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In the garden: harvest your efforts

With sunshine and warm temperatures in our Vancouver forecast, who isn't itching to spend more time outdoors or on a great patio? Wouldn't it be a dream to skip produce shopping and instead opt to grab fresh flowers, veggies, and herbs from your own garden? With some mellow summer music and sangria in hand, harvesting your garden can feel more like a mini vacation than another chore. Depending on what you planted you may not be ready to start harvesting your goods for a few weeks, but we thought we would share a few ideas of what to do with your plants when...

What the hygge?

Like avocado toast and geods, the Danish concept of  hygge has been growing in popularity with no signs of slowing down. It's appearing everywhere from how-to books to interior design collections and Instagram accounts (at the time of writing there are 2,033,609 posts with #hygge).We might have a general idea of what it means, maybe a quick glance at the back of a book on the hygge display at Chapters let you know it's inclusive of coziness and a feeling of well-being with a side of thick socks. Sounds lovely, no? Unlike when a 'thing' becomes popular (think of off-the-shoulder tops),...

In the garden: assemble with style

In design, it's all for nought if it doesn't look good.There are many parallels between creating indoor and outdoor spaces-- how we look at colour, texture, sight-lines, and functionality can be applied to herbs and grasses in the same way as they are to architecture and wall colours.  Gardens (from a single pot to a large yard) are a visual feature, thus they are another opportunity to showcase your style.Last week, our first “In the Garden” post was a pep talk encouraging you to start/revitalize green spaces big and small around the home. Maybe over the last few days you...

Our Designer ‘Eat Pray Love’ Moment

Our Designer 'Eat Pray Love' Moment [caption id="attachment_6592" align="alignleft" width="865"] Meet April Tidey[/caption]Every once in a while you meet someone who shakes up your preconceptions and makes you see possibilities you had not even considered. So was my meeting with Vancouver Interior Designer, April Tidey. I have never met anyone like her before, and feel so grateful for the introduction by our friend Heather Ross.Brooke and I, along with Heather Ross of Natural Eclectic, went on a reconnaissance trip to Los Cabos to lay the groundwork for doing a photography course in this beautiful seaside desert.[caption id="attachment_6554" align="alignleft" width="1024"] The trailer...

Discovering Colour, Inspired by Nature

Last weekend we packed our studio with material samples, inspiring objects, and a gorgeous floral bouquet or two in preparation for our sold out workshop "Discovering Colour: Nature as Your Guide". For this workshop, Brooke and Tina had the pleasure of collaborating with the multi-talented Heather Ross to take our participants deep into into the world of colour and coach them on how to look critically at colour and how to develop harmonious palettes for their design projects.  Armed with delicious snacks and a steady supply of coffee (many thanks to Bigsby the Bakehouse!) our participants floated through an afternoon...

Alt Summit in Palm Springs

Alt Summit in Palm SpringsAs our time in Palm Springs comes to a close I am reflecting back on all we have seen and learned this last week at Alt Summit. Alt Summit is mainly a women’s entrepreneurial/bloggers conference that caught our attention a few years back after Tina took some online Alt courses. For the last several years it has been held in Salt Lake city but this year they changed it up and it was held in Palm Springs. The premise of the conference is to bring women together to support and network and connect about their businesses and share...

My Year of De-cluttering, Styling, Selling, Downsizing, Moving and Renovating

My Year of De-cluttering, Styling, Selling, Downsizing, Moving and Renovating Holy Cow what a year I have had! I finally feel ready to share how this whole saga went down. As many of you know, Graham and I decided the time was right to downsize. Not just to reduce our house size, but also the size of our debt, our overhead - our whole operation. We sat down one day and realized there was way more to life than what we were doing. We were almost completely submerged in maintaining our house, managing complex work situations, coping with our (great but...