Category Archives: The Home

The Case For The In-Between Renovation

How do you improve the look of a space you’re inevitably going to remodel (without wasting money, effort or time)?

Let me tell ya! I updated my bathroom TWICE before I saved enough to go full tilt.

I chatted about the process (and what-to-do and not-to-do) with CBC Life — check out the interview here. Continue reading

Super Bowls

Just like the title suggests, I’m literally sharing some bowls that I find super. 😉

Nothing more, nothing less. Enjoy!

Image source: Kirstie Van Noort

Anything But Boring Headboards

This morning was on Cityline, taking you through four cool headboard alternatives, starting at $5!

If you missed it, you can watch the segment online here and scroll on for my tips/links:

1. Shallow Cabinets

Especially if you’re small-space living, consider installing shallow cabinets above your bed to add storage and create the illusion of a headboard. I used IKEA’s TRONNES cabinets in my segment which are awesome because they’re modular and super-shallow, making them perfect for a “headboard”. Add as many rows and columns as needed for the size of your bed. Place books above, string lights overtop and bam! These wire mesh beauties would also make for some cool options if you hung them high. (And here’s a link to the leather lumbar pillow.)

2. Paint

Only have a few bucks? Paint on a headboard! I painted a circle using Benjamin Moore’s Voile and bookended it with these brass wall sconces. Or consider installing a floating shelf and painting a cast “shadow” above it–or painting on a faux spotlight from a single centred sconce. A great way to make a statement with pennies.

Images above: Decocrush and Fos

3. Bench Cushions

Craving something more plush (and super-affordable)? Hang a bench cushion like this pretty yellow one on the wall! And rather than just hanging it from ugly old nails, get yourself some cute statement hooks. I used these bird hooks and installed extras above the cushion to add form and function: throw on your hat or drape on a necklace to up the function.

4. Room Dividers

Room dividers or privacy screens are easiest way to add character, warmth and mega-impact! (This is the gorgeous wood one I used in the segment.) Fold the panels in as needed for sizing–or combine two dividers for a California King! I also really love this simpler, geometric wood onethese Audubon printed ones, and this Alice and Wonderland beaut. Also shown in the segment was this pretty hassle lumbar pillow.

My Happy Holiday Home Update

Just like us, our houses are a constant work-in-progress. And as life ebbs, flows and changes, so too does the home.

I’ve gone through a few big life changes over the last while, and my house has not been immune—neither has my wallet, but who’s counting? (Technically me. I am.)

We often think of home design as a tick-box list of items, but just because you bring something into your home doesn’t mean it has to stay—or that it’s the right fit forever.

A lot of the time, when people are unhappy with their homes, its because it’s filled with stuff, but not stuff they like. So if it’s not serving you, don’t be afraid to return it, sell it or hold onto it for another space!

Don’t think of your things as precious. They’re just things. If they don’t make you happy, find the things that do.

So without further ado, I’m sharing a bunch of photos of my refreshed space, all thanks to HomeSense! And, as always, Piper has the main seat at the table.

x, S Continue reading

Links + Likes: Hide Chairs, Yellow Parka, Astrology Necklace, an Amsterdam Abode

I love me a good cowhide piece and these side chairs are no exception!

How cool is this Amsterdam home?! Very.

These illustrations by Cami are so precious. Love her colour palettes.

I technically don’t need this yellow parka, but I want this yellow parka.

I can’t be the only person who reads their horoscope daily (but after the fact, at night, so I can compare it to my actual day). Regardless, these horoscope pendant necklaces are cute, so I bought one. #SagiStrong