shiny things syndrome

Shiny Things Syndrome

I, Autumn Hachey… have shiny things syndrome. What may you ask is that? It’s really, wanting to do all the things.

The internet is BUSY. biiiizay. And there are so many amazing shiny things on the internet. You can literally learn anything. The internet does a great job at for lack of a better term, inundating you with inspiration, ideas, things to do, watch, learn, join. (And lots of the time they are awesome things!)

On any given day there’s thousands of masterclasses, hundreds of private Facebook groups, books, webinars, printable worksheets, courses, challenges.

And I, self admittedly, am a bit of a.. course collector?? LOL.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever joined a challenge, bought a course or a book..or printed out a downloadable workbook.. and then proceeded to actually do none of it?

I have actually spent real money on online courses that I have never even opened.

And why? WHYYYY is this?

Failure to plan my time. Overwhelmed. Too much choice. And always wanting the next shiniest thing. That new nugget of knowledge. And this infamous idea that.. “I’ll do this later, in my spare time.”




Please tell me more about this magical thing you call, Spare Time. Spare time, sheeeeeeesh, I feel like I don’t have ANY time, much less SPARE time. Why is that? Connor Franta said it pretty well in his book Note to Self:

“WHY IS EVERYONE IN SUCH A DAMN HURRY? Why the constant rush? Why are people always running late? Who will die if that email isn’t answered in moving traffic? Can we just sit down, breathe, and enjoy a minor pause for like, two minutes? I just don’t get it. I feel like time has increasingly become like currency in today’s world, and everyone around me seems to be going broke, at warp speed. A mass poverty of patience is leading to giving less attention to the things that really matter: being present in the moment, actively participating in social interactions without distractions from our devices, and actually listening to one another, really listening.”

Well said Connor. If you are a modern day hustling creative chicka like I am.. Whether we would like to admit it or not, spare time is a thing of the past. Time.. has turned itself into the most valuable asset you have. Time is precious. And you need to MAKE time,  and plan for the things you want to accomplish, if you want to accomplish them.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned through years producing magazines and developing content strategies, it’s that planning is vital to success. While Deadlines, schedules and work backs may not sound super sexy,  having a clear vision, a path, and a plan will help you ACTUALLY achieve your goals. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind without poking your head up to see the whole picture. When I’m goal planning I love to see a holistic view at everything I want to accomplish, and when.

So, that said.. As I start to put pen to paper plan my 2018 goals, there’s a few main tactics I’m using to make sure my goals are not just “resolutions” that will fall to the wayside. I’m making actionable plans that span the whole year and I’m road mapping exactly how I am going to make them happen. Here are a few guiding principles I’ll be following to make these dreams a reality!


What is most important to me? If family is an important core value to me, then the same way I plan out a holistic marketing strategy, I need to plan out family time- or it just won’t happen. For me, I want to have my goals span past business. I want a rounded out set of goals that also take into consideration my relationships, my friends, my family, and my health and wellness among other things.


Okay, you know what your core values are. You know what is important to you. Now, is when you need to focus. What are those big bets. What is that shining star? If you’re like me.. you will want to say yes to lots of things. You might be tempted by shiny new courses on the internet. You might start 8 things and finish none. The key here, is focus and discipline. Will this new course/book/etc help propel you towards your ultimate goals? Or is is just another thing on your plate cluttering your mind from focusing on your goals? Have discipline. Finish what you start. Do things thoroughly. Stop skimming. Dive deep. Immerse yourself. Carve the time out, and hand over your attention.

3: PLAN:

Everything needs a plan. Just like you can’t renovate your kitchen, or launch a brand without a plan, the same goes for goal setting.

It’s a goal to “get fit”.

It’s a strategy to: hire a trainer, get a gym membership, make weekly meal plans, track your macros, set a gym schedule, follow the gym schedule, and track your progress in an app.

And it all starts from reverse engineering the “big goal idea” into bite size, actionable steps you can take to get there.


And while strategy is great and very necessary, more so then that is actually.. yup, the hardest part: Putting your head down and actually doing the work.


This is one I am not always the best at, but is definitely important. Tracking your progress, staying on top of your goals, and celebrating your tiny victories!

What is your biggest juiciest dreamiest goal this year? 

Home + Design

Have Yourself A Vintage Little Christmas

Deco the Halls! For all my loyal readers, you’re probably wondering.. Autumn, where you been? And for all you new folk who stumbled over to this holiday creative.. welcome! So happy you’re here. Well, a lot has changed in the past couple months. A. Lot. Like.. I don’t know, first and foremost— We moved! Not only did we move, we moved from our humble basement apartment, into an absolutely heart-string pulling main floor apartment in Parkdale. Remember when I used to fantasize about having space with light, and high ceilings? Well, my prayers were answered and here we are. We moved in November 1st and it’s been a bit of a dream come true. And yes, we did pop champagne the day we moved, as promised ;). Our apartment size pretty much quadrupled so it’s going to take us some time to really make it feel and look like home.. but, we’ve managed to pull together the cutest dang dining nook I think I’ve ever seen (possibly biased). The day we moved in I decided I wanted to pull together a little team to shoot my first creative in the new space..I’m very proud of our little team and am so thankful to everyone who made the time.  So, without further ado, I present our totally non-traditional Vintage Christmas holiday soiree below.



