Interior Inspiration // Wood in the Bathroom

How was your weekend? Ours was just awesome. It finally felt like summer – we’ve been deprived of nice weather for so long I wasn’t sure it would ever come. A and I had some time up north as well as some time at home which worked out lovely and it actually felt like a long, long weekend.

While working on a plan for a prospective client and flipping through their inspiration sources, I fell in love with bathrooms with wood vanities. Bathrooms are one room that can be similar, time and time again (and it’s not that I hate an all-white bathroom, because I love them) but I especially love the stylish ones that add some intrigue and interest. Whether it’s a different textile like wood or laying the tiles in a slightly different manner, there’s gotta be something a little more unique. And now I want to redo my whole bathroom…

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Dining Room Chairs

Yay! It’s the Friday before our first summer-ish long weekend! So exciting that this time has finally come and the weather is seeming to cooperate. We’re headed north for a couple of days and spending one in the city, relaxing in our homestead.

We currently don’t have a dining room. Our kitchen is basically in our living room and vice versa but it works just fine for now since we are on a house hunt which is super exciting! But also disheartening. The real estate market is absurd, competitive and annoying but we are working with a great agent and our dreams aren’t fully crushed yet ha! Anyways, one day, I can’t wait to have a dining room – a place for friends and family to congregate together for delicious meals and copious amounts of wine. One thing however, I didn’t realize before getting into interior design, was the pricing and importance of dining room chairs. They ain’t cheap! But if you are investing in your home and more specifically your dining room – the chairs are a great way to add some interest. Like any form of decor – there are some beauties and there are some seriously bad ones… I’ve compiled a goodies for you to peruse. Have a great one!!

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Chocolatey Chocolate Chip Muffins

DSC_0039 I love a good muffin, even though they get a bad rap for not being the best for you. So they’re a bit of treat to your regular diet but we all deserve a treat now and then don’t we? I decided to make these muffins since I had some bananas in the freezer but I decided to up the ante from the standard banana muffin by adding a little bit of extra chocolate.

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  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup of brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 large or 3 small-medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup milk (I use 2%)
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • Additional chocolate chips for top of muffins


  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Melt butter. Add sugar, baking powder, salt, bananas, egg, and milk in a large mixing bowl with a whisk. It’s okay to leave chunks of banana in the batter.
  3. Add flour and 1 cup of chocolate chips.
  4. Stir gently with a wooden spoon just until combined.
  5. Spoon batter evenly into each muffin tin.
  6. Sprinkle additional chocolate chips over top of batter.
  7. Bake at 425° for 5 minutes.
  8. Adjust temperature to 350°.
  9. Continue baking an additional 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  10. Cool.

This Week


:: Installing some fun decals in Client Sweet Dreams – can’t wait to show you the final images ::

We made it to the weekend! This week ended up flying by and Friday snuck up on me and I’m currently on the train to Montreal for a quick family gathering. I’m excited, it’s been a while since I’ve been back and it’s always nice to get together with everyone. Hope you have a great one! IMG_1085

:: Treats from the hubby make for a crazy Friday night ::


:: REALLY into these concrete countertops – luckily, I know just the guy to install ::

:: Enjoy these new tracks! This playlist has been on repeat for me these last couple of days ::


May Vibes

May is here! I realize that we’re already 11 days in but just yesterday I said to Mackie, (yes, I totally talk to my dog) that I couldn’t believe it was already May. Nothing wrong with inching closer to Summer if you ask me! I’ve never been more excited for skirt and dress weather – so tired of my pant selection – just needs to get a couple of degrees warmer. Just yesterday, I was speaking with my friend Ashley about an upcoming photoshoot we are working on and she asked if we go with a black and white theme and I said to her that’s its been overdone and I’m over it. Well, that was clearly a bold face lie looking at my selections for this month’s insallment of vibes. Sorry Ash! I really did think I was over it but alas I come back to it.


