Make Yourself at Home: Design Your Space to Discover Your True Self + Win a copy

Make Yourself at Home: Design Your Space to Discover Your True Self + Win a copy

Moorea Seal has a lot going on. The 31-year-old author of the guided journals The 52 Lists Project and 52 Lists for Happiness runs a Seattle-based retail and online lifestyle store, curates a Pinterest account with nearly 1 million followers, and frequently entertains friends in the tidy, welcoming and Instagram-worthy home she shares with her husband and sister. In her new book, Make Yourself At Home: Design Your Space to Discover Your True Selfshe teaches readers how to design spaces for comfort and creative expression through thoughtful personal essays, stunning photography, accessible DIYs and inspiring profiles of creatives and entrepreneurs like Erin Perez Hagstrom of calivintage, Laura Gummerman of A Beautiful Mess and Diana La Counte from Our City Lights. Going room by room, Moorea (pronounced MOO-RAY-UH) examines how each space serves us and how to feel more at home there. Included are practical lessons on colour theory and psychology, a brief guide to the defining traits of the styles featured in the book (folk, rustic, midcentury modern, etc.), and pages for your own notes. You’ll want this one, mes amies. Here’s a peek inside. (Thanks to Sasquatch Books for the copy.)  Continue reading “Make Yourself at Home: Design Your Space to Discover Your True Self + Win a copy”

The Scandinavian Home: Interiors Inspired by Light by Niki Brantmark

The Scandinavian Home: Interiors Inspired by Light by Niki Brantmark

Borta bra men hemma bäst. (Swedish for “Away is good but home is best.”) • Fans of the pared-back, practical style typically warmed up with wood and other natural elements that is true of so many dwellings in Northern Europe will love Niki Brantmark’s new book, The Scandinavian Home: Interiors Inspired by Light. Niki is the creator of the award-winning interior design blog, My Scandinavian Home, and author of Modern Pastoral: Bring the Tranquility of Nature Into Your Home. Her second book takes readers into 10 swoon-worthy city, country and rural homes in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland, all of which speak to the tenets of Scandinavian living. “It’s a mindful, uncluttered lifestyle, and one that aligns well with modern thinking about sustainability,” Niki writes. “In many homes … you will find only a few beautifully crafted, high-quality iconic design pieces, antiques and flea-market finds made from natural, sustainable resources. All are pieces that stand the test of time.” Here are some of my favourite spaces from the the book. (Thanks for the copy, Thomas Allen & Son.)  Continue reading “The Scandinavian Home: Interiors Inspired by Light by Niki Brantmark”

Sneaking in Netflix in style #StreamTeam

Sneaking in Netflix in style #StreamTeam

I live in jeans and tees year-round and try to stretch out sandal season as long as I can, but watching Suits on Netflix makes me want to dress better. Those pencil skirts that make Rachel’s legs look a mile long, the made-to-measure dresses that fit Donna and Jessica like a glove, those big brown puppy dog eyes that make Harvey — oh sorry, we were talking about clothes. But when funds for fun things are short and you’re honestly too lazy to put in much effort, a cute clutch can punch it up on the cheap. And if it’s large enough, double as a tablet case so you can sneak a peek at those big brown eyes wherever you go. Here are my favourite clutches for your ipad mini (or similar-sized tablet) and a few other things besides. (PS: Mine is on sale.)  Continue reading “Sneaking in Netflix in style #StreamTeam”

A tired corner gets a cheery refresh with Thimblepress + A giveaway

A tired corner gets a cheery refresh with Thimblepress + A giveaway

It’s reveal day! Woohoo! I’ve been wanting to give my favourite corner a refresh for what feels like forever, and Saturday I finally rolled up my sleeves and got started. I stripped the living room wallpaper, gave the walls a fresh coat of paint, and brought in some colourful accessories my friends at Thimblepress sent from their HQ in Jackson, Mississippi. I’ve loved their cheery art prints and greeting cards and confetti push-pops and pretty much everything they do for a few years now, and here I’ve incorporated some of my new and old favourites to give the space a happy vibe. (The new goodies were free of charge in exchange for this post.)  Continue reading “A tired corner gets a cheery refresh with Thimblepress + A giveaway”

Summer-ready with SKECHERS + Win a pair!

