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Mc’Valentine’s Day

Happpppy Valentine’s Day!

I think tradition is so important, and adds that extra little sparkle to every day life. Having something to look forward to experiencing year after year. Well.. have I got a cute tradition for you! I have shared this story in past years- but now that we’ve moved into our dream apartment #OurBadassMainfloor– this year is the first time  ever in our dating history- we have our own dining table to eat at! 

So, let me get into the story!

Firstly, this year will be our 13th Valentine’s Day together (seriously!). We started dating waaaaay back in highschool when we were in grade 10.. Aka, 14 years old! (Legit, MSN status couple. *~LoVe Ya~*)

So, when Bo asked me what I wanted to do for Valentine’s Day, I answered as any 14 year old girl would. McDonald’s- Duh.

He told me to meet him at his place after school so his parents could drive us a town over to grab our Micky D’s.. but when I got to his place, his parents van was gone so I was a little confused.. I knocked on the door and Bo answered it… He had the kitchen decked out full on with roses, a tablecloth, candles, and sitting on the table in fancy dinnerware.. our McDonald’s. He even had a bottle of Pepsi upside down in a wine cooler. And as if that wasn’t enough, once dinner was done.. Mcflurries.. hidden in the freezer in fancy sundae glasses.

This guy.

SO.. every few years, tradition takes over and it’s a “McDonald’s Year”.. This year, is one of those years- where we break out the candles, pour some champagne, and eat burgers and junior chickens. We decided it would be great to finally document our little tradition so we invited my friend and incredible photographer Scarlet O’Neill over to capture the memories for us.

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Thanks for reading! Now go smooch someone and tell them you love them, over a big mac ;).

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Art + Creativity, Home + Design

A Whimsical Valentines Day Soiree

Please tell me what is more fun than gathering a couple of gals, breaking open the rose, and filling your apartment with balloons? (not much if you ask me)..

I recently met Joelle and Sabrina one day at Love Child Social– a new and upcoming coworking space for entrepreneurs + creatives. We hit it off chatting about the industry, blogging, and of course.. thrift shopping. *wink* & soon after began planning a way to collaborate together.

When Joelle mentioned the idea of a whimsical Valentine’s Day shoot- I jumped on board and offered up #OurBadassMainfloor as the location. It was the perfect backdrop for literally, hundreds of balloons, flowers, and the most stunning dresses from Honey.

I mentioned in a recent Instagram post how wild it is that Instagram is literally like a second little world. Full of creative people you may have otherwise never met in your lifetime. As much as Instagram gets a bad rap (and believe me, I shout from rooftops about how annoying and shady IG can be).. it’s actually really really insane to think about how many relationships- REAL relationships with people we’ve made because of this little phone app.

I had already followed Sabrina and Joelle on Instagram- so before meeting them in person, I already felt like I kinda knew them. We likely wouldn’t have stopped to chat to each other at Love child had we not already known each other online. It’s crazy to think about how many incredible connections we’ve all been able to make from social media that we might have never encountered otherwise. This shoot was definitely validation that social media can be an incredible tool if we  leverage it to cultivate real relationships and kick ass collaborations!

We gathered up a super talented team with Charuk Studios on photography, Balloon Bar TO with all the most feminine and lovely balloons, Honey dresses, Aldo shoes (their Valentine’s Day collection is so fun! I was obsessed with Joelle’s heart shoes!).. and stunning bouquets by FM florals. 

So, with that..I present our editorial story below. Nothing but love.

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Thank you SO much for stopping by! Have an amazing rose-infused Valentine’s Day!

CREATIVE DIRECTION: Joelle from La Petite Noob + Sabrina from My.Miau

DESIGN AND STYLING: Autumn Hachey

LOCATION: Our Badass Mainfloor (Want to rent it for your shoot? Send me an email at: hello@autumnhachey.com)

PHOTOGRAPHER: Charuk Studios

MAKEUP:  Logan Salter (my makeup only)

HAIR: Joshua from  Parlour Hair Salon (my hair only)

Dresses: Honey

Shoes: Aldo Shoes (Autumn, Sabrina, Joelle)

Heart Sunnies: Aldo

Balloons: The Balloon Bar TO

Florals: FM Floral

GET THE LOOK:

Red Velvet Chairs (Vintage), Brass mushroom lamp, Juju hat, Vintage ChandelierAstin SofaBarcartGlass Pitcher (Vintage), Brass Matchstick Holder (Vintage), Vintage Decanters, Swan Lamp

 

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Biz

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.”

