I hope you have some fun plans lined up this weekend! We had a kid-free trip to Portland (all kinds of awesome!) last weekend. But things like that go way too fast, so I’m glad there’s another weekend here already! I just thought I’d pop in to share a couple of the fun things that are happening here…
I’ve been working with raw wool lately, and the above pic shows the result. I love how it changes the look of the juju. If you are hoping to see one hanging on your wall after Christmas you can send your special someone over to the shop!
Also, I am super excited to announce that I am now working with Houzz as a monthly contributor for their Product Picks! I’ll be showing you 20 of my top products from around the web. If you haven’t heard of Houzz before, it is currently the largest home design destination on the web, with over 15 million visitors a month! The site is loaded with inspiration, so I’m thrilled to be a part of it! You can see my Ideabooks here. I’d love to know if you are on Houzz!
How is your week going so far? Life has definitely had its ups and downs over here lately, so it’s nice to receive emails that give me a boost. Today I thought I’d share that EQ3 asked me to be their ‘Blogger of the Month’ for October! I love this Canadian company, so of course I jumped at the chance! Over the course of the month I have posted on the EQ3 FB page, and you can pop over to the EQ3 Inhabit blog post where I share more pictures of our latest kitchen addition, the Connick Pendant. What a treat it is to have hanging over our table! It is exactly what I’ve been searching for, simple & beautiful!
And, of course, everyone loves a Before & After, so I couldn’t resist sharing one including our latest addition!
Thanks for having me EQ3!
The Vancouver Home + Design Show is celebrating 30 years! And to help us celebrate with them, they have given me a pair of tickets to the show to pass on to you! And to sweeten the deal, Urban Barn is throwing in a $100 Gift Certificate! Yes, free shopping money people!
I will draw one name from the comments here on the blog next Friday. And yes, if you Tweet about this giveaway you will get a second entry, and if you share on FB you will get a third chance, as long as you leave comments here telling me that you did those things! So all you need to do is…
ENTER TO WIN!
Have a great weekend!
UPDATE: The contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone that entered! I have emailed the winner…
I thought I’d start the week off with some exciting news! (exciting for me at least!) I was invited to attend a party in this beautiful backyard last year, and the party has made its way into this months (May issue) of Style at Home Magazine! I didn’t want to say anything until I had a copy of the magazine in my hands and saw it for myself, and now that I have I thought I’d share some behind the scenes pictures of the night that you won’t see in the magazine… so here goes!
I’ve been to many parties since starting my blog, between media events and blogger meet ups, but this one will forever be a highlight. My friend Tracey Ayton is the amazing photographer behind all the photos for the article, and she also happens to be the owner of this lovely home! Our friend, and talented interior designer, Karla Amadatsu styled the backyard for the event and cooked up an amazing meal for all of us to enjoy. It was a beautiful evening, thanks to all their hard work, and I am so happy that I was able to be a part of it. I couldn’t resist taking some pictures on the sly with my iPhone at the end of the evening just to capture the moment.
You can see Danielle, Karla, Victoria, Stephanie and Andrea in the pictures above, but also at the event were Barbara, Lily, Sheila, Carol, Colleen, Sari, Amanda, Michelle, and Nancy. An amazing group of talented women, that I’m happy to call friends.
Photo Credits: Top (cover) & Middle, Tracey Ayton. Bottom two, Rosa Pearson.
Well, it’s been a busy week for media events, with two store openings back to back! On Wednesday night I was invited to take a peek at the new Bouclair Home store in Coquitlam, and I couldn’t resist sharing some of the goodies that followed me home. The store was full of pillows, curtains, baskets, etc, but it was the little things that caught my eye that night.
I found this small ceramic bird in the kids section, but I personally think he’s more of an all ages kind of bird. I love him. And really, with a blog named Flutter Flutter, how could I not? No, the Tivoli radio was not from Bouclair… but it will be his new perch. I guess that makes him a bit of a song bird? The other ceramic piece is perfect for serving crackers or a baguette at the next family dinner. I think the little handle holes are great!
