The most commonly used word in my home is "cozy". I probably say it everyday because well, that's how I want to feel ALL THE TIME. The way I dress reflects this, as well as my approach to decorating. If you haven't yet feasted your eyes on the home of stylist Jessica de Ruiter then you're in for a treat. Her home is 100% cozy but still maintains a clean and artful vibe - check it out below.
On June 13, 2015, I started working for myself full-time. I quit my secure, full-time corporate job to pursue my passion. Some people thought I was crazy and some people were genuinely excited for me. Deep down, I knew I was making the right decision. To describe this past year as a roller-coaster ride is truly an understatement. There have been high's - when I felt on top of the world and so confident and sure of my career path. But there have also been low's - times when I felt alone, lost, and completely doubting myself and my abilities. They say the best way to learn is through your own failures but if you're looking to take the leap into the freelance world, I hope some of my words can provide some real insight into this crazy but rewarding lifestyle.
1. Positivity is key.
This means saying goodbye to Negative Nancy. You don't have time to entertain her! I’m the type of person who is constantly talking to myself (in my head of course). Sometimes my self-talk turns into self-sabotage which is not good. It’s okay and perfectly normal to fall into a rut sometimes but when you start putting yourself down and believing you can’t do something, chances are, your productivity will suffer and that not only means unhappy clients but also an unhappy YOU. Stay positive and always, always be grateful. I also find exercise and yoga helps for me or basically anything that makes me sweat and release them good endorphins.
"UNDERSTAND THAT THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE YOUR OWN PATH IS A SACRED PRIVILEGE. USE IT. DWELL IN POSSIBILITY." – OPRAH WINFREY
2. Don’t be afraid to ask for what YOU want.
Yes, ask for help. And ask for more money if you have to. You need to muster up the courage to charge clients what you truly believe you’re worth. If you have 10 years of experience in your industry, then you better not be charging the rate of a new grad just because you’re starting out on your own. If you end up undercharging your client, you probably won’t be as happy doing the work. After all, what’s the worst thing they could say? There’s usually always room for negotiation when it comes to pricing and fees. Besides, the people who truly value your work will pay for your services.
3. Stop fooling yourself, you can’t do everything.
If you’re starting out on your own, it’s natural to want to do everything yourself in order to save your hard earned money but when your business starts to grow, you’ll need to reach out for help and learn how to leverage your network. Don't be afraid to ask for help. I always hear the saying “find your tribe” and I wholeheartedly agree. Connect with like-minded individuals and see if there’s a possibility to partner with them or exchange services.
"For changes to be of any true value, they've got to be lasting and consistent. – Tony Robbins
4. Time management is SO important.
This is a biggy and something I still struggle with. As you get busier, it will be harder to juggle the demands of work and your personal life. Being organized is a given, but you need to stay focused and “in the zone” to knock off the things on your to-do list. Create some type of structure or build a routine that works for you. Eliminate all distractions and find out what helps keep you focused. It’s also essential to find the tools that help save you time. I like to use Freedcamp (for tasks) and Zoho (for invoicing)
5. Learn how to say NO.
When you’re starting off, you will probably want to take every job that comes your way out of financial necessity. But once you get established and have some regular clients, follow your gut and say no to those clients who don’t seem like they would be a good fit or stress you THE EFF out. Maybe they're unorganized or the work wasn’t interesting or challenging enough for you. I like to remember this saying, “It’s only by saying NO that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.” - Steve Jobs
"IT'S ONLY BY SAYING NO THAT YOU CAN CONCENTRATE ON THE THINGS THAT ARE REALLY IMPORTANT" – STEVE JOBS
6. It’s ok to fail.
I’ve made so many mistakes during my first year and I’m sure you will do the same. You can’t beat yourself up over it, you can only take that experience and learn from it. Evaluate the process, make a list of what worked and didn’t work and make sure you adjust for next time. If you’re not failing, you’re not growing and growing is essential to achieving your goals.
