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.
:: Finally found a wreath! I usually like to make them however I was running out of time and purchased this one – I enjoy the fruits on it, something I’ve never done before::
The final days before Christmas and it’s finally sinking in – the excited, joyous Christmas feeling! Family is arriving tomorrow on both sides and then its officially time to relax. I love how at this time of year, everyone seems to take a step back and enjoy the little things – although I’ve been off work for the last little while with little miss Stella we’re super excited to have A around us for a couple days and be off of work. Merry Christmas everyone!
:: Hand delivered gifts from my friend Pepper B, she’s the cutest ::
:: We have a mantle, yay! Now, if you have seen instagram, you’d know that I gave many plans for this mantle in the New Year but for this year, I plan on just being happy with the fact that I have one ::
:: My little Mackie looking sweet ::
:: The most decadent Fresh soaps which I LOVE and are also great stocking stuffers if you’re a super last minute shopper ::
:: A little ornament from last weekend in NYC – the Empire State Building, where we got engaged ::
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
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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Throughout the journey of pregnancy to birth you’re told many, many things. Honestly, I don’t think there’s another part of life where people will share their opinions and experiences more which can be equal parts helpful and overwhelming but there’s one part of our journey that caught me off guard and that would be the amount of friends and family that provided (and continue to do so!) their love, support, food and time to us. From the moment we arrived home, my Mom and Grandmother were there to help feed us and ease us into the transition of having a newborn around. My Dad helped out with Mackie (who had a rough first day adjusting with Stella) and friends near and far stopped by and dropped off croissants (clearly I’m not shy about sharing my love for the pastry, so many croissants…) and literally dropped everything to lend a helping hand. Flowers, gifts and beautiful cards were given in abundance and we are so thankful to each and everyone who did and continues to-do so. THANK YOU!
Back in October, A’s parents combined with our friends threw us a lovely baby shower and I knew I wanted to get started on my Thank You cards right away. I’m a huge fan of stationary and cards are important to me (I don’t fall into the “people just throw them out” camp) and I’m guessing people know this about me since I received some stellar cards! Since I knew that time was of the essence and having our return address on the envelopes was key, I wanted to order some online. I discovered this website, Basic Invite which offers almost unlimited colour options with instant previews online which is super fun to work with. Once you select a design you can change the colour of each element on the card to over 180 different colour options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail (which is just perfect for the designer in me). As you can see from the pics, I selected the stork and was able to change the smallest detail including the colour of the stork’s crown – so fun!
I’m attempting to seriously multi-task here…
Another great part of ordering from Basic Invite is that their envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly closed without licking a single one – I realize this sounds silly but it actually made a difference when you’re trying to crank out a larger quantity.
If you’re planning a baby shower (I’m currently planning one for my bestie and ordered some beautiful ones!) I recommend you check them out here. Or if you’re looking for something to say thanks, there’s a great selection here.
Thanks to Basic Invite for partnering on this post.
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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:: Her slipper game is stronger than mine ::
It’s been a bit of a blah week weather wise which has lead Stella and I to be indoors perhaps a little more than we like. We’re actually gearing up for a walk with my sister-in law and Stella’s cousin Henry (it’s so nice to have family so close by!) so we aren’t locked indoors and tempted by all the Black Friday deals available today. Are you participating in any Black Friday shopping? I have to admit that it’s easy to get caught up in the savings but I’m trying to resist the urge. Our weekends look a little different these days however I look forward to when A is home to spend some time together (and the potential to sneak away for a badly needed pedicure). Here are some pics from my week (a small selection because somehow, I barely took any pics) – hope you have a great weekend lined up and enjoy it!
:: Mackie is adjusting well after a rocky start ::
:: Stella’s new addition to our coffee table tray. This will not be a permant fixture FYI but I don’t mind the pop of pink ::
I’m back! Apologies for the delay but as I’ve already shared, we received our little bundle of joy a little sooner than expected and it feels like it’s been a little game of survival and life catch up since then. I’m now aiming to be back to semi-regular programming.
I’ve never spent more time in my home. I mean, we’ve only technically been in our space for three months but I’ve physically never been “at home” for this length of time and it’s a real eye opener! Even though I semi-work from home, I’m also always out shopping (love!) or meeting with people or even just eating out more so that’s one little life adjustment I’m working on. I’m enjoying it but it’s also making me want to work on our home ten fold. People always mention “nesting” before giving birth and I attempted to but with work and focusing on the nursery, not much of the rest of the home has been touched and now I’m spinning in my head visions and ideas and it’s driving me mad not being able to execute! I promised myself that when moving into our home that I would focus on room by room and not just do little pieces of a room at a time which has also been a real test of patience. For the short term, I’ll be day dreaming but there’s no shortage of inspiration online and I found a new website that I can’t stop scrolling through. The Socialite Family – a sample of smart and cool families (such a good subtitle right?!). When working with clients, or chatting with friends, I hear all too often that people are afraid to spend money on their homes while having children. “They’ll swing from the chandelier! They’ll tear that shelving unit down!” are things I’ve actually heard so when I come across a family that have a child AND a stylish interior, I’m in love. I came across this uber cool family from nowhere other than Paris with an amazing Haussmann apartment and loved their eclectic mix. Velvet furnishing including dining room chairs, brass, prints, interior mouldings galore (no surprise here, being in Paris), records and a sweet little 2 year-old. Scroll down for some major mix inspo!
all images via The Socialite Family.
I’m so super happy to be sharing the news of our little arrival – Miss Stella Rose Bosomworth. She was earlier than expected, 10 days early to be exact so we were a little caught off guard but in the best way possible. I’ve been super lucky to have our family be so supportive over these past couple of days and I’m literally trying to savour each and every, teeny, tiny little moment. Everyone always shares how quickly they go by. She’s been such a good baby (not really sure how I can be the judge of that since she’s my first one). Thank you to all who have been in touch, shared kind messages and sent their love – the love around us right now is paramount!
:: Our front step – still not 100% complete but we’ve been focusing on the interior of the home to start. Also – our neighbours are killing it with their Halloween decor, can’t wait to step up our game next year! ::
Since Laura and I work for ourselves (pssssst – check us out at ElsieAndKelDesign.com) I’m working right up until out babe-to-be is ready for arrival but being 38 weeks and moving furniture around has become a bit of a challenge. My mobility for one, is much more limited as well as my energy levels seem to plummet towards the afternoon so when a gross, rainy day showed up yesterday, I slowed things down and took it easy. It was so nice and I actually took a couple of moments to recognize that this could be the last little bit of me time before she arrives (read: so concerned about losing my me time).
:: My make-shift closet shows off all the neutrals ::
:: Received this in the mail, can’t wait to snuggle up with it this weekend ::
:: Cool looking pumpkins or are they squash: Either way, into them! ::
:: Checking in on the progress for our custom closet being built for our master bedroom – can’t WAIT to see this bad boy installed ::