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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!

1: CORE VALUES:

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.

2: FOCUS.

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.

4: ACTUALLY DO THE WORK

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.

5: MEASURE

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? 

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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.

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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.

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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.
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Autumn Hachey Blog Have Yourself a Vintage Little Christmas

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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!)

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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. ;).

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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.

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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!

CREATIVE DIRECTION, DESIGN AND STYLING: Autumn Hachey

PHOTOGRAPHER: Kassandra Dekoning

MAKEUP:  Beyond Looks Makeup

HAIR:  Katie from Parlour Salon

FOOD & FOOD STYLING: Less with Bread

VIDEOGRAPHY + EDITING : Ashley Harris

PARLOUR VIDEOGRAPHY: Logan Salter

GET THE LOOK:

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,

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GET A ROOM: Hotels, Home + Design, Travel

GET A ROOM: Lynne Knowlton’s Treehouse Retreat

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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!)

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Home + Design

My first Apartment Therapy Article is Live!

Holla!

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.

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#Life, Biz

Leaping over Posting Paralysis + A Few Life Updates

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It’s been awhile since I’ve written a free-form blog update on my life in general. I guess a struggle I often have is overthinking everything, and turning little things into big things- that then feel like giant mountains that I’m tired just looking at. I think I tend to turn my blog into this intimidating shadow that looms in the back of my mind, that “I should be blogging”..

I have lists upon lists upon lists of “post ideas”- then I get caught up in my own internal battles as to which post I should write first.. One thing I want to try to get better at with my new freelance life is lightening up and writing when I feel inspired to. Sharing as I go, and not putting so much pressure on myself to write the best blog post on the planet every time. I also think it’s important for me to really carve out time for myself. I often put every other project ahead of my own and rarely leave space for my own creativity and ideas to flourish, so moving into this new season I hope to explore more of my own ideas and put more out into the universe.

In terms of updates, there’s lots going on- and I think that might be why I’ve avoided blogging about it- because it seems like this entire past year has flown right by and I’ve barely been able to catch my breath.

I digress. If you’ve been following on social, you’d have maybe seen that I’ve leaped.

I’ve made a gigantic, massive, huge, bold, terrifying and exhilarating decision to jump feet first into the world of freelancing. It’s one of those crazy decisions you’re not fully sure you want to blog about in case you fall on your face and fail miserably- you know? It’s an even crazier decision when you haven’t quite fully made up your mind about what you want to spend your time doing, haha. But- I think it’s all good. Everything is really good. I am super happy with my decision and I’ve been spending the end of my summer working on projects, still working for Leon’s- funnily enough- who have become my very first freelance client, building a shed from scratch, joining the Studio Bicyclette team, writing for Apartment Therapy, learning to drive (ha), shooting the new Hello Holiday magazine, trying to create new routines, edit my life, and explore more.

Fall for me feels like new beginnings. I am currently on a plane back from an extended work trip. Paige, Scarlet and I had our final Hello Holiday shoot in Kamloops with Colleen. Paige and I stayed back in BC a couple extra days to unplug, read, hang out in hot springs, and enjoy lots of comfort food. Next week we finish off the magazine, and we’re fully recharged and ready for the final push.

In addition to big career moves, we’re also MOVING. Remember when I said I would pop champagne and spray it all over the place when we finally moved above ground? Well the time has come. The apartment gods heard my plea and almost  serendipitously. I stumbled upon the apartment of my actual dreams. A main floor, Victorian 1 bedroom apartment in Parkdale. I can already feel that it’s going to change everything. We’ve lived in a basement for the better half of a decade and I think it’s just been weighing on me. Basement apartments lack sunlight. We have a terrifying problem with the scariest kind of bug on the planet i.e. centipedes. We never had a lot of space- and although we have a stunning little kitchen here (and and amazing little shed) that we’re super proud of- it’s time for us to move on.