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Filling Blank Walls

Whenever A and I would move from rental to rental we didn’t really hesitate too much with filling the walls with holes and art. That changed when we moved into our first owned space, our current place, our little loft! With the high ceilings, we had plenty of space to fill with frames, art and other exciting things yet it took us so long to decide on what exactly. One wall in our Kitchen/Living area was the hardest decision because it was such a large scale and we really wanted to put something unique up there. Not having a huge budget for amazing art, we had to get creative. To be clear, we will have been here 3 years in October so we waited a long time. We considered a mural but I have a love/hate relationships with them and couldn’t commit. I also do love white walls, I mean I lived with them for so long, but it did feel a little bare. So on my trip to Marrakech – I knew JUST the thing to fill the space. Without having access to much wifi while being there – I made the executive decision and just hoped A would be on board.

The Inspiration: 

During one of our styling workshops, we were working on this one room and I just loved how colourful, unique and playful the woven baskets were on the wall. In this moment, I realized it’s the perfect solution for our blank wall at home! I added those babies to my shopping list when we were heading to the medina.


The Install:

When installing something of such grand scale to the wall, I knew I wanted to have an idea of placement so I traced and cut out the circles so we could try them on the wall.

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My cute handyman.

The End Result:

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So my advice, if you’re filling some blank walls would be: Wait as long as you can! You never know what your next trip will inspire you to do and you’ll have a truly unique look.


This Week


:: Some cool portraits of notable guests of our hotel, The Public over the years ::

This past weekend, we were in Chicago! It was a weekend of Birthday celebrations – A’s my best friend Amy’s along with her sister were all born within two days. Every year we try and and get together and sometimes it doesn’t work out but this year it did and it was fun! Even though the rain cancelled the Cubs game we were slated to see and it poured rain for the most part it was still really fun. Here are a couple of pics from my week before kicking off the weekend and getting outside since it’s a beautiful sunny day!


:: Beautiful set up at the ever fabulous Club Monaco ::


:: Spotted these awesome throws at West Elm while shopping for a client ::


:: Layered chandeliers at our hotel ::

IMG_1040 :: A fun moment! I assisted with the styling of this book (exteriors only) but it is super cool to see our work from the summer in print! ::


:: I’m now a nebulizer user! And I love it!!! ::


Interior Inspiration // Popham Design Offices

So there’s really no reason that I’ve been absent for two weeks from the blog! Life is busy, but it always is, isn’t it? So rather than running through a slew of reasons as to why I’ve been “offline” lets just get back to it, shall we?

Back in February I headed off to Morocco for a styling and photography workshop (which I have yet to share, I’m on it!) which was incredible for so many different reasons but the inspiration for design was endless. One place we visited was the office of Popham Design who create the most amazing custom tiles for clients all over the world. As soon as we entered their offices we all had our cameras in our hands, ready to shoot however Elle Decoration UK had just shot their offices for their magazine and alas photos were off limits to us. Luckily, one of the bloggers on the trip, Cassandra Lavalle from Coco+Kelley (who I’ve followed for years!) noticed that the spread was shared in May’s issue and voila – here it is:


I never thought I would be so into olive green leather chairs so much. It’s also amazing that this tile, while busy and full of lines can still create a simple and serene space.  popham-design-studio3 popham-design-studio4 popham-deisgn-studio-marrakech popham-design-studio5 xx

Images via Coco+Kelley, via ElleDecorationUK

Project Built With Joy

Well, we are back home and luckily it’s so beautiful out! Feels great to have the sunshine back in our city. South Beach was the perfect little cheeky getaway where we didn’t commit to much other than sun bathing, eating and sleeping. It was wonderful and I fully feel rejuvenated getting back to business this week.

