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.


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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Interior Inspiration // Amy Stone’s NYC Apartment

I have been following Amy Stone on instagram for years and she has never failed to inspire. You know when you have been following someone for a while and you are curious about their life happenings, you’re somewhat invested and you want the inside scoop! That’s how I felt when I learned that she was moving apartments I was eagerly waiting for what it would look like and alas – she has shared over on One Kings Lane.

I love how every little space has it’s own moment like the demilune table at the entryway. And it has also urged my entryway game. We’re struggling because our entryway is suuuuper tiny and limited space but believe it can be done!

Her curation of all things old and new is perfection. 

And now I feel the sudden urge to purchase some bosc pears. 

Amy shares:
“I’m pro-stripe—that’s my philosophy for sure. And chinoiserie-happy always.”
Something I would have to strongly agree with.
Photos by: Tara Donne
Via: One Kings Lane

This Week

:: A new sweater with a little more colour (than my usual) since it was such a drab January ::

I’m overwhelmed by all the love I received over the last post – I’m so happy that I ended up sharing! Blogging about your life can sometimes seem like oversharing but I was happy to her all the positive responses. This past week brought sweet little success in work and in life. Feels good when that happens, doesn’t it. I just wrapped a podcast for Elsie and Kel Design and it was so much fun! I hope it is something we can start on the regular – I’ll share listening details when it’s online and available if you’re interested. I’m actually slightly nervous to share considering I hate the sound of my own voice but people like my mom will want to hear. Hope you have a great weekend ahead.

:: Our holiday puzzle that was finished much later than our usual timelines – it was harder than it looks! (and we took a small break from it) ::

:: I truly believe that most of my favourite decor pieces are pieces from travel  – Stella is so lucky our friends thought of her during their visit to Kenya and brought back this adorable string of animals – just love it ::

:: Slowly easing into Mackie’s new look – liking it more and more ever day! ::

:: Baby wearing wins! I’m obsessed ::



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.


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 


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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Interior Inspiration // The Mix

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!



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all images via The Socialite Family.


Project Update // Our Nursery

Hello Wednesday! Warning – this post is really long but there’s been so much work put into this little nursery, I felt the need. This week marks 37 weeks pregnant, and it’s suffice to say, I’m trying to keep my cool but also simultaneously freaking out and trying to get this nursery in order before her arrival. Luckily, this past weekend we made some major progress and it’s feeling like we’re getting there (at the same time feeling like we still have a ways to go!). It was unlike any other room we’ve done in the past. We did some work in our little loft yet nothing that removed baseboards and existing flooring etc so I think it’s safe to say that this was our largest DIY project yet. If you don’t recall – you can check our my inspiration for this room here.

So, here is where we started – please don’t hate on the ugly pictures… it was hard to photograph it in a chic or nice way but it’s also important to share the reality, right?


So this room was a bit random and was even a bit of a gamble when we purchased our home. It’s basically like a tandem third bedroom off of a proper second bedroom but it offered lots of light which we loved. Three windows to be exact. The size of a room is roughly 10×10 which was sufficient space for a babe however there’s no door which again, is a bit odd but we took our chances.


You can see the awful carpet that was here when we took possession. I didn’t really realize how bad it was until we moved in (sometimes when you’re viewing a home with rose coloured glasses things tend to slip through the inspection cracks). We deemed it unfit for a nursery since it had it’s fair share of stains etc that seemed permanent.


:: Another glam shot of the space ::


:: Mackie’s bum! ::

Here you can see the entryway (with no door) and the little glass window that views out to the second bedroom. Also – another fun fact about this room is that there is no ceiling light but it has two wall sconces (not the most fun since I love a good lighting mix, the more lighting the better).



:: Here is where we thought we had struck gold! Peeling back the layers ::

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:: AND THEN, we found hardwood! YAY! But don’t get so excited ::


Because it turned out to be unsalvageable! Sad news bears but we came up with a great solution – when in doubt, paint it white, right? Also props to my hubby A and my pops T for helping with this major DIY project.


