Thursday, 16 November 2017

One Room Challenge Week 7-The Reveal

I can not believe the One Room Challenge is over now and this week is the reveal! Even though this is my third time completing this challenge it still amazes me how fast it always goes by even though in the beginning it seems like there is so much time! If you want to see the first two spaces I did you can see my Master Bedroom here and my Son's Bedroom here.

Incase today is your first time hearing about the One Room Challenge it is essentially a 6 week challenge that for the first time ever was extended to 7 weeks this season. You redo a space in your home and provide weekly updates along the way until the reveal in the final week! It's hosted by the lovely Linda over at Calling it Home and there are sooo many people that partake each season guys it's so fun!

Ok so this project has been an exciting one in terms of the design because I went outside my colour comfort zone and I am so SO happy with how it's come together. I am so in love with the "Tangerines and Greens" wall decals from Urban Walls, they suit the space so much and bring in great texture and colour. They were a dream to install and I loved having the ability to place certain sizes and scales in whatever place I thought they worked best. We took the board and batten wall up a little over half of the wall so that the decals would really draw the eye up and I can't believe how much larger it has made the space feel- it's crazy!

If you are just tuning into this journey now you can see the previous weeks updates below:

Since this is a powder room and it only has a pedestal sink in it I desperately needed storage to house extra things for day to day use. I found this cabinet at IKEA and I am obsessed! It is the perfect height, not too deep which was one of my challenges in finding an item that worked, and feels airy and light so it doesn't overwhelm the room. 

All of these beautiful amber storage containers are from Girliture and I am so in love with them. They really help cut down on waste of containers since they are reusable and they add a layer of glam in. I also love that they are dark so they hide how much product is left in them really well.

I absolutely love how bright, fresh and inviting this space feels now and it just jives too much better with the rest of the main level now. I love having a pretty, clean space that guests can use and that has all of the essentials. 

I hope you all enjoyed this reveal, on a side note,  I definitely didn't realize the challenges that come in trying to photograph a small space like a bathroom but I made it work! :)

Make sure you check out all the other participants reveals here!

Kind thoughts,
Lauren Elizabeth

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Sweater Weather

So over on my Instagram (@houseofhire) I post a lot of daily outfit of the day pictures in my stories and I get asked all the time about the sweaters I am wearing and were they are from. So I thought to celebrate that it is finally, in fact sweater weather over here on the east coast I would share my favourite five with you that I have been living in lately so that you can shop them easily! I will have them all linked at the bottom of the post!
The top sweater and the above black one are both from a lovely local brand here in Halifax Twigg & Feather. She has the most beautiful pieces and I love how versatile they are. I feel like everyone needs that cozy grampa sweater to throw on with anything and you can also never go wrong with a classic black detailed knit. I love that she donates a portion of her sales to charity because giving back is something I always love supporting in brands.
This is one of my favourite sweaters of all time and I have it in charcoal grey as well. These last three are all from Zara and are so snuggly and easy to wear. The striped one below is cropped and so cute with high rise jeans and I mean you know I love a good slogan sweater so I couldn't resist this cute 'blonde' one when I spied it. I couldn't find this exact one anymore on the Zara website however they may still have it in stores and I have linked a similar one below.

If you guys like these little seasonal clothing rounds ups and want links to what I am actually wearing and loving I can certainly throw them into the rotation more often, just let me know your thoughts in the comments below :) Happy Tuesday!

Kind thoughts,
Lauren Elizabeth


Monday, 13 November 2017

Family Room Makeover Reveal

Dun dun dahhhhh the day has come friends, the day has come. I am SO exited to share our family room makeover with you all today and let me just say that this room has been a labor of love. Like most projects there were some unforeseen's that came into play which is always inevitable in any design project. You just have to accept and let it go which is why this seemed like it took a little longer then planned. But hey, we're here, it's done so let's get to the good stuff right?!

Let me first start off by saying that our previous design of the room was something I had began planning while we were building this house and I basically anticipated how I thought we would use the space but of course, you never really know how a room is going to function for you and your family until you are living in the house! So I found that the set up we had which was a sofa and two chairs just ended up feeling a little more formal then I had originally invisioned. We needed a high performing family piece of furniture that we could all curl up on for family movie night, yet it still felt clean lined and mature for when needed the room to function as an adult space for entertaining. Well let me just say we hit the jackpot and this modern sectional has met all of our family lounging needs.

