Monday, 8 January 2018

2018 Home Trends I'm Loving


Well it's a new year and that means new home inspiraion! Every year there seems to be a few trends that emerge and it's a great time to get motivated to switch things up. I don't know about you guys but come January, after the holidays and all the decor is cleaned up and put away I always crave change in the house. So today I wanted to share some home trends that I am really loving!


Two-Toned Kitchen Cabinets or Island- I absolutely love this look and I am so happy that it is continuing to pick up steam into 2018. It's a great way to instantly make your kitchen look more custom and it brings in a lot of interest. I am going to incorporate this trend into my own home and and I can't wait to see how it turns out.

Rustic Elements- I am loving all this raw wood and texture we are seeing in more and more homes. It instantly evokes a sense of coziness and really adds a new layer to the home. I'm also loving all organic texture through plants, sticks in vases and other elements that really help bring a home to the next level.

Graphic Tiles- I am loving all these fun Moroccan, Spanish, graphic tiles we are seeing in homes now. It's a great way to bring in something that makes a little bit more of a statement and there are so many ways you can use them!

These are just a few of the styles that I am loving right now and I hope to incorporate them all to some degree in our home! What trends are you guys loving!?

Kind thoughts,
Lauren Elizabeth
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Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Oh Hey 2018


Happy New Year! I can not believe it's 2018, this past year was one for the books and was so memorable in many different ways. It's funny because so many people dislike January because it's such a lull almost after the holidays however, I may self love what January represents- the start of a whole new year. I am always doing "fresh starts" so to speak throughout the year but there is just something about January and the start of a new calendar year that make me feel so inspired and motivated. I wanted to share with all you lovely blog readers some of my goals and dreams for 2018 in hopes of holding myself accountable to them because they are out here on the blog to remind me!


  • First off, I really want to start taking better care of my health and I know this is such a typical goal for a new year but I don't mean it in the sense of just getting physically fit. I really want to work on feeling my body with good, healthy food that makes me feel great and my body run efficiently. I don't know about you guys but when Im not eating well or exercising (insert the past month with holiday treats etc) I just don't even feel like myself. I'm sluggish, I feel like I have zero patience with my kids,  I fatigued it's just all around not a great feeling so I am starting to make better chooses to fuel my body from the inside out. 
  • My next goal is to work on time management and being more present in the moment with my husband and kids. Working from home is always a balancing act but I am determined to get a system going that will help me divide my work and home life a little better. 
  • Next is I am going to reactivate my YouTube channel and do more video content for you guys! I have done a couple of polls and asked you guys over the past couple of months what you want to see more of and there was an overwhelming amount of you wanting more video content. I actually had a Youtube account 4 years ago so my plan is to start uploading again also share the videos to the blog. 
  • Finally I want to connect with more of you! I love this online community we have built and it has been so amazing watching it grow and the relationships I have gained from it. I really can't imagine things any other way now.

So what are your plans for 2018, are you working towards any goals are just taking the days/months as they come?!

Kind thoughts,
Lauren Elizabeth xx


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Wednesday, 27 December 2017

NYE Bar Cart Blog Hop


Hello lovely blog readers! If you are popping over from Jane at Home welcome to my little corner of the web :) I am so excited to partaking in this blog hop with some lovely ladies to give you some major inspiration for your New Years Eve bar cart! I feel like the bar cart is such a fun piece to have and you can style it in so many different ways for every occasion. My specific bar cart is from Target, they always seem to have some variation of it in stock. I like to keep things fairly simple with styling so that it's not too fussy and caters to the main task at hand- making drinks of course! Ok well let's dive on into things shall we.







Your next stop is Heather over at Setting for Fourhttps://www.settingforfour.com/create-new-years-eve-bar-cart/ and be sure to check out all the other ladies too :)


Kind thoughts,
Lauren Elizabeth


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Friday, 22 December 2017

Merry Christmas To All


Can you believe Christmas is in 3 more sleeps?! It's crazy, I still have so much wrapping to do I feel like I need to mentally prepare- I think I might try and tackle some tonight! I just wanted to do a quick post before the holidays to thank you all for this amazing year on House of Hire. Without all of your love and support I truly wouldn't be doing what I'm doing and I really am thankful for each and every one of you lovely blog readers.

