Being someone that juggles between what I can say to be not only one, but two full time jobs means having a functional home office is critical. The plans to remodel the office started late last year primarily because the existing space was getting out of control with the lack of smart storage solutions and the DIY desk combo that we built three years ago wasn’t doing it for us anymore.
Home & Decor
How smart is your home?
If you’ve not yet integrated smart home devices into your home, you’re missing out! The original concept of the Internet of Things was likely introduced nearly a decade ago whereby various objects, not only computers and smart phones are able to connect to the Internet and in turn, be controlled to perform multiple functions. It seemed like a world that only belonged in Sci-Fi movies. Well, the concept of the “smart home” is now a reality, and in the last couple of years, countess devices have been launched and ready to serve.
Beverage (or bar) carts are often associated with the holiday season. But in my mind, a beverage cart is essential to home entertaining all year round. Whether you’re in the mood for a cocktail or a cup of afternoon tea, there are so many ways to integrate a bar cart into your living space that’s suitable for anyone!
I struggled for quite some time in finding the perfect bar cart. I was never quite happy with the options because they were either too wide, too glitzy, didn’t have enough storage or just way too expensive. That led me to hack my own version a few years ago. Though my DIY version held its own after countless house parties, it was finally due for an upgrade.
It’s the beginning of 2018 and we’re once again starting to plan out our next home reno/makeover project! This year, we’re deciding between a full home office makeover or re-designing our guest room. Exciting, right?!
When we moved into our townhouse a few years ago, we knew we’d tackle a reasonable renovation each year, rather than ripping the entire house apart in one shot. Part of the reason was because the house really didn’t NEED any renovation at all. And secondly, it allowed us to live in our space for awhile in order to truly understand what our needs and preferences were as opposed to approaching the projects impulsively. The added benefit of a phased approach is that we became more experienced with each decision made and learned new things along the way.
Three days until Christmas!
I can’t believe Christmas is just around the corner. It’s going to be quite busy the next several days as we begin to embark numerous annual Christmas traditions from visiting relatives and friends to hosting a few parties of our own and finally ringing in the New Year in Quebec City. Finding a few moments of quiet time is tough during this time of the year, don’t you think?
A Change of Heart with your Holiday Decorating Style?
No need to worry! I recently shared a first glimpse of my holiday decorating progress and I’m so happy to hear that many of you enjoyed the Nordic inspired design! Despite my love for the simplicity and minimalism that the Nordic style offered, I had a change of heart and couldn’t wait to unleash the full Canadian Christmas spirit in me!
Are Christmas Crackers a part of your holiday traditions?
I love hosting dinner parties over the holiday season and dressing up each guest’s table setting with a Christmas Cracker. Though you can find these at many stores for purchase, spending the time to craft them for loved ones make them extra special, don’t you agree?
Have you started decorating for the holidays yet?
I’ve observed two types of holiday decorators, those that go big as soon as Halloween is over or those that procrastinate until mid-December. Where do you fall within this spectrum?
As for me, I like to slowly introduce a few simple holiday inspired decorations in November as a way to ease into the holiday season and as Christmas begins to inch it’s way closer, I will continue to add statement pieces and transition into the full holiday spirit.
I’ve always dreamt of having a Mudroom.
I’m sooooo stoked about today’s post because I’ve been working on this mudroom renovation for months now and I’m finally ready to reveal it!
When we renovated our kitchen last year, we sacrificed our entranceway closet so that we allowed enough space to move our fridge in place. It was always the plan that we would remodel our tiny “basement” into a useable mudroom.
Our barely-there basement was tucked away on the lower level of our townhome, and prior to the renovations, the room’s primary use was for the water heater, furnace, and essentially a storage space piled up with shoes and just about anything that didn’t belong on the upper floors. It was messy, cluttered, and non-functional.
As a content creator and someone who relies heavily on photography to inspire others, lighting plays a critical role in my line of work. I’m always looking for the optimal lighting when shooting photos or working on a creative project. But, regardless if you depend on lighting in your profession or not, we can’t deny that lighting affects many aspects of our lives.