The Bluffs

Can you believe this place is in Ontario??? I think it's the closest thing we have to a tropical beach. It was my first trip to The Bluffs or "Bluffers Park" several weeks ago and I'm so glad I brought camera along for the trip!  Below are some of my photos. If you haven't already been, maybe these images will entice you to pay a visit.

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What are some of your favourite spots to visit in Toronto or Ontario in the summer? Sharing is caring! :)

Home Inspiration: Jessica de Ruiter

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.

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I just love the simplicity of every room. Some major inspiration for decorating our own home. Check out more photos of Jessica's beautiful home here.

photos via One King's Lane.

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE - MY BEDROOM - WEEK 2

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:

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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?

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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:

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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.

Bright Spots

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.

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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

All That White

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.

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Small Business Saturday - My Toronto Faves

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!

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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 Sisteringa 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!

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Sources:

1. Sweater by Muttonhead

2. Bowls by Inspirations Studio

3. Pillow by Bookhou

4. Blanket by Cambie 

5. Candlesticks from Green Light District

BRIKA Pop-up Shop at Yorkdale Shopping Centre!

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.

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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.  

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Cookies from Moo Milk Bar?  Yes please.  And we even received a sweet little wreath demo from DIY expert, Natalie Ho of My Little Secrets

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I'm a sucker for pretty paper goods and this spot did not disappoint.   I also gravitated towards some handprinted napkins from Pehr and coasters from Xenia Taler.

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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!