Monday, 19 June 2017

5 Ways To Update Your Entry


Well now that it is safe to say that summer is here it's a great time to get outside and spruce up the front of your home! There are some really simple ways you can update your entry without breaking the bank and giving you that welcoming space for your guests, and yourself! 

I think one of my favourite, high impact things to do to the front of a home is to paint the front door. This is such an easy and quick way to make an impact and freshen thing up. Another great way to create a focal on your home is to flank your front door with some beautiful tall planters, this will really draw the eye and create uniformity especially if you have an off entered entry. 

I also love to layer outdoor rugs and mats to create a cozy look. Finding a nice stripe or geometric and then layering a textured mat over top really looks great and helps make your door more welcoming. Adding a statement wreathe and some other smaller layered planters with some pattern will help finish the look and really pull things together.

Best,
Lauren Elizabeth 

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Monday, 12 June 2017

A Bright and Airy Living Room

As you all know I am a big fan of airy and fresh spaces. We spend so much time in our homes it really is important to love where you live. But design doesn't have to be complicated, simple pieces with clean lines, lots of texture and a few pretty accessories are all you need and your well on your way to creating a space that you truly want to be in.

When I came across this beautiful space designed by Sarah Sherman Samuel I knew I had to share it with you all. I love the unexpected pops of colour, the simple clean lines and how it feels very cozy and inviting yet clean and minimal at the same time. I am also swooning over that entryway set up with the half door and beautiful sconce lights and gallery wall.

Guys, I am trying to work towards living more minimalistically aka ditch the clutter and only be surrounded by things we love and have purpose but gosh darn it it's hard!! I just love seeing spaces like this because it really inspires me to try and declutter and get rid of things we don't need or use.







Best,
Lauren

*Designed by Sarah Sherman Samuel 
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Monday, 5 June 2017

Lovely Layers

Well I have to say, after taking a week off from blogging for a much needed break I am feeling motivated and inspired and I have some fun posts coming up for all of you lovely blog readers! Today I wanted to talk about creating layers on your bed for the warmer months where you don't need quite as much bedding when you sleep.
We have always used a feather duvet which we love and is so cozy but once June hits it definitely feels like too much weight on the bed for a comfortable nights sleep.  So once those warmer nights start I like to switch out some of the fabrics on the bed for more light breathable materials. I am a big fan of bamboo sheets and how soft and thin they are for sleeping. They are cooling and help keep you comfortable all night. My mom bought us these white bamboo sheets as a gift and they have been heaven! However make sure you wash in cold water and dry with low heat because they definitely shrink!
I am so in love with this beautiful blue quilt from Garnet Hill. If you read my spring bedroom tour post you will know I am loving blue right now and how serene it feels. This quilt is nice and light which makes it a great layering piece yet it has enough weight to be warm in the night. The mix of blues and whites are so pretty and the circle motif is such a lovely touch and makes it feel more modern. It's funny because I usually don't find myself drawn to quilts but as soon as I saw this I fell in love with the print. Something else I have been enjoying is making our bed really simply on a day to day basis. There is something so fresh about minimal pillows and simple tucked bedding. I just love how pretty the tassel Pepper B Design pillow looks there solo front and centre.
Best,
Lauren Elizabeth
This post was in partnership with Garnet Hill however all opinions are my own.

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Designing With Neutrals

It's no surprise here that I am a lover of whites and a neutral colour palette. I love to inject colour and pattern into a room for seasonal changes but I always stick to a neutral base which helps keep your options open. Today I thought I would share some beautiful neutral pieces that are the perfect layers to start off your space. I am really loving the combination of warmer tones with rustic elements and I feel like it creates the ultimate cozy, curated look but also still feels light and bright.


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Friday, 19 May 2017

Stikwood Feature Wall

I am so excited to share some more details about the amazing feature wall in Logan's room from the One Room Challenge. I have been receiving so many questions about it and I'm glad everyone likes it so much! The rustic wood wall is by Stikwood and let me tell you guys, this was such a simple yet high impact project! I am in love with the distressed, rustic feel that it brings to the space and installation was a breeze. I have to say though, I had some shots of the wall being installed and they got deleted from my camera so alas I am going to have to make due with what I have! But honestly it was so straight forward and I got 90% of the wall finished in 2 hours.
The finish that we chose is called "Hampton's" and it is a beautiful soft white that has some variation in it. They have tons of different wood colours to pick from ranging from light to dark so there is something for everyone. There are nicks, nail holes and knots to give the wood a lived in feel and it looks so good. I was a little surprised when it arrived because they actually send you all kind of different sizes of planks so it really helps cut down on the cuts you need to do to finish the wall. I was able to find so many pieces that fit smaller edge areas that I would say all in all we only had to do about 10 cuts when we were done for edge pieces. For all the cuts we used a hand saw and it was pretty easy to cut through so no need for big fancy tools!
Stikwood is real wood that is thinly cut and has three adhesive strips on the back. All you do to apply is pull off the strips, place it on the wall and then use a roller and apply pressure over it to make sure it adheres good. You want to make sure you use a level to get your first piece straight and then you just apply the following pieces in a staggered pattern so your seams are mis-matched up the wall.  Like I said, sooo easy!

We are so thrilled with how this turned out and I can't believe how quick it was to complete, I am such a "I want a project done as soon as I start to do it" type of girl so this was a dream terms of how quick it took! I hope you guys enjoyed this up close look at the wall and if you are looking for a high impact, simple installation project, this product is definitely for you!
Best,
Lauren Elizabeth
Stikwood provided us with this product however all opinion are my own.


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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Quick & Simple Lunch

Well I am back with another mom friendly/you don't really have much time to make yourself something to eat(what's new) kinda meal. As I always say I am all about simplicity when it comes to food and this definitely fits into that category. I will typically make this for lunch but you could definitely do it for a quick dinner if you wanted! I have been loving the Miscela (pronounced Mishk-ella) mixtures which are a combination of veggies, fruits, herbs and spices! The Miscela spreads come in 5 different flavour combinations and today I used the Sweet Pepper one. It is so tasty but if peppers aren't your thing you could also use the Olive or Sun Dried Tomato which are my other two favourites! You can find these mixtures at Sobey's and they are such a simple way to bump up the flavour in an otherwise basic meal. All you need for this recipe is:

*whole wheat english muffin
*small can flavoured tuna (I used olive oil infused)
*light mayo (you could use a mustard too)
*spinach
*miscela mixture (sweet pepper)

I feel like this meal is pretty self explanatory but for the recipes sake first pop your english muffin into the toaster and once it's golden brown take it out and spread a light amount of mayo on it. Then place some spinach over that and take the tuna out of the can and place it over the top. Garnish with a dollop of Miscela and your all set! It's so easy and straight forward but so tasty guys, I hope you try it.

Best,
Lauren Elizabeth

This post was sponsored by Derlea Miscela as always all opinions are my own.

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