Must-Have Headboards

Ever since I spotted a headboard made from a vintage wrestling mat, I’ve been a hound for cool headboards.

From Mandy Moore’s bedroom (see the feature image) to one of my favourite NYC hotels, Guild Hall, headboards are used to add visual impact while serving a functional purpose: offering a comfortable, soft place to rest your head and insulate you while you read or snooze. 

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Save My Reno Season Two Premiers TOMORROW

Set your PVRs! On January 10th at 10pm on HGTV Canada, catch the season two premier of Save My Reno to see what I’ve been up to over the last year.

This season we renovated a barn, the basement of a famous athlete, created a play space for a baby on the way, renovated whole main floors for best friends, and everything in between. We saved a ton, we splurged a bit, Sebastian and I collaborated more than ever with each other and with our homeowners, and I’m super proud of the show we made out of it.

Want a sneak peek at some behind-the-scenes footage? Look no further!

And if you fancy a more commercial preview, check out the below!

I’ll be in Toronto for a day of press on January 17th, so keep your ears to the ground for more details on when and where you can watch us spill more beans about the show!

Hope you tune in!

x, S

Mike’s Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip

It’s January 1st, 2019. Happy New Years everyone!

It’s 5° and sunny in Squamish and we’re lounging on the couch in our sweats watching The Office.

This morning, we swung by McDonald’s to get Piper her birthday treat of hash browns (she turns 4 today!), and now she’s asleep in the sun on her day chair while we’re digging into a batch of cheesy, oozy, gooey chicken dip which has coined the name ‘Mike’s Dip’.

I can’t think of a better way to spend the first day of 2019.

Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 strips of bacon, cooked and diced
  • 2 cups of cooked shredded chicken
  • 8oz of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup of Franks Red Hot Buffalo Sauce
  • 1/2 cup of ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 c shredded monterey jack

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.

  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

  3. Use a spatula to transfer dip into an oven-safe dish and press mixture firmly down.

  4. Bake for 45 mins or until centre is hot and top is bubbly and crisped. Serve with tortilla chips!

Curated Finds:

Master Bedroom of The West Coast

To me, west coast style feels unconcerned—in a healthy way.

PNW (Pacific Northwest) design seems to fit the equation ‘function first, individuality second, aesthetics last.’ It’s beautiful without trying to be.

It definitely took some time for me to grasp this concept and figure out how to mesh it with my existing style, but after living in Squamish for two months, our master bedroom finally feels complete.

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Pretty Up Your Sink

Just because it’s a functional item that gets daily use doesn’t mean it has to look utilitarian.

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so I pretty up my sink area because it makes me happy. It’s pretty simple.

Between filling up the soap dispenser and gathering/arranging foliage I find on walks or that I buy, I maybe invest 10 minutes a month total. 

I use my 1/4c measuring cup from a stoneware set I got at HomeSense to hold my pot scrubbing brush (which is my favourite kitchen cleaning product ever), and simply arrange some of my brass figurines or neat found stones around the stuff.

Don’t have stuff? Here’s a little roundup of items I’d buy if I had to start over: