Breville Smart Waffle Maker Review

I won't tell you how many waffle makers I've owned or used in my lifetime, nor the amount of waffles I've consumed. To tell you would open myself up to being made fun of, and being asked if I am the president of the "I Love Waffles" fan club. Instead, I'll just say that I know a thing or two about what makes a waffle makers (and waffles) stand out from the rest. … [Read more...]

Top Ways to Prepare Your Home for Future Overnight Guests

It's expensive enough living in Vancouver to live in a one bedroom or bachelor apartment—a two bedroom place is practically unheard of. Strangely enough, most Vancouver apartments have fairly large bedrooms. I find this a bit annoying because I spend so much of my time in the main room—which is a combination space. The main room is my office, studio, dining room, living room and kitchen. If I have a couple staying over, or if my mom or dad ever came to stay, I would give them my bedroom and … [Read more...]

5 Places to Find Items to Upcycle

Upcycling is taking something or group of things that previously served one function and turning it/them in to something else. Remember that episode of Friends where Rachel kept bringing items home to the apartment she shared with Phoebe and lied to her about where they came from? They were all from Pottery Barn, but Rachel lied and said they were from a second hand store. Remember it? Anyone? Anyone? Anyway, what I'm getting at is—unless you want your place to look like page 25 of the … [Read more...]

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Vanity DIY Project

Or: How I Turned a Free Desk in to a Charming Vanity Getting dressed and ready to the leave the house in the morning always seems like a hectic rush. With different things I need to get ready in various locations, not a lot of time to feel "put-together", and limited patients, I end up stressed and panicked-feeling. Having a vanity with plenty of storage for my most-needed accessories and makeup has made a huge difference in my morning routine. Last year, I re-decorated my vanity. I … [Read more...]

Recipes for Delicious Kitchens from IKEA

The kitchen section at my local IKEA store is one of my favourites. I love wandering around in there, checking out the different cabinet and countertop options, and imagining myself cooking in the display kitchens from IKEA. There are so many options available when thinking about designing a kitchen and IKEA definitely has a lot of tips and expert advice online and from their sales staff in the stores. I get that designing a kitchen cam be challenging, but IKEA makes it a lot easier. Check … [Read more...]

Summer Candlelight Dinner Ideas from CB2

Cooler summer evenings are perfect for a candlelight dinner. I love these ideas from CB2 on how to create a fun, summery evening party.  … [Read more...]

7 Affordable Ways to Add Style to Your Bathroom

You don't have to break the bank to add a little personality to your bathroom. Here are just seven ways to bring some pizzazz to the space that are also simple and cost-effective. … [Read more...]

Book Recommendation: A Colorful Home

It's easy to make a home look like it flows, works well together, and as if it an interior designer stepped in to help you put everything together if you start with a theme. I'm not talking about something crazy, like a Victorian theme or a Georgian theme. One of my favourite things to do is work around a colour scheme. It makes it so much easier to coordinate furniture, accessories, and fixed elements, when you have certain colours to work with. Since I live in an apartment that I rent, one … [Read more...]

Home Décor that Inspires Adventure

I love to surround myself with things that have positive messages, inspire me to reach for my goals and install a sense of adventure in my life. On top of having vision boards, inspiring quotes and pictures around my home, I have found that my latest home décor addition–stone coasters from Zazzle.com–inspires adventure. Every time I put down or pick up a cup or glass from atop one of the 4 stone coasters I have, I see something that symbolizes freedom and adventure (to me): hot air balloons. … [Read more...]

How to Put Together a Beautiful and Inspiring Vanity on a Budget #BDFL2015

When someone challenges me to create something on a budget, I get very serious about it. People often think that decorating a space is very costly, so they make do with what they have, even though they really don't like the way it makes them feel. I got my creative juices flowing recently, when I was tasked to spend only $150 to redecorate a space for the New Year. One of the things I do every morning is get ready (think makeup and finishing touches on my hair) for the day ahead. Having a … [Read more...]