I lam so happy with how the room has come together and probably one of the biggest impacts in the whole space is the shiplap feature wall using one of my favourite products of all time, Stikwood. Now this was a project that took some time simply because I wanted the whole wall done including the edges of the build out but I have to say, Stikwood is legit a game changer in creating these wood feature walls guys you need to try it! I used it in my son's room for the One Room Challenge earlier in the year and it was just an easy install this go around making a wall of this size so much easier to complete. I really wanted the shiplap look but not your classic perfect style- I love that the Stikwood is super textured and has imperfections making it feel really cozy and just the perfect backdrop for a family space.

Now if you take one look closer at those lovely shelves on that shiplap wall you will see they are styled with all kinds of pretty pieces that are all from my favourite store ever, Homesense. I partnered with Homesense on these shelving accessories and let me tell you, I have never enjoyed a shopping trip more! You can always find everything you need there and I always end up coming out with more then I intended simply because there is just so much great stuff, it's always my first stop with design clients.

This Beautiful eucalyptus is from Girliture and I am so in love with how it look's bunched up in a vase. The woven wall hanging and belly baskets are from her shop as well and are perfect for storing blankets, magazines or your floor plants in.

Back when I received our new vintage style rug I shared it on Instagram stories and you guys all sent me sooo many messages about it! I am always a bit nervous ordering vintage style online because you just never know exactly how it's going to look but let me say, this beauty is a winner and is the perfect mix of grey and white distress, so much so that I am thinking of getting one for the bedroom!
These two cognac Moroccan poufs are from the sweetest shop called Marrakeshine and they were exactly what I was looking for to layer in front of the fireplace. The colour brings in great warmth they are so soft and perfect if you need an extra seat in a pinch or simply just want to pop your feet up to be even more comfortable!

Also can we just talk about this blanket ladder?! I teamed up with local building design company Power Designs and we created this custom, modern, two toned blanket ladder that is just my dream piece- I am actually going to be giving one away to you guys this week so stay tuned for that because you won't want to miss it!!

I hope you all enjoyed this reveal of our family room and make sure you stay tuned for the giveaway happening this week!

Kind thoughts, 
Lauren Elizabeth
This post contains sponsored product however all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help support this blog.


Thursday, 9 November 2017

One Room Challenge- Week 6

This weeks post is not the reveal as you can tell from the title. The One Room Challenge was extended to 7 weeks for the first time ever since it started because of all the different issues that have been going on in the U.S. and some people needed the extra time. And honestly I couldn't be more grateful because I have had some hard luck this go around with the store I was getting the trim from for the board and batten legit running out of the size I needed leaving me 4 pieces short!

So thankfully I am going to be getting those last few pieces this week to have the reveal ready for you next week and I can't wait to show you all how this space has been coming together.
It's crazy though, even though the powder room is a smaller space my design plans for the room are not and it has definitely been taking a lot of time. I forgot just how time consuming these trim walls are to create however they are always worth it in the end!!

I picked up a shelving storage rack that is the perfect depth and I can't wait to get it styled with all my accessories like these pretty amber jars!

Make sure you check out all of the other guest participants here and make sure you check back next Thursday for the big reveal if you want to see the progress of this space click below!

  • Paint walls (done)
  • Install board and batten (almost done!!!)
  • Install light (done)
  • Wall treatment (done)
  • New Mirror
  • Get Shelving unit (done)
  • Art
  • Rug (done)
  • Accessorize (done)

Kind thoughts,
Lauren Elizabeth


Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Christmas Decor

So who loves Christmas decorating as much as I do? It is by far my absolute fave time to decorate and just makes the house feel so cozy! The weather is chilling off and we are finally entering into the season of Christmas trees, all the Christmas decorations and basically a Christmas countdown (insert dancing emoji here).

We don't have a mantle in our home and I have tossed the idea of adding one to our feature wall in our living room a many of times however, a lot of times I really love the the clean look that our wall has without one. However,  I am not exaggerating in the least when I say that every year when the holiday season rolls around I legit yearn for a mantle to decorate.

I don't know if the idea of how pretty stockings look hanging from it, our how fun it is to stagger decor  I just want a mantle this time of year SO bad. Which brings us to today's post, I wanted to share some total holiday mantle goals with you all and show you all the different ways you can utilize that space. It doesn't matter what style your home is or what your decor taste a mantle is a great way to bring in personality and get really fun and festive with your holiday decorations.


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