“SOMETIMES I SUCCEED, SOMETIMES I FAIL, BUT EVERY DAY IS A CLEAN SLATE AND A FRESH OPPORTUNITY” – GRETCHEN RUBIN, THE HAPPINESS PROJECT
7. Schedule time for YOU.
Spending time with loved ones is absolutely paramount for me. Don’t forget about those who helped you get to where you are and cherish the moments you spend with them. Be completely present and give them your undivided attention (ahem, put away that phone). But more importantly, take care of YOU. Now that you’re wearing so many hats, you will need “me time” to decompress and relax. Take a spa day if you have to, And heck, you deserve it! It may sound cheesy but it’s true.
8. Don’t forget your WHY.
If you’re going out on your own, I’m sure there is a good reason for it. And I commend you for having the courage to take the leap. Whether you’re unhappy about your current situation, trying to follow your passion, trying to make ends meet, or all of the above — chances are you are doing this to make your life better. It’s so easy to get discouraged and frustrated when sh*t goes wrong. It's also easy to get stuck in a never-ending tornado of work. Don’t allow the obstacles and failures of the process make you forget why you started.
I have a deep love for good design, that includes everything from graphics to product design to original pieces for your home. If you’re interested in viewing and purchasing some original pieces for yourself, join me on Tuesday June 14th at the 2nd Annual DX Design Auction!
Some great pieces will be up for grabs during a live and silent auction — I must admit, besides the design pieces, the live auction will be a highlight for me since I’ve never seen a professional auctioneer at work. Also, I love that this event is for a great cause; 100% of the proceeds will go towards supporting the museum and benefit DX’s education programs like workshops and exhibitions plus the preservation of their permanent collection.
After taking a peek at the featured auction items. I’ve selected a few of my favourites:
Do you have any favourites? I'd love for you to share the comment section below. I love EQ3 so it's no surprise that my top picks include 3 pieces from their Assembly collection :) Hope to see you there!
*photos above were provided by the Design Exchange.
1. Assembly Bar Stool by Thom Fougere (Donated by EQ3)
2. Scribble Table by II BY IV Design (manufactured by Nienkamper, donated by II BY IV Design)
3. Stok Side Table by FormNation (Donated by Kikkerland)
4. Salta Coffee Set by Airedelsur (Donated by South Hill Homes)
5. Kelvin LED Green Mode I - Pink Limited Edition by Antonio Citterio and Toan Nguyen (Donated by Flos)
6. Assembly Clock by Tomas Rojcik for Normal Goods (Donated by EQ3)
7. Assembly Chairs by Matthew Kroeker (Donated by EQ3)
It's time!!! My bedroom is DONE. That actually sounds really good to say. The past few weeks have been a blur trying to keep up with work and sourcing items for this room. To be honest I had a very low budget and I spent under $300 for everything. Luckily we had an IKEA credit which helped me out tremendously!
So let's get right to it, do you remember what it looked like before? Here's a reminder:
I knew I wanted to keep it white but bring in some texture and pattern and incorporate some of my favourite thrifted pieces. Originally, I wanted to keep the headboard wall completely bare but I made the last minute decision to incorporate some plant life. What can I say, my love for eucalyptus is strong, folks. This wall hanging was inspired by Sarah Sherman Samuel's DIY which I love!
Because everything is so white, I knew texture and pattern would make the space more cozy and inviting. I incorporated that in my throw pillows, blankets and rugs. I'm in love with this hobnail chenille blanket I found at the Aberfoyle Flea Market. The 2 throw pillows were gifts from my Mom, the white cutout pillow is a handmade piece she brought back from the Philippines. I love it!
Instead of matching wall lamps, I opted for a table lamp on one end. I find it gives the room a more relaxed vibe. Plus, the black lamp was my Dad's, he's had it since I was a child. It's super old (and not that pretty) but I just love it's simplicity.
I've had my eye on this bench for quite some time. It was in my parents backyard collecting dust. I knew it would be perfect for the foot of our bed. My Dad was a welder and he constructed it out of metal pipe and old wood. It's weathered over time and I love the look of it.
