Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Bit of Summer Style

I've fallen kind of hard for this gorgeous ikat skirt. The colours are amazing, don't you think? I want to live in this all summer long. I'd pair it with a casual, grey t-shirt and a bit of sparkle here and there. The rattan purse, complete with fun, cheery pom poms is the perfect little sidekick too. 

Here's where to find all this goodness:

1. Shabby Apple Ikat Skirt (also available in a different colourway)

5. Mackenna Stripe Wedge, Tory Burch

6. Rattan Tote, Tory Burch

Let me get my body back just a little, and I think I'll be adding this skirt to my collection. Time to embrace summer colour while it's here, right? It's a season that comes and goes all too quickly (especially in this part of the world). 

On a personal note, things are going well with baby. She's growing like crazy and she'll be 1 month come Saturday! Slow down, time. The talented Wilna is coming to take some newborn photos tomorrow so I'm excited about that. I look forward to showing off my new little bundle. 

I hope things are well with you and yours. Hugs. 


Monday, June 16, 2014

My New Favourite Little Person

Hello, friends. My long awaited baby girl has arrived, and I'm in love. 

Heidi Johanna

Born: Thursday, June 12th

8 lbs. 11 oz. 

So, she's pretty perfect and we're kind of over the moon here. I really have no idea how often I'll get to the blog over the next little while, but I have a sweet baby to cuddle with. Trying to get in as much baby/mommy time as possible right now. This newborn stage is over all too quickly (except for the sleep deprivation and "holy milk jugs" parts). 

Finding myself saying thank-you alot these days - to God, my man, my kids and all our friends and family. We've experienced many kindnesses. 

Happy, happy. 


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Artist Feature: Carmelo Blandino

I'm excited to share some pretty fabulous art with you today. Lately I've been really digging abstracted flowers, and these pieces deliver just that in a wonderful sort of way. I love the mood and drama that they evoke; they have a terrific energy and looseness to them. Carmelo Blandino is the artist's name and he has quite the portfolio. He features several series of works on his website and each series has dozens of paintings. His "recent flowers" series is my favourite (complete with 80 works!). Here's just a small sampling. Gah! SO good. 

Aren't they amazing?! I can't stop going through them over and over again, admiring more about them each time. And I can only imagine how terrific they'd look in person - so much detail and texture to take in. 

Major art crush right here, friends. 


Friday, June 6, 2014

New Baby, New Mommy Essentials

I have "baby" on the brain these days for good reason. She could make her appearance any day now, and I'm ready. As much as a love being pregnant, I've reached the done and time to come out stage. With this being my 3rd, I've collected a few favourite things/essentials. Here's my little round up - essentials for both baby and momma. 

1. Nursing Pillow with Good Back Support - I have this one; the brand is my "brest" friend. 

2. Lanolin Cream - for the new nursing mother. Believe me, you don't want to go without this if you plan to breast feed. 

3. Bella Band. These are genius and come in different colours. They allow you to wear your regular pants unbuttoned but keep you covered and your pants up (until you're back to your regular size of course).

4. GAP newborn essentials are a great addition to your layette, and sleeper bundlers (with the open bottom) are a time saver for night-time diaper changes. No struggling with buttons and zippers. I also like how the sleeves fold over to keep sharp fingernails away from baby's face. 

5. Gauze swaddling blankets (I swear by swaddling). Wrap babe up good and snug - they may fight it at first, but it's the best way to signal "sleep time" to them. 

I'm sure many of you have some favourite products you swear by too. I've got all of my essentials ready and on hand. Hopefully I get to put them to use soon! Come on, baby, can't wait to meet you, and I'll be sure to share the good news just as soon as I can.



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

This & That

So, life has been busy lately. My "get stuff done before baby" list is long and as I stroke one thing off I seem to add several more! I don't even know where to start so let me throw a whack load of pictures at you and you'll get the general idea. 

I'm pregnant in a big way. We're so close, baby! (And my arms aren't long enough for a prego selfie at this stage.)

The nursery is a disaster zone right now, but here's at least a little look to let you know what's going down. It's about time I showed you something, right? (Sorry for the poor iphone photo.)

Also time for an "around the house" update. Little by little she's getting done. I haven't been completely idle as you'll see. 

We finally got around to recovering our dining room chairs with that fabulous, hand-painted fabric from Hollie. Ultimately, we may still spray lacquer the table and chairs, but for now we're sticking to simple re upholstery and let me tell you, it makes a HUGE difference! 

I got those yellow curtains sewn too (again, a big finally could be thrown in there). The second picture shows the true colour of the curtains better. 

This chair moved into the corner of our living room replacing the old IKEA one. Picked 'er up at homesense for a song. 

Another chair to move in. This one is pulled up to the dressing table in the Master Bedroom. This was a great second hand find for $65! (Gotta love a good deal.)

And those pillow covers in the designers guild fabrics are finally done too. Some for the living room; the others for the master bedroom. Such gorgeous fabrics/prints. Oh, and I found shades for my vintage, $8 brass lamps (as you can see on the sideboard behind the sofa). Yay! 

L's room has been zhushed just a little. Mostly just some things up on the walls. I'm really liking his room. 

