As much as I love putting together super swankified spaces, the truth is - most of us can't afford it. So I wanted to see how awesome a room I could build, keeping budget in mind. Sourcing from mostly Ikea, Target, Overstock, Lamps Plus, and Wicker Emporium, this is what I came up with:
And guess how much it costs? UNDER $2000! For an entire room. Including large-scale furniture. Most nice couches cost more than this entire room. What do you think? Would you live here?
I've had these moccasins for at least three years and I wear them - at most - 3 times a year, which is a bit ridiculous given how much I love them. Unfortunately, suede boots aren't particularly practical in a frequently-damp coastal city. Luckily, last Saturday presented a crisp and sunny Fall day, perfect for moccasin-wearing.
I moved a few new friends into our place this weekend...
I've been wanting a Fiddle Leaf Fig for AGES. They're really hard to find around here but I stumbled upon one this weekend and immediately snatched it up.
Isn't it gorgeous?!
My undergrad roommates are probably laughing right now, given how many plants I managed to neglect to the point of extinction back then. But I've changed! I've kept an orchid alive for almost THREE months. I'm practically Mother Nature.
To take advantage of my newfound green thumb, I also picked up this little Pothos for the top of the liquor locker.
I wanted something that would eventually trail down the side of the locker AND something resilient because that spot gets very little light. I'm not sure if this variety of Pothos will do well there, but I'm hopeful. I couldn't resist the pretty variegated leaves.
They both still need pots but I have a few ideas of what I'd like to use. So, any tips on keeping these beauties alive? I've heard that you have to water them or something. Plants are SO needy.
With the exception of Christmas, I'm not usually much for holiday decorations. Halloween, Easter, Valentine's Day, "Fall" in general - I'd really rather not. I find that, for the most part, seasonal decorations are ridiculously overpriced for how long they're used and often really tacky, which detracts from the decor you worked so hard to achieve. I know, I sound like such an uptight grinch, haha. And when I have kids, I'll probably change my tune completely. But for now... not my thing. So imagine my surprise when I spent my Tuesday evening constructing a life-size zombie. See, the boyfriend's work was doing a little Halloween decorating competition... and I do love a competition ;) And much to my surprise, it was actually pretty dang fun to make. And I think he looks awesome. But I'm still not decorating my house.
Moving on from last week's office plan, I thought I would share some ideas I have for our dining room. This room is not first on the priority list, so the plan obviously could change between now and implementation - but here's what I'm thinking right now:
We'd reuse the current dining table, but sand it down and stain it a darker colour - likely Jacobean by Minwax. We'd also make use of the dresser and lamp from my bedroom as a makeshift sideboard/entry console. We'd add in a set of industrial metal chairs. Target has an awesome version very similar to these Marais chairs but significantly more affordable. An oversized leaning floor mirror would help the space feel larger, a brightly patterned rug would hide stains and add some personality, and a neutral grey stripe curtain would add softness and depth. A work-of-art chandelier and my absolute favourite Eye Poetry Photography would finish things off.
It's about that time of year. The time when we trade our fun flats, handsome heels, and sweet sandals for something slightly less elegant but absolutely necessary if you live in this part of the world: the winter boot. For many years, I've been an Ugg (or some facsimile) girl. Not the most elegant of boots, but oh-so-comfortable. This year, though. This year I decided that I was going to be an ADULT. I was going to buy actual GROWN-UP winter boots. But then I realized that I actually have no idea what grown-up winter boots entail. I mean, I don't want them to be ugly. They may not be the classiest of footwear but a girl can still want to look good, right?
Initially, I was absolutely certain that I wanted Sorels. After all, I'm going to be walking to and from work this winter and the streets of Halifax get slushy. I need something that can withstand the gunk. But then I tried them on. And while I think they're totally cute on other people... I kinda hated the way they looked on me.
So I veered back towards Uggs. Why fix what isn't broke, right? But then the boyfriend reminded me that I'm back in Halifax now - where winters are mostly slush. And the whole reason I wanted Sorels was for the waterproofness - not one of Ugg's key features. So, I went back to the drawing board.