Below is my hubby's side of the bed. My Mom likes to take photos of things at the thrift store and send them to me (cutest, right?). I spotted this brown frame in the background and asked her to take a look. It turned out to be perfect because the ceramic sculpture is a rooster from Chinese Astrology — which is my husband's year. Apparently, roosters are "hard working, shrewd and definite in decision making, often speaking their mind". I agree with all of that so of course, this went up on his side of the bed :)
I really wanted a small vanity area and this little nook in my bedroom turned out to be perfect. Now I have a place to store my brushes, makeup and jewelry. It only takes me about 10-15 mins but it's nice to have a spot where I don't have to fight for the mirror. I also have the option of pulling the stool over when I want to sit down.
I even organized my closet! I've been obsessed with the Konmari Method and it's so much easier to see what I have when it's organized.
Thanks to Linda from Calling it Home for organizing this event. I sometimes need a little push to get my butt going and this is exactly what I needed. Thanks to my parents and hubby for all their help! I absolutely love our new bedroom and I slept like a baby last night :)
HAPPY THURSDAY, INDEED!!!
It’s Week 5 of the One Room Challenge! Before we get into it, can we please talk about the image above? Major inspiration. I'm pretty sure this image is everywhere right now since it came out in Kinfolk Home. I love how bright, white and dreamy it looks. Also the photographer who shot this, Pia Ulin has an incredible portfolio.
Moving on...I can’t even believe it's week 5! I'm happy to say that my vanity area is coming along...
My intention was to add another shelf above or some art. Also, excuse the mess and the grainy photo. I hate posting poor quality pics but it's progress not perfection, right? :) I've already started using it and I love it. It's nice to have a space to myself that tucked in my little corner.
I’ve been super picky with furniture and accessories for our home but Homesense is killing it lately. Have you seen their rug selection? I’m also noticing some really nice furniture and lighting options. Is it me or did they hire a new buyer because I don’t remember their stuff ever being this good. View the goods:
Since I stole the rug in my office to put in my bedroom, I wanted a smaller rug to replace it. I think image one (top left) would be a good option. I'm also loving the one on the right. Can you tell I'm a sucker for graphic patterns? Also, notice that rustic piece of wood on the bottom left? It's a small bench my parents had forever which I've been meaning to steal for years, I just didn't know where to put it. Why discard something when you can breathe new life into it? It was merely collecting dust in their home and now I have the perfect spot for it :)
Oh and this patterned "blanket"? You'll never guess which part of the store I found it in. The BATH department. It's a turkish towel but hey, no one needs to know. What you do need to know is that I got it for under $20 and it’s a fantastic throw blanket (it's actually 100% cotton).
So here’s a quick update on what I’ve completed in my bedroom:
- new sheets
- new sheets & throw blanket
- bench (bonus!)
And where’s what’s left to do:
- the headboard situation
- style closet
I’m confident everything will get done by next week. I can’t wait to show you the afters, I don't think I'll ever want to leave my bed after this room is done!
If I had to pick one thing that I'm crazy about (besides the hubby, of course) I would say it's flea markets. I grew up going to them so I feel like I was born to hunt — it's in my blood.
In fact, as I write this post (at 8am in the morning), I am considering which markets are open today. I have 7 tabs open, 6 with flea markets and antique shows and another for Google Maps to get the directions from my home. I told y'all, I'm crazy.
But out of this craziness comes love because I'm going to share with you 5 Flea Markets/Antique Shows that you NEED to check out this Spring & Summer. Especially if you're on the hunt for some rare finds to decorate your home. Each one has something different to offer and you might just find exactly what you're looking for:
1. The Junction Flea Market
One of my faves. The last time I went was a few years ago and the prices were pretty reasonable. Their vendors sell everything from furniture to jewelry to rugs. The also have a growing selection of local designers and makers selling their products.