Kicking this week off with one of my very first solo projects. Speaking from my own experience in getting your feet off the ground when starting out is, having someone (friends, family, stranger) to take a chance on you. Luckily in my case, my brother and sister-in-law were ready and willing while they were taking on a major home renovation. Essentially they grew their home from a 2 bedroom and 1 bathroom to a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom. I wish I had taken some before shots or even progress shots (because some of the space didn’t even exist yet!). They had asked for some help in finding finishes for their new kitchen, and two bathrooms and here is what we did:


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Now this was a serious transformation which again, makes me sad I don’t have the before pictures to show you just how dramatic the change was. They gutted their previous layout for a more open and bright concept. They blew out part of the wall (where the we styled the oranges and books) to add a breakfast bar for the family. Having two kids, with a third on the way meant keeping things family friendly so we went for a ceasarstone countertop in calcutta nuvo which is chic but more durable and less precious than marble. It still offers the clean and bright appearance so we were pleased.  Kitchen 6-1

The inspiration for this space included the lovely colour of sage green which is so crisp and refreshing in an almost all white space. Then the client noticed this pin and was smitten with the glass subway tile and so was I. It was the perfect amount of colour while still hovering around the neutral area  Kitchen1 Kitchen2 kitchen4 Kitchen 12

We added this rug in while styling the photos – always a fan of rugs in the kitchen that really help land the space and add some warmth and comfort.

Upstairs Bathroom 

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So this little family shared a bathroom on the main level for a couple of years which included a bath, so when working on their upstairs bathroom, she wanted to make it more serene and spa-like than her previous bathroom. More adult-like if you will. So we added some sleek marble for the shower and tiled the bathroom floor with a natural stone. So key learning here, and it will haunt me forever but when selecting this tile for the flooring, we loved the sample, it was super plain gray with not too much marbling however when the tiles showed up they were all a bit different with more marbling than we had hoped. Since it was a natural materials, this is common yet rookie me didn’t realize this when making the selection. We were looking for something a little more plain and in the end it’s a little more than we asked for but she said she’s come to love it (to my relief!).  Bathroom 3 Bathroom 4 Bathroom1

I think a shower without a shower caddy is a the ultimate luxury. Not only does it remove an ungodly like eye sore but the nook is as cute as it is functional.

Styled by Elsie and Kel (that’s me and Laura!), Design by KLA (that’s me – still need a website) and Photography by Laura Collins.



In my bag // Beach Weekend

Miami Beach Weekend

Well the weekend is here and we’re off to South Beach for a mini-getaway. Ironically, it’s also supposed to be beautiful at home however they don’t have the ocean! I love creating these “in my bag posts” because it’s such a great packing guide, I actually refer to previous posts to see what to bring and edit it. I’m constantly trying to become a better packer (serial over packer here) and feel that I’ve progressed slightly since my previous warm vacation trip! It’s all about letting go of options and sticking with the plan. Typically I stick to neutrals but the most adorb sandals have me in a more colourful direction.

1 – Cutest little head band – perfect for keeping back those flyaways and dressing up your standard pulled back in a pony look.

2 – Since we plan on doing very little, it’s always nice to add in a little game or two – preferably something you can do on the beach. Love these pretty paddles to work on your game.

3 – I’m in need of a new bather and since I’m committed to the one-piece, I love the little detail of the scallop here.

4 – Whenever I take in some sun I like to balance it with some serious hydration. I’m starting trying out this sheet mask which will hopefully transition my sunning into a little glow.

5 – This is a no brainer, pack your sunnies and I’m still happy with my Celine Caty’s.

6 – Consider this a PSA that there are some SUPER affordable and SUPER cute summer items at Old Navy. I literally haven’t stepped into a store since high school perhaps but these shorts brought me in, SO CUTE! Can’t wait to wear them.

7 – In the heat I always prefer a glass for some colour on the lips, not really sure why. Perhaps it’s the low maintenance part of perhaps it’s the more translucent part but either way, I love this Rosy colour from Bobbi Brown.

8 – These sandals are like fun on your feet! And with their fab price point, you can’t go wrong.

9 – I love Rhi Rhi, and I’m sad to have missed her tour in Toronto but I’m excited to catch up on her spread in April’s issue of Vogue.


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