A Living & Dining Room Refresh

When it comes to styling my own living space, I like to take a very relaxed approach to decorating. A few months ago, I partnered with Wayfair to help turn our small little house into a home. Being a business owner and someone who works from home most of the time, I am constantly moving pieces and editing what is around me. I love displaying family heirlooms and also treasures we have found while travelling. I think these are the pieces that are irreplaceable and can bring added warmth and character to your home. But when it comes to splurging on big ticket items, I would usually dish out for a comfy sofa, a wool rug or light fixtures.

We moved into our home a year and half ago and are slowly turning it into a space we love. Here is the before shot of our living and dining area:

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And here’s what it looks like now:

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I knew I wanted a rug and a mid-century inspired lamp for the dining room. I opted for the Wayfair Gramercy Charcoal Area Rug by Momeni. Wool rugs are the best because they are SO durable and stain resistant. This rug is 100% wool and hand loomed. It’s thick and so soft underfoot which just ups the cozy factor in my books. It also has a subtle texture to it which is perfect as I really wanted to keep it monochromatic and nothing too bold to compete with the accessories and art we had in the space.

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Now for the dining room...which is more like a dining area. It's right across from our living space. Since we already have a pendant over the dining table, I wanted something smaller for the console area. I chose the Wayfair 19.3” Table Lamp by Stillnovo. It’s the perfect height and offers just enough light during our cozy, candlelight dinners (doesn’t everything look and taste better with candlelight?!)

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If you’re looking to decorate your space on a budget, have a look at wayfair.ca (they’re now in Canada!). They have a large assortment of products for every budget. And, they also offer free shipping on all orders over $75. Working with Wayfair on this project was a dream, both of my products arrived quicker than expected.

Are you looking to spruce up your space in the new year? Stay tuned for my next post as I’ll be rounding up some of my favourite picks for a modern living and dining room!

SOURCE LIST:

  1. Wayfair Gramercy Charcoal Area Rug by Momeni
  2. Wayfair 19.3” Table Lamp by Stillnovo

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?

 

My Bedroom - Before and After

bedroom makeover I've been on a little hiatus but I'm back and feeling inspired.  Today I'm sharing my bedroom update which was LONG overdue.  It's great if a room looks pretty, but how it makes you feel is SO important.  My bedroom was cluttered and definitely not relaxing - it needed some serious help.  If you don't believe me, you can take a look at the before photos.  You might remember this post back in November 2013 when I was in need of some bedroom makeover advice.  I even asked Emma Reddington's readers to weigh in on my bedroom makeover.  I was torn between soft neutrals and graphic black and white.

So, It took me almost a year to fix this room. And now we're finally getting somewhere.

It's become my sanctuary.  My place to escape after a long day and let me tell you, I have been sleeping like a baby.  I decided to go with a palette of white, greys and black and warmed it up with some gold and brown accents.  The photo above the bed is the most colourful piece, it was taken by my husband during a Hawaii trip.  I had it blown up, and framed it in a large Ikea Ribba frame (which I painted an antique gold).

The 2 throw pillows were handmade by the women of Spun Studio and designed by me.  I fun collaboration I took part in this summer which you can read more about here.  Opposite my bed is a dresser where I keep my jewelry.  I picked up a printed napkin on my last trip to NYC and decided to frame it over the dresser.  I love the typographic pattern!

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It's amazing how small changes can do wonders  for your space.  Have you updated your bedroom?  How do you make it more cozy and inviting?

 

 

A Scandinavian Style Christmas

scandinavian style christmas decor It's during the holidays that I really wish I had a fireplace to sit around and a mantle to decorate.  You condo dwellers know what I'm talking about, right?  So I decided to use one large wall in my living room to create a focal point for the holiday season.  I love a good monochromatic colour scheme so I decided to go Scandinavian style with this one.  Something about the muted tones, rustic style and texture really draw me in.

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Oh, and the best part about this project is that I didn't spend one single cent!  *high-five*

I had a bunch of branches in a tall vase in my entry way and they just so happened to fit the entire width of my wall.  I stacked them and wrapped some wire around the middle and tied the ends of the sticks with some left over grey yarn.   Surprisingly, it held together nicely and I love the juxtaposition of the soft yarn against the rough branches.

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I then took some left over pine cones, more yarn, and tied them up on the lower branches.  I also had some clear snowflake ornaments that weren't being used and added those as well.

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On the console table I included my deer antlers (of course) and an old bakery jar filled with more pine cones and clear lights.  I'm sure over the next couple of days I'll be adding a few more pieces to the branches but right now this is my favourite spot in my house!

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What have you done to get ready for the holidays?  There's a ton of inspiration out there and below are a few links to some of my faves:

Hazelnuts turned mini wreath ornaments by North Story

Modern paper tree garlands by Nalle's House

and Melissa from The Sweet Escape is doing a DIY Holiday Week

Happy Decorating!