WHEN: They will be hosting one event this year, a summer mega flea event on May 21, 2016
WHERE: Echo Beach Market
MORE INFO: Website & Directions
2. The Christie Antique Show (ok, not in Toronto but totally worth the drive)
I look forward to this event every year and I don't always have the chance to attend. This year, I'm definitely hitting it up bright and early. It's a popular one, some vendors save their inventory for this event. I even saw Marilyn Denis and met designer Tommy Smythe one year.
WHEN: Saturday May 28, 2016
WHERE: Christie Lake Conversation Area
MORE INFO: Website & Directions
3. The Leslieville Flea
The last time I visited, they had a lot of vintage clothing and ephemera from the 1940's. It looks like they have a larger selection of furniture and home accessories as well as local vendors which I love (I'm all about shopping local whenever possible). They also have a variety of items featured on their website for sale.
WHEN: Sunday June 19, 2016 (special outdoor flea on Saturday June 25th)
WHERE: Sundays @Ashbridge Estate, outdoor flea will be at the Distillery District
MORE INFO: Website & Directions
4. The Aberfoyle Antique Market (also not in Toronto, but worth the drive)
This was my most recent excursion and it did not disappoint! I scored a few pieces for my bedroom which you can read in my last post. A huge selection of vendors from midcentury mod furniture to vintage records to antique jewelry. I also find the prices a little more reasonable and don't be afraid to haggle! Definitely worth a visit.
WHEN: Every Sunday until October 30th!
WHERE: Guelph, Ontario
MORE INFO: Website & Directions
5. The Sunday Antique Market at the St. Lawrence Market
I love the St. Lawrence Market, especially around Christmas time when the area is lined with Christmas trees and fragrant cedar sprays. But during the Spring and Summer, it's great for strolling around while enjoying some local food from the Market. Everything from architectural salvage, antique collectibles and vintage jewelry are available for sale.
WHEN: Every Sunday
WHERE: The St. Lawrence Market
MORE INFO: Website & Directions
Did I miss one? I'd love to hear of any other flea markets or antique shows that you love to visit in the comments below. Happy Hunting!
Soooo, life happened and I skipped Week 3's update. OOPS. The truth is, I'm actually in the midst of styling a client space and we're right about halfway which means a ton of sourcing and travelling on my part. Exciting times! But I'm also juggling some graphic design projects which explains my missed post. But that's a whole other post and today is all about the One Room Challenge, Week 3 AND 4! Here we go...
After having no luck finding a stool for my vanity area, I decided to hit the Aberfoyle Antique Market on Sunday which was the opening weekend. Let me tell you, this girl went home happy because I scored some amazing finds!
I could easily spend the whole day there which is precisely why my husband was nowhere to be found (haha); instead my parents came along. Growing up, Sundays were all about thrift stores and flea markets and finding things to repurpose for our home (hence the name of my blog). If you live in the Greater Toronto Area, I suggest you check it out if you haven't already been.
I found my stool for $20. It's dirty and a little disgusting but I like it — cracked paint and all. I'll clean it up a little but for the most part, it's staying as is. I'm actually wondering if I should peel off more of the paint. Thoughts? I also found this interesting teak light pendant for $25.
Right before leaving, I spotted these hobnail chenille blankets which I fell in love with (I mean, look at that detail!) And for $20 each, how could I say no? It will bring in some really nice texture to the bed and complement our popcorn ceiling...........
ewwww. I was totally joking. I hate popcorn ceilings and just noticed how prominent it looks in this photo. But I will turn a blind eye because we don't have the time or the money to put towards that. On another note, after sleeping in our bedroom for a year, WE HAVE CURTAINS! I opted for some simple white Ritva's from IKEA.
Some great progress over the past week but there's still A LOT to do. Don't forget to check back next Thursday for another update and also visit the other featured designers and guest participants to see what their week 4 is lookin' like!
It's week 2 of the One Room Challenge! In case you missed my first post, I'm giving my master bedroom a much-needed makeover. Every Thursday, hundreds of bloggers and designers along with myself, will be posting about the progress on their space. If you feel inclined to go back a week, you can find more of the deets on Week 1 here.
