how to create an organized kids closet

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I'm back today with the 'afters' of Maya's closet. We tried to keep this one on budget, and I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. It is pretty but also packs in function. And the best part? We still have some room to grow into it. She definitely has the nicest closet in the house - lucky little lady! After wallpapering the closet in Graham & Brown's gorgeous Isabelle Blue paper - you can catch all my wallpaper 101 tips and tricks in that post - it was time to finish putting the closet together. Here is a reminder of what we were starting with. We built that top shelf using MDF and purchased the railing from the hardware store. And here it is post-painting and ... CONTINUE READING

be inspired: mediterranean beach house decor


I have something fun for you guys today. I recently got an email from a reader named Tori - a mama of 3 who just completed a full house remodel on her mediterranean beach house. I was so inspired by the photos she sent, that I couldn't help but swoon and totally wanted to share them with you guys here. Tori lives in Florida and they basically touched every single room in the house to turn it into their dream home. And boy, it is dreamy. Wanna take a tour? How amazing is this rounded entryway and unbelievable wood doors? I love the accent of the patterned tiles, too. I adore the mixed gallery wall up the staircase. I have this sort of thing in mind for our own home. I love the way it ... CONTINUE READING

fall faves on etsy

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It's officially September and although we are still in a bit of a heat wave here in Ottawa, I know that the days of sweater weather, boots, warm drinks, pumpkin patches, and red leaves are around the corner. And that makes me so happy. I love summer, I really do, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE fall. Especially as I'm starting to get larger with this pregnancy (18 weeks), pregnant + being super hot = not my most favourite combination. There is a reason I'm having a winter baby this time and not planning on being 9 months pregnant at the peak of the summer like I was with Maya (we were lucky this baby and actually were able to get pregnant in our "ideal time"... if there ever is such a ... CONTINUE READING

our guide to surviving roadtrips with a toddler

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I don't know about you guys, but for us, summertime is the season of road trips. Not epic, long ones to the other side of the country, but we do a 2-4 hour trip pretty regularly during July and August as we head out to family and friend cottages. We actually just got back on Friday from our usual family week in the Adirondack Park, NY, which is about 3.5 hours (no stops). Here is our guide to surviving roadtrips with a toddler. It used to be that Dan and I could throw a few things in the car, grab a coffee to go, and just hit the road. Daaaang, it was easy. Adding a kiddo into the mix definitely makes it a bit more of an ordeal. Little people seem to require the most stuff (is it just ... CONTINUE READING

DIY abstract artwork

make this DIY abstract artwork with a step-by-step guide in under 30 minutes!! - via the sweetest digs

Artwork is one of those things that can totally MAKE a home. Inject a room with artwork that you love, and all of a sudden it will feel so much more personal and like you. It brings the life to a space, you know? The hump that people sometimes face is that it can be expensive. Thing is though, if you look around and get creative, there are so many budget-friendly ways to bring interesting artwork into your home (I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to collecting DIY artwork ideas). I recently needed a piece for above our mint and gold buffet, and had a very specific colour scheme and look in mind (and a zero budget). The solution? Paint my own DIY abstract art. What you'll ... CONTINUE READING

father’s day gift ideas delivered

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Father's Day is just around the corner, and I know I need to get my butt into gear. Dan is going to be away over the actual day, but I plan on surprising him with a make-up father's day when he is back. In addition to some Maya crafts (handmade card anyone?), I want to get him something nice. Thing is, I don't have much time to go shopping right now, so I plan on ordering something online. After browsing around, here are my favourite father's day gift ideas that are all easily available to order online and so are DELIVERED to your doorstep. A-to-the-men. All products via either Amazon or Chapters/Indigo. Most are currently on sale and under $50 (except last one)! 1 >> ... CONTINUE READING

some news: graham & brown collaboration

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So I have a bit of fun news! I have been chatting recently with the folks over at Graham & Brown, and am going to partner with them for the rest of 2015 in a Brand Ambassador role. So who are Graham & Brown? They are a UK-based, family company that make the most incredible wallpaper, along with other home products and accessories. I have admired their wallpaper for AGES. They have a huge variety of patterns, with an undeniable UK influence. I have been going to England ever since I was a kiddo - I think my first flight ever as a baby was over to London. Want a little throwback thursday? Here is my Daddio with me in the carrier (hello, old school babywearing!), out exploring ... CONTINUE READING

life lately: a pop up shop + toddlerhood

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The spring has been a busy one so far, so I thought I'd catch you up a little on what's been happening in my neck of the woods. After a few months of quiet on the craft fair front earlier in the year, they are all starting up again and so I have been busy prepping and spending time in various shows. I love doing this, as it's a great way to meet all kinds of fun people (some of whom recognize me from the blog, which always makes me go a little red and awkward..!!) and make a bunch of sales without dealing with shipping. I try to be careful though about how many I take on, as the fairs are usually on the weekends - my only time with Maya and Dan - so I want to make sure we have lots of ... CONTINUE READING

photo gifts: a mother’s day mug

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Do you guys have any plans for this upcoming Mother's day? Last year, my first official mother's day as a mama, I spent with Maya but away from Dan. This year we are all around, and I have made my request very clear: a sleep in, followed by breakfast in bed, plus a handmade craft from my little lady. Pretty much heaven to me. For my own Mum, I will take her out for a nice tea or something, but I wanted to have a gift for her from Maya. We will make a card, but since Maya is only 1.5, we aren't really at the point yet of making a nice handmade gift. So? I jumped on the photo gift bandwagon for this year: a mother's day photo mug. There are a variety of places where you can go to get ... CONTINUE READING

choosing pendant lights for a kitchen

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Guys, I owe you the scoop on our kitchen lighting (lots of you have been asking - sorry!). In terms of the lighting in our house, we had to come up with a plan with our electrician in the early reno stages. Of course we were putting potlights throughout, but I'm really not one for going potlight crazy. Have you noticed that a lot of new homes these days have a zillion potlights everywhere and no other types of lighting? What happened to some good old pendants or sconces? I am a big fan of layered lighting in a room, and find that light fixtures can add so much to the overall design of a space, so I really wanted to think through our plan carefully room-by-room. Here is how we created our ... CONTINUE READING

kitchen subway tile backsplash: a classic

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Between the etsy shop, prepping for spring craft fairs, my contract work, chipping away at the house, getting our apartment rented, and you know, regular life, finding time to take photos and write up blog posts about our renovation and latest DIYs has become a challenge. Sometimes I feel like I'm not keeping you guys up to date enough! Forgive me? Let's get back to the kitchen today, k? I never gave the scoop on our backsplash tile. As our kitchen was coming together, I really hadn't settled on a backsplash. My dream backsplash is one large slab of marble (like this, and this). I love the strong veining and the impact it has on a room. The cost of that option though, was totally out ... CONTINUE READING

mother’s day gift ideas: etsy guide

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Mother's Day is coming up in a few weeks, so it's time to get planning for any of the mama's in your life. Last year I was away in England on the day, with Maya but without Dan, so it didn't feel quite the same. This year I'm excited to be at home and am secretly hoping that Dan will think ahead about some fun little activities. And you know, gifts are nice, too. I got lost in browsing Etsy and came up with some of my favourite mother's day gift ideas. Basically just stuff I would love. Etsy is full of fun cards. This one in particular reminded me of my mother (HI MUM!!). Dan can attest to this characteristic being true, as he and I are 10 years in and I still correct his grammar from ... CONTINUE READING