Category Archives: Home Design & Decor

Tips + Tricks: Designing an Intimate + Industrial Wedding

Tips + Tricks: Designing an Intimate + Industrial Wedding

As a bride-to-be in the early stages of planning a wedding, my goal is first to create an inviting and intimate atmosphere, followed closely by ensuring there’s a plethora of great food, drinks, and music.

Whether I’m designing a living space or office, it’s about catering to how those who’ll live in and enjoy it function and making sure that the space reflects that in the end.

Tips + Tricks: Designing an Intimate + Industrial Wedding

So when HomeSense asked me to design a weddingscape using products from their new celebration line, my first instinct was to create a lounge space that could double as a dessert table or cocktail bar area. Because who wouldn’t want to sidle on a sofa, chair, ottoman or pouf while enjoying their drink or a snack!? I just love how an inviting lounge space encourages conversation and camaraderie.

So in just a few days and with a limited budget, I pulled together this laid-back, layered and livable wedding lounge in an otherwise cold, industrial space by simply considering a few key factors (read more for all the tips and more photos!)

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An Old Garage Turned Loft

An Old Garage Turned Loft That's Equal Parts Cozy + Industrial

Equal parts cozy and industrial—that’s hard to pull off.

But somehow this rehabilitated loft that used to be an old garage does a beautiful job of employing an industrial style while still maintaining a homey, inviting and intimate feel thanks to the careful attention given to lighting (creating a soft, warm ambiance), and the oodles of warmth added through a variety of textures, textiles, natural materials and colours.

As with all About a Room posts, if you like this look you can shop the room at the bottom of the post!

x, S

An Old Garage Turned Loft That's Equal Parts Cozy + Industrial An Old Garage Turned Loft That's Equal Parts Cozy + Industrial An Old Garage Turned Loft That's Equal Parts Cozy + Industrial

Little Happy Living Room

I’ve spent most of my waking hours parked on this little yellow couch — or the dining table just behind it — recently.

I’ve been on a tiny break from filming, and plugging away at myriad tasks, so rather than share all the things, here’s how I’ve  sum up the last few weeks:

Relaxing with Piper and Shawn, Googling “why are my nails chipping,” “small bathroom designs,” and “best lavender candle,” watching The OA, looking up theories on The OA on Reddit, repotting my monstera deliciosa, subsequently killing most of my monstera deliciosa (it was tragic), browsing Let Go, finding a cool vintage tin green S on Let Go for $50, coding and re-designing a site (which I’ll share more about shortly), tinting my eyebrows, organizing paperwork and files from 2016, planning a bathroom renovation, starting #PixelsPlacesThings, listening to Podcasts (CLJ, Clever, and TAL).

I hope you enjoy my little slice of living (with Piper cameos of course). Full source/shopping list at bottom of post.


Plaid throw  |  Vintage Metal Letters  |  BEKVÄM stool   |   Wire Basket   |   Yellow Sofa (US shoppers click here)   |   Rattan Side Chair (US shoppers click here and here)   |   Gold Ceramic Stool (US shoppers click here)   |   Storage Baskets (US shoppers click here)   |   Planter on Stilts   |   Ottoman (US shoppers click here)   |   Grey Polka Dot Pillow and Faux Fur Lumbar Pillow (US shoppers click here and here)  |  Dash and Albert Diamond Rug (US shoppers click here)   |   Arched Floor Lamp (US shoppers click here)   |   Top Down Bottom Up Shades (US shoppers click here)   |   Ceramic French Bulldog (US shoppers click here)

Designing + Planning for a Bathroom Renovation

It’s bitter-sweet to say, but I’m preparing for a bathroom renovation.

Bitter-sweet because I love my current bathroom. It’s not nearly perfect and it’s lacking major storage, but it’s original to the home and has been the only space I’ve unleashed pink in. Sure, it puts a smile on my face, but in the long-run, it’s had its fair share of mini-renos and now it’s time to face the music and bring it up to date with the rest of the house.

A lot of the tiles are cracked and split, the window in the shower is framed in wood (so yes, imagine water spraying onto wood for decades), and storage is still a mega issue. We have a tiny medicine cabinet and one small unit above the toilet that only offers enough storage for items smaller than a can of hairspray. Our towels, TP, makeup, and almost every product we use when in the bathroom, is stored outside of our bathroom—and that sucks.

So in the next few months, wish us luck as we undergo a bathroom renovation. Unlike our DIY kitchen reno, I want to hire the contracting of this project out. I will do the design and be the project manager, but there are so many considerations with this space (plumbing, electrical, heated floors, structural), that I want done professionally. I will do the demo and source all the fixtures and finishes to save money, but leave the construction to a pro.

So, without further ado, let’s chat about the overall design vision! I’m thinking glass partition, washed oak, greys and putty tones, contemporary finishes, built-ins, and milking every square inch of space I have. Below are a bunch of inspiration images I’ve pinned. (Sources at bottom of post.)

Haptic Architects

Doherty Design Studio and Techne Architects

Haus Collingwood

Caesar Stone

Remy Meijers


Daniella Witte

unknown *plz comment if you know!

Bower Architecture