Birthday Getaway

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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 … [Read more...]

I Heart Kate Spade + Things We Love Giveaway

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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 … [Read more...]

Christmas Decorating and Ideas Project E-book

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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 … [Read more...]

Nate Berkus for Target

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 … [Read more...]

Satori’s Blogiversary + Giveaway Event {Day Five}

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  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, b … [Read more...]

What Are You Reading This Summer?

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Did you read Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert? Sometimes I'm a little late jumping on a book train, and in this case, a lot late. Yesterday I finished the book and I have to say that, although she lost me at times (perhaps even bored me), there were some parts I found compelling and others that really resonated with me.   Isn't that what life is all about? If everything was exciting and earth shattering all the time, wouldn't … [Read more...]

Rearranging for Simplicity {Everyday Made Easy}

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I was reading Julie Morgenstern's book Organizing From the Inside Out and I came to the realization that, although my home is quite organized, there were many changes I needed to make. I've always had the idea that 'like' needed to be grouped with 'like'. Julie challenges this notion with her smart, but obvious suggestion of putting things away where you need to use them. Sounds simple enough, but when I thought about the daily tasks and … [Read more...]

Beverly Hills, Inventori and a Book Launch

Tori Spelling's celebraTORI Book

Although I only took a little more than a week off, I can't believe the amount of catching up I have to do. I decided before I left on my trip to California that I was going to be present in the moment and really enjoy my time away. I only checked my email a couple times, did one blog post about taking a break, and barely touched social media. It's not that I was feeling the need to leave it all behind, but I've found in the past that a little … [Read more...]

Giveaway Winner {Welcome Home}

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Happy Sunday! We have had a beautiful sunny weekend so far and I've enjoyed spending time outside after being cooped up in my office most of the week. Yesterday we ran around the city looking at lighting, furniture, wine fridges and other items for our basement renovation (can't wait to show you what we've selected). Today I think it will be low key with plans to watch the Superbowl game and get caught up on the mountain of laundry! This week … [Read more...]

Welcome Home eBook Giveaway

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Whenever I come across a fantastic resource written by someone who has not only talked the talk, but also walked the walk, I feel the need to share it with you. Do you remember Shannon of {aka}|design? She was part of my Designer Challenge series a few months ago, where she put together an amazing mood board for a study. Since then, Shannon has finished writing her first book titled Welcome Home. Having read this book cover to cover, I can say … [Read more...]

What’s in a Name?

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People ask me all the time where the word “satori” came from in my business name. It’s a word that is used very little in the English language and it isn’t related to anyone I know. Although it has its roots in Zen, its relevance to me comes from a journey I took to finally launch my business in 2008. A few years back I was reading a book and the word “satori” was introduced to me. At that time in my life I was at a crossroads in my career. … [Read more...]