Top 5 Etsy Shops for Wedding Invitations

With our wedding fast approaching in the beginning of July we are starting to tie up loose ends and make sure that everything is thought of. Planning our wedding has been really seamless so far. We haven’t felt stressed or overwhelmed at all and it has been pretty fun! Then it came time to pick wedding invitations and our difference in taste appeared. I love all things really feminine, floral and clean. He likes more simplicity and not so much “greenery” so I was really having a hard time picking something that we both enjoyed. I looked on Minted.com, Paperless Post and Etsy. In the process I fell in love with a few shops on Etsy that have the most incredible wedding invitation designs.  The greatest part about ordering a template on Etsy is that you can then choose your paper and have it printed locally which saves you money and time! Unfortunately, we couldn’t agree on any of these, and I ended up designing my own wedding suite which combined both of our tastes (which I am really excited about) I still wanted to share them with all of you, because they are really stunning.

White Willow Paper Co.

I love how whimsical these cards are! They are all unique works of art and created locally here in Montreal!

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Georgia Blue Design Co.

I love the modern yet feminine simplicity of these cards!

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La Bohemme Paper Co.

There is a good mix of whimsy and modern simplicity here!

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Alexa Nelson Prints

These are not available in template form, but they are serious works of art and worth every penny in my opinion!

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Shine Invitations

One of my favorites for their modern, sophisticated look. No florals here, but definitely feminine.

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What are your favorite shops on Etsy for invitations?

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?

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!

The Bright Side of Winter

Winter can be so long! So, in order to get through it every year I try to remind myself what I love about it. It really is a beautiful time of year and I love how everyone wants to be cozy and warm, making everything feel more intimate. I also like being able to layer and wear all my scarves. But in all honesty, I’m really bad with the cold weather and always have been, despite being a Canadian girl. When the snow covers the ground and the air is so cold it hurts, I tend to hibernate. There is something satisfying about that, since it is a time for renewal and an opportunity to slow down and take good care of ourselves, but after a while, I start to long for the freedom that summer offers, the brightness and the warmth. I know it’s only February and we have a little ways to go, but walking through the market yesterday I saw tulips and potted plants everywhere and for a second I remembered what it felt like to be surrounded by colour and life! It inspired me to want to brighten up the world around me while I patiently wait for sun to come out and melt the snow!

What are some of the things you love about winter and some ways you get through the long cold months?

Foodie Valentine’s Day Cards for the Win!

Valentine’s day is a little under two weeks away and I am finding some pretty great cards out there that defy the traditional cheesy, red and pink, overly romantic cards I typically see! My favourite theme this year is food inspired valentine’s day cards, and they are really dominating the market. Designers are combining funny slogans and food motifs to create adorably romantic messages. Come on, nothing says I love like “You’re the lox to my cream cheese” for the foodie in your life, right?

I love the naive nature of the imagery, with designers using hand drawn graphics to create a playful style! Not only that, but these cards move away from the red tones usually associated with the occasion and instead use bold playful colours!

Traditionally, I create my own cards for special occasions because I enjoy crafting and it shows that you put some thought and care into it, right? How many times have you received a card and thought, why did they even include this it’s so generic. But I will admit, these cards are so cute and original that i’m thinking I may use some of these this year instead of making my own!

I’ve selected only a few of my favourites (it was hard to eliminate some) but I am sure there are so many out there I haven’t seen yet! Have you seen any cute ones?

Andrew Martin: A Brand Inspired by Cultures, Decades and Nostalgia.

Andrew Martin is a U.K brand with unique look that I recently discovered, and there’s no way around it, I am in love!
Check out the details in the images below. The fabric, furniture, wallpaper and accessories are what make these spaces unique. I am enamoured by the walls that look too real to be wallpaper, but they are, I promise you.

The company director Martin Waller co-founded the Andrew Martin brand in 1978 in Richmond and later relocated in 1987 to London’s fashionable, cosmopolitan Walton street when he took sole ownership of the brand. He continued to make a name for himself in the interior design world through the early eighties and “by 1985 was working on iconic set designs for the James Bond films A View to a Kill and The Living Daylights”.(1) You can really see a cinematic influence in his work.

The brand offers a wide range of fabrics, wallpapers, furniture and home accessories with an aesthetic inspired by a unique mix of decades, cultures and nostalgia. I love how bold, masculine and graphic his designs are. Oversized accessories add drama and the wallpaper alone is enough artwork for the space. The fabrics and cushions add warmth and pops of colour to finish the look. These are only a few of the very diverse designs the brand offers, you can check out all the collections on their website here. 

It’s clear that I have a crush on this brand, but what do you think about Andrew Martin’s aesthetic?

Let’s Play: The Worlds Cutest Cardboard Coffee Shop

I’ve always been a fan of kids, they just have this energy that brightens your day. Having a bad day? Hang out with a cute kid. Seriously, they will remind you what life is really about without even realizing it. They know how to live in the moment, laugh, be themselves, speak the honest truth and play. That’s the key, they know how play, and have a good time. Pretend play is so important for kids. Give them a cardboard box with a door cut out and a whole new world will emerge from their minds right before your eyes. It’s something I wish we didn’t lose as we got older, because it’s the purest form of creativity.

The other day while pinteresting (is that even a word?) I stumbled across the worlds cutest cardboard coffee shop Millz Coffee, named after an adorable little barista; Emilia. I was blown away to say the least!

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Photos from 45wall design.

Millz Coffee isn’t your average coffee shop. Traci at 45Wall Design created it completely out of cardboard for her daughter. What started out as a joke, stemming from Emilia’s love of a wooden play coffee maker, turned into a reality that is so well done, even an adult could get imaginative in there.

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How delicious do those baked goods and that caramel Latte look? Photos from 45wall design.

Everything right down to the last detail was thought of and then made by hand. From the logo and menu to the cardboard counter, display and espresso machine, to the felt coffee bags, coffees and desserts this play coffee shop is a kids dream come true! I just had to share it with you!

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Photos from 45wall design.

Be sure to check out the whole project here! Wouldn’t you have loved one of these as a kid? A little creativity really goes a long way.