I think I am mostly excited for LIGHT. My new apartment has 12 foot ceilings and heaps of natural light. I can’t wait to be able to spread my papers out on my dining table, sipping coffee, working on projects. Having pools of sun pour into my bedroom when I wake up. Aah, it’s going to be miraculous.

November 1st will prove to be pretty life changing. A new apartment. A new career. New goals. New projects and ideas. A new neighbourhood. A fresh lease on life. And baby I am ready for it.  My mantra for this year was MAKE MOVES.. I think I am following through.

Photo via Scarlet O’Neill

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Home + Design

HOMETOWN HEART: A Surprise Master Bedroom Makeover

Hellllloo Sunshine. Boy am I ever late to the game! In June Leon’s launched the fourth in their series of Hello lifestyle + home decor magazines, Hello Sunshine.

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I’ve been up to my eyes with projects, deadlines, recording voice overs, making big life decisions.. you know, the usual. Better late than never, am I right? // SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM FOR THE VIDEO REVEAL!

As editor in chief of the Hello magazines for the past four issues I worked quietly behind the scenes. For this past issue of Hello Sunshine I was very fortunate to be able to flex my own design skills and complete a very special makeover project, for my parents. I shared the big #ProjectParentReno Reveal in this year’s issue, but I also wanted to share a bit more about the process leading up to our big shoot. Firstly, I’ll start by saying that what started out as a “Hey Mom and Dad, I’m going to makeover your bedroom.. It will take one month”.. Turned into 5 months of my parents being temporarily kicked out of their bedroom haha. Isn’t that always the case with renovations?

As a bit of a backstory- the whole reno was spawned out of a couple health scares and a few lucky breaks. My family had a tough couple years with accidents and overall well-being.. that really led me to want to create a safe space for my parents to unwind in. A fresh start, a new outlook, a relaxing retreat.  From new floors to trims, to paint and everything in between- it was truly a head to toe makeover.

To get started on the design process I began by pinning some overall design concepts based on a need to create a space that felt eclectic and bohemian to appeal to my Mom.. but also equal parts mixed metals to appeal to my biker Dad. Previously a pretty boring box-like-room, I knew I wanted to add as much architectural interest as possible to really make it feel like a new space. So, I called on the board-and-batten experts- Bethany and Art  from This Little Estate for some expertise. Little did I know one phone call looking for some advice would turn into a full on collaboration to re do the space together. Bethany and Art are two of the most kind hearted, generous and truly genuine people I’ve ever met.  Back on their blog in 2014 they started a project called The Porch Project– which in a nutshell was all about doing kind things for other people- specifically in this case by leaving unexpected packages on peoples doorsteps. This year, they decided to bring the project back- but this time- rolling up their sleeves and using their design knowledge to surprise people with updated spaces. (See one of their makeover reveal videos here. AND, they are actually tackling a lucky contest winners space for the next issue of Hello Holiday.) This makeover would not have been possible without this design duo, so Bethany and Art- thank you SO much.

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We partnered up with Metrie to bring the ho-hum walls to life and the difference was DRAMATIC. This was my first time working with trim and it’s actually stunning how much of a difference great trim can make in a space.

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I nixed their ratty old comforter for this stunning high quality duvet set from Unison home. The sheets are also Unison and are oh-so-smooth and super dreamy!

Art even built a 100% custom herringbone barn door using wood from Metrie. (I’m honestly jealous it’s not in my space!) Art was truly the master installing the trims..Driving to my parent’s place through sun, snow, rain.. you name it. Many a’ Tim Horton’s coffees were had in this room haha! See the POWER of trim below & the incredible herringbone barn door created by TLE Build and Design!

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We went with Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore on the walls. I knew I could go dark and moody on the top half of the walls because the pop from the white trim would brighten up the overall space. And I knew from the get-go I wanted a big fluffy textured JUJU hat above the bed- so picking a dark hue to contrast with was a priority. Plus, adding a splash of something rich is just so nice.. My parent’s home otherwise is pretty safe, lots of creams and neutrals- so this was totally unexplored territory.

