Wednesday, January 29, 2014

City Living in a Duplex

Happy Wednesday! Hope your week is going well.

I had the pleasure of shooting, jewelry designer, Leah Alexandra's, and music producer, Kris Dirksen's home for Style At Home, and wanted to share a few extra pics with you. It was styled by Joanna at The Cross Design. The entire story is in the March issue of Style At Home and you can also see it here.

Their home is small and perfectly organized, with a place for everything. Have to love that. Again, to see the whole story, and a lot more pics, check out the new issue of Style At Home. By the way, you can also subscribe to a digital version of Style At Home now (I've been waiting for this!).

Have a good day!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Keeping it Simple for Monday

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a nice weekend.

Today I'm, well, keeping it simple. In fact, I'm trying to do that as much as possible, these days. It's my 2014 "thing".  For this project, I went back to the simple pleasure of making a hanging planter in 5 minutes. Gotta love that. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. Oh, and the entire "project" cost about $6.

Take any rope, twine or sturdy ribbon, and add a few bangles as the anchor. I grabbed my bangles from the Punjabi Market near me (20 bangles for $4). Added a house plant from the corner store, and a pearly pot, I already had, and I was ready to go. 

I used 4, 8ft, pieces of cotton rope, and 3 bangles for this. Fold rope in half (so each piece will end up being 4ft), and loop through bangles. Pull the ends through to make a tidy little knot on the bottom of bangle. 

At about 14" down, I made a simple knot creating 4 sections. From there, I made 4 more knots, about 6" down by grabbing one piece from each pair, and knotting with it's next door neighbour. Does that make sense? I used to make this all the time, as a young girl, and never had a real plan of action, but they worked. Should make a criss-cross pattern. 

Knot all ends together, about 6-7" down and trim if you like. I left the ends the way they were. Place your potted plant in and hang wherever you like. 

What I really love about a project that's so simple, and with few materials, is that it doesn't look like a bomb has gone off in my studio, after I'm done ;)

I'm sure many of you have made hanging planters yourself, and often more elaborate, but I'd love to know what you consider a "simple pleasure". Please share!

Have a great day!

Friday, January 10, 2014


Wrapping up the week with the winner of the HomeSense gift card give-way. Congratulations to Ceallahn Young! Thanks to all who took part!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Warm Wintery Whites

While a good portion of Canada is in a deep freeze, here in Vancouver, it's winter as usual...sideways rain. To perk up a rainy Wednesday, I thought I'd share a little peek from a pretty story I shot with Joanna and Erin, of The Cross, for Chatelaine magazine, out now. 

Artwork by Zoe Pawlak

Pretty cozy place, considering it's a symphony of whites, isn't it? If you subscribe to Chatelaine, you can see heaps more on your tablet! 

If you haven't seen it already, I did a post with storage boxes and baskets from HomeSense the other day. Up for grabs is a HomeSense gift card worth $150 so click here, if you'd like to enter for a chance to win (open to Canadian residents only). I'll be making the random draw this Friday! 


Monday, January 6, 2014

Getting Organized with HomeSense

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend.

I've spent the weekend tidying up, after the holidays, and getting a little more organized with help from HomeSense.  Thought I'd start the week off by giving away a gift card for $150 to one lucky person, courtesy of HomeSense!  Here's a look at some of the baskets and boxes I chose....

This burlap and canvas basket now houses the blankets that seem to kick around our living room during the winter. Mixes well with our mid-century furniture. 

Playing cards and small games are now stored in this simple leatherette box. 

Instead of just tossing scarves, gloves and toques anywhere there's space, they're now easy to find in this vintage inspired green metal basket. 

Ah, my office/studio. I spend a lot of time up here, editing images, packaging up prints, and working on sewing projects. It's now officially organized. Love these canvas baskets alongside the metal mesh

Because I don't totally trust storing all my digital images on external hard drives only, I like tossing them onto dvd's as well. I know, it's kind of silly, but at least it gave me an excuse to get these perfect dvd storage boxes ;) 

If you'd like a chance to win the HomeSense gift card, just leave a comment for me and I'll make the draw on Friday January 10th. Contest is open to Canadians only this time around. For another chance to win, enter the HomeSense Neat Storage Solutions contest for a $100 gift card!