#AD Emerald Green & Navy Blue OH MY! || LivingRoom Refresh with @TheBrick

I know that I’ve hinted at this transformation on my IG story and peeked your design interest a few weeks ago. I’m so excited for the final reveal of this living room transformation. This month I styled The Brick’s new Tatum sofa and loveseat to modernized my sister’s main living space: the family room. When I saw the stunning deep blue leather of the Tatum I knew I needed this stand out piece to work my design around. The clean modern lines are so classic and the wipeable leather is perfect for a family with children. I added the off-white Loft shag rug to make the space look large, airy and open. And paired the sofa with this stunning art piece I found in store at The Brick. As a forewarning, the art and mirror are not available online but they may be at a location near you. They get new accessories often, so I urge you to take a look at your local store. You never know what you could find.

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Once you’ve decluttered a place, I like to add back in little comforts to make the space warm and inviting. Pick a few pillows and throws that fit your design colours. Finally, add a plant or two. They clean the air and the greenery is an easy completer piece to complete the look of the room.

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Coffee Table: (The Brick Instore Find) || Silver Antler: (The Brick Instore Find) || Pillows & Knit Throw:  (The Brick Instore Find)

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I love pairing deep blues with accents of golds and emerald. It’s such a rich palette that easily pairs with dark wood flooring or brown brick. I picked up this gorgeous gold lantern in store from The Brick. Don’t be afraid to add some colour when purchasing furniture. It can add a statement to your room and create an unforgettable design palette.

Disclaimer: This post was paid by The Brick, but my thoughts and opinions remain my own. 

Top 6 INVISIBLE Dry Shampoos || because who wants white residue? #beauty

C426483D-D864-49A2-804A-946B3A35DFA5This beauty post is a long time coming. I love dry shampoo, not only because I’m a busy mom but it is a time saver for everyone. But I have a confession to make… I quit Dry Shampoo a year ago! Why? Because I was sick and tired of the white residue. There were a few on the market that were designed for darker haired individuals like myself. Then the residue to be brown but it was still residue! It looked gross in my hair and left it feeling grimy/dry/ brittle to the touch. And if I used the basic white residue dry shampoo, I looked like I was 90 years old! So dry shampoo and I parted ways…

Fast forward a year…

Luckily, brands have heard our complaints and stepped up with invisible residue free formulas we’ve been asking for! Finally I’m back on the dry shampoo train. Here are my top 6 completely invisible beauty game changers:

Julep || Oscar Blandi || IGK

Co Lab || bumble and bumble || Marc Anthony

 

#AD @TheBrick || How To Add a Little Cozy to Your Home || The subtle art of Hygge

With Valentines Day behind us and a Family Day Stat holiday on Monday I’ve got the Art Of Hygge on my mind. It could be the cold weather, or how comfortable this Berlin bed from The Brick is… either way I’m looking forward to a weekend of cozy times with my little family unit this weekend.

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If you haven’t heard of the ever so popular “Hygge” movement, let me tell ya… you might be embracing this full scale home decor and lifestyle choice already. I know I’ve been doing it for years. In it’s simplest form, the Scandinavian word “Hygge” is an overall feel of coziness and comfortability to work towards the feelings of wellness and contentment. It’s a daily ritual of enjoying the simple things: family, candles, the feel of clean warm sheets, and comfort food as examples. This concept has swept the home design world by storm in the last year, so of course I wanted to speak to it. I truly believe that by incorporating a little Hygge into your home and lifestyle you have the potential for your mental health and well being to benefit.

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It’s the little things, I love to add cozy blankets, pillows, candles and floral arrangements to a room. Or changing up a long-term everyday use item like switching to the Beautyrest Hotel Diamond 6 plush king mattress set from The Brick. That mattress is the definition of cozy, it’s so soft and plus it was a game changer to the overall feel of our bedroom. Plus switching from a hard wood bed frame to the soft fabric Berlin was another design nod to actualizing a Hygge bedroom home design.

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How have you added touches of cozy in your home?

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International LUX End-tables || Tyler Bed Side Lamps || Blue Vase (The Brick instore find)

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Roxy Chair and a half || Coffee Table (The Brick instore find)|| Bean Bronze Floor Lamp 

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Gold Accent Table: The Brick (in store find)

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Disclaimer: This post was PAID by The Brick but my thoughts and opinions remain my own. 

Photos by B.Grace Creatives for Northern Style Exposure

Family Traditions || Easy Valentine Sugar Cookie Baking with @TheBrick #Sponsor

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Every year is the same, we have an afternoon of baking in hopes of making a large quantity of my Mom’s famous sugar cookies with a simple butter cream frosting. It’s a family tradition to make something yummy for the people we love… and I LOVE to do it together. This year was made even easier with the addition of my new GE 6.8 Cu. Ft. Freestanding Double Oven Gas Range. We had both ovens going with so much rack space for cookie trays, we breezed through our baking this year. The Air convection systems uses an innovative fan that rotates one way, then reverses direction to allow heated air to circulate evenly around whatever you may be cooking. Our range is easily one of my favourite features from our kitchen reno update late last year. This GE Gas Range makes everyday cooking easy for us as a family. I love the edge-to-edge cooktop.

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Preheat your  oven to 350 degrees F. In my case, preheat BOTH ovens. Don’t forget to lightly grease a few cookie sheets.

1 cup unsalted butter, soft is best.

2/3 cup white sugar

1 large egg
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until very fluffy and well blended. Add in the egg, baking powder, salt, and vanilla until evenly incorporated. Stir in flour until the mixture is well blended and almost smooth.

Cook for approximately 7 minutes. Depends on the accuracy of your oven temperature. So I like checking around 6 minutes to make sure you don’t burn any batches.

Remove from baking sheet immediately to start cooling.

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  1. In medium bowl, mix powdered sugar and butter with spoon. Stir in a dash vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of the milk.
  2. Slowly add milk and beat to make frosting smooth and spreadable. If frosting is too thick, beat in more milk, a few drops at a time. Instead of food colouring, I used a heaping spoonful of our fav raspberry jam for both flavour and color!

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Winter Walks & New Glasses || A Chilly Weather Personal Style Post

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In the last month, I’ve been asked about the 4 pairs of glasses I’ve been wearing on the regular… so I thought I would link up my first pair. These stunning retro glasses in clear and grey are by Bonlook. Completely adorable with prescription and ever so stylish. I love that they have a virtual try on tool to see how they would look on you before ordering.

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