Update time. So, after scouring the internets, this is probably the closet thing to what I want my bedroom to FEEL like:
Soft, laid back, peaceful.....ahhhhhhhhhh I can just picture myself curling up with a good book on that cozy bed. Unfortunately, I don't live in Sweden so I'm not blessed with white-washed floors and a killer view BUT I do have IKEA 30 minutes away so I can make an Amy version of this happen.
I threw together a little concept board below. I love the soft colours but I'd love to bring in some colour and texture in the accessories. I've had my eye on some vintage mudcloth throws but of course they are $$$ so I'm looking at some options. Also, why is it so hard to find a rustic stool??? I've had no luck on Kijiji or Craigslist. Am I crazy to hope that it will magically appear on someone's curb on garbage day?
I've added an asterisk to pieces I already have. The rug is actually in my office and I've realized I don't really need a rug in there since I shoot most of my things on the floor so I might be moving that into the bedroom. However, if I decide to buy one I've narrowed it down to 2 other choices:
I don't know if I want a warm or cool tone to the rug so I would love to know your thoughts!
And that's it for the Week 2 update. Make sure you check out the other talented folks over on Calling it Home . Big shoutout to Linda for creating this challenge! Make sure to check back here next Thursday to see what progress I've made :)
Source: top image via Alvhem.
As I begin my bedroom makeover for the One Room Challenge, I couldn't help but go back to a time when everything was done. Today I've rounded up some of my favourite spots in our old condo.
My favourite spot was definitely on the sectional. The floor to ceiling windows always left the room bright and sunny and it made me feel like I was up in the clouds! Do you have a bright spot in your home? What is your favourite area to get inspired?
To see more of the old humble abode, you can check out our Home Tour here.
Hello! It’s that time again — I’m gearing up to join the Spring edition of the One Room Challenge. A massive design event created by Linda from Calling it Home, where hundreds of designers, decorators and bloggers accept the challenge of transforming a space in 6 short weeks. Much like last time, I'll be joining in the fun as a guest participant.
If you followed my process during the Fall edition, you may remember my office makeover. This time around I’ve decided to tackle my bedroom. We've been in our home for almost a year now and the bedroom still doesn’t feel like the sanctuary I’ve been longing to create. So, this challenge is the perfect opportunity to get my ass in gear. Let’s do this!
As you can tell, it's very bare. I've paired down a lot since I started working for myself. That includes clothing, furniture and just 'stuff' in general. I'm hoping the end result will still be bright, relaxed and gender neutral but here are the key things I hope to accomplish in this room:
1/ Add a small vanity area.
I wouldn't even call it a vanity. Just a place where I can sit and do my makeup for 10 mins before I run out the door.
2/ Find a rug.
I think it would really warm up the space. would love something right in front of the closet.
3/ Figure out the headboard situation.
Paint? Wallpaper? Shelves? I'm still undecided.
We need a new chandelier/pendant over the bed. i Also need to figure out the lamp situation by the bed.
Kijiji or craigslist?
6/ Window coverings.
Those blinds have got to go.
obviously. i'm planning to diy it. somehow.
8/ Style my closet.
I actually don't mind the white sliding closet doors but the inside definitely needs to be styled.
And I think that covers it! Check back next week to get more details on my concept board and any progress I've made! Also, if you're looking to find some added inspiration for your makeover or home, check out the One Room Challenge featured designers here and the other guest participants here. There's a TON of projects by some of my favourite designers and bloggers!
Hope to see you back next week!
When homeowners ask me to style their homes, I get that excited knot in my stomach. I've always been fascinated with how people live and it makes me so happy to help create a space that is tailored just for them. For this East York home, my clients were a young family that needed a little bit of help with adding some colour and personality to their space. Check out the before's below:
With a fresh coat of paint and a few key pieces, I knew we could take this space from brown to bright. Some of the main must-have's included a recliner chair as well as nesting tables that could easily be moved around when guests are over or tucked away when the baby's out to play. Here's a peek at the concept board we created which incorporated my client's favourite colours, red and turquoise.
And here's how it turned out!
