wedding paper

With wedding season in full force and mine less than a month away (eek!), I've been all about the little paper details lately:  menu cards, place settings, favours‚ the list goes on.  There's a ton of inspiration out there but I've narrowed down some of my favourite looks below:

Whether it's a sprig of rosemary or some foliage from your garden, I'm in love! - Amy 


1. via Tara McMullen 2. via Refinery 29 3. via Etsy 4. via Ruffled Blog 5. via Spoon Fork Bacon 6. via Style Me Pretty 7. via Inspired By This 


kid's rooms - four ways to wake up your walls

Every now and then I do a little writing for Today's Parent magazine. A few months ago I rounded up some rooms for them (everything from babies to big kids) where the walls took centre stage. From stencils to murals to striped ceilings there are so many things you can get away with when it comes to kid's rooms that you just couldn't do anywhere else. Take a look.

Photo, Kristin Sjaarda.

Photo, Kristin Sjaarda.

Nursery - Soft Stencils

1. This stencil pattern is inspired by embroidered Mexican textiles, combined with woodland animals. The set comes with two big stencil sheets (about 3.5 ft. by 2.5 ft. each) and instructions. You’ll need a roller brush, paint, tray, drop cloth, and tape to secure the stencils while you work.

stencil, $64,

2. Once you’ve settled on a name, monogrammed pillows like this one (also available in a frilly script) are a fun accent.

typewriter pillow, $58,

3. Shop online sites like Etsy and eBay for vintage, one-of-a-kind pieces that feel like family heirlooms.

wool rug, $60,

Photo, Roberto Caruso

Photo, Roberto Caruso

Toddler Room - Magical murals (you might recognize this one!)

Children’s bedrooms allow for a little more whimsy than other rooms in the house. A tree mural that stretches from floor to ceiling becomes this room’s focal point, and is a fitting metaphor for a growing child. Bonus: this type of wall art won’t come crashing to the floor.

1. Much like a mobile, a dramatic, intricate light fixture gives your child something to gaze at when waking up from a nap.

artecnica midsummer light, $96,

2. This Inke Heiland tree muraare made from precut vintage wallpaper. Use wallpaper paste (included in the kit) to glue the individual leaves wherever you like.

tree kit, $200,; elephant kit, $105,

3. Protect hardwood floors with a large area rug. Add a pad underneath to provide a soft landing for rough-and-tumble toddlers.

6×9 stripe rug, $282

Photo, Kim Christie

Photo, Kim Christie

Little kid room - Punchy Paint

1. Colourful stripes painted onto the ceiling add an element of topsy-turvy circus-style fun. (You’ll need at least one ladder, a level ruler or metre stick, a lot of painter’s tape to block out the stripes, and another person to help.) This vibrant hue of yellow is energizing for an active kid’s room.

sun-kissed yellow paint, $30 per gallon,

Photo, Scott Norsworthy. Design, MHouse Inc.

Photo, Scott Norsworthy. Design, MHouse Inc.

Big kid room - Fresh floral wallpaper

If your child demands pink (but the idea makes you cringe) choose variations on the commonly used pepto-princess shades. Here, peach, fuchsia and magenta are layered with a flowery, grown-up print to create a feminine yet sophisticated take on a traditional and pretty little girl’s room.

1. For a similar (but more affordable) look, try the “Countess” pattern by Graham and Brown.

wallpaper, $75 per roll,

2. White shag might seem impractical, but flokati wool is durable and wears well. (Small flokati rugs can go in the machine; hand wash larger ones in the tub.)

rug, $129,

To see more of these rooms and to read the whole article head over here. And before we go, the winner of the Nayme necklace is Leah. Congratulations Leah! I'll be in touch with you soon.

bedroom - soft neutrals vs. graphic black and white

I feel like the bedroom should be the most relaxing space in your home.  Right now this is not the case for me.  I'm currently trying to re-vamp mine by overhauling my closet, de-cluttering and bringing in a few new accessories.  I love white cotton sheets; they're comfortable, complement any decor and look so inviting after a long day at work.  I also gravitate towards a black and white palette and graphic patterns. These are 2 completely different looks and I'm torn.  What do you think?  Below are some of my favourites.  - Amy   



1. via SF Girl By Bay  Photo by Idha Lindhag 2. via Alvhem  3. via The Design Files  Photo by Eve Wilson 4. via Fantastic Frank  5. via Idha Lindhag  6. via Lily  7. via The Design Files

giveaway - nayme necklace

It seems every celebrity that has a baby these days is seen a few months later wearing their baby's namesake around their neck. Just the other day, I spotted that Emily Blunt is wearing a "Hazel" necklace in honour of her new daughter. I think it's a pretty cute sentiment and I have to say that I have sported Henry and Orla charms in the past.

I just discovered a new Canadian company, called Nayme,  that is doing something a little different. Instead of writing a name across a pendant they are interpreting names with symbols. For example, my name Emma means universal and is represented by a globe. 

My second name Claire means "clear and bright" and is represented by a star. The necklaces are made in Canada of sterling silver and come in a personalized box with your name's meaning.

I'm happy to say that Nayme is giving away a necklace to one of my lucky readers! Just leave a comment on this post before midnight on July 20 telling me what name you would choose (please note not all names are available). The contest is open to all my North American readers.

Now enter away!