece, the shape of the top drawer and the details on the front legs. This piece is solid wood, but it isn’t nice wood. Many reproduction mid-century pieces are made from low-quality plywood and covered with a faux wood finish to make everything look consistent, it’s not a […]

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Free Printable Valentine’s Day Card

free printable Valentine's Day card

Valentine’s day is just around the corner! If you’re having trouble finding that perfect light hearted and silly Valentine’s card for that special person in your life, I’ve created a free printable Valentine’s day card that’s great for anyone in your life. Just download the card and print on card stock on your home printer or take it to your local print shop. Then trim along the crop marks, fold and write your message. So simple and so fun! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD Share your printed card on social media and tag me in your post @visualheart Happy Valentine’s Day! […]

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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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Spread Joy with Minted Holiday Cards

Be kind to one another

I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready for a new year to begin, 2016 has been a very weird year, especially now that he who shall not be named is about to be the American President, so scary (and I’m in Canada!). What I’m getting at here is that we all need to focus on spreading joy, happiness and being kind to one another. What better time to do it than at Christmas! The holiday season is pretty much here and I’ll be spreading joy with customized Christmas cards that I’ll be printing through Minted.com. I’ve done this for 2 years […]

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Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags

Free printable Christmas gift tags

Here we are again, another Christmas is just around the corner and I’ve decided to share more free printable gift tags with all my wonderful readers! I’ve designed them for the past 2 years and I think this will become an annual tradition because I find printable tags easy to print, assemble and customize with ribbon or string. You can find previous years gift tags over here and here. This year, the color scheme is minimalist with light mauve, grey and black, a little Scandinavian inspired! I was also inspired by my friend Angie Coates recent pin design and had to […]

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Recipe Adventure: Healthy Coconut Bounty Bars

healthy bounty bar recipe

These healthy bounty bars are perfect for when you’re craving something sweet and chocolatey but don’t want to eat junk. I initially found the recipe through Erin Ireland, a local Vancouver food blogger that focuses on vegan recipes. She found it through Voila Vegan’s instagram page. I saw the photos and immediately needed to have one! As a kid I loved bounty bars so much, but as I’ve grown older they now taste way too sweet and I realize they are full of ingredients I just don’t need to eat. These bars are super easy to make! Ingredients: 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut […]

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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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Painted Vintage Sideboard Before and After

Painted vintage sideboard before and after

I found a very small sideboard a while ago that had good bones. Made from solid plywood and even had glass sliding doors. The base was solid so the first thing I thought of was, yes! I can attach legs to this. The plan was to take this frumpy sideboard and make it modern vintage. Painted vintage furniture should only be done on plywood or veneers that can’t be salvaged. If the piece is solid wood, consider trying to refinish it or get a professional to help. I’d never ever paint teak, walnut or any solid wood. Here’s the frumpy dumpy before: […]

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DIY Terrarium Using An Old Light Fixture

DIY terrarium from an old light fixture

Last week I walked into my local Habitat For Humanity Restore, where you can find used home items such as construction materials, furniture and fixtures. I was hunting for a new furniture project when I stumbled upon some ugly brass and glass 1980’s light fixtures. I thought, wow these look like a terrarium I had seen at a speciality decor store. I decided to bring one home to attempt to transform it into a terrarium! I figured if I failed it wasn’t a big deal because it was just $3. I saw it as a chance to be creative. Here’s what the […]

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