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. ;)

Candles are available here

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

#ProjectPinkRoom - Drapery Fabric

I'm SO CLOSE to revealing the Etsy room makeover that we're doing. 99% of the items I've purchased have arrived, so we're SO close. My girlfriend and I spent all today running around the city, checking the remaining things on our list. (and maybe a coffee stop here and there, some Ikea Hot Dogs, and then lunch....we were without the kids, so it was a little liberating!)

We stopped in at Tonic Living to check out fabrics together for the drapery and I nearly DIED when I saw this. Happily, my girlfriend was equally smitten and so it was done. I seriously cannot WAIT for these drapes. I'm living vicariously through my girlfriend, decorating a girls room. Oscar's room will one day be updated, but there is something about pink. OMG. I love it. I'm not a designer by any means but seriously people, I'm obsessed with these projects of getting to have fun with other people's rooms. AS IF people get paid to do this fun! (Not quitting my day job, but seriously, this is the best)

posted originally to instagram