Thursday, October 2, 2014

#HelpingMyLittleBrotherDecorate - Bedroom Reveal

And finally - the other room we chose to decorate, with the help of Leon's. The Bedroom. Lindsay and Peter chose the Whitely collection (which I pronounce the white-ley collection because it's white but I think it's pronounced the whit-ley collection) It's white, and, pretty grand. This room was the one that was giving me trouble in terms of coming up with a "look" - but in the end, is is the room I'm most in love with. I LOVE white. It's my wall colour throughout my house, and I have it for my own bedding.

When I arrived at their place to style their place, this is how the room looked, which I can appreciate is likely how many of us have our rooms. We spend all of our money on the furniture, and then stare at it wondering how on earth we're to style it. Although I love white, I think you need to bring in some colour / pattern in somewhere, in order to bring in style. Especially if your headboard is as white as your bedding.

The most common thing I think is to head to a store and buy a matching duvet set with matching pillows and call it a day. I'm personally a proponent of white bedding - for me, it's the most luxurious look and reminds me of a hotel. It also means you can switch up your look often, should you like to.  I don't love 99% of patterned bedding. I feel as though it's too much look for one room. (Like this. How many pillows does this bed need!?) But we needed some colour and pattern. And we had to do it in a relatively affordable way. And so, with a few accents, the bedroom set above went from the above, to this....

The throw on the bed was the jumping off point, as I showed in this post. From there it was pretty easy for me to get on a roll because the colours are really my colour pallet - I love cool tones, blues, greens, purples - everything goes together.

Some changes:

I switched out the lights that they had on their side tables for bigger ones that would be more in scale with the big headboard and also allow for them to read in bed.  Bigger lamps, minimizes the feeling that the bed is too big. I their existing lights to their dresser, and flanked each side - the height of the lights make the big mirror of the Whitley dresser set feel more in scale with the room. It also provides some beautiful light in the evening, should you not want the overhead light on.

I brought in three large Euro sized pillows from Tonic Living, that was made in a dark blue linen. The pillow inserts are faux feather and feel like feather but aren't, and therefore, not as expensive. Tonic made me a bolster cover in this fabric for an existing bolster form that I had (well, I stole from my Mom's house) The custom pillows are what makes this room go from white, to AMAZEBALLS. (links to everything below)

I kept it pretty simple, going with the feeling that a bedroom should be relaxing and zen. On one side of the bed is an abstract print that I did, and on the other side, two smaller original pieces from Etsy hang. I lined them to no higher than the headboard.

I think every room needs plants - and lucky for them they have gorgeous light that makes their place a suitable home for a fiddle leaf fig tree. (i know, the blogger plant of the year) Also, I found a little piece of blue pottery while out in cottage country - I think it was $2, and I planted a little succulent in it. The blue of the pottery, plays into the blues throughout the rooms. A yellow Pehr hamper ties in the yellow from the bolster and has a similar pattern. The replication of colour and pattern, I think is what makes this work. There is also a hint of yellow in the throw, so we have the yellow in a few different places.

The investment in pillows isn't inexpensive, perhaps the tally for the three on the back, the fabric, the pillow inserts (excluing the bolster) is around $350 (more or less). But it's exactly what was needed to make this bed go from a showroom piece, to something warm and cozy and "designer". Really, that's a small, small price for really transforming a room!

And there you go! Our bedroom makeover! xo

Bedroom Set: Whitley Collection from Leon's
Custom Euro Pillows - Fabric, Sewing, and Inserts - All Tonic Living. Linen fabric - Tonic Living
Custom Bolster - Fabric and Sewing Tonic Living (insert our own)
Bedding - Peter and Lindsay's own
Vintage Wool Throw - Vintage, but similar ones can be found on Etsy
Side Tables and Lights - Ikea
Artwork - Abstract - Lindsay Stephenson, Cloud Painting by Roisin Reilly, Landscape by Pamela Munger
Green Chair - Vintage - My Grandmother's chair
Pillow on Green Chair / Kelly Wearstler pillow - Aurelia
Succulent and Pottery - Succulent from West Elm, Pottery was a vintage find
Hamper - Pehr
Basket - My own

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

#HelpingMyLittleBrotherDecorate - Living Room Reveal!

I'm pretty darn excited to reveal the makeover I did for my brother and sister in law using awesome pieces from Leon's. (Read previous posts on this collaboration here) I'm going to break it into two posts - the first up is the Living Room!

The living room is a bright beautiful room on a second floor overlooking a slightly busy street in Peterborough with 10 foot ceilings and beautiful architectural details. I felt as though the room could easily be in Paris. It seems fitting then, that Lindsay and Peter chose the Tristan couch from Leon's - the linen, the curves and tufting reminds me of something that you may see in a Parisian home. Going with my original inspiration, this is what we ended up pulling together...

The piece that they picked for their living room was the Leon's Tristan sofa. Everything else is purchased on a budget or, handed down to the couple. The look is comfortable for a young couple - but the couch will transition with them as they change their style, or, living quarters.  One thing I've realized over the years of decorating my own home, is that a small room doesn't mean you need a small couch. One may have worried that such a grand couch would look too big in this room, but instead, it helps fill the room up - and makes everything feel to scale.

Here are some key things that I think pull this look together

Couch Changes
Couches sometimes come with matching throw pillows. Matchy-matchy isn't my style, so consider recovering the pillows they provide you with (with your couch purchase) or, do what I did and invest in bigger pillows. And, splurge on feather inserts, to give your guests extra comfort when they sit down.