Just needed to fill some of those holes in with some putty and move on!

img_2432 I’m sure this is making some people cringe (painting wood white) but I was super happy with the decision that also happened to be the least expensive option!

We used a recommended floor paint that is a little thicker than your wall paint and had a very slight gloss to it.  img_2440-1 img_2441 img_2491

This is not our final rug situation but this little number I brought back from Morocco made the cut into the nursery (yay!). Also, lets not talk about how my other rug for this space is currently in Ohio (it’s getting sorted, or that is what they are telling me).


Now for the fun part, the walls! I knew I had wanted something SUPER off-white but almost white, you know what I mean? Those are typically the hardest to decide upon because the smallest amount of variance in colour could change EVERYTHING. So I went a little nuts with the amount of samples I tried. img_2439

If you follow me on Snapchat, you may have seen that we opted for the bottom left! It’s Benjamin Moore Opal OC – 73. It’s exactly what was I searching for and I couldn’t be happier with how the walls turned out.

In other exciting wall news, I’ve partnered with Metrie Interior Mouldings and Finishings  to really bring this nursery to the next level. I’ve always LOVED the look of mouldings on walls from the quarter round right up to the crown and it just felt right to add these touches to this babe-to-be’s space. Having baby-mooned in France, the country which just has the prettiest, sophisticated spaces I was inspired by their French Curves collection. Since it was still a small space, I didn’t want to over do it with the sizing and the amount of mouldings but I’m so happy with what we went for.


So we did things a little backwards, being our first-time installing moulding and all but we were a little eager and painted our walls before our applied mouldings was installed so take note if you are planning on doing this in your future spaces – don’t paint before they are installed! In retrospective this was such a rookie mistake but what can I say? Since this house is really old (built in 1909) our walls were a little wonky, ceilings and floor uneven so we came across quite a bit of gapping happening but nothing that a little wood putty couldn’t help with. Once we filled those little gaps, it really helped bring the whole vision together.

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I CAN’T WAIT to complete this space and share the final before and after photos. It feels so great even having the painted and finished with mouldings.


Before and After // Master Bedroom

We’ve been in our new home a month now and I’m still sharing pictures of our old place. As much as I love being a homeowner there are still things that I miss about living in a building. Little things that I never thought I would miss but mostly I’m missing living in a space that was complete and functioning with our needs (still living out of a suitcase here!).

It’s funny how long that takes once you move in. Unless you are moving into a new build and one which you are a part of in regards to the design, it’s rare that you’re completely set up for your needs and it’s even more rare that you find a home with enough closet space! This is always a big one for us because (ahem) I tend to have a lot of clothing.



Now that we’re sleeping in a king-sized bed, this double just looks tiny! I remember moving into our loft and really having no clue what to do with this dresser and it lived in the awkward spot it’s currently in for a little while now. The mess on top of the dresser with my jewels etc makes me cringe! As well as the lost little corner in the back.


The accent wall was left from the previous owners and so I knew that I wanted to get rid of that and create a semi-custom closet for our things that will help disguise some of our stuff and leave us with a clean look.



img_0683 Ahhhh that’s better! We clearly painted over the accent wall and brightened up the space by painting it white. I added those pendant lights (sold out now but were found at Urban Outfitters) to leave more space on our little nightstands. The room was still small and we added an IKEA Pax Wardrobe which was not small but it allowed us to properly store and hide things which gave us the clutter-free appearance.

I’m also currently obsessed with the undone, messy linen bed look and found a really inexpensive options at IKEA! The black and white pillows were found at HomeSense and the other fun pillows were the most expensive textiles on there. The vintage one on the right was a splurge purchase at Shoppe (by Amber Interiors, my fave!) and the one on the left was from Bali! I love that little store and which I could go back and buy MORE pillows.


Shoe storage! So exciting and necessary because out of sight, out of mind with me so it was so nice to “shop” my shoes this way. Even though since I left a desk job I’m not wearing nearly as many heels, I haven’t gotten rid of them yet! Also – this mirror is a great steal from Home Depot – you can totally overspend on the exact same version but this one is great and a the best part, a great deal!  img_0707 img_0676


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