3 Ways to Make Your Home More Cozy

Fall has officially arrived and although it doesn’t quite feel like it in Toronto (30+ degree temperature – what gives mother nature?), I’m itching for cozy home vibes. While we’ve been shopping for new props for all of our Property Styling projects, I’ve been gravitating toward rich tones, soft fabrics and the idea of lots of layering.

Similar to how we change up our wardrobes each season, our home needs some love too. Switching up a few key items a couple times a year can make your home feel fresh and new while being completely seasonal appropriate! Who doesn’t want to come home to space that screams sweater weather?

I rounded up 3 tips on making your home feel extra cozy this fall season:

  1. Colour: Rich tones paired with soft neutrals instantly update your decor. Pillows, throws and artwork can usually be swapped out seasonly at a low cost. Think burnt orange and mustard paired with a light grey or cream. Bordeaux paired with a nude or pale pink. Navy paired with grey or light tan shades. My favourite combo? Mustard, bordeaux and the palest of pinks. Sounds wild, but it totally works!

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2.    Texture, texture, texture: Layering a variety of textures instantly gives your home a cozy feel. A mix of large knit blankets, faux fur throws, shaggy rugs and velvet pillows will give you the all warm and fuzzies you need.

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3. Fall Botanicals: Small touches of fall nature are the perfect touch to your favourite vase. Coloured leafs, wildflowers, and wheat are all great options.

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Happy Fall!

Current Obsession: Soft Pink + Mustard

My condo is currently filled with black and white graphic prints and bursts of hot pink. I love the bold feel of it, but I’m starting to lean toward a softer, more muted tone of my coveted shade, pink. It is my very favourite colour to design with. If I could use it all the time I would, but unfortunately not all my clients feel the same love toward pink.

While pink is usually known as a feminine colour,  when it’s paired with mustard it has a completely different feel. Mustard has become a bit of a neutral and balances out pink in the most perfect way. I rounded up a few soft pink & mustard designs that made me fall in love even more with this colour combo….

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2017 Home Decor Goals

When we start a new year we make resolutions that typically relate to our health and well being. Things like diets and fitness take precedence over other factors that can contribute to a happier us. Things like our home!

Most of us spend a heck of a lot of time in our homes, so why not focus on making it the type of space that makes you feel peaceful, satisfied, happy and comfortable. Below are a few tips on how to make your house feel like a home without breaking the bank and without making you feel overwhelmed.

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  1. Only display the items you absolutely love. Think about storing those practical items that aren’t so pretty to look at in cupboards, closets or purchase a few storage boxes or baskets to stash them in. Put the pretty stuff on display. ALL the pretty stuff! Add those special dishes you never use on open shelving or in a display cabinet. That artwork you covet but didn’t get around to hanging – hang it already! Drape your favourite blanket over the sofa. Use pretty untouched glassware in unusual ways like on your desk to put pens and pencils. The point is,  if you love it find ways to show it off!
  2. Clean out your cupboards and closets.  I keep my home clean and tidy, but open up my closet and it’s a whole other story.  I keep stuffing more and more into my closets yet I never go through the items I’ve already stored away.  I plan on cleaning out those closets this month and I know it’s going to feel so damn good!
  3. Fix anything that needs fixin’! We all have that “I’ll get around to it someday” list and it always is in the back of our heads that certain things around the house need to get fixed. That sofa leg that broke 3 years ago (thanks babe for fixing it for me!), that chair that needs to be reupholstered, that tile that cracked… get to it! Why not write that list out and tackle one project a month? Think of how satisfying that would be.
  4. Each month purchase one small item that will make you feel good about your home. A new pillow for the couch, new linens for the bed, a pretty vase to display weekly blooms, a new door mat – these are all things that could bring a little (or if you’re like me – A LOT of) satisfaction when you get home from a long day.
  5. Buy a plant! Not only do plants provide cleaner air and have tons of health benefits like boosting your mood and lowering risk to illnesses, but they brighten up a space and are the perfect spot for that little empty corner by the window.

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Two Thousand Seventeen

We’re a week and a half into 2017 and I already can’t believe how fast times flies. Keeping with the tradition of this blog, my first post of the year (although a little late) is when I set some goals for the year ahead.

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2016 was a pretty shit year for a lot of people, but I’ll admit I didn’t quite feel that same way. Even though it was a year in which our world felt immense loss and disappointment, it was the year where…

I hired the first official team member for Re:Creative
Fell in love with an incredible man who is the kind of man I never thought could exist
My best friend got married
Started meditation and I look forward to learning how to take this further
Challenged myself more than I ever have professionally and it paid off
Travelled spontaneously for the first time
Learned that I’m a person who recharges best when I have “me” time which was a big discovery for me

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In 2017…
I will work on booking in “me” time
Continue to grow my business and knock out more goals
Take up a weekly yoga class
Charge for the value of my work and not feel bad about it
Travel, travel, travel
Learn to be ok with not doing it all, all the time
Challenge myself creatively
Continue to be authentic

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Wishing you the most fabulous and ass kicking (the good kind) year ahead! xo

Style Ideas: Holiday Decorating

You may have already decorated your pad for the holidays, but just in case you didn’t (or perhaps you wanted to change up a few things), I have some holiday decorating tips and inspiration below to get your home looking cute(r) and festive!

Keep a cohesive feel to your home by using your current home decor as the inspiration for your holiday pieces. Choose similar colours and a similar style so that everything works together. Your holiday decorating should feel like an extension of what you already have instead of something completely separate. Christine Dovey (first 2 images) always does this so damn well!

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All white palette? No prob! Layer in greenery, textures and unexpected twists like two trees instead of one or fresh florals in your garland.a91q2854-copy

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If your home has a minimal, Scandanavian vibe then you can’t go wrong with natural greenery along with touches of blacks and whites.minimal-scandinavian-christmas-tree-8

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My white tree is filled with quirky and bright ornaments which fits in perfectly to my home’s decor. I’ll share with you soon!

Happy decorating!