Originally when I was moodboarding I knew I wanted the tablescape to feel moody with dark rouges, mustard yellows and orange tones. After seeing everything in place with my vintage pink cantilever dining chairs— I knew immediately I wanted to ground the setting with contrasting deep green matte plates. How lovely is pink and green? I found matching green candlesticks at Yummi candles and paired them with thrifted brass candlesticks (always grab these when you see them!) I went fairly simple with the plate settings, opting for a clementine and a sprig of seeded eucalyptus. An icelandic sheepskin throw just makes the space feel cozy and hygge.





Believe it or not, this was really my first attempt ever at floral arranging. Having a dining table is a brand new luxury for Bo and I as our last apartment didn’t have the space for it. (Which was also the driving force behind me wanting to really polish off this space first!) I’m pretty smitten with my Bower chandelier from West Elm. I think it is a perfect dash of Art Deco. And of course, as my friend Lauren says.. You know you’ve made it when you have a marble top tulip table ;). This table was definitely a splurge for us but I think at this point in our lives we’ve outgrown disposable furniture and are really ready to start investing in high quality pieces that will stand the test of time. I am a huge advocate of mixing high and low, as you’ll see throughout the shoot, many of the details peppered in are vintage finds.DSCF2724

 A big perk of moving downtown is that I am now neighbours with Aleshia. Aleshia writes over at Less with Bread and she created this delicious Winter panzanella salad for the spread.
Autumn Hachey Blog Aleshia Pinto
Autumn Hachey Blog Have Yourself a Vintage Little Christmas


My apartment is truly an eclectic mixture of the eras, and I feel my style is as well. I wanted to unleash my inner velvet-suit wearing vintage pin up so I made my way over to Parlour Salon to have my hair styled in 40’s waves. We actually created a video so you can see the whole process. Katie from Beyond looks is my go-to makeup artist, ALWAYS. This girl knows my face like the back of her hand and she nailed the sassy vintage vibe I was going for.

(Ps, be sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel, there will be a lot more coming down the pipelines on Youtube in 2018!)



Our circle brass barcart is stocked with almost all thrifted and vintage barware. I found some new favourite shops earlier this year when I was at the Leslieville Flea. (Like how amazing is that set of brass coups and the matching decanter from Fat Daschshund?).. A lot of the other barware on the top is from my weekly trips to the Salvation army. And, if you haven’t heard yet.. I spontaneously decided to open up my very own vintage shop, Make Moves Vintage. It’s where you’ll find that special piece for when you quit your job, cut your hair, get a tattoo, move to the West end, and …open up your own vintage shop. ;).



I was obsessed with these brass Palm Tree candlestick holders as soon as I saw them. They may be something that lives on the mantel past the holidays. For the wreath, I made it myself using a giant brass hoop from Lens Mills. I used real flowers for this wreath and made it the night before the shoot.. in the future I might lean more towards beautiful faux flowers so it can last well past the holiday season. For the greenery, I went with traditional pine and a mixture of eucalyptus. We secured it using some small pieces of wire attached to removable hooks.





And what’s a holiday creative without a delicious charcuterie board? Aleshia put this board together with charcuterie, whipped ricotta, herb crostini with chestnut honey.

Anchored by a stunning agate platter, and adorned with beautiful agate handled knives, it almost looks too good to eat…. Almost. (It was delicious). 

Thank you so much for reading. I’m so excited to be sharing more decor and styled creatives in my new space — so stay tuned. Happy holidays!


PHOTOGRAPHER: Kassandra Dekoning

MAKEUP:  Beyond Looks Makeup

HAIR:  Katie from Parlour Salon

FOOD & FOOD STYLING: Less with Bread




Brass mirror (Vintage), Dining Chairs (Vintage) , Marble Top Tulip Table, Icelandic sheepskin throw, Brass Vase, Mustard Glassware (Vintage) Matte Green Plates, Brass Candlesticks (Vintage), Green candles, Brass Flatware, Gold Rimmed Coups (Vintage), Barcart, Faux Fur Stockings, Green Trees, Pink sherbet glasses (Vintage), Glass Pitcher (Vintage), Gold rimmed champagne flutes (Vintage), Brass Matchstick Holder (Vintage), Ceramic Leopard (His name is Jackson-Vintage), Bower Chandelier, Four Blocks Serving Bowl, Green Velvet Pant Suit, Burgundy Bralet, Brass Palm Tree Candlesticks, Astin Sofa, Green and Brass Tray, Coffee Table (Custom), Mustard Pintuck Cushion, Marble + Wood cutting board (Homesense), Agate platterAgate cheese knives,

GET A ROOM: Hotels, Home + Design, Travel

GET A ROOM: Lynne Knowlton’s Treehouse Retreat


Where the drinks are strong, and the wifi is weak.