I'm really happy with how this space turned out. It's happy and welcoming, just like my clients! If you're looking for some help with styling your space, you can get reach me here.
Turquoise Side Chair, Toronto Designers Market
Nesting tables, vintage (Kijiji)
Ori Rug, EQ3
Brass Table Lamp, CB2
Throw pillows, throw blanket, curtains, Homesense
Snakeplant & Planter, Sheridan Nurseries
Copper Ball Pendant, EQ3
Whenever I search for photos of my dream home, there is always one common denominator: white. I’ve always been drawn to spaces that are light and bright so it's no surprise this space stole my heart. Midcentury modern pieces along with subtle textile patterns perfectly complement the intricate architectural details in this beautiful apartment. I mean, if I had THAT fireplace...I would never leave. Scroll down for more of this gorgeous space shot by photographer Jonas Berg.
I never truly understood the importance of goal setting and writing your intentions down until last year. My goal was to leave my full-time job to start my own business, something I was thinking about for awhile. I would constantly hear it in my head and feel it in my heart that I was meant to do my own thing. I constantly dreamed about it but it's that moment I made a decision and started writing things down — that's when I started seeing some results and realizing the true possibilities. I wanted to be the creator of my life, not just manage it.
The Success Planner was created by Karlyn Percil, both a client and a good friend of mine. Our meeting was serendipitous; we hit it off instantly during a time when I was going through some inner struggles and our conversation just flowed. For those of you who know Karlyn, you'll understand when I say she pulls you in. It was instant comfort, our first conversation felt like one I have with my closest girlfriend. Don't you love it when that happens? We bonded over our passions and our mutual love for Robin Sharma. Karlyn has devoted her life to helping others face their fears in order to create a life filled with purpose and passion. She's even appeared on Oprah's Lifeclass numerous times!
So when she asked me to help design a planner she was dreaming about, I was all in. It combines the proven strategies from thought leaders like Oprah, Tony Robbins, Arianna Huffington, Brené Brown, Robin Sharma and Napolean Hill. Trust me when I say, this isn't just a day planner, it's a roadmap to helping you achieve everything you want in life.
My goal for this planner was to design something that was simple to use while also being minimal and beautiful. I really wanted to utilize a lot of white space. Space to let your goals take centre stage and to think about what really matters to you. I incorporated a different pattern every month, pulling textures from fashion and the patterns that Karlyn loves herself. This was truly a labour of love and both Karlyn and I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears (for reals) into this baby. And we do in fact, call it our baby.
And to save the best for last, we're hosting a giveaway! All you need to do is:
1. follow myself on Instagram @amy_loveonsunday
2. follow Karlyn on Instagram @karlynpercil
3. what is your word for 2016? An all-encompassing theme or word that describes your goal for this year. Leave a comment on my Instagram photo what it is for your chance to win your very own copy.
And that's it! The winner will be announced on Tuesday January 12th. Good luck!
To order a copy of the planner, you can do so here.
I'm a sucker for pretty paper. I also have a penchant for beautiful but simple gift wrapping. Growing up (waaaaaay before Pinterest was ever created), I watched my Mom carefully and thoughtfully wrap each present with ornaments, beautiful ribbons and fresh eucalyptus. It's no wonder this tradition grew on me— I inherited my Mom's love for pretty packaging at a very young age. I remember my presents in high school were wrapped perfectly. Not to brag but my wrapping game was strong even back in my teenage years :)
On the off chance that I'm not working (which is pretty rare, these days but who's complaining?!). I design little things that I love. Including these little tags for all my gifts this year. They're minimal, black and white and go with all my wrapping paper. And guess what? It's a free printable! So if you like it, head over to the download link at the very bottom.There are 4 different designs, all created by moi.
My favourite thing to do while wrapping gifts is to play some xmas tunes and drink some hot chocolate! Do you have any traditions?
Happy wrapping and enjoy!
Download your tags HERE.
