Category Archives: The Home

#SabrinasBathroom: The Home Stretch

We’re just days away from having a completed bathroom.

And it’s shaping up to be even better than I anticipated. (Did I mention yet how happy I am that I contracted this job out and didn’t DIY it?! ‘Cause I am.) But however pretty, true to typical reno form, it’s taken longer than planed for. Between some upgrades I made last-minute, a few changes along the way, and the inevitable complications of a 70 year-old home, we’re only about a week over my goal—which isn’t all that bad.

I’ve also changed my mind on a few things (as I typically do during a build, for the better). So without further ado, I wanted to jump right in and share an update. [But if you haven’t checked out the first two posts on this space, click here for the intro and here for the first process post.]

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Speedy Summer ’17

It rings true every year, but somehow summer never fails to surprise me with the speed at which it flies by.

In many ways, it has been an amazing summer so far. Although I believe there’s no such thing as achieving work-life balance, for the first time in a long time, I’ve maintained a nice middle-ground—for now.

I’ve been taking more time to do things that make me well: working out, preparing plant-based meals, putting on music rather than sitting in silence like I do too often, practicing yoga, and taking a proper two days off a week. And however trivial it sounds, I’ve also completely changed up my skin-care routine to only include natural products and am actually applying moisturizer and sunscreen daily.

Another huge ingredient in my care prescription has been enjoying the backyard: dining al fresco, gardening barefoot, entertaining friends, working as often as I possibly can at the dining table or on the outdoor sectional, and BBQing with Shawn on our new grill (this Coleman one from Canadian Tire which protects from flares/char/burning—all that bad stuff).

I seem to have struck a nice rhythm for the time being—which I know won’t last forever. Life, after all, is a series of ebbs and flows. But I’m squeezing out every bit of rest while I can before the inevitable busy season strikes again so that I can survive it—and even thrive through it. So cheers to summer: a season that’s short, sweet, and worth savoring.

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One Wallpaper, Styled Two Ways

If you like wallpaper, and you don’t know about Hygge & West, sorry for just stealing an hour + of your life.

Hygge & West’s beautiful line of wallpapers and home goods feature collaborations with artists such as Julia Rothman, Rifle Paper Co., Oh Joy! and Justina Blakeney, to name just a few. Recently, they featured me on their blog through their Wallpaper Two Ways column which includes an interview about my career, home and creative work. As part of the feature, they challenged me to create two different looks using just one of their beautiful wallpapers.

I chose their Otomi Wallpaper because it’s both bold and versatile. It’s like a graphic, illustrative play on toile. You can check out the full interview here, but today I thought I’d share the looks and shopping guides with updates to products that have since been discontinued or are out of stock.

This is how I describe the first look: “The living space would belong to a vivacious creative-type whose style is unfussy and evolves a lot, but whom partners thrift store finds with pieces they’ve been saving and holding out for.”

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Links + Likes: Top Picks from Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale 2017

Every year Nordstrom has a huge anniversary sale where new arrivals hit the shop at mega discounts before returning to their regular prices.

For the past week, only Nordstrom cardholders could shop the sale, but today, the sale goes public and runs until August 6th! What’s not to love?

I’ve already hit checkout on a few items myself, so today I’ve rounded up my favorite pieces for the home and closet:

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#SabrinasBathroom: The Beauty and The Build

Remodels are never as easy as they seem. And designing your own space when there are limitless options is tough. So with the build of #SabrinasBathroom underway, I thought I’d share a huge post chronicling all of the decisions I made, why I made them and how my heart ache can help you.

Although I’m keeping every fixture and all of the plumbing in the same spot in my bathroom, there’s no such thing as a quick gut and replace. And if you’re like me and obsess over the details and never tire until you’ve scrolled through every single page on every lighting, tile, fixture etc. site, then you know how hard it is to make final calls. And how changing one item can affect another.

This bathroom remodel stubbornly followed suit, so I’m sharing all of the pains in the butt/choices I ran into and how I’ve fixed/settled on them. (And big shout out to my contractors at Elite Signature Homes for helping me through the build. Yes, I chose to not DIY this one and instead hired a crew to tackle the build of my design. More on that choice in a later post).

x, S

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