One other element I was sure of was that I wanted a sophisticated brass sputnik. Brass + Navy= a winning combination. And you’d never believe this was a cheapie from Costco, spray painted brass! (It was like $120!) I used Gold Sabotaz Spraypaint- as recommended by Lindsay Stephenson– and I loved it! You can pick it up at Deserres.

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How stunning is this brass drapery hardware from Tonic Living?

The closet, actually came as an afterthought. Basically I was obsessed with having a Herringbone barn door (rightly so).. but totally forgot that when the door slid on the barn track- it would bump right into the dresser I had perfectly measured out to go along that wall. So.. I changed the plans, moved the dresser under the window- and found the PERFECT mid century dresser to go into the closet to create a thoughtful little nook for my mama. (This dresser was actually found in the BABY section if you can believe it!)

I decided straight away I wanted to paint the inside of the closet HARLEY orange for my Dad.. but wanted to figure out a way to make it feel feminine and lovely for my Mom.. So floral wall it is! I had the greatest instructor (Bethany) as she’s done a couple floral walls in her day.  I found a few designs I loved from Rifle Paper Co and combined them to create something unique to my Ma. (To paint them on, I cut out templates I made from bristol board, traced em on, and filled em’ in!)

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Ta da!

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And here’s a look at the closet before.. a bit of an upgrade I think ;)!

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You can see my parent’s adorable/emotionally charged reactions to their new space in finale episode of our Hello Sunshine web series below.

 

+ If you’re just tuning in now- be sure to catch up on the other 5 episodes! (And subscribe to the Leon’s Youtube channel so you’ll be notified when new content goes live!)

EP 01 | NEW BEGINNINGS | We travel to Edmonton Alberta to shoot Kristina and Jack.

EP 02 | THE NOT SO TERRIBLE TWOS | Shooting Twin Toddlers in Cobourg Ontario.

EP 03 |EASTERN HOSPITALITY | Rainbow eyes in Berwick Nova Scotia.

EP 04 | BEHIND THE CURTAIN | We visit a Canadian factory.

EP 05 | SUMMER LOVE | Nothing but sunshine in Guelph Ontario

SHOP THE ROOM:

Simmons Paradise Plush Mattress | The Pineridge Bed | Calvin End Table |The Finley Dresser (Also available in white.) | Tibet 8×11″ Rug | Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy | Benjamin Moore’s White Dove | Himmeli Duvet Cover- Unison Home | Chambray Stone Sheets- Unison Home | Striped Beige Throw- Le Flique | Mudcloth Pillows- My Haven Home | JUJU Hat | Kilim Lumbar Pillow | Mudcloth Blanket | Hanging hammock Chair | Moroccan Pouff-Baba Souk | All trims by Metrie. Herringbone barn door was custom created by TLE Build and Design with Metrie Products. |Matte Brass drapery hardware- Tonic Living |Final photos by Scarlet O’Neill

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#Life

Is anybody else kind of sick of the Internet?

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A few weeks ago when I was getting my eyebrows microbladed, the girl doing my eyebrows Crista Nicole said the greatest thing.

“I just feel like Instagram is that hot popular girl in highschool that everyone wants to be friends with, but secretly nobody actually likes”.

Bingo.

Maybe I am just going through a phase. Maybe I am kind of depressed with the state of the world. Maybe I am soooo sick of all the bullshit. But there’s just this little spark inside me that says, there’s more than this. There’s more than staring at a tiny screen as soon as you open your eyes in the morning. There’s more than getting high off of internet likes. There’s more than constantly comparing your life to others. There’s more than consuming, changing your apartment decor every week, or sharing a zillion photos of your dog.

I’m just feeling like… we are doing this to ourselves. We dislike that we are in this constant state of wanting more. More followers. More engagement. More content. More more more more more. But we feed this beast. We feed it every time we get annoyed that our significant other is talking to us, because we’re reading on our phone. We feed into it every time we spend hours choosing the right outfit, Googling the right coffee shop, searching for the right hashtags. I always shy away from posting these types of blogs because A: I don’t want to be a downer. And B: I’m a hypocrite. But aren’t we all?

