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June 26th, 2017

Three Ways to Ready Your Bedroom for Summer

Ahhh, the sun, so glorious, right? As we turn our homes over from the colder months with spring cleaning, the bedroom is an important place to swap out a few things to ready for the hot summer nights coming our way. Start with a complete top to bottom cleaning session and do the extra things that don’t get done as often as they should. Like what, you ask? Flip and rotate your mattress, clean under the bed, wash walls and windows…all of it. This is also a good time to move the room around if you want to try a different configuration.

What I love about this little list is that it is meant to be a quick fix. These tasks can be done quickly and efficiently and will bring optimal impact comfort-wise. Try one of the categories, two of them or all three! Summer living should be light and breezy as the days are. Everything easier. Everything simple. Bring on the summer! But first, open the windows and let the fresh air and sunshine into the room.

 

Coco Lapine Design

Textiles

Bedding:

Fresh linens in a new colour will give your bed an instant makeover. Crisp white sheets are so classic, but depending on the room you could try blush pink (so hot right now), gray, sea foam or even pale yellow.

Remove your heavy winter duvet and replace it with a light summer duvet or a quilt or coverlet. Even in the summer, it’s so lovely to sleep in a bed with layers that you can peel off if you need to.

Pillows:

Take off the decorative pillows with dark heavy textures and fabrics and opt for soft hues. One option is to shop for seasonal covers with zippers so they can be changed out whenever you want to. This eliminates closets full of spare pillows like some people (not me ooooooof course). Shop for pillows with hefty down inserts. Furniture stores can often order them in an array of upholstery fabrics. They are well worth the investment as you will have them for years. Try to think a season ahead as there may be order times involved if you go the custom route.

Curtains:

Light white cotton curtains with some texture are perfect for summer. If you want to add a pop of colour your draperies are a perfect way to experiment with a bold colour or pattern. If you are a little shy with it, try adding a trim of gros grain ribbon to white curtains, along the inside edges of each drape panel. Fuchsia, Kelly green, turquoise, or any other bright colour will work. However, if you want to go for it, go for it! Look for something with blackout capabilities if you require darkness. Here in Alberta we have light until 11pm in the summer months! It’s beautiful.

Carpet:

This might be the last update you would think of, but even a small one with a soft texture can be the detail required to ease you into your day whether its summer or not. As someone who generally wakes up grouchy until fully awake, its the little things that help act as happiness cues. Oh yeah, being awake is awesome!!

Crazy Wonderful

Decluttering

Closet:

Empty it and start over. Doesn’t that sound like great fun? I find it hard to get rid of clothing, but it is vital to keeping an organized closet. All those clothes that don’t fit or you simply don’t want to wear anymore, they need to go. So what do you do with them all? Donate the slightly worn stuff, or even better start a clothing swap with friends. Or have a yard sale. Brand names can often be taken to consignment stores or you can sell them online (think Girlboss!) Also, get rid of that weird stuff you bought for no reason, let’s face it, it has to go!

Dresser:

Same thing as your closet! Dump everything and start over. Only add back items you will currently wear. Fold everything up nice and neat. If you want to get really fancy and you are up for a DIY project, line your drawers or the sides of them with a pretty printed paper. So much impact in the photo pictured.

Night-side tables:

Remove any books you’ve already read, organize drawers, replace emptied products (free pass to shop for new stuff) and rethink the types of things that have collected here. I like to have reading books and writing books close by at all times. I also need a place to put my earrings and bracelets and some scented hand cream and water.

Create a vignette! Is it time for a new set of lamps? Corral all your necessities and arrange them together. Books can be stacked. Add a plant or some fresh flowers and a decorative dish to house jewelry. Download the step-by-step PDF for some help. I’ve got you covered!

 

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Accessories

Pictures and Art:

Whether you design a whole gallery wall or just change one picture, you will get immediate impact and give the space a fresh look.

Upcycle something from another room. This is so fun, especially if you are doing a gallery wall. Take a little walk through your home and try to look at things with fresh eyes. I did this for my living room last summer and I used art that I never would have thought to put together, but it looks marvelous!

Mirrors:

Mirrors bounce light and create the illusion of space, plus they are pretty! Hang one over your dresser or get a full length one (my favourite) and you’ll be able to do a proper wardrobe check before you leave your room.

Jewelry:

All that beautiful jewelry tucked away in boxes can be displayed. Even with a small display or a delicate dish (vintage or white milk glass?) a few curated pieces can act as part of the rooms decor.

Lighting:

Ambient lighting is essential in the bedroom. Bedside table lamps should be tall enough to reflect light down upon your book. A pair of pendant lamps on each side of the bed will free up tabletop space if you need it. Another lamp can be placed on your dresser if you prefer back lighting.

Once I reorganized my bedroom I realized a few things. First of all, this should be done for every room for every season as it is so refreshing and it made me feel happy, so it will probably make you happy too. I love the way shuffling, cleaning and decluttering changes the energy of your home. Also, when you edit the things around you, you keep only what is loved or needed, the rest can go and this in itself is a really great life lesson, don’t you think?

XOXO

 

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April 25th, 2017

It’s All in the Details

When you walk into a furniture store to look at couches, or shop online for them, do you ever wonder why there are so very many options? And what makes one differ from all the others? Are you overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices? Well don’t despair, because it’s all in the details friends. I’ll show you some little things to look for so the next time you go shopping you’ll be a detail spotting pro! You might even be able to pick one and take it home! Imagine how much time you’ll have to do other things, like shop for pillows or carpets or chairs.

