Category Archives: My Life, Lately

[GIVEAWAY] Blog Survey 2017: What Do You Want From Me?!

Hey you! Yes, you. Want to win a product of your choice from my shop? Then I need to hear from you!

I’ve been meaning to connect with you guys for quite some time because you all feel so far away. Ironically, this week’s episode from the Chris Loves Julia podcast covered some real talk about the business of blogging, with one of the sticking points being that people don’t leave comments anymore. This makes gauging what you guys like/dislike and want more of/less of really tough.

One way I gauge what content works best is from page stats and analytics, but I can honestly tell you that my top four posts are all completely different topic-wise. (For those curious, my top performing post by a long shot is What I’ve Learned From Raising a Blue Heeler/Border Collie Mix).

If I had to define it, I’d coin my blog as a lifestyle blog—with a focus on design, creativity and style. This is what’s comfortable for me and topics I’ve posted about for years, sharing everything from If It Isn’t Posted to Social Media, Did It Still Happen? and My Kitchen Renovation Series, to Three Looks, One Pair of Mom Jeans and About a Room: A Charming Industrial Loft.

Where my struggle lies is in not knowing what exactly you guys wantor if this wide range of topics is exactly why you come here.

You may not have noticed, but lately I’ve been ramping up my blogging efforts in the form of scheduled, predictable posts: Every Monday you can expect a Pixels, Places + Things post; each Wednesday I serve up an evergreen post, be it a personal essay, an update on my home/life, etc; and Fridays are all about Links + Likes. I’ve also resurrected my Sunday morning newsletter for those who prefer to read all at once quietly over Sunday coffee. You can sign up here:


So it felt like the perfect time to conduct a blog reader survey (with a giveaway of a product of your choice form my shop)!

To enter, simply take this short survey (also embedded below) and you will automatically be entered into the contest. I thank you  eternally for your feedback, friends! Keep silently reading 😉

 

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BOOKED: Our Elora Mill, European-Inspired Wedding

I’m a pretty particular, all-or-nothing person.

I’m laid-back in regards to how my life and career unfold, and am relaxed in terms of what’s on my agenda for the day. But all the laxness in the former finds its counterpart in the form of being very opinionated in regards to how I want things to look, taste, feel and be experienced. For me, it’s the bigger picture and the vibe, not the gritty details.

So when it came to our wedding and getting married, Shawn and I agreed we were either going to elope in Italy (tempting, still), or we’d go all-out. After weeks of considering both sides of the coin and touring a few close-to-home spots (The Arlington Estate, Adamo Estate, The Spicy Factory and Terre Bleu—all super lovely by the way), we stumbled across the charming, hidden gem that is Elora Mill.

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All The BTS Goodness from HGTV Canada’s Home To Win

Cash me on HGTV Canada’s Home To Win, how ’bout dat? Did you see last night’s episode?! (I may be biased as yours truly was on it, but it was a flippin’ hoot.)

I worked with Rob Evans to design a pretty-in-pink guest suite and a breezy guest bathroom which we tag-teamed with Samantha Pynn and Kate Campbell who also designed a moody blue kid’s room. There was a cameo from the Scott brothers, Jonathan and Drew, (who took unabashed liberties with Sam and I’s design), a violent snowball fight involving donuts, a super-sticky challenge and tons of pink (I am a millennial, after all).

Anyhow, there are so many funny (and embarrassing) moments that never make it to the final cut, so here’s a bunch of links to dozens of fun extras on HomeToWin.ca:

And, of course, some photos:

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Fun Behind-The-Scenes From The Set of ‘Save My Reno’ (Airing Tomorrow on HGTV)

Tomorrow it the day! Ahhhhh! PS: How cool are Seb and I with our Flor swatches *insert sarcastic-face emoji here

And wouldn’t you have it, I’m sick as a dog, but that won’t stop be from relishing in the joy of the premier of my new show, Save My Reno, starting tomorrow at 10pm on HGTV.

Get ready for TWO back-to-back episodes chronicling a renovation at Nick and Zina’s, and a kitchen reno at Sarah and Jon’s. Below is a little sneak peek and synopsis of each episode (and some fun behind the scenes photos)

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