For those of you who haven't started your holiday decorating (that's me), I've rounded up some of the most popular decorating styles for the season to get you inspired. Are you a gold addict? Do you stick with an all-white palette? Do you love a pop of bright colour? Or maybe you're a mixture of different styles. Whatever the case may be, I hope you get in your decorating zone soon because Christmas is only a few weeks away! Hopefully these styles will help you (and me, not going to lie) figure out how you'd like to deck your halls this season.
1. SCANDINAVIAN INSPIRED: You love black and white, graphic patterns and are a minimalist at heart.
2. COLOUR LOVER: Black and white is not your thing. Bright hues like hot pink or turquoise make your heart skip a beat.
3. GLITZ & GLAMOUR: You love sparkle and a palette of gold, black and white. Your home decor is pretty much an extension of what your closet looks like (maybe?)
4. NATURAL & HANDMADE: You love foraged centrepieces and fresh greenery. Natural colours and textures are your faves.
5. All White Everything: You love and abundance of white in your home, whether it's mixed with natural materials or a little hint of gold. You love a wintery wonderland (and who doesn't love that around this time of the year?).
Did you find your style? What do you gravitate towards? Personally, I think I'm a mixture of 1 and 4. I love graphic, black and white prints and I also love decorating with natural materials. An important thing to remember when decorating for the holidays is to stick to what you love. But also, don't be afraid to try something new and mix it up! I feel like my style has evolved over the years. I used to be all about the white tree and now after picking up my first real tree yesterday, I don't think I can ever go back to an artificial one. I love it!
I'm dying to know what your favourite style is. Or if you've already decked your halls, how did you do it? Feel free to leave a comment below, I'm excited to hear your plans for holiday decorating!
Hello, December! I am so excited to share this with you all today. It's been a long time coming...
For the next 4 weeks I will be sharing everything X-Mas! I have a sweet line up of posts about decor, gift guides, crafts; basically everything that I'll be doing around here to get ready for the holidays. There will be a few freebies as well so make sure you check back daily to get your free download. And if you're super eager and want to be on my nice list forever, you can also subscribe to my newsletter on the right, you'll get every post and freebie sent straight to your inbox :)
So let's get started! First up is an oldie but goodie. I had to bring the jolly back because it's one of my favourite printables. I designed it when I was living in a condo and was super bummed to not have a fireplace so I pretty much decorated every horizontal space I could get my hands on. My Be Jolly print was inspired by the geometric facets of those tiny origami ornaments in the photo below.
And because 'simple' is my middle name, I decided to keep it minimal. I love natural textures mixed with tons of white but this print would definitely complement a silver and gold palette. Any colour, really!
Happy Saturday folks! Can you believe it's less than a month until Christmas? I have yet to start my Christmas shopping (typical, I'm always last minute) but this season I'm doing things a little differently. My goal is to shop local for all my gifts. This will be a challenge for the little ones on my list so if you know any Canadian made toy stores, do share!
In honour of Small Business Saturday, I'm sharing with you some of my favourite local spots for shopping in Toronto! I don't know about you, but a handmade or locally made gift for Christmas means so much more to me than something bought at a big-box store. The care and craftsmanship that goes into every detail of these products is amazing.
You'll notice the ceramic bowls below. These are made by Inspirations Studio, a Social Enterprise that I had the pleasure of visiting earlier this year. Inspirations Studio is a project of Sistering, a woman’s organization that offers practical and emotional support to women affected by homelessness, trauma and mental health issues. They are having a Studio Sale from December 5-7, I suggest you check it out!
I hope you'll take the time to visit some of my (or your) local favourites this season. Sources are below, happy shopping!
If you still have a few people to cross off your Christmas list, I suggest you visit the new Brika pop-up shop at Yorkdale Mall. I mean, YOU MUST GO. Believe me when I tell you it's worth the visit. I'm talking sensory overload. Every where you look, you'll be inspired by beautiful decor, handcrafted items and delicious treats that are almost too pretty to eat.
I was so excited to be invited to this event because this year, I'm making a conscious effort to buy local and/or handmade and it was great to see a lot of local talent being represented at the store.
