Sunday Loves

It seems like everyone I know is tackling some type of spring cleaning in their home. Last year I KonMari'd most of our house and I'm ALL about it. There's definitely a lot more we need to purge but we are slowwwwly getting there. We've sold a bunch of furniture and accessories that I found at thriftstores years ago but I was just holding on to them 'just because' (slight hoarder tendencies over here). But I've actually cut my closet in half, keeping only the things that I love and wear on the regular. It's like a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Have you tackled any spring cleaning or Kon Mari'd your closet? I'd love to know if you did and what you find the hardest to tackle. 

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And speaking of closets, I've always wanted to try creating a capsule closet. Specifically this 10x10 challenge by Lee Vosburgh. It involves creating a micro-capsule of 10 pieces from your closet and using it to create 10 different looks. She started it in 2015 during a 30-day shopping fast!  

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David and I have been OBSESSED with our Saje essential oil diffuser (and this is not sponsored, I actually love this product). We purchased the Aromaom White Diffuser and we use it every night before we go to bed. It's become a nightly ritual because our sleeps have never been better. Get this: it runs 3 hours continuously and shuts off right after. If you're thinking of trying it, check out the tranquility essential oil. It's so good.

I love this Brooklyn townhouse. Wood herringbone floors? Yes, please.

The Love Studio's feed has me craving a vacation, stat. I love this interior she snapped while in Mexico:

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend! It's been raining non-stop in these parts but a few hours of sunshine today has me feeling re-charged. Wishing you all the best for this new week, XO.

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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Basement Makeover: Inspiration

Oh, basements.  The place where things go to die and collect dust.  To be honest, I rarely spend time in my basement because 1) the lack of natural sunlight 2) it's cluttered as hell and 3) it's just not cozy.  My basement is filled with extra furniture, baskets of dirty laundry and too many mislabeled boxes filled with anything from next season's footwear to old halloween costumes. 

A few weeks ago, I decided to de-clutter and figure out a plan to transform my boring basement into a cozy and welcoming retreat.  I've always wanted to do dark walls and although pretty daring for someone who loves white, I decided to go with one colour for the entire basement.  I knew it had to be something DARK.  Here were some of my inspiration photos:

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I wanted something pretty close to black (!).  My husband thought I was crazy (?).  But a mixture of dark walls with white, natural wood and vintage elements was calling my name.  Have you painted your basement?  And would you ever go dark?

Sources: fastighetsbyran.se / Domino / Style By Emily Henderson / Newburgh Row House by Door Sixteen / fastighetsbyran.se

 

 

 

I Quit My Job.

interior styling toronto That's right, I did it.  I am finally a full-time entrepreneur.  I say "finally" because it's something I've been thinking about for quite some time now.  As someone who's worked a steady job since I was 16, venturing off into a world of uncertainty was a scary thought for me.  The thought of not having a pay check every 2 weeks was terrifying to say the least especially now that we've moved from a condo into a new house (stay tuned for that post).

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I had a good job, working as a full-time graphic designer for a large Canadian brand but something kept tugging at me.  It started as a whisper which I ignored, and then it just got louder as each day passed.  Soon I felt like someone was throwing a brick at me screaming, "you're on the wrong path, stupid".  It would consume my thoughts morning and night.  I've always been very self-aware and observant of the things that happen in my life and it just so happened that opportunities would present themselves every time I was closer to making my decision.  Opportunities that I've always wanted and just couldn't pass up.  Oprah says, "there's no such thing as luck.  There's only preparation meeting the moment of opportunity".  I believe this 100%.  I wasn't ready a year ago but I worked hard, sacrificed and hustled…and now I'm exactly where I need to be.  Now is my moment of opportunity.

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After working over a decade on and off with freelance clients of my own, I knew I could sustain a somewhat steady income and be much happier because I would be able to create the life I've always wanted.  Working for a growing company can be rewarding but also challenging at the same time.  On the upside, you get to be part of something amazing that touches the lives of thousands.  On the downside, you may have to give up a lot of your own free time in order to meet the needs of the business.  I soon felt that I was giving up too much of my life, especially for something that I couldn't see myself doing for the long haul.  It just wasn't right for me anymore.  My heart and gut was telling me it's time to go.  The life I wanted included being my own type of creative person and still being able to enjoy my home, family and friends.

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So here I am, writing on my couch on a Tuesday morning.  I'm a little under the weather, surrounded by a mound of kleenex and blankets but I wouldn't have it any other way.  There's something liberating, scary and exciting about creating something that is truly your own.  Only I can determine how much money I make and whether I get a raise at the end of the year.  I'm ecstatic and thankful that I have the opportunity to take this risk during this time in my life.  It's going to be a long and hard road ahead but I accept the challenge.  I'm now comfortable with being uncomfortable.  It also helps that I have the most supportive hubby in the world.  I wouldn't have been able to leave a steady full-time job if it weren't for his belief and trust in me and of course his steady income.  He's always been my #1 supporter which makes things a lot less scary and a lot more exciting :)

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So things are going to look a little different around here.  I'm in the process of consolidating my portfolio and blog so some changes will have to be made to Love On Sunday.  Right now, my business will be focusing on interior styling and graphic design and I definitely want my site to reflect that.  I hope you'll stick around for what's to come!

