friday catchup

So here we are a month into a new year. I've always found January to be a hard month. It just seems to go on forever and ever but the end is in sight! Here are a few things I've been thinking about. 180322dbc596934cdc7a4029501e73cbEaster! I know that probably sounds strange but in the magazine world we're currently into April and May. I've been dreaming of daffodils, tulips and sweet smelling hyacinth and planning an Easter photo shoot which gets underway on Tuesday. I have to say that as much work as prop styling is I wouldn't give it up for anything. I love planning, executing and seeing the results of these shoots.

964be548462ff1792a6935a071608356Blogging. There seem to be a lot of posts this month about the changing face of blogging. I have to admit that the other day I went through the Remodelista newsstand and a good quarter of the blogs I used to follow are no longer around. There's also talk about slow blogging which I have to admit appeals to me. Longer, more beautiful, more thoughtful posts just not so often. This post by Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge is worth a read.

Screen shot 2014-01-30 at 8.59.30 PMWallpaper. I've never been a huge advocate for wallpaper. My thinking was always why spend money on wallpaper when you could spend it on art? But some of these new wallpapers have got me thinking...

33701bb728f3a876c0a72f9afe3c6c69Paint. If not wallpaper than maybe paint. I'm always telling other people to add colour to their walls but my living room and dining room are stark white. Maybe 2014 is the year I add some colour? What do you think?

Image credits:
1. Sharyn Cairns via Decorator's Notebook
2. You Have Been Here Sometime. Photo by David John
3. Emma Hayes wallpaper
4. Abigail Ahern

weekend create away: flowers

I'm happy to have Stephanie from Baba Souk joining me again this year. She's come up with a great new series I'm calling Weekend Create Away. I'll let her take it from here. (I'm off to pick up some flowers!) One of my goals for 2014 is taking time to play and live a creative life. What is this life all about without a little time to have fun? This new post series is about making time to do something inspiring. I’ll come up with super feasible ideas and simple ways to stir up our creative juices! Are you in?

So over the weekend, let’s try to make our own beautiful flower arrangements. The trick is not to have it put together by the florist, but to go to your local market and buy a few flowers and greenery you like, bring them home, find the perfect vase and play! We all need a little blast of color to brighten up this coldest time of year.I’d love to see what you come up with!

It doesn't need to be complicated to be pretty. Here are a few bouquets to get you started.


1-Picture by Otomodachi via Flickr
2-Via this Pinterest board
3-Via Anna Peters vsco
4- Via Oh Joy
5- Via Condominimcote’s Instagram feed
Curated by Baba Souk.


shop: dwellissimo

You've probably seen these colourful cord pendant lights around. I've been a fan of them for a long time. In fact when we first moved into our house I wanted one for our living room but at the time I couldn't find any available to purchase. (We actually ended up making one out of supplies we found at our local hardware store. Unfortunately, the only cord colour we could find was black.) eeb7c51f8ccffc4f50b23012373b3b4bThey work will in so many applications from dining rooms,

6458d3353f3cfb619282364e471d9786to entryways.


to bedrooms.

One of the advantages is that they don't have to be hardwired meaning you can simply plug one end into an electrical wall outlet and then string the light up to wherever you need it. They're great for little reading corners or areas where you want a bit more illumination but don't want to go through the trouble of bringing an electrician in.

Dwellissimo (one of my longtime sponsors) carries coloured cord sets and the awesome looking plumen light bulbs (see top photo). The plumen lightbulbs last for over 8000 hours (approx. 8 years!) and use 80% less energy than an incandescent bulb. You could easily string up one (or a few of these) lights in an afternoon.


Cord Sets - $34.95

I've been wanting to install reading lights over our bed (well, forever) and these cord pendants might just be the perfect (inexpensive) way to do it.

In addition, Dwellissimo carries some other very cool lights including these ones by Finnish designers Antti-Jussi Silvennoinen and Pekka Kuivamaeki. They are made from laser cut modules of corrugated cardboard.


&Bros Grey & Aqua Lights - $95

And these white metal hanging lights:


Metal Hanging Spotlight - $295

I seriously think lighting is one of the easiest and best ways to give your home a bit of personality. Don't you? I might just string a few lights up myself next weekend.

Image Credits:
1. Plumen
2. Mimou
3. Susanna Vento
4. Dwellissimo
5. &bros
6. Mercana 





wishlist - holst and lee

My birthday is coming up in less than two weeks...for those of you (hint, hint - dear husband) that might be interested. Top of my list is one of these bracelets from Holst and Lee. I actually spotted them at Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm and had to use all my might not to buy one on the spot.

Screen shot 2013-11-20 at 8.58.57 PMCoquette Blue and Gold Bracelet

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Mesh Colour Block Forest

Screen shot 2013-11-20 at 8.59.30 PMBlack Classic Bracelet

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Endless Summer Bracelet

Screen shot 2013-11-20 at 8.47.52 PMWe can work our way up to one of their stellar necklaces.

Screen shot 2013-11-20 at 8.50.56 PMBeautiful, no?

{They have a really good Sale section as well.}