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Spring Cleaning // Closet Clean Out

Oh,  the old closet switch up. I dread it ever Fall and every Spring yet it’s super necessary. My Spring cleaning this year seems to be taking much longer than normal! Considering for the past couple of years, we were only dealing with a small apartment versus a home, we’re quickly learning with a front and back yard, the work piles up (and who wants to be all work, work, work on the weekends?) so needless to say I’m still working on things. We still have a couple of days until it’s officially summer so we good, right?

When A and I moved into our home, the size of the closet in our master bedroom was laughable. Even though we knew that the master wouldn’t be our focus for a bit we knew we had to do something about the closet space in order to live. We worked with a millworker who I’ve used before with work and created a custom closet with drawers. I’ll share more about this when I share (hopefully not in two years?) our final master bedroom.

I’m happy to report that the size of my wardrobe inventory is slowly getting smaller. It’s been a real work in progress. I know I’ve mentioned it before here after eliminating my “office attire” has really allowed me to focus on clothing that is fully me which makes my heart happy. That being said – I have NO idea how I let our closet get to the state that it was at.

 

Simply disorganized, dry cleaning bags and worse, DRY CLEANING HANGARS (MY NEMESIS).

In case you are tackling your own closet, here my steps to making it a more enjoyable, clean and organized space.

Step 1 : COME PREPARED

Sounds super silly however sometimes I’ll start a task and realize I need a ton of things to complete it properly. Luckily, I had a little inspiration from Marie Kondo’s second book on living life clutter-free. Bags to purge items into, fresh hangars, thank gawd and lastly proper cleaning supplies.

Step 2 : REMOVE EVERYTHING

This gives you the opportunity to find things that have been hidden or tucked in a corner over the past winter and then only put things that you actually love and or bring your joy back into your closet. Sometimes I like to remove things that I’m even questioning and hide them and see if I ever go looking for them. If I don’t, I ditch them next season.

Step 3 : ADD SOME SWEETNESS

I love a nice smelling space no matter what and the hanging scented oval from Diptyque does just that. I love it when you pull out a blouse or a jacket and it’s lightly scented. Heaven!

STEP 4: WIPE THAT BABY DOWN

It’s almost odd to think that the interior of your closet may accumulate dirt and dust yet, I found plenty! Even though it was a newly built one, those dust bunnies found their way in! I love the ease of working with Clorox disinfectant wipes.

Bye, bye dry cleaner hangars!

and THE AFTER!

So – it’s not perfect, but it’s much easier to navigate and find things!

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In the Home // Iron and Glass

It’s fun to daydream right? Even though Andrew and I are working on multiple different spaces within our home at the moment (the exact thing I said I wouldn’t be doing when we moved in), I’m dreaming of elements that aren’t even possible in our home. Which is clearly, really productive.

Crazy, right? Are you watching The Handmaid’s Tale? It’s so good – AND if you are watching that show, I’m sure you’ve noticed a couple friendly locations including our fine city of Toronto. I have, however become obsessed with the set of the Commander’s home which is located in Hamilton, ON. The reason being? Aside from it’s beautiful exterior and sheer size, it’s the kitchen and dining area that’s got me. I’ve always been fond of iron and glass doors in a home and I have them envisioned into our next one. I love how much natural light they provide and when used in the interior of a home can provide separation with space without a wall. Initially, I was thinking that we would never be able to have iron and glass doors living in Canada – imagine the insulation issues or just freezing in the winter time? So I’m envisions using it indoors, most likely in the kitchen.

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On my radar // Raw Wood

Wooden elements are great in almost every space. I like to include wood in some way, in my home whenever possible. It can get tricky when you have varying types of wood, stains and colours (floorboards are sometimes a battle!) but ultimately there needs to be some for that added level of warmth that wood offers. Lately, I have been really into this raw or naked wood look happening in living room and kitchens alike. Whether it’s white oak, birch (think 80’s IKEA style), White Ash Wood (??), or white washed or simply a nice unstained wood, I’m into it! See some inspiration pictures below…

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Caned Chairs

Did you watch the Oscars last night? I did and went to bed way too late but am basking in the current sunshine we have been given on this final Monday of February (whaattt? That’s right, it’s March THIS WEEK!).

So, if you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen a post from a couple weeks back that I was SO HAPPY to score a set of caned chairs for my dining room. I actually bought them straight off of Instagram – when Consignment store Elle & Eve posted them, and I realized they had posted only a matter of seconds ago, I knew I had a shot! I called the store right away and made the purchase. I just KNEW it was meant to be (and it was fun to see other people join the waitlist to see if I would change my mind). The price was right, and I couldn’t believe my luck. I had a vision of them in my space yet was having a hard time finding them (vintage, not new) after scouring Craigslist and Kijiji for weeks on end. Now that they are in my possession and in my dining room, I’m thrilled and it feels really nice to offer guests a proper seat versus immediately apologizing about the mismatched folding chairs we had for months. I’ll share some properly styled photos of the dining space once it’s completed (I feel like a broken record saying this over and over again but it takes time!). Also, looking back, I’m so happy that I wasn’t in a rush for these chairs because I may have purchased something (something nice, but just not these) and would be kicking myself now.

I’m not 100% of whether they are Marcel Breuer or not but they do have the Made in Italy sticker on the their bottoms so I believe there is potential and after seeing them on 1stdibs, I’m feeling like I walked away with a steal. And of course – there are some options if you’re looking to buy new including here and here. Here are some great pics of inspiration showing how versatile caned chairs can be in your home.