I think I often get sucked up into this feeling that basically I haven’t found my calling yet. That I have dabbled in lots of things I like, but I don’t think I’ve fully unlocked that fiery passion that I love yet. I definitely don’t think I am alone in feeling this way either. I just often feel like I am capable of more or that my life should have more meaning, more impact. That there is more I can be doing.. That my focus should maybe shift. That I am wasting time on things that don’t matter in the grand scheme of life. It’s hard to think about life because it’s uncomfortable. I just think I need to do some soul searching because I don’t feel content, and I am not sure why. Part of the problem I think, is that I don’t have a clear idea of where I want to go. I just think that I have this incredible life to live, and I want to make it worth while.

Did you know the odds of actually becoming a human are something like 1 in 400 quadrillion? I got that fact from the Internet, so it’s 100% true ;)… but if you really consider it.. All of us have won the biggest race of our lives. We are alive on this earth. We beat out everybody else in the race, and we are here.. But why?? To tap on Instagram photos? To talk about toothpaste or Iced Tea? Come on people, you do not stand for Iced Tea.

I’ve often felt like I want to break away completely from social media, or dreamed of living in an era where it didn’t exist. Where you were free to find yourself, your passions, your desires- on your own- without the influence of hundreds of thousands of people. I think the internet and social media make you want things you don’t need and make you question your own, life, body, house, etc. I’m a marketer, but I am sick of being marketed to. From the moment we take our first breath on this planet people are telling us what to do. How to live. Movies and advertisements, the internet, everything we see as we grow up shapes our minds as to what a “good life” should look like. What success looks like. What a good family looks like. What beauty is. What is important.

What if everything you’ve ever learned about living was all wrong?

This post doesn’t get wrapped up with a pretty bow and a quirky idiom filled ending with a call to action. I don’t have any answers, I just know that my life is important, and so is yours. 

 

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Keeping Tabs

Keeping Tabs NO. 4 | FloralCOLORAY, Lash Lifts, The Broadview, Copper Gutters + Porter re:view

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  • I am working on an itty bitty office makeover that involves a custom yellow velvet sofa + this stunning peel and stick floralcoloray wallpaper. Sooooo perfect for renters, or in my case- corporate office employees.
    • All about that beauty shit. I love the look of long lashes. I think sometimes people with fake lashes can look a bit ratchet haha to be honest. But SOMETIMES you’ll bump into a girl that has super fab lash extensions that look so natural and lovely.  In the past few years my lashes have been growing like crazy. Maybe it’s because my diet is much more healthy than past years- or maybe it’s from all the margaritas.. regardless- I have a pretty good  base and I recently found out about this wild new thing (probably just new to me) called a lash lift and tint. Basically, it’s a process where your eyelashes are “permed” for lack of a better word, and tinted darker. AKA. No more mascara. If you guys can’t tell, I am literally trying to make it so that all I have to do is brush my teeth in the morning before work because, sleep. (Learn more about my microbladed eyebrows here). BEAUTY. Anyways- I am going tonight, wish me luck.
    • Formerly Jilly’s stripclub (cool), Toronto is coming out with a new hotel and I am into it. The Broadview will feature a stunning rooftop patio + a casual and slick interior a La Drake (via BlogTO).
    • I stumbled upon copper gutters on Pinterest and I don’t think I can ever look back. I will never look at an aluminum gutter the same way again. Studio McGee.~* Prayer Hands.*~
    • I mmmayyyyyybbbee appeared for a millisecond on HGTV Canada’s Home to Win on Sunday evening.

(Laughing because my Dad had to sit through an entire episode waiting for me ;)!) Did you know that you can actually WIN this insanely crazy amazing incredible house that these HGTV celebs are renovating? Yep. This week you can also win a Temperpedic Sleep System. (If you didn’t know- Leon’s is actually the title sponsor of Home to Win and almost all of the furniture you see revealed is from Leon’s! We share weekly roundups on the blog in case you want to get your paws on any of the goods!)