And then... then there were Hunters. Rainboots, yes. But rainboots that have co-ordinating liners to make them warm and cozy. Repellant to the rain and slush. Cozy enough for serious windchill. And in an array of super fun colours. Plus, they're a classic and will last for years... So... what do you think? Have I justified purchasing $200+ rubber boots? I mean... LOOK HOW CUTE THEY ARE:
I'm sharing a mini guest bedroom update today, courtesy of the boyfriend's handy skills. If you read this post, you may remember that he built one of the bedside tables we're going to use in the guest room. At that point, the table was constructed and stained Minwax's Provincial but we hadn't yet attached the drawer hardware. It looked a little something like this:
Last weekend we popped out to Lee Valley and after being ridiculously overwhelmed by the sheer number of hardware options, we eventually decided on a cast brass ring pull.
Inexpensive, but with a classic look and character-filled finish.
I love the way it looks with the lines and finish of the side table. Classic, simple, and charming.
Halifax Pop Explosion is next week. I've never been. Not going to lie - I really only bought a wristband to be a good girlfriend... but then I listened to a bunch of the artists, and now I'm SUPER excited to go.
One of our first priorities when I move in is to create a functional office that we can both use. We plan to convert a room that is currently being used for storage. My design direction has changed approximately seven million times over the past few weeks but this is what I'm thinking right now.
We'd like to have a space to be creative and sketch things out - I'm thinking a chalkboard wall. The boyfriend is considering a whiteboard wall. We shall see... I'd also like to DIY a bookcase like this one from Amber to hold all my design tomes and our other assorted paraphernalia. As for a desk, we're planning to use my current desk for the moment, but given that there's a decent chance we'll want to use the space simultaneously, we might have to eventually switch it out for a larger table, like the one pictured. A pair of chairs, a lamp the boyfriend already owns, some quirky accessories (that footed brass piece is a pencil holder!), and graphic yet monochromatic textiles should finish things up!
What do you think? Is this a space you could get creative in? Click on mood board for individual sources.
It's Thanksgiving here in Canada and I have so much to be thankful for this year.
The past 12 months have been a whirlwind, full of excitement, surprises, so much happiness, and of course, a healthy amount of stress. The experiences I've had over the past year-and-a-half have taught me so much about who I really am and who I want to be. The stress, fear, and emotional roller coaster that was last summer were a necessary step towards finding that place that just feels right. For that, I'm so grateful. And grateful for my family, who have supported me unquestioningly throughout this entire process and made it possible for me to follow my heart. For my friends, who have never wavered, even when I'm sure my ideas seemed nuts, and made me laugh when I wanted to cry. For this city, which has always felt like the only place that truly fits. And for my love, who is thoughtful, supportive, intelligent, interesting, and pretty much the best thing to ever happen to me. So. Thankful.
It's been a good year, you guys. Here's to many more. xo
I have a confession. It's not a very secret confession if you've ever looked at my bookshelf. I have a serious addiction to design books. I LOVE them. They're both content and form in one - chock full of images that inspire and a decor item in and of themselves. I love the look of an array of hardcover books arranged artfully on a bookcase.
As some of you may know, I'm in the process of moving all of my earthly possessions out of my parent's house (more on that here), so that I can cohabitate with the boyfriend. VERY exciting stuff. In addition to the exciting lovey-dovey romance and rainbows aspect of this new development, there's also the super exciting EIGHT new rooms to design aspect! I'll be sharing details of the process as I go, but to start, I thought I'd share the mood board I've created for our soon-to-be guest bedroom (affectionately known as 'the ironing room' at present). My bestie and her beau are coming this weekend and crashing with us on Friday night - making this room a priority. Although it won't reach this point by the weekend (Sorry, E!) - this is the direction I think we're heading.
The headboard and throw are from my current bedroom and the curtains were ones we planned to use in the upstairs living room before we changed our minds. Rug is Overstock, pillows and clock are Indigo (pillows here and here), lamps are Target, curtain rod is Sears, art is Eye Poetry Photography, and coasters are Anthropologie. Although not in the mood board, these are the two side tables we plan to use. This one, constructed by the boyfriend (Isn't he handy?!):
Just in need of a drawer pull and some styling.
And this one, which is a much-loved remnant from my single girl apartment:
So what do you think? Want to come stay for a visit? Note: The boyfriend is now concerned that people may actually want to come for a visit.