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With the warmer weather approaching we've been looking forward to getting outside this month to start gardening and enjoying our backyard patio. We find gardening not only a fun activity, but also a bit of a therapeutic experience (especially after the long, cold winter/spring we had this year). Did you know gardening also holds psychological benefits both individually and while gardening with others? It’s also scientifically proven to be a stress reliever and an outlet for creativity. It’s not only good for the mind but for the body as a form of exercise as well.
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With wellness in mind, alongside our flower containers, this year I wanted to plant a few salad containers and an herb garden for our patio. As we don't have a backyard, I want to be able to just step out onto the patio and clip a few fresh lettuce leaves, veggies or herbs for dinner this summer. I can hardly wait! I was actually surprised to find that you can plant quite a few veggies in smaller containers, which are perfect for patio gardening.
It's a long weekend coming up and traditionally this particular long weekend is when a majority of us Canadians are in the garden centres dreaming and planning our summer gardens (and patios); so when I came across the hashtag #gardenspam on instagram recently, I was instantly pulled in. So many lovely ideas to be inspired by. Here's a few that caught our eyes.
Nestled in the heart of the Kootenays, is a little gem of an AirBnb called The Tremont Loft; a restoration project of love by creatives, Fiona Richards and Douglas Jones of Cartolina Cards and Cartolina retail store in Nelson, B.C. Over the past couple of years, the couple has restored this 1890's miner's hotel, meticulously bringing it back to life with some of it's original details, and adding modern ones as well, including the beautiful Tremont wordmark they designed. And now it's ready to be shared!
We don't usually jump on the national day bandwagon, but when it comes to chocolate chip cookies, how could we resist? Forever fans of the beloved after school snack, recently we baked the best gluten and sugar-free version ever. This recipe has the crunch from the coconut sugar and is packed with heaps of chocolate chips. Careful not to eat too many!
Yay for Friday's and yay for adorable DIYs. We have all these extra dowels hanging around and have been looking for ideas to make something with. After searching, we found so many great ones, we thought we'd share a round up of some faves. You'd think if you saw one dowel ladder, you've seen them all, but not such the case. Check out ladders, chairs, mirrors and more below!
1. Kitchen Notice Board
(Above) by Your DIY Family
Get organized with this kitchen notice board DIY.
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Vancouver's official interdisciplinary design festival is back. After a successful first installation in 2014, Vancouver Design Week (VDW) is returning to showcase Vancouver’s defining design talent. This year’s festival will be an abridged program - a Vancouver Design Week(end), leading up to a 10-day program in 2018. VDW will kick off with a public launch party Friday May 12th, co-presented by VIVA Vancouver, HCMA, the DVBIA, Roaming Dragon, Faculty Brewing and others; and will follow with two days of open door programming , featuring: Open Studios, Open Buildings, Tastings and an Open Call. Together these events will allow the public to engage with over 45 established and emerging talents from across the broad spectrum of Vancouver’s design community.
Today we're thrilled to share with you a recipe from a new cookbook we're loving called, 'The Preservatory', Seasonally inspired recipes for creating and cooking with artisanal preserves by Lee Murphy. It also happens to be beautifully photographed by our friend, and local food and interiors photographer, Janis Nicolay.
Lee Murphy owns and operates The Preservatory and Vista D'oro Farms & Winery in South Langley, British Columbia with her husband Patrick. Their working farm grows heirloom tomatoes, orchard fruits and grapes; as well, the property boasts a beautiful Craftsman-style carriage house which is home to The Preservatory, where their preserves are produced.
1. @brendantheblob at Eastridge
2. Ika Jim Kaftan from Aish via
3. Swell "Monochrome" water bottle | Leif
4. Le Essentiel Stripe Pillow | Leif
5. Basketweave Jute Rug | Leif
6. Metal Tea Light | H&M
Pacific Retail Capital Partners has completed the world’s largest collection of outdoor murals on a shopping center, and the only public art project of its kind at Eastridge, in San Jose, California. The 20,000 square feet of murals features four carefully curated California artists – CYRCLE, Brendan Monroe, Lila Gemellos and Aaron De La Cruz.
We have a new sneak peek of a limited edition collection coming to IKEA this June. Six talented artists and design teams with close links to the fashion industry were hand-picked to create the STUNSIG collection, which features prints on everything from fashion photography, digital couture, cartoons to hand drawings and collages that were applied to everyday items such as cushions, duvet covers, boxes and porcelain. The whole idea behind the collection was to turn something that is otherwise considered ordinary into something that is extraordinary. In addition to home furnishing accessories, the collection also includes a selection of t-shirts, tote bags and sketchbooks.