YES.. You read the title correctly. It says treehouse. TREE HOUSE. Lynne’s treehouse retreat has been at the top of my “must stay at” list for as long as I can remember. (Actually, one of my first blog posts on this blog over two years ago- was a roundup of five must-see boutique hotels in Ontario.. and Lynne’s retreat was part of that very list.)

I had some pretty high expectations coming to the retreat as there is quite a fair bit of hype around the space. Well folks, Lynne’s meticulously crafted little retreat far surpasses the Instagram hype. Every inch of space has been thoughtfully considered and every detail is impeccable. From the soaring reclaimed beam ceilings in the cabin (using reclaimed wood from an old barn that had a tornado run through it) all the way down to the intricately patterned hinges that secure the ladder to the floor- the space is oozing with character and layers upon layers of warmth, texture and Anthroplogie-esque eclectic style. (Might I add.. Even Lynne’s MAILBOX on the way up her driveway has board and batten!)

It’s like jumping into a hand knit sweater crafted by your great grandma during a bonfire with all your closest friends and family on Christmas morning whilst drinking a freshly brewed cup of coffee.

I recently read: The Little Book of Hygge– and it really made a big impact on me. In a nutshell, Hygge is the Danish ritual of enjoying life’s simple pleasures. Friends. Family. Graciousness It’s all about appreciating the little things. Enjoying slowness, being cozy, lighting candles, and entertaining company. I think Lynne’s retreat would impress any Dane as it encompasses all the most hyggelig characteristics.

I stayed over with my Mom and we had the best time unwinding, snuggling up and watching movies/laughing into the night. We were pretty much Gilmore girls. We wanted to get the FULL experience, so we spent one night in the treehouse, and the second night in the cabin. Spoiler: They were both  fantastic. 

The Treehouse:

If you didn’t day dream about having your very own treehouse as a kid, we can’t be friends. I was such a fort-fanatic. I loved the idea of having my own fort, and I had tonnes. I had a lean to once made out of sticks in the yard (but we were unfortunately evicted by bees).. I had a bunk-bed turned playhouse.. that I FULLY furnished with a china cabinet and carpets.. (Also evicted, this time by earwigs in my fancy ass rug).. I even had a stint as the proud owner of a chicken coop fort.. which saw a similar demise to my other forts.. but never a tree fort. Lynne’s treehouse is like all of my childhood dreams come true, but possibly better because my imaginary tree forts didn’t have their own SLIDES?! (Whaaaaaaaat!)

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset


Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset


Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Our tooshies were kept warm by a genuine wood fireplace that we had to stoke ourselves. What a cool experience. The sights, smells, VIBE.. everything about the treehouse is so picturesque, relaxing and just overall heart warming. Waking up in a cozy loft, peering out into pine trees, heading down the ladder to brew some coffee.. there’s nothing like it.

The Cabin:

In addition to the treehouse, there is also a cabin. It’s such a great little retreat for two couples to enjoy as one couple can have the treehouse and the other can stay in the cabin. The cabin is spacious, light, bright, and where the eggs are made ;). With a fully functioning kitchen, stocked with all of your essentials.. the cabin is where we would meet up for brekkie and stretch out with books on the sofabed.

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset







Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset


Screen Shot 2017-11-06 at 9.50.29 AM


I think the railings along the top loft are one of my favourite details. That, alongside the vintage door from an old bank. One thing that really stuck with me was Lynne’s ability to effortlessly mix old and new. So many items were upgraded with a simple swipe of white paint, but just exuded luxury.


Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Screen Shot 2017-11-07 at 1.35.14 PM

And if you thought the washrooms couldn’t be as beautiful as the rest of the property- you’re wrong. I would pay rent to live in the washroom by myself if Lynne would let me. Imagine a SPA in a forest. That is LaTreen.

We squeezed our trip into the very end of Lynne’s season so we didn’t get a chance to experience everything that the property has to offer due to weather. (Uhmmm, like the hanging chairs, the hammock, the pool, the airstream.. the list is never ending.) If you live in Ontario (And even if you don’t!).. This place should seriously be at the tip-top of your bucket list. A great romantic getaway, a little girls-vacay, a couples retreat.. or in my case, a Gilmore Girls weekend with Mama bear + plenty of Jackson Triggs.. whatever your affliction- make your way to the treehouse, you will not regret it!


Home + Design

My first Apartment Therapy Article is Live!


This gal right here is now a contributing writer to one of her favourite websites ever. Say whaaaaat!

Just popping in to share my first article.

In today’s modern homes, open floor plans are common. True they have a lot of appeal but, when you knock down walls and merge the kitchen with the rest of the home, you then have an equally modern problem: what to do with the reverse side of your cabinetry or — now more frequently —the kitchen island facing the living or dining room. Put a little bit of extra care and attention to your kitchen’s “backside”, and add an entirely new and unexpected element. It’s also a smart way to boost storage and function, making the most out of your space.

I’ve rounded up a few of the best ways to transform your island into a hard-working piece of furniture that not only looks great, but also works with your lifestyle. Catch the full article here:

Baby Got Back: Adding Style & Storage to Your Kitchen Island’s Backside

+ cheer for me ‘cuz this is cool af.


Img via: Sarah Sherman Samuel