Beautiful little things

I love it when I stumble across a store that carries beautiful things I haven't seen anywhere else. Not an easy feat in this day and age. Bibelot & Token sources gorgeous homewares, apothecary and tech pieces along with some showstopping jewellery. Bianca Goldman, founded the online store in 2014 and is based out of Toronto. These are the kinds of pieces that set your home apart. Take a look at some of the things I wouldn't mind adding to my life.

I'm always looking for great hooks and these totally fit the bill. Perfect in a kid's room or the hallway.

Areaware Contour Key Ring, $18. (Other shapes available.)

Areaware Contour Key Ring, $18. (Other shapes available.)

There's something about a beautiful key ring that makes me so happy. I love it when the functional things in our life can bring a little smile. Plus this would be much easier to find in the bottom of my bag each day. 

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Why not add a little chevron pattern to your kitchen! That punch of black and white would look great in my all-white kitchen. 

To see more of Bibelot & Token's offerings head over to the store.

Gorgeous Bathroom Inspiration

In 2 months, I will be leaving my 2-bedroom condo for a house!  If you're a decor lover like me, I'm sure you'll understand how exciting it is to move into a new space.  I feel like the possibilities are endless and my mind is constantly imagining what my new home will look and feel like. ~ Amy.

via Home Adore

 

One of the rooms I can't wait to update is the main bathroom.  I came across this old concept board I created 2 years ago and I must say, I'm still in love with it.  I'm a sucker for white subway tile, vintage accents and a black & white colour scheme so I know that will definitely make an appearance.  

What do you think?  And what are your bathroom dreams made of?

Sources:

1. Subway tile via DesignSponge

2. Graphic floors via Flodeau

3. Apothecary Vanity,

4.  Marble Herringbone, Pencil and Paper Co.

5. Glass Shower Stall, Ann Sacks

6. Clawfoot tub, House to Home

 

paper love

I'm kinda into paper lately. It all started when I switched out the light in our dining room for a Noguchi lantern. I've wanted one of these light sculptures for a long time and I finally treated myself to it over Christmas. It's the first step in some big changes for this room which will unfold slowly over the next year. (I'm not into rushing my renovations anymore!) You might notice that the table is also new. A friend of mine actually whipped this up one afternoon after I told him that I needed a bigger table for a New Year's Eve party I was throwing. He agreed to make it if I gave it back to him come summer time. We'll see! I've grown quite accustom to having a bigger table surface.

I also added a couple of Too Fifteen products to my house. Too Fifteen is a new company started by Toronto sisters Ashley Botten and Nina Jones. The products are made from Tyvek which is pretty amazing material that looks, feels and crumples like paper but is actually super strong. It's one of those products that gets better with age. The more you use it and love it, the softer and more personal it becomes.

I've been using this pouch for my personal things. It's still pretty stiff and not showing many wrinkles yet.

I also added a larger bin to our washroom. It's the perfect place to collect laundry as my kids strip off their clothes before getting in the bath. I love the soft side which means I can just tuck behind the claw foot tub when we don't need it. 

homemade oreos

In honour of National Oreo Day I thought it fitting to re-run this post from 2011. I originally wrote this post for the Sweet Potato Chronicles and it has proven to be one of their most popular stories of all time. I guess there is no denying the love for the Oreo. And what could be better than making your very own.

Home­made Oreos (Adapted from Retro Desserts, Wayne Brach­man via Smit­ten Kitchen)
(My com­ments in brackets!)

Makes 25 to 30 sand­wich cook­ies
For the choco­late wafers:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweet­ened Dutch process cocoa (Fry’s Cocoa Pow­der will work in Canada)
1 tea­spoon bak­ing soda
1/4 tea­spoon bak­ing pow­der
1/4 tea­spoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 table­spoons room-temperature, unsalted but­ter
1 large egg
For the fill­ing:
1/4 cup room-temperature, unsalted but­ter
1/4 cup veg­etable short­en­ing
2 cups sifted icing sugar
2 tea­spoons vanilla extract

  1. Set two racks in the mid­dle of the oven. Pre­heat to 375°F.
  2. In a food proces­sor, or bowl of an elec­tric mixer, thor­oughly mix the flour, cocoa, bak­ing soda and pow­der, salt, and sugar. While puls­ing, or on low speed, add the but­ter, and then the egg. Con­tinue pro­cess­ing or mix­ing until dough comes together in a mass.
  3. Take rounded tea­spoons of bat­ter and place on a parch­ment paper-lined bak­ing sheet approx­i­mately two inches apart. (I started off with loonie sized chunks of dough which was too big. It’s more like the size of a quar­ter. Remem­ber, you’re aim­ing for 50 to 60 of these indi­vid­ual wafers!) With moist­ened hands, slightly flat­ten the dough. Bake for 9 min­utes, rotat­ing once for even bak­ing. Set bak­ing sheets on a rack to cool.
  4. To make the cream, place but­ter and short­en­ing in a mix­ing bowl, and at low speed, grad­u­ally beat in the sugar and vanilla. Turn the mixer on high and beat for 2 to 3 min­utes until fill­ing is light and fluffy.
  5. To assem­ble the cook­ies, in a pas­try bag with a 1/2 inch, round tip, pipe teaspoon-size blobs of cream into the cen­ter of one cookie. Place another cookie, equal in size to the first, on top of the cream. Lightly press, to work the fill­ing evenly to the out­sides of the cookie. (I don’t think it’s entirely nec­es­sary to use a pas­try bag. You could just spoon some icing on and squeeze between two wafers.) Con­tinue this process until all the cook­ies have been sand­wiched with cream.