The elderly generation (seasoned sofa purchasing experts) tell me stories of the days when you could walk into a furniture store and pick one frame and choose from four colours and voila your room was done. How quaint. Today’s options are far more exciting! Furniture is like fashion. New fabrics and leathers come out each season, there are trends, things get discontinued to make way for the new, and some things stay the same.

Let’s take a look today at six different details that define a sofa, and give it character and personality. Each of the sofas I have chosen here emulate their details with style and grace like any good model should.

Furniture should make you happy! Have fun with it!

 

Vintage Luxe

Nail Head Trim– One of my favourite details of all time. Nail heads are like jewelry for your sofa. I love the shiny silver ones, but there are frequently choices for the colour, depending on the manufacturer. Sizes of the actual nails may vary as well. The nails are applied to the finished frame one at a time, along the edge of the arms, the base or the back. I have also seen this done in unsuspecting areas like the outside of the arms and in unusual patterns. If this is not your thing, sometimes they can do piping instead. What is piping? Read on to find out!

Cre8tive Designs

Tufting– Ok, so I am a huge fan of tufting. In fact, my current sofa is tufted and has nail head trim. It’s a little glamorous. Sometimes the tufting has buttons and sometimes it does not. The buttons are usually the same material as the sofa. How can I make a tufted sofa more glamorous you ask? For an additional charge you might be able to order glass buttons. You will see sofas with a tufted back and the seats may or may not be tufted. Or the tufting can even be done to the outside of the arms and wrapped around the back (this is usually done without the buttons).

Domino

Wood Trim– Old school and traditional frames have ornate carved wood features, but today’s wood trim can be pretty straight and basic or a little curvy like the frame shown here. If the manufacturer offers colour options for the wood, this is a lovely way to make a statement. The combination of the sapphire blue with the white trim pictured here is dynamic and fresh.

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Skirt– This is not something I see all the time, but the sofa with a skirt is a classic profile. The cream one pictured here is simple, elegant and classic. If you would prefer a skirt to an upholstered base, the manufacturer may offer this as an option not shown in the showroom. It is always worth asking.

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Piping– Most of the time piping will be the same colour as the body fabric or leather on the couch. But every now and then you will see one with contrast piping that will pop! When done right, this is a beautifully tailored look. So elegant. You might wonder what I mean when I say ‘done right’ and I’ll explain. The colour combination needs to make sense. And you’ll know when its right because it will make you so happy and excited, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do this sooner.

Domino

Bench Seat– A typical sofa has three seats, which means three seat cushions paired with three back cushions. I see more and more two seat sofas (I have a two seat sofa), but there is also the bench cushion. One long seat cushion. It creates more of a linear effect with less lines. I love this look, but one draw back you might not readily think of is that you can’t rotate your seat cushions for even wear, but you can still flip it over, which is good too.

Now that you have a visual on a few common details, your next trip to the furniture store will be so much fun. I can just hear you now…’Look Oliver, that sofa has the nail head trim I’ve always wanted!’ The real magic happens in the combination of these details. Imagine a tufted sofa with nail head trim and a bench seat. Now we’re talking! What details do you love? Have I missed any you would like me to explain?

Happy furniture shopping!

XOXO

March 6th, 2017

Precious Plant Inspiration

The tail end of winter seemed to be an endless dance of chilling days, new storms and slushy streets. Cold puddles alternated with sunny skies. It was all over the place! Amidst all this I have busied myself with cultivating an inner garden in our home. We always had a plethora of house plants growing up and as I get older I find all my favourite people grow plants (Sara & Andrew to name a few). I love the little pop of green, the coziness and the simplistic element of life and growth a house plant offers.

Medinilla Magnifica

I have collected many favourites over the years and this last week or so I have added a few more beauties to my collection. I fill windowsills with plants, the window in my kitchen gets a perfect amount of light for most of the year. It gets a little too much sun in the summer though, so I must admit there have been a few casualties. Work with the light conditions in each room of your home, to choose the best possible plant.

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And of course there are the health benefits, the clean air, purified for breath and sleeping. The fact that they effortlessly remove toxins just by living is pretty amazing don’t you think? For a family that practices mindfulness, meditation and yoga knowing that our air is fresh and clean is a good thing.

So people are always telling me they kill their plants and asking me how I keep mine alive. Here are a few tips I use to keep my plants both healthy and happy.

The Shelby

Light– some plants need a ton of bright direct beams of light and others can live with partial shade. Knowing who needs what ahead of time is crucial. If your plant doesn’t come with a tag, look it up! If you are shopping at a greenhouse the staff can advise on proper placement.

Water– a schedule is vital for me. If I don’t pick days for watering it simply does not get done. I water my plants every Monday, and if any of them need a second watering I will water on Thursday or Friday.

Moisture– some plants need to be misted as well as watered. Keep a small spray bottle on hand. Or you could even put a tropical plant in the bathroom which is naturally humid.

Gardening Gazebo

Fertilizer– I never do this! Yikes! I’ll start soon, I promise. For orchid beauties this is something that will help them bloom again and again. Most plants only need it a couple times of year, but I will get back to you on this one.

Relocation- Once your plants outgrow the pot they are in it is time to re-pot them. Some will happily stay in a small pot, like many succulents or my favourite right now ‘Haworthia’. But others will grow and grow and to encourage their thriving you need to give them a bigger pot to keep the roots happy.

Lobster and Swan

Whether greenery is your style or you prefer a stunning, blooming plant like the luscious one in the first picture, there are options for everyone. I almost always have a few aloe vera plants in my home. The soft creamy green of the fronds is very pretty and they are wonderfully low maintenance. A mixture of both is lovely and I love, love, love cut flowers too, so we usually have a little something here or there. Currently a couple of creamy barely blush roses, a sprig of genestra and hellebores. Check out my Instagram for a glimpse.

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