I honestly wish I had taken more photos but I was too busy being 'present'. And you honestly can't help it when there's so many beautiful things to see and feel. If you're in the Yorkdale area, make sure you pay a visit. You won't regret it!
Today is the day - the reveal day that over 150+ bloggers have been working towards. To be honest, it was a race against time trying to get my shots done right before the sunset but I did it and I'm so thrilled with my finished studio space!
No matter how small a room, it takes time and patience. For a new entrepreneur like myself, I've learned that time is limited and I have to make every hour count. This challenge has helped me become more decisive, organized and it also increased my alcohol tolerance. Because let’s face it, you need wine. Or in my case, cider. Sweet, sweet cider.
If you’re new here, welcome to Love On Sunday! I am an interior stylist and graphic designer living in the Greater Toronto Area. I recently took the plunge and quit my full-time job to follow my dreams. I help businesses re-brand, re-design and more. I also work with families and couples who require assistance with styling their home.
So back to the space – I wanted a place that was calming, inspiring and slightly minimal. Do you remember the before’s?
Not calming at all. I hated working in there. I loved the desk but it wasn't right for the space.
Also, a little update on the chair situation. Remember the cane back antique chair I was refinishing? (above) Yeah, didn’t happen. It turns out, you should always watch a youtube video BEFORE trying to strip the back of a cane chair. What a disaster. It’s blotchy and needs a lot more finessing. So, it’s still in my garage but it will be done very soon. Super bummed about that but lesson learned. On a happier note, I scored a lounge chair on Kijiji for $20! Not even hating on the cushions but I’m thinking it might need to be replaced in the near future. What do you think?
I wanted to keep the majority of the walls blank because this is where I'll be shooting things for my blog and portfolio. It was important for me to have a blank canvas that would easily turn into a backdrop for a shoot. The wall-to-wall desk space provides ample space for working and styling. I've reserved the area on the far right corner for shooting smaller pieces.
The hanging planter was a last minute addition. I've been eyeing that plant for awhile now. Instead of hanging it from the ceiling, I decided to use an extra IKEA shelf bracket. The wall above my computer usually changes based on what I'm working on so it's rare that it will stay this clean and minimal. You'll notice in the first photo above, I've already started placing some inspiration pieces.
Thanks to all the folks who’ve been following my progress here and on Instagram. Your positive and encouraging comments definitely helped me push through. My studio makeover had a slow start but I hustled and managed to sprint to the finish line. A big thanks to Linda from Calling it Home for creating this challenge and also much love to my parents and hubs for helping me with this space.
I hope you'll check back soon as I'll be updating my home for the holidays and posting some free printables too!
It's crunch time, people. Week 5 of the One Room Challenge has left me with feelings of anxiety and excitement. Progress has been slow but steady and I honestly cannot wait to see my studio space dreams come to fruition! It's been a blast following the designers, as well as other guest participants (like myself!) who've decided to join in on this 6-week transformation!
Even though I've made some excellent progress, I might have bit off more than I can chew. I'm pretty consistent that way, I always seem to think things are easier then they are (just ask the hubs). Long story short, I made a last minute decision to change the upholstery on my antique chair on top of stripping the paint. Yikes. What was I thinking???
But honestly, the fabric wasn't in great condition. The photo above hides the rips and tears pretty well, but it was in rough shape. The natural wood looks so much better than the yellowish paint it originally had. And I'm actually loving the wabi-sabi look it has now, it looks a little more aged and weathered. With only a week left and a busy weekend of social commitments, I'm nervous this baby will not be complete by the reveal. Plus, I think my lungs need a break from the potentially toxic fumes that were released while stripping paint. Did I mention I'm also a hypochondriac? ;)
Moving on…we have a light pendant, a rug, a side table and a desk lamp. What's left to do? Finish the chair situation and find a plant or PLANTS. Plants make me happy, especially when I can keep them alive.
If you want to view my previous posts for the challenge, you can check them out here:
Don't forget to visit Calling it Home to see the other projects and check back next week for the FULL REVEAL of my space!