Great news, guys – I’m taking part in another fun group blogger challenge. This one’s all about working with what you have – it’s called “There For The Making – The Zero Dollar DIY Challenge.” That’s right – projects that cost zero dollars.
The point here is to work with materials you already have, or to get creative with extra supplies you bought for another project. Or maybe to finish up some of those projects you started but never quite managed to complete. Personally, I like the idea of all three. While I haven’t quite jumped on the Marie Kondo bandwagon of eliminating everything in my home that doesn’t spark joy, I’ve certainly been thinking about not bringing in more. And I’ve been making sure my blog DIY projects are focused only on what I need or can use – it’s my way of creating a little less clutter. So this blogging challenge is spot on for me this year. It’s the perfect excuse to (more…)
Valentine’s Day is coming up – the one day of the year when you’re encouraged to eat pink food! And’s what’s more fun when you’re celebrating the day of love that making something pink and pretty and sweet for your love. Like these Raspberry Pie Mousse Cups.
This recipe is inspired by my friend Sarah’s Raspberry Ribbon dessert – a vintage classic passed on by her mom. Recipes like this from back in the day came from the side of a box somewhere and had all kinds of shortcut ingredients, like Jell-O. Why mess with a good thing? If it was good enough for Sarah’s mom, it’s good enough for me! (more…)
Did you stop into the Interior Design Show this past weekend? If you did, you know this is the place to be to discover new design talent, trends, concepts and innovative products – all the inspiration you need to see your space differently. And if you didn’t get a chance to pop into the Metro Toronto Convention Center, I’ve rounded up my top 10 picks below. But be sure to bookmark it for next year. You’ll love the speakers, exhibitors, and features like Designboommart, the international design market, and Studio North and Prototype that showcase emerging designers and independent studios.
Let’s have a look at some of the things that caught my eye. You’ll notice I focused mainly on furniture and lighting, probably because I’d love to update some of the pieces in my home. Starting with the lighting in the image above – the classic Nelson Bubble Pendants, available at EQ3. Like many beloved mid century designs, these lamps have design staying power and you’ll find they work in so many different spaces, making your investment worthwhile.
Next up, the Carrara marble-topped Kendall Dining Table, paired with a cognac leather bench and clean-lined (more…)
One of my favourite things this time of year is the colour forecasts that come out. I’m surprised at how often I don’t particularly like a featured “colour of the year,” and then somehow it inevitably starts growing on me. It’s like those forecasters seem to know what I want before I do!
Recently, Home Hardware unveiled their Beauti-Tone colour of the year – You Look Mauve-lous. I think I decided I liked it as soon as I heard the name! It’s a gorgeous shade of mauve that’s been infused with grey tones. And as I learned some time ago – any colour with grey tones is surprisingly easy to integrate into your home. This mauve is no exception.
My home is an eclectic mix of whatever I have fallen in love with over the years. It’s a mish mash of thrift store finds, souvenirs I dragged back from holidays, and the odd higher-quality piece. Somehow it all seems to (more…)