design is hard, so cut yourself a break

I’m enamoured by those who appear to design their home effortlessly. I have my moments. I think I’m skilled at the little vignettes, and coming up with ideas for other people’s homes, but when it comes to my own—I feel like a deer in headlights. Or, more aptly, a sloth in headlights. But I’ve feltContinue reading “design is hard, so cut yourself a break”

Before & after: my mini, oh-so-fun bedroom makeover

Psst—read to the bottom to win a Hyppiä design package and feature wall from Otto Studio! You know when you take the time to finally knock something off your to-do list and you kick yourself for not doing it sooner? That’s what I feel every time I walk into my new, dashing bedroom. It’s beenContinue reading “Before & after: my mini, oh-so-fun bedroom makeover”

5 design lessons from the studio behind Vancouver’s favourite restaurants

Bao Bei Brasserie. Kissa Tanto. St. Lawrence. Botanist Dining. The common thread between some of the most sought-after restaurants in Vancouver? Local design studio Ste. Marie. (You just didn’t know it.) The resume of this award-winning interior design practice feels like some sort of conspiracy theory coming to life—a chaotic yet clear collection of redContinue reading “5 design lessons from the studio behind Vancouver’s favourite restaurants”

5 YouTube interior design channels that are certified cringe-free

Something about the YouTube interior design game right now can be highly cringe-worthy. I’m not sure why there is a need to nearly yell into the camera, speak at twice the necessary speed for humans, or, on the flip side, speak so quietly that you’re not sure they’re actually conscious. But I come bearing goodContinue reading “5 YouTube interior design channels that are certified cringe-free”

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”

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”