Twice a year I get really serious about refreshing our home with a couple new colours or textiles. Something simple to give the space a little lift up. Fall always brings a lot of cozy…Layers and chunky textures to make the space feel inviting to guests and comforting for us. Spring on the other hand is a mixed bag. I find that this is season that gets me most excited for NEW! I love to wait and see what catches my eye – a colour or a vibe that feels different from what we’ve seen in the past. This year, I’m all about the crazy plant lady aesthetic with some *gasp* real colour mixed in!
I was really tentative about pink last year, and although I thought I gave it a heavy hand, when asked, my family had a hard time finding ‘all that colour’, haha. Anyways, this year, since we are switching some rooms around anyways (read about it here), I’m taking the chance – and challenge – to be a bit bolder with corals, blush and loads of green.
What are you guys feeling for spring this year?
Two and a half short years ago I was busy planning a light and bright nursery for my son. I was focused on keeping the space calm, airy and cozy in order to try and minimize any extra chaos in my brain as I settled into motherhood. For me, white paint is usually the answer for calming my mood and my mind.
Fast forward, and with another babe on the way this summer, we have decided to leave the nursery as is and create a new room for our growing toddler. At his age, there is much less equipment involved (ie. glider, change table, onesies upon onesies upon onesies) so it made sense to leave the larger room for the littlest human and turn our smaller bedroom into a nest for the eldest.
As I started to gather inspiration for the space, I found myself collecting images with huge doses of colour, contrast and whimsy, which, let me tell you, is NOT my typical go to. I want to create a bold, creative space that really reflects the stage of life he is in, the amazing little tornado that he is, and that will cater to a more is more philosophy because let’s be serious, isn’t that the gist of age two? Stuff everywhere!!
I haven’t finalized anything yet, but the wheels are turning. I thought I’d share peek at the inspiration I’ve been collecting, curating and coveting for this bedroom transformation…
When I found out we were expecting, I knew right away what kind of space I wanted to create for our little bean. I didn’t need to wait to find out if we were having a boy or a girl because at the end of the day, it wouldn’t really have changed much. Above all, I wanted to make sure that our babe had a calm, peaceful and playful space to grow up in. I wanted to keep things simple so that we could add life to it ourselves and so the decoration came from the things he loved instead of trying to work them in later. Books, toys and cherished gifts will arrive in all shapes and sizes, and I wanted to create a space that could accommodate them all (while also making sure everything had it’s place to go at the end of the day…because OCD, obviously). As you can see in many of our ‘after’ pictures, the nursery did evolve a bit from this initial design, however the mood I was going for is definitely how the space feels now. I enjoy playing, changing, feeding and observing my little love in this space, and I’m so glad that it feels like a bit of an escape from the rest of the house.
If you’ve got a peanut on the way, or if you are in need of a nursery update for your growing family, give us a shout. We love creating spaces that inspire creative living for the littles!
That little beep in the morning, telling me my jet fuel is ready, is one of the best moments of my days. That sweet caffeinated nectar has been my saviour since losing my 9am sleep-ins. It makes me a better, more patient person because 6 hours sleep is my new normal, and I am not someone who shines without a little help with less than a 9 hour siesta.
I also love a good spot to enjoy said nectar. There is something about coffee shops and cafés that always feels comfortable. The design is never pretentious because it can’t be. Things are easy to find, the floor plan is clearly laid out, and the finishes are often worn in and comforting. Pre-coffee is not a time to test the boundaries of design you guys, it’s a time to keep it simple. Get the coffee to the people! These spaces do all this so well and they look good doing it. It’s the perfect inspirational collection for this early Wednesday morning…
Since moving into our home a few years ago, we have been mulling over the best time and strategy for pulling our very dated basement out of the 60′s and make it a space that we can make good use of on a day-to-day basis. In one of it’s many lives, it appears that the entire lower level was a separate suite, complete with a blue tiled bathroom and more wood panelling than I thought was possible in one space. In fact, from one spot in the quasi-kitchen space, I can actually reach out and touch four different types of wood panelling. Guys, that’s too many. Since becoming a family of three, using this space as a storage and occasional TV space is no longer an option. My office became a nursery and very quickly we are finding that 1200 square feet is just not enough for three humans and three dogs.
As cramped as we are right now, I’m actually really glad we didn’t get to this space right away. I think that if we had gone ahead making changes in our pre-child life, I would be regretting those decisions now. My perspective has definitely shifted. Durability, safety and sight lines are now top of the list as we decide where and how we want to make changes. After doing a little digging around, and having lived here a while, it is clear that what really needs to happen is a total overhaul. We aren’t there yet, so we are moving forward with a much needed facelift to create a workspace for me and play space for the tiny tornado that is my son. Since a full-scale gut is most likely in our future, we are trying to keep things simple this go around. I have had to request reminders from our contractor to give me a shake if I forget that I am a budget-focused client here and not the designer, but I know it will be a challenge to create an appealing space that doesn’t break the bank.
I cringe a little posting these, this space is really horrendous, but it’s good motivation to force me to finalize the last few finishes and get to work! With budget in mind, I have taken on a few extra DIY projects myself. I will share as we go, so wish me luck and stay tuned for some much nicer photos of this mess in the coming months!
I don’t do a ton of shopping in an effort to start accumulating less ‘stuff’ around the house. It seems inevitable that there will be clutter, especially with a growing family, but I have noticed in recent months that I really am much more intentional about what I purchase. Having said that, I still love the shopping as a past-time. Can we call it a hobby? I love stumbling upon a shop that has also used a similarly edited eye when curating their shelves as I do when I’m filling our home. Wandering a store, discovering thoughtfully collected goodies, displayed in a beautiful or creative way pretty much sums up my ideal afternoon.
Well planned merchandising is somewhat of an art. Creating inspiring displays involves a lot of trial and error, and when done well looks entirely effortless. Whether it’s a simple product massed-out for effect or the architecture of the store itself that creates one-of-a-kind display opportunities, retail spaces are some of my favourite to browse. Here are some recent favourites to get you inspired as well, and check out a ton more right here…
You’ve got a little one on the way, and now it’s time to prepare the nursery for their arrival. It can be daunting to choose what to buy and what to skip with so many products to choose from, and it’s important to consider how the space is going to adapt as your child grows. Avoid buying over-priced products that will wind up in storage within the first year, and learn to create a space that will grow right alongside your little one. Here are four tips to keep in mind while designing your child’s room, saving you space and money, and keeping your home clutter-free.
Neutral Palette // Keep your paint colour, drapery and major furnishing neutral – think whites, greys and natural wood – in order to maximize flexibility down the road.
Multi-Purpose Pieces // Prioritize items that can serve dual purpose. A crib that becomes a toddler bed, a highchair that transitions to a booster seat and a change table that becomes a dresser are all good choices. Spend your money on items that will still serve a use once the baby years are over.
Accessorize with Colour // Use smaller accessories to bring character and interest to the space. Add a bright geometric pillow to the rocker or frame a personalized print above the crib. These are easy items to switch out later on without fear of breaking the bank.
Blank Space // Try not to fill every nook. It may be tempting, but leave room to add and move and re-arrange in the space as your child grows. This will allow for the addition of special mementos and gifts that you would like to display.