Birthday Getaway

Hello! It has been a bit of a whirl wind this month, and I must apologize for the scattered posts. As many of you know, it took me a couple of weeks to recuperate from a terrible flu I had over Christmas. That meant delaying project plans and so much more. On Thursday, I had to put everything on hold once again (not complaining) to partake in a surprise getaway my husband planned for my birthday. Yes, it was very sweet and thoughtful of him (just like this cake he came home with on Wednesday night)!


Birthday Cake


All I knew ahead of time was it involved flying somewhere in Canada (the only option as my passport expired- oops!) and to pack nice clothes. Leading up, I tried to find out a little more (take a bathing suit? need a parka?), but all he’d talk about was the motel (say what?), checking the weather report for Manitoba (knowing it was super cold there), that sort of thing- ha ha, not funny! Finally, when we checked in at the airport, I read ‘Vancouver’ on my ticket and was super excited (and relieved)!

We stayed at the Opus hotel in Yaletown. I’ve stayed there before on a business trip around five years ago, but who knew my husband was actually listening when I said I wanted to go back! If you’ve never been, it’s worth the splurge (at least for a night or two). We were greeted with champagne at check in and a double chocolate cake in our room (my husband told them we were coming to celebrate my birthday). The continental breakfast was one of the best we’ve had, and I couldn’t get enough of the heated tile floor in the bathroom (we are so getting that in our next house). Simple things like a bathroom stocked with L’Occitane products, as well as a fresh water carafe and candy on the nightstand at turndown service won me over. I could get used to that kind of lifestyle!


billy-superior-room- Opus Vancouver


Located across from the hotel is one of my favorite home decor and lifestyle shops, The Cross.


The Cross in Yaletown
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I Heart Kate Spade + Things We Love Giveaway

While in California last week (and whenever else I can), I visited one of my favorite designer shops, Kate Spade New York. Kate’s style can be described as bold, colorful, and geometric, being predominantly known for her her signature green and love of polka dots. Kate’s career may have kicked off with handbags, but she’s branched out into jewelry, clothing, stationery, home decor and more. Oh yes!


Last time I was in California, I picked up a gorgeous blue-green wallet and I’ve been wanting a fun new handbag ever since. It’s so hard to make a choice, especially since I know I won’t be back for a while (we don’t have a store in western Canada and shipping/duty costs from the US can be exorbitant). Eventually, after much pondering, I decided on a green leather shoulder bag (similar to this one below). And even better yet, I got it on sale!


Kate Spade Fresh Air Wallet

Kate Spade Green Handbag
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Christmas Decorating and Ideas Project E-book

As you may recall, a couple weeks ago I participated in a Christmas project blog hop thanks to Shannon from AKA Design. I had so much fun getting to know the other fantastic bloggers partaking in this series, and was inspired by all the amazing creativity. Projects like fun faux taxidermy ornaments, pretty spring snowflake ornaments, and a unique garland made from office supply materials are only a few.

As promised, Shannon compiled our holiday ornament and decor tutorials into one book, and I’m so happy to be able to share it with you!

DIY Christmas Ornaments and Decor Digital Download (PDF)


To download your free digital copy, simply click on the image above to get to the PDF and save (or right click the image and save).

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Nate Berkus for Target

Did you know Nate Berkus has a new line available at Target? Although Target isn’t coming to Calgary until 2013, I occasionally order items online and always try to stop in the store when we’re down South. It’s a fantastic source for inexpensive home decor and storage solutions.



Since Nate’s days on Oprah and the (too-short-lived in my opinion) Nate Berkus Show, I’ve been an admirer of his work. This week I was excited to finally be able to take a look at his new collection online, and it definitely doesn’t disappoint.

I love these decorative boxes, perfect on a console by the front door to hold keys or on a bedroom dresser to contain everything from “his” pockets.

If you’re looking to update your bathroom decor, Nate’s collection of towels, rugs and accessories will definitely do the trick. That diamond bath rug may have to come home with me!

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Satori’s Blogiversary + Giveaway Event {Day Five}


Welcome to Day 5 of Satori’s Blogiversary Event! Today is the final giveaway and it comes from me! I’m certain there’s a part of your home that could use a little freshening, and that’s where the Satori Refresh My Nest prize pack comes in.

So what does it entail?

Firstly, the winner will get to select one room in the house that needs a little help (we’re talking a decorating job, not a major overhaul). It could be a laundry room, bedroom, front entrance or whatever room one’s little heart desires.

After seeing photos and gathering info, I will create a mood board like the one below that includes decor item suggestions to freshen up the space. I will also include a written plan for pulling it all together.


In addition, the same winner will get a copy of one of my favorite home inspiration books, Decorate, by Holly Becker.

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