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Home || My Sit Up Bar with @TheBrick || And a refreshing drink recipe! Strawberry Lemon Spritz #partner

I’m so excited to share our bar sit up with The Brick. We scored these bar modern stools a few months ago. I love the padded leather and adjustable height, perfect for my guests to pull up a seat and make a great summer drink!

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The Strawberry Lemon Spritz

What you’ll need: 

1 oz. Gin  (We choose Hansen Distillery Trouble Gin)

1/2 oz. Simple Syrup

4 oz. Sparkling Water

Fresh Mint

Squeeze of fresh lemon

Lemon Slice

Strawberry

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Muddle mint, lemon juice, and half a strawberry. Add all ingredients. Garish, lemon slice, mint leaf and half strawberry. Serve on ice.

Such a refreshing drink for those hot summer days.

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Home || Harper’s Nursery Reveal || A modern gender neutral space….

I like to think it’s called “Second Baby Syndrome,” but it’s taken me 7 months after Harper’s arrival to complete her nursery space. Let’s face it she has been in a bassinet in our room until last month so of course I was in no rush. I just laugh at myself now, looking back when I was in a rush to complete my first baby’s nursery before they were even born! Wow times have changed or maybe lessons are learned. Either way I’m so excited to share her baby space.

We designed her room around the stunning Soft Modern Sideboard from The Brick. I decided this time around to invest in pieces I can see transitioning out into my home once Harper outgrows her nursery space. This sideboard is the perfect mix of open and closed storage for all her baby needs. And in the future it will be an amazing additional to my dining room when the time comes. It’s so versatile, you can change the look of it by switching the colour changing geometric shelves in seconds.

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Jonathan Adler for Fisher Price deluxe bouncer

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I had to have this glamorous Incy Interiors rose gold crib from West Coast Kids. It pairs perfectly with the pops of metallics on the metal star burst accents I found in store at The Brick (pictured below). You never know what you’ll see in store, each Brick location is different and updates their accessories often. You should take a peek!

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Below I’ve sourced a few of the pieces we used to complete her nursery. If you don’t see it linked feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get back to you!

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Cactus self adhesive removable wall paper

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Machine Washable Rug 

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My patio transformation with @TheBrick|| Before & After || How to utilize every inch to create the outdoor space of your dreams #

I’m so excited to share our patio transformation with The Brick. When we moved last year to accommodate for baby number two we gained more space indoors but lost the size of our yard. Being outdoors from April to October is so important to our family so I decided to tackle this extensive project head on. We needed a backyard oasis to enjoy for the whole family this year, there was no time to waste.

Here is our before and after photos… because they are always my favourite part of any home reno.

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Design Tip: Measure, measure, measure! I took tape and outlined each piece of furniture. That way you can make sure there is enough room for the set while still maintaining walking space. 

We maximized the space by removing the deck to create two distinct living areas: dining and lounging. The deck was not big enough for a seating area, essentially it was used as stairs to go into the backyard. With the deck removal we doubled our outdoor living space. Now we can easily host BBQ dinner parties and have late night drinks by the fire.

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Umbrellas || Lounger || Chairs

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Fence Panels (The Brick instore find) || Dining Set

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Geometric Vases || Bee’s Wax Candles || Malemine Glassware

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Barbecue || Marquee Light

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We wanted to add pops of greenery without the maintain of plants. We found these faux topiary pieces at The Brick in store. Each location has different instore accessories and their items change constantly. You need to go in person to see what they’ve got that week.

Faux Topiary || Solar Outdoor Lights

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We wanted to add that touch of romance with soft lighting. By adding a fireplace we can now enjoy the space into the evening when the kids are fast a sleep. I loved the modern minimal look of the Capstone.

Fire place

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We went with all metal or plastic dining table options to make the space kid friendly. There is nothing worse then a broken glass in a paved area like this. These vases are durable without sacrificing style.

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I was so excited when I found these hanging wall panels. We are training our vines through the metal pattern. As the summer goes on they will only get bigger and better. It’s a low maintenance alternative to a living wall with way less watering but all the style.

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Decor || Our patio transformation sneak peek with @TheBrick… #Partner #Modern #OutdoorDecor #YEG

Finally! Here’s a sneak peek into our patio transformation. I’ve been calling it our “epic” outdoor project with The Brick because it’s involved more DIY projects and renos compared to my usual styling projects. I’m hoping to share the full reveal with before and after photos in one week, weather permitting mind you! For now I thought I’d let you see a few of the pieces we’ve found to fit our modern black and white outdoor topiary theme.

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We wanted sleek black timeless furniture.

Ottoman, & Chair from the Parkview Collection

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We needed to create shade in a very sunny treeless area.

Oversized Umbrella & Capstone Fire Table 

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Our design colour scheme is white, black with pops of green foliage. 

Faux Topiary, Metal Tray and Geometric Candle Holder are in store finds from The Brick. Every location is different and gets new accessory items often. You’ve gotta check it out in person, you never know what home decor treasures you’ll find!

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Lifestyle || Rainy day Netflix picks in our @TheBrick viewing room. #partner

I know it may sound crazy but I actually look forward to rainy summer days. Maybe it’s the break from the heat or the fact that I get to snuggle with this guy all day. Either way, I’ll take it every once in a while. Plus my garden needs it!

When we created this Man Cave for my husband last year, I wanted to make it a comfy movie oasis everyone could enjoy. We went with slim modern leather recliners from The Brick.  Perfectly wipeable for cleaning up after little fingers and putting your feet up too! The Samsung 70″ KU6290 UHD LED Smart Television was a must because it easily accesses our favourites like Netflix and Youtube with one simply click. We got so many questions after our Man Cave Reveal  about the Odesos 72″ TV Stand with Glass Ember Firebox and Soundbar. It easily heats our space in minutes and I love the cozy fire glow. For more room details and my Netflix picks for both kids and adults see below!

May your rainy days this summer be filled with comfort and great entertain!

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Coffee Table, Mirror, Rug, Bookcase, Table

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Tray & Wood Accent (in store purchase, stock varies per location)

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Curious of our Top 3 Stream Team Netflix Picks this month?

For the LO’s: 

1) Beat Bugs: If you love The Beatles, you’ll love viewing this one with your little guy.

2) Dino Trux: Any little boy’s dream show, the title completely describes it.

3) The Good Dinosaur: Loved this tale of adventure and self discovery.

For Adults:

1) The Layover: Travel and eats with a side of sarcasm… this one is for you!

2) Master of None: Season 2 is finally here! A hilarious twist on modern dating with a killer sound track.

3) The Keepers: Warning, this one is HEAVY! But it’s a murder mystery you don’t want to miss.

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