Category Archives: My Home / Studio

My (Proudly Canadian) Home Tour

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, I thought I’d share an updated tour of my space, one which is proudly home to a mix of Made in Canada pieces, thrift store finds and old faithfuls from big-box shops.

In tandem, HGTV Canada popped by and filmed a tour of my home (with Piper cameos, of course). In it, I also chat about my love for chips and candy, my design MO and share some intimate insight into my space, so please let me know what you think!

Since my last home update, I’ve changed about half of the rooms in my home—some in subtle ways, some in drastic ways. So let’s dive right in, room by room. (And as always, a huge source list by room is included below.) Continue reading

A Small (but Mighty) Moody Dressing Room

Pre-S: This room makeover was completed for Hello Sunshine magazine. While this post will dive more into the design process and my personal choices, click here for the editorial, shot by the lovely Scarlet O’Neill and check out my tips for easier mornings.


How sweet it is to be changed in you!

I really hope you all sung that to the tune of Marvin Gaye’s How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You). And if you did, I want to stop… and thank you baby 😉

Anyhow, life lately has been a cocktail of stress and the unknown mixed with happiness and progress. I’m in limbo as I await to hear if we’re renewed for a second season of Save My Reno so I’ve been taking the time to really evaluate what I truly want next while I renovate our bathroom and essentially support Shawn in a super-busy period with his business, Wild and Light. Life has a funny way of working where only one of us is slammed and in need of support at a given time. And after I had a period of filming for 5 months straight, it’s now his turn to be AWOL. I have no clue what we’ll do with Piper if we ever coordinate our work business…

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#SabrinasBathroom Reno Diary: The Whats and Whys of My Design Plan

It feels like forever since I started planning my bathroom renovation (which I’ve coined #SabrinasBathroom).

I’ve consciously gotten better at it, but I’m still not the most decisive person in the world (sorry for never being able to pick a restaurant, Shawn)! However, if I’m being fully honest about why it’s taken so long to make the final call, it’s partly because I’m going to miss my current bathroom.

While the tub is shallow and uncomfortable, a handful of tiles are cracked where it counts (at the shower fixtures), there is virtually zero storage, paint is peeling on the walls and ceiling and mold adorns the window frame, it’s sad to gut something so cute and original. When Nicole Curtis—who would arguably keep it how it is—comes to mind, so does guilt. But doing (or not doing) something because of someone else and ignoring your needs when it comes to your own house is a sin in its own right—and mama needs some function. Continue reading

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.

Sources:

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)

Catching Zzz’s With Tempur-Pedic

An Eclectic Boho Bedroom with Tempur Pedic

Sleep is important. Duh.

But only recently I realized the quality of my R&R wasn’t up to snuff. For years, I slept on a crap-tress (AKA a crappy mattress) but a) I was a young new homeowner, so spending money on something I already had wasn’t a priority, and b) I worked from home, so I slept long hours, woke up naturally and had a comfy couch at my disposal at all times, so it wasn’t important to me… then.

Once I signed on to film my HGTV show, I had to completely change my sleep schedule (and, well, my self-care routine too).

I now get up at 5 or 6am daily and don’t get home to bed most nights until late. After a few months of feeling crotchety upon waking,– which should not be the case when you’re 26 — I realized I needed to do something. Between Piper jumping on and off the bed all night and sleeping on popped coils, I simply wasn’t getting a good quality sleep.

So I made a big commitment and decided to update my sleep game with Tempur-Pedic‘s Embrace Queen mattress, a new 4.5″ boxspring (which is awesomely thin), and Soft + Conforming pillows. Naturally, I used this as an opportunity to update my bedroom’s design. And today — two weeks into sleeping on my new Tempur-Pedic products — I’m sharing my honest review and my tips for getting a better night’s sleep.

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