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Lifestyle || Home Decor || 4 Spring Place Settings with @TheBrick #partner

I love a good seasonal place setting, it’s probably one of my favourite home decorating activities. I have a “go with what you’ve got” mentality. The base, an amazing and versatile dining table with chairs. I like an easy to clean surface and ample seating. The Caroline dining bench from The Brick is a comfortable option for seating, while the Monarch metal cafe chairs are easy to wipe down for your mini children guests.

Next, mix in china sets that you own and love, for me these floral vintage pieces from my late Grandma are perfectly paired with the new Anthropologie gold spot plates. Get creative with your napkins, it’s an easy and cost effective way to mix in a seasonal theme. Layered into the china, bunny shaped or with fresh flowers or herbs tucked inside… napkins can turn a place setting from everyday to special event in seconds.

Finally nothing says fancy like fresh flowers, I found these at my local grocery store. I bought the most affordable grower’s bundles in my table setting colour palette and made my own bouquets. Making your own arrangements makes it far more affordable to go with fresh centre pieces.

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Think about adding a mini mimosa bar to the end of the dining table. Mini bar cart like set ups add fun little details that would otherwise be left out of the dining decor. Plus, your guests have amazing beverages right at their finger tips literally. It’s all about the little luxuries.

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Play to your guest list! I LOVE champagne flutes but it’s always nice to incorporate both the masculine and feminine versions of the popular cocktail glass. I like to set the short champagne flutes out for all the men dining to give them a less feminine tall glass for their dining enjoyment. And always offer water… it’s a table staple not to miss.

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Beauty || DIY || Cooling Bath Bomb Recipe

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Recently my little guy has gotten addicted to LUSH bath bombs… let me tell ya those things are not cheap! So instead of either letting him pamper himself out of house & home or burst his bath bomb dreams I decided to make some myself! How hard could it be to make a fizzy luxury bathing product? The answer, not hard at all and this is coming from a very craft inept person. Here’s my simple bath bomb recipe:

  1. 1 cup baking soda (Food grade, NOT washing soda)
  2. 1/2 cup citric acid
  3. 1/2 cup Epsom salts
  4. 1 tsp. water
  5. 2 tsp. coconut oil
  6. 1 tsp. vapour rub

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Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Next add the coconut oil and vapour rub… mix lightly.

Here’s the only difficult part, adding the water. You don’t want to add it to quickly to the mixture or you will cause the fizzy bath bomb reaction. I found that it is easiest to use a spray misting bottle and spray a few times, mix with hands… spray a few times, mix with hands. Repeat this step until you get the mixture to start sticking together a little. You are not going for cake batter… more like still dry and flaky cookie dough. AGAIN DO NOT ADD TOO MUCH WATER or DO NOT ADD WATER TOO QUICKLY. You want to save the reaction for the bath later!

Finally, place mixture into moulds of choice. I used large silicon ice cube trays from Epicure. Go with what you’ve got! Cute cookie cutters, silicon cupcake trays, or just an ice cream scoop will do the trick. Press down on mixture, gently remove from mould and place on parchment paper to dry.

*If you want some added glitz, you can press a little more salt into the tops before removing from moulds.

There you have it easy cooling bath bombs! Perfect for cold season or hot summer days.

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Home Decor || A Sneak Peek || My Living Room Redesign

I’ve got spring fever big time, I’m sure this warmer weather isn’t helping the bug. Every spring I get the urge to purge, clean and re-design my main spaces. Weather I’m moving furniture around the house to change the look or changing out key pieces the goal is the same: transformation.

Currently I’m working on a few projects: our master bedroom, dreaming of our patio and our most used area the living room. Before I go completely bananas in the living room I thought I would check in to show you the progress. Here’s a little sneak peek!

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Gold Geo Table: The Brick || Small and Large Log Tables: The Brick

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Gold Lamps: The Brick || Matching Grey Sectionals: The Brick

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White Animal Skull: The Brick (Decor and accents vary from store to store) || Geo Marble Trays: Anthropologie || Furry Pillows: The Brick || Throw: Anthropologie

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Lamp: The Brick || Gold and Marble Accent Table: The Brick || Geo Wood Panelled Accent Table: The Brick 

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Home Decor || My elegant modern living room with @TheBrick…

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I’m always a little bit sad to see the holiday decorations go each year. So I try my best to lessen the decor depression by adding a few light, bright and elegant details around the house. A quick declutter followed by a trip to the grocery store for tulips always does the trick.  Here are my favourite modern living-room pieces everyone needs from The Brick:

A plush rug in a light neutral.

A modern sectional with adjustable features like these headrests.

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Metallic details like this gorgeous gold candle lantern and golden branch.

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Home Decor || Our Master Bath Renovation with @Thebrick & @attleainc

It is finally here, our master bath renovation reveal, I know you’ve see a bit of it in previous posts on my insta stories and social media throughout the transformation process. We’ve gotten so many questions from where we found this oversized round wooden mirror to how I got away with pink cabinets with my hubby! All your material sourcing questions will be answered with this post, thank you for your patience… I wasn’t ignoring your questions, I just wanted to answer them all in an easy access blog post. Without further ado welcome to our new and improved glam master bathroom.

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When we moved in this summer I knew I wanted to update this bathroom. It had not been changed since the early 90′s and it clearly needed a bit of help in the design department. We designed the space around this round mirror concept from The Brick and the look of light bright marble bathrooms I had been pinning on Pinterest for months. The moment we found this oversized round mirror we knew that meant two pendant lights for the vanity and we would want to tie in small wood accents throughout. I found this crystal and wood block in store from The Brick, accents vary per location but you are sure to find something unique when you pay them a visit. It was so worth the hunt… they also have an amazing selection of special order items online too. Our contractor made these the custom bench and shelf to add those rustic elements to this feminine place.

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For those of you that were asking where we found these amazing pink and gold cabinets, they are custom made woodwork by Attlea Inc. They are locally owned in Edmonton and are known for their modern designs and amazing craftsmanship. They used Benjamin Moore “Flush Pink” paint # 2081-70. Dustin mirrored that exact colour on the accent wall above the bathtub. I love the faded pink with the touches of silver and gold throughout the place.

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