And we've even started finishing our basement! (Details to come on that.) There's nothing really to show you yet, although I've been keeping a secret board on pinterest and it's gone public now. If you're curious to see my collection of ideas and inspiration go here

Outdoor furniture is a welcome addition to my deck. Planning on spending a lot of lounge time out here this summer. Hopefully baby likes to lounge too. (Cabana sectional at Canadian Tire.)

Thinking of throwing a few of these pillows in the mix for some fun colour and extra comfort. (Both at CB2.) 

I've finished my first year as an art student (USCAD) and I'm loving it! Look what I painted recently. Isn't it cheery? I was even willing to frame it and hang it in my daughter's room (the potted flowers in the white frame). Sorry it's not a real close up, but you get the idea. You can click on the image to enlarge too. Hopefully more painting to come.

Oh, and soccer has started. Shin pads in this teeny size are just about the cutest things. 

That sweet boy just turned 4 yesterday. I can't believe it! Of course we had a full weekend of partying, and I'm all worn out in my 9-month-pregnant state. Enjoying cupcakes with friends...  

This is my go to vanilla cupcake recipe if you're interested. It's real good. Perfect for kids and adults alike. 

Sorry to be so scatter brained. It's just the way things are around here right now. Thanks for sticking with me and I do hope things are well with you and yours. Hugs. 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

More Nursery Snippets

Hello, friends! I thought I'd pop in with a few nursery updates. As it turns out, we're planning on painting the room this weekend. Whoot! I couldn't hold off for another month (which was the original timeline). So, I have my work cut out for me getting the room cleared out and ready to paint come Saturday. I decided to go with a warm white - Ivory White by Benjamin Moore - to be exact. Pictures to come on that front. 

These curtains have arrived and will be hung just as soon as the walls get painted. I went with ready-made panels for sanity sake. 

Paired with this rod in the smaller size (both curtains and rod from Restoration Hardware). 

Here's a peek at the sofa and "fur" pillows that will be moving into the space soon. We've been storing the sofa in our basement since we moved in, and there's lots of room in the nursery so it may as well be put to use. At the very least I'll have a place to crash if baby is having a particularly fussy night. 

The gold bows pillow (Caitlin Wilson) and this pom pom throw in white (West Elm) will be added to the mix soon too. 

I've been thinking of bringing a good dose of colour into the space with some artwork inspired by the fabulous Lulie Wallace. I'd love to own an original by the talented lady herself, but it's just not in the budget this time. So, I've been practising. A first attempt (and more to come before I invest in an over sized canvas). Please excuse the garbage bag and painter's tape. I think there's hope that I may come up with something presentable. 

If I'm feeling ambitious, a trio of giant paper flowers would be so fun and cheery. 

The bassinet is out and that makes me happy. 

Oh, and that gold "goodnight" wall script arrived. It's puuurdy! (I know you can't really tell from this angle but trust me... it's good.) And yet another reason to get those walls painted. 

So, hopefully that whets your appetite to keep coming back here despite the sporadic posts. This blogging momma has been more momma than blogger lately, but you know, that's probably not a bad thing. I think my littles appreciate their mommy time, and soon I'll have 3 to keep track of! Prayers appreciated. 


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Design Crush Past (Apartment of Candace Bushnell)

I remember seeing the NY apartment of Candace Bushnell way back when and loving it. The main living room area is especially pretty. It's funny how images can stick in your head. I guess that's both a blessing and a curse. In this case, I'll consider it to be the former. Fast forward several years and the apartment still looks as stylish as ever. 

It goes to show that decorating with antiques (classics) will stand the test of time. You can see more of the apartment over at Elle Decor

There are so many pieces in this space that I would love to incorporate in my home all this time later. Definitely a winner in my books. What do you think? 

On a personal note, this pregnancy of mine is clipping along with just over 11 weeks to go! We haven't done anything at all in the nursery yet although I've been collecting stuff and making plans. We will hold off until mid-May to do the painting and then probably do a big "install" at the end, transforming the room in one fell swoop as it were. I've never decorated a room like that before, so we'll see how it comes together. Fingers crossed that all my planning translates into a good-looking space. I'll give you some updates soon. 



Thursday, March 27, 2014

Maxi Skirts for Spring

Blowy, flowy, fun & feminine maxi skirts. I want me one. Maybe it can be my reward/finally I have more clothing options carrot at the end of this pregnancy thing. Skirts vs. dresses will be winning out for me this spring and summer due to the fact that I'll likely be nursing full time. Here are some of my favourites.



This pleated black one is a steal at $20 right now. See it here.  

Pair these types of skirts with a classic chambray top like this one

Or maybe something on the lighter side when the heat of summer really finally hits. This crossover tank is rather lovely. 

And while we're on the topic, here are some other fashion picks for spring. This whole ensemble from GAP caught my eye. 

This statement necklace just might sneak its way into my collection. Just the perfect mix of funky & pretty. 

I just can't wait to dig out my sandals come summer. I ended up getting these way back in February for our Hawaii trip and look forward to slipping my feet into them again. 

And this peachy pink from essie is the perfect shade for summer toes. (Did you know you can get essie polish at superstore? I was pleasantly surprised when I was there the other day.)

Are you eyeing some new duds for spring (and summer) this year? Those warmer temperatures cannot get here soon enough.