We added two larger (24 inch feather) pillows to the couch, with a wool plaid I sourced from Designer Fabrics. To keep costs down, I did one side of the pillow in  the woold plaid, and the opposite side in a black velvet. The wool I chose for the front was not what I'd call "budget" but by pairing it with a less expensive fabric it brought down the cost. I also went with 24" pillows, which adds to the comfort of the whole couch. I feel as though 16" pillows / 18" pillows for a couch of this grandeur are too small, so it's fun to invest in custom pillows in a fabric that you love. Just because a couch comes with pillows doesn't mean you have to use them!

Art On The Walls
I think gallery walls are amazing - it's a great way to bring in a lot of colour or art to a room to give it personality (see our living room as an example). There are a lot of resources out there as to how to do a good gallery wall - we just eye balled it - making sure that the pieces stayed within the width of the couch. We mixed in DIY Art (I made the "Darling, let's be adventurers" using stock photography found online) with their own vintage artwork, and a framed print of a deed to the moon, a gift from Lindsay to Peter a few years back.

Extra Furniture
Things like the coffee table were handed down to the couple from my Mom, and that stunner of a leather chair used to be my Grandfather's chair (I almost stole it from their apartment) The acclectic mix of pieces gives this room personality and a lived in vibe that is comfortable, which is exactly what Linds and Pete wanted! If you don't have a family member getting rid of furniture, go to second hand shops and keep your eye open for great pieces.

And there you go! A pretty comfortable living room, a nod to Canadiana - but really reflective of the couple. :) Stay tuned for the bedroom reveal tomorrow!

: Tristan Sofa from Leon's
Pillows: Custom made - Fabric from Designer Fabrics 
Art: Darling, Lets be Adventurers. (Custom made by me) Similar ones found on Etsy
Deed To The Moon: Available Here
Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree: Ikea
Ikea Light: Ranarp, by Ikea
Leather Chair: My Grandfather's chair
Paddle On The Wall: Sourced at auction, painted by me - inspired by this paddle
Coffee Table: Handed down to Peter and Lindsay from my Mom
Rug: Handed down from my Mom
Wall Colour: Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore

See other posts in this series - This post is brought to you by Leon's. Leon's provided the products from their store, to Peter and Lindsay, as part of this blog series. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

bits + pieces

I feel badly for the lack of quality posts lately - getting Oscar into the swing of things at school took more of a toll on me than I had anticipated and I misjudged the amount of energy it would zap out of me. I thought I would drop him off on the first day, I'd pick him up for lunches, I'd bring him back to school for the afternoon and between it all I'd be back to my old self of having time to run the shop, clean the house, do grocery shopping, get my leisurely coffee at Starbucks, and then write a thoughtful, meaningful post about design and decor, be inspired to do artwork, oh yeah, and get in some time at the gym and sit in the steam room and meditate. Yeah. A big ol' record scratch to my soundtrack of life and everything went pretty much opposite as to how I had anticipated it would go.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

a root canal, eating chocolate and #ProjectPinkRoom

I had a root canal done today. I adore my dentist, he has hands like an angel. But even still - I was freaking out and was suggesting they just knock me out with drugs to do it all. (They laughed and thought I was joking - and I assured them I was not)  I think the tension of it all - and the lead up to today, threw me off my game. I hate doctors appointments. I always feel like I'm going to go in for something and then they are going to tell me something bad is going to happen. Like my teeth are all going to fall out. Annnnnnd so - I haven't felt like journaling anything on this here blog. Apparently Aubrey knew I was stressed, it was pretty obvious. I think I was acting totally normal. Whatever. Maybe the six candy bar wrappers from last night were a giveaway. #StressEating

That being said alhough I haven't felt like writing much this week, I have felt the need to DECORATE! Our living room is stashed full of items for #ProjectPinkRoom and as you can see,...... there is a LOT of pink! Fingers crossed it comes together because seriously, this has been a whole whack load of fun, and buying things because we think they are awesome. A room revamp for the start of school for this little girl - well - makes me SO flippin' excited.

Ok. That's enough for tonight. Off to watch some trash TV and zone out. xo

Friday, September 19, 2014

bits + pieces

Happy Friday! Just some quick posts to end the week. :)
That is all! Have a great weekend!
xo Lindsay

Monday, September 15, 2014

ten years after taking a leap of faith...

Ten years ago, I started my company. To the horror of my Mother I left a secure job, had no real backup plan - only a gut feeling that where I was working wasn't what was right for me. I owe a lot of thanks to a lot of people - my Mother included - because without her trepidation about my career move, I may not have taken the decision to resign so seriously. I also owe a lot to my Father - who I admired for his way of talking with people, conducting business, and treating people with kindness and respect - even in the times of pressure, stress and conflict. Anyways, perhaps one day I'll write it all down - the story of how I chose to resign, how I started the company, and the growth and changes, but what I really wanted to share today is how grateful I am to everyone who have stood beside me, behind me, and in front of me - giving me a hand to hold when I may have stumbled - all of whom who have helped me to follow my passion of being a creative. On first glance, to those who don't know the story, it may simply be an anniversary of a shop starting. But it's truly more than that - as a reader of my blog, you likely know that I throw my creativity in a lot of places - my house included. So although it is ten years of my shop, it is also the ten year anniversary of me taking a leap of faith - and never looking back. So I raise my glass to all of you, and cheers those that follow their passions, and support those who also want to do the same. xoxoxo

Pssst. The shop is having a sale - and some free gift offers. Check out the newsletter for those details. ;) 

*It's the job of a Mom to worry - when your eldest leaves what looks like a dynamite job for the unknown, I get why she was horrified. ;)

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