Summer-ready with SKECHERS + Win a pair!

So somehow it’s May 2-4 already and yours truly is freaking out a bit because I just realized the kids are off school tomorrow and we’ve got a four-day stretch ahead. Mama needs a cocktail. (This one will do nicely.) I’ve been swanning all over town in my cute shoes with my mother for the past couple of days while she’s been visiting from Toronto, but now she’s left so we’ll have to make our own fun. I won’t be running after my guys in my SKECHERS wedges but I totally could if I needed too — they’re super comfy, light-as-air and hello! So fun! Perfect for walks up to the library and down to the dollar store and over to the corner store for popsicles (‘tho my guys have started to get those on their own, conveniently “forgetting” to bring me the change). SKECHERS sent me these and another super cute pair to help get me through the summer. And you know, I wouldn’t turn down a cocktail either. Continue reading “Summer-ready with SKECHERS + Win a pair!”

Wonder Plants: Your Urban Jungle Interior by Irene Schampaert & Judith Baehner + Win a copy!

Wonder Plants: Your Urban Jungle Interior by Irene Schampaert & Judith Baehner + Win a copy!

Now some of you may say plants never go out of style, but in the past couple of years their popularity in home decor and design has grown in a huge way (pun absolutely intended). Wonder Plants: Your Urban Jungle Interior by Irene Schampaert and Judith Baehner, is a tribute to some of of the most marvellous and magical renderings of botanical style and a primer in plant care for readers looking to enliven their spaces with the same greenery at home.  Continue reading “Wonder Plants: Your Urban Jungle Interior by Irene Schampaert & Judith Baehner + Win a copy!”

Gifts for the littles: nesting favourites + A giveaway

Gifts for the littles: nesting favourites + A giveaway

Shopping for baby gear has come a long way since I was out to here with my first child 10 years ago. (Ten years ago?! How is that possible?!) I mean yes, you still have those crappy cookie-cutter megastores where you have as much chance of finding a staff member as you do laying an egg, but now you also have places like The Baby Cubby that go the extra mile to give shoppers exceptional selection and service. The Utah-based company reached out to me recently to introduce themselves in hopes that I might introduce them to you, and ‘tho I couldn’t visit the store because Utah, I was pleasantly surprised by their online shop and think you will be too.  Continue reading “Gifts for the littles: nesting favourites + A giveaway”

Domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home by Jessica Romm Perez and Shani Silver

Domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home by Jessica Romm Perez and Shani Silver

This Christmas my wish list is all about feathering our nest. I’d love a Scandinavian-inspired mirror for the entry, a swoony diffuser for the living room, some kind of lighting situation for the dining room (I finally painted it white but it’s still so dim), and a big screen TV to curl up with and watch all the holiday Netflix in bed. (Santa, I’ve been really good this year!) All of which was heavily inspired by Domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home, the much-anticipated new release from Domino magazine editors Jessica Romm Perez and Shani Silver. It’s a follow-up to the 2008 release, Domino: The Book of Decorating. While the first book was all about demystifying interior design, this second one promises a deep dive into the nitty gritty of home decorating — how to use key elements from lighting to collections and everything in between to make your space your own. “Your home isn’t simply the things in it — it is more about crafting a space to share with the people you love,” the authors write. “It doesn’t need to be perfect — it just needs to be perfect for you.”  Continue reading “Domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home by Jessica Romm Perez and Shani Silver”

Minted More: A membership program for design + discount lovers

Minted More: A membership program for design + discount lovers

Minted rolled out something pretty fantastic this fall that I don’t want you to miss. Especially if you’re thinking about ordering holiday cards and want to save some dollah bills. If you don’t know Minted, it’s a design marketplace of independent artists from around the world known for its gorgeous assortment of stationery, art, home decor and more. The company is  based in the US and ships to over 200 countries. Now they have a membership program, Minted More, that’ll not only give you major savings on your holiday cards, but on all your purchases year-round, PLUS an amazing box of stationery, wrapping supplies and textiles unlike any other.  Continue reading “Minted More: A membership program for design + discount lovers”