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Bookcase Makeover On A Budget

bookcase makeover Do you ever buy a piece of furniture for your home, stare at it every day and then wonder, "why did I do that?".  Well, I did this for months after I brought this beat up bookcase into my home.  What I loved about it was: the size (it fits perfectly in my small hallway), the shelves which provide additional storage and the clean lines of the piece.  But no matter how I styled it, it just wasn't working for me:

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Not sure why it took me so long to paint it.  I guess I couldn't settle on a colour I could live with...so very Libra of me.  It takes me forever to make a decision!

After a quick trip to Home Depot I realized the only colours I wished to use were in the wall paint section. I took the leap and bought 2 samples of Behr Marquee in Frosted Silver.  The best part: total cost was $8! (sample cans!)

The result was incredible. Not only did it cover the bookcase evenly, the paint was flawless after it settled with barely any prep. And I have to add, this is not a sponsored post, I am simply a fan of the product because it worked so well!

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The bookcase has a laminate top and brown legs which we left unpainted.  I love how the lighter colour takes up less visual space and complements the items so nicely.

Have you worked on any Spring project or DIY's lately?

 

Spun Studio - Spun Goods 2014

spun studio, my daily randomness As a blogger, I get to take part in some pretty cool projects and events but my collaboration with Spun Studio has been one of the most rewarding experiences thus far.  On June 10, Spun Studio hosted their first-ever Spun Goods event and as part of the design team, I had the opportunity to create a product of my choice and have it made by the talented women at the studio.  All of our products were original, handmade and up for silent auction at the event.

And just a little background on Spun Studio:  it's a social enterprise of Sistering, a drop-in centre that supports women in extraordinary circumstances.  Some of these women are homeless, suffer from mental issues or cannot find employment to support their families.  The studio offers these women a sense of community and also teaches them new skills like how to weave and sew.  All the women at the studio were instrumental in bringing our designs to life.  None of this would have been possible without all of their hard work.  All the profit from the event went directly back to the women at the studio.spun goods design team 2014

The design team consisted of myself, Brittany Stager of My Daily Randomness, Renee Elliot of Re:Creative, Jennifer Flores of Rambling Renovators and Robin Grant and Shannon Fizpatrick of Hoopla Events.  What an honour to be in such great company!

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For my project, I decided to design some throw pillows because well, I'm pretty much obsessed with them.  I have way too many on my couch but hey, too many throw pillows never hurt anyone.  My excuse is back and neck support...I need lots of it.

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(photo by: Brittany Stager, My Daily Randomness)

I love black and white so I knew my design was definitely going to reflect that.  I decided to go with a textural, herringbone design for one and another was black linen fabric with white stitching.  And yes, each of those stitches were done by hand!   A big thanks to Tonic Living for donating their black linen fabric for my pillows.

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Brittany designed a beautiful set of tea towels made of linen.  And I'm telling you - they are fantastic.  I have many store bought tea towels that repel water instead of absorbing it.  Apparently linen is the way to go for tea towels.  Who knew?!

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(photo by: Brittany Stager, My Daily Randomness)

Renee designed these cute clutches that were made of vegetable dyed canvas and leather.  She dyed the fabric herself and the leather was generously donated by Brave.  So cool and so very Renee.

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Jennifer's rugs were gorgeous.  Scandinavian-inspired, black and white goodness...that's my kind of rug.  My pillows and her rug should totally go on a date.  They would be so happy together.

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Shannon and Robin decided to create a wall hanging.  I just love all the colours and textures going on here.  Isn't it lovely?

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It was great to see everyone's finished product and interesting that each piece was so reflective of our different styles.

And of course, no event would be complete without some delicious food and wine:

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(photo by: Brittany Stager, My Daily Randomness)

The Pinot Grigio from Santa Margherita was a perfect match for the delicious hors d'oeuvres that were being served.  Santa Margherita is a sustainable organization that supports Canadian environmental projects year round.  Also, their Pinot is Carbonzero Certified which means the greenhouse gases created while producing the wine have been removed and/or offset by environmental initiatives.  So not only does their wine taste great, they are also finding ways to reduce their carbon footprint.  I love that.

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(photo by: Brittany Stager, My Daily Randomness)

A big thanks to everyone who came out to support the event and purchased our products.  I'm happy to say that all the product was sold.  Every single one!  That means all the women at the studio were able to get paid for their hard work so THANK YOU.  Also, a big thanks to Lindsey who spearheaded this entire project and organized the event.  Thank you for letting me be part of the design team!

I promise you'll hear a lot more about Spun Studio in the next coming months.  And if you see anything that tickles your fancy above, please don't be shy to reach out to me, or the studio directly.  They are taking orders and all the money goes towards a great cause.  So go ahead and order yourself some throw pillows!

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