Sweet Dreams; Bedroom Inspiration

I love imagining what the perfect room looks like to me. This idea of “perfect” constantly changes, since we all have that basic idea of what we like, but certain trends make an impact on us. Ideally I try and create a fairly neutral base in every room so that I can make inexpensive changes that impact the overall feel. I was really into white when we did the bedroom, and chose all white dressers and nightstands, which is a great blank canvas. I love it and can total work with it, but lately I’ve been craving a little bit of warmth in the form of natural wood. Something that isn’t heavy though, and still has a light airy feel. I love the nightstand below, it’s got that wood element but the marble top contrasts the darkness perfectly, keeping it light and fresh. While I am in NO position to re-do the bedroom right now (money doesn’t grow on trees) a girl can dream, don’t you think!? I am constantly finding new pieces that make my heart beat faster, so making inspiration boards like this one is a fun way to piece together my personal style! For now, here’s what I’m loving for my “perfect” bedroom. Imagine this; lots of natural light, an open airy layout, very subtle grey/white walls and these beautiful things.


That navy rug is so dramatic and cozy and pairs really well with natural wood. I have been eyeing navy for a while now, and trying to think of ways to incorporate it into my current space. The lamp is like killing two birds with one stone, it’s sculptural element adds interest to the space, and it obviously provides light. The dresser has an art deco feel which caught my eye and goes well with the nightstand. This big plush bed frame is so beautiful. My bed currently sits on a metal frame and I use large oversized pillows to act as a headboard. It looks awesome, don’t get me wrong, but I keep dreaming of a bed with a headboard and a baseboard like this one. Finishing off the whole look is a really fun piece of art. The colours are light and feminine and have a little navy in there that ties in perfectly with the rug, and the brass frame matches the lamp! Could you imagine waking up in here? I could. Anyone want to let me re-do their room instead?

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Always Sunny – 3 Ways to Add Pops of Yellow in your Home

I attended an event at Dry Bar last month and if you have ever been, you know that yellow is their signature color. Pops of yellow in the form of hair tools, light fixtures, trays etc… are thrown in to an otherwise neutral space. It made me fall even more in love with this color. I first started crushing on it last year when we inherited these two huge, yellow antique lamps (Which you can kind of see in this post from last year). I loved them the minute I saw them because they were grand, bright, sculptural and unique. Without even thinking about the fact that they were a super bright yellow I knew I needed them in my space, one way or another. My couch, walls, furniture and carpets are all very neutral so I knew I could make these big guys work. They ended up not only fitting perfectly in the living room on either side of the couch, but are my favourite part of the whole space. They also inspired me to incorporate more pops of yellow in other rooms. It turns out, it’s now one of my favourite accent colours because its fun and cheerful. When you don’t live in sunny California and have to put up with a grey, dreary winter for over 6 months, you need a little sunshine in your life. Honestly, what colour says “happy” better than bright yellow?

Here are 3 of my favourite ways to add a splash of yellow into any room!

1. Accents: A painted door or window frame in bright yellow makes such a huge statement without overpowering the space. If that seems like too much of a commitment then toss a yellow throw pillow on the couch or bed, you can also add a yellow vase, lamp, fruit bowl or any decorative item for that matter, for a simple yet impactful way to brighten any room.

2. Rugs: Adding a bright yellow rug to a room will make it feel sunny all day long. I love the way these rugs pop out at you, but work so well!

3. Chairs: Bright yellow chairs are my new obsession and it’s a really fun way add a pop of yellow into your home. You can either buy one, or get your DIY on and paint one you already have lying around.

Here are some fun yellow things to get you inspired!

While I will always choose the real sun over anything else, while it’s hiding behind grey winter clouds, I am happy I have bright cheery things to look at inside! Hope you are inspired to add some yellow into your home!

Friday Finds

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1. Seven salads for eating fresh even in winter // Food 52 

2. Four ways to frost a cupcake with an open star tip // I am Baker

3. These really nice, free desktop wallpaper downloads // Design Love Fest

4. This E-book providing simple life solutions for our complicated world written by my good friend Donald Black // Solutionova

5. Homemade Valentines Day treat boxes // A Beautiful Mess 

6. This amazing website that brings affordable, amazing yoga classes to you! // Yogaglo

Have a great weekend!

Stop Waiting for…

It’s Wednesday, and I’m sure a lot of you are counting down the days until Friday right? I know the weekend is a great time to unwind and enjoy yourself more, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t look forward to Wednesday too. I have been trying to change my perspective a lot lately because I am the type of person who likes to believe the “I will be happy when…” story, and I am starting to realize its just total BS. Actually I have known that for a while, but it takes time to change old habits. I have so many reasons to be happy in this moment, and so do you. So instead of waiting for the next thing that you think will make you happy, find reasons to be happy right now. You with me?

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Happy Wednesday!

Tatyana Druz: The Point of No Return

I came across this photo the other day and my heart actually skipped a beat. The photo was taken by amateur photographer Tatyana Druz. I couldn’t find much information on her except that she is from Hadera, Israel. You can find her on Facebook and check out her website here.

This photograph captures so many emotions; trust, love, passion, fear, adventure… You have no idea where they are, or how high up they are. The way the woman is wrapped around the man leads me to believe that she trusts him completely with what is about the happen, she may feel fear but she is safe in his arms. The man’s back is turned to what lies ahead but he has a sense of adventure and is taking a leap of faith, bringing her along for the ride. He looks relaxed and in full control of the situation about to unfold, which is unknown to him. The composition and imagery of this photograph is stunning.

Art is so subjective, so I am curious, what do you get from this image? What emotions does it provoke in you?

10 Reasons Why I Love Avocados

Avocados are a beautiful thing, don’t you agree? I love them for so many reasons but for the purpose of this post I narrowed them down to my top 10. Here it goes:

1. Avocados are a superfood, packed with a ton of vitamins and minerals in every single serving!

2. They are one of those really “fatty” foods that’s actually good for you to eat. Filled with monounsaturated fat, they actually lower your cholesterol (when eaten in moderation).

3. They make the best spread for toast. Sprinkle a tiny bit of salt and maybe an olive oil fried egg on top and you have the best breakfast, lunch, snack or even light supper!

4. They make smoothies extra creamy! Try it, you’ll agree!

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{Top Row – Left to Right} Espacio Culinario, Jessica Pevzner, How Sweet it is {Middle Row – Left to Right} The Berry, Not Without Salt, The Clever Carrot {Bottom Row – Left to Right} Dash and Bella, The Food Club, Pinterest

5. Their oil is great for cooking with and has awesome health benefits for your body, like preventing heart disease!

6. Avocados make an awesome butter substitute for your baked goods! Take out the bad fat and switch it for the good.

7. They are the most beautiful shade of green!

8. They are the main ingredient in guacamole and well, guacamole is delicious!

9. They taste awesome in both sweet and savoury dishes, on their own or with other things. Versatility is always good.

10. Finally, they just taste AMAZING!

What’s not to like about and avocado though, really?

Friday Finds

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1. How to become a morning person // A Pair and a Spare

2. An adventurous couple quit their day jobs to travel the world for a year together and take awesome photos of it all // Vsco Journal; Sarah Irene Murphy

3. The prettiest porridge I’ve ever seen // A Cup of Jo

4. Heart shaped homemade pop tarts // Style Within Reach

5. The best addition to your bathing experience // Sabon

6. A great read on happiness through minimalism and spirituality // Huffington Post

Have a great weekend!