The perfect palette: natural wood + clean black lines

Once upon a time I hated natural wood. It felt—can you believe it—cheap? I scoffed at how people could actually want a piece of furniture that looked like it was halfway done. Oh, how we grow up. Now, I see natural wood as one of the most sumptuous materials you can have in a home.Continue reading “The perfect palette: natural wood + clean black lines”

Local design firm Studio Roslyn knows how to create magical spaces

I checked out Chinatown’s Qali Hair Extension Studio for the first time a couple of weekends ago—thanks to a surprise nomination for a free blowout from my manager 😍—and as soon as I stepped inside, I knew I had seen this place before. Right away, the vibe felt warm, eclectic and so authentically 80’s IContinue reading “Local design firm Studio Roslyn knows how to create magical spaces”

This Japandi-Inspired Loft Is Nestled in a Historical Church

I’m excited to announce that Curated Tastes & Hyppiä Homes are partnering to deliver a series of home tours this fall with emerging artists, collectors & creatives to celebrate local art and unique spaces. Curated Tastes offers us a way to develop our own artistic palette by providing approachable art events, classes and tours. RSVPContinue reading “This Japandi-Inspired Loft Is Nestled in a Historical Church”

Emiko M. Venlet | Local Artist Profile

When I take in Venlet’s work, I feel like I’m looking at a memory from someone else’s mind—a sweet moment from their childhood home, or their favourite way to spend an afternoon. The granular details aren’t there—instead, we see broad strokes of plump colours. The perspective of her pieces is somewhat distorted, too; and it’s not meant to be perfect. What we are drawn to are the colours, patterns, and light. Just like our memories.

Stop Judging Yourself for Who You Are

When I was ten, I had a blog centered all around the drama of my Sims 2 families. Yes, it was as juicy as it sounds. There were devastating affairs (that I had orchestrated), unrequited love stories (featuring variations of my crushes—I know I’m not alone in this), and often more than one generation ofContinue reading “Stop Judging Yourself for Who You Are”

In a Design Rut? Create a Moodboard and Get Unstuck

This isn’t my first time around the mood board rodeo. Every time I’m about to move into a new spot, I whip out my mood board tools as though I were a legitimate interior designer servicing a client with an unlimited budget. One million Pinterest tabs and six hours later, my mood board is inContinue reading “In a Design Rut? Create a Moodboard and Get Unstuck”

Slowing Down in an Almost-Tiny Home | Home Tour with Brooke

Meet Brooke, a conservationist who has lovingly restored and built an almost-tiny home in Saskatchewan from practically the ground up. With the help of her capable dad, she poured herself into what was once a fixer-upper and is now a charming refuge built for one. Every nook & cranny of this place is thoughtfully designedContinue reading “Slowing Down in an Almost-Tiny Home | Home Tour with Brooke”

A Musician’s Cozy & Inspired Bungalow | Home Tour with Elsa

In the garden suite of a quirky, pink heritage house, Elsa & her partner, Kyle, have curated a home that feels warm and creative—just like them. They’re surrounded by DIY projects, art by their friends, and cozy lights around each corner. On our virtual tour, it felt like I had stepped into the hull ofContinue reading “A Musician’s Cozy & Inspired Bungalow | Home Tour with Elsa”

Bohemian Sanctuary | Home Tour with Ali

To kickstart this series, meet Ali Mroz: an exuberant hair-stylist-turned-landscaper with a penchant for plants, books, and vintage goodies. When it came to designing her studio in Vancouver’s East Village, she had one goal in mind: to feel a sense of relief as soon as she walked through the door.