bathroom favourites & organization!

bathroom

Next up on the home favourites is my bathroom! When we moved in I decided that since our en suite had little storage and only a shower, that Tyler could have this to himself and I would take over the main floor bathroom. Afterall, what girl could live without having a bubble bath once in a while?! The bathroom is a space where you want to keep your design pretty simple and organized so I like to find design solutions to stay clutter free. This can be a struggle in smaller spaces so organization will make all the difference in your daily life!

I continued the same calming and neutral colour palette throughout this space as well but decided to add a few feminine accents! I used some of my favourite decor elements to do this in a stylish and simple way. I also tried to maximize all storage options that I could, see some of my tips below:

Vases & Jars – I love to find new ways to store common necessities and make them a little more pleasing to look at! Plus this frees up space in your cupboards and drawers for more beauty products ;) I used dove soap to fill my large apothecary jar and filled my smaller ones with cotton pads, q-tips. I was happy to find this clear toothbrush container to store my makeup brushes (see above). I happen to love dove soap but I have to admit that I will actually buy products that match my decor. I also love using sponges as a vase filler, they have great texture and colour!

Baskets – I usually have baskets in each room of my home for storage, so naturally the bathroom had to have some as well. I use mine to store extra towels for guests and to free up space in our linen closet! The possibilities are endless for what you can use yours for, everything from laundry to children’s toys!

Trays – I love trays for so many spaces in the home, they are a great way to keep organized and have all of your essentials rounded up in one area without looking messy. I usually keep the daily things I need to use for my morning and bedtime routine including skin care, perfume and jewelery. I like to use ones without handles for this particular space so everything looks fresh and open!

Hooks – I added hooks to the back of the door to make use of this space for storage of my personal towels and bath robes. I always like for guests to feel comfortable and welcome in our home and there is nothing worse than drying your hands on what may or may not be someones bath towel!

Towels: Target
Tray: Target
Hooks & Jar: Ikea
Toothbrush Holder & Soap Container: Homesense
Wall Decor: Target
Sponges & Bath Lilly: The Body Shop
Garbage Pale: Ikea
Bath Caddy: Home Outfitters – Similar: Rona
Basket: Target
Vase: Walmart

kitchen favourites & design inspiration!

kitchen

I decided that I would post my favourite home items space by space. Next up I’ll go over the kitchen items I love! It can be tough to come up with fresh ideas and find the perfect items that really fit your space so I’ll include where I get my inspiration from!

I have to say I don’t spend much time in the kitchen, (I definitely need more than a little help in this area.. whoops!) but of course I still wanted this space to feel finished. I really wanted to continue with the same fresh feel and colour palette throughout the main floor so I looked for silver, white, and blue décor then incorporated some rustic elements to keep it cozy. Also if you read my previous post with my living room favourites (find it here), I mentioned my obsession with chalkboards which are in heavy effect in the kitchen. Hello labeling and organization!! I love the large chalkboard for shopping lists, notes to the fiancé or quotes I love for inspiration. Scale was something I struggled with in this room, it has high ceilings so finding large items that made the space feel complete yet simple was difficult, but it’s coming together! I try to stay inspired to try different ideas in our home but with a busy life it can be hard, here’s where I find it..

Obviously Pinterest has become a huge source of inspiration for ideas, but I thought I’d share the other ways I have found inspiration in the past because I have to say sometimes I see images of beautiful homes and I just want to give up and move! It can be so daunting to see perfect spaces and features in homes that are unattainable in your own. I learnt early on when we moved into our home that sometimes you have to decorate the space you have, not the one you wish you had. So make the most of your homes’ unique features by highlighting them and looking for ideas really anywhere! See below for some of my sources:

Show Homes – I actually love browsing the design and décor to gain ideas, plus if your lucky like us and had bought recently, each neighbourhood has your house design decorated differently. Its pretty much a no brainer!

Favourite Stores – This is a great way to get ideas because they have amazing styling that already fits your taste. Pottery Barn would be my absolute dream home!

Hotels – Have you ever noticed most hotels have amazing styling? Plus the design can be very unique depending on the feel they are going for.

Antiquing – Some of my first inspirational memories of interior decorating was hitting garage sales with my mom and finding pieces that had a story behind them. She is so talented and looking back I’m so happy she influenced me with her love of antiques and mixing rustic décor into a modern space! I’m still searching for really great pieces and will keep you posted!

Television – Who remembers watching Trading Spaces and Debbie Travis’ Painted House?! Those were the days! I was utterly obsessed and always dreamed of the day I would get the chance to decorate my own home. Since then I’ve picked up some new shows but I love them all the same!

Love It or List It with Hilary Farr: I love the elegance she incorporates into her spaces
Love It or List It Vancouver with Jillian Harris: I love that she mixes in antique pieces with girly décor!
Colour Confidential with Jane Lockhart: this show taught me all about contrasting and complimenting colours, it totally opened me up to the possibilities when it comes to colour
Martha Stewart Living: the queen of the home and diy projects, I love everything she does!
Divine Design with Candice Olson: she mixes so many elements into a space that all go together seamlessly

Check out these wonderful ladies for some inspiration for your own home!