 

 

 

Photography via Pinterest – image 1, image 2, image 3, image 4, image 5, image 6

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Home Office Inspiration

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First things first – It’s FRIDAY! Normally I’m super pumped about the weekend ahead but this weekend, I’m solo while Andrew is away for a Bachelor Party so it whenever our team isn’t in full effect, it just isn’t as fun. Stella and I have made several fun plans however, so it’s not all that terrible around here.

Having been in our home for close to six months, we’re finally starting to tackle the office space and I have to tell you that I am more than excited. Laura and I have never had an actual dedicated office space before. We usually work from either our respective homes, coffee shops, or she kindly joins me at mine with Little Miss Stella so it will be SO nice to not work from the dining room table and have a constant little pile of items hanging around. The location of this room is a bit unusual as the nursery is directly beside it (sans door) but you’ll get a better idea when I share before and after photos. Another unusual part of this space is that the only junction box to install a light is on the wall. I love a good wall sconce but it’s rather odd not having ceiling light. In place of a ceiling light however, is a sky light which is very much appreciated as it’s the only source of natural light (and is also placed in the exact place the ceiling light would be).

ITEMS: Rug // Desk // Wall Sconce // Waste Basket // Task Lamp // Console Table // Shelving // Chair // Filing Cabinet // Box // Tape Dispenser 

Bon weekend,

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Interior Inspiration – Bahamian Living

Hello 2017! I’m still in disbelief you’re here but I’m excited – 2016 was surely one for the books but it’s always nice to hit refresh and set new goals for the coming year. Coming off the heels of a mini-vacation in the Bahamas for my cousin’s wedding (I could have at spent quadruple the amount of time we had there) and a whole lotta holiday family time, I’m ready to declare my word for 2017 – FOCUS. This is something that I tend to lose when when taking on multiple tasks and trying to complete them all in the quickest time possible. If having baby Stella wasn’t already the largest indicator to slow down the pace, focusing on one task at a time versus feeling overwhelmed by a long to-do list sounds great to me.

Now, feeling that we left the Bahamas a tad too early has left me wanting more. Aside from having the sun, sand and beautiful beaches, I fell for their unique conch style homes. After doing some research online of various interiors from the Bahamas I came across decorators Tom Scheerer’s vacation home and was immediately inspired. I loved the unexpected hints of classic mixed with bohemian vibes.

All images courtesy of Architectural Digest.

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Interior Inspiration // Christmas House Tour

It’s the week before Christmas and I’m feeling almost sad that we’re this close! This year I’ve been a little behind in getting the house decorated, completing Christmasy tasks (like baking cookies) and I have yet to attend a Christmas party (aside from the Elsie and Kel dinner Laura and I indulged in). At the same time, I have so much to be happy about and am thankful for including Stella’s first Christmas, instilling some new family traditions, Laura and my first year of business and family that is traveling all the way from Australia to be together this year. So more focusing on what’s good and less on what’s not there.

I’ve been a blogger and reader of blogs for many years and for some reason, this year is a first for me in catching these amazing Christmas Home Tours.  It’s always amazing to see people’s different approach to this season and I especially fell in love with one home in particular that belongs to the home of designer Sarah Walker was so impeccably done for the holidays, I’m in love. Her mantle has given me some serious inspo for mine and I appreciate the subtly of it all. Super classy and less in your face – enjoy!

All images via – The Curated House 

Photography // When He Found Her

Design // Sarah Walker

Floral // Sweet Woodruff 

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Home for the Holidays

Christmas season is upon us and this year more than ever, it has really seemed to sneak up on me – considering it’s been a busy last couple of weeks ushering Miss Stella into the world, I’m now ready to fully embrace the holiday. Typically our holidays often include travel of some sort but this year we are staying put and im more excited than ever to deck the halls considering this will be our first Christmas in this home. My holiday decor in year’s past has generally been the same mish-mash of whatever I have on hand and a collection of year’s past decor. This ranges greatly from a dancing, piano playing Snoopy that my Grams gave me while I was in University to some more current sparkly votives. This year, I’m trying to streamline my approach and move forward with more of a theme. The problem is, I can’t decide what direction I want to go in – I’m always temped by things shiny and new and I’m thoroughly enjoying this moment blush is having over the holidays however the other half of me is a traditionalist and can’t get away from the plaid. I’ve rounded up pretty decor in both themes and am now considering is a collaboration between the two – that can happen, yes? Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

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Wall Sconce Round Up

I’m big into lighting and over at Elsie & Kel Design, we’re always encouraging MORE lighting. It’s a great way to add mood and atmosphere into any room as well as visual appeal and interest. We love pendants, lamps however one form of lighting is leading the charge in my opinion. I hadn’t really had the pleasure of exploring wall lighting at any of my previous living spaces (installing a junction box into a wall wasn’t always OK with landlords) but now I’m all about the wall sconce. Laura and I have had the pleasure of sourcing wall lighting for a couple of clients recently and have majorly enjoyed doing so. So today, I wanted to share some of my current faves (in varrying price points) in case you were in the market of adding some style and light to your walls!

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Colour Crush :: Moss Green

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All imagery via Pinterest

Most days, I live in a pretty neutral world, specifically when it comes to designing for myself but lately, this colour has popped up in my life online and IRL and I’m slightly obsessed. It’s a bit dark, a bit moody and totally rich. I first came across Hunted Interior’s bathroom reno and from then on, it was a bit of a love affair! It’s also very suitable to this time of year when I’m drawn to more cozy spaces versus light and bright. I’ve yet to do our master bedroom so perhaps that is where I can inject some of this great colour?

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