I was really excited to see the slate serving tray in a variety of shapes and sizes. I’ve been keeping my eye out for one since I first saw them used by a food stylist as a backdrop in a photo shoot. Food looks really pretty on them, as do ceramic birds! Down the aisle were these slate coasters, and I plan on filling up that empty wine glass sitting atop them tonight! Jason has been away on business all week, and he’s flying back into town today! Happy Friday indeed! Bring on the weekend! I can already smell those Saturday morning pancakes…
I was invited for a sneak preview of British Columbia’s first Marshalls store on Tuesday night. Great brand names, combined with great prices, made for a great time shopping with some of my blog friends! Tracey, Danielle, Janis, Jan and I all bumped into each other while scoping out the shoe section. There were actually shoes large enough for my size 11 feet! Thank you Marshalls!
For the event, local fashion expert Luisa Rino put together these four mood boards above, showing her take on the distinct neighbourhood styles of Vancouver. (I love the Guess shoes in the Gastown board, with the faux tiger print inside.) I’m curious what kind of board she would put together for suburbia? Hmm. Wherever you’re located, the Grand Opening of Marshalls is on today, so now you can shop too! Enjoy!
Located at: 8137 Ontario Street (at Marine Drive) in Vancouver
Photo Credit: Rosa Pearson, Jeff Vinnick. Mood Boards: Luisa Rino
We had a lot of fun in the snow last week, and I’m missing it, so I’m looking forward to taking the boys sledding and to snowboarding lessons next week! I may even strap on some skis myself!
Do you like my attempt at a winter garden? There are six cabbage plants hidden under the snow too, but I’m guessing the likelihood that they are still alive is quite low. It was a lot more fun to run outside and grab kale for my morning shake when it was summertime! Brr!
If you have a moment, be sure to pop over to Rambling Renovators to check out Jen’s “Great Reads 2012″ today. I’m thrilled to be included on her list! Have a great weekend everyone!
The pictures above show some of the moments that have been happening over here lately:
- This cute container held yummy treats from The Last Crumb from West Elm Market. How cute is that sweet little gingerbread house!
- What did party hosts do before Pinterest inspiration!? That’s where Jamie saw this Christmas tree veggie tray idea!
- I’ve been emailing out Printable Holiday Gift Tags this week… thanks for all of your orders!
- This is how the boys looked when they saw Santa this year. I picked them up early from school on the day of the Newtown tragedy, let them choose what they wanted to wear, and spent the afternoon enjoying them. Dressing up just didn’t feel important this year. I’m so happy that today is the start of two weeks off from school!
I want to take a moment to wish you all a wonderful Christmas season. I hope that your holidays are full of love and laughter with your family and friends. I also want to say a big thank you for visiting me here over the last year. I appreciate your comments and support so much!
PS – I’m over at Recreated sharing one of our family’s favourite Christmas traditions today, in case you’re curious.
I was so excited to attend the Grand Opening for my friend’s new store in Abbotsford on Friday night. Spruce Collective is the bricks + mortar collaboration between Elisa of Home Sweet Nest, Jessica of Trove Vintage Rentals & Handmade Affairs, Kevi of Twig Home, Monica of Red Wicker and Lily of Birch + Bird. A huge congratulations to all of you on a fabulous job!
Lily and I met almost two years ago, when we were both pretty new to blogging, and it has been great getting to know her better! It’s been fabulous to witness the success of her blog, and now this beautiful store! I love it when genuinely nice, talented people succeed!
How cool is the little nook for the kids! They know what makes moms happy!
The store is filled with beautiful vignettes, and all sorts of treasures, not to mention a big room at the back for classes! You can see more pics on their site, or better yet, stop by and see it for yourself!
I had the pleasure of spending a couple of hours with other media people at Indigo’s Fall Holiday Preview at the Cactus Club Cafe today. Would you like a sneak peak at what’s to come? Well, here you go!
Someone did an amazing job styling all the beautiful items on display! I’d love it if they’d come hang out at my house and work their magic.
And guest of honor, Chef Feenie, he kept us nibbling on his wonderful creations as we wandered around. He was kind enough to pose for a picture with his new cookbook, Rob Feenie’s Casual Classics, Everyday Recipes for Family and Friends. I’m looking forward to making his Leek, Tomato and Garlic soup!
It feels good to blog about the upcoming holiday season in the middle of a heat wave… somehow I feel a little bit cooler now.
PS – If you follow me on Twitter you’ve already seen my other #IndigoFaves!
Photo Credits: Rosa Pearson