I can't wait to share the fun projects coming up in 2018 with you all, I think it is going to be a pretty exciting year. Things will be quiet here on the blog for the next 10 days but I will be active over on Instagram (@houseofhire) if you want to check in :) See you all in 2018 and I hope you have an amazing holiday. xx

Kind thoughts,
Lauren Elizabeth
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Monday, 18 December 2017

Gift Guide For Her


I am so excited about today's gift guide because it is all things I own and absolutely love. I feel like these gifts would be perfect for any women (or man) that loves items for around the house. So let's hop right in shall we! As you can see above you just can not go wrong with a Saje diffuser. They have amazing scents to choose from and they purify the air while making it smell fresh and clean. I love having one of these on my nightstand and this black marble print is to die for!


Ok this letter board from The Letter Board Company based out of P.E.I. is seriously my new favourite thing! I feel like this is the perfect gift for anyone that loves being creative and showcasing some personality. This is the 16x20 size and I find it is perfect for inspirational quotes and funny phrases. You could not go wrong gifting one of these beautiful boards. 


Ok this should not be a shocker, y'all know I love coffee SO much and I recently got this K200 Keurig machine and I love it! Not only is it smaller and more streamlined so it doesn't take up much room on the counter but she is pretty guys!! Any hot beverage lover would be happy to have one of these sitting on their counter.


This little Rifle Paper Co. recipe box is just the prettiest little thing right?! I feel like this is the perfect little something to give someone that you are perhaps unsure of what to get because everyone cooks and a recipe box is a great way to stay organized and motivated.


This Wonder Map by Paperhearts Halifax is such a lovely gift to give someone. It comes with these pretty gold push pins to mark the places you have travelled too, our you could pin your bucket list and travel dreams.


Alright so this one is a little fancy but to cover off every price range I feel like this would be an amazing gift for a loved one in your life. Taking cooking and baking to the next level the Kitchen Aid has truly transformed the way I bake and has made me want to do it even more! Which is probably good and bad since you all know I am a stage four cookie lover over here.


I am a big fan of canisters for storing things and how pretty is this Rae Dunn coffee jar? Its perfect to have sitting out on your counter making coffee easy to access and looking pretty at the same time!


This custom blanket ladder I designed with local Halifax company Power Designs is a favourite of mine and would be an amazing gift for someone. You can use them for blankets, in bathrooms for towels or you could also hang magazines over each bar for a more fun, eclectic look.


Finally is this adorable little brass clock from IKEA, this is the perfect little gift to give because who doesn't need to know the time right?! I love the size of this clock and the black face makes it feel modern and fresh making it perfect for an entryway console table or your nightstand. 

Kind thoughts,
Lauren Elizabeth

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Monday, 11 December 2017

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie


I do not make this statement lightly. If you follow me on Insta then you know I recently got a kitchen aid and I have been loving it. I can't believe how much it has changed my baking routine and I find myself wanting to use it all the time! I am a sweet treats kind of girl so I am always on the hunt for a great cookie recipe and this my friends, this is an amazing chocolate chip cookie.

In my research of how to perfect a cookie recipe (yes you read that right I legit research this) I have found some amazing tips that have transformed the way my baking turns out. First off, I love a thicker more chewy cookie so if you like that then you will love this recipe.

Ok so my two big tips are 1. beat your sugar and butter for at least 3 minutes with a mixer, it creates air pockets which helps keep your cookie from spreading out to much on your baking sheet. 2nd apply a sheet of wax or parchment paper onto your baking sheet and scoop your cookies onto that, it's insane how good this works at keeping your cookie nice and thick!


Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup butter (room temp or pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds)
  • 2 1/4 cups of semi sweet chipits, I used Hersheys
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Directions:

You want to mix your wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls, start with your butter and sugar and beat on high for 3 minutes. Then add your egg and vanilla in. Mix all your dry ingredients in a bowl and once combined slowly start adding the dry ingredients in with the wet. Once combined stir in your chipsits and scoop onto your baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 9-12 minutes depending on your oven, you want the edges to be golden. Let sit for 5 minutes before removing them from the sheet and onto a cooling rack. 


I hope you guys give this recipe a try you won't regret it I promise!!

Kind thoughts,
Lauren Elizabeth 

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