Chalkboard: Restoration Hardware – I love this one, but I found mine at Homesense
Canisters: Target, Williams Sonoma, One Kings Lane – Mine came with built in chalkboards from Pier One Imports, Homesense, and Michaels (you can find chalkboard labels by Martha Stewart at Staples!)
Candle Holders: Ikea
Striped Kitchen Mat: Williams Sonoma
Mason Jar Measuring Cup: Indigo
Vase & Lemon Filler: Target
Topiary: Target
Wall Clock: Sweetpea and Willow – I found mine at Homesense
Mail Container: Cotton On – I found mine at Superstore but luckily it can still be found online
Cutting Board: Homesense
Vase: Target
Twig Vase Filler: Ikea

living room favourites & design tips!

livingroom

I’m so excited to share some of my favorite home items and tips with you! Tyler and I moved into our new home about 2 and a half years ago now and it has been so fun decorating each space. Our style has evolved and the rooms have evolved with it which can be exciting, confusing, frustrating and rewarding all at the same time. Hopefully I can help someone make the process a little easier!

Shopping for décor is a favourite pastime of mine, I could spend hours searching. In case you didn’t notice I’m a huge fan of Indigo, they always have great unique and stylish items that I can’t find anywhere else. I also couldn’t live without Homesense, I can always count on them for great finds and deals! Also on my go-to list? Target, Ikea, Superstore, Crate and Barrel, Walmart, Pottery Barn, Pier One Imports, Michaels and really anywhere I can find what I’m looking for!

My advice is to buy pieces that you love and figure out where to put them later on! I feel like your less likely to tire of your design if it speaks to you personally. That being said having a continuous theme is something I would suggest, especially when it comes to your main rooms like your kitchen and living room. I love to create a calming and relaxing feel in these rooms as this is usually the space where you spend most of your time unwinding after your day. I also feel like it makes guests feel welcome and comfortable. Obviously not everyone’s personal style and preferences with be in line with mine but no matter what theme or feel your going for, here are some tips I follow when putting a room together:

Keep Scale In Mind – Scale is so important to make your rooms look balanced! If your space is small, avoid bulky furniture and opt for smaller scale pieces to make your room feel less cluttered. If you have high ceilings or a large space, buy larger pieces so your room doesn’t look bare. When it comes to décor try using varying heights of items to keep it interesting!

Add Texture – Texture is a great way to add visual interest to your room. See above for some of my favourite items with varying textures including linen, moss, wicker, cork, rope and knits.

Move Things Around – Like I mentioned earlier, buy your pieces then go home and rearrange! It can be easy to get stuck and think a room is ‘finished’ but you could be missing out on a piece’s full potential. I often try pieces in every space before finally settling on a new home for my décor. Sometimes it won’t work out or feel ‘right’ but sometimes it will be amazing and I’m so glad I decided to be creative!

Incorporate Similar Colours & Patterns – This is a great tip if you’re designing your room around a specific piece that you love. For example if you found a rug or throw pillow with an amazing pattern and colour scheme, try incorporating items to tie those into your room. This will keep the look consistent even if there are a lot of different elements in your space.

Use Metallic Accents – Using metallic accents, whether its gold or my personal favourite silver, will do so much for your space! I love the elegance, shine, and interest that they add to a design. I like to tie it in throughout my home with frames, candle holders, décor items, and see above for the metallic letters!

Green Is Great – I absolutely love adding some type of greenery to each space and would suggest you do the same. I personally struggle to keep plants alive and well so I usually opt for faux plants, flowers and even fruit. Another fantastic décor item is moss balls! I have had so many people question this, but my love for them is unwavering and I promise you they will add a great element to any space. I spring for fresh flowers whenever I have company, an event, or just want something extra pretty to cheer me up!

Touches of Black – I grew up watching home design shows and reading about it, so I have picked up tips from anywhere and everywhere. One that I distinctively remember was to add at least a touch of black. Even if its just a picture frame, (or my ongoing obsession with chalkboard labels) I try to incorporate it in each space.

Add Personal Items – Nothing makes a space feel like home more than adding a touch of you and your family, friends, pets, etc. to each space. I can honestly say that I have more picture frames than I know what to do with but I try to fill each one with our favourite memories and moments. If you’re not a fan of having a ton of selfies around the house, opt for a print instead! There are so many cute ones out there to suit any personality, see below for the source of some of my favourite prints from Stephanie Sterjovski.

I hope some of my tips help you with your own space!

Linen Pillows: Indigo
Voluspa Mokara Mini Tin Candle: Indigo
Throw Blanket: Indigo
Lets Stay Home Print: Indigo or SS Print Shop
Decorative Moss Balls: Walmart
Woven Basket: Indigo
Mercury Glass Rope Lanterns: Indigo
Picture Frames: Target
Wooden Table Lamp: Target
Silver Letter A: Indigo
Polyresin Decorative Figurine: Target