 

My Bedroom Wall. Any Ideas?

loveonsunday bedroom This here is my bedroom.  It needs help.  Big time.  What to do....hang a large canvas?  Create an art wall?  a crazy head board?  Or how about a suspended DIY art installation?  HELP.

We used to have a set of my photographs hanging over our bed but since we did a little re-arranging and moved our bed around this is what I'm working with.  OH and wait until you see my fancy shmancy night stand...

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Yeah that's right, I don't have one.  That's my iPhone charger hanging off the side of the chair (I actually don't charge my iPhone in my room anymore and I'm sure you can guess why).

I'm kind of embarassed to show these pics because they're pretty much 'before' photos and I have no 'afters' to share.  And for someone who loves decorating, this is pretty darn sad.  My excuse:  I'm always busy.  I'm either working on graphic design projects or helping other people re-decorate so my place gets put on the back burner.

I could really use some help and I would LOVE to hear any of your suggestions in the comments!

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On another note.  Since there's no prettiness to show you here, you can check out my guest post over at The Sweet Escape.  Melissa is one of my favourite bloggers who is also a graphic designer (woot, woot!) and she asked me to share some of my favourite gifts for vintage lovers.  So head on over and check it out!

Happy weekend everyone!

A Style Progression

my living room If you're looking at this photo thinking, 'does she really have her xmas tree up?!' the answer is NO.  I love Christmas, but definitely not in October.  This photo was taken last December, when I posted about my living room progress.  Which has always been VERY SLOW.  I get that it's a progression but I'm talking snails pace..  I enjoy helping other people decorate and I tend to neglect my own home.  Reasons being: my indecisiveness and budget.  I'm always going back and forth on style and we don't like spending beyond our means so we like to save for certain items or sell something we no longer want or need in order to buy something new.

But I'm always up for a good challenge and guys,  I'm on a mission.  To be honest, I've been holding back a little because of the chance we may move in the near future so I didn't want to invest any time or money in painting or re-decorating.  But after a good convo with the hubs-to-be, we made the decision that we're not going anywhere any time soon.  And we've made one simple plan which we are going to stick to:  We're only going to surround ourselves with what we truly need and love and we're going to work harder at making this 800 sq. foot box more of a home that reflects us.  

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We recently finished a couple of projects in our home and then realized it's just not us.  For example, if I take a look at the board (above) which I posted last October, some of the elements don't feel like us anymore.  It's crazy how your style can evolve so much in just one year.  I guess a slow decorating process really helps you learn about yourself and what you truly love.  Below are some images that really appeal to both David and I.  I've always loved mid-century modern and vintage furniture (and David has also learned to appreciate it) so I feel like incorporating more of these elements in our home makes sense.  I also have a lot of thrifted pieces that I've collected over the years which I truly love and will always be incorporated into our interior.

Just like my wardrobe, I tend to veer towards an understated ensemble, never over-the-top or too formal.  I'm more of a jeans and white tee kind of gal so I feel like my home needs to reflect that.  I would say both of us are pretty laid back and we dislike rooms that look too perfect.  When I showed him the images above he really loved them (bonus! hehe):

So I ask you, do you feel like your home really reflects you?  Do you find that your style has progressed over the last couple of years?  I'd love to know!

Last four images via: Stadshem

My Kilim Pillow

kilim pillow, brooklyn flea, christian rathbone Whenever I go on vacation I look for something unique to bring home and here is my latest souvenir:  a beautiful Kilim pillow from the Brooklyn Flea.  I must say, after studying carpets and textiles in class, I pay closer attention to the quality and craftsmanship of a piece.  And if you're familiar with Kilim rugs and pillows, you must know they're not cheap. Rugs are usually in the thousands and pillows in the hundreds so when I spotted this booth at the flea, I RAN.

While rummaging though the different designs like a mad woman, I met the owner, Christian Rathbone.  What caught my attention was the fact that all products are handmade in Turkey, using an ancient technique that includes natural materials free of chemicals, treatments and synthetics. Everything is done using traditional methods where the wool is spun, weaved and knotted by hand.  I really love things with a good story and as funny as it may sound, this pillow makes me feel like I have a piece of history.  Company's who are committed to sustainability and social responsibility are definitely garnering more attention and it's for good reason.  Their products work for the environment, not against it.

Some of Christian's designs will be featured this fall on CB2's Edition Limed so watch out for that.  And if you love kilim, make sure to follow him on Instagram or check out his Etsy store.

Loving how it looks with my West Elm rug!

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***please note:  this is not a sponsored post.  I'm just a happy customer who likes to spread the love.***

Happy weekend everyone!