October 15, 2016

A cozy fall

If you’re anything like me, there’s nothing in the fall like curling up with a good book, under a cozy blanket, leaning on a comfy cushion. It’s absolutely lovely looking outside and watching the gorgeous, changing colours of autumn – reds, oranges, browns, yellows, dancing and undulating in the breeze like fiery bright ballerinas. Knowing that before long I’ll be hearing the crunch of fallen leaves under my feet as I go exploring with my little ones, but for now, it’s enough to hold something warm in my hands and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Hope you’re enjoying the many pleasures of autumn too my friends! xo

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September 16, 2012

Top 5 tips of going to a trade show

Whether it’s the home show, garden show, wine and food festival or the outdoor adventure show, trade exhibitions can be fun for the entire family.  This past spring, we received two for one tickets online and enjoyed a day at the National Home Show and Canada Blooms.  While walking around, it was clear I had to write this post for everyone who loves a good trade show but are aching and frustrated by the end of the day. So here are my top five tips to make your trade show experience really work for you from the second you walk in, to the moment you leave.

1.)  Bring a backpack
You’ll be getting lots of informational materials like business cards, flyers, brochures etc. so bringing a backpack frees up your hand to touch the materials, push your stroller or hold your hubby’s hand. Most importantly, it’s way easier and more comfortable way to carry heavy materials on your back than to have it straining in your hand.

2.)  Wear comfortable shoes
You’ll be walking extensively, so do your feet a favour and make sure you’re not squeezing them into tight shoes or stressing them in high heels. Comfort is key to enjoying your day, so wear comfortable flats.  Trust me, your tootsies will thank you.

3.)  Don’t forget your water bottle and snacks
The price of snacks are a premium at these events, so bring your own munchies in your backpack. Munching away as you explore the different booths will keep your energy levels up.  Trust me, you’ll be happy you didn’t splurge on snacks at the trade show when you realize how much you’ll have to pay to replace your furnace or hot water heater.

4.)  Have a plan or focus for going
Do you want to work on your bathroom, backyard or kitchen?  It’s important to figure that out before you go, that way, you can spend more time visiting the booths are are integral to the success of your home project.  The last thing you want is to come home with fifty brochures for boiler systems when the major thing on your to do list this year is re-doing the backsplash in your kitchen.

5.)  Be open to new information and have fun
There are new sustainable products coming out everyday and the trades people at these events are privy to these new innovations. Asking questions at these trade shows is a great way to get suggestions and recommendations for your space.

What is your favourite trade show and what is your number one tip to make that outing exciting, informational and fun?

March 20, 2012

Spring 2012 Interior Decor Trends

With the warm weather just around the corner, many of us are in the mood to do some spring cleaning and jazz up our homes for warmer weather. Here are some interior decor trends that are hot for your home for spring 2012.

Colour Power

Lemon yellow, turquoise blue,and poppy red will be showing up in home decor for spring 2012. If you are not ready to invest in an expensive bright piece like a mixer, then incorporate this trend by getting some utensils or a trashcan in an unexpected pattern and sun-kissed pops of colour:

 

Natural wood

Light, birch woods and natural shapes are making a strong comeback. For affordable pieces, Ikea is always a great bet, just look for solid materials with simple forms.

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Wallflower

Funky wallpaper will continue to gain momentum.  If you’re not ready for that kind of commitment, then wall decals are your best bet. They are a great way to add fun, whimsy or a bit of edge to any room.

 

Upcycle

Collectables, pieces you’ve picked up while travelling, antiques and vintage furniture are hot this upcoming season. People are now pulling vintage, retro and antique pieces into their spaces in the form of old furniture, old business signs, antique rugs etc. It adds an interesting contrast to your modern and contemporary pieces.

 

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As you shop for hot items for your home this spring, remember, decorating your home with beautiful and luxurious items, without spending a ton of cash is the trendiest thing you can do for your wallet and yourself.

What’s on your home decor wish list for Spring 2012?