“With STUNSIG we wanted to present new artistic prints that are more unique, more fun and more daring! And apply them to selected IKEA products, turning them upside down and making them extraordinary.” - Henrik Most, Creative Leader for STUNSIG
The new STUNSIG collection launches at IKEA stores in Canada as of June 1st and will be available while supplies last (approximately 6-8 weeks). Let's take a look!
|Photo Janis Nicolay|
As a family we've been leaning towards a more holistic nutrition-based diet, due to a few issues that have come up and so we were thrilled to come across a new cookbook, 'It All Begins With Food', From Baby's First Foods to Wholesome Family Meals: Over 120 Delicious Recipes for Clean Eating and Healthy Living by Leah Garrad-Cole (founder of Love Child Organics). 'It all begins with food' has been the Love Child Organics motto, a philosophy that was born of the desire to provide delicious and nutritious foods for babies and children. And like all parents who are concerned about what foods their children are eating, we were thrilled to check this out.
There's a great section on baby foods as well as many recipes for the entire family; from superhero breakfasts like roasted Sweet Potato and Blueberry Muffins to Bacon and Apple-Loaded Spelt Pancakes to desserts like Lemon Coconut Macaroon Nests and Gluten Free Chocolate Velvet Cupcakes with Fluffy Coconut Cream Frosting. The book is also beautifully photographed by our friend, Interior and Food photographer, Janis Nicolay.
May is finally here which means soon warmer days and a few months of more time spent outdoors. After searching for summer patio inspiration, this year we're feeling Anthropologie is knocking it out of the ballpark. So much outdoor patio eye candy! Here's a few things that have popped onto our radar!
Fruit Pot Planters
(Above). Adorable fruit-inspired pots designed by DanielleKroll
$14 - $24
Back in 2012 we were pulled into the world of artist, Rae Dunn's trip to France. At that time, it was her second year with an artist in residence program there and when we saw her new work we asked if she'd mind sharing a few images from her exhibit. The post included a few photos of her time spent there, a bit of inspiration and a few scenes from her sketchbook.
A while back we did a most awesome post on DIY wall art ideas for the home or office. Since then, we've found a few more gems and not only was that an awesome round-up, a lot of the art is still pretty rad, so we've revised that post a bit, updated it with a few others we've stumbled upon as of late to make an even more awesome round-up of DIY wall art ideas. Check them out below.
1. Framed Engineer Prints
by Always Rooney
(Above) We've been seeing a lot of engineer prints lately, but never framed like this. Love this idea too of splitting an image into two. And psssst! These were taken on her iPhone! Click here for the how-to.
Today is Magnolia Day at our #SpringBloomsWeek #SpringBloomsWeek on Instagram. If you haven't joined us - you still can! There's still a few days left (and it's super easy)! Just upload the bloom of the day to the #SpringBloomsWeek hashtag. Here are the rest of the week's daily blooms.
As creatives or freelancers, often one has to set up a live/work scenario in your own home. That means you oftentimes need to get creative with organization and storage solutions. Springtime is always a good time to hit the reset, get organized or switch things around. Whenever I'm looking for clever ideas for our space, I often turn to Ikea-themed ideas. Their stylists come up with the best ideas, as do a few creatives we've come across throughout the years. For this post I've searched all our sources online for a nice little round-up of live/work ideas for all types of creatives from bloggers to musicians! Check them out below.
If you caught our previous post or post on Instagram, we're hosting an impromptu Spring Blooms Week on Instagram starting today! Similar to our Spring Colour Weeks of years past, #SpringBloomsWeek is all about posting photos of spring blooms to the hashtag #SpringBloomsWeek. Today's bloom is Camellias! So we hope you'll join in, if not today, one of the following!
Who's in for an Instagram #SpringBloomsWeek this week? It's kind of short notice but the blooms are almost finished in some places and just starting in others. What do you think? Care to join in? Below are the details. Similar to our Spring Colour Weeks of years past only instead of posting specific colours we'll be posting photos of spring blooms instead to the hashtag #springbloomsweek - as follows:
Monday, April 24/17 - Camellias
Tuesday, April 25 - Cherry Blossoms
Wednesday, April 26 - Magnolias
Thursday, April 27/17 - Lilacs
Friday, April 28/17 - Peonies
Saturday, April 29/17 - Tulips
Sunday, April 30/16 - Wildflowers
Let's make this feed amazing! And we will regram some as the week progresses! Can't wait to see your photos!
P.S. Since we are all in different time zones and to make this a consistent feed - let's try to post each day's bloom after 6pm Pacific!
Ever since we started our flower-themed instagram account @floraltalk, we've been blown away by the amazing world of flowers. From Melbourne to Vancouver, the inspiration is endless and today we're sharing a few of our favourite floral-themed instagram accounts, so you can be inspired too. In no specific order, here's our must-follow list!
Want a monochromatic desk of your dreams? Then check out Polaroid's stationery line featuring everything from journals, rubberbands, erasers, paperclips, pencils and more available in every colour of the rainbow. Designed by Wild and Wolf, a designer and manufacturer of award winning gifts, homewares, men's and women's accessories, the line is available at various retail outlets around the world.
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